Meet Our Review Board

Learn more about the experts who review our articles to make sure they are accurate and trustworthy.


The Verywell Fit Review Board is a team of board-certified physicians and recognized health and wellness leaders who ensure our content is high-quality and aligned with our core values. They join us in our mission to inspire daily action with realistic, science-backed diet and fitness advice for your healthy living journey.

Get to know the passionate registered dietitians, certified personal trainers, fitness coaches and instructors, cardiologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, and more who make up the Review Board.

Review Board Members

Heather Black
Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach
Heather Black
Personal Detail

Heather Black, CPT, is a NASM-certified personal trainer, CrossFit level 2 trainer, and owner of Heather Black Fitness & Nutrition where she offers remote and in-person training and nutrition coaching. Heather has graced the cover of Oblique Magazine and was selected as a STRONG Fitness Magazine “Woman to Watch.”

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Barbie Cervoni MS, RD, CDCES, CDN
Registered Dietitian
Barbie
Personal Detail

Barbie Cervoni MS, RD, CDCES, CDN, is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist, counseling patients with diabetes. Barbie was previously the Advanced Nutrition Coordinator for the Mount Sinai Diabetes and Cardiovascular Alliance and worked in pediatric endocrinology at The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center.

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Sara Clark
Yoga Instructor
Sara Clark
Personal Detail

Sara Clark is an EYT 500-hour certified Vinyasa yoga and mindfulness teacher, lululemon Global Yoga Ambassador, model, and writer. Her online yoga and meditation classes are available on SHAPE, Yoga Today, Prevention, and YogaGlo, and she teaches 1000+ yoga practitioners in New York City's Bryant Park every summer.

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Richard Fogoros, MD
Cardiologist, Senior Medical Advisor, Consultant
Richard N. Fogoros, MD
Personal Detail

Richard N. Fogoros, MD, is a retired professor of medicine and board-certified in internal medicine, clinical cardiology, and clinical electrophysiology. He co-invented 19 awarded U.S. patents relating to the detection of cardiovascular disease, and is the author of numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and books. He is Verywell's Senior Medical Advisor.

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Tyra Tennyson Francis, MD
Family Medicine Physician
Tyra Tennyson Francis, MD
Personal Detail

Tyra Tennyson Francis, MD is a board-certified family physician with more than 10 years of experience. Dr. Francis is a prior Naval Officer and is currently the medical director of an outpatient clinic.

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Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS
Licensed Psychologist
Rachel Goldman
Personal Detail

Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS, is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. She is also speaker and wellness expert specializing in weight management and eating behaviors, serving on leadership boards of both The Obesity Society and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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Ayana Habtemariam, MSW, RDN, LDN
Registered Dietitian
Ayana Habtemariam, MSW, RDN, LDN
Personal Detail

Ayana Habtemariam, MSW, RDN, LDN, is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and macro social worker. She is the owner of Truly Real Nutrition and is particularly committed to increasing awareness of weight inclusive philosophies in Black communities.

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John Honerkamp
Running Coach
John Honerkamp
Personal Detail

John Honerkamp is an RRCA and USATF certified running coach and leader in the New York City running community. A former professional runner, he is an eight-time top-10 finisher at the U.S. Track & Field National Championships. John has coached more than 30,000 runners in TCS New York City Marathon and paced celebrity runners like Karlie Kloss and Apolo Ohno.

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Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian
Willow Jarosh
Personal Detail

Willow Jarosh, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and nutrition coach specializing in intuitive eating. She is the co-author of the Healthy, Happy Pregnancy Cookbook, and the founder of Willow Jarosh Nutrition, an intuitive eating based nutrition practice. As a media spokesperson, Willow has been featured in Fitness, SHAPE, SELF, and more.

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Elena Klimenko, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Elena Klimenko
Personal Detail

Elena Klimenko, MD, IFMCP, is a board-certified doctor in internal medicine and licensed in medical acupuncture and homeopathy. She is a part of the teaching faculty at Center for Education and Development of Homeopathy and leads her medical practice at Healthy Wealthy & Wise Medical, PC in New York City, using both conventional and alternative medicine.

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Tara Laferrara, CPT
Certified Personal Trainer
Tara Laferrara
Personal Detail

Tara Laferrara is a certified NASM personal trainer, yoga teacher, and fitness coach. She also created her own online training program, the TL Method, and is the co-owner of Compass Fitness in Denver, Colorado, a gym offering personal and group training, boxing, HIIT, and yoga within a community-driven experience.

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Kristin McGee, CPT
Yoga and Pilates Instructor
Kristin McGee
Personal Detail

Kristin McGee, CPT, is a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, and Pilates teacher. She currently teaches yoga and meditation for Peloton, including prenatal and postnatal classes for new moms. Kristin is one of the most sought after and recognized fitness instructors in the country and is a pioneer in making yoga and mindful movement more accessible for all.

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Marisa Moore, RDN, MBA
Registered Dietitian
Marisa Moore
Personal Detail

Marisa Moore is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a BS in nutrition science and MBA in marketing, and the founder of Marisa Moore Nutrition, a culinary nutrition communication and consulting practice. She is also a contributing editor for Food and Nutrition Magazine, and a contributor to People and U.S. News and World Report.

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Erin Pereira, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Erin
Personal Detail

Erin Pereira, PT, DPT, is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and an athletic trainer with more than nine years of experience focusing on patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Pereira cares for athletes of many sports and skill levels and specializes in endurance and overhead throwing athletes.

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Anisha Shah, MD
Internist and Interventional Cardiologist
Anisha
Personal Detail

Anisha Shah, MD, is a board-certified internist, interventional cardiologist, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She served as a medical advisor at Cigna, physician editor at MCG Health, and is a physician clinician reviewer at Magellan Health. Dr. Shah has extensive research experience and interest in chronic disease management and lifestyle medicine.

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Michele Stanten
Walking Coach, Group Fitness Instructor, Running Coach
Michele Stanten
Personal Detail

Michele Stanten is a walking coach, ACE-certified group fitness instructor, and RRCA-certified running coach. She is the author of "Walk Off Weight" and "The Walking Solution," former fitness director of Prevention magazine, and a founding member of the Every Body Walk Collaborative. Michele has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, and more.

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Mia Syn, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian
Mia Syn
Personal Detail

Mia Syn, MS, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the host of Good Food Friday on ABC News 4. She has been a spokesperson and consultant for several major commodity boards including The Mango Board, Northwest Cherries, and the Blueberry Council. Mia has been featured in many major publications including Women’s Health, SHAPE, and Buzzfeed.

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Miho J. Tanaka, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
Miho Tanaka
Personal Detail

Dr. Tanaka is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of sports medicine injuries. She is the founding director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and has served as team physician for professional and collegiate sports teams including the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Jonathan Valdez, RDN, CDE, CPT
Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer
Jonathan Valdez
Personal Detail

Jonathan Valdez, RDN, CDE, CPT, is a New York City-based telehealth registered dietitian nutritionist, certified personal trainer, and nutrition communications expert. He is the founder of Genki Nutrition and food director for Guild Magazine. Jonathan has been featured in Byrdie, Food Network, Business Insider, SHAPE, Women's Health, and more.

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Former Verywell Fit Review Board Members

  • Michael Lau, PT, DPT
  • Emmy Ludwig, MD
  • Yasmine S. Ali
  • Grant Hughes, MD
  • Meredith Shur, MD

How Our Review Board Process Works

Every article created by our team of expert writers that contains verifiable facts or medical information makes its way through our comprehensive Review Board process and gets assigned to a specialist based on their area of expertise. Even our custom illustrations go through the Review Board.

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