347 Fifth Avenue, Suite 800
New York, NY 10016
Maria A. Bella, MS, RD, CDN, CPT
Maria Alexandra Bella is a registered dietitian and the founder of Top Balance Nutrition – a Manhattan and Miami-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, and diabetes.
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 Nutritioin 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 has been quoted in leading national publications such as Oprah Magazine, Oxygen, Prevention, Fox News and International Business Times. Maria's first book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Acid Reflux Diet, was published in January 2012.
FAVORITE FOOD: sashimi or steak tartare, please!
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: In the summer, walking around new cities and wine tasting. In the winter, skiing.
FUN FACT: Maria does not know how to ride a bike, but is not giving up hope on learing one day.
Tamar Samuels, RD, CDN
Tamar Samuels is the newest addition as a full-time registered dietitian to Top Balance Nutrition.
FAVORITE FOOD: Fresh fish and seafood.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Running and hiking.
FUN FACT: Tamar is the only member of her family that is not a musician!
Lisa Contini, DTR
Lisa Contini is a Registered Dietetic Technician working as an administrative assistant at Top Balance Nutrition.
Lisa hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clnical Nutrition from New York University. Lisa has worked in both clinical and community settings and has a personal passion for nutrition education and weight management given her own past weight struggles.
Lisa has successfully lost 60 lbs and loves inspiring and helping others live a healthier lifestyle.
FAVORITE FOOD: breakfast foods.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: walking/hiking on a beautiful spring day.
FUN FACT: Lisa loves being crafty and believes that a homemade gift is more valuable than anything store bought.
Elaine Tang, MS, RD, CDN
Elaine Tang is a registered dietitian at Top Balance Nutrition. Her specialty is in diabetes treatment, pregnancy nutrition, eating disorders, weight loss management, geriatric health, food allergies, heart health, and overall healthy eating.
Elaine completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University and her Dietetic Residency at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Greater New York Dietetic Association, and Chinese Americans in Dietetics and Nutrition.
Elaine’s involvement with her patients is not limited to scheduled office appointments. She also plans food-shopping tours with patients at local markets and presents nutrition seminars at corporate events.
During her free time, Elaine enjoys dining out in New York. She reviews restaurants regularly and is invited to soft-opening events to help adjust and modify the menu. An avid runner, Elaine has completed a number of half- and full-marathons.
FAVORITE FOOD: PB&J sandwiches.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: trying new food and learning more about a cuisine.
FUN FACT: Elaine loves watching DIY shows on homes and furniture even though she doensn't own a house or a power tool!
Danielle Frank, RD, CDN
Danielle Frank is a Registered Dietitian at Top Balance Nutrition.
Previously working in finance, Danielle can relate to a high-stress and fast-paced environment where eating healthy tends to fall by the wayside. Now, as a dietitian, Danielle is passionate about providing others with the tools necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle regardless of their busy schedule.
She is also interested in sports nutrition, eating disorders, weight management, pediatrics, and general nutrition concerns.
Danielle completed her residency program at the Methodist Hospital in conjuction with the NYU Dietetic Internship Program. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition practice groups).
Danielle believes that eating healthy can be easy, delicious, and fun. Danielle test-drives the recipes and tastes the snacks before recommending them and including them into her meal plans so her kitchen is over-flowing with delicious and healthy foods!
FAVORITE FOOD: salmon - raw or cooked.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: cycling (self-proclaimed SoulCycle addict).
FUN FACT: Danielle has been singing since she was nine years old and can be spotted performing at open mic nights in New York City.