About Us

Joan Z. Williams, RD, LDN

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Joan is a nutrition expert, self-motivated individual, and passionate professional, with more than 20 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics within the corporate, consulting, food service, and clinical settings. She currently is a consultant with several insulin delivery companies, including Medtronic, Roche, OmniPod®, and Animas®, Lilly USA®, major food companies, and diabetes education programs. Her role is to train patients on intensive diabetes management and insulin pumps. In addition, she has served as the advertising manager for Nutrition411.com for the past 3 years. She is responsible for acquiring, coordinating, and communicating with all the Web site sponsors.

Previously, Joan helped to grow a successful nutrition program for Albertsons‿Florida division for nearly 7 years—from the ground up. She has participated in more than 200 television and radio interviews and is impressive and dynamic to watch.

Joan was born in Puerto Rico, but she and her family moved shortly thereafter to the United States. She grew up in Florida and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is a graduate of Florida International University, Miami, Florida, with a bachelor of science in dietetics and nutrition. She currently is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), Florida Dietetic Association, Orlando Dietetic Association, and Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG.


Katya Galbis, LD

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Katya is a licensed dietitian in the state of Florida, where she currently resides. She is an international member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and very active with the Orlando Dietetic Association.

She was born and raised in Mexico City. She received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from The Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Katya moved to the United States in 1998. Since then, she has worked in both the clinical and community settings.

Katya’s passion lies within the social media arena, targeting and educating Spanish-speaking people on vegetarian and vegan diets. Check out her blog at www.veggisima.com. She loves to share recipes, experiences, lifestyle tips, and nutrition information.


Girlene Coughlin, RDN

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Girlene was born and raised in Brazil. She graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science in 2011, and completed a Dietetic Internship comprised of 1200 hours of supervised practice. She has experience as a clinical dietitian, retail dietitian, with corporate wellness, has her own nutrition private practice and has also written articles for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Girlene is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. She loves to help people of different backgrounds to achieve their health and wellness goals. She loves different languages and cultures, and works to improve her cultural competency abilities each day, which are always helpful, but of utmost importance when healthcare is involved.

Some of Girlene’s hobbies include listening to music or playing the drums, watching volleyball, soccer and football games, going to concerts, traveling, meeting people and learning about different cultures (and of course, different foods).


Aline Salvatti

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Aline was born and raised in Brazil. She is bilingual in English and Portuguese, but also knows some Spanish. She has more than 10 years of experience in Brazil in all areas of nutrition, clinical, food service, health and wellness clubs, and community nutrition programs. In addition, she researched and wrote articles about the latest trends and topics in nutrition for a Web site and has appeared in interviews on national television. Two of her proudest accomplishments include conducting research on anemia with data collection in the north and northeastern regions of Brazil (including the Amazon rainforest) in 2008 and publishing her master’s thesis in a scientific journal.

Aline recently graduated with a master’s degree in nutrition from Universidade Federal de São Paulo, with an emphasis in adolescents and obesity. She has completed two post-bachelor degrees—infant and maternal nutrition and nutrition and sports. She believes, as a health professional, she should research new techniques and medical advances in order to maintain her strong proficiency in nutrition. She currently resides in New York City.


Nataly Fishberg, RD, LDN

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Nataly Fishberg has more than 10 years of experience in the fast-growing and changing field of nutrition and dietetics. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She then completed an internship at Orlando Regional Medical Center, which brought her to the Central Florida area in 1995. After completing her internship, she continued work in the clinical setting and later worked in long-term care.

She is bilingual in Russian and English. She currently resides in Orlando and is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Florida Dietetic Association, and the Orlando Dietetic Association.


Sama Kaskas RD, LD

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Sama was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to the other side of the world; Austin, TX where she pursued her career to become a Registered Dietitian. After completing her Coordinated Program in Dietetics at The University of Texas at Austin; she started as a Clinical Dietitian at St. David’s Medical Center covering in-patient and Rehab.

Sama enjoys cooking meals for her family that are inspired by The Middle Eastern Cuisine. Sama finds pleasure in discovering the rainbow of foods and believes there is no such thing called “food is bad” if consumed in moderation and timely manner. She enjoys promoting lifestyle changes that sheds light on variety rather than restriction. She is an active member in The Austin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Marta Rahm, M.Ed., RD

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Marta is a registered dietitian and Italy’s representative to the American Overseas Dietetic Association, the international affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

She has a bachelor of science in clinical nutrition from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, and also worked in Texas at clinics linked to major hospitals. Marta established her private nutrition counseling in Italy in 2003, focusing on healthy eating, weight loss, childhood obesity, and eating disorders.

Marta also is an educator and has taught the course The Mediterranean Diet: Exploring Food, Wine, Culture, and Health at the Syracuse University campus in Florence, Italy, for 3 years, incorporating current research in the nutrition field into a practical way of eating and living well. Marta has spoken at several annual conferences of the European Council of International Schools and has served as a translator for many years both in the United States and Italy.


Owennie Lee, RD, Certified Court Interpreter (Cantonese)

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Owennie is a registered dietitian who was born and raised in Hong Kong. She is bilingual in English and Chinese—native proficiency in written Chinese and fluent in the Cantonese and Mandarin dialects. She currently resides in Vancouver, Canada, where she also received her dietetics and court interpreting training. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and a member of Dietitians of Canada.

During the past 12 years, she has worked in various settings, including acute care, long-term care, private practice, and industry. She has taught classes in both Cantonese and Mandarin for nonprofit organizations. Owennie also is a contributing writer for HealthCastle.com.

Owennie has more than 10 years of experience in interpreting and translation. Her translation work includes advertisements for food and beverage companies, legal documents, patient information brochures, and consumer marketing pieces. She also interprets regularly in the community and health care setting.


Amy Yiu, RD

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Amy holds a Bachelor Degree in Food, Nutrition and Health (Dietetics Major) from UBC. She was the recipient of prestige scholarships from UBC and the 2015 leadership award from the Dietitians of Canada (DC) in cognition of her academic, professional excellence and community work. She is a spokesperson of the DC national nutrition month campaign. As the founder of Libra Nutrition, she has her private practice at Momentum Wellness Centre in Richmond.

Amy is very passionate about helping people prevent and manage medical conditions by creating personalized meal plans and by setting goals towards one’s optimum health. Her areas of specialization include weight management, diabetes and mental health. Amy is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Amy is a dietitian in the media and has a regular column in Foodoir magazine and Voice Weekly. She and her team has done a range of translation projects from English to both simplified and traditional Chinese for large organizations such as the Dietitians of Canada and the Flax Council of Canada.


Vanessa Perrone, RD

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Vanessa is a registered dietitian and founder of Motive Nutrition and Communications. She currently is pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition at the University of Montreal, where she is investigating the bone health and vitamin D status of children with cow’s milk allergy. She is a member of l’Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and the Dietitians of Canada.

She currently works as a counseling dietitian, where her role is to support clients in areas such as weight management, digestive health, and sports nutrition, and also is a freelance health writer and speaker. Vanessa is the author behind the Motive Nutrition blog, where she motivates her readers to get back to basics, eat real food, and take charge of their health. Her passion is translating science into news you can use and serving family-inspired recipes that feature real food, prepared simply.

Vanessa is bilingual in English and French. She currently resides in Montreal, Quebec. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys cooking, blogging, running, and sharing meals with family and friends.


Charlotte Debeugny, BSc, Dip BCNH, CNHC

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Charlotte is a nutritionist registered with the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT) in the UK and also a senior associate of The Royal Society of Medicine. She is currently based in Paris, France, and is bilingual in both English and French.

She works as a nutrition coach, where she supports clients with weight management, cardiovascular health, and digestive issues. Charlotte is also a freelance health writer, researcher, and presenter.

Charlotte’s original background was in accounting and finance. She firmly believes that the skills she acquired in this industry, such as project management and accountability, have helped contribute to her reputation of professionalism and dedication. Charlotte also thinks that living abroad helps to provide a greater insight into different cultures and approaches, particularly from a dietetics perspective. She is passionate about nutrition and enjoys cooking, Pilates, and literature.


Chloe De Smet

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Chloe is a dietitian and a culinary nutritionist, who has worked for more than 5 years with chefs from starred restaurants, helping them marry the pleasure of gastronomic cuisine with the well-being of nutrition and sustainability. She presently works closely with SPE® Certified and Rouge® Tomate in Europe and the United States, developing dietetic charters validated by international scientific committees.

She also trains cooking and serving staffs in French and English, teaching them nutritional basics and applications in the kitchen. In addition, Chloe owns her private practice, where she counsels patients on various nutritional concerns.

Chloe was born in Brussels, where she followed her scholarship in French with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition. She later received a university degree in public health in France. She perfected her English in St. Lucia, where she worked as a nanny. Her skills in dietetics and foreign languages allowed her to volunteer for the International Committee of the French Dietetic Association. She also is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Overseas Dietetic Association.


Pascale C. Jean, MPH, RD, LD/N, CHES

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Pascale C. Jean grew up in Haiti, where her grandparents‿strong belief of family values and support provided her with the guidance and drive to help educate others on a healthy way of living. At the age of 12, her parents moved the family to Miami in order to assure that their children received the education needed in order to pursue their dreams.

Pascale is a registered dietitian, holds a masters in Public health and currently working on her doctorate degree in Public Health at Florida International University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Florida International University in Dietetic and Nutrition and her Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Pascale is actively involved in giving back to her profession. She currently a board member of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics‿accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetics technicians. Pascale was the 2006-2007 President of the Miami Dietetic Association, the dietitian for the Miami Dolphins Football Team from 2005-2007 and was an adjunct professor at the Robert Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University (2007-2009).

Pascale enjoys running and has completed several marathons, half-marathons and charitable 5Ks. She also enjoys reading and traveling. Pascale resides in Miami, Florida with her dog “Bibby”.


Marie Pierrelus, MS, RD, LD, CLC

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Marie is a native of St Maarten, but grew up in southwest Florida, where she currently resides. She is bilingual in English and Creole and learned Spanish via academic studies. She has 10 years of experience in translating and interpreting nutrition materials and other educational information in both clinical and school settings.

She was drawn to the field of nutrition because of its preventive role in the development of chronic diseases. She holds a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Florida. She is a registered and licensed dietitian in Florida and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Marie has worked at the Florida Dept of Health in Collier County for more than 6 years. As a certified lactation counselor, she promotes breastfeeding for optimal nutrition during infancy.

Marie is committed to community service and is a Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps alumnus. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at a local youth program, singing, and taking trips to the park with her daughter.


Sallaya Kunakom Kongsomboonvech, BSc, MA, RD, CDT

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Sallaya is a registered dietitian and active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) since 1987. She is also a certified dietitian in Thailand. She has more than 28 years of counseling experience in hospitals & clinical setting, teaching and applying her skills to empower people to improve their healthy lifestyle.Sallaya has served as a certified nutrition consultant for over 23 years in hospitals, as an adjunct lecturer in Medical Nutrition Therapy for several leading universities in Thailand. She assisted in setting up dietetics internship and trained dietetic students at Theptarin hospital which has been selected as the 2011 Diabetes Excellence Center of the World Diabetes Foundation in Denmark. At Theptarin hospital, she had conducted successful nutrition program for Diabetes Camp for 13 years.

Sallaya is one of the co-founder committee of the Thai Association of Diabetes Educators andhas serves as the association’s speaker. She has been invited as a guest speaker for other healthcare organizations & nutrition business, numerous television and magazine interviews in Thailand. She has been widely recognized as a nutrition expert in Thailand for her ability to translate nutrition science into practice for the public and consumers.Sallaya has skills and experiences in translating nutrition and dietetics education. She is also bilingual in Thai and English.

Currently, she is the author of six Thai nutrition books, writing numerous articles in different Thai magazines and patient education materials. She is an editor of several Thai professional newsletters.

Presently, Sallaya is a Vice President of the Thai Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academic Chairperson of The Thai Dietetic Association


Masumi U. Muta, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist of Japan

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Masumi is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist from Japan. She was born and resides in Saitama, Japan. She is bilingual in Japanese and English but also knows a little of Tagalog(Philippines language).

She graduated Toita Women’s College, Tokyo, Japan, major in food and nutrition. After Graduated in College, She had worked in trading company related to food and nutrition and had experience of translating in Japanese and English for 2 years. She also have experience as a teacher in cram school teaching English, Japanese, Math, Sience, Society. At present, She works at general hospital in Tokyo as a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

In her Day off, Masumi is enjoing small home cultivation, volunteer activities, traveling, jogging, spending time with family and challenging new things.