Meet Our Team of Nutrition Professionals

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Our team of Diet and Nutrition professionals have a combined decades worth of experience, and have served in settings ranging from clinical to corporate. 

Eleana Kaidanian

RD, CDN, CPT-WFS

Dara Sandler

MA, RD, CDN

Thomas Zachmann

RD, CDN

Joelle Porush

RD, CDN​

Samantha Farella

RD, CDN

Eleana Kaidanian

RD, CDN, CPT-WFS

Dara Sandler

MA, RD, CDN

Thomas Zachmann

RD, CDN

Joelle Porush

RD, CDN​

Samantha Farella

RD, CDN​
Shana maleefF
Founder, MA, RD, CDN, ACE-GFI

Shana Maleeff, MA, RD, CDN, ACE-GFI, received a BS in Nutrition from Penn State University and an MA in Nutrition Education from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania.  She works on Long Island coaching clients on nutrition, fitness, weight management, disease prevention, and lifestyle modification to help them actualize their best selves.  She also uses a clinically proven weight loss program to help people see real results. In addition, she teaches group fitness classes like Cycling, Sculpting, Barre, and TRX at Equinox on Long Island. She was the expert nutrition columnist for military.com, expert nutritionist for Urban Extreme- a world-renowned fitness program, and has been quoted in magazines like SELF and Cosmopolitan. She also spent time as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Philadelphia Community College. 

Shana has a lifelong passion for health and wellness, and has countless success stories of health and weight transformation. She believes in moderation, enjoying life, and finding realistic and practical ways to achieve your goals.

Shana coaches in person, over the telephone, and via text and email in order to reach people all over the country as well as those with busy lives. Committed to forming relationships with clients looking to manage their weight, she is always there for guidance and to reinforce healthy lifestyle habits. 

Eleana Kaidanian
RD, CDN, CPT-WFS​

Eleana is passionate about the relationship with food, exercise, and overall well-being.  She takes great pride in her role as an educator, helping individuals and families achieve long-lasting health and wellness.  As a provider of medical nutrition therapy, Kaidanian’s clinical experience includes working in hospitals, extended care and rehabilitation centers, community centers, as well as high-risk maternity clinics.  She is a frequent contributor in Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine’s “Ask the Experts” column, providing the latest nutritional recommendations and feeding guidelines from conception to lactation and newborn to toddler stages.  Kaidanian is an active corporate wellness trainer and performs seminars on an array of topics related to nutrition, fitness, and overall health to employees of small and large businesses throughout New York.

In 2012, her role as an educator went from a local to national level, when she worked as the nutrition education coordinator of the Healthy Eating for Children Nutrition Education Program.  This program is a K-12 educational program launched by Yeshiva University in NYC, and has been implemented in day-schools throughout the United States.

Kaidanian is a Registered Dietitian, New York State Certified Dietitian Nutritionist, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University and completed her clinical dietetic internship at Northwell Health (formerly North Shore–LIJ).  She is also certified in CPR/AED through the American Red Cross.

Dara Sandler
MA, RD, CDN

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and New York State-certified Dietitian/Nutritionist. Dara completed her Masters of Science and RD at New York University and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Greater New York Dietetic Association. Dara began her career in the corporate world, but soon discovered an untapped passion for working with people. She is constantly motivated by the opportunity to help others live healthier, longer lives. While pursuing her masters, she had the unique benefit of working with a variety of patients and clients, from very young premature infants to seniors with special needs.

With a focus on Private Nutrition Counseling in addition to Clinical and Corporate Nutrition, Dara is able to educate her clients on how to navigate healthy eating within the demands of a busy schedule. With over 14 years practicing nutrition, Dara has developed a range of experience, including working with young children, special needs patients, private clients, and has even returned to the corporate world to deliver wellness lectures. Dara believes in teaching her clients how to develop a realistic, well-balanced diet without having to feel deprived. No two people are the same, and with that philosophy, Dara works hard to tailor a customized program for each client.

In her spare time, Dare loves to spend time with her two kids, entertain through cooking, and get up before the sun rises to exercise.

Thomas Zachmann
RD, CDN​

Thomas received his B.S. degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from LIU Post. He has worked with numerous clients with diverse needs to help them achieve their nutrition and fitness goals. Tom specializes in weight loss, general health & wellness, sports nutrition, prevention & management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, GI disorders, renal disease, liver disease & disorders, and so much more.

Tom is passionate about helping others with their nutrition and exercise goals as he is well aware of the many benefits of doing so. Throughout his adolescence, Tom struggled with his own weight and overall health and has experienced first-hand how food, a healthy lifestyle, and exercise can have a profound influence on both physical and mental health. Tom enjoys cooking and has conducted group lectures, food demos and nutrition workshops to promote and instill healthy eating habits and positive attitudes to individuals, families, and children. He has volunteered for Cooking Up Energy, a cooking and nutrition education research project that serves children, and has taught healthy eating workshops for Feeding America’s Kids Café Afterschool Program.

Joelle Porush
RD, CDN​

A graduate from Syracuse University. She obtained her degree in nutrition and dietetics and then completed her Dietetic Internship at Long Island University, Post. At LIU, Post Joelle’s concentration was in health and wellness as she has a passion for promoting health through food and nutrition. During her internship, Joelle spent hours outside of school working and training at an outpatient eating disorder treatment center, as she is very passionate about this population and the connection between mental health and food. In off time, Joelle enjoys running, the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

Samantha Farella
RD, CDN​

Samantha obtained her B.S. in nutrition & dietetics through Long Island University, Post. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship through LIU, which had an emphasis on health and wellness. With a background in personal training and group fitness instructing classes like kickboxing, total body and bootcamp classes, Samantha has a passion for helping you feel good in your skin and become your most confident self through movement and individualized nutrition. She specializes in weight loss, general health and wellness, helping to create a healthy relationship with food, cardiovascular health, sports nutrition, and so much more. When she is not working, Samantha loves to be outside in nature, cooking, and laughing with family and friends. 

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