We Are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists…

…not “health coaches” or unlicensed “nutritionists”

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The Amenta Team

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Christine Randazzo Kirschner MS, RDN, CDN

Hi! I’m Christine and I am a clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a New York State licensed Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. As the co-founder of Amenta Nutrition, I provide evidence-based nutrition counseling to both individuals and companies. While I help clients with various health concerns, my main focus is on functional digestive disorders, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation, and SIBO as well as pediatric nutrition - particularly helping parents with picky eaters so their children can thrive. The nutrition world is rife with misinformation, leading to public confusion and poor dietary choices. I am here to separate fact from fiction so you can feel confident about your nutritious and sustainable eating plan that we develop together!

My love of food started during Sunday suppers at my grandma’s house. We would eat meatballs, pasta, and lots of garlic bread. Although delicious and nostalgic, years later I would realize that those large quantities of fat and huge portion-sizes caused me belly discomfort. As a college student, with limited time and no experience in the kitchen, I resorted to fast food and frozen meals.  However, soon after, I was tired with belly discomfort - similar to the effects of my grandma’s cooking.

After graduating college and living abroad in Italy, I worked with an amazing chef in one of New York City’s top restaurants, where I had the opportunity to taste delicious, nutrient-rich dishes from diverse regions in Italy. Once I began eating a balanced diet that incorporated more fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, my energy level notably increased while my gut health improved. Consequently, I understood the impact of food choices on my well being! This “ah ha” moment encouraged me to enroll in nutrition science studies at Hunter College. It was during this experience that I began to appreciate the evidence-based benefits of my new dietary habits.

I learned how nutrients from foods are the sources of an individual’s energy and are responsible for that individual’s growth, health, and good condition. This knowledge has driven my passion for nutrition and motivates me everyday to communicate the many health benefits of food to my clients.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Italian and a Masters of Science in Nutrition from Hunter College.  I am an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a member of the following  practice groups: Dietitians in Gluten & Gastrointestinal Disorders and Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy.  I am also a  Monash University low- FODMAP diet trained dietitian.

Whether running on my local trail or practicing pilates, I’m always staying active! I am a mom of 3 beautiful kids and a lover of food and cooking. My previous experience includes restaurant hospitality, assisting a private chef, and working for one of New York’s most respected wine importers and distributors.

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April Panitz MS, RDN, CDN

Hello, I’m April, and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and New York Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. As co-founder of  Amenta Nutrition, I provide medical nutrition therapy for conditions such as IBS, constipation, SIBO, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes and nutrition counseling for weight loss and management. I believe in using science-based information to create an individualized plan that will empower my patients and allow them to reach their goals.

I did not take the traditional path to become a dietitian. As a model since the age of 14, I  traveled extensively, living in several countries, and have been fortunate to work with some of the biggest names in fashion. I am grateful for the opportunities that modeling has offered, but it resulted in my having a negative relationship with food. I would barely eat or try the latest fad diets that I read about in magazines to try and achieve what I believed was my idea of perfection.

My relationship with food began to heal when I started to work as an assistant to a celebrity chef. I  realized that food was a source of nourishment for the body and became a certified health coach. After coaching others, I quickly realized that I did not have the scientific knowledge nor the counseling background to have the greatest possible impact on others.

While continuing my career as a model, I attained a BS-MS accelerated degree in Nutrition from Hunter College. I completed my dietetic internship with Hunter College, where I worked as a research coordinator and completed rotations at the Bronx Centers Care Center, the New York Food Policy Center, and God's Love We Deliver.  I am a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of several practice groups, including Women’s Health, Weight Management, and Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy. Additionally, I am a Monash FODMAP trained dietitian.

When not working, I love to travel, bake, spend time with my husband and stepdaughter, and EAT!

Our Approach

Simple — Nutrition does not have to be difficult or confusing. We will show you how.

Practical — A plan does not have to be expensive or time-consuming (eh-hem, trendy diets).

Individualized — Our recommendations will take into account your individual needs and personal health goals.

Evidence-Based  — We are trained to interpret the latest research in order to offer you the most up-to-date recommendation so you don’t have to!

Judgement-Free — When it comes to health and nutrition, we all have a different story to tell. It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from or what you want to achieve - We are here to listen and support you on that journey.

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April Panitz MS, RDN, CDN

Why Work with a Registered Dietitian?

 Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who apply the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living, using their clinical expertise to help individuals make personal, positive lifestyle changes. They are licensed medical professionals who offer medical nutrition therapy.

The “RD” credential may only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Individuals with the RD or RDN credential are leaders in the field of dietetics who have fulfilled specific requirements, having earned a least a bachelor’s degree (about half of all RDs, like myself, hold advanced degrees) in nutrition and food science, completed an accredited, supervised practice program, passed a rigorous national examination and maintain their skills by meeting the profession’s continuing education requirements for re-certification.

While RDs are sometimes referred to as “nutritionists,” not everyone who uses this title is a “registered dietitian.”  In many states, anyone may designate themselves a “nutritionist,” regardless of education or training.

Registered Dietitians complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration, which entails a minimum of 75 continuing education credits every five years. This way they can always provide the most up-to-date recommendations.

Many registered dietitians hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, sports nutrition, nutrition support, and diabetes management.

What is Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)?

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is defined as an evidence-based medical approach to treating certain chronic conditions, diseases, and other diet-related disorders through the use of an individually-tailored nutrition plan. It is nutrition counseling specifically provided by a registered dietitian. MNT is a comprehensive approach, giving you the education, counseling and feedback you need to successfully meet your goals. There is strong evidence that MNT may reduce risk factors for chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more.

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FAQs

How do I get started?

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation!

We want to hear your story and make sure we’re a good fit for each other. In this free call, we’ll also discuss how we, as registered dietitians, can help you, we’ll answer any questions you may have, and figure out whether individual sessions or a package would best suit your needs. 

Already know you want to work with us? Book a session here!

You will:

  1. Choose a date and time
  2. Sign the “Client/Amenta Nutrition Services Agreement” 
  3. Submit payment 
  4. That’s all! - Your dietitian will confirm your appointment shortly after
Do you offer in-person or virtual sessions?

At this time, we are offering both in-person and virtual sessions. Our in-person appointments take place at NUR Space at 596 Warburton Avenue in Hastings-on-Hudson. Our virtual sessions are conducted via video conference through our client platform, Practice Better, and Zoom. These online sessions allow for the same high-quality experience you’d receive during an in-person session, just from the comfort of your own home or office.

How often can I expect to meet with my dietitian?

Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, you will meet with your dietitian every 2-3 weeks initially and then once a month or as needed. This is determined based on several factors: (1) whether you have met your goals, (2) the level of accountability you desire, and/or (3)what will keep the momentum going to reach your goals faster. Establishing long-term health habits requires support by us and a commitment by you in order to see true success - a true team effort!

How do I communicate with my dietitian between appointments?

We encourage open communication between sessions if you have a question. We will use the Chat Messenger feature on our client platform for all communications in between sessions. However, if your question requires a more in-depth discussion, we may recommend that it be discussed at your next session. That way we can provide comprehensive support and the appropriate time needed to address your questions and concerns. We respond to messages and emails within 48 hours, Monday-Friday during normal business hours. If you reach out over the weekend, we will respond on Monday!

Do you offer services other than nutrition counseling?

Yes! We currently offer several add-on options that can help make your journey easier, including Kitchen & Pantry Makeover, Supermarket Tours, Dining Out Assistance, Meal Planning 101, Hands-on Cooking Demos, and Customized Month-long Meal Plans. For more information, see the individual specialties pages or contact us: rd@amentanutrition.com


What consulting services do you offer?

We are available for in-person and virtual engagements on nutrition-related topics for academic, professional, and consumer audiences, including businesses, universities, medical practices, fitness studios, and conferences. We work with you to develop presentations and events tailored to your needs and your audience’s interests.  

Additional services include:

  • Media Appearances
  • Keynotes
  • Full or half-day workshops
  • University speaking engagements
  • Resort wellness events
  • Seminars/Lectures
  • Customizable “Wellness Week”/Nutrition programs
  • Lunch & Learns
  • Group classes/programs/events (i.e. team building, wellness challenges, weight-management coaching, etc)

Find out more here!

What are your insurance & superbills policies?

We don’t currently take insurance but we can provide people in the New York City area with a superbill upon request. This medical receipt can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please note that reimbursement may vary depending on your individual provider and policy.


We also offer payment plans to help you invest in yourself. Call us to discuss! 914.222.2977

What is your cancellation policy?

In order to provide the most professional session and to optimize the level of care for you, please understand that your appointment will start at your scheduled time. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. If greater than 24 hours notice is given, client has the opportunity to reschedule session without penalty.

If canceling within 24 hours of the appointment time, the Client will be charged a cancellation fee of $50. The cancellation fee applies to all sessions, including those in prepaid packages.

A no-show is defined as any appointment with the Client not signing in within the first 15 minutes of the scheduled session. No-shows will forfeit the session with no refund issued and with no rescheduling opportunity. If the missed session is pre-paid, the Client will have forfeited the missed session with the option to purchase a replacement session at $199 for a 60 minute session or $110 for a 35 minute session. There is flexibility for emergencies and is provided at the practitioner's discretion.

What is your refund policy?

Refunds are processed as follows:

Packages paid in full:

  • Canceled after the first session and before the second session: an 80% refund will be issued
  • Canceled after the second session: a 60% refund will be issued

Packages paid via payment plan:

  • Canceled after the first session and before the second session: payments 2-3 (3-month package) and payments 2-6 (6-month package) will not be charged
  • Canceled after the second session: payments 2-3 (3-month package) and payments 3-6 (6-month package) will not be charged.

No refunds will be issued after the second coaching session unless management reviews and deems otherwise.

For Square Up customers refunds can take 9-14 business days to complete. Generally, the customers who completed the initial payment with Visa or MasterCard will see a pending transaction for the refund on their bank account around 1-3 days after the refund has been initiated. Keep in mind that the time frame to post a pending refund is ultimately up to the card-issuing bank.

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