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Welcome to Verywell Fit, where you can find the information you need to reach your nutrition and fitness goals.

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Who We Are

Verywell Fit is dedicated to empowering users with credible and up-to-date advice on all diet, weight loss, and exercise topics. Our library of more than 6,000 pieces of content, created and refined over the past 20+ years, has been written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts including experienced dietitians, nutritionists, and personal trainers, and then vetted by board-certified physicians. We give you the tools to make healthy living fun and easy.

The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, is a top 10 health publisher, according to comScore, a leading internet measurement company, and helps more than 16 million people each month to feel better and be healthier.

Verywell is a proud partner of The Cleveland Clinic, the #2 rated hospital in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report.

Awards

Medical Review Board

Richard N. Fogoros, MD

Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. Fogoros is a retired board-certified cardiologist who practiced and taught clinical cardiology and directed cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Pittsburgh and Allegheny General Hospital. He is the former Chief Medical Advisor of Research and Development for Boston Scientific CRM and the former Chief Medical Officer for Corventis, Inc.

Dr. Fogoros has authored numerous books, including Fogoros’ Electrophysiologic Testing,” “Antiarrhythmic Drugs: A Practical Guide,” "Fixing American Healthcare,” and Open Wide and Say Moo!: The Good Citizens' Guide to Right Thoughts and Right Actions Under Obamacare,” and is the co-inventor of 19 awarded U.S. patents.

He received his doctorate in medicine from Ohio State University and did postgraduate medical training at the University of Pittsburgh and Stanford University.

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Claudia Chaves, MD

Neurology and Cerebrovascular Disease

Dr. Chaves is board certified in cerebrovascular disease and neurology, with a subspecialty certification in vascular neurology. She's an accomplished figure in the neurology field, having written multiple peer-reviewed papers and studies. She has been involved in numerous research studies with a focus on stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other demyelinating disorders.

Dr. Chaves has also edited textbooks while serving as associate professor of neurology at Tufts Medical School, medical director of the Lahey Clinical Multiple Sclerosis Center, and co-director of neurology research for the Lahey Clinic.

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Joel Forman, MD

Pediatrics

Dr. Forman is board-certified in pediatrics and practices general pediatrics in addition to his role as a clinical educator. He is associate professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, pediatric residency program director and vice-chair for education in the Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics, and an active fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Forman is also a national expert in pediatric environmental health, having served as a member of the AAP Committee on Environmental Health, which provides policy guidance and promotes educational activities for pediatricians across the country.

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Casey Gallagher, MD

Dermatology

Dr. Gallagher, board-certified in dermatology, is a practicing dermatologist, clinical professor, and active fellow of multiple medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

Dr. Gallagher teaches in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado in Denver. He has co-authored textbook chapters and has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Contact Dermatitis.

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Steven Gans, MD

Psychiatry

Dr. Gans is passionately involved in the practice and teaching of psychotherapy. He is board certified in psychiatry and an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program and in their Program in Psychodynamics (PIP). A graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, he is a supervisor and mentor in their Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. He also serves as a psychotherapist attending to the Pavilion program at McLean Hospital.

Gans was a psychiatric consultant for the Laurel Hill Inn Eating Disorders Treatment Program and served as the clinical challenges editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. He has previously been named to “Best Doctors” by Boston Magazine.

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Grant Hughes, MD

Internal Medicine and Rheumatology

Dr. Hughes is board certified in rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is head of rheumatology at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, director of the University of Washington’s (UW) Rheumatology Training Program, and an associate professor at UW’s School of Medicine. There, he holds the Robert F. Willkens, MD - Lucile T. Henderson Endowed Professorship in Rheumatology.

Dr. Hughes has twice received the UW Medicine PRAISE Award for patient satisfaction and his research continues to be supported by the NIH, Leap for Lupus, and more. He has written extensively on the topic of reproductive hormones and autoimmune rheumatic diseases in various journals.

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Sanja Jelic, MD

Sleep/Pulmonary Care

Dr. Jelic is board certified in sleep medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary disease, and internal medicine. She is a Herbert Irving assistant professor of medicine and attending physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She is also an active member of the American Thoracic Society, the Association of Professionals Sleep Society USA, and the American Federation for Medical Research.

She completed her residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and her fellowship in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Emmy Ludwig, MD

Gastroenterology

Dr. Ludwig is board certified in gastroenterology and hepatology. She serves as associate attending physician in the Gastroenterology and Nutrition Service of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York as well as associate professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is also the co-director of the gastroenterology fellowship program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and director of education in its division of gastroenterology as well as a constant supervisor of fellows, residents, and medical students. In addition, Dr. Ludwig is an active member of the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Society for Gastroenterology, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and New York Society for Gastroenterology.

Ludwig graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was elected to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She remained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where she completed her internship and residency in internal medicine. Following her residency, she completed a fellowship in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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Susan Olender, MD

Internal Medicine/HIV Primary Care

Dr. Olender is assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where she is also on staff in the Division of Infectious Disease, specializing in HIV primary care. She also co-founded the first medical-student-operated free clinic in Manhattan at NYU’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Olender completed her residency at Columbia University Medical Center and her post-residency training through the New York State Nicholas Rango HIV Clinical Scholars Program. She went on to complete a master's degree in epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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Doru Paul, MD

Oncology

Dr. Paul is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. He is currently assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and attending physician in the Department of Hematology Oncology at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Paul received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania and also earned a master’s degree in the biology of aging from the Faculty of Paris VI, France. In addition, he holds a PhD in clinical oncology from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Craiova, Romania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Jacobi Hospital in New York and his fellowship in hematology and oncology at Montefiore Hospital in New York.

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Anita Sadaty, MD

Obstetrics/Gynecology

Dr. Sadaty, board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, is an OB/GYN at North Shore University Hospital, clinical assistant professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, and has been teaching residents at Northwell's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the past 20 years. Her practice, Redefining Health Medical, is one of the few that incorporates functional medicine.

Prior to completing residency, Dr. Sadaty spent two years in research at the Rockefeller University Department of Biochemistry and at Cornell University Medical College Department of Surgical Research. She completed her medical school training at Cornell University, graduating with honors, and her residency at North Shore University Hospital.

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Meredith Shur, MD

Obstetrics/Gynecology

Dr. Shur is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is the clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an active fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her particular areas of interest include general and high risk obstetrics, adolescent gynecology, urinary incontinence, and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Dr. Shur received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her MD from Albany Medical College. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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Writers and Policies

When it comes to your health and wellness, you need to feel not only confident about the choices you make, but the information that helps you make them. That’s why we work with writers who are experts in their areas, from board-certified doctors to credentialed dietitians to licensed therapists and more.

Writers are specifically selected for both their extensive knowledge and real-world experience as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear and helpful way. Articles also undergo review from our medical board and routine updating to ensure reporting is responsible, accurate, understandable, helpful, and reflective of the most current research. You can read more on our editorial policies here.

Our product reviews are independent and based on research and product testing. If you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases. Learn more about our review process here.

What Our Readers Say

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Our Team

We are proud to play a part in helping you live your best life. Our experienced team is committed to creating content you not only turn to, but count on along the way.

Rob Parisi, MBA

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Health

Rob has over 15 years of experience in digital media and has served in senior financial and operational positions with Dotdash and its predecessor companies since 2008. Prior to joining Dotdash, he held positions at WebMD Health and Arthur Andersen LLP. In 2016, he led the team responsible for conceptualizing and launching Verywell, which has since won several awards including best redesign.

Rob holds a master’s degree in business administration from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University.

Rachel Berman, RD

Vice President and General Manager, Fit, Family, and Mind

Rachel has been with the company since 2011 and is one of the go-to voices in the field of nutrition, with numerous appearances on “The Today Show,” “Fox and Friends,” and many other media outlets. She is the author of two books, “Boosting Your Metabolism for Dummies” and “Mediterranean Diet for Dummies.” As a registered dietitian, she is passionate about providing practical and science-based information related to nutrition, weight loss, and health.

Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Northwell Health (previously North Shore-LIJ Health System) in New York.

Brett Spiegel, MPH

Editorial Director

Brett has been with the company since 2016 and is a strong advocate for equal and accessible health care, which includes messaging that people can actually understand and take action on. In 2015, he completed his master’s degree in public health from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy at Hunter College. His capstone examined the benefits that interactive technology could bring to distance-learning diabetes education.

Coupled with his undergraduate degree in communications from NYU, he has further worked to propel digestible and destigmatized digital health content, from serving as an editor for Everyday Health to being published on HuffPost Healthy Living.

Emily Faherty

Associate Editorial Director

Emily is a Dotdash veteran and has been with the company since 2012, having worked in a variety of roles within the organization. Her eclectic professional background, which scales positions across editorial, social media, and writer recruitment, paired with her deep passion and enthusiasm for fitness, make her a true cheerleader for health and wellness. She has participated in numerous marathons around the U.S. and has contributed to various health and wellness outlets, including Daily Burn and Greatist.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Fairfield University.

Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD

Senior Editor

Leyla has been with the company since 2012 and has focused her efforts on digital health communication in both her professional and academic careers. She received her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from NYU while completing her dietetic internship with Wellness Workdays. During her training she helped patients with cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, Crohn’s disease, and more to reach their health goals and better manage their day-to-day lives.

She has also originated numerous recipes and healthy eating content targeting diabetes and high blood pressure management, among others.

About Dotdash

Verywell is part of the Dotdash publishing family. For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top 20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30 percent of the U.S. population every month.

Collectively, our brands have won over 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell (Health and Wellness)

The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. More than 16 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

The Spruce (Home and Food)

The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts, combines inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach 30 million people each month.

The Balance (Personal Finance)

The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, delivers clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to over 24 million people each month.

Investopedia (Investing and Financial Education)

Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investment skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches over 13 million people each month.

Lifewire (Tech)

Lifewire provides helpful and actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps over 10 million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy (Travel)

TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. Each month, Tripsavvy helps over six million people have the best travel experiences.

ThoughtCo (Education and Information)

ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps over 13 million people a month become lifelong learners.

Dotdash Press

Senior Management Team

Neil Vogel

Chief Executive Officer

Neil Vogel is CEO of Dotdash, having assumed the role in April 2013. Prior to joining Dotdash, Neil was the Founder and CEO of Recognition Media, a creator and producer of award shows and media properties for digital, creative, and advertising communities, including the Webby Awards, the Telly Awards, and Internet Week New York and Europe.

Before starting Recognition Media, Neil was Chief Corporate Development Officer at Alloy Media + Marketing, a digital content and marketing services company focused on the teen and youth market. Neil also serves as a venture partner at FirstMark Capital. Neil received a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tim Quinn

Chief Financial Officer & Head of Strategy

Tim is the Chief Financial Officer of Dotdash and joined the company in January 2015. Prior to joining Dotdash, Tim was CFO of Axial, an online professional network that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital.

Tim spent more than a decade with American Express where he was a Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at Vente Privee USA, an e-commerce joint venture between American Express and Vente-Privee Europe. He spent the majority of his time at American Express as a Vice President in the Corporate Development Group where he sourced, executed, and monitored equity investments and M&A transactions supporting all of American Express' global business lines.

Tim started his career in middle market investment banking at Ladenburg Thalmann and, prior to that, in private equity at Wade Capital. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce.

Alex Ellerson

Chief Operating Officer

Alex Ellerson is the Chief Operating Officer for Dotdash. Before joining the company, Alex served as the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer at Howcast, a leading producer of high-quality, low-cost, online how-to videos. Prior to joining Howcast, Alex was the Head of Entertainment and Premium Content Partnerships for Google Video and YouTube and earlier, a General Manager and Senior Director of Business Development at Yahoo!, working on both Yahoo’s Media and Entertainment and Search teams.

He was also the COO and General Counsel for CMJ (host of the annual CMJ Music Marathon conference), an associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and a law clerk to the honorable Amalya L. Kearse (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit).

Alex holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College. He is also a member of the Planning Committee of the New York Chapter of The Copyright Society of the USA.

Andrew Gorenstein

President of Advertising & Partnerships

Andrew Gorenstein is President of Advertising and Partnerships for Dotdash and joined the company in December 2016. Before joining Dotdash, Andrew held executive roles as the President of Media and Advertising and Chief Revenue Officer for Gawker Media, where he led the revenue team and created an award-winning product suite to sell across their multiple vertical brands. Prior to Gawker Media, he held sales leadership roles at Condé Nast and Forbes.

Andrew has worked aggressively to accelerate, and ultimately redefine and align, the relationship between advertisers, brands and publishers. In 2013, he was named one of AdAge’s 40 under 40. Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Boston University.

Dr. Jon Roberts

President Dotdash Finance

Dr. Jon Roberts oversees the finance media properties at Dotdash (Investopedia and The Balance). He has been with Dotdash since 2013 and previously held roles as Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Data Science, where he derived insights from more than 20 years of Internet data across thousands of topics.

Prior to joining the company, he spent 10 years as a theoretical physicist focused on making dark matter predictions for the hadron collider at CERN and cosmic ray predictions for the AMS detector on the space station. He also worked on the Pierre Auger telescope in Argentina. Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D at the University of Southampton and his M.A. from the University of Oxford.

Nabil Ahmad

Chief Technology Officer

Nabil Ahmad is the Chief Technology Officer for Dotdash. Before joining the company in 2013, Nabil worked at Barnes & Noble serving as the head of technology for BarnesAndNoble.com. A career long engineer, Nabil’s experience includes consulting during the dotcom boom, working at healthcare services and media companies, and being the first employee and head of technology at Kwiry Inc., a venture-backed mobile startup. Nabil received his B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology, with emphasis in Cell Developmental Biology, from the University of California at Berkeley.

Meredith Worsham

Vice President, Communications

Meredith Worsham is Vice President of Communications for Dotdash. She has been with the company for nearly 10 years, working her way up from Account Coordinator to now Vice President, where she oversees media relations, strategy development, internal and external communications, and special events for one of the fastest growing digital media companies and its vertical brands.

Previously, Meredith held various public relations roles at MSL, a leading PR agency in New York, and worked on health accounts including Sanofi Aventis, Allergan, and Phillips Healthcare. She holds a B.A. in Communications with a minor in History from Elon University in North Carolina.

Jeff Hartwig

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Jeff Hartwig is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Dotdash. Before joining Dotdash, Jeff spent six years at Dow Jones & Company, Inc. where he served as counsel to the digital and print production groups of The Wall Street Journal.

Prior to joining Dow Jones, Jeff was an associate attorney at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, providing legal counsel to emerging businesses on their financing, intellectual property, and general corporate matters. Jeff holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from San Francisco State University. He is also a member of IAB’s Legal Affairs Council.

Rob Braithwaite

Senior Vice President, Site Hosting & Operations

Rob Brathwaite is Senior Vice President of Operations at Dotdash. He also oversees IAC Publishing's global shared services team. Starting at the company in 1996, he is the longest tenured team member.

Robert has been instrumental to bringing about change at Dotdash over the past two decades. He holds both a B.S.c and M.S.c in Information Systems and Management from New York University.

Adam McClean

Senior Vice President, Product

Adam McClean is the Senior Vice President of Product at Dotdash and joined the company in 2014. Prior to joining the company, he was the Director of Product at Waybetter, Inc. Previously, he held roles at Barnes and Noble and Condé Nast Publications.

Adam brings more than a decade of experience in start-ups, e-commerce, and premium publishing to Dotdash. He received a B.A. in Communications from DePauw University.

Tre Jones

Senior Vice President, Growth

Tre Jones is the SVP for Growth at Dotdash. He leads a team of engineers and marketers dedicated to growing our consumer audience through continuous improvement of our content and product.

Prior to Dotdash, Tre was VP of Search Marketing at Everyday Health. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business and has a Bachelors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Colleen Gangl

Vice President, People

Colleen Gangl is the VP of People for Dotdash, joining the company in 2018. Colleen brings over 15 years of experience in her field across multiple industries, including retail, technology, and digital media. At Dotdash, she is responsible for all areas of the People function, including talent acquisition, talent development, business partnering, and people operations.

Colleen is dedicated to partnering with her colleagues to cultivate a working environment that allows team members to do their best work. She received her Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and has a B.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware.

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This page was last updated on August 25, 2018