MEET THE MDD Dietitians


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. 

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.

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.