Meet our associates
American Dietetic Association
We are Registered Dietitians (RD) which means that we have all completed a minimum of a Bachelor's or Master's of Science Degree in Human Nutrition (a total of 30 nutrition-related courses), a 1000 hour clinical internship, and passed a rigorous exam.
National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators
Those of us who are Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are also RDs, have completed at least 1000 hours of post-graduate Diabetes Education work, and have passed a rigorous exam.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
We are Licensed Nutritionists (LDN) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which means that due to our extensive studies, we are the only professionals allowed to call ourselves "Nutritionists."
Nancy Dell MS, RD, LDN, CDE*
Nancy is best known for her "Food for Thought" nutrition news segments that have aired on NBC's WWLP news since 1984. As a spokesperson for Guiltless Gourmet Tortilla Chips and Yoplait Yogurt, she has appeared on the TV Food Network. She opened her private practice in 1991. As successful patients and their doctors consistently refer other people who want to feel better and be healthier, the business continues to grow. She currently has 4 offices and 6 dietitians and diabetic educators on staff. She attributes her success to to the fact that she believes patients should not "diet". They need to love the food they eat at the same time they improve their health.
Nancy has worked with some well-known people. She and Olympic Gold Medalist Florence Griffith-Joyner worked together updating magazine editors about the latest findings in nutrition and fitness so they could use the information for magazine articles. Nancy has been quoted in many magazines including Bride Magazine, Elle and Glamour. Basketball star Rebecca Lobo and Nancy worked together as part of an article on sports nutrition for the first edition of Sports Illustrated for Women. Nancy was one of 10 dietitians invited by Julia Child to a private cooking class to learn how to blend taste and nutrition.
Many Corporations including Mass Mutual, Yankee Candle, Hamilton Sunstrand, and Northeast Utilities have contracted with Nancy to train employees to improve eating habits. The first year that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health awarded the "Excellence in Nutrition Education Award", Nancy was an honored recipient.
Nancy received her Bachelor's degree in biology from Westfield State College and her Master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Massachusetts. She enjoys Jazzercise, gardening, photography, cooking, karaoke (only in the privacy of her own home!) and entertaining family and friends.
* What do all these credentials mean? RD is Registered Dietitian, LDN is Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, and CDE is Certified Diabetic Educator.
Sandy Lemanski, RD, LDN, CDE
Sandy manages the East Longmeadow office for Nancy Dell and Associates. She believes healthy eating should be easy and delicious. Sandy always says “I love my job” and in response her patients love her, too. She is our “researcher” because she is always on the look out for new nutrition information, ideas, products and recipes for her clients.
Sandy graduated from Framingham State College with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition. As a Certified Insulin Pump Trainer for Medtronic, she has special expertise for diabetic patients. Before coming to Nancy Dell & Associates, Sandy worked as a Clinical Nutritionist for Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina and St Vincent Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. In addition she provided nutrition education for participates in the Women’s Health Initiative Intervention Study. You will often see the results of this study quoted on the news.
Andrea Reyes, RD, LDN
Andrea is the newest member of our team of Registered Dietitians. Her clientele is building rapidly as her patients tell their friends and family members " Go see Andrea. She helped me and can help you too!" She already counsels entire families. Prior to working for Nancy Dell & Associates, Andrea gained expertise as a nutrition counselor with people of all ages. She worked with children from birth to 3 years old as a nutritionist for Easter Seals. As a Program Coordinator for WIC, Andrea provided nutrition education for women, infants, and children in Spanish and English. Her clients were adults and seniors when she worked at hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.
Andrea earned her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Management at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and completed her internship at Syracuse University. She has received additional training in diabetes, lactation counseling, and pediatric nutrition.
Katie Defoe-Raymond MS, RD, LDN
Katie's love for the science of nutrition and passion for helping clients makes her an exceptional dietitian. Her motivating approach facilitates clients to make changes that fit their lifestyle, enjoy food through mindful eating, and improve their health profile. She encourages clients to express their needs, listens what clients have to say, and works with them to meet their needs. She has developed exceptional skills working with all ages and diverse diagnoses through a variety of work and volunteer experiences.
Katie's teaching experience began when she volunteered with the UMass Extension Nutrition Program's summer youth program. She then became an Instructor of Nutrition at Springfield Technical Community College. She gained valuable experience with a diverse population while working with women, infants, and children as a WIC nutritionist and as part of the Massachusetts WIC TOTE group, a task force to develop education materials targeted to reducing overweight/obesity in the WIC population. Katie later became The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts' Nutrition Coordinator where she developed nutrition programs, taught workshops, created nutrition-related educational materials, and helped to develop and implement the Intergenerational Community Meals program. For the past several years she has worked providing nutrition counseling to elders in their homes as a nutrition consultant for WestMass ElderCare, while also gaining clinical and counseling experience as an inpatient clinical dietitian at Day Kimball Hospital in Connecticut.
Katie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, Masters of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of New Haven, and completed her dietetic internship through the University of Massachusetts. She has received additional training in weight management. She is currently the Public Relations Chair of WAMDA (Western Area Massachusetts Dietetic Association). When Katie is not working, she enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling.