Dr. Elia is a registered dietitian nutritionist with over 27 years of experience in integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy, health and wellness coaching, curriculum development, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and serving on the executive committee of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM).
Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Dr. Elia relocated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2001. She is the owner of a private practice, Fusion Integrative Health and Wellness, LLC, which in 2019 was voted the Best of Lancaster award in the nutritionist category. With a desire to ensure her patients receive the best level of care, she completed her doctorate in clinical functional nutrition (DCN) through Maryland University of Integrative Health, where in 2019 she was awarded the Student Research Poster Award.
As a survivor of 3 forms of cancer, autoimmune disease, and someone with the rare genetic disease, Li Fraumeni Syndrome, Dr. Elia is passionate about the power of food as medicine and the need to personalize one’s nutritional journey based on their bio-individuality.
Dr. Elia enjoys empowering the next generation of nutrition professionals and routinely precepts dietetic interns and provides supervision for nutritionists working towards earning their CNS credentials. Additionally, Dr. Dana has extensive experience teaching group classes, and lecturing on a variety of health-related topics to audiences of all age ranges for the general public, as well as conducting continuing medical education programs for healthcare providers and professional organizations.
Dr. Dana enjoys synthesizing clinical research and translating that into easily understandable information for laypersons and thus she has authored two diet books, The Sugar Detox Diet for 50+ and The Stem Cell Activation Diet.
Dr. Dana takes pride in being an active member of the functional nutrition community. She has served on the executive committee of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine for several years, most recently as the Research Chair, but has also served as the Past Chair, Chair, Chair-elect, Treasurer, and Member Services chair. In May 2017, Dr. Dana was granted the Fellow status (FAND) within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which recognizes her commitment to the field of dietetics and celebrates her professional accomplishments and pursuit of life-long learning.
Selected Publications & Presentations
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
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
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.
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.
Human Nutrition II: Micronutrients
Clinical Skills II
Special Topics in Nutrition II
Integrative & Functional Nutrition
2019 Best of Lancaster award - nutritionist category
2019 MUIH Student Research Poster Award
When she's not seeing patients, teaching, or working on her next manuscript, Dr. Elia loves hiking, camping, kayaking, scuba diving, traveling with her husband James, and their four kids, or spoiling her rescued furbabies, Champ, Jasper, and George and their 9 backyard hens.
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