Tricia Sauer, RDN, CDN
Sports Performance & Genetic Nutrition
Noelle Citarella (DeSantis), MS, RDN, CDN
Neurological & Regenerative Nutrition
Erica Smolinski, MS, RDN, CDN
Jenny Arnette, MS, RDN, CDN
Pregnancy & Metabolic Nutrition
Welcome To Our Practice!
From the founder, Tricia Sauer, RDN, CDN:
I founded this group of outstanding professionals to help people not only survive in a world of chronic disease, but also to be well. Our Registered Dietitians are expertly trained and advanced certified in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the credentialing board for RDNs, each with a specific area of focus. We provide medical nutrition therapy for all stages of life and conditions. From infancy and pediatrics to adolescence, pregnancy, lactation, advanced age, critically ill, and chronically ill. Functional nutrition is rapidly evolving, and so we must too - as iron sharpens iron, we grow and learn from each other so we can bring the best care to our patients.
I have been in practice for 13 years, with extensive experience in acute care and rehabilitation prior to founding Buffalo Nutrition & Dietetics, PLLC. I specialize in Sports Nutrition and Nutritional Genomics. I have consulted for NFL and NHL teams since 2013. My favorite time with the NFL was fueling the Bills as they re-entered the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. I am a passionate member of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and have multiple advanced certifications in the management of complex chronic disease and conditions through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA). I have also completed nutrigenetic coursework through Seeking Health Educational Institute (SHEI), the future of individualized nutrition. I love seeing my patients walk out of their last appointment ready to live their best life ever, and seeing my team offer the same. These women are superheroes!
Noelle Citarella (DeSantis), MS, RDN, CDN is an innovative dietitian provider of Neurological and Regenerative Nutrition, which she provides out of our office in Dent Tower. She is experienced in working with neurological conditions and degenerative diseases using evidenced based practice. Noelle is a published researcher and writer, having released her most recent work "The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Plan and Cookbook" in 2019. We have chosen her to provide care to our dementia patients participating in Dent Neurologic's Integrative Program for Cognitive Decline. Noelle is advancing her Master's level practice with intense coursework through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA).
Erica Smolinski, MS, RDN, CDN is a highly skilled dietitian provider of Gastrointestinal nutrition, which she provides out of our Orchard Park office. She is a published researcher who is dedicated to the therapeutic nutrition management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease using medical nutrition therapy. She recently published "The Specific Carbohydrate Diet as an Evidenced-Based Dietary Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease". She is a presenter for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Her passion is to help patients with IBD and gastrointestinal diseases work towards and achieve remission, and raise awareness that this is possible. Erica is advancing her Master's level practice with intense coursework through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA).
Jenny Arnette, MS, RDN, CDN is an outstanding dietitian provider of Pregnancy and Metabolic Nutrition, which she provides out of our Buffalo office. She is a published researcher and has a passion for women's health, metabolic disorders unique to women, and weight management. Jenny focuses her Master's level practice on the complex needs of pregnant and lactating women, including twins, pregnancy at 17 years of age or younger, pregnancy at 35 years or older, and accompanying concerns such as nausea, constipation, reflux, nutrient deficiencies, weight gain and favorable weight loss (post-birth). She uses food as medicine to nutritionally manage female conditions such as PCOS, infertility, gestational diabetes, PMS, menopause, obesity, and more.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about OUR TEAM
and our practice!
“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots." ~Rumi
Scheduling Your Appointment
1. Contact Us (current wait time for new patient appointments: 8-12 weeks)
PLEASE NOTE: If you are being referred by one of the following Functional Medicine providers, please sign up by clicking HERE.
Laura Funke, FNP-C, IFMCP at DENT Neurologic's Functional Medicine Clinic
Cara Innus, PA-C, MPAS, IFMCP at Rheumatology Wellness Care of WNY's Functional Medicine Clinic (Arwen Functional Medicine)
2. Complete New Patient Paperwork
Once logged into the portal, you will be prompted to complete our New Patient Forms within the system. If you opt out of the portal, let your dietitian know at time of scheduling, and we will mail them to you.
Completing our forms is essential to helping your Dietitian develop a nutrition/wellness program that addresses your needs, goals, and interests, and that is safe and effective. They include medical release and HIPAA forms that allow us to communicate with your health care providers by sending recommendations and receiving test results we have requested on your behalf.
This information is also needed for us to correctly submit claims to your insurance company for coverage. Although visits are free or of little cost to you with most insurance plans we accept, we encourage you to check with your insurance company prior to your appointment.
Our state of the art electronic medical record is where all your medical information is securely kept. The portal is the fastest way for you to communicate with your dietitian between visits.
Your portal allows you to send secure messages and attachments, access your health information and care plans, request and reschedule appointments, submit payment information securely, and utilize the free health tools available to you as a patient of our practice.
3. Download Our Patient Portal App (Recommended)
We strongly advise mobile users to download our wonderful patient portal app called "Healthie", where the portal's valuable tools and resources are easily accessed. TIP: In order to receive notifications when you receive messages from your dietitian, be sure to accept push notifications.
You will receive text and email appointment reminders from our office prior to your appointment.
We ask that you be on time, and reserve the right to cancel an appointment if arrival is later than 15 minutes. This is in observation of other patient appointment times.
As with any practice, we appreciate your patience if we are running a few minutes late, which may occur as we care for other patients.
We request 24 hours notice of cancellation, and charge a fee of $80 for missed appointments and late cancellations as we cannot double book.
Please bring your insurance card and a form of photo identification to your first appointment.
Payment is requested at time of service for non-covered visits, testing fees, and copays/coinsurance. We gladly accept cash, checks, and credit card.