About My Diabetes Dietitian, Inc.

Nutritional Consultants & Certified Diabetes Educators

Our Registered Dietitians & Staff

Our Registered Dietitians are specialists in nutrition. We provide our clients with a personal meal plan that is customized to meet the needs of the individual, based on your lifestyle and food preferences.We want you to feel comfortable with our dietitians and know as much about them as possible, so we have made their biographies available to you here on our website.  Click the photo of a dietitian on this page to view more about them.Contact us today to schedule a visit. 

Personal Nutritional Consulting in Matthews and the Charlotte Area

Our Mission Statement

Our Registered Dietitians pledge to provide personal coaching, customized nutrition education and meal plans to fit your lifestyle with care and concern.

We are pleased you have come to our website to find out more about My Diabetes Dietitian, Inc. in Matthews and we hope you'll find the information you are looking for!  If we may provide you with any additional information or clarifications, please feel free to contact us and we'll reply right away.

Referral Program for Physicians
If you are a physician or practitioner and would like to refer a patient to us for nutritional or diabetic counseling, please see our Physicians section of our website for information and referral forms.  We work with many physicians in our referral program! 

Our Services

Diabetes Education

As you can see from our name, we certainly do offer specialized services to the diabetic community and those who are at risk of diabetes and diabetic complications.  We offer counseling and education from certified diabetes educators who are experienced in the field of all things "diabetic".  Our services range from helping control blood glucose levels through diet and exercise, to meal planning, and helping to identify triggers that may be causing your diet to get off track and raise your blood sugars.

Weight Control

Statistics show that a third of American adults are overweight, while another third are classified as obese, for a combined total of 68.8 percent of U.S. adults. In addition, obesity is a contributing factor to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. 

At MDD our philosophy is to take a long term, educated approach towards your personal nutrition. We incorporate the foods you like to eat into your personal meal plan to help you make small lifestyle changes that add up to big results. The goal is to not just lose the weight, but to keep it off. 

Food Allergies

 Are you allergic to wheat or gluten, or do you suffer from celiac disease?  Do you have other allergies or intolerances that make it difficult to plan meals?  Do you struggle with making selections not only at the grocery store but also at restaurants and other eateries that you may not be very confident with? 

We have many ways to assist you in planning meals and planning ahead for those outings where you may otherwise not have a pleasant experience.  Let us help you devise a meal plan and other helpful measures so you can enjoy your eating and know you won't have any complications as a result! 

Corporate Wellness


We believe a healthy workforce and staff helps provide for a healthier work atmosphere and higher productivity.  We encourage employers to take vested interests in the health of their employees by providing insurance coverage that provides for nutritional counseling and education at no cost to the employee.  

Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Control

Controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure are vital to good health and preventing heart disease or stroke.  We are aware  that cholesterol can be a tricky subject to fully understand, so we assist our clients with education and training to help them lower their cholesterol levels and keep them in the healthy range. 

Celiac Disease

Exercise and participating in athletic activities not only help keep you in shape, it also helps your overall healthy being. A major component of exercising and working out involves proper nutrition to build muscle and strength.

At MDD, we advise you about the nutritional needs before and after working out, such as good carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and fluids that your body needs to make your work out more productive and aid in recovery from a work out session. 

Heart Healthy Eating

What you eat affects your risk of developing heart disease and poor blood circulation, which can lead to strokes or heart attacks. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of American men and women, with strokes being number three. If you are already at risk of heart disease or stroke, you need to develop a diet and nutritional plan to prevent that risk from increasing. We assist our clients by educating them about foods and nutritional plans which are best suited and proven to help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Renal (Kidney Related)

Healthy kidneys are vitally important for the human body! When kidneys malfunction, you run the risk of renal failure, which can result in abnormal fluid levels in the body, deranged acidic levels, and heightened levels of potassium, calcium, hematuria (blood in urine), anemia, and even death.  


Bariatric Surgery Assessments

Considering bariatric surgery? Pre-surgery assessments and post-surgery nutrition education is not only important, but usually an insurance requirement. We will work with your surgeon’s office to help you meet the insurance companies requirements as they pertain to your policy.

Our Dietitians & Staff

Judy Fischer, ​RD|LDN|CDE|RYT-200

Judy, a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian with 25 years experience has a proven track record in behavior change strategies.  She has completed her undergraduate degree at Long Island University, New York graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.  Judy continued her education by completing a dietetic internship at Beth Israel Medical Center, a Harvard Teaching Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prior to starting private practice she served as the disease management and diabetes coordinator for Stanly Regional Hospital.  Under her leadership, the diabetes program has achieved ADA recognition for 2003 and 2006.  In addition Judy has a special interest in digestive health and has recently completed an advanced training on the FODMAP diet approach to manage IBS.

Accomplishments include attaining NCQA recognition for Diabetes care for Piedmont Endocrinology and receiving Advanced Practice Diabetes Care Training.  In addition she is recognized as a Certified Pump Trainer as well as an active member of the Charlotte Dietetic Association and Metrolina Association of Diabetes Educators. Judy is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

​Judy prides herself in her approach of personal medical nutrition therapy, providing each client a customized meal plan, that meets their goals for success and disease management/prevention.  A New York native, she now resides with her daughter and husband in Charlotte, NC. 

Laurie Ross ​RD|LDN

 I have been a registered dietitian for 18 years in the Charlotte and surrounding area. I earned my undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition from Appalachian State University and my master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University.

I have worked extensively with clients to help improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as achieve weight loss.

I live in Waxhaw, NC, with my husband and two sons. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, cooking, and spending time with my family. 

Diane Lancaster ​MS|​RD|LDN|CSSD

 Diane Lancaster is a Registered Dietitian with her Masters Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from James Madison University. She completed her medical internship at the VA Hospital in Hampton, VA.  She is a certified Exercise Physiologist with American College of Sports Medicine and is a fitness professional who specializes in strength training, running, and triathlons.

Diane originally began her dietetic career in the clinical setting working with cardiac, maternal and dialysis patients. She then moved to outpatient work with Diabetic and cardiac rehab clients. She has worked extensively in the last decade with sports nutrition for all ages, weight loss, weight management, hyperlipidemia and vegetarian nutrition. She currently is working with diabetic, weight loss, hyperlipidemia, and sports nutrition for training and competition.

Diane was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia but has lived in Charlotte, NC for 18 years.  

Susan Steelman ​RD|LDN

Susan is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics she has completed Level I and II Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management. Susan has 8 years of experience in outpatient nutrition counseling for various medical conditions (diabetes, cholesterol, celiac disease, etc.), general group nutrition education, bariatric surgery nutrition counseling, and group weight management. She has also worked in clinical nutrition as well as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs for Novant Health and High Point Regional/UNC Health. 

Susan enjoys helping clients take charge of their health by guiding them through small changes that can easily become long-term successes with patience and commitment to self. Susan is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Weight Management Dietary Practice Group and the North Carolina Dietetic Association. She is a Massachusetts native who now resides with her husband and daughter in Greensboro, NC. She enjoys running, biking, cooking and spending time with her family.

Eileen Bright ​​RD|LDN

Eileen has been a practicing registered dietitian for 18 years, graduating from Loyola University, Chicago in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition then completed a SC DHEC Internship.

She has been privileged to help clients in their pursuit of health while continually learning  a lot too myself!  She likes to be a positive role model for others by providing sound scientific nutritional advice and tools for change along with a variety of behavior change approaches.

Her experience has been broad -  providing nutrition counseling and services in the following areas and settings: pediatrics, special needs, food allergies/intolerances, pre/postnatal care; school & hospital foodservice, corporate wellness, geriatric care, anxiety/depression, weight loss, community health programs, oncology, diabetes & heart disease

She has been an active board member of the Piedmont Dietetic Assoc. for several years (SC Upstate).
Her certifications include: Restaurant Menu Labeling; Cooking Matters at the Store - Providing healthy and budget friendly shopping skills

Along with her family, she engages in variety of exercise but really loves being in the great outdoors -  hiking, tennis, and pilates/yoga! Her husband and 3 kids love her cooking and are always sure to eat their fruits and veggies first! 

Michelle Smith ​RD|LDN

 Michelle has been a Registered Dietitian for 5 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Georgia Southern University in 2005.  After working in the field of Public Health with the WIC program for 5 years, she completed the Georgia Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship.  Michelle has worked as a Dietitian in the Public Health setting as well as a Clinical Dietitian in the hospital setting. She successfully completed the Certification of Adult Weight Management training from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

A Georgia native, Michelle now resides in the Charlotte area with her husband, son and two dogs.  

Heather Sylvester MA|RD|LDN

Heather has worked as a registered dietitian for 15 years in the Philadelphia area. She enjoys helping clients gain not only the knowledge of how to successfully improve their health, but also the confidence in their ability to successfully maintain healthy changes 
long term. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Messiah College and her Master’s degree in Nutrition Education at Immaculata University.

Heather has worked both in the acute hospital setting as well as in the community providing nutrition education and counseling. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she coordinated and taught both the adult and pediatric weight management programs for a Philadelphia area hospital system. Areas of experience also include nutrition counseling for bariatric surgery, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Heather resides in the Charlotte area with her husband and two children. 

Carolyn Jackson MS|RD|LDN

Carrie is a Registered Dietitian with a strong passion for helping people achieve and maintain optimal health through proper nutrition. She recently returned home to North Carolina after living in Chicago, where she worked with individuals seeking weight modification, decreased medication dependency, and/or diabetes, hypertension, or other disease management.

Carrie has completed Level I Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

In her spare time she loves to ride horses, cook, explore the outdoors, and spend time with family.