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Susan E. Adams, M.S., R.D., LDN

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Susan Adams completed her undergraduate degree in food and nutrition with a minor in business and communications at The University of Akron and her graduate degree in nutrition at Kent State University.  Her master’s thesis focused on nutrition education of Type II diabetics and the impact that their spouses/significant others had on the diabetics’ nutrition knowledge and retention of knowledge.

As a Registered Dietitian, Susan Adams has over thirty years of experience including managing foodservice departments in hospitals and employee feeding operations, counseling a variety of outpatient clients in proper nutrition principles to regain health, evaluation and demonstration of consumer kitchen equipment, menu development, employee training, and employee wellness consulting.

In 2012, Ms. Adams was awarded the “Outstanding Dietetic Educator in a Coordinated Program” for the State of Pennsylvania and the Region Six of the Dietetic Educators – Dietetic Practice Group. An active member of many professional organizations, she currently serves the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Delegate to the Academy’s House of Delegates. She has been teaching at La Salle since 2001 and enjoys helping to guide and educate the next generation of nutrition professionals.

Areas of Expertise

Food science
Food systems
Food and culture
Management in food service and dietetics


M.S., Nutrition, Kent State University
B.A., Foods and Nutrition, University of Akron
Course work completed for Registered Dietitian Status


Registered dietitian status
Licensed dietitian/nutritionist
ServSafe certification
CPR certification


Nutrition 230: Food Science
Nutrition 340: Professional Practice in Nutrition
Nutrition 310: Management in Nutrition andDietetics
Nutrition 320: Quantity Foods Management
Nutrition 441: Food and Culture
Nutrition 430: Foodservice Management Practicum
Nutrition 473: Food Systems
Nutrition 460: Nutrition Externship

Lisa M. Laura, J.D., R.D., LDN

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Lisa Laura completed her undergraduate work at Duke University with degrees in zoology (biology) and psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. She went on to attend law school and received her juris doctorate from the New York University School of Law.  During her career as an attorney, she worked at Community Legal Services representing low-income clients in proceedings for food stamps, medical assistance, and disability benefits.  She later served as legal director for a national domestic violence organization, where she provided numerous presentations and trainings for attorneys around the country and consulted on legislation and policy decisions at the local, state, and federal level.

Her personal interest in nutrition and health policy led her to become a registered dietitian and subsequently she established a successful private clinical practice in Philadelphia. During this time, she also worked as adjunct faculty at La Salle University teaching Community Nutrition in both the didactic and coordinated programs. She enjoys using her diverse background to provide students with a strong understanding of current nutrition policy.

Areas of Expertise

Community Nutrition
Nutrition Policy and Legislation
National Food and Nutrition Programs


R.D., Coordinated Program in Dietetics, La Salle University
J.D., New York University School of Law
B.S., Duke University


Registered Dietitian
Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Nutrition 165: Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition 300: Community Nutrition
Nutrition 410: Community Nutrition Practicum I
Nutrition 411: Community Nutrition Practicum II



Leibhart R and Laura L. “Heart Failure in an Obese Female.”  In E.Z. Emery (Ed.), Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process.  Burlington, Mass.:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011.

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Pennsylvania Dietetic Association
Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group
Nutrition Entrepreneurs

Robin Danowski, M.S., R.D., LDN

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Robin Danowski, MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist.  Robin has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and Master of Science in Community Health.  Robin has over 15 years of experience as a dietitian in the hospital and outpatient setting, including 5 years of experience caring for high-risk dialysis patients.

Danowski combines her nutrition expertise and her passion for teaching in her role as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at La Salle University.  Prior to joining the faculty at La Salle, she taught at Drexel University and Penn State Abington. She provided training for future dietitians both as a clinical nutrition preceptor and as an Assistant Coordinator of the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway at Drexel University.

Danowski is the founder of Main Line Dietetics, a private nutrition counseling practice on the Main Line. Robin’s areas of expertise include weight loss, healthy eating, kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, and prenatal and postpartum nutrition. Robin believes in a non-diet approach to healthy eating. She uses evidence-based nutrition to help her clients reach their nutrition goals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Weight Management


  • M.S., Community Health, Old Dominion University, 2007
  • R.D., Nutrition Internship, Mayo Clinic, 2001
  • B.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, East Carolina University, 2000


  • Registered Dietitian
  • Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


  • Nutrition 165:  Principles of Nutrition
  • Nutrition 200:  Lifecycle Nutrition
  • Nutrition 341:  Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • Nutrition 342:  Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • Nutrition 402:  Clinical Nutrition Practicum II
  • Nutrition 411:  Community Nutrition Practicum II
  • Nutrition 472:  Nutrition and Exercise


  • Nutrition Perspectives for the Physical Therapist.  University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, March 20, 2017.
  • Surprising Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain.  Classes Without Quizzes Homecoming Presentation, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, November 19, 2016.
  • What to Eat Before a Marathon.  Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions. Webinar, 2016.
  • Healthy Eating. Phi Mu Sorority, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
  • Nutrition Therapy for Stage 5 Kidney Disease.  Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pennsylvania Dietetic Association
  • Delaware Valley Society for Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs
  • Tri-state Renal Dietitians Association

Elizabeth Z. Emery, M.S., R.D., CNSC, LDN

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Elizabeth Zorzanello Emery has practiced in the field of dietetics for over 30 years and is a Licensed Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Drexel University and completed supervised practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a Master of Science in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, a Master’s certificate in Instructional Technology Management from La Salle University, and a Doctor of Education in Education and Leadership in Healthcare from Nebraska Methodist College.

Ms. Emery joined the faculty at La Salle in 2004 after teaching full-time at Drexel University. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Make a Difference Award given by the Drexel University Student Athletes, the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award given by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Dietetics Association.  She is the author of Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process, now in its second edition, by Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Areas of Expertise

Medical nutrition therapy
Nutrition support


Ed.D., Education and Leadership in Healthcare, Nebraska Methodist College, 2000
Graduate Certificate, Instructional Technology Management, La Salle University, 2014
M.S., Health Education, St. Joseph’s University, 1992
B.S., Foods and Nutrition, Drexel University, 1985


Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association
Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, National Board for Nutrition Support Certification


Medical nutrition therapy
Practicum in clinical nutrition


Solomon DM, Emery EZ, Kavelak HL, Pontiggia L, Hollands JM, Bingham AL. Impact of Implementation of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Model for Parenteral Nutrition Order Writing and Review on Competency, Attitudes, and Perceptions. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2019; doi:10.1002/ncp.10237

Emery EA:  Nutrition Diagnosis and Intervention:  A Case Report.  JADA 2007; 107:8, A-22.

King M and Emery E.  Nutrition Management of the Geriatric Patient. Support Line 2007;29:5, 21-28.

Emery LZ.  Dietary Supplements, Herbs, and Integrative Health:  Beyond the Basics.  In:  Peikin, SR. Gastrointestinal Health.  New York:  Harper Collins Perennial Currents; 2004, 171-180.

Emery EA and King M:  Nutrition Support in a Woman with PKU and Hyperemesis Gravidarum. NCP. 2005; 20:1, 138.

Peikin S.R., with recipes by Emery, L.Z., The Complete Book of Diet Drugs.  New York: Kensington Books; 2000.

Emery E, Ahmad S et al:  Banana Flakes Control Diarrhea in Enterally Fed Patients.  NCP. 1997;12:2, 72-75.Emery E, Lankenau L, et al: Improving Outcomes for Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes.  (Abstr)  ASPEN Clinical Congress. 1997.

Emery E & Liftman C:  Enteral Feedings for Renal Patients:  a Primer.  Renal Nutrition Forum, 1997; 16:2, 1-3, 8.

Paskin DL, Koethe J, Emery E et al:  Banana Flakes vs. Traditional Treatments for Diarrhea in Critically Ill Tube Fed Patients:  A Cost Effective Alternative (Abstr) JPEN. 1994; 18:1, 30s.

Emery L, Paskin D, and Perlmutter S:  Sorbitol as a Possible Cause of Diarrhea in an Enterally Fed Patient.  (Abstr)  ASPEN Clinical Congress.  1993; p 469.

McDeavitt JT, Emery EA, et al.:  Folate Deficiency in the Spinal Cord Injured Patient with Decubiti.  (Abstr) JamParaplegiaSoc.  1992; 15:2, 146.

Emery L, Nutritional Concerns in the long term care of Spinal Cord Injury Patients, Network 1989; 9:1, 4-5.


Zorzanello Emery E: Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process, eBook, second edition. Burlington, MA:  Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2020. ISBN: 9781284157208

Zorzanello Emery E:  Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process. Burlington, MA:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2012.  ISBN 978-0-7637-6184-4.

Book Chapters

Emery LZ.  Dietary Supplements, Herbs, and Integrative Health:  Beyond the Basics.  In:  Peikin, SR. Gastrointestinal Health.  New York:  Harper Collins Perennial Currents; 2004, 171-180.

Peikin S.R., with recipes by Emery, L.Z., The Complete Book of Diet Drugs.  New York: Kensington Books; 2000.

Poster Presentations (peer reviewed)

Emery, EZ and Clark, AM.  Virtual Reality for Teaching Anatomy in Dietetics [Virtual poster presentation]. Nebraska Methodist Health System, Omaha, NE,  August, 2020.

Laura, L. and Emery, E.  Impact of Low Fidelity Counseling Simulation on Nutrition Counseling Skills of Dietetic Interns. Poster Presentation at the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting and Exhibition, April 24th, 2014.

Teaching the Nutrition Care Process:  A Case Based Approach.   78th Annual Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition, King of Prussia, PA, April 15, 2011.

Teaching Nutrition Support and the Nutrition Care Process:  A Case-Based Approach.  Presented at the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Nutrition Week,  Orlando, FL, January 2011.

Nutrition Diagnosis and Intervention:  A Case Report.  Presented at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition       Conference and Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, October, 2007.


Solomon, D. and Emery, E. Parenteral Nutrition Order Writing Workshop. PASPEN Spring Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, March 29, 2018.

Emery, E. GI Nutrition: Selected Cases. Presentation to GI Fellows, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ, June 20, 2017.

Emery, E. and Danowski, R.  Parenteral Nutrition Support.  Healthcare Services Group Regional Continuing Education Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, June 14, 2017.

Dillon, P. and Emery, E. Understanding the Healthcare Needs of our Veterans. Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century:  Redefining Education and Practice. Philadelphia,PA, Thomas Jefferson University, October 29, 2016.

Physical Assessment for Malnutrition, facilitated workshop, Evidenced Based Tools for a Comprehensive Nutrition Assessment, Pennsylvania Hospital Abramson Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA,  April 22, 2016.

Parenteral Nutrition workshop for GI Residents, Cooper University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ March 9, 2016.

Nutrition for the Physician Assistant.  University of the Sciences,  Philadelphia, PA, October 2014,2015, 2016.

Nutrition, Malabsorption, and Maldigestion.  Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ November 2013 and 2014.

Recognizing and Treating Malnutrition in the Home-Bound Elderly.  Philadelphia Corporation for Aging 2012 Regional Conference on Aging, Philadelphia, PA, October 4, 2012.

The Nutrition Care Process in Healthcare Communities.  Oregon Dietitians in Healthcare Communities Spring Symposium.  Live Webinar, May 24, 2012.

The Nutrition Care Process:  A Case-Based Approach.  Crozer Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA  November 9, 2011.

Specialized Nutrition Support.  Cooper University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ, August 2, 2011.

Update on A.S.P.E.N. Clinical Guidelines.  Holy Redeemer Medical Center, Meadowbrook, PA, June 2009.

What’s New in Nutrition Support? Presented at the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Valley Forge, PA, April 22, 2004.

Practical Guide for Enteral Nutrition, Presented at the Philadelphia GI Fellows Training Group, Hotel Sofitel, Philadelphia, PA, December 3rd, 2003.

Nutritional Considerations:  What about herbal, botanical, and biologic therapies? Presented at the Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer Medical Center, October 18, 2002.

Nutrition for Cancer Prevention, Presented at Drexel University Retiree Reunion, Philadelphia, PA, May 5, 2002.

Nutrition for Wound Healing, Presented at Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, PA, March 20, 2001.

Pediatric Nutritional Supplementation, Presented at Children’s Hospital Home Care, King of Prussia, PA, January 20, 2000.

Enteral Feeding in Diabetes Mellitus, Presented at Kennedy Health System, Stratford, NJ, January 5, 2000.

Managing Fluid and Electrolytes, Presented at the Dietitians in Nutrition Support Practice Group meeting, Wynnewood, PA, 1999.

Trends in Enteral Nutrition Therapy, Presented at the Philadelphia Community College Annual Dietetics Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, April 8, 1999.

Managing Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tubes, Presented at the Philadelphia GI Fellows Training Group Fall Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, October 18, 1995.

Honors, Awards

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award, American Dietetic Association, 2009.

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, 2009.

Make A Difference Award, Drexel University Student Athletes, 2004.

Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D., LDN

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Dr. Laura B. Frank, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition, and Director of the undergraduate Didactic Program in Nutrition. Dr. Frank has more than 25 years of university teaching experience; she  was presented with the Outstanding Dietetic Educator award by both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association in 2013. Dr. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Health Education/Counseling and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is also a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Dr. Frank’s areas of expertise include health counseling, nutrition education program development and assessment, adult and pediatric weight management, nutrition and HIV, and feeding issues related to neurological disabilities and learning differences.  She has published and presented to professional and community groups on these topics, and also maintains a private practice working with individuals and families.  Dr. Frank is a presenter for the EPIC Pediatric Obesity initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the Advisory Board for this program.  She has written and administered grants from the Pew Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Health and National Institutes of Health, and Project PA (joint project of Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania State University) and PANA (Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity).