Good nutrition is associated with longevity, stronger immune systems, more energy, and a lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Proper nutrition is about supplying your body with the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, and water to function optimally. 

The Laurel Health Centers offer nutritional counseling to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy weight and manage your medical conditions. Through our nutrition specialty services, you'll work with a provider who specializes in nutrition counseling. This may include a registered dietitian (RD), diabetes educator (CDE), or a board-certified healthcare provider. 

Your provider will create a nutritional plan to support your wellness that takes your food preferences, budget, goals, and cultural traditions into account. By setting nutritional goals together, we can help you start your journey toward better health. 

Assessing Nutritional Needs

As part of personalizing your nutritional guidance, a Laurel Health expert will conduct a thorough nutritional assessment during your initial consultation. They will take your vital measurements to establish a baseline, which may include your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). You will also discuss any chronic health conditions you might have (re-occurring or long-term conditions), as these can influence your nutritional needs. 

Your provider may also recommend additional testing to review your current nutrient levels and how well your body is processing nutrients, including measuring organ function for your liver, heart, or kidneys. For example, if you have diabetes, you may have tests to measure your blood sugar. If you have heart disease, you may be asked to monitor your cholesterol. 

A dietary assessment can help you better understand the quality and quantity of the food you eat, your appetite, and food allergies. Your provider may also ask you to:

  • Do a 24-hour food recall: During this assessment, you will recall all the food and beverages you had in the last 24 hours. 
  • Fill out a food security questionnaire: These questions will assess your access to healthy food.
  • Rate your typical stress levels: Stress can impact our physical and emotional health, including our eating habits and how our body responds.
  • Discuss your sleep and exercise habits: Determining your level of physical activity and sleep health are also important parts of your initial assessment.

With this comprehensive information, we can offer you customized nutrition counseling and develop a plan to help you meet your health and wellness goals. 

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight has a positive impact on well-being. If you are trying to lose weight, personalized medical guidance can help you achieve your unique weight loss goals in a healthy and sustainable way. 

If you have been diagnosed with obesity, your healthcare provider may refer you to a nutrition counselor. This is because obesity can contribute to severe health problems like stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Effective weight management can help improve your physical and mental health. 

At Laurel Health, we don't prescribe impossible-to-follow diets. We work with you to create a custom nutritional plan that's satisfying and sustainable. We also empower you with knowledge about healthy and unhealthy eating habits to help you tackle your goals like:

  • Emotional eating: We can work together to assess how emotions affect your personal eating habits.
  • Cravings: Learn the best strategies for moderating and managing cravings. If you're craving “junk food,” we'll work together to find healthier-but-still-tasty alternatives that could work for you. 
  • Portion control: You'll learn how to fill your plate with the right amount of each nutrient and explore techniques for balancing your portions during meals. 
  • Conscious eating: When you're more aware of what you eat each day, it's easier to make healthy food choices. 

Medical Conditions and Nutritional Support

Our nutrition experts are qualified to offer nutrition therapy for a wide range of health conditions. At Laurel Health, we prioritize holistic treatments that look at your health and body as a whole. A balanced diet can help fortify your immune system so that your body can better tackle illness and ward off certain health conditions.

We offer nutritional help for people facing various health conditions, including:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Eating disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid disease

Our team offers science-based dietary plans tailored to you, whether you need a heart-healthy diet, low-carb nutritional plan, or another personalized approach. We'll also provide tailored guidance about dietary supplements like calcium and vitamin D to ensure you get all the nutrients you need to better your health. 

Your nutrition counselor will advocate for your wellness when collaborating with the rest of your care team to find the best nutritional solutions for you — taking your medical history, lifestyle, and medications into the big picture to make holistic recommendations for improving your quality of life.

Choose Laurel Health for Nutrition Counseling

At Laurel Health, you're at the heart of all we do. Our team designs our nutrition specialty care services around every individual patient's needs. Staffed by compassionate and knowledgeable experts, we can offer you nutritional services that speak directly to what's best for your health. Call us at 1-833-528-7354 or contact us online for an appointment or more information about our nutrition services.



location   Blossburg LHC
   6 Riverside Plaza, Blossburg

           Laurel Dental - Blossburg
           116 Seymour Street, Blossburg

hours   Family Medicine (6 Riverside)
   Mon - Thurs       7:00 am - 5:00 pm
           Fridays                8:30 am - 5:00 pm 

            Dental Services (116 Seymour St)
           Mon - Thu  7:30 am - 4:30 pm 
           Fridays       7:30 am - 1:30 pm

phone   570-638-2174 (LHC)
   570-638-3468 (Dental)

providers   Lara Jaussi, DO
   Tina Doud-Kearns, CRNP
           Stephen Ollock, DMD
           Laura Brannaka, RDH
           Kelsey Herrmann, RDH 
           Jeremy Trowbridge, RDH     


location   Lawrenceville LHC
   32 East Lawrence Rd., Lawrenceville

hours   Family Medicine:
   Mon & Fri       8:30 am - 5:00 pm
           Tues - Thurs    7:00 am - 5:00 pm 

           Dental Services:
           Mon - Fri    8:00 am - 4:30 pm 

phone   570-827-0125 (LHC)
   570-827-0145 (Dental)

providers  Kyle Ungvarsky, MD
  Phyllis Scott, MD
          Michael Telehany, DDS          
          Kelly Carr, CRNP
          Rachelle Schultes, FNP-C
          Jeremy Trowbridge, RDH   



location   Wellsboro LHC 
   7 Water Street, Wellsboro

hours   Family Medicine:
   Mon - Wed    7:00 am - 7:00 pm
           Thurs & Fri     7:00 am - 5:00 pm
           Saturdays       8:00 am - 4:30 pm

           Chiropractic Services:
           Mondays            7:00 am - 7:00 pm
           Tuesdays            8:00 am - 4:00 pm
           Wednesdays       7:00 am - 5:30 pm


           Walk-in Care:
           Mon - Fri             8:00 am - 4:30 pm

phone   570-724-1010

providers   Hamza Mir, MD
   Steven Heffner, DC  
           James Biery, PA-C   
           George Ann Foreman, AG-CRNP
           Alison Hallinan, FNP-C 
           Liz Koury, PA-C
           Scott Kroll, CRNP
           Allison Moss, PA-C         


location   Elkland LHC
   103 Forestview Drive, Elkland

hours   Family Medicine:
   Mon - Fri      8:00 am - 5:00 pm

           Chiropractic Services:
           Thursdays      8:00 am - 2:30 pm


phone   814-258-5117

providers    Steven Heffner, DC
    Hana Sullivan, AG-CRNP 


location   Mansfield LHC
   416 South Main Street, Mansfield

hours    Family Medicine:
    Mon - Fri  7:00 am - 5:00 pm

            Chiropractic Services:
Mondays      7:00 am - 6:00 pm
            Tues - Thu    8:00 am - 5:00 pm     

            Walk-in Care:
            Mon - Fri       7:30 am - 5:00 pm

phone   570-662-2002

providers    George Dy, MD
    Yekalo Beyene, MD 
            Michael Scalzone, MD
            Sarah Taylor, DC
            James Biery, PA-C
            Katie Lutz, PA-C          


location   Westfield LHC
   236 East Main Street, Westfield

hours   Mon - Fri  8:30 am - 5:00 pm

phone   814-367-5911


location   Troy LHC
   45 Mud Creek Road, Troy

hours   Family Medicine:
   Mon - Thurs     8:00 am - 6:00 pm
           Fridays              8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

           Dental Services:
           Mon - Fri           8:00 am - 4:30 pm

           Walk-in Care:
           Mon - Fri           8:00 am - 4:30 pm 

phone   570-297-3746

providers   Cynthia Meyer, DO
   Adam J. Hainley, DMD
           Amanda Blasz, PA-C

           Daniel Branzburg, CRNP
           Tanner Bulkley, PA-C
           Beth Geiger, FNP-C, DNP
           Marcelinda Griffiths, CRNP
           Todd Rudy, PA-C
           Jenny Sparling, PMHNP
           Maureen Strobel, CRNP           
           Linda Thorp, CRNP
           Erin Barrett, RDH
           Carmen Bates, RDH
           Janee Overpeck, RDH
           Andrea Pepper, RDH          


location   Laurel Behavioral Health
   Laurel Health & Wellness Center
           40 West Wellsboro Street, Mansfield

hours   Behavioral Health:
   Mon & Thurs  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
           Tues & Wed    8:00 am - 8:00 pm
            Fridays            8:00 am - 4:30 pm

           LHC Administration: 
           Mon - Fri        8:00 am - 5:00 pm


phone   570-723-0620 (LBH)
   570-662-1945 (Admin)

providers   James E. Manning IV, MD 
   Gerald Cerrone, PhD
           Jackie Wiand, Psychiatric PA-C
           Kathryn Brodrick, ACSW, LCSW
           Anne Anderegg, LCSW
           Tyler Benelli, LCSW
           Alyssa Hoffman, LCSW
           Lori Makos, LCSW
           Kristina Mielke, LCSW
           Jessica Prutsman, LPC
           Jenny Sparling, PMHNP


location   Laurel Pediatrics
   1 B Main Street, Wellsboro

hours    Mon - Fri  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

phone   570-724-7100

providers   Barry Clark, MD
   Kate Abadi, PA-C          


location   Laurel Dental - Towanda
   346 York Avenue, Towanda

hours   Mon - Thurs      7:30 am - 4:30 pm
   Fridays               7:30 am - 2:30 pm

phone   570-828-3992

providers   Lydia Hainley, DMD
   Kelsie Davidson, RDH
           Marion Jenkins, RDH