Support Team

Kristine T. Newsome - Executive Assistant

Kristine Tracy Newsome, originally from Trumbull CT, has lived in Florida for the past 20 years. Kristine attended Countryside High School and graduated with honors in 2003. Kristine then went on to continue her education at St. Petersburg College where she earned her Associate in Science Degree in 2006 and became a member of the Alumni President’s Club. Kristine has since then earned several awards of achievement for her dedication, devotion and contributions to the healthcare industry through community service and clinical hours. The healthcare field has always been of great desire and interest to Kristine as previous occupations and schooling have embedded a strong sense of respect, compassion and accomplishment for the industry. Kristine has been a part of the fantastic team at both the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy™ and the Palm Harbor Center for Health & Healing™ with Dr Sheila Dean since August 2012. Kristine has always taken her health seriously but now has a new-found respect for integrative and functional nutrition, an industry that is growing and succeeding exponentially. Kristine believes that optimal health and quality of life are directly influenced by diet, nutritional status, genetic factors and lifestyle. She is so grateful that she has been given the opportunity to embark on this life changing endeavor and is excited for what the future holds in integrative and functional nutrition!

Jenna Corbin, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, CLT, CES, PES

As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Jenna Corbin has worked with many individuals and athletes from grade-school age to professional. Before leaving California, she was the Team Sports Dietitian for UCLA Athletics; sports nutritionist for Athletes’ Performance (now EXOS) at the Home Depot Center; worked throughout Orange County with the Healthy for Life program interacting with preschool through high school children/young adults promoting physical activity, proper nutrition, and overall healthy lifestyles; and was a clinical dietitian at St. Jude Medical Center.

Recently, she has embraced an exciting personal life change to be with her husband and start a family. While they will be traveling around, she is working as a dietitian with My Sports Dietitian, providing individual consults and lectures on sports nutrition, and embracing additional virtual consulting opportunities. She also specializes in food sensitivities as a Lifestyle Eating and Performance Therapist, and believes strongly in an integrative and functional “whole person” approach to nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not ‘working’, you can find her outside training, hiking, running, snowboarding, snowmobiling or playing a sport; or else inside cooking or reading up on the latest in the field, with a sports game on in the background.

Jenna received her undergraduate degree in Foods & Nutrition from Cal Poly Pomona and Master’s of Science in Human Movement at A.T. Still University, with an emphasis in sports conditioning. Understanding the power of the synergy between nutrition, physical training, and lifestyle, Jenna works with individuals to meet their unique, highly specific needs.

Cindy H. Carroll, MS, RD, LDN, RN

Cindy lives in Massachusetts where she is the owner of Nutrition To Fit You, a private practice that provides nutrition and wellness counseling for individuals, and professional consulting to RDs and RNs. Cindy has been a dietitian for over 25 years and more recently a registered nurse. Her Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene is from the University of Maryland. In her early 20’s, Cindy changed her focus to study nutrition at Simmons College in Boston. Her one year post-graduate internship was at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then completed a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions with a focus in sports nutrition. Early on Cindy become interested in the functional medicine approach to health care, and it stuck with her. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine and Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists. Her work experience includes Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Harvard Business School, and the U.S. Military where she was the author and editor of “Performance Power–The Nutrition Connection”- basic training guidelines for all four armed services. Other publications include chapters for SCAN’s Professional Working for Active People, SWIM magazine and more recently, her book, The Seductive Land of Carbs.

Alicia Galvin Smith MEd, RD, LD, CLT

Alicia Smith received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2008. After graduation, she then completed her dietetic internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where she rotated through various areas of dietetics including bariatric, gastrointestinal health, trauma, large organ transplant, renal, oncology, pediatrics, community, and outpatient settings.

Recognizing that there exists a psychology to eating and nutritional behavior change, she decided to pursue her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas and completed her Masters level internship at the Lifeworks Group where she counseled individuals on emotional health under supervision.

She then worked in a conventional dietetics setting in home infusion, working with patients with altered digestive function, thus requiring the need for TPN or tube feeding. While this provided valuable experience, she felt that there had to be more that could be done to prevent a person from getting to that point. So she launched her own practice in March of 2014 and became a Certified LEAP Therapist, receiving extensive training in immunology, adverse food reactions, and practical application of dietary treatment for chronic inflammatory conditions. She continues to expand her scope of practice by incorporating anti-inflammatory protocols through food sensitivity testing and functional and integrative medical nutrition therapy principles. To enhance her clinical practice, Alicia has pursued and completed several advanced Integrative and Functional Nutrition Training courses and is currently working toward her Integrative and Functional Nutrition Advanced Practice Credential through IFNA.

Dana Elia, MS, RDN, LDN

Dana M. Elia, MS, RDN, LDN received a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology-Dietetics from Montclair State University and a Masters of Health Sciences in Integrative Health and Wellness from Rutgers University.

Dana is a registered dietitian nutritionist with 20 years of experience in dietetics, focusing specifically on medical nutrition therapy, integrative and functional nutrition, and health and wellness coaching. She is the owner of Fusion Integrative Health & Wellness, LLC, a successful practice based in Lancaster, PA. Dana also has extensive experience teaching group classes, employee wellness programming, and lecturing on a variety of health related topics to audiences. Dana has delivered programs to audiences of all age ranges for the general public, as well as continuing medical education programs to healthcare providers and professional organizations.

Dana is a member of several nutrition/wellness related organizations including the Weston A. Price Foundation, Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network, The Center for Mindful Eating, The Institute for Functional Medicine, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, SCAN – Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE), and Dietitians in Integrative and Function Medicine (DIFM) of which she hold the Member Services Chair position.

Eleni Ottalgana, RDN

Eleni Ottalagana, RDN received a dual degree from the University Of New Hampshire in Nutrition-Dietetics and EcoGastronomy. Through this dual major, she explored the holistic nature of food and health through the integration of nutrition, gastronomy, hospitality management and sustainable agriculture in New Hampshire and Italy. Through past and present unique job settings, classroom learning and hands-on culinary and farming related experiences; Eleni has enhanced her nutrition knowledge, cooking skills and leadership roles in the area of dietetics outside of the usual environment.

She recently graduated from the Virginia Tech Dietetic Internship and shortly after, completed her exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Following her passion for whole body health and functional medicine has led her to further explore the health field as an RDN. She is eager to begin her new position at Austin UltraHealth to help individuals address their chronic health conditions through functional medicine protocols.

Elise Deming, RDN

Elise Deming, RDN is from Pittsburgh, PA and attended The Pennsylvania State University, where she received a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Elise completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Tech University. Her well-rounded education and work experiences have granted her confidence in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, management, and integrative and functional nutrition.

The process of personal development ignited Elise’s passion for integrative and functional nutrition; a passion in which she is finding her true calling. Elise believes in the restorative power of whole foods and the mind-body connection and practices these through mindfulness, yoga, and cooking. Elise hopes to use her nutrition expertise to help others build healing relationships with food and in turn, themselves.

Katie Kraemer, Dietetics Student

Katie began her education in nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and then pursued a certificate as a Certified International Health Coach through the International Association for Health Coaches. She is currently attending James Madison University and will graduate in spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. Katie is passionate about traditional food practices, functional medicine, and evidence based practice. Her intense desire to learn and experience new adventures has led her to volunteer and work in many different areas of the nutrition field. She found her passion for herbalism and healing with food while interning for Dr. Joelle Cafaro, a chiropractor, herbalist, and clinical nutritionist. She gained knowledge about the food industry and production while volunteering at a local butcher, assisting with a farm to table cooking class series, working on an organic vegetable farm, and her own venture as a humane meat chicken farmer. These experiences taught her the value of locally grown, fresh food. She also had the humbling opportunity to volunteer at her local WIC office, where she saw first hand how she could help the underprivileged community with her knowledge and skills. After she graduates, she will complete her dietetic internship and pursue a career in the nutrition field where she can use her holistic and balanced approach to healing.