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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Karthika Thirugnanam is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology & Nutrition from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (Australia) and a Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from New York University (USA). She also completed her dietetic internship through Marywood University which has a Health Promotion and Wellness focus.
Karthika is experienced in supporting the management of conditions such as diabetes, prediabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, and disordered eating. She has practiced as an outpatient oncology dietitian at NYC Health and Hospitals/King’s County system’s Cancer center & Tucker Medical. She has extensive experience working with cancer patients, both during active treatment and in the prevention setting.
As a Singapore local, from an ethnically Indian background, with training and practice in the US & Singapore, she understands and applies the appropriate cultural, religious, and emotional landscape of nutrition to her practice.
During her free time, Karthika enjoys hiking, traveling, running, and exploring new restaurants. She is an ardent fan of the Arsenal Football Club and can be found watching almost all of their games
Greer McGuinness, MS, RD, CDN, CLT, DtSp is a Board-Certified Registered Dietitian with a Master’s in Health Science and Certified as a Leap Therapist for treating food sensitivities. She conducts at-home testing for food sensitivities, micronutrient imbalances, autoimmune disorders, and comprehensive stool analysis to treat various GI and other underlying conditions.
Working for over thirteen years in healthcare and being the mother of a child diagnosed with autism motivates her practice in functional medicine to focus on working with children who have developmental disorders, such as Autism and ADHD. Utilizing evidence-based alternative and holistic approaches, she provides one-on one counseling creating individualized care to her patients and families. Her goal working with people
Lori D’Amato MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian with over 14 years of experience in many settings including private counseling, pediatric nutrition, weight management, corporate wellness, and medical nutrition therapy. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition with a concentration in nutrition and exercise science from Long Island University (LIU) in Brookville, and is currently teaching as an Adjunct Professor of nutrition at this institution.
Lori is a mother of two (and one fur baby). She quickly learned after having children how important it is to provide a healthy nutrition environment throughout all life cycles. With her own children being faced with food allergies, food intolerances, autoimmunity, and celiac disease, Lori understands how the need to make healthy dietary choices impacts daily life for you and your family.
She has made it her mission to help others facing these issues and more to learn how to search for the root cause of disease, work towards health through nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Lori specializes in GI disorders and gut health, optimizing immunity, reduction of anxiety/depression, allergies, cardiovascular health, and more.
Lori is also a registered yoga instructor (RYT) with 200-hour certification. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE) and Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine (DIFM) dietetic practice groups, and is currently enrolled in the Institute of Functional Nutrition.
Maria obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from Queens College and her Masters in Health Education and Promotion from Lehman College. She completed her training to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) at NewYork-Presbyterian, where she also works in corporate wellness. Maria previously taught at Queens College as an adjunct lecturer in food science and nutrition, where she helped students learn to cook healthy meals and understand the foundation of cooking.
Maria has experience counseling healthy weight loss, pregnant women, children and adolescents, new moms and menopausal women, and several medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, and more. She incorporates stress management as well as intuitive eating in her approach to an overall healthy lifestyle.
When Maria is not working, she enjoys cooking, baking, and running. She has a passion for trying foods from different cultures and finding harmony with food and lifestyle. She has been quoted in NYP Health Matters, The Queens Gazette, and the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.
Marianna Dayre, MS RD CDN CDCES, is a Registered Dietitian as well as Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Marianna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. She then continued her studies at Case Western Reserve University where she completed both her dietetic internship and earned her Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition.
Marianna brings a variety of experience to Food and Fitness Pro which includes work in a sub-acute skilled nursing facility, wellness and retail settings, and outpatient work at a metabolic weight loss center. Marianna is passionate about helping her patients reach their health and weight loss goals and nothing gives her greater satisfaction than watching her patients achieve their goals!
In her spare time she enjoys exploring hiking spots and towns on long island; if it’s by the water you can count her in. She’s a foodie at heart so she is always looking to try new restaurants, and last but not least riding to Cody’s classes on peloton (If you know, you know!)
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