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, 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!
Andrea originally joined our team as a nutrition assistant. At this time, she is taking a year off to complete her nutrition training and return back to Top Balance Nutrition in the position of a fully-credentialed registered dietitian. In the meantime, she is still developing recipes, creating meal plans and is assisting us with day-to-day patient care.
Andrea graduated from New York University with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. She was born in Colombia and is fluent in both in English and Spanish.
Andrea loves food and cooking is her favorite activity. Andrea also enjoys trying new foods, meeting new people, and traveling. Outdoor activities, especially those with an ocean nearby, get her excited!
FAVORITE FOOD: anything Mexican.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: snorkeling!
FUN FACT: Andrea is an avid football fan.
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 doens't own a house or a power tool!
Rachel Silverman, Nutrition Assistant
Rachel is the nutrition assistant at Top Balance Nutrition. Rachel can be found at the front-desk where she helps to manage the office.
Rachel moved to New York in August 2013 and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nutrition at New York University in Clinical Nutrition. She is from Washington DC, and graduated from George Mason University in 2010 which a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science. After graduation, Rachel worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and helped do research for the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Rachel loves cooking, baking and experimenting with recipes to make them healthier. She also enjoys going out to dinner, wine tasting, traveling, concerts, exploring New York City, and spending time outdoors.
FAVORITE FOOD: Hummus.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Running.
FUN FACT: Rachel attended T.C. William’s High School, which is the school from the movie Remember the Titans.