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Tonja Werkman, MS, RDN

President, Nutrition Link

Tonja Werkman, MS, RDN is the President of Nutrition Link, which began outpatient services in July of 2018.

Nutrition Link is a division of Pinnacle Dietary, where Tonja has worked since 2008. She was promoted 1 year later to the role of Director of Clinical Services.

In 2014 she was promoted to Vice President of Clinical Operations. Tonja further expanded her role in 2016, becoming the Vice President of Support Services in addition to her position as the Vice President of Clinical Operations. This role encompasses all the clinical services and provides support for the foodservice operations and the financial aspects of the business.

Tonja received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in Nutrition and Dietetics with a concentration in fitness. She interned and received her Master’s degree from Marywood University, where she majored in Sports Nutrition and Nutrition Education.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University and Ocean County College. Tonja serves as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee at Ocean County College and is an Ambassador for licensure for the New Jersey Dietetic Association.

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Farah Khan, MS, RDN

Director of Corporate Wellness

Farah Z. Khan, MS RD is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Food and Nutrition, and Fine Art. She is the Director of Corporate Wellness at Nutrition Link Services. She has several years of experience working in the field of nutrition, health, and wellness – both as a clinical dietitian and in corporate wellness and counseling. Farah is currently an outpatient dietitian with Nutrition Link Services, and provides nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy for a variety of issues including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, weight management, gastrointestinal disorders, and kidney disease. She is also a clinical dietitian with Pinnacle Dietary, and provides medical nutrition therapy for patients at various nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in New York and occasionally in New Jersey. Farah also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Nutrition at Long Island University in Brooklyn, and maintains a private practice providing nutrition counseling and weight management services for residents in New York City. She is an active member of both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) and remains dedicated to staying up-to-date with current research in the field of nutrition. Prior to becoming a Registered Dietitian, Farah worked as an IT Consultant in New York, Washington DC and Columbus Ohio, and when she’s not working or teaching, she enjoys running, cooking, spending time with her friends and family, or entertaining her adorable pup!

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Annette O’Neill, RDN

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Annette O’Neill, RDN is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for Nutrition Link Services, LLC, a division of Pinnacle Dietary.

She is a New York City native currently residing in Flemington, NJ. A graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences; cum laude. She completed her Dietetic Residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey where she worked for over seven years. Annette is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Diabetes Association, and earned a certificate of specialization in obesity interventions for children and adults. Her additional qualifications include specialization in Bariatric, Cardiac Health, Diabetes, and Medical Nutrition Therapy. Annette also provides corporate wellness presentations in all aspects of nutrition and health.

Since 2013, she has worked in doctors’ offices for outpatients in areas of all disease states, including but not limited to digestive disorders, thyroid disorders, high cholesterol, hypertension, cancer, kidney disease, PCOS, eating disorders, and child obesity. Drawing on this knowledge, Annette helps clients create a completely customized “Healthy Lifestyle Plan” that suits their individual goals of physical and emotional well-being. Aside from work, Annette enjoys nature walks with her Goldendoodle, cooking, reading, and researching the latest in nutrition science.

Karen Kelly, RDN

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Karen Kelly, RDN is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and happy to be part of the NLS team. She has her BS from The Ohio State University and completed her dietetic internship through the College of Saint Elizabeth. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of nutrition, as a clinical dietitian and for the last 15 years as an outpatient dietitian. She found her true calling by helping people make goal-orientated plans to help improve their health and make better nutrition choices.

She has experience working with patients on issues related to weight management, diabetes, bariatrics, and gastrointestinal disorders. She also enjoys teaching nutrition classes.

When Karen is not working she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, three sons.

Rachel Ozut, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Rachel received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University of PA. Following her undergraduate degree, she went on to continue her education at The College of Saint Elizabeth where she completed her 1200+ hour Dietetic Internship Program with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Practices and an MS degree in Nutrition. In addition to her role at Nutrition Link Services, she also works as an inpatient clinical dietitian at Riverview Medical Center.

Rachel is trained and qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy for various disorders and conditions, often using plant-based eating principles in her practice. Rachel emphasizes an individualized, client-centered approach to counseling and prioritizes clients’ holistic health and wellness. Her overall philosophy is that fitness and nutrition should be simple and enjoyable and that with the right tools and the right mindset, anyone desiring healthful change can achieve it.

Rachel is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy’s Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group. As a dietitian and self-proclaimed foodie, Rachel loves to get creative in the kitchen and develop her own original plant-based recipes. In her free time, Rachel can be found running, hiking, rock climbing, reading on the beach, or practicing yoga as she has a deep love for natural movement and the outdoors. Inspired by her passion for yoga and deepened self-discovery, Rachel has just embarked on a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training journey, and is excited to combine her passions of Yoga and Nutrition in practice to motivate and inspire others.

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Roel Lopez, CDM, DTR

Director of Culinary Operations

Roel Lopez, CDM, DTR graduated from the University of the East in the Philippines in 1991 with a major in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He also holds an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute. Roel is a member of the NY-NJ Bartender Association and Dietary Manager Association.

Roel joined Pinnacle Dietary in 2010 as the Corporate Executive Chef. As the Corporate Executive Chef, he implemented 3 specialty programs: the Puree Program, Indian Program, and Spanish Program. Roel also implemented a quarterly culinary clinic open to Pinnacle Dietary cooks. Most of Roel’s time was spent on menus, recipes, catering and training. He also provided support as an interim Director of Dining Services at several accounts, all of which achieved deficiency free surveys under his leadership.

Roel was the interim Executive Chef at Merwick Care for 8 months and was shortly thereafter promoted to Regional Manager. In November of 2014, he was promoted to Director of Operations. His current focus is Kitchen Decentralization. In late 2017, he shifted into a more specialized role, Director of Culinary Operations, where he can focus more of his time on the culinary part of operations he’s so passionate about.

Roel actively volunteers at the soup kitchen of St. Henry’s Church in Bayonne, NJ during holidays.

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Stephanie Stohrer

Executive Assistant

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Rowan University. Upon graduation, she began her career as a Market Research Analyst with Information Resources, Inc., working with investment banking clients, before taking on Ferrero USA as her primary client. After some time with IRI, Stephanie accepted a position as a Grocery and Trade Marketing analyst with Ferrero USA, supporting the sales and trade marketing teams. As much as she loved her analyst role, once she started a family with her husband, she took a step back from the corporate world to focus on her two children.

During this time, she maintained “one foot in the door” by substituting in local schools and accepting positions where she could work from home doing administrative work, payroll services, and online marketing. She has also had several volunteering positions, such as Breastfeeding Counselor with Breastfeeding USA, Committee Member/Emcee for town-wide talent show, Girl Scout Troop Leader, and various other positions within her children’s lives. As an avid reader and writer, she is also currently doing behind-the-scenes work for a well-known history podcast.

Nutrition Link Services was a perfect fit for not only her skill set, but also her passion for promoting health and wellness. Stephanie found that Nutrition Link Services was exactly the kind of company at which she wanted to be employed, and she is proud to be back doing such meaningful work in an incredibly important field.

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