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About Us

Leslie Fischer, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN 


Leslie Fischer has over 16 years of experience working on nutrition-based clinical research trials, including studies on obesity and determining the daily requirements of the nutrient choline.  Most recently she directed a study exploring how the rate of insulin secretion can differentially affect response to two specific weight loss diets of varying fat content and glycemic loads.  She is also a member of the scientific advisory panel for the Guiding Stars point-of-purchase nutrition guidance system and was the chief developer of the evidence and policy-based algorithm that underlies this patented program.


Leslie received her PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology from Columbia University and obtained her MPH in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Leslie lived in Istanbul, Turkey for two years and is passionate about cooking and the Mediterranean diet.  

Michelle Bean, MPH, RDN, LDN

Michelle Bean is a North Carolina based Registered Dietition Nutritionist working in nutrition research and counseling. She has over 20 years of experience working on various nutrition research projects, including the Women's Health Initiative and studies focused on weight loss and omega-3 fatty acids. Michelle also works with Orange County Health Start on reviewing and optimizing menus for childcare centers. She has a special interest in Nutrigenetics and helping people eat according to their genes.


Michelle graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an MPH in Nutrition, completed her dietetic internship at Barnes-Jewish in St. Louis, and received a BS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Colorado State University.  Michelle has 4 children and is passionate about family meal planning and optimizing diets to promote health and prevent disease.

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