General Nutrition

Providence Saint John's Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department offers consultation and individualized counseling for a variety of conditions including:

  • Weight management
    To learn about our current classes: Call 310-829-8889
  • Oncology nutrition and management of side effect during treatment: radiation, chemotherapy and biotherapy
  • Cancer prevention strategies
  • Wellness and fitness
  • Heart disease 
    • Coronary heart disease
    • Congestive heart failure
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • High cholesterol
    • Metabolic syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Kidney and liver dysfunction
  • Vegetarian diets
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Immune system disorders
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Typical consultations consist of a first hour-long appointment followed by two half-hour appointments. During these appointments, Providence Saint John's nutritionists work one-on-one with patients to set up an individualized treatment plan based on their conditions and needs. 

The Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department is also available to work with inpatient dietitians to coordinate and continue care on an outpatient basis. In addition, the department works closely with the John Wayne Cancer Clinics to provide a continuum of care from the inpatient to outpatient setting.


Insurance providers require a written referral. A doctor must fill out a Providence Saint John’s Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department referral form before a patient can be seen. Forms can be given to the nutritionist at the time of the appointment or faxed to 310-315-6131.


Private insurance and physician groups often cover a variety of diagnoses for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). Contracts are with Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Medicare covers diabetes and renal disease and will expand coverage to other medical conditions in the near future. As a courtesy, Providence Saint John’s offers private discounts for those not covered by insurance.