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 is a family medicine practitioner in Clearwater, FL. Her areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. Patient ratings for Dr. Lewis-Serag average 3.0 stars out of 5. 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 obtained her medical school training at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Dr. Lewis-Serag is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 specialty is family medicine. She studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Deccan College of Medical Sciences. She trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. Dr. Masani's areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Masani (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Masani's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). Patient ratings for Dr. Strikowsky average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His 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 is a family medicine physician in Palm Harbor, FL. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. Dr. Mermelstein accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and a graduate of Bayfront Medical Center's residency program. 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Taunk include nutrition counseling, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taunk honors. Before completing his residency at Harlem Hospital Center, Dr. Taunk attended medical school at SMS Medical College, Jaipur. Dr. Taunk (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Taunk's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 practices general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kundra include herpes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Christian Medical College. Dr. Kundra (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Kundra's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Drucker is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Drucker is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson 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 medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. Dr. Amin has a special interest in nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and biopsy. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He 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. Dr. Amin (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Amin 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 works as a general internist in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Patients rated Dr. Clemens highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Clemens's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and 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's area of specialization is chiropractic. These areas are among his clinical interests: temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), activator methods, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Sessa accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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.