We found 10 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Palm Harbor, FL.

Dr. Maha Serag Lewis-Serag, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag's medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lewis-Serag speaks Arabic. These areas are among her clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Lewis-Serag trained at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. for residency. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Dr. Shama Alnur Masani, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 S Pinellas Avenue; Suite 7
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Shama Masani's medical specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Masani a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Masani include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Dr. Masani performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Masani (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Stuart Barry Strikowsky, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2724 Park Drive
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Stuart Strikowsky specializes in family medicine. He is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Strikowsky's clinical interests include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). The average patient rating for Dr. Strikowsky is 4.5 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. Dr. Strikowsky's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Jay Mermelstein, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 303
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jay Mermelstein works as a family practice physician. Clinical interests for Dr. Mermelstein include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. 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. He studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mermelstein trained at Bayfront Medical Center. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Jawahar Lal Taunk, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
34041 Us Highway 19 N; Suite A
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jawahar Taunk is an adult gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Taunk include nutrition counseling, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending SMS Medical College, Jaipur for medical school, Dr. Taunk completed his residency training at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Taunk (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Advanced Gastroenterology Associates, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Biopsy, Nutrition Counseling, Colonoscopy

Dr. Anita Kundra, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Ste S&t
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Anita Kundra specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Palm Harbor, FL. She studied medicine at Christian Medical College. Dr. Kundra's areas of expertise include the following: herpes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kundra is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kundra (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Jerry Drucker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
34041 Us Highway 19 N; Suite C
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jerry Drucker practices adult endocrinology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. Dr. Drucker is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Drucker takes. Before performing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Drucker attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school.

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Dr. Sanjiv Pravin Amin, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
34041 Us Highway 19 N; Suite A
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Sanjiv Amin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and biopsy. The average patient rating for Dr. Amin is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Amin takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Amin is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Grandview Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Amin (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Advanced Gastroenterology Associates, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Dr. Michael George Clemens, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Clemens is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Clemens has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Clemens performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Frank V Sessa
Specializes in Chiropractic
2555 Enterprise Road; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Frank Sessa practices chiropractic in Clearwater, FL. These areas are among Dr. Sessa's clinical interests: temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), activator methods, 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. Sessa takes. He has received the following distinction: Cum Laude Phi Chi Omega Honor Society.

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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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