Donna Gallagher, MS, RD, CEPC
Donna Gallagher, MS, RD, CEPC is co-founder of the “BeginWithin” Center for Nutritional and Psychological Wellness. She is a Masters level registered dietitian and a Certified Eating Psychology Counselor. She has been in private practice in New Jersey treating individuals with eating disorders, body image issues, disordered eating, as well as athletes and individuals with learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders) and other various nutritional concerns for the past twenty-five years.
She completed her undergraduate work in human foods and nutrition at Rutgers University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. She performed her post-graduate internship at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ. She received her Master’s Degree in nutrition and physical fitness at New York University and simultaneously designed and performed a research study on bulimia at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Women’s Hospital in New York. She received much of her early training at Bayshore Community Hospital, Riverview Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center. She has worked on the staff of the eating disorders unit at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ. She was an adjunct professor in the Department of Nursing and Health Studies at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.
Donna often lectures to elementary, middle, high schools, colleges and other various groups and organizations on the topic of nutrition and eating disorders. She has authored numerous articles in professional journals, local newspapers, and magazines, and recently finished writing her first book titled Behind the Mask: Our Secret Battle, about the lifelong struggles that many adult women have with food. She also completed an intensive training through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and became professionally certified as an Eating Psychology Counselor.
Donna has personally recovered from anorexia and bulimia. She uses the insight she developed through her recovery, in combination with nutrition knowledge and genuine deep understanding for those suffering with eating, weight, and body image issues, to provide individuals with a safe supportive environment to work on their personal healing journey. She helps her clients carefully challenge their negative beliefs in themselves and make improvements in their self image and body image. She helps them develop insights relating to the connectedness between their feelings and their eating/exercise behaviors and helps them take gradual steps toward a healthier lifestyle. She supports them in challenging the “toxic nutritional beliefs” that keep them in their struggle with food and body.
Although Donna is an expert in the treatment of all forms of eating disorders, she is uniquely adept at treating adults with binge eating disorder and those who have been on the “diet roller coaster” for years. She is one of the very few nutrition professionals who helps individuals learn how to co-exist with food and their body in a more peaceful, nurturing way, instead of perpetuating the belief that unsustainable, restrictive weight loss methods will create lasting weight loss.
When she’s not working, Donna enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and multitude of pets. They love going to the beach, hiking in the woods, skiing and just relaxing at home.
Marnie Fegan, Psy.D.
Marnie Fegan, Psy.D., is co-founder of the “BeginWithin” Center for Nutritional and Psychological Wellness. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Yeshiva University in New York. She completed an internship and a two year post doctoral fellowship specializing in eating disorders and related issues at New York Presbyterian Hospital. There she received the “Alan G. Rosenthal Award” for “…an advanced intern in psychology who shows outstanding promise as a clinician” from the Westchester County Psychological Association. Prior to relocating to New Jersey, she was the Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program at The Renfrew Center in Connecticut and simultaneously had a private practice in New York. She is also published in multiple books and journals.
Dr. Fegan has been working with eating disorders and related issues for approximately 20 years. She has been on the board of the New Jersey Eating Disorders Association, is a member of the American Psychological Association and the New Jersey Psychological Association, and currently is on staff at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Fegan strongly believes in the importance of self care and prevention, and as a result she routinely speaks to students and families on the awareness, prevention and intervention of eating disorders and related issues.
Dr. Fegan is committed to the specific needs and specialized recovery process of each individual. She provides a supportive environment necessary to address both the eating disorder symptoms as well as the underlying issues. Her goal is to help each individual achieve self growth, enhance their well being, and gain freedom from their struggles with food and body issues.
Being born and raised in Canada, Dr. Fegan has a deep appreciation for nature, animals and has always enjoyed outdoor activities. Currently she is thrilled to be settled at the Jersey Shore with her husband and two young children. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, playgrounds and parks, and loves going to concerts, Yankee and hockey games in her free time.
Dena Seifer Friedman, MD
Dr. Friedman joins BeginWithin with over twenty five years of experience as a psychiatrist. She received her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, her medical degree at University of Chicago, and did her residency training at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center. She has worked at UMDNJ, Carrier Clinic, and at the University Medical Center of Princeton Eating Disorders Unit. She has had a general psychiatric private practice since 1995. Dr. Friedman is the President of the Central Chapter of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association and a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.
Kait Fortunato Greenberg, RD, LD, CEDRD
Kait Fortunato Greenberg is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian specializing in restrictive eating disorders, binge eating disorder, and emotional eating. She individualizes her approach to help clients form a healthy relationship with food and to not let food get in the way of what truly matters in their life, her personal mantra being "count memories not calories". She works closely with clients and their loved ones to make eating less stressful by developing meal plans and guidelines with compassion and understanding, and providing activities and skills for a successful recovery.
Kait completed her undergraduate program and Registered Dietitian internship at the University of Maryland in College Park and worked for 7 years as a Registered Dietitian with the Empowered Eating Program at Rebecca Bitzer and Associates in Maryland, before moving to New Jersey to be closer to family. She is also active in the eating disorder community as a volunteer for Mothers Against Eating Disorders (MAED) answering nutrition questions for families who have a loved one suffering from these diseases. Kait is a member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp), where she was invited to give a talk at their annual Symposium. Kait was awarded Outstanding Young Registered Dietitian of the Year in 2014 by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Kait loves working with clients who suffer from eating disorders, as she finds her clients to be some of the brightest and kindest people she has ever met. Her passion is to help clients make a full recovery and come out stronger on the other side. Kait aims to balance the science and education, sharing her knowledge so each person can understand what is happening at every step of the way. Combined with heart and respect she works with her clients to learn to love and listen to their body and begin to trust it. She is dedicated to being there to provide the structure and support to help them fight against the eating disorder.
Kait is thrilled to be back in her home state of New Jersey where she lives with her husband and baby girl.
Corey Parliament, MS, RDN
Corey is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about helping others explore the relationship between food and body image. She completed her undergraduate coursework in nutrition and dietetics at the University of North Florida in 2013. After graduating she took a year off to reflect on the direction she wanted to take her career. During this period she worked part-time at a private practice, Preferred Nutrition, where she was able to observe and understand the role of dietitians in the interdisciplinary care of those struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors. This experience inspired Corey to become a dietitian herself and she eventually went back to the University of North Florida to complete her dietetic internship and master’s degree in 2015.
During her internship, Corey completed a rotation at the University of North Florida’s Counseling Center where she provided individual nutrition counseling to college students struggling with eating disorders and body-image issues. After obtaining her credentials as a dietitian,Corey was employed by the The Renfrew Center in Mount Laurel, NJ. Both of these experiences further increased her passion for helping those in recovery from eating disorders.
Currently, Corey is also employed at Southern Ocean Medical Center as a bariatric dietitian. In this role, she strives to bring an alternative perspective to a community that is often hyper-focused on weight. In this environment, Corey encourages individuals to focus on non-scale victories and body-positivity. She also aims to break nutrition-related myths about food and weight.
Corey is also passionate about fertility and helping women who struggle with disorders associated with infertility such as PCOS and endometriosis. Additionally, she practices medical nutrition therapy for health related conditions. This includes gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS and Celiac Disease.
Corey believes that all individuals have a right to enjoy food and feel good their body. She also understands, from personal and professional experiences that it takes patience and courage to make peace with food and your body.Corey hopes to offer a supportive and non-judgmental environment to help those in the recovery process heal in a way that is best suited for the individual.
When Corey isn’t working she loves spending time with her husband and chocolate lab, Colby. You can also find this former athlete and real foodie either juggling a soccer ball in the backyard or trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
Geralyn Hyland, MS, RD, CDE
Geralyn has been practicing nutrition healthcare for over 25 years. She is a professional and experienced nutritionist and educator. She began her career upon graduation from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. While working as a clinical nutritionist at St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Patterson, she began her master’s degree at New York University and completed it at the University of Nebraska with a full scholarship. She taught college courses at the University of Nebraska and since then has been a professor at Brookdale Community College and now at Monmouth University.
Geralyn’s clinical and education skills were developed while working at various healthcare systems in New Jersey. While Chief Clinical Dietitian at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey she learned how to improve many childhood diseases through nutrition therapy. Within the Meridian health care system, she developed outpatient programs for adult and pediatric weight management and taught individuals and groups about diabetes care. She has provided nutrition services for many of the pediatric groups in Monmouth County.
Geralyn is a registered dietitian, a certified diabetic educator, and a certified health education specialist. In addition to teaching at Monmouth University, she is a member of the BeginWithin team of professionals. She treats clients with diabetes, cardiac issues, gastrointestinal issues, weight management concerns, menopause, and has subspecialties in pediatric nutrition as well as pediatric and adolescent weight management.
Geralyn’s dietetics career has provided her with the ability to do what she does best, empower adults, children, and teens to manage their illnesses and maintain a healthy weight in order to lead better lives. She does this by combining her strong nutrition knowledge and excellent communication and teaching skills, a recipe for success. She has a friendly, client-centered approach to treatment which helps to empower clients to make the kind of lifestyle changes they can take ownership of.
Sally Sauter MS, LPC
Sally is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor.
She earned her B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey, where she was involved in extensive interdisciplinary research in the biological basis of alcohol abuse. Sally continued on to earn her graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Monmouth University with highest honors.
Sally completed her clinical hours at the The College of New Jersey’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) as an individual and group psychotherapist trainee. Her first job in the field was as a Community Health Educator for CentraState Medical Center in Freehold. In that capacity, Sally collaborated with local schools to present a variety of interactive and compelling psychoeducational workshops tailored to community concerns. She was a frequent lecturer on the topics of mental health awareness, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
Sally’s counseling style is open, dynamic, and compassionate. She is able to quickly develop trusting therapeutic relationships with her clients, and she is always struck by their courage, and by their willingness to navigate new routes. Her therapeutic approach is informed by her advanced postgraduate training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She stays up-to-date on the latest research in the field of eating disorder treatment and psychotherapy, attends conferences regularly, and is an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
Sally specializes in treating the eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and issues of identity. Through her practice, Sally has grown sensitive, knowledgeable, and skilled in treating mental health issues in the LGBTQ community, especially in the contexts of mood and eating disorders.
Outside of the office, Sally is always set to music, and is an avid reader, writer, and artist. She cherishes quality time with loved ones most of all.
Carly Rosenstein, MS, LPC, NCC
Carly is a licensed professional counselor and is thrilled to be part of the team at BeginWithin! She has been working as a clinician since 2012, focusing her career and studies on working with eating disordered clients since 2007. Carly graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Bio-Evolutionary Psychology. She went on to earn her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University. During that time, she worked in a variety of different settings, interning with populations including children and adolescents affected by abuse in the Family Growth Program at Catholic Charities, as well as clients working on social skills with Autism Spectrum Disorders at IEP Youth Services.
Following earning her Master’s Degree, Carly worked as a Primary Therapist at the Eating Disorders Unit at Robert Wood Johnson:Somerset for 3 years, treating an acute population of patients struggling with eating disorders in both the inpatient and partial hospitalization units. In addition to this, she has worked in private practice for over five years with a focus on clients of all ages struggling with eating disorder and body image illnesses, as well as mood, self esteem and other related issues. She hopes to bring compassion and empathy to each counseling relationship, understanding the many intricacies and differences among each patient struggling with their eating disorder. Her goal is to help each patient create the behavioral change necessary for recovery, while providing safety and connection in the therapeutic relationship to explore underlying issues contributing to their disorder.
In her spare time, Carly enjoys spending time with her husband and family in Long Beach Island, and going back to Penn State to tailgate with her friends and cheer on the Nittany Lions!
Molly Luccioni, MSW, LSW
Molly is a licensed social worker who is excited to be working with the multidisciplinary team at BeginWithin. Molly specializes in the field of eating disorders and also has experience working with those struggling with a variety of other issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and poor body image. She is practiced in individual, group, and family therapy and has worked with males and females of various ages.
Molly earned her B.A in Psychology from Rutgers University and went on to earn her graduate degree in Social Work from Kean University. During her undergraduate education she interned and worked as a nursing assistant at the Center for Eating Disorders Care inpatient facility at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Following graduation and while pursuing her Master’s degree, she worked as a Mental Health Associate within the inpatient unit. It was there that she learned working with the eating disorder population was a career path she not only wanted to pursue but genuinely enjoyed. She went on to work as a primary therapist at the H.E.A.L. (healthy eating and living) program for eating disorders at GenPsych.
Molly has clinical experience in the inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient settings for eating disorder care and is thrilled to be working within the healing environment that BeginWithin offers. She is aware of the intricacies of eating disorder treatment as it is not only an emotional and psychological journey but a physical one as well. Molly enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to effectively treat an eating disorder and assist a client in identifying their "healthy-self."
She believes, and personally recognizes that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible and hopes to motivate and encourage her clients to begin their own journey towards recovery. Molly’s therapeutic approach is always individualized towards the client’s needs and she incorporates evidenced based treatments and skills from CBT, Person Centered Theory, DBT and Motivational Interviewing. She understands therapy and change can be a difficult process but believes with a genuine, empathic and trustworthy therapeutic relationship a client can successfully reach their recovery goals.
In her free time Molly enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family and friends and she enjoys taking her two dogs for walks around town. Born and raised in a beach town, she would spend every waking hour at the beach if she could!
Elisabeth (Beth) Almerini, RN, BSN, CHPN
Beth is a Registered Nurse and spiritual healer who offers individual sessions to people looking for an additional therapeutic option on their healing journey.
Beth brings a unique set of skills to her work with people. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Catholic University and Washington, DC and began her career specializing in the geriatric population at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. During her 30 year career, she has specialized in caring for people with metabolic and nutritional disorders, chronic illness and cancer and has worked in inpatient, outpatient and home care settings. As a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse, her work has focused on helping people with severe, chronic and/or life limiting illnesses and their families to find ways to cope, to heal and to find peace. It was in working with this group of people that the benefits of including a spiritual approach in providing care became readily apparent. She pursued seven years of study in spiritual approaches to healing and now offers Integrated Kabbalistic healing as an adjunct to traditional care. This gentle form of support can be very calming and helpful, especially when a person is faced with multiple difficulties.
Beth also works with clients struggling with disordered eating. As a result of her own experiences and successful recovery from disordered eating, she brings a deep compassion and understanding to clients facing these issues. Her goal in meeting with clients is that they feel heard and seen in whatever space they are in.
In addition to seeing clients at the Begin Within Center, Beth will also make house calls for geriatric or homebound clients and their families.
Beth is the mother of three adult children and a fine art photographer whose work can be seen in local galleries. She enjoys the beach and traveling with her family.
Jeanne Roberts Office Manager
Jeanne is the BeginWithin Nutrition Office Manager. She is often the first contact for new clients. She takes confidential information and answers questions about services offered at BeginWithin. She is warm, friendly and caring and has a way of putting people at ease when they are searching for the care they need. When she isn’t working at BeginWithin, she likes to spend time with her husband and teenage daughter. She loves to hike with her dog, ski and spend the summers on the beach at the Jersey shore.