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

Specializes in Family Medicine
550 Water Street; Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cortes' medical specialty is family medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Cortes has a special interest in general care. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cortes 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. 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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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Eisendorf sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at Mercy Medical Center Merced for residency. In Dr. Eisendorf's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Eisendorf is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. David Pilcher is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Pilcher (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Dr. Pilcher's clinical interests include general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing his residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Dr. Pilcher attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pilcher is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Obesity, Skin Issues, Women's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
115 Locust Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jenny Schreck is a physician who specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Schreck is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schreck has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is closed to new patients at this time. Dr. Schreck's education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at Valley Medical Center.

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kyle Keene works as a family practice physician. Dr. Keene has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Keene completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Keene is professionally 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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Specializes in General Pediatrics
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carla Gorum works as a pediatrician. Dr. Gorum's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gorum welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Immunization, Circumcision, Obesity, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues, Allergies, Behavior Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Maufe practices general pediatrics in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Maufe's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 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. Maufe's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell's specialty is general pediatrics. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Sidell attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with 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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Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba sees patients in Aptos, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with 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. Dr. Borba is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Leigh Mueller's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Mueller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school, Dr. Mueller completed her residency training at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

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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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