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

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

Dr. Bruce Eisendorf is a family medicine practitioner in Santa Cruz, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eisendorf include general care. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at Mercy Medical Center Merced. Dr. Eisendorf has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. 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' specialty is family medicine. Dr. Cortes's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cortes's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Cortes 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 is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Pilcher (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pilcher 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. Dr. Pilcher obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Dr. Pilcher has a closed panel.

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

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

Dr. Jenny Schreck specializes in family medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Schreck is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schreck is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Schreck trained at Valley Medical Center for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Schreck is closed to 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 works as a family medicine physician in San Diego, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. He is especially interested in general care. Dr. Keene accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Keene's 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 practices general pediatrics in Santa Cruz, CA and Capitola, CA. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Gorum completed her residency training at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Gorum honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Sidell's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sidell honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Circumcision, Obesity, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, ... (Read more)

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. Dr. Maufe is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Maufe is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She 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 practices general pediatrics in Aptos, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Borba has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. She attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Borba is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Leigh Mueller's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Mueller is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Mueller trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency.

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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.