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We found 4 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Aetna National Advantage Program near Davis, CA.

Dr. Steven John Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
635 Anderson Road; Suite 10
Davis, CA
 

Dr. Steven Smith is a family practitioner in Davis, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Smith focuses on general care. Dr. Smith is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Dr. Ronald D Cotterel, MS, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
635 Anderson Road; #10a
Davis, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Cotterel works as a family practice physician and alternative medicine practitioner. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cotterel accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Cotterel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Cotterel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He has an open panel.

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All Interests: General Care, Alternative Medicine, Preventive Care, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Richard P Ericson, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2030 Sutter Place; #1000
Davis, CA
 

Dr. Richard Ericson's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Dr. Ericson (or staff) speaks Swedish and Spanish. Dr. Ericson's clinical interests encompass heart problems. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Before performing his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Baltimore VA Medical Center, Dr. Ericson attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Ericson is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Kristin Nguyen Friend, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2020 Sutter Place; Suite 201
Davis, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Friend is a pediatrician in Davis, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Friend is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). She is open to new patients.

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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.