Ilene is a highly experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist, IAYT-certified yoga therapist, Founder and Executive Director of RefreshExamS™ & Creator of The KEY Strategy™.
Ilene also offers tutoring in Spanish for Spanish speaking dietitians preparing for the RD exam whose first language is not English. Ilene is fluent in Spanish with her Cuban family background and extensive study of Spanish academically and continued work with Spanish speaking patients.
Ilene también ofrece tutoría en español para dietistas de habla hispana que se preparan para el examen RD cuyo primer idioma no es el inglés. Ilene domina el español con su familia cubana y su extenso estudio académico y trabajo continuado con pacientes de habla hispana.
Ilene's years of experience, training and education fuels her passion for passing it onto others, which lead her to found RefreshExamS™ in 2015. Through her signature method, Ilene is passionate about teaching dietitians how to pass the RD Exam and to jumpstart & advance their careers.
Ilene holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and completed her dietetic internship at the Bronx Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, which accepts 7 students annually. Ilene's career has spanned from clinical inpatient and outpatient to diabetes centers, dialysis centers, bariatric centers and corporate wellness. Her LA-baed private practice, PranaSpirit Nutrition & Wellness, LLC, specializes in integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy and yoga therapy.
Ilene has served as a preceptor for years at several hospitals and was rated as an outstanding preceptor by students of the Mount Sinai Hospital Dietetic internship program. She also created a pre-recorded CPEU course for dietitians, Speak Spanish With your Patients / Clients. Ilene is a sought after speaker, has authored peer reviewed publications and has been featured as a RDN and yoga teacher in Self Magazine and Yoga Journal.
Read Ilene's story here on the blog to learn what inspired her to create the company.
Read the story of Ilene's Strategy - The KEY Strategy™ here.
Zodiac: Pisces sun, Pisces Rising, Scorpio moon, Myers Briggs: ENTJ
Melissa is a San Antonio based, Mexican-American registered dietitian nutritionist from Laredo, Texas. Melissa holds both a bachelor's and master's of science in nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word and completed her dietetic internship there as well. While pursuing her master's, Melissa worked for the San Antonio Food Bank, one of the largest food banks in the nation. As a Nutrition Education Coordinator there, Melissa taught the community of San Antonio about the importance of healthy eating, increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables to prevent chronic diseases, nutritious eating on a budget, and more. She also assisted in the development of Spanish curriculums in the Worksite Wellness Program. .
As for her future career goals, she hopes to focus in the clinical arena and private practice. Melissa loves to meet others in the nutrition and dietetics field and grow her network of friends, students and colleagues. Melissa is excited to join the RefreshRD team to help dietetics students achieve their goal of becoming RDNs. With her extensive background in Spanish program development and education, she is also thrilled to spearhead RefreshExamS™' Spanish RD exam review classes to be offered this year.
Melissa está muy emocionada por ser parte del equipo de RefreshExamS™ y ayudar a aquellos estudiantes cuya primera lengua es el español. La primera lengua de Melissa es español y sabe que para los de habla hispana/latina puede ser un reto en el RD exam, pero no imposible!
Based in the Charlotte Metro Area, Natasia is a pediatric and adult nutrition support specialist with more than 10 years in the nutrition and wellness industry.
She received her Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Dietetics from the University of Arizona where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was one of six interns accepted to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Dietetic Internship program in Baltimore, Maryland where she completed her supervised practice. Additionally, Natasia is board certified as a Nutrition Support Clinician by the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification since 2015. She currently practices in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Adult Medical & Surgical Intensive Care Unit.
In addition to nutrition and dietetics, Natasia is passionate about training and development and has a background in Human Resources Management. She is thrilled to combine her clinical knowledge with her love of talent development and education by preparing RefreshExamS™ students to pass the RD exam and reach their career goals!
Zodiac: Sagittarius sun, Libra rising, Myers Briggs: INFJ
Originally from Mexico, Maria is bilingual, San Antonio, Texas based registered dietitian nutritionist. She holds two Masters degrees, a Master in Healthcare Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word and a Master of Science from the University of North Florida. Maria is passionate about helping others - patients and nutrition students alike. She is pursuing the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) credential with a mission for helping children with diabetes. Maria aims to utilize her expertise to help these children overcome their obstacles and empower them to make healthy lifestyle changes to prevent complications, but most importantly, to live their lives to the fullest in optimal health.
Maria is excited to be part of the RefreshExamS™ team offering tutoring in Spanish for Spanish speaking nutritionists who are preparing for the RD exam. Her native language is Spanish as her parents are from Mexico and she grew up in Mexico. Studying for the exam she realized the barriers students face when English is not their native language. Maria wants to help students understand and facilitate the study process leading them to a passing score.
Maria está excitada para ser parte del equipo de RefreshExamS™ ofreciendo tutoría en español para nutriólogas de habla hispana que se preparan para el examen de RD. Su lengua natal es el español debido a que sus padres son mexicanos y ella creció en México. Estudiando para el examen se dio cuenta de las barreras que enfrentan los estudiantes cuando el inglés no es su idioma nativo. Maria quiere ayudar a los estudiantes a entender y a facilitarles el proceso de estudio llevándolos a una puntuación de aprobación..
Kristen is a current graduate student at the University of Connecticut with a master's in health promotion sciences. Her current research is in weight loss management. In the near future she would like to begin the process of completing a Ph.D. Kristen fell in love with research during her coordinated program when she sought after an opportunity to observe an Oncology Research RD at Yale's Survivorship Clinic. Once she entered graduate school, she had the opportunity to teach undergraduates and found her passion for teaching and lecturing. From then on she has been a teaching assistant every semester and couldn't be happier!
Kristen hopes that through her future research she can investigate and determine the best intervention to helping those who are low income and chronically obese. She strives to also teach one day in academia and to inspire students to become future RDNs! She is excited to be a part of the RefreshExamS™ tutoring team sharing her expertise in research to help students apply it to the RD exam.
Zodiac:Pisces sun Myers briggs: ESFP
Sarah is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with experience as a Certified Personal Trainer helping her clients to reach their goals. She has a passion for helping others achieve their RDN credential and understands the work and stress that can go into effective studying. She strives to help others reduce any anxiety they may be experiencing surrounding the exam and encourage them to perform at their absolute best through the KEY Strategy and customized tutoring to fit their learning style.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Madonna University and is based in the Midwest working as a Clinical Dietitian in the metro Detroit area. She plans to continue her education to earn a graduate degree and specialize as a Tactical Performance Dietitian, working with police, military, and other first responders.
Sarah’s other passions and goals are earning credentials such as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
She looks forward to using her passion for teaching to help RefreshExamS™ students to pass the RD exam and supporting them through their journey.
Zodiac: Taurus sun, Aries moon, Virgo rising
Elyse is a Registered Dietitian, a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) based in New York City. She did her undergraduate degree at University of Delaware and then went on to complete her dietetic internship through NutraSourceRD. Elyse is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Health (MPH) with a nutrition concentration at the
CUNY School of Public Health.
Elyse has a passion for helping others through volunteer work; currently she volunteers at Hunger Free America, where she assists with teaching group nutrition classes and private nutrition counseling for people who do not otherwise have the means to access a dietitian. She is doing her fieldwork this fall with the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and hopes to one day go into food lobbying. Elyse believes that the nutritional health of this country is so poor because of factors on higher levels of the socioecological model (agriculture, laws surrounding food additives, advertising, etc), which fuels her passion for the focus on public health nutrition where she can really make a difference.
Elyse is excited to join the RefreshExamS tutoring team and help more students pass the exam!
Zodiac: Sagittarius sun, Capricorn moon, Gemini rising. Myers Briggs: ESFP
Denise is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Rutgers University School of Health Professions in New Jersey. Denise has spent the past 12 years working in the hospital setting for Banner Health Systems as a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR). She has vast experience working in the clinical setting providing Medical Nutrition Therapy and specializes in providing MNT education to patients in the cardiology unit of a heart hospital.
Denise has been a preceptor for dietetic students and enjoys mentoring and guiding them through the process of becoming a DTR. She will continue her RDN career with Chandler-Gilbert Community College as adjunct faculty teaching the MNT DTR clinical rotation class this spring.
Denise understands how daunting the study experience can be. She can assist students in strengthening weak areas of knowledge and help them feel comfortable and confident during exam time. Denise is passionate about helping students reach their goals of becoming an RDN by guiding them through dynamic and supportive tutoring.
Jordan is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She received her Masters of Science with an emphasis on Medical Nutrition Therapy and Clinical Nutrition from Lehman College. She has spent the past 3 years working in long-term care in Rockland New York. She has vast experience working in clinical and food service roles within a long-term care setting. With a passion for always expanding her knowledge she is currently pursuing her Integrative and Functional Nutrition Care Practitioner Certification. Her professional affiliations include: member of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice group and Dietitians in Functional Nutrition dietetic practice group; member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Greater New York Dietetic Association and Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association.
Zodiac: Virgo sun, virgo moon, capricorn rising
Linsey Johnson is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT - 200) based on the Oregon Coast working in Outpatient Diabetes Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy.
Linsey received her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota with a major in dietetics and minor in psychology. She completed her coordinated dietetic internship in multiple hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Seattle, Washington. Her passion for diabetes education began when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13.. Now she is working towards her Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) credential, educating patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes everyday. Linsey has worked in education for many years, teaching yoga and working as a Nutrition and Physical Activity Peer Educator at University of North Dakota. Linsey is excited to be on the RefreshExamS™ team; The KEY Strategy™ helped her pass the RD Exam. Now she is thrilled to work with RefreshExamS students to help them pass their exam!
Zodiac:Capricorn sun, Aries rising. Myers Briggs ESFJ
Jenna is a Registered Dietitian working in an outpatient setting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jenna has a passion for helping others and understands the energy put into reaching the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian. She offers the balance of a warm and supportive tutoring style to move her students out of their comfort zone while feeling safe and inspired. She holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Community Nutrition and the other in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of North Dakota. Jenna's eventual goal is to pursue the credential of Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP).
With her expertise in graphic design and eye for color, Kaylee is the heart behind the handouts at RefreshExamS™. Kaylee has been interested in design from a very young age. She hopes to utilize these visuals to help students engage different senses when looking to extend their knowledge in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Kaylee has previous experience in the food service industry and continues to broaden her skills through her current position. Through different internship experiences during her undergraduate career, Kaylee was able to gain experience working with people with developmental disabilities through a greenhouse project and continued to explore the community nutrition field while working with a local food resource center. Lastly, she was able to dive into the clinical field while working with outpatient dietitians through the IU Health network and inpatient dietitians at the Psychiatric Hospital. She continued on to explore the field of nutrition further through her Dietetic internship and fell in love with Geriatric Nutrition. She is now a Registered Dietitian in the Long Term Care Setting.
With her background and vast skillset she has achieved, Kaylee hopes to bring a new focus to her area, through a blend of both clinical and community nutrition.
Lia is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in New Jersey who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Montclair State University, and completed her supervised training in Gulf Coast's Dietetic Internship program with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Lia is passionate about using her unique background in dietetics and psychology to help support both her patients and aspiring dietitians, and is thrilled to be part of the RefreshExamS™ team. Lia strongly believes in RefreshExamS™'s unique strategy method to help students conquer the RD exam and start their RDN careers off on a strong note!
Jenn is a Registered Dietitian in the DC Metro Area. She completed her master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and her dietetic internship with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Dietetic Internship Program. Her passions in the field are related to childhood obesity prevention and wellness throughout communities. Jenn is excited to be part of the RefreshExamS™ team, and is thrilled to be mentoring nutrition professionals to pass the RD exam! Jenn is working to eventually receive her certificate as a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) and Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist (CCMS).
Jessica L. Meister, Psy.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in providing assessment and advocacy for children, adolescents, and young adults with learning and attentional difficulties. Dr. Meister has also worked extensively with individuals presenting with self-esteem issues and anxiety symptoms, including providing evidence-based interventions for learning disorders, Selective Mutism, and performance anxiety.
Dr. Meister graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish. She subsequently obtained her Doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Dr. Meister completed her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital – Northwell Health.
She currently practices privately in New York City and has a dual-appointment within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is devoted to education and mentoring, consulting with professionals, teaching doctoral students, and supervising postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Meister is dedicated to developing strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and promoting the implementation of appropriate interventions in order to effect positive future outcomes.
Outside of the office, Dr. Meister is passionate about health and wellness, particularly with regard to the relationship between physical and mental health, and enjoys dancing, yoga, and fitness.