Teela Laino

MS, RD, CDN
Portrait of Teela Laino, MS, RD, CDN Specializes in Diabetes, Prediabetes, Plant-based diets

About Teela

(She/Her)

I’m Teela, a Certified Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with years of professional experience including hospital settings, long-term care, and WIC. I received my Master of Science in Nutrition at Hunter College. My journey was born from a sincere passion for food and the belief that everyone deserves equal access to healthcare. Clients find me approachable, resourceful, and caring.

A longtime native of New York City, I understand how hard it is to make the best choices when the daily hustle and bustle barely gives you a moment to breathe, much less time to prepare and cook a meal. That’s why I work with your unique situation and will devise a simple, sustainable, and, most importantly, enjoyable plan for you.

Using the latest clinically proven treatment options and motivational interviewing techniques, I will devote the time you deserve to go beyond a meal plan and dig deep to discover all the factors that may help or hinder your nutritional journey. This includes looking into sleep, stress, environment, and lifestyle. Then, we can prioritize what’s essential together and work only at your pace and comfort level. Working with me ensures accountability and progress, where small steps lead to big strides. I’m looking forward to helping you achieve your goals!

From Teela: “I work with your unique situation and will devise a simple, sustainable, and, most importantly, enjoyable plan for you. My journey was born from a sincere passion for food and the belief that everyone deserves equal access to healthcare. Clients find me approachable, resourceful, and caring.”

Education + Experience

Hunter College – MS, Nutrition and Dietetics

Stony Brook University – BA Political Science

What Patients Say About Teela

I had no plans to work with a dietician because I was worried about feeling shame around my diagnosis as well as slipping back into disordered eating practices and ridiculous exercise habits. We’ve set some really small and attainable goals that we’re hoping with have a great impact on my A1C level in three months. We’re not cutting out foods. We’re looking at all facets of life (stress, sleep, what medications I’m taking, perimenopause), and it was made absolutely clear to me that pre-diabetes is not my fault. I felt so positive after my meeting with Teela and look forward to working with her again.
I liked Teela's gradual approach.  She doesn't make me feel overwhelmed with too much information in too little time.