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

Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Rophie trained at Mount Carmel Health System. His clinical interests include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. Dr. Rophie's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rophie is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana May's areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist); she sees patients in Clearwater, FL. In addition to English, Dr. May (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. May is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. May attended medical school at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. She accepts 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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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 330
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Moneer Mansour sees patients in Largo, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. He speaks Arabic. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. Dr. Mansour is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Saint Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers. Dr. Mansour's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mansour accepts.

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All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
807 N Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Julia Jenkins practices family medicine. Dr. Jenkins obtained her medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed her residency at Bayfront Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Jenkins include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jenkins is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Sleep Apnea, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Sexual ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Unit 1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Bozena Sabala practices family medicine. She graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at North Shore University Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sabala include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sabala is conversant in Polish. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Skin ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega works as an internist. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ramirez-Ortega takes. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan works as an internist in Clearwater, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Tan's clinical interests: alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at International and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Tan is conversant in Filipino.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (Read more)

Specializes in Legal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
611 Druid Road E; Suite 511
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Natalie Shnitser is a legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist. Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Kishinev State Medical Institute, Dr. Shnitser performed her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road North; #2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Largo, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahajan's areas of expertise include the following: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Mahajan's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Specializes in Physiatry
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Yu is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Yu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Min Nan. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. Dr. Yu attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Yu takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Shingles, Trigger Point Injections, Back ... (Read more)

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 120
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Tralins works as a radiation oncologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tralins include breast augmentation, breast biopsy, and nutrition counseling. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Tralins honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. In addition to English, Dr. Tralins speaks Spanish.

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

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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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