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Our Team

Our team of functional nutrition experts is passionate about guiding individuals towards optimal health and well-being through personalized nutrition strategies, taking into account the interconnectedness of nutrition, lifestyle, and overall wellness.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
Functional Medicine Dietitians
Tricia Sauer
Tricia Sauer
RDN, CDN, LDN, IFNCP

Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative/Functional  Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Reproductive Nutrition

Genetic/Precision Nutrition

Rehabilitation Nutrition

Autoimmune Nutrition

Gastrointestinal Nutrition

Food Sensitivities

General Functional Nutrition

Tricia has been in practice since 2008, with extensive experience in acute care and rehabilitation prior to founding Buffalo Nutrition & Dietetics, PLLC. Tricia was the Team Dietitian for the NFL Buffalo Bills from 2013-2018, providing rehabilitation nutrition for sick and injured athletes using medical nutrition therapy. Her favorite time with the team was in 2018 when they re-entered the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. She continues to consult for NFL and NHL teams on call. Tricia is also a Certified Genetic Practitioner and has completed nutrigenetic coursework through 3X4 Genetics and Seeking Health Educational Institute. She is a Reproductive Nutrition consultant for Dr. Renjie Chang, MD's pelvic health company NeuEve. In addition to being a licensed RDN, she is a board certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP). The IFNCP credential is the most prestigious credential in functional nutrition and requires 2 years of intensive coursework followed by a board examination. She loves seeing her patients walk out of their last appointment ready to live their best life, and seeing her team offer the same. Tricia is licensed to practice in New York and Florida.

Location

1990 Whitehaven Road

Grand Island, NY 14072

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Tricia Sauer
Noelle Citarella
Noelle Citarella
MS, RDN, CDN, LDN, IFNCP

Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative/Functional  Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Neurological Nutrition

Regenerative Nutrition

General Functional Nutrition

Noelle 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 also a published researcher and writer, having released her most recent work "The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Plan and Cookbook" in 2019. She works closely with Dent Neurologic's MS clinic and provides care to our dementia patients participating in the Institute's Integrative Program for Cognitive Decline.  Additionally, she has completed training through Cogence Immunology in the study of the interplay between autoimmune disease and nutrition. She also carries the advanced practice credential of Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP) through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA).

Location

1990 Whitehaven Road

Grand Island, NY 14072

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Noelle Citarell
Ashley Carpenter
Ashley Carpenter
RDN, CDN, LDN, IFNCP

Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative/Functional  Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Culinary Nutrition

Gastrointestinal Nutrition

Longevity Nutrition 

General Functional Nutrition

Ashley is a cutting-edge dietitian provider of Culinary Medicine and Gastrointestinal Nutrition which she provides out of our Kenmore office. Culinary Medicine combines food science, research, and culinary techniques to make satisfying, health-promoting meals. Food as medicine has fewer side effects than traditional medications, tends to be more affordable, and uses traditional foods that can be incorporated in new ways that are metabolically beneficial due to their anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Her passion is to help patients with gastrointestinal diseases work towards and achieve remission as well as restored quality of life. She also holds additional specialty certifications in Health Coaching and Motivational Interviewing to help patients on their journey. She also carries the advanced practice credential of Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP) through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA).

Location

15 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 111 

Kenmore NY, 14217

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Ashley Carpener
Jessica Masterson
Jessica Masterson
RDN, CDN, CDCES

Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative/Functional  Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Metabolic Nutrition

Certified Diabetes Education

General Functional Nutrition

Jessica is an experienced metabolic dietitian and board-Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist who has been in practice since 2008. She has a passion for helping others with diabetes management and other metabolic diseases. She understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle, good nutrition, and emotional wellbeing in preventing, treating, and delaying the progression of diabetes. She has most recently been working in the field of nutrition as it relates to mental health, addiction, and recovery and believes in the power of combining integrative and functional nutrition with traditional nutrition therapies. Jessica also holds a degree in Culinary Arts with add't expertise in culinary ed, medical device training including glucometers, insulin delivery systems and CGM (continuous glucose monitoring), nutrition in chronic disease, pediatric nutrition and feeding in early childhood. 

Correspondance Address

PO Box 831, Grand Island, NY 14072

Jessica Masterson
Mary Chojnowski
Mary Chojnowski
MS, RDN, CDN, LD

Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative/Functional  Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Complex Chronic Disease

Gastrointestinal Nutrition

General Functional Nutrition

Mary is a skilled dietitian specializing in complex chronic disease and gastrointestinal nutrition, practicing out of Dent Functional Medicine Clinic in Orchard Park. She passionately emphasizes our “Food as Medicine” approach, utilizing functional and integrative practices, as well as innovative technologies, medical nutrition therapies, and labs to promote optimal health. Her mission of battling chronic diseases, as well as several other conditions, begins with nutrition and education, helping people understand the importance of food’s impact on overall health. She is excited to help people better manage their conditions by identifying root causes and implementing better nutrition habits while using these functional and integrative practices. Additionally, she utilizes motivational interviewing skills to help patients feel comfortable without fear of judgment.

Location

Sterling Medical Center, 200 Sterling Drive, Suite 100

Orchard Park, NY 14127

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Mary Chojnowski
Kaley Dewey
Kaley Dewey
MS, RDN, CDN

Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative/Functional  Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Disordered Eating

Gastrointestinal Nutrition

Anti-inflammatory Nutrition

Hormonal Nutrition

Enteral/Parenteral Nutrition

General Functional Nutrition

Kaley is an insightful dietitian who specializes in gastrointestinal nutrition, hormonal nutrition, and disordered eating. She also has significant experience in autoimmune nutrition care, culinary medicine, tube feeding, and anti-inflammatory nutrition. Kaley’s extensive clinical and functional nutrition background has helped her become well versed in chronic inflammation’s impact on each bodily system. Due to the many factors that may contribute to illness and inflammation, she uses a personalized nutrition approach to address the root cause of her client’s symptoms and concerns. Kaley believes that nutrition and healthy eating should not be a stressful experience, but rather bring joy. She understands that in a society so heavily diet-focused, it may be difficult to maintain a healthy relationship with food and body image. One of her biggest pleasures is restoring her client’s relationships with food within a positive and encouraging environment. 

Location

Chapin Mansion, 1207 Delaware Ave, Ste 114

Buffalo, NY 14209

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Kaley Dewey
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Maria Ostafew
MS, RDN, CDN

Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative/Functional  Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Neurological Nutrition

Gastrointestinal Nutrition

Anti-inflammatory Nutrition

Hormonal Nutrition

General Functional Nutrition

Maria is an empathetic dietitian specializing in gastrointestinal and neurological nutrition practicing out of our office in Dent Tower. While recognizing the significant connection between the gut and the brain, she strives to provide compassionate care in an evidence-based and encouraging environment. Utilizing functional and integrative practices, biochemistry, medical nutrition therapy, and more, she works to understand each patient individually to get to the root cause of their symptoms. Maria advocates for a positive approach, encouraging the addition of nutrients rather than restriction, and underscores the importance of cultivating a diverse and balanced gut microbiome for optimal immune function, mood, and cognition. Her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, with a minor in culinary medicine, deepened her understanding of inflammation's role in chronic diseases. Passionate about the culinary aspect, Maria enjoys helping others build kitchen confidence to create delicious and health-conscious meals, challenging the notion that nutritious food has to be bland.​​

Location

Dent Tower, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Suite 401
Amherst, NY 14226

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Maria Ostafew
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Megan McCann
MS, RDN, CDN, LD

Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative/Functional  Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Sports Performance Nutrition

Sports Rehabilitation Nutrition

Gastrointestinal Nutrition

Anti-inflammatory Nutrition

General Functional Nutrition

Locations

1990 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island NY, 14072
1491 Sheridan Drive, Suite 500A, Tonawanda, NY 14217

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Allied Health Professionals
Allison Plunkett
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Allison Plunkett
MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Trauma / PTSD

Anxiety

Depression

Mood Disorders

Personality Disorders

Relationship Issues

Grief and Loss

EMDR Therapy

Location

501 John James Audubon Parkway, Suite 427, Amherst, NY 14228

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Mental Health Counseling
Laura Mason
Laura Mason
Laura Lewis Mason
ANP-C, NPFA

Nurse Practitioner

Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Functional Medicine Clinic Co-administrator

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Nutrition Focused Functional Medicine Exams

Conventional and Functional Lab Consults

 Medical Weight Loss

IV Hydration Therapy

Nutrient Injection Therapy

Laura is a Nurse Practitioner with 16 years of critical care experience as an RN, and 19 years as a Nurse Practitioner in Neurosurgery, with 5 of those years as a First Assist in the operating room with the Neurosurgeon.

She is the owner and founder of Anew You Medspa, which was born in February 2023. Laura has collaborated with our practice to launch our SIBO Testing Clinic and Anew You Medspa's Medical Weight loss Clinic out of our Grand Island location. Additionally, she offers nutrition focused functional medicine physical exams and functional lab consultations for our providers, vitamin and mineral injections and IV hydration with supplement infusions for those with digestive/malabsorptive issues, or who are in need of a complete refresh!

Location

1990 Whitehaven Road

Grand Island, NY 14072

Virtual Visits (Telehealth) Available

Megan
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