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About Amy Plano,
Registered Dietitian

Growing up as a three-sport athlete, I always had a general interest in nutrition. If I wasn’t chasing a soccer ball, I was defending the net as an ice hockey goalie or taking shots on goal as a college lacrosse player. After college, I took up triathlons and since then have settled into Crossfit. Being active has always been a top priority! And not surprisingly, my love for all-things-food was a natural progression from my passion for fitness.

Prior to becoming a Private Practice Dietitian, I worked for 10 years at Yale New Haven Hospital as an outpatient nutrition specialist. It was during this time that I became Board Certified in Diabetes Education. Based on my strong clinical experience, there is really no type of nutrition need I cannot service! While a large area of my practice focuses on adult and pediatric weight loss, body composition, Sports Nutrition, PCOS, and diabetes – I am nonetheless trained in the dietary management of just about every avenue of nutrition including food allergies and intolerances, renal disease, GI disorders such as Crohn’s, colitis and IBS and vegan and vegetarian diets.

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As a woman who is known to get up at the crack of dawn to get in a workout, I know how difficult it can be to strike a balance between health, work, family, and your social life. My goal is to educate and help you develop kick-ass strategies for getting your diet in tune with your lifestyle. My practice is built on over a decade of clinical experience, a passion for what’s possible and a commitment to helping you be the healthiest version of your own unique self.

My (smokin’ hot!) husband is an exercise physiologist and personal trainer to boot and he and I run and operate a wellness center called the Plano Program in Orange, CT. My practice is located inside of our training studio. I am currently accepting new patients for one-one nutritional counseling as well as family sessions. I am also available via SKYPE for visits as well. I currently accept most major health insurances including Anthem, Cigna, Connecticare, Medicare and Harvard Pilgrim for in-office visits. I welcome private pay clients as well. Please visit my Services Page for more information about pricing and scheduling an initial visit.

I cannot tell you how stoked I am you have stumbled upon my website! I look forward to seeing your smiling face in my office in the near future.

Introducing our new team members!

Audrey Castell-Watts,
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Audrey Castell-WattsAudrey Castell-Watts is a dedicated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a strong passion for working with individuals and families to help them achieve their nutrition and wellness goals.

Audrey’s mission is to work with her clients to build sustainable lifestyle changes that empower them to live their best life.  She has experience providing nutrition therapy to clients with a wide variety of conditions and is especially skilled in weight management and family nutrition. Audrey understands the many challenges related to lifestyle changes and believes with hard work, creativity, and persistence, all obstacles can be overcome.

Audrey enjoys cooking, spending time outside, and staying active.  When she’s not swinging kettlebells and sweating, you can find her at the farmer’s market picking up all sorts of amazing local foods to get busy within the kitchen!

Audrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Haven and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention.  She holds a certificate in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Emily Gerdner,
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

emily gerdnerDestined to be a Registered Dietitian from the start, Emily cares deeply about people and about food and knows that when it comes to nutrition, getting results takes smart work, not just hard work. By investing years of training in clinical nutrition at respected universities and hospitals, she has ensured that the work she does with clients can deliver real, sustainable results.

Leveraging her expert skills and knowledge, Emily integrates science-based strategies with a holistic, client-centered approach that meets people where they’re at, resonating with a diversity of perspectives and values. What drives her is the challenge of making a lifestyle of eating well achievable for anyone, no matter where they’re coming from. And, at the end of the day, she knows food should taste great and enrich our lives—otherwise, what’s the point, right?

At Rutgers University, Emily earned a B.S. in Clinical Nutrition and was elected president of the nutrition science honor society, Kappa Omicron Nu. She was thrilled to train with the prestigious clinical nutrition department at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she excelled in her postgraduate dietetic internship and graduated with the job offer of her dreams—a position in pediatrics working with kids and their families across a diversity of settings ranging from the NICU to the pediatrician’s office, helping each child grow to reach their full potential.

In the years since then, Emily followed her heart first to New York City and then on to Boston. In the process, she sought out opportunities to develop clinical expertise in a range of fields, including everything from behavioral health nutrition to individual and group counseling as part of a surgical weight-loss Center of Excellence. Along the way, she started a private practice, earned an advanced certification in diabetes education (CDE), and collaborated closely with endocrinologists in a practice affiliated with Harvard Medical School’s Joslin Diabetes Center. What’s drawn her to each of these rich experiences has been the joy of connecting with her clients by supporting them in reaching their goals and, in the process, having the privilege of joining them on their paths toward healthier, fuller lives.

She is so excited now to call Southern Connecticut home, where she lives with her husband and adorable baby boy. In her free time, she thrives on cooking for friends and family, trying new restaurants, playing soccer, softball, and going to concerts—although recently these have been more of the sing-along variety!

Grace Altamura ,
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Grace Altamura Registered DietitianGrace Altamura is an ambitious Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a strong clinical and training foundation in a myriad of disease conditions, age groups, and clinical settings. She is focused, personable, and passionate about helping others achieve their personal nutrition and wellness goals.
Grace is understanding and able to help translate the ever-evolving field of medicine and nutritional science into practical and client-centered implications to sustain health and well-being for the long term.

Grace achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Cornell University whilst completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Following, she matched and completed her postgraduate supervised practice experience through her Dietetic Internship at the Yale New Haven Hospital, clinical affiliate of the Yale School of Medicine with a focus in nutrition support. She has invested years of training through her Ivy League exposures and top-ranked clinical hospital sites. As a Connecticutian and ex-premie herself, she wished to serve at the hospital that she was born in, in order to give back and show support to her local community prior to moving to a challenging and autonomous role at one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the United States. She has since spearheaded efforts and close collaboration with gastroenterologists, surgeons, intensivists, and other medical practitioners in the field of intestinal failure, intestinal rehabilitation, and transplantation.

Grace spends much of her down time in the kitchen cooking homemade Italian meals for others, on a morning run with her dogs, or finding a local dining restaurant or ice cream parlor. She values her family, friends, and appreciates attending or watching a sports match!

Stephanie Labrusciano,
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Stephanie Labrusciano Registered DietitianStephanie Labrusciano is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 12+ years experience of helping her clients create healthy habits that last and meet their nutrition goals.

Coming from a large Italian and Colombian family, a love for food is in Stephanie’s roots. She has a passion for cooking and loves helping her clients choose whole foods that fit their preferences, creating a personalized approach. She believes food is our best form of preventative medicine and should always be enjoyed! With Stephanie, you will focus not only on what to eat, but how to implement these changes. Her goal is to give people the tools they need in order to build healthy habits and ultimately live a balanced lifestyle.

Stephanie earned her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and completed her internship through the University of Connecticut. Throughout her years as a Registered Dietitian she has worked in medical centers in New York City and Chicago, has started a private practice, became a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and also holds a certificate in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Stephanie enjoys spending time outside with friends and family, eating at local restaurants and gardening. She currently lives in Fairfield County with her husband, two young boys and their four-legged friend Bailey!

P.S. Did I tell you I am also a social media fanatic?! The best places to connect with me are in the comments of my blog or video posts or on Facebook.

P.P.S. Confession: I heart Pinterest. It’s my secret love affair. I post, I stalk, I post again. This girl can never get enough of plain yummy food!

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