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Meet Our ShapeFit Team - Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists

Our team of contributing registered dietitians are from all over the world. They have developed numerous articles on quality nutrition and healthy eating. Many of our healthy meal plans included in our site have been created by several of our dietitians. They all have extensive backgrounds in nutrition and provide their expertise to help all of our clients follow healthier eating habits.


Sophia Kamveris, MS, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Arlington, Massachusetts

Sophia Kamveris, MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian and is licensed in the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire to provide nutritional counseling. She holds a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and has more than twenty years of experience in the health care industry. She has worked as a clinical dietitian at a number of distinguished Boston teaching hospitals, as well as having served in a variety of management positions with Marriott.


Ruth Carey, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Lake Oswego, Oregon

Ruth is a dynamic, nationally recognized motivational speaker. She teaches monthly classes at the Nike World Headquarters Fitness center and speaks at several conferences nationwide. Ruth has appeared on national network morning shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, CNN, the TV Food Network as well as local TV stations nationwide. Expertise in the areas of sports nutrition, nutrition for fitness, cardiovascular nutrition and weight control. Counsels children and adults. Culinary consulting includes recipe development for restaurants and organizations.


Alicia Calvo, MPH, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian
Tarzana, California

Alicia began her career as a clinical dietitian for children and adolescents and developed a nutrition education program for the Camarillo State Hospital Developmental Center. She implemented a nutrition and wellness program for retired adults at Rockwell International and developed large-scale nutrition education events for National Cholesterol Education Month, National Nutrition Month, Health Fair Expo and Cancer Awareness Month. She also served as adjunct professor at Pepperdine University.


Danielle Ratliff Fryer, RD

Registered Dietitian
Phillipsburg, New Jersey

I am a positive, enthusiastic, passionate, and experienced Fitness Trainer and Dietitian. I own Metamorphosis Fitness & Nutrition Studio in Phillipsburg, NJ. Here, I physically train clients one on one in a private studio setting. I create each client a realistic, personalized meal plan that is suitable for their lifestyle and nutrition goals. I include grocery shopping trips with my clients, converse via email most days, all in attempts to keep them motivated and on track with the goals we set for them.


Robin Staub-Grundstein, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Athens, Georgia

Robin is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management Specialist, and Certified Personal Trainer. She is a Cum Laude Graduate in Dietetics and Food Science and has completed an American Dietetic Association approved internship at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. Robin has successfully maintained a hundred pound weight loss for over 15 years, through healthy eating and exercise (and practices what she preaches). Having worked at an athletic club, a medical fitness center, public health department, school district and a wellness center, Robin has extensive experience working with people of all ages.


Jennifer Nardone RD, CDN

Registered Dietitian
Albany, New York

Jennifer Nardone is a registered dietitian (RD) and certified dietitian-nutritionist (CDN). After obtaining a BS degree in food and nutrition, Jennifer received her RD certification through the Sodexho Internship Program. Jennifer has various interests in the health care field. She has worked in long term care, community nutrition programs for women and children and has clinical care experience. In addition to providing nutrition education patients and clients Jennifer has also conducted numerous public speaking events at local hospitals and fitness centers to discuss various health and nutrition topic.


Sharon Richter, MS, RD, CDN

Registered Dietitian
New York, New York

During my undergraduate and pre-med studies, I became fascinated by the impact of diet and exercise on one's health and decided to pursue a career in nutrition. The NYU Nutrition Program afforded me a variety of internships and consultative roles. I began in pediatrics at Mount Sinai, and subsequently worked with a dietitian to develop the nutritional content of a lifestyle book. I also managed the daily operations of a home delivery food service. I then went to work with Dr. Howard Shapiro, counseling in his private practice, and conducted nutritional research for his best-selling diet books.


Kim Wathen M.S.

Registered Dietitian
Howell, Michigan

I began working as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant while finishing my Master of Science degree. As a self-employed trainer and dietitian I have the privilege of working with people at many levels of fitness. I design custom nutrition and fitness plans based upon the client's goals and current fitness level. I have designed programs for, and currently work with 17 year old amateur football linemen; senior citizens, who often have health concerns; and professional motocross racers working to fine tune their athletic skills, and become the best in their sport.


Jody Robins, RD

Registered Dietitian
Colorado Springs, Colorado

I am a highly skilled Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer specialized in helping you achieve your weight goal and desired fitness level. I enjoy working one on one with people as well as with small groups to design the best possible program. With 15+ years of expertise as a Dietitian and a Personal Trainer, I can design your most effective program including: motivational goal setting, personalized nutrition counseling, and safe, fun, and effective workouts.


Amy E. Amyx, RD, CD

Registered Dietitian
Muncie, Indiana

I am a registered dietitian practicing at Medical Consultants in Muncie, Indiana. I graduated summa cum laude from Ball State University with a degree in dietetics in 2000. I then completed a 12 month internship in dietetics at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. After completing my internship, I worked as the staff relief dietitian at Ball Memorial Hospital for 2 ½ years before coming to Medical Consultants in 2004.


Rebecca Marks Rudy, MS

Registered Dietitian
Princeton, New Jersey

Rebecca works with clients to promote healthful living and peak performance through informed choices. A competitive athlete, Rebecca rowed for four years at Harvard University and continues to train for road races, open water swims and triathlons. A passion for sports nutrition incited her to pursue her Masters of Science in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University School of Nutrition and Science Policy. There Rebecca expanded her interests to include weight management, maternal and child health and issues in the food industry. Upon earning her degree Rebecca worked as a nutritionist for the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, a residential weight management center in Durham, North Carolina where she taught clients in group and individual settings how to modify their lifestyles though healthful food choices.


Renee DeFrang, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian
Greenville, Michigan

Renee, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Loyola University in Chicago. Currently employed through United Lifestyles, Prevention through Partnerships, a nonprofit organization, which empowers individuals to maintain improved wellness through education, support and partnerships. Renee educates participants through weight management programs, worksite wellness, diabetes education, various community talks/lectures, and performs one on one consultations for many medical conditions, for example hypertension, diabetes, pregnancy, renal failure, eating disorders, reflux disease, etc.


Ryan D. Andrews RD, MS, MA, CSCS, CISSN

Registered Dietitian
Baltimore, Maryland

Ryan has an extensive background in sports nutrition and physical conditioning. Ryan is a Health and Fitness Instructor (ACSM), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) and a Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA). Some of his other certifications include ServSafe Certified, Venipuncture Certified, CPR Certification, Sports Safety Certification, First Aid Certification and AED Certification.


Kristin Cox RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Atlanta, Georgia

Kristin is a registered and licensed dietitian in Atlanta Georgia. After studying biology at the University of Tennessee she decided upon a bachelors of science in nutrition. Afterwards, she completed her internship with Southern Regional Medical Center in Atlanta. She works full time at Atlanta Medical Center, a level two trauma center, where she provides diet education for diabetic, weight loss, kidney failure, and heart patients. She also cares for critical care patients and teaches out patient classes for diabetes and weight loss. Outside of the hospital she is a nutritionist for Crunch Fitness in Atlanta, three private practice physician offices and a franchise weight loss center. Kristin also writes for a cardiology publication and speaks at various engagements regarding nutrition and fitness.


Carla Heiser, MS, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Chicago, Illinois

Carla specializes in women's and men's health from a metabolic and hormone balance perspective. Blending nutrition with cutting edge medical approaches to optimize health outcomes is hallmark of her clinical practice approaches. She loves to cook and to make healthy food taste delicious. Teaching clients and colleagues is a passion as she continually strives to strengthen her skills. Ms. Heiser aspires to translate forward thinking and research approaches into practical, 'can do' strategies.


Kate Scarlata, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Boston, Massachusetts

Kate is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor in Science from Simmons College in Boston Massachusetts. Her formal training was completed at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate. Kate remained at the Brigham and Women's Hospital for 7 years enhancing her knowledge in a wide array of health conditions until starting her own practice. Kate provides practical and healthy ways to improve well-being through sound nutritional choices. Kate has been in private practice for the past 12 years providing individual nutrition consultation as well as leading comprehensive nutrition workshops in the corporate and healthcare setting.


Tamra Hammett, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Alpharetta, Georgia

Tamra holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition and exercise sciences with honors in food science research from Florida State University. She also completed a dietetic internship from Life University in order to gain extensive knowledge into the field of dietetics. Tamra has passed a national registration examination provided by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is Licensed by the state of Georgia. Her expertise is in lifestyle and behavior modification, as well as prenatal and pediatric nutrition. She has also recently focused on the role of nutrition in delaying the aging process, nutrition and skin care, and nutrition and disease prevention.


Sharlene Moore, RD

Registered Dietitian
Burlington, Washington

As a Registered Dietitian, Sharlene combines nutrition education, lifestyle strategies, and behavior modification therapy to counseling individuals on nutrition and wellness. My diverse background has enabled me to lead others to make healthy lifestyle changes. My background includes laboratory and clinical nutrition research as well as training in the corporate wellness industry. I offer a variety of nutrition services for individuals, families, and groups.


Sara Simard, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Baltimore, Maryland

Sara Simard is a registered dietitian (RD) and licensed dietitian nutritionist (LDN). After obtaining a Bachelors of Science (BS) degree in nutritional sciences from Penn State University, Sara received her RD certification though the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Clinical Nutrition Department Dietetic Internship in Baltimore Maryland. Sara is currently pursing a Master of Health Science with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Towson University in Towson Maryland.


Misti Evans, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Misti is a registered dietitian, certified weight management dietitian and certified nutrition educator. Misti obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Ball State University and then completed a Masters of Science degree in nutrition at Eastern Illinois University. Currently she is the manager of the Lutheran Weight Management Center and St. Joseph Bariatric Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Over the past 7 years, she has had the opportunity to counsel all degrees of weight loss.


Lisa C. Andrews, MED, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Cincinnati, Ohio

Lisa is a clinical dietitian and consumer health writer. She has been employed by the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati for over 15 years and has experience in weight management and diabetes counseling, as well as intensive care and nutrition support. She previously served as a community dietitian for the Nutrition Council of Cincinnati and has experience in professional writing and lecturing for consumers. She has also taught at the University of Cincinnati, Christ Hospital School of Nursing and Northern Kentucky University.


Viola F. Holmes, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian
Charlottesville, Virginia

Viola is a registered dietitian and a member of the American Dietetics Association. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from James Madison University in 1994 and a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences from James Madison University in 1995. Viola has diverse work experience. She has worked as a clinical dietitian, a food service director, a corporate consultant dietitian, and a research nutrition manager. Viola is currently a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Dana Chais, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

Registered Dietitian
New York City

Dana Chais, MS, RD, CDE, CDN has been a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. Dana maintains a private practice in the NYC metropolitan area counseling clients with a variety of nutritional concerns. These include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, digestive disorders and weight management. She is also a part-time Senior Clinical Dietitian at a leading New York City medical center providing nutritional care for both acute-care and outpatient settings.


Jennifer McCahan, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania

Jennifer has expertise in nutrition and various disease states such as allergies and intolerances, alternative nutrition, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, childhood obesity, diabetes, digestive disorders, gerontology, natural health and supplements, oncology, osteoporosis, renal nutrition, sports nutrition, vegetarian nutrition and weight control. Jennifer also has an extensive background in general nutrition, wellness, creating menus and meal plans.


Cynthia York-Camden MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Carbondale, Illinois

Cynthia is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian, interested and experienced in working with people of all ages. Many of her clients have been able to reach their goals sooner than they expected. Some special skills include the ability to find the information needed to solve a client's most pressing concerns. The key to success is finding the approach that works for each person. Cynthia attended John A Logan College in Carterville, Illinois and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois where she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Food and Nutrition (dietetics) and a MS in Food and Nutrition (community nutrition focus).


Jacqueline Gutierrez, MS, RD, CDN

Registered Dietitian
Long Island, New York

Jacqueline is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She has eleven years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Hunter College and a master's degree (MS) in Nutrition from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. She is also becoming a high school teacher and will receive her graduate teaching certificate from Queens College May 2006. Her experience as a Registered Dietitian covers many areas, including both clinical and foodservice components.


Janet Simpson, MS, RD, MHSW

Registered Dietitian
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Janet is a clinical dietitian at University of Michigan hospitals, an educator at the Eastern Michigan University, and most importantly, a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and dream achiever coach! She loves wellness and believes that our body, mind and spirit are truly connected. While it is true that "we are what we eat", it is also true that there are many non-dietary requirements for a wholly nourished life. Janet's training helps her work with clients, patients, students and people who want to live the life they were meant to live.


Nicolette M. Pace MS, RD, CDE, CDN, CFCS

Registered Dietitian
Great Neck, New York

Nicolette M. Pace is the founder and President of NutriSource Inc. a community based private practice that specializes in the delivery of medical nutrition therapy, diabetes self management training, health and behavior intervention and lifestyle counseling. She provides for the care and treatment of patients who suffer from weight problems and the many medical conditions that are associated with it. She has earned a reputation of being able to help patient's realize massive weight loss and reverse many medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes.


Hope Anderson RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Highland Park, Illinois

As a registered dietitian and nutritionist, my beliefs and practice are centered on achieving a healthy lifestyle tailored to the unique needs of the individual who seek my counsel. I believe that preventive care is very important in helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. My commitment to good health is the basis and primary focus of my practice. I value the trust and confidence of my clients with whom I work in partnership for better health.


Cindy Zwart, RD, LDN, CDE

Registered Dietitian
Bolingbrook, Illinois

Cindy has an extensive background in nutrition. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Illinois University and has been a Registered Dietitian for 18 years. She counseled individuals and groups in a clinic setting for 14 of those years. She has extensive experience counseling children, teens and adults. Cindy is also a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of Illinois, Licensed Shapedown Provider Weight Management Program for Kids and Teens and has been seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a member of American Dietetic Association and a member of American Association of Diabetes Educators.


Donna Hugues, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Wilmington, Delaware

Donna began her private practice in 2003 after five years as a consultant dietitian for individual and group settings, corporations, and medical institutions, both acute care and long-term care. With this varied background, Donna has obtained expertise in several nutrition specialties, including: diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, and obesity. Donna completed her internship at Southern Regional Medical Center in Atlanta, GA. She also completed the Didactic Program at Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA. She holds a BS degree from Neumann College, Aston, PA.


Lisa Ronco, MS, RD, CDN

Registered Dietitian
New York City

Lisa is a Registered Dietitian, and accredited through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, a certified Personal Trainer and Spinning Coach with over ten years experience in the fitness and wellness industry. I have over six years of nutrition experience including Western Medical based nutrition as well as experience with the Eastern Ayurveda Nutrition approach to a healthy and balanced diet and life. My goal is to provide clients with an individualized approach to balancing eating and exercise habits and therefore create overall wellness.


Jeanette Waite, MS, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian
Muskegon, Michigan

Jeanette has been a registered dietitian for 26 years. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition and has been a certified diabetic educator for 12 years. Jeanette works in an outpatient setting at a wellness facility in association with a local hospital. Her main job responsibilities are individual and group nutrition education for Medical/Surgical weight management, cardiac, diabetic, pulmonary, and eating disorder patients.


Mellissa Woods, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Baltimore, Maryland

Mellissa is a registered and licensed dietitian in the Baltimore Maryland area. Mellissa received her BS in dietetics in Pennsylvania and completed an internship at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut more than 10 years ago. Mellissa's passion and enthusiasm for nutrition promotion has provided her with experiences in retirement communities, long-term and acute care settings, and nutrition education for adults and children. Whether it is providing 1:1 counseling at her home office, fitness centers, clients' homes, or supermarkets; lecturing at corporate sites or schools; Mellissa enjoys providing expert nutrition information to the public. By encouraging and motivating her clients, she hopes to instill lifelong habits that will prevent illness and improve and enhance her client's well-being and quality of life.


Mariana Bowman, RD, CNSD

Registered Dietitian
Pasadena, California

Mariana is the director of Sweet Science Nutrition and received a Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics from Brigham Young University. She completed an accredited internship at Glendale Memorial Hospital and is currently fulfilling her thesis for a Master's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics through Central Michigan University. Ms. Bowman is also a qualified CNSD (Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian).


Cynthia A. Ray, MPH, RD, HFI

Registered Dietitian
Simi Valley, California

Cynthia graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor's degree in nutritional science. Following the completion of her bachelor's degree she continued to receive her master's in Public Health, Health Education at California Sate University, Northridge where she also completed her dietetic internship within the college of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Health Fitness Specialist and Nutrition and Fitness Specialist. Cynthia is also an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer.


Judith Feola Gordon, MBA, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
Owings Mills, Maryland

Judith is a Nutrition Consultant in private practice. She has expertise in the areas of sports nutrition, nutrition for fitness, weight control and chronic disease nutrition/Medical Nutrition Therapy. Counsels children and adults. Culinary consulting includes recipe development/revision, food safety and sanitation development/revision for restaurants, nursing homes and organizations. Writer of articles, nutrition and health education material, books and procures/pamphlets.


Jean Jitomir, R.D.

Registered Dietitian
Buffalo, New York

My passion is creating tasty meals that help individuals reach their weight loss and fitness goals! I graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Nutritional Sciences in 2004, become a Registered Dietitian in October 2006, and will have my M.S. in Nutrition in May 2006. I'm pleased to say that I will continue my education at Baylor University. August marks the start of a PhD program in Exercise, Nutrition and Preventive Health!





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