We found 9 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Steven Alberto Cortes, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
550 Water Street; Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cortes specializes in family medicine and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. He has a special interest in primary care. Dr. Cortes has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Cortes speaks Spanish. Dr. Cortes is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jennifer Ann Schreck, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
115 Locust Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jenny Schreck's medical specialty is family medicine. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schreck include primary care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Schreck is closed to new patients at this time. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Valley Medical Center.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Primary Care, Obesity, Nutrition Counseling, Geriatric Health

Dr. Bruce Robert Eisendorf, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Eisendorf's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Eisendorf's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Eisendorf include primary care. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Eisendorf honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time. Before performing his residency at Mercy Medical Center Merced, Dr. Eisendorf attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school.

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Dr. Kyle R Keene, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kyle Keene is a family practitioner. Dr. Keene attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in primary care. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Keene is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Carla Collins Gorum, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carla Gorum is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gorum is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Leigh Alison Langley, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Leigh Mueller works as a general pediatrician. She attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Her medical residency was performed at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center. Dr. Mueller accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mueller's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Sarah J Maufe, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Maufe's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Maufe's practice is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Kathrin Rachel Sidell, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sidell is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sidell's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Susan E Borba, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba is a pediatrician. The average patient rating for Dr. Borba is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Borba attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Borba has an open panel.

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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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