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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. Before completing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rophie attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. His areas of expertise include the following: cryotherapy, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. 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. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Julia Jenkins' area of specialization is family medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jenkins include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Dr. Jenkins is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Bayfront Medical Center for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jenkins takes.

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

Dr. Ana May is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. May's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. May (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek.

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

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

Dr. Moneer Mansour works as a family medicine practitioner in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Mansour speaks Arabic. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Mansour's education and training includes medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Saint Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 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. Mansour honors.

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

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

Dr. Bozena Sabala's medical specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Sabala average 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sabala include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and trigger point injections. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Sabala 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. 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, she speaks Polish.

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

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

Dr. Edison Tan is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan's clinical interests include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of International. He completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Tan 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 physician who specializes in legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). The average patient rating for Dr. Shnitser is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shnitser include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Kishinev State Medical Institute for medical school, she completed her residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan is a general internist in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. These areas are among Dr. Mahajan's clinical interests: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences and residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Yu, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Areas of expertise for Dr. Yu include back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Yu accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He 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. Dr. Yu (or staff) is conversant in 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's specialty is general internal medicine. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. 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 honors. She is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Kevin Tralins works as a radiation oncologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tralins include breast augmentation, breast biopsy, and nutrition counseling. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. In addition to English, 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.