We found 13 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept HealthSmart near Santa Clara, CA.

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

Dr. Jane Varner specializes in family medicine and practices in Santa Clara, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Varner include general care. Dr. Varner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Varner honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She 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's areas of specialization are family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. His areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Hiroshima is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hiroshima accepts. Dr. Hiroshima attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic 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. Sandhya Anna Prabhakar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
401 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Sandhya Prabhakar's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Prabhakar's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Prabhakar include general care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Prabhakar attended medical school at The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and Christian Medical College. Dr. Prabhakar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Tamil and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Prabhakar is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Kopardekar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Graduate Hospital. Dr. Kopardekar accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She welcomes 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's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Ketterman speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Ketterman attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Ketterman average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ketterman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is open to new patients.

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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 area of specialization is general pediatrics. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Benton's education and training includes medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Benton is open to 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's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Glenn is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Glenn attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Glenn honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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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 is a specialist in geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Garg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garg accepts. She is open to new patients. She studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Garg trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Garg (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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

Dr. Kenneth Vereschagin is a pediatric sports medicine specialist in Santa Clara, CA. In his practice, Dr. Vereschagin focuses on nutrition counseling. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Vereschagin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vereschagin attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Vereschagin trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Vereschagin is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Nutrition Counseling

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

Dr. L. Wong is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems. Dr. Wong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Wong average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wong's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Audrey Hall is a pediatrician. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The average patient rating for Dr. Hall is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hall honors. 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

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

Dr. Kerin Arora works as a general pediatrician. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arora's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Arora has an open panel.

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

Dr. Amanda Marie Smith, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
7225 Rainbow Drive
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Amanda Smith's specialty is general pediatrics. She attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Immunization, Early Childhood Development, Nutrition Counseling, Obesity, 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.
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