About Body & Soul
Nutrition therapy focuses on promoting positive self-esteem and coping strategies which in turn reward our clients with the desire to nourish their bodies with well balanced nutritious meals. Clients will learn that disordered eating represents real adolescent and/or adult issues regarding growing up, aging, getting or being married, socializing amongst family members and peers, feeling important and having a strong personal identity. Many of these issues arise due to genetic, personal and environmental factors that diminish confidence causing people to resort to negative coping strategies such as restrictive or compulsive eating, bulimia or binge eating.
At Body & Soul, our clients are cared for with compassion and encouragement while healing within one's cultural beliefs. While we cannot guarantee that all clients recover within all areas of their family's wishes, our mission and treatment protocol will always be very supportive. Family values are the cornerstone of the recovery process.
Nutrition therapy may prompt many questions regarding anonymity and exposure of family reputation. Families can be assured that we will respect their privacy. Informed consent is required before speaking to any family member or the client's medical team.
Disordered eating is a legitimate medical condition. It is time we help our girls heal.
Iris Epstein is a Registered Dietitian and founder of the Nutrition Improvement Center in Rockland County New York, counseling clients with nutrition related conditions such as diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, cardiovascular conditions and disordered eating.
Iris received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Maryland and did her dietetic internship at Cornell Medical Center in New York City. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals as well as a Certified Diabetic Educator. Iris currently serves on the Board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals in New York City.
Iris has been in private practice since 2002. Prior to opening up her practice Iris worked for approximately 10 years in nursing homes in the Bronx. In addition to her private practice, Iris previously worked for the Animas pump company placing clients on the insulin pump.
Iris is now the founder of "Body and Soul", an eating disorders program created solely for religious Jewish girls and women with disordered eating behaviors. Her philosophy is one of compassion along with hard work to break through the determined mindset that take hold of people with disordered eating. By addressing the real issues that give disordered eating its strength, we can weaken its hold it has on us. Just as there are many causes for disordered eating, it often takes a variety of treatment options to assist in curing them. Iris is confident that nutrition therapy provided at Body and Soul addresses many of the treatments our clients need to resume healthy and balanced eating behaviors
Meet the Team
Mia Wolinsky-Zazon, RD
Mia is a Certified Registered Dietitian who recently joined the Nutrition Improvement Center. Mia has a decade of experience in counseling, managing corporate wellness programs and working as a clinical dietitian in outpatient and inpatient setting with diverse populations. Her specialization in eating disorders and current position as lead dietitian at Center for Discovery, Paramus are a welcomed expansion of her already broad experience. In addition to her Nutrition background, Mia is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. Mia found practicing yoga to be a powerful tool for clients managing stress and gain confidence.
Shirley Panitz, RD
Shirley is a Certified Registered Dietitian with over 25 years of experience in the dietetics field. She graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1988 and completed her dietetic practical experience at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her dietetic experience includes working in the hospital setting as well as out-patient. Her specialties include weight management for adults and children, eating disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes management and gastrointestinal conditions. She is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also part of the Diabetes Care and Education and Weight Management practice groups. Shirley is bilingual and ready to coach our Spanish speaking clients.
Michelle Levine, Outreach Coordinator
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts focusing on Social Sciences from the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. She has extensive customer service experience and thoroughly enjoys working with people. She’s been part of the Nutrition Impovement Center team for almost a year and coordinates all logistical aspects of our schedules and is the frontline to our clients. In her spare time; Michelle is a Wish Granter for Make A Wish Foundation working with children in making their “wishes” come true.