Our Experts

PatsyCatsos,MS,RD,LD.squarePatsy Catsos, MS, RD, LD is a medical nutrition therapist and author of IBS—Free at Last! Change your Carbs, Change your Life. In her Portland, Maine practice, she helps patients with gluten-related disorders, IBS, and other gastrointestinal problems manage their symptoms and experience a better quality of life. Patsy is a frequent speaker at community and professional events. She is active on a variety of social media platforms including www.ibsfree.net, where she blogs about low FODMAP living. Patsy completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University and earned a Master’s degree in Nutrition at Boston University. She interned at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. She is a professional member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Social Media Links: For more information about FODMAPs and IBS, visit Patsy at www.ibsfree.net and follow her on facebook, pinterest or twitter.

StephGunning-photoStephanie Gunning is an internationally acclaimed publishing strategist, editor, and writer whose work has contributed to the success in publishing of many of the most popular and well-recognized spiritual and personal growth thought leaders of our era, among them several New York Times bestselling authors. After acquiring books as a senior editor for Bantam Doubleday Dell and at HarperCollins, since 1996 she has worked one-on-one with hundreds of authors. As a publishing consultant and book editor, her clients have included major publishing firms, top-caliber literary agencies, and innovative self-publishers. She also has ghostwritten and co-written between 25 and 30 published books—she’s lost count! She teaches online courses on publishing, and leads live workshops and lectures on creativity and publishing options nationwide.

Stephanie has mastered the art of transforming powerful ideas into highly marketable books and is an expert in self-publishing using digital technology platforms. She gets a real kick out of brainstorming book ideas and strategizing book marketing plans. Contact Stephanie at www.StephanieGunning.com or www.LincolnSquareBooks.com. You can also follow her activities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Google Circles.

Untitled1Stephany Evans, President of FinePrint Literary Management, began agenting in 1990. In 1992 she formed her own agency while serving as editor for wellness and personal growth magazine Free Spirit (now published as New York Spirit).  For twenty-three years, she has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of health and wellness, lifestyle (including home renovating, decorating, food & drink, and sustainability), spirituality, memoir, business, and narrative nonfiction. Her clients span an unusual spectrum from meditation ‘sitters’ to ultra-runners, from doctors to farmers to chefs to branding consultants. In fiction, she represents a range of women’s fiction, from literary to romance, as well as mystery and suspense.

In addition to helping authors develop their book ideas, Stephany has also ghost-written seven published book-length works of non-fiction.

Stephany is a founding partner of Lincoln Square Books. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, the Women’s National Book Association, and Romance Writers of America, and member and former co-chair of New York Women in Publishing. She splits her time between her offices in New York City and Marfa, TX.

PeterbioPeter Rubie grew up in England before coming to America in the early 1980s. He is currently the CEO of FinePrint Literary Management in New York City as well as a founding partner in Lincoln Square Books, a consulting management company for independent publishers, and is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives. Prior to becoming an agent, he was a publishing house editor whose authors won prizes and critical acclaim. He has also been the editor-in-chief of a Manhattan local newspaper, and a freelance editor and book doctor for major publishers including Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, NAL, Houghton Mifflin, and Prentice Hall.

In England he worked in Fleet Street and for BBC Radio and briefly, ITV News, as a journalist.  As well as working actively in publishing, he has also been involved in teaching publishing and supervises FinePrint’s internship program through which many young people get their start in publishing.  He was an adjunct professor at New York University’s Center for Publishing faculty for a decade, and was for several years the director of the book section of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute.

He was a regular reviewer for the international trade magazine Publishers Weekly, and is a published author of  two novels, and several books of nonfiction, including The Elements of Narrative NonFiction (Quill Driver Press; HarperCollins); Writer’s Market FAQ’s (Writer’s Digest), Everything Get Published Book (Adams); Everything Guitar Book (with Jack Wilkins) (Adams);  Everything Shakespeare (Adams);  Hispanics in Hollywood: An Encyclopedia (Garland/iFilm); the well received The Elements of Storytelling (Wiley & Sons); and How to tell a Story (with Gary Provost) (Writer’s Digest). He regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing, and is a jazz musician.  He is married, with a son, and lives in New York City.  In his spare time he continues to write.

Joan-StollbergerJoan Stollberger is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) holding a B.A. degree in nutrition from CUNY at Queens College, Flushing New York and an M.S. degree in nutritional science form Long Island University, C.W. Post College.

She has 10 years experience in Geriatric Nutrition through long term care and 10 years experience in acute care working as dietitian in St. John’s Episcopal Hospital- now St. Catherine of Sienna- in Smithtown.

She is Board Certified in Diabetes Education since 1992. She started a part time private practice in Smithtown providing nutrition counseling in 1984.

In addition to individual therapy, she gives corporate and community workshops in the areas of heart disease prevention, diabetes education and counseling, glucose control through diet and lifestyle, staff diabetes training workshops, corruption in our food supply, feeding children/picky eaters, osteoporosis, and wellness.

Presently she is focused on enhancing the practice of medical nutrition therapy by increasing the number of RD Medicare providers in the state of New York. There needs to be enough of us to manage future Medicare mandates. Right now there are only 452 providers in NY, not enough to handle the millions of heart disease patients that will need us in the near future.

Her practice has grown to include a second office in Commack.


Our Programs


All New Diabetes Update 2017 (4.5 RDN/DTR CEUs)
New Program

Early Bird Special $99 Professional, $89 Student. Dates for early bird deadlines; for NYC (Extended to February 20th). After the Early Bird Deadline price changes to $159 Professional and $149 Students
The Beacon Hotel, NYC, Friday March 31st 2017 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

The Entrepreneurial Professional (4 RDN/DTR CEUs)

Early Bird Special $109 Professionals, $99 Student (Extended to February 10th) after February 20th price changes to $169 Professional and $149 Student
The Beacon Hotel, NYC, Friday March 31st, 2:00-6:00 PM

Starting & Developing a Successful Private Practice (3 RDN/DTR CEUs)

$149 Professional, $129 Students.

Meal Planning Strategies for Low FODMAPs and Gluten-Free Diets (2 RDN/DTR CEUs)

$129 Professional, $119 Student.

Multiskilling for Nutrition Professionals, How to Position Yourself in this Changing Marketplace.

Professional $169 Student $149

How to Write a Proposal

$149 Professional, $129 Student

How to Become an Insurance Provider

2 RD, CEUs $129 Professional, $119 Student, (includes all materials)

Gluten-Free and FODMAPs

Restricted diets for gluten-related disorders and IBS
$239 Professional, $199 Student.

Learn What it Takes to Get Published

4 RD, CEUs $169 Professional, $149 Student

FODMAP and Gluten-Free Baking Demonstration and Tasting

2 RD & DTR CEUs $120 Professional, $99 Student

Nutrition Billing

The Holiday Inn., Plainview, NY Saturday December 12, 2015 1PM-4PM. 3 RDN/DTR CEUs $149 Professional, $129 Student

Health Benefits of Spices Around the World

1 ½ RDN/DTR CEUs $69 Professional, $59 Student

Motivational Interviewing and Nutritional Intervention Strategies for Managing Complicated Patients

Essex Hotel and Spa, Essex VT, Saturday November 21st, 2015 9AM-1PM, 4 RDN/DTR CEUs
$169 Professional, $159 Student

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