Amanda Hernandez is a Detroit-area Master’s level registered dietitian, nutrition blogger, recipe developer and freelance writer. She is the author of The Nutritionist Reviews (www.nutritionistreviews.com) where she posts healthy recipes, nutrition articles, fitness and parenting articles. She also works full-time as a registered dietitian in a nursing home. Her work has been featured in Women’s World Magazine, Women’s Day, BalanceBar.com, SFGate and more.
Campbell is a nationally-known dietitian, author, blogger and lecturer specializing in nutrition and diabetes management. She was a diabetes educator and program manager at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA for over 19 years. Currently, Ms. Campbell is the Director of Content Development and Training at Good Measures, a provider of dietitian services. She holds degrees from Simmons College and Boston University, and is a certified diabetes educator.
Ms. Campbell has published articles for both the layperson and for professionals on various nutrition topics, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity management. She is a contributing author to Diabetes Self-Management and Walgreens’ Diabetes & You magazines, where she also serves on the editorial board, and writes a weekly blog for the Diabetes Self-Management website.
She has authored and contributed to several Joslin publications, including Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition & Meal Planning and Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Weight & Wellness. In addition, she co-authored a book entitled 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet”, published by the American Diabetes Association, for which she received both the Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and the 2000 National Health Information Award. Campbell recently received the Will Solimene Award for her article titled “Probiotics and Prebiotics: Parts of a Healthy Diet,” published in Diabetes Self-Management in 2011. Ms. Campbell developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus, published by Rodale Press, and co-authored a book with nationally renowned fitness expert Denise Austin, entitled Eat Carbs, Lose Weight, also published by Rodale Press.
Campbell is a Health Professional Advisor for the Egg Nutrition Center, serves on the expert panel for US News’ “Best Diets,” serves on the editorial board for Nutrition411 and has been an advisor for Calorie King, America’s leading provider of calorie-centric education tools and programs.
Anna Norton, MS, has been living with type 1 diabetes since August 1993. As CEO of DiabetesSisters, she is dedicated to improving the lives of women living with diabetes through peer support and education, via online and in-person programming. With over 340,000 annual visitors to www.diabetessisters.org, Anna organizes an array of services including personal blogs, expert articles, and a webinar series. She has been invited to serve on various patient-focused panels, speak on behalf of women living with diabetes, and featured in an assortment of health-related magazines and books. Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and Master of Science in Education at Florida International University. Prior to joining DiabetesSisters in 2012, she worked for large university systems and metropolitan health care systems, with in various areas of major gift fundraising, annual gifts, event planning and community relations. She currently resides in the Chicago-area with her family.
Anne Danahy is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with a diverse background in both clinical nutrition and nutrition communications. She works as a nutrition consultant and provides nutrition education and counseling services to individuals, community, and corporate clients. Anne also works as nutrition writer for EBSCO Information Systems, and Nutrition411.com, and as a freelance writer for various consumer, professional and clinical publications. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the Maricopa Community College system.
Anne received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State University in MA. Her areas of professional interest include diabetes management, cardiovascular disease, weight management and women’s health issues.
Forever passionate about food and wellness, she loves to inspire others to cook, eat, and live a healthier lifestyle. When not working, you’ll probably find Anne in the garden, hiking the miles of trails in the Valley of the Sun, or in the kitchen creating recipes that are healthy and delicious for her blog www.CravingSomethingHealthy.com. She lives in Scottsdale, AZ, and eats wherever good food is found.
Barbara Ruhs MS RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Neighborhood Nutrition LLC, a
consulting firm focused on providing solutions to help food companies and supermarkets improve consumer health & wellness. She’s a former supermarket dietitian and has run a successful business for 17 years. A leader in the field of nutrition, her mission is to help people by impacting the way food is produced, marketed and sold. She’s a strong advocate for supermarket dietitians and believes the retail food industry has the greatest potential to impact public health.
Barb launched an annual Supermarket Dietitian Symposium in 2010 in partnership with Oldways, a non-profit organization committed to promoting health and nutrition. This annual event draws leaders from the top supermarkets and provides a one-of-a-kind networking and educational forum for a unique audience of retail professionals that influence millions of customers each week.
A native of New York, Barb spent the majority of her career on the east coast prior to moving to Arizona in 2008. She started her career in public health working for USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs in Boston. She worked as a nutritionist for Harvard University and ran a successful private-practice with a team of dietitians based in Cambridge, MA.
Barbara graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and M.S. in Nutrition from Boston University. A former collegiate tennis player, she enjoys an active lifestyle. She competed in the 2013 US Tennis Association National’s. She’s an avid cyclist, animal-lover, and enthusiastic world traveler.
Graduate of the Ohio State University, school of medicine, Medical Dietetics division.
I have worked as an outpatient dietitian and later as a certified diabetes educator throughout central Ohio. My passion has been to present evidence-based diabetes management strategies in a fun and interactive manner. I embrace any avenue available to help people with diabetes live healthier lives. Articles in local publications, small group consults, assisting with the local food bank and volunteering education at churches help reach those with diabetes beyond my daily job.
The best medicine I share with my patients is hope.
Currently I am working with Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians in their free-standing diabetes education center. COPC is the largest physician owned primary care practice in America.
Dr. Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE (aka “Dr. Bev”) is a clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, author and speaker. She specializes treating the emotional issues of people with diabetes. In her private practice, she provides individual, family and/or group therapy utilizing a cognitive behavior therapy orientation, combined with a spiritual approach. Her goal is to empower her patients to manage their diabetes.
Dr. Bev is the author of two self-help diabetes books. She has written numerous articles which are published in print and online – always focused on diabetes from the emotional perspective. She also speaks to audiences of people living with diabetes, as well as, to audiences of healthcare professionals and diabetes educators. Dr. Bev, herself, has been living successfully with type 1 diabetes for 40+ years.
In August 2016, Dr. Bev was honored to receive the “CDE Entrepreneur of the Year” Award from her Metropolitan NY Association of Diabetes Educators.
Bridget Swinney MS, RD, LD is an award-winning author and well-regarded nutrition expert in the field of family nutrition and healthy eating. She has honed her culinary skills while developing tasty and nutrient-rich recipes for her four books as well as the food industry. International travel as well as living on the border of Mexico has influenced her cooking style. A frequent speaker and media guest, she has more than 20 years experience as a registered dietitian. She works as a freelance writer, editor, speaker and nutrition consultant.
Bridget has worked as a clinical dietitian, diabetes educator, public health nutritionist, renal dietitian and weight loss group facilitator and currently consults with adults who have diabetes. She is the author of three books that are focused on family nutrition and she is the co-author of The Healthy Heart Formula.
Bridget’s media interviews number in the hundreds and include: Good Morning America, Weekend Today, Later Today, The Food Network, WGN, CNN Accent Health and Fox on Family. She has also appeared on networks around the country. Bridget’s writing has appeared in national parenting magazines and she has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, WebMD.com, Working Mother, The Chicago Tribune, and newspapers across the country.
Bridget is the mother of two adult sons and enjoys cooking, traveling and hiking. When she is not working, she is searching for the best snorkeling destinations for her family to explore.
Cheryl Orlansky has over 25 years of experience in health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management. Her first career as a registered dental hygienist led her towards a path of wellness and nutrition! Her expertise is in diabetes, weight management and cardiovascular disease for individuals and groups. She works in a large private practice including endocrinology, internal medicine, rheumatology, neurology and sleep medicine. She is an award winning dietitian with current leadership positions in state and local dietetics organizations.
She has been interviewed and quoted in media outlets for WebMD, Atlanta Sports and Fitness, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. She has partnered with V-103 Radio to lead supermarket tours as part of a community outreach during National Nutrition Month.
Cheryl helps her clients reach balance through lifestyle choices: cooking and eating, activity and purpose in life. You can find her biking or running the beltline in Atlanta, hiking the N. Georgia mountains or at www.laureatemed.com
Chris Irish, RN, BSN, CDE, CPT has been a nurse in Central and Western Maine since 1999 and has been a diabetes educator since 2007. His passion for helping those with diabetes started while witnessing the devastating effects of the disease while working on an Acute Physical Rehabilitation unit, where he came to realize that many of the chronic complications of diabetes could be prevented through ongoing education and support. He has been an volunteer legislative advocate for both the ADA and the AADE and currently manages the diabetes education needs of the largest home health agency in central and western Maine. He has authored a printed booklet for newly diagnosed diabetics and is currently writing his first book about working on the front lines of the diabetes epidemic. This Fall he has invited an internationally recognized researcher, Eric Manheimer, to speak at the MeADE annual conference about his findings with the Paleo-style Diet. He is the owner of Irish Diabetes Consulting, LLC. A believer in practicing what he preaches, he has run 8 marathons (Boston twice) and is now taking up triathlons. He lives with his wife and children in the quiet western Maine town of Norway.
Christy Wilson, RD teaches, writes and speaks about food. She is a Registered Dietitian who aims to educate the public how to to choose, prepare and eat foods that will improve and sustain a healthy body. As a mom and wife, her work is as important to her personally as it is professionally.
Christy graduated from the University of Arizona in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences and underwent a dietetic internship at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. She is currently a Health Educator at the University of Arizona, as well as a Nutrition Consultant for the Employee Wellness Program at the El Rio Community Health Center.
Dr. Cori Cooper is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist, certified diabetes educator, and an Integrative Nutrition health coach. Dr. Cooper received both her B.S. in biology and Pharm.D. from Xavier University of Louisiana. She then completed a primary care residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi where she focused on chronic disease management, in particular diabetes. Following her residency, she served on the faculty at a college of pharmacy lecturing on diabetes and the practice of pharmacy and diabetes education. In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Cooper was the clinical pharmacist at a multidisciplinary clinic managing patients with diabetes and obesity. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Dr. Cooper knew she had to learn how to impact health and change behavior beyond one patient at a time. This led her to pursue her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her education at Hopkins focused on health and behavior, specifically in the area of health disparities. Her experiences at Hopkins, in patient care, academia, and community health have created a rich foundation and appreciation of health and wellness. With that in mind, she began her new journey as a Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach. Dr. Cooper received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. She has studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts, like Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine.
Dr. Cori Cooper is a leading diabetes prevention and education expert for busy women. She founded Care Matters, Inc., a non-profit organization, to prevent diabetes with realistic strategies rooted in current evidence, educate women with diabetes on their unique diabetes management options, and increase access to diabetes care across the globe. She travels to diabetes meetings worldwide and meets with the world’s leading experts to bring the most cutting edge research to her members. Dr. Cooper firmly believes there is no one way to treat diabetes and that empowering women builds the capacity of communities to help one another and expands the boundaries of service. Support Care Matters, Inc. at www.caremattersinc.org.
Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN—an award-winning RD, certified diabetes educator, and past national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the author of The African American Guide to Living Well With Diabetes, which received the Favorably Reviewed designation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes.
Over the course of her career, Constance has established herself as an expert in nutrition, diabetes, and the cultural issues that impact the health and health care of people of color. Her work has appeared in books for health professionals and health care consumers, and she has been a featured expert in national magazines such as Essence, Real Health, Heart & Soul, Diabetic Living, Diabetic Cooking, and Diabetes Forecast, and in newspapers across the country. She also is a regular contributor to Today’s Dietitian, also serving on the magazine’s advisory board, to MSNBC’s theGrio.com and BlackDoctor.org.
Constance is past president of the New York State Dietetic Association and the Long Island Dietetic Association. Her professional honors include the Award for Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Distinguished Dietitian Award from the New York State Dietetic Association, and the Diabetes Educator of the Year from the American Dietetic Association Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group.
A national speaker for PESI HealthCare, a national provider of continuing education for health care professionals, Constance has been invited to appear as a keynote speaker, presenter, or panelist at conferences and professional meetings nationally and internationally for organizations such as the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment; the American Association of Diabetes Educators; the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; the Empire State Medical Association; the American Academy of Physical Therapy; the University of South Carolina; Dothan Alabama Leisure Services; the North Carolina Dietetic Association; the St. Louis Association of Diabetes Educators; and the New York State Office of Children & Family Services.
Deirdre Reid, RD, CDE has been a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years. She is responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for outpatient veterans seeking care in Community Outpatient Clinics.
Dhiren Patel, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, BCACP, serves as a faculty member at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (MCP) in Boston, MA. He also maintains a clinical practice site at the Boston VA where he functions as a mid-level provider for a variety of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and obesity. He earned his PharmD from MCP – Boston and received his postdoctoral residency training at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is also board certified as an ambulatory care pharmacist (BCACP), diabetes educator (CDE), and in advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM).
Dr. Patel is one of the co-authors for the Diabetes and Obesity chapters in the Koda-Kimble and Young’s Applied Therapeutics textbook. This was the first clinical pharmacy textbook to be based on patient case histories. It is now in its 11th edition, has been translated into many languages, and is widely used in the United States and internationally. Dr. Patel has also been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and delivered numerous presentations and lectures on diabetes.
He was inducted into the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, which is the highest honor the profession of pharmacy can bestow on select individuals based on their academic excellence. In 2008, he received the Novo Nordisk Pharmacist Focused on Diabetes Award. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Sanofi, Novo Nordisk, and Astra Zeneca. He has served as a diabetes consultant to a variety of other clients that include, but not limited to the federal government, Fortune 500 firms, and healthcare technology startup companies.
Eliot LeBow is a Diabetes Focused Psychotherapist, who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over 38 years. Giving him great insight from both sides of the couch. Eliot’s practice in New York City called DiabeticTalks is more than just a private psychotherapy practice. DiabeticTalks includes an online platform that provides emotional self-help to over 45,000 followers with diabetes and growing. The Social Platform includes: his website www.diabeticTalks.com, a Facebook page called “The Diabetic Diary,” a Twitter Page @DiabeticTalks, a YouTube page and many other venues online.
Diabetes-Focused Psychotherapy takes a holistic approach combining traditional talk therapy with diabetes education and diabetes management help. It addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of living life with diabetes while still addressing other non-diabetes related life problems to create a unique holistic approach to help people with diabetes thrive.
Eliot LeBow has presented on the importance of talk therapy for individuals living with diabetes and how diabetes impacts mental health at multiple conferences including an autoimmune panel held at the 91st Y in NYC, parenting panels at the JDRF, 2 presentations at the Joslin diabetes center, 2014 conference on diabetes centers of excellence, 90 Minute Break Out sessions at AADE12, AADE13, AADE15 and many more. At AADE13, Mr. LeBow was highlighted as one of the top five presenters, in the AADE newsletter.
Mr. LeBow is a founding member of the ADA Expert Panel at sharecare.com. He has contributed as an expert on cognition and diabetes for several articles in print and online. He is the author of “DiabeticMinds,” a blog on various aspects of diabetes life. Presently he is a columnist for endocrine today magazine and continues to speak at various events.
His practice helps clients of all ages and their families manage life with diabetes and the many diverse cognitive, behavioral, and emotional issues that come with both Type I and Type II diabetes.
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Pegg Frates, is a physician as well as a certified health and wellness coach. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, as a double major in psychology and biology. Then, she attended Stanford University Medical School where she chose the specialty of Physiatry. Dr. Frates came back to Boston for her internship in internal medicine at MGH and her residency at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Harvard Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. There, she served as chief resident and President of the National Resident Physician Committee for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
During her residency, she performed research on topics that launched her career trajectory on the topic of patient and care giver knowledge and expectations for functional recovery after stroke. The results are published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2003. Finding there was a gap in patient and care giver knowledge, she co-authored a book to help fill this gap. The book is titled Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke (2006) Johns Hopkins University Press. Also, in residency Dr. Frates participated in research surveying physician on their personal exercise behavior and their exercise counseling behavior which was published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine in 2000. This work revealed that physician who exercise, counsel on exercise. This study continues to be cited and replicated, reinforcing the need to educate and motivate physicians to embrace exercise as medicine for themselves and their patients.
In 2008, Dr. Frates started her formal journey into lifestyle medicine at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she created a lifestyle medicine interest group for the Harvard Medical School, which continues to thrive and has been replicated in many institutions including Stanford. She serves at the Director of Medical Student Education at the ILM and for 7 years has been the co-director of the Harvard Medical School (HMS), CME Tools for Promoting Healthy Change and the assistant director of the HMS CME Active Lives. Dr. Frates is an award winning teacher at Harvard Medical School earning distinctions for her tutorial facilitation work in multiple courses taught to the first and second year students at HMS including the Central Nervous System, Musculoskeletal System, Endocrine System and Introduction to the Profession of Medicine. In the fall of 2014, she created and taught the first lifestyle medicine course at Harvard, Psych E 1037 Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine at the Harvard Extension School. This course received rave reviews with an evaluation of 4.9 out of 5 for the course overall and for her as an instructor. Dr. Frates is passionate about teaching.
Dr. Frates has trained in many different programs addressing behavior change in order to learn how to empower people to adopt healthy habits, those that prevent stroke and other lifestyle related diseases. This training includes a certification in Motivational Interviewing from UMass, certification in health and wellness coaching (having studied four different programs including the Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach), Mind Body Medicine with Dr. Herb Benson’s group, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s group. She has been actively involved with teaching evidence based wellness, healthy habits, stroke prevention as well as lifestyle medicine at the Harvard Medical School, Continuing Medical Education Conferences both nationally and internationally for years. Dr. Frates founded her own wellness coaching company, Wellness Synergy in order to empower individuals and groups attain their optimal level of wellness. In fact, she piloted wellness groups for stroke survivors and their caregivers at Spaulding a couple of years ago. She has developed 12 Steps to Wellness, which has helped people move from sitting on the couch eating potato chips to walking and tracking their steps with pedometers and enjoying fruits and vegetables. In January 2015, she accepted the position of Director of Wellness Programming for the Stroke Institute at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital a Harvard Medical School Affiliate.
Hi, I’m Liz! Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Nut in San Diego, CA. I’ve had a passion for food, fitness and fun my entire life and am now have been able to have found a career I can do all three at the same time…enter, self-employment! I currently own my own business and am venturing into all sorts of new avenues in the nutrition field which I truly love.
My past work has led me to experience many different parts of the nutrition field, including senior nutrition, hospital and school foodservice, eating disorders and weight management, as well as marketing and product development over the past ten years. My current position has me doing what I love most, educating the public (that’s you!) about the importance of nutrition and health in our daily lives. My philosophy is all foods can fit, you just have to figure out how they work for you. I enjoy helping people find their healthstyle as I like to call it. I share my passion for cooking and life on my blog, Simple Swaps, and in my work as a professor at the local San Diego colleges.
I received my Masters in Nutrition as part of dual program while completing my Dietetic Internship at Northern Illinois University outside Chicago, Illinois. I also completed a Graduate Program in Eating Disorders & Obesity while there as well. I recently finished my training to become a CLT (certified lifestyle eating and performance therapist) to assist those with food allergies and intolerances. I’m an active member in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and National Association of College and University Foodservice (NACUFS) Organization.
When away from work, I love to cook and explore the beauty of nature- hiking, biking, rollerblading, I’m in! I look forward to getting to know you better and helping your find the healthstyle that works for you!
A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group, Dr. Ellen Albertson is a PhD Psychologist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Wellcoach®, Mindful Self-Compassion Educator and founder of SmashYourScale.com. She is also the former on-line nutrition expert for Men’s Health Personal Trainer, Celebrity Fit Club, Women’s Health Personal Trainer, and the Abs Diet. An expert on diabetes, weight loss, physical fitness, wellness and behavioral psychology, Dr. Albertsonem powers people to optimize their health and wellbeing through holistic lifestyle change.
Dr. Albertson is the co-author with her husband of,The Diabetic & The Dietitian: How to Help Your Husband Defeat Diabetes…Without Losing your Mind or Marriage. She has written for Self, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Environmental Nutrition, Natural Health, and the Boston Herald. She has appeared on Extra, Maury Pitch, the Food Network, and ABC World News and been quoted in Psychology Today, Eating Well, Women’s Health, Family Circle and WebMD. Dr. Albertsonis also the former co-host of a nationally syndicated radio show for five years focusing on health, food and nutrition.
A member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Albertson has served on the Society for the Psychology of Women; the Society for Media Psychology and Technology and the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists practice group. She holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, a Master of Science in Nutrition from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
With over 25 years experience Erin provides real world solutions for healthy eating by focusing on her client’s health, lifestyle challenges and food preferences. She prides herself on being a counselor, educator, support system and role model for those struggling with diabetes and weight management. In 2013 Erin created Ace Your Diet App, and in July 2014 published the Amazon Best Seller, Eat Like A Normal Person: Real World Solutions for Healthy Living. Erin holds a Masters in Nutrition and Food Studies, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. When Erin’s not working, she enjoys playing tennis, reading and trying to vie for time with her busy tween, Maya.
Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with a solid contact database of doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals. Proven ability to build rapport, provide training and earn customer loyalty. Highly disciplined with excellent interpersonal, leadership and problem-solving skills. Strong knowledge of natural foods and healing. Mentor to those who are interested in freedom, happiness, wealth, and lives they love. I help those with specific health goals, such as, weight loss, increased energy, mental stamina, athletic performance and endurance, as well as, particular disease states to reduce risk of complications and improve quality of life.
Grace Rivers is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Health Coach and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Texas with more than 20 years of experience. Grace has a passion about spreading science based nutrition information in order to help prevent chronic conditions and for management of disease, specifically diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure. When chronic conditions are under control this can help improve quality of life. Because of this she loves helping clients learn how to navigate the world of diabetes. In her practice, Nutrition Works, Inc., she counsels individually and in groups as well as providing grocery store tours and public speaking.
Grace graduated from the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center Allied Health Sciences School in 1993 in Clinical Nutrition. Since that time she has worked in long term care, renal dialysis, home health and outpatient diabetes care. She recently stepped into her own practice to be closer to home. Grace is on the Dallas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Governing Board and has been the winner of the Outstanding Volunteer Award and nominated for Outstanding Board Member. She is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and classically-trained chef. With a passion for helping people (including her father) with diabetes, she’s author of The With or Without Meat Cookbook: The Flexible Approach to Flavorful Diabetes Cooking and the award-winning The All‐Natural Diabetes Cookbook, both published by the American Diabetes Association. Jackie is also author of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes and Big Green Cookbook. Her next book, The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook—2nd Edition, arrives in 2015.
Jackie is a recreational culinary instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education. a frequent contributor to Everyday with Rachael Ray and Coastal Living magazines, and a freelance recipe developer for Food Network Kitchens. She’s been a columnist for top magazines, including Woman’s World’s “Diet Club”, Fitness’ “Healthy in a Hurry”, and Glamour’s “Eat More”. As a media personality, Jackie’s television appearances have included ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Dateline, and The Daily Buzz. She’s a past national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Jackie’s unique recipe makeovers can be found on her blog, “tasteovers by jackie.”
She received her B.S. in Allied Health Professions from The Ohio State University and Certificate in Professional Cooking from Kendall College. Jackie believes in a plant-centered approach to eating and is a veggie fanatic. She resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Jill Weisenberger is an internationally recognized nutrition and diabetes expert with more than two decades experience. Through writing, speaking and one-on-one coaching, Jill empowers people to grab control of their health. She has worked as both a nutrition counselor and a diabetes educator in the hospital and research settings, and now in private practice in Newport News, VA. Jill is known for her practical approach and caring attitude. Her no-nonsense strategies to eating well include foods that both taste good and are good for you.
She is a frequent guest on radio and television and regularly contributes articles to a variety of magazines and websites. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in communications and a graduate degree in food science and human nutrition. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association.
If Jill’s not counseling patients, tethered to her computer or otherwise working, you might find her in the kitchen cooking up something nutritious and delicious. Other times she’s out jogging, keeping up with her daughters, letting two dogs in and out, (and in and out again and again) or simply trying to sneak some quiet time with her husband. Learn more about Jill at www.jillweisenberger.com.
Katie Ferraro, MPH, RD, CDE is a nationally-recognized registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and author with an expertise in nutrition communications and curriculum development. She is the co-author of “Diet Therapy in Advanced Practice Nursing” (McGraw Hill, 2014) and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nutrition at the University of California San Francisco and University of San Diego’s graduate schools of nursing.
Katie is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Nepal) and a graduate of Texas Christian University and the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. Her consultancy business focuses on communicating health and nutrition messages for businesses, healthcare organizations, food companies, the media and students of nutrition. You can find Katie online at www.ingrainhealth.com or view her blog at www.fiberisthefuture.com.
Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN is a nutrition communications specialist, registered dietitian in private practice, social media consultant, speaker, spokesperson and corporate consultant. She is currently the owner of Nutrition Starring YOU, LLC and www.NutritionStarringYOU.com. Lauren strongly believes that we should “Think Healthy, not Skinny”, and “EveryBODY is unique, your diet should be too”.
Lauren was co-host of the Family Food Experts Kitchen radio show, available for listening on iHeart Radio and iTunes. Also known as one of the “NutritionBabes”, Lauren co-founded NutritionBabes.com, a popular Health and Wellness website in 2009. NutritionBabes.com was voted one of Healthline’s Top 100 Health Blogs in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Lauren has maintained a private practice in the New York/New Jersey area for the past 18 years. Lauren trained and worked at major medical centers, including Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYU Medical Center. She has counseled celebrity clients and presented wellness programs for major corporations, charitable organizations and schools. She has also worked with non-profit agencies to provide nutrition counseling to the uninsured and underserved. Formerly an obese child, Lauren dedicates herself to combating the growing childhood obesity epidemic and has worked closely with school districts to improve the nutritional quality of lunch menus, and nutrition and fitness related policies.
She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics & Dietetic Practice Groups including: Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Nutrition, Dietitians in Business and Communications and Weight Management.
Nutrition Starring You, LLC offers social media management and consulting services with outreach to consumers, registered dietitians and other health professionals. Lauren is currently the Nutrition Communications Manager for Silver Palate Kitchens Inc.
Lisa Cantkier, BA, BEd, CHN, is a holistic nutritionist, writer and editor based in the Greater Toronto Area. She is committed to educating and helping others live well with food allergies/intolerances and special diets. Living with celiac disease for a lifetime has taught Lisa that #everybitematters!
Offering a variety of services under the umbrella of food and nutrition, Lisa works with individual clients at a progressive functional medicine clinic in Toronto. She also works with a number of respected companies in the food, health and wellness sectors.
Maggie Moon, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, nutrition educator, and author with experience in health communications and supermarket dietetics. She is author of “The Elimination Diet Workbook: A Personal Approach to Determining Your Food Allergies” (Ulysses Press, 2014), writes on hot topics in nutrition for Livestrong.com, and is often quoted in a variety of media outlets, including Yahoo! Health, Yahoo! Parenting, Health.com, CNN.com, Greatist.com, WomensHealthMag.com, and more.
Ms. Moon has served on Executive Committees for regional and national dietetics associations, and previously served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College in the City of New York, in both their undergraduate and graduate nutrition programs. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received her Master of Science degree in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. Her clinical training was completed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.
Connect with her at maggiemoon.com and on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Marie works at a private medical group in Los Angeles as a registered dietitian, a certified diabetes educator and the manager of clinical research trials. She has been fortunate to have received top education at UC Berkeley and training at New York Presbyterian Hospital and UCLA and has worked as a dietitian at previous institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering and Cedars-Sinai. In addition, she is a fitness enthusiast, loves food and cooking, and over the years has done nutrition consulting work, namely writing and research support for dietary cookbooks and newsletters and nutrition lectures to seniors, children and parents. She recently published a diabetes cookbook, The Big Book of Diabetes Recipes (Adams Media January 2016) and has been a blogger on her recipe and nutrition blog: www.nourishyoudelicious.blogspot.com since 2008. Marie enjoys working with patients, writing and developing new, original and healthy recipes to feed her husband, daughter and herself, as well as entertain friends at their home in the South Bay. She is thankful for her great, active life in an awesome beach community.
Mark Heyman, PhD is a clinical health psychologist and the director of the Center forDiabetes and Mental Health (CDMH). In addition to treating patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, Dr. Heyman provides training for health care providers on how to identify and address the emotional and behavioral aspects of diabetes in their patients. He also works with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to help them understand these issues and incorporate this information into their sales, marketing, and patient education materials. He is particularly interested in empirically supported behavioral interventions that promote behavior change and improve physical and mental health in people with diabetes.
Dr. Heyman received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University and completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Dr. Heyman is on the Board of Directors of the Diabetes Coalition of California (DCC) and he is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD.
Dr. Heyman blogs regularly on the behavioral and emotional aspects of diabetes at www.cdmh.org.
Mark Hinkes, DPM, is one of America’s leading authorities on diabetic foot health, foot care, and amputation prevention. He is Board Certiﬁed by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Professional Wound Care Association and is a diplomat of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Mark has been practicing Podiatric Medicine and Surgery since 1976. He is the Chief of the Podiatry Service and Director of Podiatric Medical Education for the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee and was Chairman of the Preservation Amputation Care and Treatment (PACT) Program for more than a decade.
The author of Keep The Legs You Stand On, Mark writes about foot health issues to educate people with diabetes about preventing the complications of diabetes to their feet so they can enjoy a healthier lifestyle that goes with it. He is also a consultant for several medical device companies and travels nationally as a speaker.
Marlisa is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Chef, Author and Professional Speaker. She is president of Total Wellness Inc., a private nutritional consulting company for the past 22 years working with more than 15,000 patients. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing, a masters in nutrition and has studied at the Culinary Institute of America. Marlisa is an International speaker and has worked with hundreds of top corporations and is on the advisory committee for Todays Dietitian and has been a member of the dlife professional council. Marlisa has made many television appearances including 5 years on International Cooking for the American Heart Association and has been featured on FOX 5, CNN and recently broadcasted on FOODYTV her newest show Defeating Diabetes in your kitchen.
Marlisa is author of “Gluten-Free Hassle Free”, “The Gluten-Free Hassle-Free Cookbook” and “Easy, Gluten-Free”, has contributed to many major publications including monthly contributions to Newsday’s’ Wellness Magazine. She has also written and contributed to many programs including, Richard Simmons’ Food Mover Program, cookbooks, recipe cards and web site, Kathy Smiths’ Project You II for Diabetes, Jorge Cruises’ The 3-Hour Diet Cookbook, and Leslie Sansones’ Walk Away the Pounds meal plan.
Marlisa has served as an officer on many boards, having been past president, media representative, and public relations chair of the New York State Dietetic Association. Marlisa is a recipient of the 2011 Diabetes Educator of the Year from the DCE of The American Dietetic Association, The Emerging Dietetic Leader Award from the American Dietetic Association, Dietitian of the year from The Long Island Dietetic Association, Best Of Long Island from the L.I Press 2008/2009/2010/2011, and the Community Service Award from C.W. Post/Long Island University.
Marlene Koch (pronounced ‘cook’) is a nationally recognized nutritionist, popular TV personality and New York Times bestselling author. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science. She is a registered dietitian and one of a select group of dietitians to hold an advanced certificate in Child and Adolescent Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
Marlene has taught professional chefs from the American Culinary Federation the principles of healthy cooking and eating. She has been adjunct Nutrition professor and cooking instructor for Columbus State College and the Columbus State Culinary Academy, and she is a nationally recognized expert in weight loss, diabetes, child and adolescent nutrition, and sugar substitutes.
Marlene has sold over one million cookbooks, and is a regular guest on QVC. A California native, Marlene and her husband live in the suburbs near San Francisco. Marlene is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), The Food and Culinary Professionals Association, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. An advocate for healthy families, Marlene was honored to be invited to the White House to help kick off the Chefs Move to Schools and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaigns.
Mary Ann is a consultant, speaker, writer and trainer for the health, food and pharmaceutical industries in diabetes, nutrition, wellness and insurance reimbursement. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in multiple diabetes and nutrition subjects, including Medicare and private health insurance reimbursement for “all things diabetes and nutrition”, motivational interviewing, proven keys to sustaining diabetes education programs and the evidence-based diabetes nutrition practice guidelines. Mary Ann especially loves helping clients achieve AADE accreditation for their diabetes education programs with her turn-key materials and also helping them formulate their program’s business plan.
Mary Ann likes to “edu-tain”…educate and entertain health care professionals with fun and interactive strategies. Thus, she sees herself as a Diabetes and Nutrition Department Store! Her latest passion is training health care professionals on how to get and keep their own internal motivation to achieve both their personal and career goals. On a personal note, Mary Ann is on the board of directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has served on numerous committees of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has one husband, two sons and one cat…in that order! Chocolate and Champagne are the ‘other’ loves of her life! If you have a recipe combining the two, please send it her way!
Maureen Sullivan has worked for many years as a Registered Nurse, most of them in emergency and trauma services. She is a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, and the former manager of a hospital stroke program. Maureen’s wealth of knowledge, passion for nursing and education, and ability to engage people makes her an excellent teacher and a captivating lecturer. Recently, Maureen has been concentrating on writing, speaking and teaching, as well as working on her award-winning weekly podcast, “The Health and Humor Show.”
She was featured in the July 2012 issue of the National Diabetes Educational Program Partner Spotlight, and also in the November 2012 issue of Nurse.com magazine. She writes courses for Pedagogy, an online provider of continuing education classes for healthcare professionals, and is on staff at The Examiner, for whom she writes health stories for the Tampa Bay Area. She has had articles published in Nurse Week, EMS World, and Advance for Nurses. As a public speaker and educator, Maureen has done presentations for the American Heart Association, both at the corporate level and locally for the Tampa Bay Heart Walk. She has also done presentations or fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, Pinellas County Schools’ HEAT program, National Stroke Association, American Diabetes Association, Emergency Nurses Association, Gulfport Memorial Hospital, HCA Hospital System, Humana, and the Mississippi Department of Health.
Maureen recently published Never Again! From Horror to Humor, My Life as A Nurse, in which she relates some of the many stories she has accumulated during her career. The stories are funny, poignant, and often bizarre, and her Irish wit and “gift of gab” makes them all highly entertaining!
Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH is the author of the best-selling book, The One One One Diet. She holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and is also a Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Her book has been featured on the Today Show, in the premier issue of Dr. Oz “The Good Life” Magazine, The NY Post as well as other national outlets. Rania is frequently quoted in the media on health matters such as diet and weight loss. She works with clients nationwide through her nutrition consulting firm, Essential Nutrition For You.
Rebecca is an award-winning Registered Dietitian, writer, speaker, blogger, and REBEL Dietitian business owner. Rebecca and her team of six Registered Dietitians have counseled thousands of clients struggling with diabetes for over twenty-five years. They work closely with each other along with internists, endocrinologists, therapists, and families.
Rebecca and two of her Registered Dietitians (also known as REBEL Dietitians) authored Taste the Sweet Rebellion: REBEL Against Dieting workbook to empower clients to get out of diet prison, practice self-care and nourish their bodies well without deprivation in a way that is realistic and sustainable.
Our REBEL dietitians help clients:
E-Eat Like a Rebel
B-Build Confidence in Eating
We empower our clients to embrace their health while building skills to eat more intentionally and mindfully. For our clients with pre-diabetes and diabetes, we focus on health, diabetes management, improving A1C while enjoying delicious food.
Rebecca is also a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian with expertise in all kinds of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and diabulimia. She has over 25 years experience providing individual and group nutrition counseling.
Her team is consistently seen on all forms of social media featuring the website: www.rbitzer.com.
Samantha Pyser, RD, CDN, CDE is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator living in Queens, New York. She is currently working full-time as the outpatient dietitian in the adult medicine practice at a hospital in the South Bronx.She is also a department manager, and the program coordinator for their Diabetes Self-Management Education program which is accredited through the AADE. Working with this neighborhood’s complex population has been incredibly challenging, as it has one of the highest incidences in the country of overweight/obesity and diabetes along with low socio-economic status and literacy. Most of the patients counseled by Samantha are very receptive to the knowledge they receive, have great clinical and personal outcomes, and it makes the job very rewarding.
Prior to being involved in the outpatient counseling environment, Samantha was an inpatient dietitian at a hospital in Flushing, Queens, working throughout every unit from pediatrics to geriatrics, medical/surgical floors and the ICU’s.
A fitness enthusiast, she is also a Certified Spinning Instructor at a gym in Queens, and also enjoys yoga, running and kickboxing.
With a passion for helping clients and their families manage their health and fitness goals, she has enjoyed and excelled at teaching in group settings and one-on-one, as well as creating handouts and newsletters promoting overall health and great quality of life.
Sandra Arévalo currently serves as Coordinator of Wellness Programs at Institute For Family Health after being Director of Nutrition Services and Co-Director of The Starting Right Initiative and Coordinator of Diabetes Management Programs at Community Pediatrics, a program of the Montefiore Hospital and The Children’s Health Fund.
Working as a private consultant and spokesperson has helped her expand her horizons to continue her mission and commitment to provide health care to the most underserved families in NY and abroad. Her Health & Fitness Group received the Award of Excellence from NEPDPG for Best Nutrition Education Program in 2012. In 2013 she received the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Medical Association for her leadership in nutrition services among Latinos. In 2014 she was nominated to receive the Montefiore President’s Award for Service Excellence and the Preceptor of The Year award from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
She completed her Dietetic Internship and received her Master’s in Public Health from Hunter College. She has served as chair of the NYC Nutrition Education Network, Co-Chair for the Cultural Foods Group of the Greater New York Dietetic Association and is Past Chair of LAHIDAN, the interest group of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics committed to improving the nutrition of Latinos in the US. Her previous educational and research work on obesity prevention and diabetes have been featured in national and international TV and printed media, peer reviewed journals and presented at various national conferences.
Sheri Berger, RDN is a corporate wellness and supermarket nutrition consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also the founder of A Better Balance- Sheri Berger, Registered Dietitian, a Facebook page, where Sheri shares healthy recipes and nutrition and fitness related articles. Sheri also provides nutrition counseling virtually and in person.
Sheri was born and raised in the Chicago area. She completed her B.S. in Food/Nutrition & Dietetics and dietetic internship at Loyola University Chicago. Sheri has been working in the field of dietetics for over thirteen years. Within that time, Sheri has lived in several areas of the country which gave her the chance to experience a diverse professional background that includes hospital and outpatient clinic patient support, diabetes management, preventive wellness programs, corporate wellness services, cardiovascular disease management, and working with seniors.
Sheri enjoys engaging her clients in pursuit of their personal wellness goals and leading by example with her healthy lifestyle. Sheri enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters and she loves to run. Sheri has completed four half marathons and is looking forward to completing two more this summer. She has been certified in adult weight management since 2005. She belongs to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, and the San Jose Peninsula District of the CDA.
Tabitha Lenox is a Registered and State Licensed Dietitian who specializes in using the Nutrition Care Process to help her patients meet their fitness and nutrition related goals. She has presented her obesity research in Israel for the Israeli Nutrition Month in 2012. She was a delegate for Nutrition and Wellness from America to Israel in 2010 under the leadership of Connie Diekman, MEd, R.D., L.D., F.A.D.A., R.D. Implementing international standards, Tabitha encourages her patients and clients to eat healthy based on national guidelines based on evidence and science.
Since 2007, Lenox has owned, developed, and operated a nutrition consultation company named Masters In Dietetics, L.L.C. ® In four years, this company was nominated Top 3 Small Businesses of the Year by the Lone Star Community College Small Business Development Center in 2011 and again in 2013. Tabitha declares that much of the success of her patients and her company is through the use of science/evidence based nutritional interventions.
Her areas of specialization include diabetes management, sports nutrition, and adult and child weight management. She has completed 2 additional levels of training in adult weight management. As a wellness coach, she is able to help her patients set attainable goals for body success based on science and evidence. Her main focuses are to advance the field of dietetics, to promote the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as the Nutrition Expert, and to promote the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the source of nutrition information. To accomplish her goals, Tabitha continues to educate the community and provide quality Medical Nutrition Therapy one patient at a time.
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Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE, MLDE – is an award-winning, nationally recognized diabetes and nutrition expert who served as 2013 President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Tami is a key opinion leader and consultant for the health, food, pharmaceutical and device industries in the diabetes, nutrition, and wellness arenas.
Tami has authored 9 books, and more than 100 articles for professional and consumer publications. Her best-selling books include What Do I Eat Now? A Step by Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2015) and Diabetes Meals on $7 a Day – or Less! (American Diabetes Association, 2007).
With a passion for translating science into practice through positive, practical, evidence-based messages, Tami is a sought-after speaker for meetings of professional and community organizations. She is a national spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has deep experience sharing and engaging via webinars, Twitter Chats, and satellite media tours.
Tami has been featured in USA Today and on CBN, and was named the “Diabetes Educator of the Year” by the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Teresa has a passion for helping people navigate healthcare. This passion was born watching her two young adult daughters trying to deal with medical issues in the current healthcare environment. As a result, she chose to do her Public Health Doctoral Residency focusing on Health Literacy at the University of Texas Center for Health Communication and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (LCCT). While in her residency, she was hired by the LCCT as Director of Health Literacy.
Teresa has a rich history as a health professional holding a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Texas Christian University, a Master’s degree in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). She is a registered and licensed dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Texas Academy. She is also a member of the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) and the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association (CPSDA).
Her experience with Health Literacy began as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Health Professions and Adjunct Instructor in the School of Public Health at UNTHSC. She wrote the Medical Nutrition Therapy Curriculum for the UNTHSC Professional and Continuing Education Office and crafted it to teach physicians to educate patients about nutrition using plain language messaging. She also participated in research teaching librarians and clinicians health literacy basics and planned two UNTHSC Health Literacy Symposia. She currently remains on the faculty in both capacities.
Teresa has a great diversity of skills, expertise and experience. She has taught at the university and community college level, served as a health coach and public speaker and worked with patients as a clinical provider. Early in her career, she worked in both hospital and community settings with infants, children and mothers facing nutritional adversities as well as promoting nutritional health and wellness. She currently teaches Maternal Child Health Nutrition at UNTHSC.
Teresa is also a current media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She previously received the Texas Academy “Media Award” for excellence in nutrition-based media and served on the board. Teresa has over 13 years of experience as a media spokesperson on both a national and local level. She is on Twitter @TravelingRD and has her own blog, The Traveling RD.