Energy Balance Nutrition Consulting is devoted to helping students and newly minted registered dietitians (RD) build the career capital to find the job that is right for them. Below is a list of dietetic interns we have worked with to date (they’re all awesome by the way)!


chelsea torres, EBNC & the science of dieting, winter 2019

  • BS in Dietetics - Brigham Young University

  • MS in Nutrition - Central Michigan University (Spring 2019)


Hi, my name is Chelsea Torres. I graduated from the Brigham Young University undergraduate dietetics program in 2016 and will finish my Master’s in Nutrition from Central Michigan University in the Spring of 2019.

As a former Officer in the US Army and spouse of a Marine Corp Officer, I gained an appreciation for how nutrition, exercise, and body weight impact physical performance. Having a healthy lifestyle allows people to do what is important to them. I am passionate about helping others to achieve that kind of satisfaction. As a registered dietitian, I want to show people that eating nutritiously and being active does not have to be a chore but is the key to living a full life.

I am interning with Todd Weber PhD, RD and The Science of Dieting in the Spring of 2019. I am excited to develop personalized recommendations to show clients that their diet doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated to be effective.

katie ney, EBNC Intern Summer 2018

  • BS in Journalism: Strategic Communications - University of Kansas

  • MS in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services - University of Northern Colorado

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Katie Ney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Kansas and is also a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado’s (UNC) Master's in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services program.  She recently completed her post-graduate internship at UNC and will become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist late in the Summer of 2018.  Katie has 7 years of experience working in brand media strategy for clients such as Microsoft and Bank of America.  She returned to school to pursue a new career in nutrition to align her experience in strategy with her passion for food and public health.  As a dietitian, Katie plans to work in clinical nutrition counseling serving the Denver metro. 

If you'd like to learn more about Katie, please connect with her on LinkedIn.


  • Associate’s in Culinary Arts – West Hawaii Community College, Palamanui

  • BS in Culinary Nutrition – Johnson & Wales University (May 2018)

  • MS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology/Dietetic Internship - Washington State University (anticipated May of 2020)


I was first introduced to food and nutrition at the age of 6, when, as soon as I could see over the counter, my stepfather had me helping him in the kitchen.  By my teenage years I had quite a bit of experience in the kitchen but didn’t think much of it.  It wasn’t until one of my high school instructors encouraged me to enter my first culinary competition and much to my surprise, I won!  Winning that competition got me hooked on nutrition and spurred me to go on to complete my Associates in Culinary Arts.  During high school and thereafter, while completing my Associates in Culinary Arts, I also gained a great deal of experience in working at a fine dining catering company (6 years).  Wanting to expand my knowledge of food science and how human health is affected by nutrition, I moved from the Big Island of Hawaii to Denver, Colorado to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales University in 2016.

Johnson & Wales has provided me with many opportunities to flourish in a number of leadership roles including becoming the president of the Campus Activities Board, president of the Science Club, and a board member for the Denver Dietetic Association. To get practice in the nutrition field, I cook for two families on specific hypoallergenic and diabetic diets. After graduation, I will be pursuing a MS degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Washington State University while also completing my dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian in May of 2020.  In May of 2020 I will also be launching my nutrition consulting business, f(x) Nutrition. 

As an intern at Energy Balance Nutrition Consulting, I am excited to be able to connect with professionals in the nutrition field, work on projects with Dr. Todd Weber and gain new skills that will greatly aid in my professional development.

Monica Salafia, ebnc intern spring/summer 2016

  • Associate’s in Math and Science - SUNY Adirondack

  • BS in Nutrition Science - Russell Sage College

  • MS in Applied Nutrition - Sage Graduate Schools (May 2017)

Monica Salafia

Update 2018: 

Monica Salafia is a Registered Dietitian working full time as a health coach for a behavior change app called Noom. She focuses on goal setting and motivational interviewing to help her users reach their healthy weight goals and to also get their blood glucose levels out of the pre-diabetic range. 

She hasn't lost sight of her dream of owning a business and currently works on various projects for brands making recipes and appearing on television to talk about nutrition. She sees clients for individual nutrition coaching and if that's not enough, she also teaches group fitness classes part time for Denver Parks & Recreation.

You can learn more about Monica by following her on Instagram at monicasalafia.rd.

mackenzie spears, EBNC Intern Spring 2016

  • Associates in Culinary Arts - Johnson & Wales University

  • Bachelor's in Culinary Nutrition - Johnson & Wales University (May 2016)

  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified - The American Heart Association


MacKenzie Spears

I am a Johnson & Wales - Denver Culinary Nutrition student with an associates degree in Culinary Arts.  In the fall of 2015 I moved to Denver and I am originally from a small town north of Boston, MA.  I aspire to become a Registered Dietitian in the future and am interested in everything health and wellness related.  My inspiration for nutrition comes from my determination to ‘be the change I wish to see in the world’ as Gandhi once said, working towards creating better lifestyles through health, wellness, and nutrition for longevity and happiness in all ages.

Prior to my degree at Johnson & Wales I completed a ten month service term of AmeriCorps NCCC - FEMA Corps specializing in disaster preparedness and recovery work in Iowa, New Jersey, and Colorado.  I have additional volunteer experience in after school programs, park and recreation settings, soup kitchens, and cooking demonstrations.  In my spare time I enjoy baking, hiking, running, weight lifting, yoga, and reading.

I will be interning with Dr. Todd Weber and Energy Balance Nutrition Consulting from March-May of 2016.  I am excited to enter the field of nutrition in the hopes of furthering my knowledge as well as educating others.