Member Spotlight

NJAND members are reaching for the stars! We would like to highlight the many professional achievements of our members. If you or a member you know have recently won an award, received an advanced degree, or has achieved something great professionally, please contact NJAND at: ExecutiveDirector@eatrightnj.org so that we can feature you!

 
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Savor and Stroll Culinary Tours - Kathleen Carozza, MS, RDN

In March, member partner, Kathleen Carozza is celebrating the first-year anniversary of Savor and Stroll Culinary Tours, her food and walking tour business. 

She offers two tours, the Classic Savor and Stroll and a new tour, Savor, Sip and Shop and will also customize tours for your group.

The Classic Savor and Stroll tour takes participants through the historic streets of Morristown with samplings from a total of six restaurants and food shops in town. This tour is about 3-3¼ hours and covers about 3 miles with opportunities to shop at two specialty food shops, a chocolatier and olive oil and vinegar taproom.  The tour includes lots of information about the history, unique sites in town and some tidbits about the tastings. 

The second tour is Savor, Sip and Shop!  This tour is about 4+ hours and includes tastings from 4-5 restaurants and food shops, a wine tasting and shopping at 3-4 non-food specialty boutiques and shops. This the perfect friends’ day out, or a great couples tour. This tour can be customized for events like milestone birthdays or bridal parties. 

Check out the website at www.savorandstrollculinarytours.com to book your tour now!

Marisa Sweeney, RDN

The NJAND would like to congratulate  our Annual Meeting Co-Chair, and owner of BeWell, Marisa Sweeney, RDN on her BeWell Expansion! 

Be Well. is a coming together of licensed health professionals from various disciplines to provide a complete and whole approach to health and wellness. Our practitioners collaborate as a team to offer a full menu of integrative health and wellness services that are customized to accommodate every individual. Our team includes dietitians, a doctor of psychology, social worker, doctor of functional medicine, acupuncturist, reiki practitioner, massage therapist/registered nurse, and 15 certified yoga teachers. Be Well. has been located right off the Green in Morristown since 2012, and has been very integrated into the Morristown medical, business, non-profit, and downtown community since its opening. 

At the end of 2018, Be Well. signed a contract to partner with IVIRMA Global (rmanj.com), the largest reproductive endocrinology medical practice in the world, to have Be Well locations as part of their practices all over the country, and provide their patients with wellness services. Due to this expansion, Be Well. has changed its name to "Be Well Integrative Health Services", and is on track to launch 12 office locations by April 1st, 2019. New Jersey locations will include: Morristown, Englewood, Eatontown, Marlton, Princeton, Freehold, Basking Ridge, West Orange, Somerset, and Springfield. Pennsylvania locations will include: Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley. By the end of 2019, we anticipate to have a few locations on the West Coast in California, in Florida, and in the Midwest. All these locations will service IVIRMA patients and the surrounding communities of each location.

Check out the website at bewellmorristown.com. You can also follow Be Well IHS on instagram @bewellihs, and facebook @bewell.

Mary-Pat Maciolek, Ed.d, rdn

Mary-Pat is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has been dedicated to the field of nutrition for her entire career.  She recently obtained a doctoral degree in Education from Rowan University. Her dissertation topic was Dietetic Students' Lived Experience Working With Preceptors: A Phenomenology. Mary-Pat has been part of the NJAND since her time as a dietetic intern at Perth Amboy General Hospital! She has had too many appointed and elected positions over the years to list!  However, some highlights include Academy Delegate representing NJ for two terms, NJAND President, NJAND Treasurer, and Chair of the following NJAND Committees: Nominating, Scholarships and Awards,  Annual Meeting, Finance, and many Task Force Committees along the way. Currently, she is serving as the Continuing Professional Education Review Coordinator and on the Bylaws Committee of NJAND.  Mary-Pat has been honored with the Carolyn Sebastianelli Distinguished Member Award, the Recognized Young Dietitian Award and two ADAF Awards: the LTC. Helen M. Davis Memorial Scholarship recipient while pursuing her MBA and a CDR Doctoral Scholarship Award. She is currentlythe Director of the Middlesex County College, Dietetic Technology program and Chairperson of the Hosptality, Culinary Arts, and Dietetics Department.  Mary-Pat has been fortunate to work with amazing professionals throughout her career, who have supported and encouraged her every step of the way. Including obtaining her doctorate degree.  Mary-Pat said, "if it weren’t for the Dietetic Internship Directors (shout-out to Kathleen Carozza, Geri McKay, and Maria Stanish) as well as the DIP graduates who shared their time and stories with her, she would not have been able to reach this milestone. We are part of an amazing profession!!" 

 
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rajesh kumari, dsc., rdn

Rajesh Kumari is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has worked in the field of Nutrition of health care for the past twenty years. Recently, she obtained a Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. Her studies and extensive clinical nutrition experience, primarily practicing medical nutrition therapy for the management of chronic conditions including stroke and other neurological conditions, sparked her interest in the pursuit of an advanced degree. Her dissertation work:  Multimodal Dietary Treatment in Tourette’s Syndrome - is an exploratory open-label multimodal dietary treatment study performed in collaboration with Neuro Institute, Atlantic Health System.  Positive results of this preliminary experimental multimodal dietary treatment are very encouraging and have been acknowledged as a poster presentation for Atlantic Health System Research Day and recently at FNCE, Chicago. Rajesh hopes that this research will open doors to new ways of thinking about treatment and recovery and thereby lead to further exploration of alternative treatments and research by the medical community and Atlantic Health System in particular. She believes a paradigm shift is needed toward more empowered, personalized medicine with focus on Nutrition and life Style Modifications. 

Currently, Rajesh is working at Atlantic Health System as the Clinical Nutrition Manager, where she has played various roles in managing nutrition in an acute care setting for over a decade. As an advocate of nutrition for healing and wellness, she has coordinated efforts to establish Dietitian Diet Order Writing Privileges and is currently working on establishing a Physical Exam Focused Nutrition Assessment and malnutrition diagnosis and identification program. An educator at heart, she is also teaching as an adjunct professor in the Nutrition Science program at the College of Saint Elizabeth. She teaches a Master’s program course on integrative and functional nutrition, a true passion of hers, where she discusses the importance of the whole food diet and the use of botanicals as supplements.