We found 11 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Largo, FL.

Dr. Ralph A Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rophie include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. The average patient rating for Dr. Rophie is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rophie honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rophie is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and a graduate of Mount Carmel Health System's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Ana Belen Charles, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana May works as a family practitioner and hospitalist. She attended medical school at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. May include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. May honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. May (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Moneer M Mansour, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 330
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Moneer Mansour is a family medicine physician in Largo, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Mansour include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mansour attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and BayCare Health System.

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Dr. Julia C Jenkins, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
807 N Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Julia Jenkins' specialty is family medicine. Dr. Jenkins studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Jenkins completed a residency program at Bayfront Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jenkins accepts. Dr. Jenkins speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Bozena Barbara Sabala, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Unit 1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Bozena Sabala's specialty is family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sabala honors. Before completing her residency at North Shore University Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Sabala attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Sabala speaks Polish. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is an internist in Clearwater, FL. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramirez-Ortega include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Ranjan Mahajan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road North; #2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan's specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of expertise include holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Mahajan is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Patients gave Dr. Mahajan an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Michael Uy Yu, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Yu is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. Patient reviews placed Dr. Yu at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yu accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Yu (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Min Nan. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Dr. Edison Ngo Tan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan works as a general internist in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. Patient ratings for Dr. Tan average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending International for medical school, he completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Tan is conversant in Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Dr. Kevin Seth Tralins, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 120
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Tralins is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Tralins's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Tralins include breast augmentation, breast biopsy, and nutrition counseling. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tralins honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. In addition to English, Dr. Tralins speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Breast Biopsy, Laser Surgery, Mastectomy, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Natalie P Shnitser, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
611 Druid Road E; Suite 511
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Natalie Shnitser specializes in legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Clearwater, FL. Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. Dr. Shnitser is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Kishinev State Medical Institute and then she performed her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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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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