RVNA is pleased to announce that Ava Safir, JD, MS, RDN, has joined our team as a Registered Dietitian. In this role, Ava will join RVNA’s registered dietitian and nutrition educator, Meg Whitbeck, MS, RDN to provide nutrition services to RVNA in-home and outpatient clients. Whitbeck joined RVNA in 2016, introducing nutrition services and education as part of RVNA’s well-rounded approach to care and wellness.
Safir holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition Education from Columbia University, Teachers College and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) license. Formerly a lawyer, life guided Ava toward nutrition after working through her own personal health issues, as well as those of a close family member. “I gained a strong appreciation for the role of nutrition in achieving good health.” Prior to joining RVNA, Ava worked as a dietitian for Stamford Hospital. She also continues to work per diem at the Center for Discovery, in one of their residential eating disorder facilities.
As a Registered Dietitian at RVNA, Safir will work to provide nutrition analysis, counseling, and recommendations for chronic health conditions and for specific medical or personal needs. “In a short time,” says Whitbeck, “Ava has already enhanced the quality of nutrition services provided.”
“I genuinely enjoy learning about each client’s medical needs and personal goals, and then working together with each client to develop a plan to meet those needs and goals. I bring a passion for nutrition, an analytical perspective, and a non-judgmental, collaborative, and supportive approach to achieving the best client outcomes.”
Safir currently resides in Ridgefield with her husband, two children, and a golden doodle. In her spare time, she enjoys weight training, hiking, cooking, traveling, watching movies with family, and all things related to the beach!
“I am excited to be working at RVNA because the staff is dedicated to providing high quality care to all of its clients in a supportive and collaborative environment,” says Safir.
Safir joined RVNA in May 2019.