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Faculty and Staff

Stephanie N. Petrosky, M.H.A., RDN, LDN, FAND

Department Chair and Assistant Professor
Director, Master of Science in Nutrition program

spetrosky@nova.edu
(954) 262-1597

Stephanie Petrosky has enjoyed a diverse and exciting career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and loves to make nutrition fun. In addition to clinical practice in hospital and outpatient settings, she has held executive operations roles within national healthcare companies and senior living communities. She received her professional training from Florida International University and earned an M.S. in Health Services Administration from Capella University. Stephanie is completing an advanced practice doctorate in clinical nutrition at the University of North Florida. With 30 years of teaching experience, she has been active in many leadership roles. She is proud to be a past-president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently serves as the Chair of the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council for Florida, which oversees the licensure in Florida. On a personal note, Stephanie enjoys the beach, reading, long walks, learning new things, and mentoring others.

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Ioana Scripa, Ph.D., RDN, LDN

Assistant Professor
Director, Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition
iscripa@nova.edu
(954) 262-1515

Ioana received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. As the Director of the B.S. in Human Nutrition program, she is responsible for program operations, accreditation, and faculty oversight and facilitating student success. She enjoys community-based projects, diabetes prevention, wellness, and nutrition education. She developed cooking sessions that were integrated into an existing life-skills program offered by the YWCA North Carolina for adolescent and young adult mothers. She has a passion for reading, cooking (especially fish), and spending time with her fur babies, June Bug and Tator Tot.

Marilyn Gordon, Ed.D., RDN, CSSD, LDN

Assistant Professor 
gordmari@nova.edu
(954) 262-4376

Marilyn is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her interest in nutrition grew out of vegetarianism and fitness. Early in clinical practice, she realized the power of food and lifestyle for optimal health. After graduate work in exercise science and wellness, she began teaching nutrition and wellness courses. She completed her doctoral studies in educational leadership at Florida International University. Most recently, she used her lifelong interest to develop a course on plant-based eating patterns. Dr. Gordon is the team nutritionist for the athletics department and teaches yoga and spin classes at the university’s recreation center, which is a great way to get to know students. She loves exploring the topics of Ayurveda, functional nutrition, and nutrigenomics as additional tools to enhance health.

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Nadine Mikati, Ph.D., RDN, LDN

Associate Professor
nmikati@nova.edu
(954) 262-1578

Nadine obtained her B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the American University of Beirut with distinction. She then earned an M.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Wayne State University. Her passion for learning led her to complete a Ph.D. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida International University where her research primarily focused on obesity prevention. She designed and implemented an after-school intervention for children aged 6-11 in order to promote healthy eating habits and physical activity. As a Registered Dietitian, she has various experience in food service, clinical and community nutrition and was named Registered Young Dietitian of the Year in 2009 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Nadine has a passion for education and has been teaching for over 10 years. One of Nadine’s goals is to give back to the community by teaching every person how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Melinda Luis, M.S., RDN, LDN

Assistant Professor 
mluis@nova.edu
(954) 262-1429

Melinda earned her M.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University and is currently working on her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition from the University of North Florida. Her early career involved clinical practice in hospital and extended care settings. Her graduate work emphasized eating and cognitive challenges in older adults. She enjoys exploring the nutritional patterns of culturally diverse populations worldwide and created a unique course at NSU on world culture, food, and nutrition. Her teaching experience ranges from cooking and nutrition skill classes for children to extensive work in higher education. For fun, Melinda enjoys family time, relaxing at the beach, and scrapbooking.

Jennifer Keil, M.S.H., RDN, LDN

Assistant Professor
jkeil@nova.edu
(954) 262-1596

Jennifer Keil graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and earned a Master of Science in Health from the University of North Florida. As a licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Professor Keil brings 20 years of experience from various settings. Early in her career, she practiced in the acute care setting with a focus in cardiac nutrition. More recently she has served as faculty in higher education where she led community events and mentored students. Jennifer is an active member of the South Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has held several board positions. She was recognized by the association as Distinguished Member and Recognized Young Dietitian. She loves to travel, time with family and friends, line dancing, baking, and playtime with her dog.

Amanpreet Cheema, Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor
acheema@nova.edu
(954) 262-2871

Amanpreet Cheema is a research associate in the areas of integrative, immunological, and cardiovascular specialties. She currently serves as program director of research operations for the Gulf War Illness Clinical Coordinating Center and holds a faculty appointment as an assistant professor in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Cheema, a nutritional biochemist, earned both her Master of Science in Biochemistry and Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition from Florida International University. She has several years of experience overseeing large, multisite, multi-study, highly complex research projects. Her current research interests focus on clinical studies for therapeutic targets tied to Gulf War illness and myalgic encephalomyelitis-associated molecular and physiological imbalances. She is the principal investigator of a Department of Defense Phase II study and a coinvestigator in other Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

Tobin Silver, Ph.D., CSCS

Professor
tsilver@nova.edu
(954) 262-8090

Dr. Silver earned his doctorate degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Barry University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and carries Level I Exercise is Medicine Credential of the American College of Sports Medicine in conjunction with Exercise is Medicine®. Dr. Silver’s research interests include nonlinear, linear, and temporal analyses of biological signals (human), trip recovery while walking, balance and posture, personal training, and community wellness. My interests are vast with the goal of providing hands-on learning experiences to our students within the University and throughout the community.

Dynyce Boyce, M.S.MEd., RDN, LDN

Adjunct Instructor
db2280@nova.edu
(954) 262-1850

Dynyce Boyce is a registered dietitian and graduate of Nova Southeastern University‘s Master of Science in Medical Education program. She completed undergraduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics at Florida International University and brings over a decade of experience in acute care, critical illness, trauma, wound healing, performance improvement, and community outreach. In addition to academia, she serves as a nutrition and quality improvement content expert, supporting physicians and allied health professionals at hospitals and clinical practices throughout Florida. Dynyce is devoted to equipping the next generation of leaders with the necessary tools to succeed and transform lives in an ever-evolving healthcare landscape.

Su-Nui Escobar, D.C.N., RDN, LDN, FAND

Adjunct Assistant Professor
escobar@nova.edu
(954) 262-1850

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Su-Nui Escobar earned a master’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University and a doctorate in clinical nutrition from the University of North Florida. Her research dissertation explored mindful parenting around food. As a natural leader in her field, Dr. Escobar is the founder and director of a nutrition internship at Larkin Community Hospital. She is past president of the South Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was honored as the Greater South Florida Dietitian and the Outstanding Educator. Dr. Escobar is a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the national spokeswoman for several Hispanic programs. Her charisma and warmth have made her popular for Latino television appearances. Dr. Escobar's success can be attributed to her very personal way of offering real-life advice to maximize health.

Douglas S. Kalman Ph.D., RDN, FACN, FISSN

Adjunct Assistant Professor
dkalman@nova.edu
(954) 262-1850

Dr. Kalman graduated from Florida State University. He earned a master’s at Hunter College - City University of New York and a doctorate in exercise and nutritional biochemistry from Touro University International. Dr. Kalman co-founded The International Society of Sports Nutrition and remains actively involved in several professional organizations. Dr. Kalman brings extensive experience in the field of sports performance and research, including work with Olympic and professional athletes, musicians and musical companies, combat sports, and collegiate teams as well as numerous scholarly contributions. Impressively, Dr. Kalman has completed over 250 clinical trials and projects within the pharmaceutical, medical, exercise, and nutrition industries. He has taught at New York University, C.W. Post-Long Island University, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida International University and is an adjunct professor with Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences.

Lillian Craggs-Dino, D.H.A., RDN, LDN

Adjunct Assistant Professor
lcraggsdin@nova.edu
(954) 262-1850

Dr. Lillian Craggs-Dino is a nationally and internationally renowned Registered and Licensed Dietitian with nearly 20 years specializing in bariatric nutrition. She holds a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University where she completed her nutritionist training. She serves on the Executive Council for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health (ASMBS-IH), and has held many professional leadership appointments and positions. She is a member of the Integrated Health Support Group Committee with ASMBS and is active with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, she is helping to write the International Bariatric Nutrition Consensus Statement. Dr. Craggs-Dino is Associate Editor for Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and a peer reviewer for many scholarly journals. She has authored many articles on nutrition care for bariatric surgery and obesity management, including the ASMBS Integrated Health Nutritional Guidelines for The Surgical Weight Loss Patient- 2016 Update: Micronutrients.

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