FAQs

Are visits covered by insurance?

We accept all health plans except for Medicare and Medicaid. While we accept most insurances, we are not in any insurance networks. Therefore, your visits will be covered at the non-contracted provider rate. This means that after your out of network deductible is paid, your insurance will cover some percentage of the fee. Typically, insurances will cover somewhere between $50-$150 per visit, but it depends upon your particular policy. Our billing department will submit all claims for you as a convenience.

What forms of payment do you accept?

You may pay by cash, check, credit card or online.

What is the missed appointment policy?

Your appointment is reserved for you only, and if you are not able to come in, we require 24 hour notice (with the exception of emergencies).

Do you allow for phone or video appointments?

Yes, in certain circumstances, we provide sessions over the phone or online.

Where are your offices?

We have offices in both the North Shore (Northbrook, directly adjacent to the Edens), and in downtown Chicago in the Loop (on Michigan Avenue next to Millennium Park). You can get directions to either office from our contact page.

Do you have weekend or evening hours?

We are available Monday through Friday between 8 am-6 pm.

Do you see children or teenagers?

At this point, our treatment is for adults or older teens. Those who do not fit this demographic, however, may be seen in special circumstances.

Do you see couples, families or groups?

This may be done in various circumstances, though most visits are typically individual adults.

How long is the evaluation?

In general, you will meet with Dr. Saks two or three times for an evaluation. During these visits, you will review your eating and weight history, psychological history including history of any treatment, medical history, and relationship/family history. Most of this information will be gathered during the visits, but often questionnaires will be employed which you will complete on your own and bring in for discussion.

What methods are used to help me meet my goals?

We have specialized training in Cognitive Behavior Therapies (CBT), which are types of treatment based firmly upon research findings. These approaches aid people in achieving specific changes or goals. These might include:

  • Acting differently – like making better decisions around food
  • Feeling differently – such as being less frustrated with having to exercise
  • Thinking differently – for example, learning better problem-solving or responding to self-defeating thoughts

Cognitive Behavior Therapists usually focus on your current situation and its solution, rather than the past. We are primarily interested in your beliefs and coping skills, not on wholesale personality change. CBT is time limited, research based, and focused on specific problems in the here-and-now.

Will I be put on a specific diet?

Typically, you will not be put on a specific diet. Our mission is to help you eat in a generally nutritious way, and to learn skills, thinking patterns, and behaviors to develop and maintain healthy ways of eating and exercising. We are open to various dietary plans, but strongly feel a flexible approach that can be adhered to long term is the only one that works.

What if I desire a specific diet or exercise prescription?

While we focus on the behaviors of eating and exercising, if you would like a specific eating or exercise plan, we have an extensive network of registered dietitians and exercise specialists to help with these specifics while you work with us.

What if I desire medications for weight loss, or have medical complications either causing my weight problem or are caused by being overweight?

What if I desire medications for weight loss, or have medical complications either causing my weight problem or are caused by being overweight?

Do you communicate with my doctor?

Absolutely. We always discuss your progress with your physician and other members of your treatment team.

North Shore Center for Weight Management

North Shore Center for Weight Management ©2019

707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 600
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847.509.7560
Fax: 847.509.7562
Email: info@nscwm.com

151 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 760
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 773-307-4501
Email: info@nscwm.com

FAQs

Are visits covered by insurance?

We accept all health plans except for Medicare and Medicaid. While we accept most insurances, we are not in any insurance networks. Therefore, your visits will be covered at the non-contracted provider rate. This means that after your out of network deductible is paid, your insurance will cover some percentage of the fee. Typically, insurances will cover somewhere between $50-$150 per visit, but it depends upon your particular policy. Our billing department will submit all claims for you as a convenience.

What forms of payment do you accept?

You may pay by cash, check, credit card or online.

What is the missed appointment policy?

Your appointment is reserved for you only, and if you are not able to come in, we require 24 hour notice (with the exception of emergencies).

Do you allow for phone or video appointments?

Yes, in certain circumstances, we provide sessions over the phone or online.

Where are your offices?

We have offices in both the North Shore (Northbrook, directly adjacent to the Edens), and in downtown Chicago in the Loop (on Michigan Avenue next to Millennium Park). You can get directions to either office from our contact page.

Do you have weekend or evening hours?

We are available Monday through Friday between 8 am-6 pm.

Do you see children or teenagers?

At this point, our treatment is for adults or older teens. Those who do not fit this demographic, however, may be seen in special circumstances.

Do you see couples, families or groups?

This may be done in various circumstances, though most visits are typically individual adults.

How long is the evaluation?

In general, you will meet with Dr. Saks two or three times for an evaluation. During these visits, you will review your eating and weight history, psychological history including history of any treatment, medical history, and relationship/family history. Most of this information will be gathered during the visits, but often questionnaires will be employed which you will complete on your own and bring in for discussion.

What methods are used to help me meet my goals?

We have specialized training in Cognitive Behavior Therapies (CBT), which are types of treatment based firmly upon research findings. These approaches aid people in achieving specific changes or goals. These might include:

  • Acting differently – like making better decisions around food
  • Feeling differently – such as being less frustrated with having to exercise
  • Thinking differently – for example, learning better problem-solving or responding to self-defeating thoughts

Cognitive Behavior Therapists usually focus on your current situation and its solution, rather than the past. We are primarily interested in your beliefs and coping skills, not on wholesale personality change. CBT is time limited, research based, and focused on specific problems in the here-and-now.

Will I be put on a specific diet?

Typically, you will not be put on a specific diet. Our mission is to help you eat in a generally nutritious way, and to learn skills, thinking patterns, and behaviors to develop and maintain healthy ways of eating and exercising. We are open to various dietary plans, but strongly feel a flexible approach that can be adhered to long term is the only one that works.

What if I desire a specific diet or exercise prescription?

While we focus on the behaviors of eating and exercising, if you would like a specific eating or exercise plan, we have an extensive network of registered dietitians and exercise specialists to help with these specifics while you work with us.

What if I desire medications for weight loss, or have medical complications either causing my weight problem or are caused by being overweight?

What if I desire medications for weight loss, or have medical complications either causing my weight problem or are caused by being overweight?

Do you communicate with my doctor?

Absolutely. We always discuss your progress with your physician and other members of your treatment team.

847-509-7560

FAQs

Are visits covered by insurance?

We accept all health plans except for Medicare and Medicaid. While we accept most insurances, we are not in any insurance networks. Therefore, your visits will be covered at the non-contracted provider rate. This means that after your out of network deductible is paid, your insurance will cover some percentage of the fee. Typically, insurances will cover somewhere between $50-$150 per visit, but it depends upon your particular policy. Our billing department will submit all claims for you as a convenience.

What forms of payment do you accept?

You may pay by cash, check, credit card or online.

What is the missed appointment policy?

Your appointment is reserved for you only, and if you are not able to come in, we require 24 hour notice (with the exception of emergencies).

Do you allow for phone or video appointments?

Yes, in certain circumstances, we provide sessions over the phone or online.

Where are your offices?

We have offices in both the North Shore (Northbrook, directly adjacent to the Edens), and in downtown Chicago in the Loop (on Michigan Avenue next to Millennium Park). You can get directions to either office from our contact page.

Do you have weekend or evening hours?

We are available Monday through Friday between 8 am-6 pm.

Do you see children or teenagers?

At this point, our treatment is for adults or older teens. Those who do not fit this demographic, however, may be seen in special circumstances.

Do you see couples, families or groups?

This may be done in various circumstances, though most visits are typically individual adults.

How long is the evaluation?

In general, you will meet with Dr. Saks two or three times for an evaluation. During these visits, you will review your eating and weight history, psychological history including history of any treatment, medical history, and relationship/family history. Most of this information will be gathered during the visits, but often questionnaires will be employed which you will complete on your own and bring in for discussion.

What methods are used to help me meet my goals?

We have specialized training in Cognitive Behavior Therapies (CBT), which are types of treatment based firmly upon research findings. These approaches aid people in achieving specific changes or goals. These might include:

  • Acting differently – like making better decisions around food
  • Feeling differently – such as being less frustrated with having to exercise
  • Thinking differently – for example, learning better problem-solving or responding to self-defeating thoughts

Cognitive Behavior Therapists usually focus on your current situation and its solution, rather than the past. We are primarily interested in your beliefs and coping skills, not on wholesale personality change. CBT is time limited, research based, and focused on specific problems in the here-and-now.

Will I be put on a specific diet?

Typically, you will not be put on a specific diet. Our mission is to help you eat in a generally nutritious way, and to learn skills, thinking patterns, and behaviors to develop and maintain healthy ways of eating and exercising. We are open to various dietary plans, but strongly feel a flexible approach that can be adhered to long term is the only one that works.

What if I desire a specific diet or exercise prescription?

While we focus on the behaviors of eating and exercising, if you would like a specific eating or exercise plan, we have an extensive network of registered dietitians and exercise specialists to help with these specifics while you work with us.

What if I desire medications for weight loss, or have medical complications either causing my weight problem or are caused by being overweight?

What if I desire medications for weight loss, or have medical complications either causing my weight problem or are caused by being overweight?

Do you communicate with my doctor?

Absolutely. We always discuss your progress with your physician and other members of your treatment team.

North Shore Center for Weight Management

707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 600
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847.509.7560
Fax: 847.509.7562
Email: info@nscwm.com

151 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 760
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 773-307-4501
Email: info@nscwm.com

North Shore Center for Weight Management ©2019