Your TeamKatie Marger, Janelle Gaj, Marissa Stanley, Suzanne Smith, Catherine Perez, Julie Yaeger, Blanche Keir, Victoria Goodwin and Kathy Levitt
Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition
M.S., R.D. Registered Dietitian /Medical Nutrition Therapist
20 years experience in private practice, university and corporate wellness programs
I know what it means to change a habit…it is one of the hardest things to do in the whole world! I suffered from asthma, headaches, exhaustion, being overweight and was the kid who got a stomach ache when it was time for gym class! In college, huffing and puffing on a bicycle because I was so out of shape, I said “that’s it! I feel awful and I want to live the rest of my days with energy! I want to live a vital, purposeful life!” And I knew only I could make those changes. I had hit rock bottom.
I sought the support and knowledge to do so, and surrounded myself with as many positive people who were also living deliberately. That meant they were also positive thinkers who helped me emphasize the good and the positive in life, with gratefulness leading the way, every day. My life became more exciting, I shed the weight, became physically fit, beat asthma, and had more energy than I had ever experienced. Filling my head with positivity, staying active, and eating well changed my life forever. I value and embrace every day, yet always work to strike that perfect balance between physical, spiritual and mental health, just like you. I invite you to revel in the support we can provide for you to help you achieve your vital best!
- Weight Reduction
- Blood Pressure
- Renal (kidney) disease
- Primary referral source for the physicians at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Medical Complex near Philadelphia, PA.
- Speaker for corporations, such as the Sun Company, IRS, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association
- Advanced clinical expertise in adult, child, and adolescent obesity
MS, RD, LDN
Katie has Masters degree in Nutrition Science from St. Joseph’s University and over fifteen years of experience in educating, counseling and motivating individuals to make healthy lifestyle changes. Katie’s clinical experience is from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Katie followed her passion to bring counseling, teaching and education into wellness programs in a variety of community, business and corporate settings.
Katie teaches weight loss classes, children’s intervention programs, and private nutrition counseling. She works with Diamond Nutrition Counseling, providing medical nutrition therapy and counseling to patients in a private office setting. Additionally, she works for the Montgomery County of Aging, educating seniors and conducting cooking demonstrations at ten locations. Last, she is a consultant for Aetna health care where she teaches their Healthy Weight for Life program.
Katie helps her patients live healthier lifestyles through nutrition, exercise and behavior modification. She believes that by aspiring to healthier choices and behaviors, the great results can last a lifetime!
Janelle Gaj is a licensed registered dietitian with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from West Chester University who completed her Dietetic Internship with the University of Delaware. Janelle brings over a decade of multi-disciplinary experience in the field of nutrition at the clinical, corporate, and outpatient level. She has developed effective individualized nutrition care plans for hundreds of private and clinical clients producing optimal results with her dynamic approach to nutrition counseling. This technique includes creating customized meal plans, disease specific educational material, motivational interviewing, behavior modification, and S.M.A.R.T. goals. Janelle has successfully completed an advanced Adult Weight Management Certificate course and maintains her ServSafe Foodservice Sanitation Manager Certification. Over the years, she has participated in numerous corporate wellness seminars and health fairs designed to improve employee lifestyle habits. Furthermore, she has acted as the lead research and development dietitian for a nationally recognized weight loss company. Utilizing evidence-based research, she diligently researched the most current nutrition information and consequentially developed numerous weight loss programs and packages that were marketed and sold across the country. She works as a nutrition consultant with Diamond Nutrition Counseling at the Penn Internal Medicine location in West Chester. Janelle is currently a full time clinical Dietitian within the Main Line Health System.
Janelle recognizes the positive impact nutrition therapy has in reducing the number of health complications associated with obesity and unhealthy behaviors. She also recognizes the positive outcomes nutrition intervention can have on reducing health care costs. Janelle is an active provider with many health insurance plans. She has remained consistent with an unwavering emphasis on the needs her clients and patients by providing them with the highest quality in nutrition therapy and education in an effort to sustain ongoing success while simultaneously enhancing their overall wellbeing. Janelle’s unique combination of professional experience coupled by her personal dedication and unprecedented work ethic creates opportunities for individuals throughout all the stages of their lives to finally get the tools and motivation they need to achieve a healthy and happy life through balanced nutrition.
Marissa Stanley, R.D., L.D.N., is thrilled to join the Diamond Nutrition Counseling team. She has over 6 years of experience helping people reach their individual nutrition goals. Marissa understands that change is a journey, and that it can be a difficult one, especially given the overwhelming amount of (often confusing) nutrition information available. Marissa will give you sound advice and education to help navigate the way to a healthier you!
Marissa specializes in helping people improve their blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels through creating individualized meal plans and setting realistic, sustainable goals. She will provide you with the support and encouragement to help manage your weight; whether you desire weight loss or gain. She also has experience working with people who have had bariatric surgery and those with spina bifida and cystic fibrosis.
Marissa is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, and later completed a rigorous dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She is currently a member of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Philadelphia Dietetic Association.
Marissa recently moved from Portland, Maine, where she worked as an Outpatient Clinical Dietitian for Maine Medical Center and as a private practice dietitian for Nutrition Works, LLC. While there, she received a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. She also enjoyed being a Volunteer Clinical Dietitian at the Portland Community Free Clinic and gave nutrition lectures to medical students at the University of Medicine & Health Sciences.
In her free time, Marissa enjoys cooking, reading, biking, playing volleyball, and working on craft projects. She looks forward to exploring Philadelphia!
Suzanne has her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Syracuse University and completed her dietetic training at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. Suzanne has over 15 years’ experience working in clinical settings in nursing homes and rehabilitation units and ran a successful weight loss clinic for employees through healthy eating and regular exercise, helping to reduce employer health care costs. Suzanne’s long term care experience early in her career shaped her views of what a lifetime of bad habits can do to degrade health. Suzanne also holds a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies in Ithaca New York and can assist those interested in transitioning to a whole food, plant based diet.
Suzanne is very excited to join the team at Diamond Nutrition as she brings her specialty of Pediatrics and can help families with picky eaters; teenage athletes; those with food allergies orintolerances along with weight or cholesterol problems to navigate school lunches and busy mealtimes. She also works with adults looking to improve their health by assisting with weightloss, improving blood lipid levels, reducing hypertension and managing diabetes by inspiring her clients to set realistic and attainable goals. She also specializes in assisting new mothers by supporting the nursing process in the early days.
Suzanne is a busy Mom of three and enjoys Yoga and running in her spare time.
MS, RD, LDN
Catherine Perez is a licensed Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her supervised dietetic practice at the University of Houston in Houston, TX.
Growing up, Catherine did not always have nutrition in mind. In fact, she was fifty pounds overweight and struggling to keep herself away from the same chronic diseases that plagued her family history. After seeing terrifying bloodwork, she made it a personal mission to empower herself with the knowledge needed to avoid a grim future of health. She turned to nutrition. Whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds became her prescription of choice. It was never a diet. She adopted a completely different lifestyle focused on nutrition, fitness, and wellness of mind. In the process she lost the extra fifty pounds she did not need and regained her health.
In healing herself, Catherine wanted to use her own experiences to help others find their own path of wellness. She received the nutrition education and training necessary to help patients manage and prevent health problems, ranging from heart disease and cancer to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, food allergies and more. She specializes in holistic, sustainable weight loss and weight gain, plant-based nutrition, vegan and vegetarian nutrition, natural and organic eating, and recipe and meal planning development.
Catherine aspires to further her education by becoming Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), a personal trainer, and going back to school for a master’s degree in public health. In her spare time, she loves developing new recipes, running, blogging and reading comics.
Julie Yaeger has been a Registered Dietitian and Medical Nutrition Therapist since 2011. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from Penn State University and completed her dietetic internship at The University at Buffalo. She has also completed post-graduate work towards completing her master’s degree in nutrition. She is a member of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Julie’s diverse experience includes pediatric and adult weight management, wellness, heart disease, healthy cooking and meal planning.
Julie has a strong passion to help all ages live healthier by eating well. Julie specializes in helping clients who struggle with weight loss. Julie provides tailored nutrition education and counseling to individuals, helping people work through any barriers they may face to a healthy life. Julie takes a holistic approach to wellness, and practices evidence-based nutrition, tailoring nutrition recommendations to each individual. She is passionate about helping her clients take baby steps to change their lifestyle towards improved health and well-being.
In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and two black labs, being active outside, trying new recipes and cooking.
Blanche has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Nutrition Sciences from the University of Medicine and Dentistry/Rutgers University, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Culinary Arts from the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. She is a registered and licensed dietitian in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Her background is extremely varied with over 15 years experience in different areas of the health services industry including clinical health, individual and group nutritional counseling, nutritional education, cooking classes, healthy meal preparation. Her areas of expertise include culinary chef, clinical health, individual and group nutrition counseling, wellness counseling, nutrition education, and nutritional and culinary education. Blanche has also completed advanced Adult and Pediatric Weight management Certificate courses.
Blanche’s philosophy is simple. She believes that empowering people to make change is the key to sustainability. What we eat affects every bodily function. Health and wellness promotion is the process of improving people’s knowledge, attitude and behavior regarding diet and lifestyle choices. “The food and lifestyle choices made today affect our present state of health and future longevity.” Blanche’s unique qualifications of both nutritional expert and culinary chef will enable her patients to translate the complex science of nutrition into practical, healthy eating strategies for life.
MA, RD, LDN
I started my health and wellness career as an Exercise Physiologist. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Temple University in 2007. During this time, I worked as an aerobics instructor teaching various fitness classes including step, zumba, weight training, boot camp, water aerobics and Pilates. Following my graduation from Temple, I decided to follow my passion to become a Registered Dietitian. I obtained a second bachelor’s degree from Immaculata University in Nutrition and Dietetics, and became a Registered Dietitian licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. I continued my education earning a Master’s degree in Nutrition Education and am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Business Administration. I have worked in various healthcare settings including manager of a dialysis center, provider of home health care with a focus on diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. I provided nutrition education in the Philadelphia school district, as well as weight management classes for both adults and kids.
I recently had a baby, and embarked on a weight loss journey because I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy! But within 10 months, with a structured, mindful eating and exercise plan, I was able to reach my goal weight! I am a firm believer of wholesome, nutritious foods and consistent, moderate exercise. There is no magic pill! It took hard work, dedication, and patience, and I feel better than ever now. I spend my free time at crossfit gyms and I participate in marathons, Spartan races, and ‘tough mudders’ all competitive sports. This is my career, but it is also my passion! I will be a great partner and coach to help you achieve your health and wellness goals!
Kathy is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in Pennsylvania with over 17 years’ experience providing nutrition counseling services in a variety of settings. Kathy graduated from Penn State University, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association, as well as the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association.
Kathy started her career working for the Women’s Infants and Children(WIC) program in Philadelphia. While working at WIC, she taught pregnant and nursing women as well as children how to make healthy food choices nourish their bodies for optimum health.
Kathy’s next adventure in her career led her to working with special needs children and adults at Woods Services, where she gained experience with people with both physical and mental developmental disabilities, as well as other handicaps. Kathy taught a diet class for clients with Prader Willi Syndrome and supervised the food service department.
Kathy’s Clinical career started at Aria-Jefferson health hospital where she provided inpatient nutrition counseling for many medical conditions. She later advanced to fulfill her passion of nutrition counseling in the hospitals’ Wellness Center by providing counseling for adults and children with diabetes, gestational diabetes, obesity, heart disease, gastrointestinal diseases, kidney disease, eating disorders, bariatric surgery and many more diagnoses. Kathy also facilitated group counseling for patients with diabetes, weight management, pre/post bariatric surgery and PCOS concerns.
Kathy believes that nutrition plays a key role in the prevention and treatment of disease. She enjoys translating complex nutrition research into simple and realistic recommendations for her patients and seeing them accomplish short and long-term goals.
A busy mom of 3, Kathy understands what it is like to juggle a busy schedule and understands the value of time management. Her goal is to make your transition to a healthier you as simple as possible. Kathy will work with you to set SMART goals and be your support for behavior change.
Kathy has always had a passion for nutrition and health as she has been an avid runner most her life and marvels at how nutrition can affect health and wellbeing. Kathy enjoys sharing this wonder with others to help them achieve their goals of better health and wellness. Kathy’s goal is to be your guide and provide you with the tools needed for long term success. However, she cannot do it without you!