MS, RD, CDE
Debra Grossano is a registered dietitian with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University in New York City. She completed a rigorous internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She has 3 years of clinical nutrition experience in a hospital setting, including dialysis work. She has been in the private practice for 8 years. Debra formed Riverfront Nutrition Associates in 2007 after working in private practice in NYC.
Debra is a Certified Diabetes Educator. This is a specialty in diabetes care that involves extensive experience and a nationally certified exam. Debra also is a Certified Insulin Pump Trainer for one of the top insulin pump companies.
Debra is the co author of the 28 Mediterranean Diet for which she appeared on Channel 7 morning news. The book is a collection of meal plans and recipes from a famous long island Mediterranean restaurant. It promotes the Mediterranean lifestyle and foods and transforms it into a realistic, everyday plan.
Danielle Press graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. Wanting to combine her skills in psychology with her love and passion for nutrition, she went on to complete a master’s degree in Applied Physiology and Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University. During this time she completed a dietetic internship with Columbia University’s program, which included rotations at Hoboken University Medical Center, the Renfrew Center in New York City, and New York State Psychiatric. Danielle has a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management and is working towards her certification in diabetes education.
Danielle is also an active member of several professional organizations including The American Dietetic Association and several Dietetic Practice Groups: Weight Management, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Behavioral Health.
Her nutrition philosophy is based on an intuitive eating or a non-diet approach to ultimately help others develop a healthy relationship with food. She enjoys working closely with her clients to truly individualize a plan for them that will be life-long, realistic, and effective. Danielle believes in setting realistic goals for her clients and integrating behavior modification in her sessions.
Rachel Saks has Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology from Columbia University and in Jewish Philosophy from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She was a New York City Teaching Fellow and has a Master’s Degree in Education. After spending two years teaching for the New York City Department of Education, Rachel decided to combine her loves of food and counseling and become a Registered Dietitian. She completed her Graduate Didactic Program in Dietetics at New York University and went on to the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship. Rachel then worked at Bronxworks, a non-profit agency in the South Bronx, as a nutritionist for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Rachel has loved to cook ever since she was old enough to stand on a chair at the counter and wield a plastic knife. She has taught cooking classes at JCC Manhattan and the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts. Rachel developed and ran Healthy Living, a program for 8-16 year olds that combines nutrition education, mindful eating, cooking instruction and physical activity. Rachel also is the co-author of Jewish American Food Culture. Rachel brings a unique, holistic philosophy to nutrition counseling. She believes that a healthy lifestyle is built on making the right choices in the kitchen, at the supermarket, and at the table.
MS, RD, CDN
Jacqueline Schwartz graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. With a passion to merge her interests in human psychology and nutrition, she continued on to complete a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University. During this time, she became a Registered Dietitian after completing a rigorous dietetic internship at New York-Presbyterian Medical Center.
Jacqueline has worked with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan providing clinical nutrition services to patients with various nutritional and medical needs requiring dietary intervention. She is also a contributing writer to TheBeautyBean.com, an online health and wellness publication, where she shares monthly cooking tips, recipes, and strategies for a healthy lifestyle though behavior modification. Jacqueline is currently working toward her certifications in both diabetes education and weight management. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Greater New York Dietetic Association, and the Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Weight Management and Behavioral Health dietetic practice groups
Her passion for promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and how they contribute to not only medical health but quality of life is what brings Jacqueline joy in her everyday work. With a love for cooking, she longs to inspire others to come back to the kitchen and experiment with food. She believes in a non-diet approach, working closely with each client’s personal preferences to design successful, individualized plans and goals that are realistic, nutritionally sound, and satisfying.