Dietitians

Lauren Schmitt, MS, RD, CPT

Owner of Healthy Eating & Training, Inc.

Lauren Schmitt is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer specializing in individual and corporate wellness, eating disorders, and weight management. Lauren has a Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from California State University at Northridge (CSUN) with a concentration in Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian and NASM certified personal trainer. Her experiences in the field range from work with individuals aiming to achieve a healthier lifestyle to the creation of corporate wellness programs. Lauren currently owns her own business, Healthy Eating and Training, Inc., where she counsels individuals and gives them the tools to lead a balanced, healthy life through nutritious eating and physical activity.

Lauren has extensive experience in the field of nutrition. In addition to seeing clients in the private practice, Lauren has developed nutrition programs for major corporations. She is currently the onsite nutritionist at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation. She has ongoing projects with the WB and recently completed a project for the Creative Artists Agency. Lauren is also a part of many eating disordered outpatient teams in the Los Angeles area. She sees clients in her practice with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge/compulsive overeating. Lauren treats each client individually and formulates a different plan based on the client’s unique goals. In the past, she served as an instructor in the dietetics department at CSUN and Santa Monica College.

Lauren is thrilled to have a team of top-notch dietitians who serve individuals and corporations in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.


Brooke Horn DeKofsky, MPH, RD, LE

Consultant Dietitian

Brooke graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. While completing her Bachelors degree, Brooke became a Peer Health counselor and discovered her passion for Public Health. In 2010, she earned her Master of Public Health degree from UCLA in combination with a Dietetic Internship at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles.

After completing her internship, Brooke worked for a Federally Qualified Health Clinic as part of their Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) in collaboration with the Los Angeles Best Babies Network. During this time, Brooke realized that perinatal nutrition sets the foundation for a life time of healthy eating habits. She is trained in lactation education and will be a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) in July 2012.

Brooke also specializes in weight loss and chronic disease management. She teaches classes and works individually with Diabetics and Gestational Diabetics on implementing lifestyle changes to prevent complications. At the end of 2012, she will sit for the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) exam. Brooke continues to work part-time with the CPSP program in addition to private counseling and corporate wellness. She feels extremely lucky to help clients reach their nutrition goals throughout the life cycle. In her free time Brooke enjoys cooking, yoga, and travel.


April Deiderich, RD

Consultant Dietitian

April Diederich, Registered Dietitian, graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science at California State University, Northridge. She completed her dietetic internship at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles.

In addition to consulting, April currently works as a Clinical Dietitian at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, providing medical nutrition therapy in intensive/critical care, rehabilitation and maternity patients. As part of the Healthy Eating and Training team, she has consulted for home health organizations, intensive outpatient counseling for eating disorders, and facilitated a weight loss program at Dreaworks Animation. Her future plans include training for NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) medical nutrition therapy and becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.

April is a licensed Esthetician and Massage Therapist and encourages total wellbeing in her nutrition counseling sessions. As a new mother, April hopes to teach her daughter about all the things she loves – growing vegetables, preparing nutrient rich meals, and enjoying long de-stressing walks.


Ashley Mathew, RD, CPT

Consultant Dietitian

Ashley came to dietetics and nutrition in a roundabout way. In 2001 she received her BA from Fordham University in New York City in the area of International Studies. For the last 15 years she has studied, traveled, and worked in more than 25 countries. It was during her time in Japan that she realized her future profession would be in the promotion and maintenance of healthy lifestyles. Ashley became an RD in 2008 through the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ashley began her career as a consultant dietitian, working with the Executive Chef of Westminster Manor, a high end retirement community in Austin. After that she took a full-time position at Querencia Barton Creek, a resort-style continuing care retirement community (CCRC). There she managed the Dietary Services Department for their 4-story healthcare center. When Ashley moved to California in 2011 she joined HEAT. Now she also works for Olive View UCLA Medical Center as the Clinical Nutrition Manager / Assistant Director of Patient Services.

Ashley is an avid cook and foodie. She enjoys teaching clients how to add variety and balance to their diets both in the kitchen and while eating out. She has been a member of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) since 2009. In addition to her love of cooking and traveling, Ashley is also a Certified Spinning Instructor and Personal Trainer. Her goal is to help people find a healthy balance in their lives to promote lifelong independence and wellness.


Maria Bella, MS, RD, CDN, CPT

Consultant Dietitian

Maria Alexandra Bella is a registered dietitian and the founder of Top Balance Nutrition – a Manhattan-based nutrition private practice. Maria first founded Top Balance Nutrition in 2008, which now employs a staff of registered dietitians and personal trainers and offers individual and group nutrition consultations, corporate wellness programs, and personal training packages.

Maria is certified in Adult Weight Management and is a specialist in dietary cholesterol management, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gastrointestinal conditions, eating disorders, as well as general nutrition concerns.

Maria completed her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at New York University and her Dietetic Residency at New York University Langone Medical Center. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Weight Management, Behavioral Health, and Vegetarian Nutrition practice groups), the Greater New York Dietetic Association, the National Lipid Association, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Maria's first book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Acid Reflux Diet, was published in January 2012.


Cathy Clark-Reyes, RD, LD/N

Consultant Dietitian

Cathy Clark-Reyes, licensed and registered dietitian, specializing in menu design and analysis, food and menu labeling, corporate wellness, nutrition education and weight loss. She has been a speaker and media spokesperson for several food and beverage companies and has appeared on numerous television networks including ABC, Telemundo, and Univision.

Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Mrs. Clark-Reyes served as nutrition educator for the Miami-Dade County Public School System, where she was responsible for developing nutrition education programs for more than 365 schools. She has a solid clinical and public health nutrition background serving as clinical dietitian and later consultant to Morrison Management Specialists in Florida. She began her career as Food and Nutrition Service Director with Sunbridge Healthcare and Rehab in Miami.

Mrs. Clark-Reyes is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs and Dietitians in Business and Communications practice groups, Florida Dietetic Association and the Miami Dietetic Association. She is past-president of the Miami Dietetic Association, and prior served as secretary, media liaison, community action chairperson, and Administrative Council member for the organization since 1997. In 2005 the Miami Dietetic Association awarded her “Greater Miami Dietitian of the Year.”

Mrs. Clark-Reyes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition from Florida International University, Miami, FL in 1998 and completed her certification in adult weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.