Westchester Nutrition Consultants

Westchester Nutrition Consultants is a dedicated full-service health and wellness team. Our individualized services include nutrition consultation, corporate health and wellness programs, live food demonstrations, spokesperson assignments, restaurant and recipe menu analysis, nutrition newsletters, comprehensive weight loss programs and individual and group fitness classes. Our team of highly accomplished nutrition and fitness professionals looks forward to accommodating your nutritional needs.

ABC Web Special: Holiday Nutrition

Elizabeth DeRobertis, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

President and Founder of Westchester Nutrition Consultants

liz.jpgElizabeth DeRobertis is the President and founder of Westchester Nutrition Consultants. Elizabeth is a highly experienced nutrition and wellness educator and exceptional public speaker. She has made numerous television appearances including features on Food Network, Dateline, WE Network and CBS. Elizabeth is renowned throughout her community for her unparalleled ability to help her clients achieve permanent weight loss. Elizabeth has also earned a reputation among her clients, as well as her peers, as the foremost expert in Westchester County for the management of diabetes. In addition to her busy private practice, Elizabeth is Head Dietitian for the Scarsdale Medical Group, an established, multi-specialty practice of twenty six board-certified physicians.

Because Elizabeth wants to convey a sincere portrayal of herself, she called upon her clients to express their opinions. Here is some of what they had to say: “Elizabeth is a rare find among dietitians.”, “Whether her client is a large corporation or an individual, Elizabeth takes great care in customizing her approach based on particular wants, needs and circumstances.”, “Elizabeth is characterized by her genuine warmth, tremendous depth of knowledge and consummate professionalism. These attributes have enabled Elizabeth’s clients to realize permanent lifestyle changes that have dramatically improved the quality of their lives.”

As one of the most sought after dietitians in the Northeast, Elizabeth found herself in an enviable position. She no longer had the capacity to accommodate the sheer number of clients in need of her services. Instead of turning clients away, Elizabeth carefully selected a dynamic group of dietitians and created Westchester Nutrition Consultants. Each member of Westchester Nutrition Consultants shares Elizabeth’s passion for nutrition and is committed to providing highly individualized and effective services of exceptional quality. To learn more about Elizabeth, click here.

Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

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Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics from New York University.  She is also a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist by the state of New York.

For the past year, Toby has been an expert, blogger and content developer for the FoodNetwork sister site, healthyeats.com. She has extensive online experience and was the Director of Nutrition for DietTV.com, an online weight loss community. She also spent nine years at The Art Institute of New York City where she taught aspiring chefs about nutrition and food safety. During that time, she expanded her teaching to include the Art Institute Online, the schools online division. Toby has done private nutrition counseling in Bronx, New York focusing on childhood obesity.

Toby has written extensively and her publications list includes The All New Joy of Cooking (under Know Your Ingredients), where she helped compile the food composition table of over 300 foods.  She was also a reviewer of the Jewish cultural food section of the web-based Nutrition Care Manual, which is compiled by the American Dietetics Association (ADA) to help guide practitioners and Cultural Food Practices also published by the ADA.

Toby consults for various companies providing services such as food safety training (ServSafe), recipe analysis, and lecturing. Her list of clients includes Food Network Kitchens, FoodNetwork.com, Dietitians in Business & Communications, and the American Dietetics Association. She has appeared in a variety of media outlets including Good Morning America Health, Good Day New York  (WNYW Fox5 NY), Self Magazine, Us Weekly Magazine, WebMD, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, The New York Daily News, Fitness Magazine, and several articles published on Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.

Heather S. Zeitz, R.D., C.D.N.

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Heather is currently Vice President of Health Programming and Content for Alere, a national health management organization which is a subsidiary of publically-traded Inverness Medical Solutions. She joined Alere as part of the original management team of Miavita, where she helped lead the development of online Healthy Living Programs provided to employers and health plans. Heather uses her extensive experience changing health behaviors to oversee Alere’s website programs and content. Prior to her current role, Heather had spent over ten years counseling individuals and teaching weight management, cancer prevention and general wellness programs through her private practice.

She continues to consult for various organizations to develop and implement wellness programs, present at events, contribute to publications, create marketing campaigns and consult on various product development initiatives (ranging from packaged goods to health services).

Her previous experience also includes work at Rockefeller University and Cornell Medical Center, where she specialized in clinical nutrition, outpatient education, accreditation and research.

She received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and completed her graduate training at Cornell Medical Center in New York, N.Y.

She currently lives in Westchester County, N.Y. with her husband and two children. Heather is passionate about finding ways to promote healthy living across large populations in ways that are fun, engaging and impactful.

Elizabeth Pecoraro M.S., R.D.

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Elizabeth Pecoraro MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian with her Masters Degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Columbia University. Elizabeth has had numerous experiences with nutrition education. Throughout her time at Columbia she has acted as a consultant for food pantry staff at The United Way of NYC; as a nutrition counselor for AIDS and cancer patients at God’s Love We Deliver in New York City; and as a pediatric nutrition counselor at Viva Nutrition, a private practice serving a largely Hispanic community in the Bronx. She has also worked as an Exercise and Health teacher for 6-8 year olds at ESF Summer Camps in Greenwich, CT.

Currently, Elizabeth provides individual nutrition counseling for Scarsdale Medical Group and Hartsdale Medical Group. She gives nutritional guidance to patients with numerous health issues, such as hypertension, high cholesterol, celiac disease, and obesity. Working closely with endocrinologists, she instructs and supports diabetic patients as they work to modify their diets. In addition, she conducts a weight loss group and counsels patients on the Take Shape For Life: Medifast meal replacement program. Elizabeth is also one of five dietitians within Westchester Nutrition Consultants, a full service health and wellness team.  Through this group, Elizabeth presents nutrition seminars – focusing on basic nutrition, exercise, portion control and reading food labels – and provides private consultations in individual homes. In addition to her present activities, Elizabeth is working to establish herself as an expert in prenatal nutrition.

Elizabeth is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, and Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group.

Dafna Chazin, R.D.

Dafna Chazin

Dafna completed her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Hunter College in 2008. She is currently a Master’s Degree candidate in the Clinical Nutrition program at New York University, expecting completion in December of 2010. Dafna is also pursuing her Registered Dietitian credential through NYU’s Dietetic Internship in affiliation with Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. She is expecting to become an RD in early 2010.

Dafna gained extensive experience in both clinical and community nutrition over the past 6 years. For example, in the summer of 2007 she performed healthy cooking demonstrations and provided nutrition information to the New York City community through the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Manhattan. In 2008 she also provided diet education to patients in a clinical setting at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. During the fall of 2008 Dafna collaborated with Elizabeth DeRobertis, MS, RD, CDN, CDE in conducting the Scarsdale Medical Group’s weekly weight loss program.

Dafna is passionate about healthy cooking, maternal and child nutrition, and prevention and management of chronic diseases through dietary lifestyle changes. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Greater New York Dietetic Association.

Daria Ventura, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

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Daria Ventura, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. is the founder of Daria Ventura Nutrition, a private nutrition counseling and consulting practice in Westchester, which focuses on helping clients reach their nutrition and health goals through simple lifestyle changes relating to diet, exercise, sleep, and stress. Her specialties include weight management, sports nutrition, general wellness, family nutrition, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders. Daria’s love for food, cooking, and helping people achieve optimal health drove her to pursue a career in nutrition in 2003. She obtained a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University, where she was a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. Additionally, she completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Over the past three years she has had the pleasure of helping dozens of clients achieve their nutrition, weight management, and health goals through one-on-one nutrition counseling and education at The Gym in Armonk, New York and Keri Glassman, A Nutritious Life in New York City. Daria is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and the Greater New York Dietetic Association. She lives in Westchester with her husband, Joe, and son, Cameron.

Yael Wepman

Yael Wepman

Yael Wepman is an AFAA certified aerobics instructor. She has had a passion and energy for fitness her entire life. She provides a comprehensive approach to fitness and personal training, integrating cardio, functional strength and conditioning to help each person achieve a lasting individual transformation. Her engaging personal style is energetic, supportive and fun – she will challenge you and push you towards results, but always with a smile.

Yael loves tennis and running. She loves what they do for her mind and her body. She enjoys the competition and the stress relief that comes from a good, hard workout. Often, you can find her running through Fox Meadow in Scarsdale or just running round after her four year old son in the play ground or teaching him to play tennis when it’s nice outside.

Yael has worked with a wide range of people, and she strongly believes that you can achieve your ideal body and lifestyle if you just dedicate yourself to the goal and consistently practice what you believe in – train, have fun, enjoy it and the results will follow.