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We found 7 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Aptos, CA.

Dr. Bruce Robert Eisendorf, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Eisendorf's medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Eisendorf has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at Mercy Medical Center Merced. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Eisendorf has a closed panel.

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All Interests: General Care, Alternative Medicine, Mental Health Issues, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. David Wayne Pilcher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7600 Old Dominion Court; 2nd Floor
Aptos, CA
 

Dr. David Pilcher specializes in family medicine and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Aptos, CA. Dr. Pilcher (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Dr. Pilcher is especially interested in general care. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pilcher attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, Dr. Pilcher is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Carla Collins Gorum, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1820 41st Avenue; Suite D
Capitola, CA
 

Dr. Carla Gorum specializes in general pediatrics. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Gorum's training includes a residency program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Patient ratings for Dr. Gorum average 5.0 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gorum accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gorum's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sarah J Maufe, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Maufe is a pediatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. Dr. Maufe is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Obesity, Asthma, Behavior Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Autism Spectrum ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathrin Rachel Sidell, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell practices general pediatrics. She obtained her medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Sidell's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sidell honors. Dr. Sidell's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Susan E Borba, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
7600 Old Dominion Court; 2nd Floor
Aptos, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Aptos, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Borba speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Borba honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Leigh Alison Mueller, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
7600 Old Dominion Court; 2nd Floor
Aptos, CA
 

Dr. Leigh Mueller sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA, Capitola, CA, and Aptos, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Mueller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Mueller attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school and subsequently trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency.

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What is Nutrition Counseling?

Food is one of the most basic resources our bodies use for growth and energy, tied intricately to our well-being. Not only can what we eat affect our health, but certain conditions can affect how well our bodies process food. Nutrition is the study of this complex interaction, and when patients seek the advice of an expert to help them manage food in their life, it is called nutrition counseling.

At the most basic level, nutrition counseling can be simply a talk with a family physician. Doctors receive training in nutrition as part of their education, and they are generally qualified to make recommendations about diet for their patients. Some doctors take a professional interest in nutrition and become experts by taking extra classes or studying nutrition in their practice. In general, however, complex nutrition guidance will be referred to a nutrition specialist, generally a dietitian.

Registered dietitians are nutrition experts that have passed specific higher education, accreditation, and internship requirements. They may work in hospitals, nursing facilities, or private practices to provide nutrition therapy and advise patients about their health and diet. Like dietitians, nutritionists also work to counsel patients about food and health. Some nutritionists have degrees in nutrition or food science, but the title ‘nutritionist’ is not protected by law. In the United States, anyone is allowed to call themselves a nutritionist, regardless of their education level.

Nutrition counseling can be useful for anyone who is looking to get to a healthy weight, manage a chronic illness through diet, or simply lead a healthier lifestyle. Some examples of issues that benefit from nutrition counseling include:
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Food allergies
  • Kidney disease
  • Digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Participation in competitive sports

During a nutrition counseling appointment, the provider -- doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian -- typically will look over your medical history and talk to you about your current diet, your goals, what kinds of food you like, and any problems that you are currently struggling with in your health or diet. Then the specialist will help you set food goals and create a customized plan to help you meet your nutritional needs. Nutrition specialists may also offer classes, workshops, cooking demonstrations, and more. Their role is not to lecture you about what you should be eating, but to offer education and resources to make eating healthy foods easier.