Brianna Mears, RD, LDN

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Brianna Mears, RD, LDN

"Food freedom is possible when you work to achieve harmony with health, food and wellbeing."

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Brianna Mears, RD, LDN

”Food freedom is possible when you take the time to achieve harmony with health, food, and wellbeing."

Brianna Mears, RD, LDN is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist who joined Van Dusen Nutrition® in 2021. Brianna currently works full-time in the Needham office and sees clients for Individual Nutrition Counseling and Therapeutic Meal Support®.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Subspecialties

  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image

  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Women’s Health

  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 
  • Negative Body Image
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Women’s Health


Sarah Brenner, RD, LDN, CPT

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Sarah Brenner, RD, LDN, CPT

“In learning to trust your body, you will begin to appreciate it in ways that you hadn’t previously considered.”

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Sarah Brenner, RD, LDN, CPT

“In learning to trust your body, you will begin to appreciate it in ways that you hadn’t previously considered.”

Sarah Brenner, RD, LDN, CPT is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and NASM Certified Personal Trainer who joined Van Dusen Nutrition in 2020. Sarah’s mission is to help clients establish and nurture positive relationships with food, body image, and exercise. She has a special interest in working with athletes and individuals looking to improve their connection to movement. She is passionate about dismantling diet culture and empowering clients to live a well-nourished life, free from food rules. Sarah currently works full-time in the Needham office and sees clients for Individual Nutrition Counseling, Therapeutic Meal Support® and Therapeutic Movement SupportTM.

Sarah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She developed a special interest in the field of eating disorders while working at Center for Discovery’s residential treatment facility in Southport, CT. Sarah completed her dietetic internship with Sodexo, choosing a concentration in outpatient counseling. She continued to develop her clinical skills at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut, a part of the Yale New Haven Health System. Sarah is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Sports Nutrition

Subspecialties

  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size

  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image

  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image


Weight Checks

Weight Checks

We are currently providing clinic hours to clients needing weight checks who are unable to meet with their healthcare provider in person. The service is performed in a semi-private (please wear a mask), no contact setting. The check is blind and results will be sent to the provider of choice within one business day.

 

Directions: Weight checks are being done in the back of our building/suite (so do not aim to enter from the front). If you are driving down Highland Ave., turn onto Mellen St. and take a right into the Kindercare parking lot. Walk toward their entrance and you will see a walkway past the playground to our back door. Please look down to be sure another client is not in process and then follow the walkway to the scale/glass door. A clinician will give you a ‘thumbs up’ when it is time to step on the scale and again when the data has been obtained.

 

BOOKING:  We are no longer using Schedulicity so please email info@vandusennutrition.com to request a 5 minute appointment.

Weight Checks

We are currently providing clinic hours to clients needing weight checks who are unable to meet with their healthcare provider in person. The service is performed in a semi-private (please wear a mask), no contact setting. The check is blind and results will be sent to the provider of choice within one business day.

Directions: Weight checks are being done in the back of our building/suite (so do not aim to enter from the front). If you are driving down Highland Ave., turn onto Mellen St. and take a right into the Kindercare parking lot. Walk toward their entrance and you will see a walkway past the playground to our back door. Please look down to be sure another client is not in process and then follow the walkway to the scale/glass door. A clinician will give you a ‘thumbs up’ when it is time to step on the scale and again when the data has been obtained.

BOOKING:  We are no longer using Schedulicity so please email info@vandusennutrition.com to request a 5 minute appointment.


Kristine Berube, RD, LDN, RYT

Kristine Berube, RD, LDN, RYT

"You are worthy of a peaceful relationship with food and exercise built through trust, respect and enjoyment."

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Kristine Berube, RD, LDN, RYT

"You are worthy of a peaceful relationship with food and exercise built through trust, respect and enjoyment."

Kristine Berube, RD, LDN, RYT-200, Certified Reiki Master, is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist who joined Van Dusen Nutrition in 2020. Kristine’s mission is to help individuals build trust in their minds and bodies so as to heal toxic relationships with nutrition and exercise. Kristine focuses on a whole body approach and utilizes intuitive eating principles, mindfulness, and therapeutic movement to help develop trust within ones internal cues. She is passionate about helping others form healthy relationships with food and their bodies. Kristine currently works full-time in the Needham office and sees clients for Individual Nutrition Counseling, Therapeutic Meal Support® and Therapeutic Movement SupportTM.

Kristine received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program of Dietetics. Her program included a diverse internship experience, which incorporated acute care medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition programming, and school nutrition management. Kristine then went on to provide outpatient nutrition therapy where she began implementing intuitive eating counseling and mindfulness-based practices with her clients.

Her passions brought her to Boston where she began studying yoga and Reiki. She then completed both her 200-hour yoga teacher training from Radiant Yoga Boston and Reiki Master certification with Libby Barrett in 2019. Kristine is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, and Yoga Alliance®

Specialties

Eating Disorders
Disordered Eating
Weight and Body Concerns
Sports Nutrition

Subspecialties

  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach

  • Negative Body Image
  • Women’s Health
  • Diabetes Management

  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image
  • Women’s Health
  • Diabetes Management


Madeline McDonough, MS, RD, LDN

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Madeline McDonough, MS, RD, LDN

"Nourishment and satisfaction are not mutually exclusive. There is space in your life for both."

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Madeline McDonough, MS, RD, LDN

"Nourishment and satisfaction are not mutually exclusive. There is space in your life for both."

Madeline McDonough, MS, RD, LDN is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist who joined Van Dusen Nutrition® in 2020. Madeline’s mission is to empower clients to heal their relationships with food as well as make peace with their bodies. Her nutrition philosophy is grounded in the principles of Intuitive Eating and uses science as the backbone. Madeline’s passion lies in helping individuals harness their inner wisdom and thrive in a lifestyle that is nourishing, balanced and not inundated with stress or rigid food rules. Madeline currently works full-time in the Needham office and sees clients for Individual Nutrition Counseling and Therapeutic Meal Support®.

Madeline received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Miami University. After interning with the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute as well as the Center for Functional Medicine, she continued on at Miami University to earn a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health Promotion. During this time, Madeline completed her graduate thesis which examined Orthorexia Nervosa in nutrition students.

Madeline then completed her dietetic internship at Be Well Solutions in Boston. Madeline contributes to several media outlets and her work has been featured in POPSUGAR. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Subspecialties

  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach

  • Negative Body Image
  • Women’s Health

  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image
  • Women’s Health


Michelle Bugbee, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

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Michelle Bugbee, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

"Finding your inner voice is hard. Listening to it is even harder. But by doing so, you are freeing yourself from preconceived beliefs around eating and exercise that open the door to being the best version of yourself."

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Michelle Bugbee, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

"Finding your inner voice is hard. Listening to it is even harder. But by doing so, you are freeing yourself from preconceived beliefs around eating and exercise that open the door to being the best version of yourself."

Michelle Bugbee, MS, RD, LDN, CPT is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and NASM Certified Personal Trainer who joined Van Dusen Nutrition® in 2019. As a collegiate and current athlete, Michelle has a special interest in helping athletes fuel their bodies in a way that promotes optimal health and performance while maintaining a positive relationship with food. She also works with clients to repair and strengthen their connections to movement, exercise and body. Michelle currently works full-time in the Needham office and sees clients for Individual Nutrition Counseling and Individual Therapeutic Movement Support™. Additionally, Michelle is the acting Coordinator of Client Care and Outreach for Van Dusen Nutrition®.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. She then worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in operational management for 6 years, where she was introduced to the field of dietetics. Michelle earned a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a Certificate in Sports Nutrition from Simmons University. She also completed a dietetic internship at Simmons University that included extensive training in both performance nutrition and eating disorders.

Michelle is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, and Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association, and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Sports Nutrition

Subspecialties

  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach

  • Exercise Disorders
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bone Stress Injuries
  • Performance Nutrition

  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Exercise Disorders
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bone Stress Injuries
  • Performance Nutrition


Allison DePaolo, MS, RD, LDN

Allison DePaolo, MS, RD, LDN

"Taking the time to rediscover how to nourish your body in ways that prioritize your mental and physical health is the ultimate form of self-care."

Allison DePaolo, MS, RD, LDN

”Taking the time to rediscover how to nourish your body in ways that prioritize your mental and physical health is the ultimate form of self-care."

Allie DePaolo MS, RD, LDN is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist who joined Van Dusen Nutrition® in 2021. Allie’s mission is to empower her clients to explore, renegotiate, and rebuild their relationship with food. She is passionate about dismantling diet culture and helping clients understand, and ultimately, respect their bodies. Allie currently works full-time in the Needham office and sees clients for Individual Nutrition Counseling and Therapeutic Meal Support®.

Allie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Hampshire. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah. She completed her dietetic internship at multiple sites in Salt Lake City, Utah, including Primary Children’s Hospital where she developed interest in working with adolescents and families. Allie then went on to develop her skills in the eating disorder field, working in the acute residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care. She first worked at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center in Cambridge, MA and then at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Allie is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Subspecialties

  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image

  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 
  • Negative Body Image
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Melanie Lehman, RD, LDN

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Melanie Lehman, RD, LDN

"Your relationship to food is one of the most important relationships you have. Treat it with compassion."

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Melanie Lehman, RD, LDN

"Your relationship to food is one of the most important relationships you have. Treat it with compassion."

Melanie (Schermerhorn) Lehman, RD, LDN is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist who joined Van Dusen Nutrition® in 2018. Melanie’s mission is to provide individualized nutrition support to help clients reach their goals and live a balanced lifestyle. Melanie focuses on the whole person and aims to help individuals mend and find peace in their relationships with food and body. Melanie currently works full-time in the Needham office and sees clients for Individual Nutrition Counseling and Therapeutic Meal Support®.

Melanie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Hampshire. She then completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. During the internship, Melanie worked at Joslin Diabetes Center where she developed an interest in clients struggling concurrently with diabetes and eating disorders. Melanie then went on to develop her skills in the eating disorder field at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center in Cambridge, MA where she worked at both the acute residential treatment and partial hospitalization levels of care. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Subspecialties

  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 
  • Negative Body Image

  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Diabetes Management

  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 
  • Negative Body Image
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Diabetes Management


Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN

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Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN

"Repairing your relationships to food, exercise and body is not only possible, it invites much deeper relationships elsewhere and a more colorful life."

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Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN

"Repairing your relationships to food, exercise and body is not only possible, it invites much deeper relationships elsewhere and a more colorful life."

Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and the owner of Van Dusen Nutrition®. She has been a practicing clinician for nearly 20 years and specializes in the areas of eating disorders, disordered eating, weight and body concerns and sports nutrition.

Leigh received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. Following, Leigh earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition/Nutritional Biochemistry from the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, MA. Leigh worked at Deaconess Waltham Hospital’s inpatient eating disorder unit in Waltham, MA, Laurel Hill Inn’s residential eating disorder program in Medford, MA, and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Neuroendocrine Unit in Boston, MA.

Leigh then relocated to New York City and worked as a Nutrition Therapist at the Renfrew Center of New York and The Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders in Livingston, NJ. In 2002, Leigh opened a private practice in New York City and in 2008, she moved back to Massachusetts where she opened a private practice in Cambridge, MA and became the consulting nutritionist for the Middlesex School in Concord, MA. In 2015, Leigh added a second private practice office location in Needham, MA and in 2017, expanded her practice to include additional Registered Dietitians.

Leigh and her team have created and trademarked three programs currently offered within the practice: STEP®, Therapeutic Meal Support® and Therapeutic Movement Support™. She has also developed and implemented nutrition therapy support groups, presented at national and local conferences and supervised other practicing nutritionists. Additionally, she has served as an Advisory Board Member and Lecturer for the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) in New York, NY and been a member of the Board of Directors for the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA).

Leigh is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association. Leigh is also an affiliate provider for Hynes Recovery Services and the named sports nutritionist for the organization’s Eating Disorder Intervention Team for Collegiate Athletes.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Sports Nutrition

Subspecialties

  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 

  • Negative Body Image
  • Exercise Disorders
  • Weight-centric Sports
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bone Stress Injuries 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image
  • Exercise Disorders
  • Weight-centric Sports
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bone Stress Injuries 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Meal Services

Therapeutic Meal Support®

Van Dusen Nutrition® has created and trademarked the program, Therapeutic Meal Support®. It is designed to help individuals apply nutrition counseling principles and goals to their daily lives. Clients are guided and supported through meals or snacks so as to identify and fulfill nutritional needs, listen and respond to hunger and fullness and progress toward eating with greater ease and confidence. Sessions can be conducted in-office, in-home or at restaurants.

Coached Cooking

More information coming soon!

Guided Grocery Shopping

More information coming soon!

Therapeutic Meal Support®

Van Dusen Nutrition® has created and trademarked the program, Therapeutic Meal Support®. It is designed to help individuals apply nutrition counseling principles and goals to their daily lives. Clients are guided and supported through meals or snacks so as to identify and fulfill nutritional needs, listen and respond to hunger and fullness and progress toward eating with greater ease and confidence. Sessions can be conducted in-office, in-home or at restaurants.

Coached Cooking

More information coming soon!

Guided Grocery Shopping

More information coming soon!