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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.

  • Rene Maserati

    Rene Maserati, MS

    Rene is our Clinical Research Assistant, Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE), and Social Media Content Creator. In 2019 Rene completed her Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition at UMass Amherst and she also has an Undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. In 2020, Rene completed her certification for CNE, which has helped hone her recipe-creating skills. She has a passion for making healthy, nutritious, and delicious recipes. As a Clinical Research Assistant, Rene assists with data collection through nutrition assessments and intervention counseling with MELODY participants. As a nutrition coach, Rene's goal is to help MELODY participants find the best way to make dietary changes that work best for them. In her free time, she likes to garden, practice yoga, play the drums and has recently started to compost.

  • 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, MPH, RD, LDN

    Academic Role: Registered Dietitian, Assistant Director Center for Applied Nutrition

    Camilla is a Registered Dietitian in the Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Department at UMass Medical School and a Research Coordinator for the MELODY Trial. Her interests include gastrointestinal health, inflammatory bowel disease and diet for chronic disease prevention.


  • 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.


  • 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.