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Meet Our Medical Expert Board!

We’ve enlisted these highly experienced and credentialed experts to help keep our content accurate and our nutrition, food, health, and fitness advice medically sound.
WE WANT TO GIVE YOU the most up-to-date facts (no fake news here!), which is why we’ve established a Medical Review Board of certified and world-renowned nutritionists, dietitians, doctors, personal trainers, chefs, and wellness experts. These trusted board members work closely with our editors and contributors to verify that the content published on Eat This, Not That! is medically accurate and rooted in the latest science and health information. Members also provide their expert advice to be included in our articles, as well as engage with Eat This, Not That! readers directly via interactive social media and video projects. Learn more about (and connect with!) each Medical Review Board member below.

Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Amy Goodson is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. She focuses on overall health, wellness, and sports nutrition. Amy has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, TCU Athletics, Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, other professional athletes, and more. She is the author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook, a play-by-play on sports nutrition for athletes, parents, coaches, and trainers. Its portable, flipbook size is perfect for a gym bag or weight room. Amy is also the co-author of Swim, Bike, Run, Eat and nutrition contributor to retired NFL Player Donald Driver's book, The 3-D Body Revolution

With a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in exercise and sports nutrition, Amy is passionate about marrying the two to provide quality, science-based nutrition information through speaking, media, writing and consulting. Amy is an ambassador spokesperson for the National Dairy Council, speaker for National Cattleman's Beef Association, past partner with Potatoes USA, and a speaker and consultant for Gatorade Sports Science Institute. As a veteran on-air nutrition expert, she works with RDTV to leverage multi-platform media opportunities on broadcast, digital, and social media nation-wide. Amy has more than 1,000 media placements in a variety of TV, radio, and print outlets.

Claudia Sidoti

Claudia Sidoti's deep connection with food began in her grandmother's kitchen and eventually landed her in the kitchens of Food Network, where she was the Test Kitchen Director. For more than eight years, she directed the culinary content for Food Network Magazine, as well as a host of other projects, such as Food Network Café's and large-scale events and festivals. Claudia is a contributing food and lifestyle writer for a variety of print and digital platforms, including the New York Post. A native New Yorker and former restaurateur, her knowledge of the New York City "food scene" is extensive. Claudia's love of food is evident in everything she does, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with readers everywhere.

Ilana Muhlstein, MS, RD

Ilana Muhlstein , MS, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and bestselling author of You Can Drop It! is the creator of the 2B Mindset weight-loss program. Ilana has lost more than 100 pounds—and kept it off!—using the program she created. She's also helped thousands of other people lose weight through her private practice in Beverly Hills and a clinic at UCLA. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Maryland and her Master's degree in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern University. She sits on the prestigious Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association, and has been lecturing for the Bruin Health Improvement Program at UCLA since 2013. Ilana is also a contributing writer for publications such as SELF and the Journal of Obesity. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Health, Reader's Digest, Shape, and Women's Health. Ilana lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Noah, and two children, Olivia and Julian.

Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC

Lauren Manaker is an award-winning registered dietitian, book author, and recipe developer who has been in practice for almost 20 years. With expertise in nutrition and women's health, Lauren prides herself on providing accurate and evidence-based nutrition information to people throughout the lifecycle. As the owner of a nutrition communications business, Lauren also acts as a nutrition communications consultant and recipe developer for small healthy food brands and start-ups. She earned her undergraduate degree in human nutrition at the University of Florida, her master's degree in clinical nutrition at Rush University in Chicago, and her certification in lactation education from UC-San Diego. Currently, she is enrolled in NYU's School of Professional Studies, focusing on writing health-related information for the media. Lauren has been quoted in countless media outlets, including Eat This, Not That! and US News and World Report. Her writing can be found in outlets such as, Eating Well, The Kitchn, POPSUGAR Fitness, and VeryWell Health. Lauren lives in Charleston, S.C., and she takes full advantage of everything that her amazing city has to offer when she is not working.

Melissa Pfeister

Melissa Pfeister is the founder of the health and wellness brand Stripped with Melissa and the host of the podcast Side Piece. Melissa is also a loving wife and a mom of two young kids. (Her life is a little bit crazy, but she loves every minute of it!)

Growing up in the Midwest and playing all-state basketball taught Melissa discipline, a love of healthy living, and a strong work ethic — values which she has always aspired to share with others.

Melissa started her first company, Naked Feast, in 2015 with the hope of encouraging others to build a positive relationship with food one bite at a time. Naked Feast was sold in more than 25 locations across the U.S., including Whole Foods Market and Equinox Health Clubs, and it even made its way into the sky on Delta Airlines.

Since launching Stripped with Melissa in 2020, she has helped more than 80 clients reach their goals — whether that be losing weight, creating healthy habits or simply wanting to look and feel their best. The best part? Helping others find their happiness and strength again. Melissa has a certificate in Nutrition Science from the Stanford School of Medicine.

Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, CDN, CFT and Lyssie Lakatos, RD, CDN, CFT

Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, The Nutrition Twins®, are twin sisters and nationally recognized Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), personal trainers (CFTs), and leading experts in healthy living with more than 15 years of experience motivating, inspiring, and empowering thousands to lose weight, get healthier, happier, and into tip-top shape. The duo are the authors of The Nutrition Twins®' Veggie Cure, Fire Up Your Metabolism, and The Secret To Skinny, as well as creators of The Nutrition Twins®' 21 Day Body Reboot™. The twins blend their common sense style and uncommon recipes to show others how getting healthy can feel easy, fun, and tempting! They've lent their expert voices to top broadcasts and publications, ranging from The Doctors, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America to Health, USA Today, and Vogue. They're also experts and contributors with The American Council on Exercise. The twins were named one of the "Top 20 Nutrition Experts to Follow on Twitter" by HuffPost, as well as one of seven healthy-living experts to follow on Instagram by Women's Health. The duo's media presence and online influence also earned them an invitation to the White House to meet with Michelle Obama for her Let's Move campaign.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

Toby Amidor is an award winning dietitian and Wall Street Journal best-selling cookbook author who believes healthy and wholesome can also be appetizing and delicious. She is the founder of Toby Amidor Nutrition, where she provides nutrition and food safety consulting services for individuals, restaurants, and food brands. Her cookbooks include: The Best 3-Ingredient Cookbook, The Create-Your-Plate Diabetes Cookbook, The Best Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook, Smart Meal Prep for Beginners, The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook, The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook, and The Greek Yogurt Kitchen. For more than 12 years, Toby has been the nutrition expert for She is a regular contributor to Shape and U.S. News & World Report. Toby also has her own "Ask the Expert" column in Today's Dietitian and appears on TV programs including The Dr. Oz Show and CT Style. She is an adjunct at CUNY Hunter School of Public Urban Health in New York. Previously, she taught at Columbia University and the Art Institute of New York City. Toby trained as a clinical dietitian at New York University. She is one of the top experts in culinary nutrition, food safety, and media communications. In 2018, Toby was awarded the coveted Media Excellence Award by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN

Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder and director of Real Nutrition, a New York City-based private practice dedicated to healthfully and successfully guiding clients to their optimal nutrition, weight, and overall wellness. She is internationally recognized for her individualized, lifestyle-focused approach, which integrates realistic food plans, smart eating habits, and active living. Through encouragement, education, and the right "tricks of the trade," Amy believes that anyone can achieve their nutritional goals while still enjoying the foods and flavors they crave.

Deena Adimoolam, MD

Dr. Deena Adimoolam, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. She obtained her medical degree at Mount Sinai in New York and completed her internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship training at Yale University. Throughout her career, Dr. Adimoolam has received numerous awards for patient care, humanism in medicine, and community involvement. Dedicated to health education and improving healthcare disparities in underserved communities, she was honored by former President Bill Clinton for her work in public health.

Dr. Adimoolam worked as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine and served as Associate Program Director for the Endocrinology Fellowship, where she conducted research in diabetes and obesity.

Dr. Adimoolam uses her specialized endocrinology skill set to focus on her interests of diabetes, disease prevention, food as medicine, metabolism, obesity, and weight loss. An advocate for disease prevention through food and lifestyle changes, she helps patients live healthier lives by sharing her "SHD" (Simple, Healthy, Delicious) recipes, which demonstrate that healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.

Dr. Adimoolam serves as a medical expert for several media outlets. She has contributed to ABC, CBS, Eat This, Not That! and HuffPost.

Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD

Julie Upton is an award-winning registered dietitian and communications specialist who has written thousands of articles for national media outlets, including The New York Times, US News & World Report, and USA Today. She is a frequent expert nutrition guest on TV programs like ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and The Today Show on NBC News.

Julie is the co-founder of Appetite for Health, a nutrition communications consulting firm. She has co-authored two books, Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Guide to Fuel Your Active Life and The Real Skinny. Julie has led numerous national initiatives to promote health, fitness, and nutrition in partnership with global brands like Adidas, California Avocados, Chobani, and Trek Bikes.

Julie's athletic accomplishments are numerous: She has completed more than 10 marathons, plus the IronMan Hawaii World Championships, the Swim Around Manhattan Island, and the Trans-Rockies Trail Race. Julie is a Certified CrossFit Level 1 instructor.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Michigan State University. She completed her post-graduate training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Julie holds a Master of Science in Nutrition Communications from Boston University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband.

Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN

Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, is the CEO of NY Nutrition Group, a private nutrition consultancy with more than 20 registered dietitians on staff. She graduated from Syracuse University with honors, and completed a 12 month intensive dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Now with more than a decade of experience in private practice, Lisa also works with the media as a leading nutrition source and providing wellness seminars to corporations across the tri-state area. As a renowned nutrition expert, she has a knack for empowering people to make permanent behavioral changes in order to live healthier more fulfilling lives. Her approach is simple, personalized, and scientific. Lisa strongly believes and understands there is no one-size fits all plan. The key to success is personalization and working on a positive relationship with food. With the right knowledge and tools, she believes everyone can find their happiest weight or achieve optimal wellness. Lisa also preaches mindful and intuitive eating which are among her top ingredients for long-term success. Follow her on Instagram, where she shares tips and tricks to form a healthier relationship with food.

Mike Bohl MD, MPH, CPH, MWC, ELS

Dr. Mike Bohl is the Director of Medical Content & Education at Ro, the healthcare technology company powering the digital health clinics Roman and Rory. Dr. Bohl oversees the Medical Content Team, where he produces and reviews public-facing articles, patient and provider education materials, and video. He was instrumental in launching Health Guide, Ro's health information destination, which provides medically-backed, approachable health content for patients. He is a passionate believer that media can be one of the primary driving forces that makes a positive impact on health on a global scale. Prior to joining Ro, Dr. Bohl was a resident physician at NYU Langone Health with a focus on community health. He attended Brown University for medical school and later earned a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. He is certified by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the American Medical Writers Association, and the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. Dr. Bohl's work has been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals, and his expertise has also been featured in publications including Health, HuffPost, and Best Life.

Sydney Greene, MS, RD

Sydney Greene is a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition for addiction recovery, disordered eating, and body image, as well as chronic digestive issues. Using an integrative, customized approach, Sydney works with teens and women all over the country and offers monthly nutrition support groups called Soulful Eating. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Sydney has written for publications such as Shape, Very Well Fit, Health, Man Repeller, and A Sober Girl's Guide. She has worked with companies, such as Open Society Foundations, ClassPass, Big Vision, and Alma. Sydney obtained her bachelor's in Nutrition & Dietetics, as well as her Master's in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. When she is not working with clients, running groups, or writing you can find Sydney hiking to alpine lakes with her dog Charlie and enjoying pizza and farm fresh greens.

Cedrina Calder, MD, MSPH

Dr. Cedrina Calder, also known as FitDoc®, is a board-certified preventive medicine physician, health expert, and fitness pro who resides in Nashville. She completed her residency training in preventive medicine and earned her Master of Science in Public Health degree at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Calder currently serves as a public health physician providing primary care for underserved populations. She prides herself in her ability to engage and connect with people in a way that garners their trust, while motivating and empowering them to take control of their health. Dr. Calder is committed to being a leader in health education and disease prevention efforts on both a national and international level. Her goal is to reach as many people as possible to empower them to take control of their health. Dr. Calder has been featured in a number of well-known publications, including WebMD, Reader's Digest, Muscle & Fitness, and Insider.

Howard Grossman, MD

Dr. Howard Grossman, MD, is the Medical Director of Midway Specialty Care, a not-for-profit medical practice specializing in primary care, HIV medicine, and LGBTQ health issues. He is a board-certified internist, who had a private practice in Manhattan for nearly three decades. Now, he is an Attending Physician with Holy Cross Hospital and Broward Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine of Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Grossman is nationally recognized as a specialist in HIV medicine and LGBTQ health. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and completed his residency at Kings County Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in Brooklyn. It was there where he saw some of the first cases of AIDS in the early 1980s. He is the recipient of AMFAR's Award of Courage. Dr. Grossman was the medical advisor for the patient-oriented website He served as medical editor for columns in POZ, HX, GMHC's Treatment Issues, and AMFAR's treatment newsletter, among others. He was also the medical advisor for three stagings of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart," including the Tony Award-winning production on Broadway.

Laura Burak MS, RD, CDN

Laura Burak is a nationally recognized registered dietitian of over 18 years, a media spokesperson, published author, and freelance writer and recipe developer. Most significantly, Laura is a mom to two kids who love to challenge her encouragement of green foods and lives in the Long Island suburbs outside the city. Laura founded GetNaked® Nutrition with a mission to teach you how to ditch serial dieting and strip down to the simplicity of food and nutrition while also finding joy and pleasure from it, including lots of fun snacks and food finds.

Lisa R. Young PhD, RDN, CDN

Dr. Lisa Young is an internationally recognized nutritionist and portion control expert. She is an adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University, author, international lecturer, and media consultant. As a registered dietitian nutritionist in private practice, Dr. Young counsels adults and children on a wide variety of nutrition and health issues and serves as a consultant and nutrition advisor to corporations and health departments.

One of the leading experts on portion sizes, Dr. Young is the author of Finally Full, Finally Thin and The Portion Teller Plan. She has also authored numerous peer-reviewed research articles and served as an adviser to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on its various portion-control initiatives. Dr. Young is a contributor to US News & World Report, and major media outlets routinely call on her as an expert voice on nutrition and health.

Dr. Young received her doctorate in nutrition from New York University and her bachelor's degree in health care administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) named Dr. Young a "Woman of Action." She lives in New York City and enjoys practicing yoga, swimming, biking, and dining out.

Chef Nik Fields

Chef Nik Fields is nationally recognized for her culinary art skills. She serves up a one-of-a-kind experience crafted from a genuine and organic love of food at her upscale restaurant "Chic Chef" in Phoenix. You can enjoy Chef Nik's creative vision at home through her cookbooks, which includes A Culinary Vibe: Volume I and Aphrodisiacs: Volume ll (an Amazon Best Seller). Her Chic Chef Co. also offers natural olive oils and other Artisanal products. Chef Nik has prepared cuisine for celebrities including Snoop Dog, Vivica A. Fox, and Sharon Stone. She's also personal chef to Phoenix Cardinals player Chris Johnson. Her work has landed her in the pages of People magazine and on "The Doctors," Bravo, HGTV, and VH1. Earning the name "Nik the Chic Chef" from being known to slay looks while serving in the kitchen, Chef Nik's compassion, knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit are what make her one of the most sought out chefs and culinary brands today. She started a nonprofit dedicated to providing food and clean water to villages in the Dominican Republic, Waste Not Want Not Inc. The organization encourages restaurants and households to limit food waste that could be used to feed low-income homes and the homeless.

Taz Bhatia, MD

Dr. Taz Bhatia, MD, is a board-certified integrative medicine physician and wellness expert and the founder of CentreSpringMD. She gained national recognition as a best-selling author of the books What Doctors Eat, The 21 Day Belly Fix, and Super Woman RX. Her integration of Eastern medical wisdom with modern science, along with her unique Power Type discovery, has led to featured segments on The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Live with Kelly & Ryan and eventually the premiere of her own PBS special Super Woman RX with Dr. Taz. She is the host of Super Woman Wellness podcast, which has more than 1 million downloads. Dubbed "a superwoman in her own right," Dr. Taz is committed to empowering women to radically transform their lives through personalized lifestyle, diet, exercise, self-care, and relationship strategies to help them rediscover their own "superpowers."