Meet Our Team
As a Cardiologist, Dr. Petre is highly skilled. Yet she has never wavered from her true calling — caring for patients while emphasizing and advocating disease prevention and wellness. She decided expand her work beyond her Cardiology practice to help shine a light on the need for preventative healthcare, especially as it relates to weight management. Dr. Petre began her medical career in 2000 with a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York. In 2004, she was appointed a Cardiology Fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Cardiology Clinical Instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Vascular Ultrasound and certified in Cardiac CT and Age Management Medicine.
Tami MattisonChief Clinical Officer
Tami has been in weight management for over 32 years. Her career began as a RN in New York. With multiple degrees in Nutrition, Psychology and certification in Hypnotherapy, she oversees patient care and staff training. Striving for quality, consistency and effectiveness for every patient in every visit. Current focus is on Integrative Nutrition and the science behind weight loss for overall health and wellness. She firmly believes, Health is more than just a number on the scale. It is that you have the energy, confidence and happiness to pursue your passion and live a meaningful life.
Ramse CavenderExecutive Coordinator
Executive Coordinator Ramse’s goal is to ensure that patients have a wonderful experience when visiting Medi-Weightloss® Eastchester. In fact, total patient care has been her main focus for more than five years. Ramse is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a member of Alpha Xi Delta, Beta Mu Chapter.
Jennifer SirchRegional Manager
Jennifer is a graduate of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven and has worked with Medi Weightloss Clinics for the last five years. Jennifer counsels patients through the weightloss journey here in the West Hartford Clinic. She is extremely knowledgeable of the program and the effectiveness. Jennifer treats all her patients with dignity and respect and which allows the patient to reach their goals with no barriers in the way. She is an important member of our staff as she is the most requested counselor in the building.
Irene CordilicoPhysician Assistant-C
Irene graduated in 1999 from Quinnipiac University receiving her Master of Health Science and a Physician Assistant. During her 18 years as a Physician Assistant she has worked in many different areas including general surgery, neurosurgery, ENT. She is looking forward to helping all Medi-Weightloss patients attain a higher level of health by losing weight, reversing metabolic syndrome, improving blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, walking, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.
Elizabeth BrownePhysician Assistant
Elizabeth is a native New Yorker who has worked in many areas of medicine. She recieved her medical training from The Yale University School of Medicine. Elizabeth also holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from Fordham University. She has worked in Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine and Occupational Medicine. She retired from Yale New Haven Hospital one year ago, but continues working with patients and encouraging them to have healthy practices.
Dana InzeoNurse Practitioner
Dana Inzeo, RN, APN, is a wife, mother of two teenage boys and a nurse practitioner. In 1992, she graduated from Fairfield University with her bachelor’s in nursing, and then in 1998 received her Master’s Degree as a nurse practitioner from New York University. During her 25 years in nursing, she has worked in many different areas, including, oncology, pain management, acute care, and hospice. In 2014 she received her certification as a holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Maryanne PaccioneNurse Practitioner
Maryanne is a native New Yorker and began her nursing career at the age of 19 as a Registered Nurse and worked for over 24 years in Emergency Room, Nurse Management and Hospital Administration. She received the State of New York Nurse of Distinction award in 1988. Currently she holds two graduate degrees in Health Administration and in Family Nurse Practitioner. After leaving hospital administration in 1993 she moved to Switzerland for seven years working with her husband in an executive position for a manufacturing company. She relocated back to Manhattan in 2009 returning to her first love working as a Registered Nurse for The New York City Public Health Department. In 2017 she decided to advance her career and return to hands on patient care, joining Dr Luiza Petre and Medi-Weightloss Clinic of Manhattan where she could actively pursue her love for healthy lifestyle, fitness and nutrition. She is an avid art lover, professional ball room dancer and stays involved with various charities.
Jackie BakerNurse Practitioner
Jackie became her career in health and nutrition in 1988 when she lived in Hawaii and completed a certification program in health/nutrition coaching. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Jackie went on to continue her education at Yale University gaining her Masters of Science in Nursing and became a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in 2002. Jackie continues to find joy and fulfillment is assisting patient reach their healthy and nutritional goals. Outside of work Jackie enjoys water sports, barre, weight training, triathlons and, marathons.
Antoinette TowleNurse Practitioner
Antoinette Towle Ed. D, PNP-BC, SNP-BC, is an Associate Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, and an American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Dr. Towle has worked as a professional nurse for more than 30 years, in a variety of capacities (Administrator, Manager, Director, Case Worker, APRN, RN, and Educator) and within a wide variety of healthcare setting (schools, residential settings for children and the elderly, veterans hospitals, insurance companies, federal and privately funded medical offices and hospitals, and community healthcare agencies). Presently, Dr. Towle teaches both graduate and undergraduate nursing students full time, with a focus on nursing leadership; understanding, respecting, and appreciating cultural diversity; health promotion; and integration of these key components into clinical practice. She is the first to create and continue to lead a nursing service learning program abroad for students in Jamaica, China, Nicaragua, and Armenia. She is very passionate about people living happy, healthy lives, especially watching their weight!
Teresa DrakoNurse Practitioner
Teresa is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her career in health care by working as SNA II at the age of 19 years old in the Operating Room at. St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Since that time, she has logged twenty years of experience in various areas of patient care (cardiac pulmonary step down, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, well born nursery, maternity, pediatric and geriatric home care, highly skilled long term and short term rehabilitation in geriatrics nursing home care, aesthetic treatment provider, and nurse practitioner). In addition to her extensive clinical experience,Teresa also has an outstanding academic background that includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT and a Master of Science in Nursing from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She is currently working towards finishing her Master's in Health Informatics and her Doctorate's of Nursing Degree at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Teresa has a unique combination of strong nursing skills and strives to provide the best health care possible. She believes in building a long lasting and trusting relationship with patients and customers. She seeks to acquire a comprehensive evaluation of every patient by taking time to listen and understand their particular needs. Her true desire is to enhance a positive healing experience and confidence to those in need. For many years, Teresa observed how many health care professionals often overlook patients’ spirituality and the role it may play in their health care. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.Teresa's combination of clinical education and experience provide a strong academic foundation for the kind of holistic approach to patients that she feels is critical to good patient care – holistic care that considers not only the physical aspects of a patient’s illness, but the emotional and spiritual aspects as well. She believes that healing and wholeness are matters of body, mind, and spirit.
Samantha FarleyCounselor / Manager
Nutritional counselor Samantha is very excited to be a part of the Medi-Weightloss ® team. She has a passion for fitness and nutrition, and enjoys learning about all the little changes that can tremendously improve a persons lifestyle. She looks forward to encouraging each patient along their weight loss journey, and loves to see how happy they are once they reach their goals.
Allison LogoykeCounselor / Assistant Manager
Allison has over ten years of experience in the medical field with direct patient care and office management. She began her career with Medi-Weightloss® as a Counselor and has grown with company to become the Assistant Office Manager. Allison has been involved in fitness and nutrition for the majority of her life, and enjoys participating in various sports leagues as well as training for fitness events. Allison follows the Medi plan herself, so not only is she is able to relate with her patients, but she finds that motivating and encouraging others to reach their goals helps her stay motivated to reach her own goals as well.
Hannah is a graduate from the University of Connecticut and holds a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and a B.A. in Music. She is very passionate about helping others, and believes strongly in using nutrition as an effective means of preventative medicine. Hannah takes a holistic and personalized approach with each of her patients, and is able to make suggestions and modifications based on their individual needs. Hannah’s dedication to helping patients on their path to weight loss does not only motivate patients, but the whole Medi-Weightloss® team.
Jennifer has over 10 years experience in the medical field and has worked not only in a Receptionist position, but has also worked as a Licensed Phlebotomist for several years in a hospital setting. Jennifer brings her hard work and dedication to the front desk daily and is a joy for not only the patients but the staff to be around. She is well-versed in her role and can answer almost any question that comes up on a daily basis.
Stefanie is a ASFA certified personal trainer who specializes in post and prenatal fitness. Her first love is yoga and received her first 200 hour teacher training certification in 2001, she continues to study and train in multiple disciplines including sound therapy. Nutrition has always been a focus in her life. Eat well, Feel well, Do well. Stefanie is proud to be apart of the Medi Weightloss Manhattan team.
Donna has a passion for leading a healthy lifestyle and enjoys sharing that with patients. She has been working in the health care and nutrition field for more than four years; allowing her to connect with patients not only on a level of exercise but healthy food choices. She's supportive and always ready to help patients find a solution to keep them motivated and happy.
William MikellCounselor / Certified Medical Assistant
Will is a Medical Assistant whose primary goal is to help ensure patients success in meeting their weight loss dreams. Functioning as both a Medical Assistant and as a weight loss counselor, Will assists in the process by helping patients adjust to the program as well as maintain their loss as they move on into the future. Having received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Marlboro College he takes an active and passionate interest in weight loss and functionality of the human body as a whole and how changes in lifestyle can affect the body overall.
Ingrid QuirozCounselor / Certified Medical Assistant
Ingrid is a certified medical assistant who earned her degree from Westchester school of medicine in 2015. She's certified in CPR, EKG and phlebotomy. She specializes in counseling at Medi-Weightloss and interacting with new patients on a daily basis. Ingrid enjoys motivating patients to meet their weight loss goals.
David RochaCounselor / Certified Medical Assistant
David is a certified medical assistant with experience in emergency medicine as both an EMT and Paramedic. With a solid base in nutrition, he is an essential part of our quality care team. David uses his knowledge and compassion daily to see his patients reach their weight loss goals. He is driven to see every patient be healthy and comfortable in their own body.
Gabrielle SylvestreCounselor / Certified Medical Assistant
Gabrielle is a Registered Medical Assistant, who graduated from ASA College Of Technology with an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies in 2006. Gabrielle is very determined to encourage her patients until their goals are met. She enjoys working in an environment like Medi Weightloss where she can expand her experience with Patients with a welcoming and winning attitude.
Magdela TalaskaCounselor / Medical Assistant
Magdela Talaska is passionate about her work as an Medical Assistant at Medi Weightloss. She graduated from Tunix College as a Certified Medical Assistant. Magdela has over 6 years of experience, she is currently enrolled at Kaiser University to earn bachelors and go on to become a Registered Nurse. Magdela finds fulfilment in her work at the clinic and her desire to work and live healthy extends to her home and family.
Tylisse HightowerCounselor / Medical Assistant
Tylisse has a passion for working in the medical field. She gradated from Lincoln Technical Institute as a Certified Medical Assistant and is continuing her education to become a Registered Nurse. Tylisse is an experienced phlebotomist, and has a passion for direct patient care. With a background in Pediatrics, Gynecology, Tylisse has found her true calling in medical assisted weight loss. As a recent mother Tylisse knows the value of living a heathy lifestyle not only for herself but her family as well.
Cesar SanchezCounselor / Medical Assistant
Cesar is a confident and skillful Medical Assistant who brings great patient care and compassion to the table daily as he continuously grows with our Clinic. He graduated his Medical Assistant class in August of 2016 where he was able to gain skills and knowledge in the medical field. Cesar took on his externship roll at Medi Weightloss Clinics of West Hartford where he further gained his phenomenal skills and continues contributing to the team.
Naomy VelezCounselor / Medical Assistant
Naomy graduated from Gateway Community College with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science. She then continued her education at Branford Hall to become a Medical Assistant. She is certified in CPR, and phlebotomy and specialize in direct patient care. After completing her externship with another Medi-Weightloss® clinic Naomy found her calling in the medical field. As a Team member in the Oxford clinic Naomy takes pride in assisting patients meet and maintain their weight loss goals, along with helping them make a positive lifestyle changes. Naomy has a passion for promoting and living a healthy and fit lifestyle in and outside of work.
Aaron MeleRegistered Dietitian
Aaron Mele is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and is a Certified Dietitian in the state of Connecticut. Aaron holds a bachelors degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut and went on to complete his Dietetic Internship at Hartford Hospital where he received an extensive education on clinical nutrition and disease pathophysiology. Aaron was hired by Medi-weightloss in 2016 and provides nutritional counseling and meal planning for weight loss to patients at the West Hartford office. Aaron personally follows a ketogenic diet for optimal health and is a strong supporter of nutritional ketosis to assist with healthy weight loss, blood sugar control, and other health issues. Aaron has a passion for nutritional counseling and equipping patients to meet their personal weight loss and health goals through a ketogenic diet and lifestyle.
Sandra LarlanMedical Assistant
Sandy has been medical assistant with Medi-Weightloss since 2017 with the opening of the Oxford location. Sandy has over 3 years of direct patient care, specializing in phlebotomy, EKG, and patient wellness. After relocating from upstate NY, she attended Lincoln Technical Institute where she completed her Medical assistant Degree. Sandy enjoys the daily interactions with patients and the satisfaction of providing a high level of care and compation.
Deidre HallPatient Care Coordinator
Diedre really enjoys total patient care, whether it's making that initial connection, helping them throughout their weight loss journey with any questions, celebrating every mile stone, or the reaching of their goal. She also enjoys the stages after all patients have reached their goals and wants to see all of our patients maintain the weight loss which signifys success which is our number one goal. Deirde has been working with weight loss patients for four years and finds it very rewarding to support and be apart of something that will change someone's life forever.
Patricia HillPatient Care Coordinator
Patricia Hill works as the Medical Receptionist, the first face you’ll meet. With her experience working at bariatric specialists before as their surgical coordinator helps her integrate patients into the program quickly and efficiently. Tricia loves working with patients and looks forwards to helping them with their weight loss journey.
Rohanie Maywhhall has over 6 years of experience in the medical field as a Medical Assistance and Receptionist. She was in the top 10% of her class when she graduated from Fox Institute of Business as a Medical Assistant. She is a mother to a beautiful daughter and believes in living a healthy and active life for herself and her family. Lisa came to Medi Weightloss for career growth and has stayed because of the satisfaction she receives from help patients meet their healthy goals, and the opportunities the company has provided her.
Carissa comes to Medi-Weightloss ® with 4 years of experience in the medical field. Where she found a passion for helping patients on the journey to wellness. Carissa is dedicated to ensuring every patient’s experience is a warm and welcoming one. She is committed to a healthy lifestyle that include multiple outdoor activities along with an interest in healthy cooking.
Laura DiazBilling Specialist
Laura Graduated from Westchester College in December 2015 with certificate in Medical Billing and Coding. She also obtained her Certified Coding Associate for national certification in December 2016. Laura has a passion for billing in coding and total patient care.