“My focus in the maternal health and lactation comes from my love of being a mom and my understanding of the challenges we face. It's a critical time for support and learning how to not only care for you children, but care for yourself. ”
Oatmeal (savory or sweet), guacamole, dark chocolate, sauerkraut & pickles (and many other things, she’s a huge food lover!)
Melissa had to eliminate dairy for 2 year she was breastfeeding her first son due to his dairy allergy. She’s well equipped to help others with allergies as a dietitian, but going through herself has given her additional perspective.
Helping find easy ways to build healthy habits from a young age using evidence-based practices, emphasizing the critical role that our food choices play in preventing and regulating chronic diseases.
Her son’s favorite food is “cado” (avocado) toast with lemon, chia seeds & flaxseed oil. That always gets a good eye roll and laugh from others. Melissa completed her Dietetic Internship with New York Presbyterian Hospital. She holds a Master's degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a Certified Lactation Counselor after training with Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding. Melissa is also the owner and founder of a nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York City.
“Nutrition education and coaching is a family affair. When it comes to food, nothing is off limits. Moderation, balanced intake and mindfulness are what are to be key factors in a healthy diet. ”
Pizza and wine.
Her biggest nutrition challenge was early on as a mom was trying to figure out healthy meals that were not too difficult to put together that her kids LOVED. They now think she’s the best cook on the planet.
Allison started out as a fashion marketing major in college and took a nutrition elective that changed her life. She says her job doesn’t feel like work because she loves helping her clients and getting to be creative with wellness programming.
She has not eaten cooked onions in more than 20-years due to an aversion when she was pregnant (she's even feeling a little nauseous telling us that).
Allison Tannenbaum holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Physical Fitness from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship at Emory University School of Medicine. As a private practice nutritionist and health coach, Allison has worked extensively with adults, teenagers, and children in need of assistance with general healthy eating, weight loss, eating disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. She also is a Health & Wellness Coach certified through Wellcoaches.
“We can't live without food, it nourishes us both emotionally and physically, and everyone's body needs different nutrition to be their best self. ”
Watermelon, Sweets – chocolate, candy, cake! She doesn’t discriminate!
She has fairly severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for which she has to minimize certain foods. Her youngest son has food intolerances and because of breastfeeding she had to cut out all major allergens and is slowly adding them back in to see which affect him.
She loves that it's a science constantly in flex it requires her to constantly be on her toes, determining what works best for an individual. She loves solving the puzzle of how to nourish someone so that they look, feel, and perform their best.
Rachel Gargano holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University and completed her dietetic internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. Rachel has worked as a nutrition counselor, wellness coach, and consultant.
Rachel believes that food nourishes us both physically and mentally, and that the human body is made to function in wholeness and wellness. Healthy eating should not be a chore or exclude foods we love, but rather be easy, natural, balanced, and delicious. Rachel has two young sons, Daniel and Miles.
“I believe in meeting moms where they are in their nutrition journey and then together we work to reach those goals one step at a time. ”
Macaroni and cheese (and coffee creamer)
Theresa says she’s always struggled with weight, and right before getting pregnant was diagnosed with celiac disease. It was difficult to be so nauseated and not be able to eat saltines!
Inspiring people and building them up, there’s nothing better than seeing a patient or client overcome a challenge she’s helped them through!
Her daughter Grace's new favorite thing to do is put on a CD of toddler songs and "watch" the radio. She'll sing along and even pull out her little instruments and play them along!
Theresa Moutafis holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University and completed her dietetic internship in Washington D.C. through Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor, and has served as a community nutritionist/breastfeeding coordinator for prenatal, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children. She has also worked as a breastfeeding educator for prenatal moms. Theresa uses humor, expertise, empathy, and personal experience in her coaching to help moms feel comfortable and empowered.
“I believe children don’t need special “kid food” and can happily learn to eat the same foods as their parents even if it takes a little time! ”
Fish tacos and guacamole. She says she could probably eat fish tacos & guac every day for the rest of her life and live happily! (Also, COFFEE).
She loves food. She loves to cook. She loves fresh, healthy food and getting to know people. When people make healthy changes, they feel better, have more energy and live fuller lives. That is inspiring, rewarding and fulfilling!
She loves to watch Ina Garten cook while running on the treadmill. That's totally normal, right!?
Her 9-year-old daughter would like to live in a Dr. Dolittle animal colony! For her birthday this year she wants a rabbit, gecko and bird. So far they just have a 50 lbs. Goldendoodle named Sophie.
Annie London received her Master’s degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her clinical dietetic internship at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and was selected as the Outstanding Dietetic Intern by the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has worked with children and families with a wide array of medical conditions and feeding disorders, and is dedicated to improving the nutrition and health of children and families. Annie loves healthy, fresh, seasonal food, and spends time in the kitchen experimenting and creating. Annie is passionate about helping children and parents become healthier eaters, so they can enjoy delicious and rewarding family meals, and live more energized lives.
“I believe in a practical plan that fits into your everyday life, while empowering you to make better food choices for you and your family. ”
Just plain old peanut butter. She eats it almost every day: on toast with sliced strawberries, with other fruits, in smoothies, even just by a spoon! Strangely she hated it growing up and just recently started being obsessed!
Currently she’s nursing her dairy and soy allergic daughter so she had to cut out all traces of dairy and soy in her diet, even the hidden stuff in things like breads and granola bars. She had this with her first daughter as well.
There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone reach their goals. She loves working with moms and moms-to-be because there is no greater motivation to improve your lifestyle than wanting to be the best you can for your baby.
She’s a huge Michael Jackson fan and passed her MJ love on to her daughter who dances and sings just like him (in her own way, of course), moonwalk, fedora, sequin glove and all!
Angela Nolan is a Wellcoaches Health & Wellness Coach who completed her dietetic internship at La Salle University. Angela has experience as a community service dietitian where she has delivered corporate wellness presentations, health coaching and biometric screenings to hospital and corporate clients. She has also facilitated a healthy lifestyle program for pregnant women to optimize prenatal and postnatal care and the health of moms and newborns. Angela is passionate about nutrition and health and believes a realistic plan, that includes balance and moderation within a non-judgmental approach, is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in today’s busy world.
“Small changes lead to big results! I strive to help clients reach their nutrition goals, one bite at a time. ”
Fall apples, candy corn, nachos, salmon
Since having her twins, she had significant GI issues and now is on a low soy, lactose, and gluten-free diet (and bummed about it). She’s working healing her gut with food in hopes one day she’ll be able to enjoy them again!
Educating others about simple, healthy habits, talking about good food (and eating it!), is a favorite of hers and creating “ah hah”s around improving health that makes a lasting difference in others’ lives!
She joked around with her husband a lot about having twins, saying “three babies, two pregnancies,” because she wanted a third, but not three pregnancies! While twins don’t run in the family, the universe listened because her second pregnancy gave her identical twin girls!
Janel holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University. She was the recipient of the 2010 Massachusetts Young Dietitian of the Year award. Janel has worked as a brand ambassador, speaker, writer, counselor, blogger and consultant. She has also served as a college dietitian, where she provided counseling and developed campus-wide nutrition programming. She helps make healthy eating simple, sustainable and delicious by providing understandable nutrition information. Janel meets her clients where they are so they can set realistic and achievable goals to improve their health and lifestyle.
“I believe nutrition should be approached as both a science and an art to achieve a healthy lifestyle balance. ”
Organic corn chips and her homemade guacamole, dark chocolate, Mediterranean and wicked sweet tooth! Food challenges: She developed severe reflux symptoms while working as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer due to eating on the run and in between classes. She had to learn to slow down, reduce stress and eat the right foods to reduce symptoms.
She developed severe reflux symptoms while working as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer due to eating on the run and in between classes. She had to learn to slow down, reduce stress and eat the right foods to reduce symptoms.
She’s fascinated with human behavior and physiology – the effects that mindfulness, exercise and nutrition have on achieving optimal health and wellness.
Her 2 and 3-year-olds drink her homebrewed kombucha with chia seeds (what her daughter who can’t fully pronounce it calls “bucha”) every day. Her 3-year-old often asks "Is that organic?” demonstrating that he thinks if organic it’s "better".
Andrea “Andie” Schwartz is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She completed her dietetic internship at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Los Angeles. She specializes in sports nutrition, plant-based nutrition, exercise fitness and weight loss programs. Andie enjoys educating others in health and nutrition and has served as a nutrition science instructor at the college level. Andie believes nutrition counseling should involve both science and sensitivity to each clients individual food preferences, culture and lifestyle. She's passionate about incorporating nutrition wisdom using wholesome foods and ancestral cooking practices. She enjoys shopping with her kids at local farms and farmers markets to prepare home cooked meals for her family.
“I want to empower others to maximize their own well-being, in particular pregnant and new moms. They have an amazing responsibility to the next generation to create healthy habits! ”
Chocolate, cheese, sushi, anything lamb, grilled veggies and wine
When in college she took a partial leave due to severe mononucleosis. After 3 months she still sick, unable to get out of bed and blood tests showed no virus! Finally, an elimination diet suggested gluten intolerance. Neither medication nor invasive procedures healed, but a simple diet change did. Within a week of eliminating gluten, she was back on her feet - and back in class!
Her life forever improved when she realized how important food type and quality is to her good health!
Both her kids love to eat just about anything and new foods are met with excitement and enthusiasm. Joanna says it’s because of the way they approached introducing solids – creating an open and healthy relationship with food making mealtime fun for all!
Joanna received her Master’s in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. She believes that eating should be fun and pleasurable and works with clients to find joy in making healthy choices that can prevent illness, improve symptoms, promote healing and achieve long-term health-related goals.