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Dana Elia DCN, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND


About

Dr. Dana M. Elia is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Elia relocated to Lancaster, PA in 2001 where she is the owner of Fusion Integrative Health and Wellness, LLC which was honored with the 2019 Best of Lancaster Award for the nutritionist category.  An active member of her community, Dr. Elia serves on the executive committee of Dietitians in Integrative and Function Medicine where she holds the Past Chair position and previously served as Chair, Chair-Elect, Treasurer and Member Services Chair. Dr. Elia previously served on the executive committees for the Lancaster Area Celiac Support group and the Lancaster Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Dr. Elia’s fervor and dedication for the power within the food as medicine approach, stems from her own personal journey with autoimmune disease and a rare form of sarcoma. With a passion for ongoing education and a drive to always provide her patients with the best level of care, Dr. Elia earned her doctorate in clinical functional nutrition through Maryland University of Integrative Health where in 2019 she was awarded the Student Research Poster Award.  She is also the author of The Stem Cell Activation Diet and The Sugar Detox Diet for 50+.

Education:

  • Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ, Bachelor of Science (B.S. in Human Ecology/Dietetics, Minor in Psychology)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, Master of Science (M.S. in Health Sciences)
  • Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD,  Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)

Classes Teaching:

Dr. Elia teaches Clinical Applications 1: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Publications:

Books:
  • Elia, D. (2020). The Stem Cell Activation Diet. Ulysses Press ISBN13: 9781646040117
  • Elia, D. (2021). The Sugar Detox Diet for 50+. Ulysses Press ISBN13: 9781646041497
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
  • Goodman, E. M., Redmond, J., Elia, D., Harris, S. R., Augustine, M. B., & Hand, R. K. (2018). Assessing Clinical Judgment and Critical Thinking Skills in a Group of Experienced Integrative and Functional Nutrition Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2018.03.026
  • Goodman, E. M., Redmond, J., Elia, D., Harris, S. R., Augustine, M. B., & Hand, R. K. (2018). Practice Roles and Characteristics of Integrative and Functional Nutrition Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2018.03.027
Published Abstracts/Poster Presentations:
  • Ou, H., Elia, D., Cucinotta, K. “A Dietary and Botanical Approach to the Treatment of SIBO: A case report.” Published abstract and poster presentation at Maryland University of Integrative Health Research Symposium, April 5, 2019.
  • Goodman, E. M., Redmond, J., Elia, D., Harris, S. R., Augustine, M. B., & Hand, R. K. “A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Clinical Judgement, Critical Thinking Skills, and Applications Among Integrative Dietitian Nutritionists.” Published abstract and poster presentation at Maryland University of Integrative Health Research Symposium, April 5, 2019.
  • Goodman, E. M., Redmond, J., Elia, D., Harris, S. R., Augustine, M. B., & Hand, R. K. “Critical Thinking Skills and Applications Among Integrative Dietitians.” Poster presentation at Academy of Integrative Health in Medicine Conference Research Symposium, September 23, 2018.
  • Elia, D., LaGreca, M. “Bacillus-based Probiotic Influences on Immune Markers in Recurring UTI’s: A Research Design.” Published abstract poster presentation at Maryland University of Integrative Health Research Symposium, April 3, 2020.

Professional Associations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) 1996-present
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 2001-present
  • American Nutrition Association 2019-present