Professional Development and Research

Professional Development Team

Alefiya Faizullabhoy, MS, RD, CDE, CDN (Webinar Chair) has more than 14 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since the past 10 years. Alefiya has experience in the pediatric as also the pregnancy population. Currently, she works in a busy Endocrinology outpatient practice in a large New York based Health system. Her work with adults is focused on weight management in patients with pre diabetes and diabetes. Alefiya is passionate about promoting healthy food choices and disease prevention. She also teaches nutrition and diabetes wellness classes, precepts dietetic interns and allied health professionals interested in obtaining their CDE credentials. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling and dabbling in home renovation projects.

Bec McDorman, MS, RDN (Bariatric Subunit Chair) pursued dietetics after having weight loss surgery in 2010. She completed her masters at Cal Poly Pomona & her internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She is a frequent contributor for & has presented at OH’s national conferences. In 2018, she won Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year for WSAND, as well as the Trombley Region Clinical Excellence Award. She currently works as Clinical Nutrition Manager at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Patricia Novak, MPH, RD, CLE, LD (Pediatric Subunit Chair) has over 30 years experience working with pediatric eating and feeding concerns. Her weight management work has focused on children with chronic illness and neuro-developmental disabilities including creating a weight control program for children with autism spectrum disorders. She has worked in both hospital and community based programs and is currently employed as a consultant and as part of a research group at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin.

Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CSSD, LD, NBC-HWC, cEP (Coaching and Wellness Subunit Chair) is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and owner of Balanced Nutrition Coach. She has over 25 years of experience guiding individuals, groups, and companies in healthy lifestyle and wellness initiatives to live their best lives. Julie has held numerous leadership roles within the WM DPG including Newsletter Editor, Treasurer, Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-Chair, and Delegate to the HOD. Julie also serves on the CDR for Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management exam workgroup.

Amy Habeck, MS, RDN, CDN (Promotions Resource Co-Coordinator) is a bariatric and weight loss dietitian in at outpatient setting at Advanced Surgeons in Hawthorne, New York. Her work involves counseling patients before and after weight loss surgery. Amy has completed both the level 1 and level 2 Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management in 2011 and 2015, respectively.
Amy completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, her dietetic internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, and her Masters at Eastern Michigan University. Her past experience includes nutrition support of bone marrow transplant patients, pharmaceutical sales and online education instruction. She has presented several abstracts at the annual meetings of the American Dietetic Association (currently the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and the American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition.

Nadea Minet, MS, RDN, LDN (Quick Guide Resource Co-Coordinator) has working in the field of Bariatrics for 9 years, and I love connecting with professionals and patients alike. I actively participate in providing education to the patients and serving in the community at various health and wellness events and conferences across the country. It’s my mission to make a healthy lifestyle something fun, enjoyable, and maintainable.


Research Team

Shelly Summar, MSEd, RD, LD (Newsletter CPEU Editor) serves as the manager of Weighing In, a program at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, working to lead community collaboration to support healthy lifestyles. She has over 25 years of experience treating children and families for nutrition related issues. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from Kansas State University and her Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kansas. She also completed a Certificate of Training in Childhood & Adol Weight Management.

Monisha Panda, MD, RD, CSR, LDN (Newsletter Assistant CPEU Editor) earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition since 2013 and her passion for helping patients with kidney disease led her to to pursue a medical degree in hopes of becoming a nephrologist. She recently graduated from the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine.

Juliet Mancino, MS, RDN, CDE, CCRC, FAND (WM in the News Editor) is currently Research Review Analyst for the University of Pittsburgh Human Research Protection Office. 25+ years experience in clinical trials of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease as interventionist, project and/or clinical trial coordinator.