We found 5 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. John A Gross, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
116 1st Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Gross practices family medicine and sports medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Gross's clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and knee problems. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Gross honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Bayfront Medical Center.

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Dr. Enos Perez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
603 7th Street S; Suite 590
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Enos Perez sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. His residency was performed at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Perez has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Perez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Dr. Gregorio Samuel Santos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6125 54th Avenue N.; Suite B
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregorio Santos specializes in general internal medicine. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Santos's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. For his residency, Dr. Santos trained at The Miriam Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Santos takes.

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Dr. Kenneth Arthur Neifeld, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
2191 9th Avenue North; Suite 110
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kenneth Neifeld's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Neifeld is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Neifeld's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Neifeld is conversant in German.

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Dr. Mehul B Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1111 7th Avenue N; #107
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mehul Shah sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shah at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include back pain, diabetes, and shingles. 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 trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts for residency. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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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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