We found 10 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Steven Alberto Cortes, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
550 Water Street; Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cortes practices family medicine in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Cortes's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cortes's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Bruce Robert Eisendorf, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Eisendorf's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Eisendorf's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Eisendorf honors. Dr. Eisendorf attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Mercy Medical Center Merced. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. David Wayne Pilcher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. David Pilcher's medical specialty is family medicine. In his practice, Dr. Pilcher focuses on general care. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Pilcher honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Pilcher completed his residency training at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Dr. Pilcher (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has a closed panel.

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Dr. Jennifer Ann Schreck, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
115 Locust Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jenny Schreck practices family medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Schreck's clinical interests encompass general care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Valley Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, Dr. Schreck is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Obesity, General Care, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Kyle R Keene, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kyle Keene is a family practice physician in San Diego, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. Dr. Keene is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Keene studied medicine at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Dr. Carla Collins Gorum, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carla Gorum specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Capitola, CA. Patients rated Dr. Gorum highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Dr. Gorum attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She is affiliated with 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. Sarah J Maufe, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Maufe's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Maufe attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Maufe is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Maufe'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. Kathrin Rachel Sidell, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Sidell's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Sidell is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Susan E Borba, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba is a general pediatrician in Aptos, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Borba is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Borba takes. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Leigh Alison Mueller, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Leigh Mueller is a pediatrician. Dr. Mueller is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. For her residency, Dr. Mueller trained at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Mueller is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.
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