Our Team





Sheela Venkatesan, Director of Nutrition and Corporate Wellness MS, BCS, CHC

Sheela Venkatesan serves as the Director of Nutrition and Corporate Wellness at NPWC. In addition to this role, she is a Clinical Nutritionist and Behavior Change Specialist on staff. Sheela values making a personal connection with individuals, an essential for helping patients reach their health goals and sustain improvements for the long term. She has worked with people of all backgrounds in both clinical and corporate settings. Sheela obtained a Masters of Science in Nutrition from American University, and is a Certified Health Coach. She utilizes her expertise in behavior change to instill seemingly small, yet significant changes that translate into lifelong healthy behaviors for her patients.



Kelly McGuffin, MS, RDN, LDN

Kelly McGuffin is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Health Coach with a bachelor's degree in dietetics and a minor in public health/health assessment and promotion from James Madison University. Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude and went on to complete her dietetic internship from the University of Virginia. Kelly also received her master’s degree in nutrition from Central Michigan University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Over the past 20 years, Kelly has a diverse background working in the hospital setting as well as the outpatient setting. Areas of practice include working with both the adult and pediatric population with obesity and a diverse range of medical conditions from celiac disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, bariatric surgery, heart disease, eating disorders, kidney disease, pulmonary disease, substance abuse, and much more. Kelly is also a Certified low FODMAP dietitian for those struggling with IBS. Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful girls. They enjoy traveling, walking (getting her steps in :-)/biking outdoors, reading, and family movie nights. Kelly is passionate with helping clients meet their nutritional needs and reaching their goals!



Brianna Lawless, MS, RDN

Brianna Lawless is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University. Brianna completed her dietetic internship with Marywood University where she worked over 1000 hours of supervised practice experience in acute care, community nutrition, food service management, and long term care . Brianna holds a bachelor's of science degree in nutrition from Marywood University as well. After studying nutrition for 6 years, Brianna uses her knowledge and passion to assist patients in feeling their best and achieving their individual goals. She works diligently with each of her patients to teach them lifestyle habits that are sustainable long term. Brianna has a passion for nutrition and helping each patient she interacts with reach their full potential. The nutrition education Brianna provides encompasses lifestyle changes that allows patients to live a healthier and more fulfilling life. The journey to achieving a healthful lifestyle and overall well-being is a learning process but Brianna takes pride in walking her patients through each step until they are ready to be on their own and achieve the healthiest version of themselves.



Charanya Sundar, MS, RDN, LDN

Charanya Sundar is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Bachelors in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, a Masters Degree in Nutritional Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Public Health Nutrition. She is passionate about finding solutions to complex issues, including obesity and obesity related chronic diseases and translating these solutions into easy to understand and effective methods. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of the District of Columbia and Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University and has over six years of experience providing Medical Nutrition Therapy for obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases. Charanya loves to teach and empower her clients to select and cook delicious nutrient dense foods and show that this journey can be incredibly fun and enjoyable! She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and staying physically active.



Ashley DeGeare BS, NDTR, CHC

Ashley is a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered who has a passion for collaborating and supporting others to help guide them to reach their personal goals. She received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from James Madison University and is also a Certified Health Coach. With a previous background working in the mental health field, she has a working knowledge of changing behaviors long-term, managing stress and anxiety, and finding ways to move towards a less hectic yet more healthful lifestyle.



Cara Christie, RD

Cara is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from James Madison University. She completed her Dietetics Internship with Meredith College’s ISPP program. She has worked in acute- and long-term care settings with a variety of chronic disease states as well as eating disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Cara values one-to-one counseling for a personal and individualized approach. She supports each individual through setting achievable goals and providing nutrition education while upholding and acknowledging and upholding the individual’s lifestyle and preferences.

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