Vanessa Rissetto

Co-Founder and CEO

About Vanessa

​​Vanessa Rissetto is a registered dietitian (RD) and the CEO and Co-founder of Culina Health, a revolutionary clinical nutrition care company created in 2020. Prior to starting this venture, she served as the Director of Dietetic Internships at New York University (NYU), where she led the clinical nutrition treatment for a diverse patient population and mentored early-career dietitians — many of whom now work at Culina Health.

Before changing careers and becoming an RD, Vanessa earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham University and a master’s degree in marketing from NYU. Today, she seamlessly integrates her passions for business, entrepreneurship and nutrition as the CEO of Culina Health.

Under Vanessa’s leadership, Culina Health has raised $13 million in venture funding. Culina Health has become a leading trusted care provider for physician referrals, with patient outcomes consistently surpassing industry averages. She has also cultivated an all-female leadership team, who strives to make nutrition care more inclusive and accessible for everyone.

A sought-after speaker, Vanessa is a frequent guest on the Today Show and has shared her expertise at investor and industry summits such as Rethink, Graham & Walker, and Tensility. Her insights have garnered national press coverage in publications including The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Vogue, Women's Health, Shape, Good Housekeeping, Men's Health, Prevention, PopSugar, Well+Good, Refinery29, INSIDER, and Allure.

Vanessa’s accolades extend beyond her entrepreneurial success. Recently honored by Goldman Sachs as one of the “Most Exceptional Entrepreneurs in 2023,” she has also been recognized by Essence as one of the "Black Nutritionists Who Will Change the Way You Think About Food," by Byrdie as one of the "Dietitians Carving Out Space for Black People in the Nutrition Industry," and by NPR as "A Black Dietitian Wants to Close the Nutrition Gap."

Beyond her professional endeavors, Vanessa is known for her love of Doritos, her commitment to her community, and her uncanny ability to remember people’s birthdays.

Conditions We Treat

Our registered dietitian nutritionists meet with patients virtually to support their nutrition care for a variety of health diagnoses and conditions, including patients with chronic diseases and presenting with multiple conditions. We always take into account patient lifestyle, culture, environment, schedule, and other preferences in our care plans.

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