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  • Barbara Olendzki

    Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, LDN

    Academic Role: Associate Professor of Medicine

    Barbara is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Nutrition Program Director of the Center for Applied Nutrition. She is passionate about research and clinical care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cardiac concerns, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other inflammatory diseases. She has 20 years of experience in the nutrition field.  She created the IBD-AID.
    For Outpatient scheduling:  508-334-3452. 

  • Karla Menger

    Karla Menger, RD, LDN

    Karla specializes in nutrition and physical activity data collection utilizing NDSR and other databases. She has been working with the Behavioral Medicine Division since 2004. Karla is also bilingual in Spanish, a skill she developed working for the Massachusetts WIC Program.

  • Lisa McGonigal

    Lisa McGonigal, MD, MPH

    Academic Role: Physician, Assistant Director of CAN

    Dr. Lisa McGonigal is a Family Medicine physician with more than 18 years of experience in clinical and nonprofit settings and expertise in public health and policy, healthcare quality, and performance improvement. She is at the Center working to help patients with inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and autoimmune disorders to manage and reverse their chronic illness.  In 2017 Lisa accepted a fellowship position at the University of Massachusetts Preventive Medicine Program, where her areas of concentration are Lifestyle Medicine and Clinical Nutrition.  She loves to cook!

  • Rene Maserati

    Rene Maserati

    Rene has an Undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and is currently working towards her Master of Science in Nutrition at UMass Amherst with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian. She takes a holistic approach to nutrition, where diet and lifestyle work in tandem to achieve optimum health. Her interests include helping those who have been struggling with chronic illness such as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and kidney disease. Rene has been a part of our IBD-AID pilot and knows the diet well. She excels at grocery store tours, cooking and planning weekly meals. When not studying, she is practicing kundalini yoga, playing drums in her band and trying out new recipes for her husband and friends.

  • Ana Maldonado-Contreras

    Ana Maldonado-Contreras

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Ana is a clinical translational researcher intersted in understanding the interaction of diet, the microbiota, and disease. Our bodies are home of trillion of bacteria, namely the microbiota. The microbiota provides tremendously benefits, from protecting us for malicious bacteria (pathogens) to help in training our immune system so it can respond properly. An unbalanced microbiota is associated with diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and inflammatory bowel disease. Ana's lab investigates how manipulation of the microbiota through diet can benefit patient outcomes, particularly those suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases.

  • Camilla Madziar

    Camilla Madziar, RD, LDN

    Camilla specializes in nutrition assessment and counseling for several research studies in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine. Her interests include diet for chronic disease prevention, gastrointestinal health, and cardiovascular nutrition. 


  • Missy Hall

    Missy Hall, MS, RD, LDN

    Missy is a telephone counselor for the Umass IBD-AID program and brings her own story to enrich her experience.  Through hard work, dedication, and a change in lifestyle, Missy was able to intentionally lose over 70 pounds and remission from UC, while obtaining a degree in exercise science. There is nothing Missy enjoys more than having the opportunity to be part of someone’s support system as they make lifestyle changes through diet, exercise, or both! Missy can be contacted directly @

  • Aran Goldstein

    Aran Goldstein

    Academic Role: Chef

    Aran brings 12 years of global experience in the food industry to the table. He is the founder of Noah’s Table - an online educational platform. Aran is part of the leadership team at Plates, an innovative food-sharing platform. His time as a chef, traveler, and newly a dad has helped shape his understanding of how food is prepared and shared around the world. A graduate of Northeasten and the New England Culinary Institute, Aran believes and lives the idea that food has the power to both heal and connect us.


  • Jennifer Fournier

    Jennifer Fournier, RD, LDN

    Academic Role: Dietician

    Jen specializes in cardiac, outpatient nutritional counseling, stress reduction techniques, and cooking classes. She has been working at UMass for more than 14 years.

  • Annie Culver

    Annie Culver, BPharm

    Annie is our medication consultant. As a pharmacist, Annie is interested in natural medications as part of integrative medicine therapy.

  • Victoria Andersen

    Victoria Andersen, MS, RD, LDN

    Academic Role: Nutritionist

    Victoria works in cardiovascular and diabetes outpatient counseling and specializes in the nutritional treatment of disease. Gestational diabetes is a specialty.