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We found 11 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Aetna National Advantage Program near Santa Clara, CA.

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

Dr. Jane Varner works as a family practitioner. In her practice, Dr. Varner focuses on general care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Varner completed her residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Patient ratings for Dr. Varner average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Varner honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Menopause, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Hiroshima's specialties are family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Hiroshima has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Hiroshima has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Migraine, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Alternative ... (Read more)

Dr. Sandhya Anna Prabhakar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
401 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Sandhya Prabhakar specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Prabhakar (or staff) speaks Tamil and Hindi. Dr. Prabhakar's areas of expertise include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Prabhakar is a graduate of The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and Christian Medical College. She is rated highly by her patients. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Prabhakar honors. She has a closed panel.

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Dr. Sangeeta Parimal Kopardekar, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
301 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Sangeeta Kopardekar is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Kopardekar (or staff) speaks Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kopardekar attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Kopardekar trained at Graduate Hospital. Dr. Kopardekar takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Dementia, Nutrition Counseling, Rehabilitation

Dr. Nicole Susan Ketterman, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
201 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Nicole Ketterman sees patients in San Carlos, CA and Sunnyvale, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. She attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Ketterman takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ketterman has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Weight Management, Nutrition Counseling, Newborn Care

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

Dr. Rebecca Benton's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Benton takes. Dr. Benton studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Benton completed a residency program at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Benton's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Benton welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Nicole Christine Deinhammer, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
301 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Nicole Glenn is a pediatrician. Dr. Glenn is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Glenn is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Preventive Care, Nutrition Counseling, Newborn Care

Dr. Tanu Garg, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics
301 Old San Francisco Road; Level 1
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Tanu Garg practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. She attended Maulana Azad Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Garg (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Kenneth Vereschagin's area of specialization is pediatric sports medicine. In his practice, Dr. Vereschagin focuses on nutrition counseling. Patient ratings for Dr. Vereschagin average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Vereschagin is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Lawrence Brandon Wong, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
401 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. L. Wong, who practices in Sunnyvale, CA and Mountain View, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Wong average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass heart problems. Dr. Wong is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wong graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Audrey Elizabeth Hall, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
7225 Rainbow Drive
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Audrey Hall is a general pediatrician in San Jose, CA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hall attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Hall welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Preventive Care, Nutrition Counseling, Newborn Care

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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.