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Our mission is to make it easy for you to select the right diet for you.  We go to great lengths to study diets and present them in a format for you to make easy "apples to apples" comparisons.  This approach should assist you in selecting the right diet that meets your dietary tastes and lifestyle desires.  

The key to losing weight is finding a healthy approach that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle.  With the amount of diet and weight-loss books on the market, this can be a daunting task.  Our goal is to do the menu planning for you so you can focus on other important tasks in your life. You still need to consult with your doctor about your health and eating patterns.  You still need to exercise regularly.  You still need to learn about nutrition and think about what is right for you.    

Meet our extraordinary team of experts:

Sharon Barrett, Nutritionist/DTR/IBCLC

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Sharon's love of cooking and good nutrition has inspired many years of experience in food production and meal planning for groups and individuals. For the past 10 years, she has worked for a food and nutrition education program, counseling and teaching individuals on a daily basis. Her goal is to encourage and teach healthy eating habits for all lifestyles.She loves experimenting with foods and trying new recipes. Her personal style is semi-vegetarian - lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes.  It includes dairy products, limited seafood and poultry. As her family has grown and the children are now adults, she enjoys cooking for friends and family gatherings, encompassing a multitude of diets. From total vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free, and more traditional diets including meat, what a challenge when we are all together as a family! She lives in the Midwest. Her daughter, the younger of two children, has just graduated college and moved out on her own.  The household now consists of two crazy golden retrievers and a cat (who is the king of the house – totally in charge of the dogs!).  Her son has decided to make Oregon his home - now my favorite vacation destination! 

Carrie Beth Carney,  Holistic Nutrition Consultant

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Carrie has been interested in nutrition and fitness for many years. After having a few family health concerns she decided to obtain her M.S. in Holistic Nutrition.  She used to weigh over 200 pounds and lost over 50 pounds by just changing her diet. Her nutrition philosophy is that diets are not something that you go on and then stop after a period of time. They are meant to be a lifestyle change for life-long health and success.  She lives this philosophy every day and hopes that she can inspire and help all of you to do the same.

 

Kristina Coakley, Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist

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Kris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science, is a Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialis, and a Certified Personal Trainer.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Health Education.

With 3 children and 1 grandchild she understands the importance of good solid nutrition on a budget.  She strives to plan and prepare meals that are quick and easy using the freshest and most cost effective ingredients possible.

She enjoys hiking in the woods with her 5 dogs (the cat sometimes tags along too!), spending time with her family, reading a good mystery novel and staying current on health and nutrition related information. 

Jillayne Gee,  RD

jillayne.pngJillayne was raised in Idaho and learned hard work and discipline not the farm but from her ballet classes. In college, she redirected her efforts from ballet to dietetics. Dietetics satisfied her interest for the emotional, mental, and physical interactions between nutrition and people. She hopes to use her education to work with weight-loss clients, geriatrics, or pediatrics. Aside from dietetics, she enjoys playing foosball with her husband, refinishing furniture, and watching Hallmark movies. 

As a dietitian, most people are surprised when she tells them her favorite foods are pizza and ice cream. She rationalizes that perhaps people associate health as only eating “good” foods like fruits and vegetables and eliminating “bad” foods like soda pop and cookies. Throughout her undergraduate dietetics program at Brigham Young University and her post-graduate dietetics internship from Utah State University, she learned a healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to eliminate the “bad” foods. A healthy diet is built upon principles of variety, moderation, calorie control, balance, and adequacy. As a menu author, she will incorporate these principles into her menus to help you achieve a healthy diet. 

Tracy Olgeaty Gensler, MS, RD

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Tracy wrote Probiotic and Prebiotic Recipes for Health and she is the co-author of The Anti-Aging Fitness Prescription.  She has collaborated on more than a dozen books and appears on television and radio programs to chat about nutrition.  As a consultant to Skyland Foods, she helped develop a line of yogurt drinks.  The children's music group Imagination Movers wrote to Tracy to tell her that an article she wrote inspired their song Healthy Snacks.  Her kids thought that was pretty cool. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She enjoys reading, watching college sports and the NFL and working out.  Tracy lives in Maryland with her husband and children.



Molly Gerster, MS, RD

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Molly Gerster is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition from NYU.  She has been practicing in the field for over ten years and brings her expertise into every meal plan she creates.  She has worked with a full spectrum of nutritional disorders including obesity, hypercholesterolemia, high blood pressure, diabetes, PCOS, gout, renal disease, eating disorders and sports nutrition.  In addition to her work as a nutritionist Molly also teaches university level biology and is able to incorporate her strong back ground in the sciences to formulate metabolically and nutritionally complete menus. Molly is also Mother to three small children and fully appreciates the importance of fast, inexpensive an easy to prepare meals.   She truly believes that nutritious food options and a healthy lifestyle are available to everyone regardless of budget and time constraints.  In her free time Molly is an avid athlete, having completed 5 marathons and an IronMan triathlon.  She hopes to be able to pass on her passion for health and fitness to you!


Meg Hagar, Paramedical Aesthetician/Nutritional Skincare Specialist

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Meg was born and raised in Monroe, NY.  She is a Nutritionist and licensed Aesthetician.  Her scope of practice has spanned through day spas, medical spas as well as medical practices such as dermatology offices.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Hunter College in NYC.  She is a member of the Associated Skin Care Professionals and the American Dietetic Association.

Meg is the owner of nutritional skincare company, Skintritious. Her role in the company focuses on providing one on one nutritional guidance and skin treatments for clients.  Meg believes that good nutrition and a solid skin care regimen are an integral part of a good health & wellness program.  She strives to enhance her clients’ quality of life by providing customized guidance, support and care to help them reach health & wellness goals.

As an avid believer in holistic health & wellness, Meg maintains a very active lifestyle. In her spare time, she regularly attends ballet and contemporary dance classes, and relaxes with vinyasa yoga sessions.

Anne Paulson, CNC

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 Anne Paulsen is a Culinary Nutrition Consultant specializing in Clean Eating for Families.  She earned her BA at Pepperdine University and soon after attended the San Diego Culinary Institute to pursue her passion for cooking.  She has been working at Whole Foods Market for over a decade, cooking, creating and menu planning with the freshest ingredients available.  Because of her belief in the medicine healing power of natural and organic foods, she decided to attend the Natural Healing Institute to earn a Clinical Nutritionist Certificate (CNC).   She encourages her clients to eat only whole organics foods that are unprocessed, free of hormones, additive, preservatives and GMO’s.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” - Hippocrates

Michele Phulsuksombati, MS, M.Ed

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Michele Phulsuksombati, MS, MEd. founded Mi Yummy Guru.   She completed her dietetic internship at University of Northern Colorado and also holds a M.Ed in Nutrition Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.  In addition she received her undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin, Madison and holds a prior master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the Institute of Human Nutrition in the Department of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.  Michele has numerous experiences in the field of nutrition from community nutrition, food service, and clinical nutrition.  She has had several prior career experiences, including clinical coordinator at the Obesity Research Center from St. Luke’s Roosevelt at Columbia University that research in areas of weight loss and body composition, as well as a clinical research associate/clinical research assistant for a clinical research organization working with pharmaceutical companies in weight loss.

Whenever Michele has time, some of her greatest pleasures are: traveling to new places, being a foodie, and learning cultural foods. Soon she will be traveling to Thailand and learning Thai culinary cooking skills.  Her motto is eat what you want in moderation and stay healthy! 

Divya L. Selvakumar,  Nutrition Specialist, Professor, and Consultant
divya-photo.jpgDivya L. Selvakumar is a nutrition specialist, professor, and consultant from California with 11 years of experience in child nutrition, prenatal nutrition, general nutrition, and HIV/AIDS nutrition. Her experiences are noted in international development and global nutrition. Divya is also trained in the fields of program management, program development, research, field trainings, and materials/publication design. Prior to turning 30, she has lived in Kuwait, India, Tanzania, and in the United States.

Encountering various ethnic backgrounds, Divya has performed nutrition counseling for men, women, and children respectively. In addition to obtaining training in both community and clinical nutrition, Divya has also familiarity has been gained with nutrition issues such as portion sizes and servings, weight gain/loss and common eating problems. Other topics that are acknowledged are breastfeeding, HIV/AIDS management, micronutrient deficiencies. Dietary planning on both short-term and long-term basis has also been part of the work focus. Her experiences have been taken to the classroom at the university level.

Divya now resides near the Washington, DC area and has taught nutrition at Howard Community College and George Mason University. Today, Divya teaches courses in nutrition and health at Montgomery College and is also a PhD student in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University, focusing on International NGOs. Currently, Divya is the director of a new NGO, American Hindu World Service (AHWS), a 501(c)(3) registered tax exempt nonprofit which seeks to educate the American public about Hindu faith-based perspectives in global health and international development. 

Lynn Siniscalchi, M.S. Nutrition, C.W.C., S.F.N.

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Lynn S. Siniscalchi is the menu author for the diet menu plan based upon Jillian Micheal’s Diet.  As a nutritionist, certified wellness coach (C.W.C) and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (S.F.N.), Lynn is a life-long learner and a fitness and nutrition enthusiast who earned her master’s degree in human nutrition in 2010. Lynn writes a weekly nutrition/wellness/fitness column for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Moral, Wellness, and Recreation department.  From her own experience and academic pursuits, she enjoys helping people improve their overall wellness. She believes that preventative health is an achievable goal if someone has the desire to pursue it.   
Jennifer Rauen, Nutritionist Coach

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Jennifer is a registered dietition who enjoys cooking light and easy meals for her family.  She focuses on designing meal plans that include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are lightly cooked to ensure preservation of nutrients.  She likes to have fun in the kitchen and experiments with recipes to create surprising but yummy variations of traditional dining fare. 

 

Erica Rutledge, M.S Human Nutrition

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Erica has a true passion for health and wellness, finding joy in life through food and fun. She has advanced experience in nutrition education and weight management counseling. During any free time you will find Erica working with athletes of all ages on the softball field or in the gym.