Vanessa Rissetto M.S., RD, CDN

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Title: Contributor

Location: New York, New York

Education: B.A. in History, Fordham University; M.S. in Interactive and Direct Marketing, New York University

Expertise: Nutrition, weight management, accessible health care
- CEO and co-founder of Culina Health website
- Expert in fields of nutrition and weight management


Vanessa Rissetto, M.S., RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and writer in the fields of nutrition and weight management. Her work has appeared in EatingWell, Healthline, Verywell Fit, Bon Appétit, Well + Good, InStyle and other publications and websites.

Although she has a master's degree in marketing from New York University, her first true love is science. Always inquisitive, she sought out the help of a registered dietitian in 2004 to understand the role food plays in overall health and learn how to build a better relationship with food.

Fast-forward to the fall of 2006, when she began her first class in the Nutrition and Food Studies program on her way to being a registered dietitian herself, hoping to make a positive impact on people as they navigate their way through understanding nutrition.

Vanessa completed her dietetic internship at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she worked as a senior dietitian for five years. She is certified in Adult Weight Management (Levels I & II) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Her work in private practice includes treatment of GI disorders, bariatric surgery, weight management, PCOS and family nutrition. She is primarily interested in helping clients take an active role in their health journey. She motivates her clients to achieve success.

Vanessa was named by Essence magazine as one of the top 5 black nutritionists that will change the way you think about food. She is co-founder and CEO of Culina Health, a virtual nutrition coaching platform. Its mission is to help people build a lifestyle that works for them by providing a realistic approach to nutrition.

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