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. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Masani (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Masani include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. Dr. Masani is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Deccan College of Medical Sciences. For her residency, Dr. Masani trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Masani is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 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. Masani honors.

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

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Before completing her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Lewis-Serag attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lewis-Serag include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. The average patient rating for Dr. Lewis-Serag is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Stuart Strikowsky works as a family practitioner in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Strikowsky honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Strikowsky attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic 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 sees patients in Palm Harbor, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Mermelstein accepts 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 Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Mermelstein trained at Bayfront Medical Center for residency.

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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 a Palm Harbor, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Taunk include nutrition counseling, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Taunk's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Advanced Gastroenterology Associates, and Mease Countryside Hospital. 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. Dr. Taunk's education and training includes medical school at SMS Medical College, Jaipur and residency at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Taunk (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Kundra include herpes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Kundra has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Christian Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Kundra (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her professional 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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Drucker's areas of expertise include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone diseases. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, he completed his residency training at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Amin average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and biopsy. Dr. Amin's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Advanced Gastroenterology Associates, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Grandview Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Amin (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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

Dr. Michael Clemens sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Clemens's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Patient ratings for Dr. Clemens average 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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 is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 specializes in chiropractic. Dr. Sessa's clinical interests include temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), activator methods, and nutrition counseling. He 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.
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