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.

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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 practices family medicine in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Lewis-Serag attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. for residency. Her areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Dr. Lewis-Serag is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Shama A Shahabuddin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 S Pinellas Avenue; Suite 7
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Shama Masani is a family practice physician. These areas are among her clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Masani attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Deccan College of Medical Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Masani completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Masani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Masani is affiliated with Mease Countryside 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 is a family medicine physician in Palm Harbor, FL. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Mermelstein obtained his medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. He is affiliated with 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Strikowsky attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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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, who practices in Palm Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Taunk (or staff) speaks Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: nutrition counseling, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is a graduate of SMS Medical College, Jaipur. Dr. Taunk trained at Harlem Hospital Center for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Biopsy, Nutrition Counseling, Colonoscopy

Dr. Jerry Drucker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
34041 Us Highway 19 N; Suite C
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jerry Drucker is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone diseases. Dr. Drucker is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin 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. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist in Palm Harbor, FL. He obtained his medical school training at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. Dr. Amin's areas of expertise include the following: nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and biopsy. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Amin (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Amin is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Clemens specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clemens include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Patient ratings for Dr. Clemens average 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. Clemens's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Anita Kundra, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Ste S&t
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Anita Kundra's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include herpes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Kundra honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kundra attended medical school at Christian Medical College. Dr. Kundra (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Frank V Sessa
Specializes in Chiropractic
2555 Enterprise Road; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Frank Sessa practices chiropractic in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include primary care, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and activator methods. Dr. Sessa accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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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