We found 5 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Aetna Open Access Managed Choice near San Jose, CA.

Dr. Jane Catherine Varner, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2734 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA
 

Dr. Jane Varner's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Varner's clinical interests include general care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her training includes residency programs at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Varner accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Varner is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. David Tatsuo Hiroshima, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
2734 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA
 

Dr. David Hiroshima practices family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine in Santa Clara, CA, San Carlos, CA, and San Francisco, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hiroshima at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Hiroshima focuses on general care. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hiroshima is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Rebecca Lynn Benton, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
751 Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Benton works as a general pediatrician. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Benton is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She obtained her medical school training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and performed her residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Benton is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Kenneth Vereschagin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Sports Medicine
2652 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Vereschagin is a specialist in pediatric sports medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Vereschagin include nutrition counseling. Dr. Vereschagin's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Vereschagin attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Vereschagin is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vereschagin has an open panel.

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All Interests: Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Kerin Arora Gaudet, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2652 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA
 

Dr. Kerin Arora specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Arora is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Early Childhood Development, Nutrition Counseling, Obesity, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding Issues

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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.