Meet Our

Registered Dietitians

Our Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living and provide help with:

• Weight loss plateaus

• Healthy weight loss or gain

• Improving body composition

• Diet analysis

• Medical nutrition therapy such as helping managing food intolerances, cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.

• Nutrition recommendations based on evidence-based research.

Our Registered Dietitians also partner with our Personal Trainers throughout your training period.

All nutrition services offered at American Family Fitness are provided by our team of expert Registered Dietitians, and we proudly offer nutrition services to our members at the best, most affordable prices in the area! 

Pamela Speich

Director of Nutrition Services 

& Registered Dietitian:

• American Family Fitness Short Pump

Pam Speich is the Director of Nutrition Services at American Family Fitness. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Foods and Nutrition with an Emphasis in Dietetics. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and earned the credentials Registered Dietitian in 2000. In March 2018, Pam became a certified personal trainer.  

 

Pam’s experience includes nutrition counseling, wellness program development, public speaking, wellness research and writing, sales and marketing, and food labeling. Her areas of nutrition specialty include weight loss, heart healthy diets, diabetes, celiac disease, food allergies and intolerances, and low thyroid conditions.  What Pam loves most about being a dietitian is the opportunity to witness lives changed for the better through the power of food.

 

When Pam is not working, you are likely to find her at a sporting event with one or more of her three boys, traveling with her husband, or working on a home improvement project.

 

Murray Wood

Registered Dietitian at:

• American Family Fitness Chester

• American Family Fitness Colonial Heights

 

Murray Wood is the Registered Dietitian at the Chester and Colonial Heights American Family Fitness locations. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Virginia State University. Murray completed his Dietetic Internship with the Virginia Department of Health in 2014 and earned the credentials Registered Dietitian in 2015.

What Murray enjoys most about being a dietitian is the opportunity to help people from all walks of life reach their personal health and wellness goals. Murray’s areas of specialty include weight loss, heart healthy diets, diabetes, gastrointestinal conditions, infant and pediatric nutrition, and women’s health especially during pregnancy, lactation and postpartum. Murray also loves working with athletes and those with fitness goals to maximize their athletic performance through better nutrition. 

Murray was born and raised in central Virginia and participated in sports and athletics from youth to the collegiate level. When he is not immersed in the nutrition world, Murray enjoys spending time with his family, participating and watching sports, fishing and working out. 

Nutrition appointments with Murray are available at Colonial Heights on Monday evenings and Chester on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. 

Callie Yakubisin

Registered Dietitian at:

American Family Fitness Mechanicsville

Callie Yakubisin is the Registered Dietitian at the Mechanicsville American Family Fitness location. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Dietetic Internship at Iowa State University.   

She earned the credentials of Registered Dietitian in 2013. Callie’s experience includes nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy in the clinical setting, public speaking, and nutrition promotion. Callie’s areas of specialty include weight management, performance nutrition, and chronic disease management. Her personal experience as a marathon runner has molded her insight of proper fueling techniques for endurance athletes. Callie is dedicated to meeting your personal health goals and loves her job because she loves helping people.

Outside of work, Callie is probably either running or cooking up a new dish to share with her husband and friends.

Nutrition appointments with Callie are available on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings along with select Thursday evenings and Saturdays.  

Marlee Shephard

Registered Dietitian at:

American Family Fitness Midlothian

American Family Fitness Swift Creek

Marlee Shepherd is the Registered Dietitian at the Midlothian and Swift Creek American Family Fitness locations. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from James Madison University. Marlee completed her dietetic internship with Virginia State University, and gained her Registered Dietitian credentials in 2019.

During her internship, Marlee enjoyed all aspects of nutrition, especially nutrition counseling because it helps people gain confidence in their food choices and develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. Marlee finds it exciting to be part of the growing and ever-changing nutrition field, and she loves staying current through reading the latest nutrition research and fads. Her areas of specialty include intuitive eating, diabetes, weight loss, and plant-based diets.

When Marlee is not working, she enjoys hiking around the James River, trying new recipes, reading, and travel. She’s lived in Australia and has a passion for Spain. She plans one day to head to Tokyo.

 

Nutrition appointments with Marlee are available at the American Family Fitness Midlothian and Swift Creek locations. To schedule an appointment, stop by the Welcome desk or email her directly at mshepherd@amfamfit.com. She is looking forward to working with you! 

Kiya Rivera

Registered Dietitian at:

American Family Fitness VA Center Commons

 

Kiya Rivera is the Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Virginia Center Commons (VCC) American Family Fitness location. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science and Nutrition with a Specialization in Dietetics. Kiya completed her Dietetic Internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

Professionally, Kiya enjoys the relationships she develops with her clients through nutrition counseling. She strives to help people reach their personal health and wellness goals through education, customized nutrition, support and encouragement. Her areas of specialty include diabetes management, weight loss, heart healthy diets and motivational interviewing.

When Kiya is not working, you are likely to find her working on her own personal wellness and fitness goals.  Kiya enjoys trying new things and loves new experiences.

Nutrition appointments with Kiya are available at American Family Fitness Virginia Center.

Katie Perzynski

Registered Dietitian at:

American Family Fitness Short Pump

 

Katie Perzynski is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the Short Pump American Family Fitness location. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech, with concentrations in Dietetics and Behavioral and Community Science, respectively. Katie moved to the Richmond area to complete her Dietetic Internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

Since earning the credentials Registered Dietitian, Katie’s professional focus has been medical nutrition therapy in the clinical setting and nutrition counseling. Katie also has experience in research focusing on social support strategies and behavior change, which she uses to help her clients make changes and achieve their personal health and wellness goals. Katie loves being a registered dietitian and enjoys working with people from all stages of life.

When Katie is not working, you’ll likely find her exploring the city of Richmond, exercising at the gym with friends, or experimenting in the kitchen!

Nutrition appointments with Katie are available at the Short Pump location on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and select Fridays and Saturdays.

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