Clinical Programs — Healthy Weight and Wellness Center
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Our Team

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Compassionate and committed to your child’s health, our team is led by a board-certified pediatrician and includes registered dietitians, physical therapists, medical assistants and psychologists — all with pediatric certification, training and experience. Because obesity can be related to or cause other medical conditions, we also have supporting specialists available to become part of your child’s healthcare team as needed. These include board-certified pediatric specialists in cardiology, developmental and behavioral psychiatry, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonology. In addition, we work with Stony Brook’s renowned adult bariatric team, especially with older adolescents considering a bariatric surgical procedure.

Team Members

Medical Assessment and Monitoring
Medical and Nutritional Counseling, Healthy Weight & Wellness Center
Denise Woodhall-Ruff, MD

Registered Dietitian, Healthy Weight & Wellness Center
Amy Canterella, MS, RDN, CDN

Fitness and Nutrition
Medical Director, Fit Kids for Life
Peter Morelli, MD

Physical Therapy Director, Fit Kids for Life
Sharon Martino, PT, PhD

Behavioral Modification
Director, Krasner Psychological Center
Dina Vivian, PhD

Surgical Intervention
Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center
Aurora Pryor, MD

Supporting Specialists
Marybeth Heyden, NP

Kimberly Tafuri, DO

Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Anupama Chawla, MD

Katarina Supe-Markovina, MD

Pulmonology/Cystic Fibrosis
Catherine Kier, MD