About Us

Services at Nutrition Works LLC are provided by 7 registered, licensed nutrition consultants. We are health care providers with expertise in food and nutrition. Registered dietitian nutritionists (R.D. or R.D.N.) have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, have completed an internship, and have passed a national exam. We are committed to at least 15 hours of continuing professional education every year, so you can count on us to provide credible and up-to-date care. Accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, dietitians who provide medical nutrition therapy are also licensed by the State of Maine.

Joan Lavery-McLaughlin, R.D.N., C.S.O., L.D. Joan is board-certified as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, and has worked as a professional chef for many years. Her extensive culinary background blends perfectly with her passion for nutrition and healthy living to provide patients with a well-balanced approach to healthy eating. She provides a range of services including medical nutrition therapy for weight management (overweight/underweight), eating disorders, pre-diabetes/diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, PCOS and cancer prevention. Joan also enjoys empowering athletes to meet their goals and provides sports nutrition consulting to athletes at every level, including high school, college, recreational, and elite multi-sport and endurance athletes.
Patsy Catsos, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. The focus of Patsy’s practice is digestive health. She works collaboratively with patients, developing individualized nutrition care plans to help each person manage symptoms while enjoying the most varied and nutritious diet possible. Conditions she treats include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, gastroesophageal reflux, celiac disease, diverticular disease, short bowel syndrome and gastroparesis. Patsy is the author of The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook, and the Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook Series. She is a continuing professional education provider on the topics of IBS and FODMAPs. Patsy is the recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2020 Excellence in Clinical Nutrition Practice Award.
Janet Steady, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Janet counsels individuals at Nutrition Works, where she offers clients a safe space to discuss food and weight concerns, and helps them develop self-care plans focused on healthy, sustainable behaviors rather than on weight. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, supporting the Health at Every Size® paradigm. She also specializes in community nutrition education. Janet delivers varied and customized talks at workplaces throughout the greater Portland area. For more information on corporate wellness programming, contact our office at 207-772-6279.
Susan Gay, R.D.N., L.D. Susan’s diverse work history includes clinical work at local hospitals, community nutrition education at the WIC program and Hannaford, and private practice. She passionately promotes wellness as a way of life and has extensive experience empowering clients to achieve their nutrition-related goals, including weight loss, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and elevated blood sugars, and managing PCOS. Susan helps clients develop strategies for long-term success while enjoying great-tasting food.
Katherine Karbel, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Katherine has extensive experience with medical nutrition therapy, supporting the nutritional needs of individuals coping with both acute and chronic illnesses. She assists individuals dealing with digestive issues to optimize their wellness and manage symptoms. Conditions she works with include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Celiac disease, and SIBO. She also provides assistance with healthy weight management, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Kari Lane, R.D.N., C.N.S.C, L.D. Kari provides an individualized approach, helping clients meet their nutrition goals and manage a wide range of symptoms. Kari has experience providing   nutrition therapy  for clients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and  heart health (elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure). She has great success counseling clients for  weight management, disordered eating, and general wellness. As a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician she  has experience working with clients with a variety of medical issues requiring tube feedings.  Her individualized, evidenced-base approach helps clients manage symptoms and meet their nutrition goals.
Susan Quimby, R.D.N., L.D. Susan is not accepting new patients. Susan specializes in weight management for adults, type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes. She has presented many work-site and community-based weight management programs. Prior to opening Nutrition Works in 1988, Susan worked in both phase 2 and 3 cardiac rehabilitation programs. She has had great success in private practice helping clients manage their diabetes, reduce their cholesterol, triglycerides and lower their blood pressure. Another area of interest is bone health (osteopenia/osteoporosis). Susan believes that food should not only be good for you, but also taste great.