We found 13 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near West Chicago, IL.

Dr. Mary Bizios, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
245 S Gary Avenue; #204
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Mary Bizios' specialty is family medicine. She is conversant in Greek. These areas are among Dr. Bizios's clinical interests: menopause, depression, and mole removal. She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Dr. Bizios is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University for her residency. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Tara Elizabeth Jackson, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N Neltnor Boulevard; Suite 120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tara Doman's specialty is general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Doman include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She speaks Spanish. Dr. Doman is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Linda Carol Hamilton, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 North Neltner; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Linda Hamilton works as a pediatrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamilton include abuse, newborn care, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Hamilton's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Hamilton attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school.

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Dr. Julian Honghui Tang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Julian Tang is a pediatric emergency medicine specialist in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tang include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tang takes. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Tang attended Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Laura Marie Uselding, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Uselding's specialty is general pediatrics. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, she completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Uselding include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Uselding honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. Dr. Uselding has an open panel.

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Dr. Timothy R Wall, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Timothy Wall's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Wall include dermatitis (skin inflammation), nutrition counseling, and adolescent issues. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wall is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Wall is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Wall is open to new patients.

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Dr. Nancy Thomas Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Thomas is a pediatrician in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Dr. Thomas's clinical interests include abuse, newborn care, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She has an open panel. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Thomas attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Thomas speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 North Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Shelly Flais specializes in general pediatrics. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Flais's clinical interests include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flais accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jihad Izzat Shoshara, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jihad Shoshara practices general pediatrics. Dr. Shoshara (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Shoshara's clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Shoshara is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jerome O Gronli, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jerome Gronli is a pediatrician in Plainfield, IL, Naperville, IL, and Bolingbrook, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Gronli include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gronli accepts. Dr. Gronli studied medicine at Rush Medical College. His medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gronli's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gronli is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Rebecca Kathryn Smeraglinolo, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rebecca Smeraglinolo's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smeraglinolo include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smeraglinolo is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sofia Shakir, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sofia Shakir's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Shakir (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College and a graduate of John Stroger Hospital of Cook County's residency program. Dr. Shakir accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Nithya Sunder, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Nithya Sunder practices general pediatrics in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. She is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Sunder's clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Sunder is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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.