Riverfront Nutrition Associates

Our Nutritionists

Real Nutrition for Real Life

Our Nutritionists pride themselves in providing clients with practical nutrition advice for a lifetime of healthy eating. Fad diets are all around us and boast grandiose claims of weight loss. As tempting as they may be to try, it is a proven fact that diets do not work.

We believe in lifestyle change, realistic goal setting, and nourishing the body for health and disease prevention. All sessions are individualized and tailored to fit each client’s food tastes, lifestyle, and goals. Additionally, sessions incorporate motivational coaching to help clients every step of the way.

Debra Grossano

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

MS, RD

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.

Carrie Kipnis

RD

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University in 2002, Carrie entered the field of advertising. In her quest for overall wellness, however, she developed a passion for nutrition and ultimately decided to change career paths. With an initial interest in holistic nutrition, Carrie attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City where she was inspired by great speakers such as Andrew Weil and Dr. Walter Willett, and was exposed to unique nutrition philosophies such as raw food, macrobiotics, and Ayurveda. There she honed her counseling skills and learned a great deal about the healing aspects of different foods. Inspired by the program, she continued her nutrition education at Hunter College in 2005, completing a didactic program in dietetics. Carrie then entered a rigorous clinical internship through the food service company Aramark, working at several New York hospitals and ultimately becoming a registered dietitian.

Carrie began her nutrition career as a clinical dietitian at Hoboken University Medical Center, where Carrie excelled in providing nutrition therapy to patients with an array of disease states. In 2010 Carrie joined Riverfront Nutrition Associates where she began counseling patients for weight loss, diabetes, heart disease and multiple other conditions. With her husband’s career moving her to Baltimore, MD, Carrie next worked as a clinical dietitian at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. In 2011 she returned to New Jersey, re-joining Riverfront Nutrition Associates and embracing her passion for nutrition counseling.

Carrie has completed a certification in Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition. She has helped countless patients with issues spanning from weight management, diabetes, and high cholesterol to autoimmune conditions. She has also focused a good deal of her practice on gastrointestinal issues including IBS, IBD, celiac disease and GERD. She listed as recommended dietitian on Kate Scarlata’s website for implementing the low fodmap diet.

Carrie believes in formulating nutrition plans specifically targeted toward each patient’s unique circumstances. She recognizes that emotions play a huge role in one’s success and thus incorporates behavior modification into her nutrition counseling process.

Jacqueline Pollack

MS, RD, CDN

Jacqueline Pollack 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 in New York City.

Jacqueline has worked with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan providing clinical nutrition services to patients with various nutritional and medical conditions requiring dietary intervention. She was also a contributing writer to TheBeautyBean.com, an online health and wellness publication, where she shared monthly cooking tips, recipes, and strategies for a healthy lifestyle through behavior modification. Jacqueline has been featured in 201 magazine and holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. Jacqueline is currently working toward her certification as a diabetes educator. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Weight Management and Behavioral Health dietetic practice groups.

Above all, Jacqueline cares for her clients and believes that nutrition should be realistic and no one size fits all. 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 passion to help others and making food changes easy and relatable, 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 that are both nutritionally sound and satisfying.

Katie Salmon

RD

Katie is a Registered Dietitian where she completed her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. She then went on to her dietetic internship at the College of St. Elizabeth. In addition to counseling clients at Riverfront Nutrition, Katie also works at a fast pace hospital providing nutrition support to a variety of health conditions – heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal distress, and weight management.

Katie blends together her traditional science background with a Functional Medicine perspective to address each person’s individualized health concerns and wellness goals through three core principles: whole foods, lifestyle/environment, and physical activity. Katie is passionate about working with individuals throughout all stages of life. For Katie, nutrition is about assessing the whole person to make behavior modifications that lead to a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. Katie looks forward to supporting you with all your nutrition-related endeavors.

Anna Khesin

RD

Anna has a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Queens College and completed her internship through Long Island University, Post campus with a concentration in clinical nutrition. Her most recent accomplishment is the publication of her book: Living Well with Hemochromatosis. This book is the first to be written by a dietitian on this topic and offers an easy-to-understand overview of the condition, nutrition and lifestyle tips, along with a collection of simple and delicious recipes.

In addition to her work with Riverfront Nutrition Associates, Anna is a contributing speaker to the Northwell Health & Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART) program and periodically speaks before their patient population on various topics. Her past experience includes working as a high-risk nutritionist at a public health nutrition program for women, infants, and children, a nutrition team lead at LifeTime Athletic, and as a clinical dietitian in a long term care and subacute rehabilitation facility.

Anna has a warm and caring disposition which allows her to connect with individuals of all ages. She was excited to join Riverfront Nutrition Associates and to share her philosophy on nutrition; there is no one size fits all. Anna strives to offer evidence-based nutrition therapy in a personalized and approachable way. She helps clients figure out what is the right approach for them and how to make life long, realistic changes to improve their overall health.

Sandhya Narayanan

RD, CDE

Sandhya has an EdD in Health Education and a MS in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has experience in both inpatient and ambulatory care and specializes in medical nutrition therapy, diabetes education, obesity, and weight loss management.

Sandhya is an Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Health and Sciences at William Patterson University where she teaches Therapeutic Nutrition and other public health courses.

Sandhya has lived and worked in different cities and countries and speaks several languages. Most recently, she has learnt conversational Spanish through working with a primarily Hispanic population in the Bronx.

Sandhya has a family and personal history of diabetes and applied this deep connection to co-found Diabetes Empowerment International, formerly Marjorie’s Fund: where she is heavily involved in establishing strategy, overseeing programs and projects and leading internal operations.

Sandhya has a holistic approach understanding the emotional, cultural and physical influences on health. She meets clients where they are and loves working WITH them to help them to make the behavior changes necessary to sustain healthy habits life-long.  

Tslil Golan

RD, CLC

Tslil Golan is a Registered Dietitian as well as a Certified Lactation Counselor.

Tslil graduated from Keiser University in Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, where she also completed her internship program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Fairwinds Eating Disorder Center.

Tslil has worked as a clinical dietitian in prestigious hospitals in Florida as well as in New Jersey, providing care for children from birth through adolescence with various medical conditions such as prematurity, failure to thrive, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, diabetes, eating disorders and more. Tslil also has extensive experience with adult nutrition counseling, including weight loss, disordered eating, digestive issues, as well as prevention and management of chronic disease.

Tslil is fluent in Hebrew, and is originally from Israel where she was born, raised, and served in the Israeli Air Force.

Her passion is to help parents feed their children in a balanced, nutritious, stress-free way, so that they grow up to be healthy adults.

Catherine Messina

RD, LDN

Catherine graduated from Montclair State University in New Jersey with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition. She completed her internship at New York University in New York and The Valley Hospital in New Jersey. She has over 20 years of experience working with disease management/prevention, gastrointestinal issues, food sensitivities, mood disorders, and weight management. Catherine is working on her certification in Low FODMAPs from Monash University in Australia.

Catherine is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Weight Management, and Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice groups. She was cited in Bergen Magazine September 2021 issue. With so much conflicting health information out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Catherine translates science-based nutrition research into doable actions. She works with adults, children and families take back their health through balanced eating and sustainable lifestyle changes.

It’s time for you to start feeling your best. Let Catherine lead you on your health journey!

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