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

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

Dr. Bruce Eisendorf works as a family medicine practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eisendorf include general care. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Eisendorf accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Mercy Medical Center Merced, Dr. Eisendorf attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Eisendorf's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

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

Dr. Steven Cortes' medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cortes include general care. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Cortes attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cortes trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. David Pilcher practices family medicine in Santa Cruz, CA and Aptos, CA. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Pilcher has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Pilcher performed his residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Dr. Pilcher (or staff) speaks 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 is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Jenny Schreck's area of specialization is family medicine. She obtained her medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Valley Medical Center. In her practice, Dr. Schreck focuses on general care. Patient reviews placed Dr. Schreck at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schreck is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She 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's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Keene has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 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. Carla Collins Gorum, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carla Gorum sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA and Capitola, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Dr. Gorum attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice 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 medical specialty is general pediatrics. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Maufe attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes 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 specializes in general pediatrics. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Sidell takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Sidell performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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

Dr. Susan Borba specializes in general pediatrics. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Borba studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Borba speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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 specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Santa Cruz, CA, Capitola, CA, and Aptos, CA. She is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Her residency was performed at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Mueller honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mueller 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.