We found 11 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Largo, FL.

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Dr. Ralph A. Rophie M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 3.08 stars (3 ratings)
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Rophie speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and a graduate of Mount Carmel Health System's residency program. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Rophie takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julia Jenkins MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 2.62 stars (2 ratings)
807 N Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Julia Jenkins practices family medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Dr. Jenkins's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Jenkins graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Bayfront Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Ana Belen May MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
average rating 2.91 stars (3 ratings)
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana Charles is a family practice physician and hospitalist. Clinical interests for Dr. Charles include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. On average, patients gave Dr. Charles a rating of 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 graduated from the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Charles (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Moneer M. Mansour MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 3.87 stars (4 ratings)
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 330
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Moneer Mansour sees patients in Largo, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers. Clinical interests for Dr. Mansour include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mansour speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Bozena Barbara Sabala D.O.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 2.81 stars (8 ratings)
525 S Hercules Avenue; Unit 1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Bozena Sabala is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Sabala include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sabala honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sabala obtained her medical school training at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at North Shore University Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. She is conversant in Polish. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez Ortega M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 4.17 stars (7 ratings)
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Natalie P. Shnitser M.D.
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
average rating 2.75 stars (2 ratings)
611 Druid Road E; Suite 511
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Natalie Shnitser's areas of specialization are legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Shnitser's areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. 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 graduated from Kishinev State Medical Institute and then she performed her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Edison N. Tan M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 3.83 stars (3 ratings)
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan is a general internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tan include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. Patients gave Dr. Tan an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended International and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He is conversant in Filipino. Dr. Tan's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Kevin Seth Tralins MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 4.95 stars (7 ratings)
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 120
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Tralins is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Tralins attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include breast augmentation, breast biopsy, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Tralins's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tralins accepts 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 affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Breast Biopsy, Laser Surgery, Mastectomy, Nutrition Counseling

Michael U. Yu MD
Specializes in Physiatry
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Yu is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Yu's areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, 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 attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. Dr. Yu (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Filipino, and Min Nan. Dr. Yu is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Ranjan Mahajan FACP, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 4 stars (4 ratings)
150 Clearwater - Largo Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan is an internist in Largo, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include geriatric health, sexual dysfunction, and holter monitoring. Dr. Mahajan is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Mahajan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Mahajan attended the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school.

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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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