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

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

Dr. Ralph Rophie specializes in family medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rophie include cryotherapy, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. Dr. Rophie honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Mount Carmel Health System. Dr. Rophie speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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's areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. May studied medicine at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. May (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. Dr. May is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Julia Jenkins' specialty is family medicine. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Bayfront Medical Center. Dr. Jenkins's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. She 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. She is conversant in 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 sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Sabala is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at North Shore University Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and trigger point injections. Dr. Sabala has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Polish. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Moneer Mansour's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Mansour is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mansour honors. His education and training includes medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Saint Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers. Dr. Mansour speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Edison Tan practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. On average, patients gave Dr. Tan a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Tan attended International for medical school. He speaks Filipino.

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

Dr. Natalie Shnitser is a geriatrician and legal medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shnitser include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. Dr. Shnitser honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Dr. Shnitser attended medical school at Kishinev State Medical Institute. Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of expertise include the following: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for his residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Mahajan is 4.0 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. Mahajan accepts.

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

Dr. Michael Yu works as a rehabilitation physician. Dr. Yu attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. His clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Yu honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Yu (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Min Nan.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine. She attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. The average patient rating for Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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

Dr. Kevin Tralins specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Largo, FL. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Tralins attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His areas of expertise consist of breast augmentation, breast biopsy, and nutrition counseling. Patient ratings for Dr. Tralins average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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.