Our Advisors

Meet the PROnatal Fitness Advisory Board – a team comprised of leading experts in the medical, fitness, and women’s healthcare fields. These individuals serve as on-going program consultants to ensure we can continue to provide the high quality, expert-based programming upon which the company was founded.

Dr. Nadya Swedan, MD, Physiatrist

Dr. Nadya Swedan is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (PM&R/physiatrist) focusing on women’s health, and a mother of three. She is the author of The Active Woman’s Health and Fitness Handbook and Women’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She has served as a medical advisor to Fitness and Shape magazines, the “Q” Equinox health club blog, and the Women’s Sports Foundation, and is frequently quoted for fitness articles in publications such as The New York TimesRunner’s WorldSelf, and Real Simple.

Ashley Brichter, CCCE, CLC, Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator

Ashley Brichter is the founder of Birth Smarter, a company committed to providing relevant and engaging educational services to expectant and new parents.  She is also a Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator through CEA/MNY, a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and mother of two.  Ashley is also trained in Comforting Touch for Labor, Rebozo Techniques for Childbirth, Dream Birth Imagery, Spinning Babies, Prenatal Yoga, and Pelvic Health.

Dr. Jaime Knopman, MD and Dr. Sheeva Talebian, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologists

Drs. Jaime Knopman and Sheeva Talebian are board-certified reproductive endocrinologists who hold director level positions at CCRM-NY (one of the nation’s leading fertility clinics), and mothers of two.  They have been featured on The Today Show and NBC Nightly News, and are frequent contributors to The Bump and Women’s Health. They are also the creators of Truly-MD – a website providing honest, accessible, no-nonsense medical advice on all things related to women’s reproductive health – from fertility through pregnancy, and beyond.

Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT, Women’s Health Therapist

Dayna M. Kurtz is a leading authority on the subject of women transitioning to motherhood and is an expert in the areas of maternal and general women’s health. She is a therapist in private practice, and also serves as Director of the Anna Keefe Women’s Center at the Training Institute for Mental Health in Manhattan. Dayna is a writer, licensed social worker, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and mother.  She is the author of Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom (Familius Press) The Total Body Cure for Women (Hearst,) and is a contributor to The Doctor’s Book of Natural Remedies (Rodale). Dayna’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post and theHuffington Post and she has been consulted as an expert for media outlets including The Boston Globe, The Today Show and Sirius XM radio.

Dr. Erica Azzaretto, PT, DPT, WCS, Women’s Health Physical Therapist

Dr. Erica Azzaretto is a board-certified women’s health clinical specialist in pelvic floor conditions, and works at practice specializing in holistic pelvic floor treatment. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a published author of the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy. She is also an adjunct Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Professor at Rutgers University, and a teaching assistant at the Herman and Wallace Institute, a continuing education center for pelvic rehabilitation.

Lindsey Vestal, MS, OTR/L, Pelvic Floor Occupational Therapist

Lindsey Vestal is a pelvic floor occupational therapist, and the founder of The Functional Pelvis, a private practice specializing in pelvic floor therapy “house calls” for prenatal and postpartum women.  She is a mother of two who has dedicated her career to empowering women to find relief from pelvic floor complications, and to helping them address the psychological impact that pelvic floor issues have on their everyday lives.  She frequently hosts pelvic floor health seminars for women throughout New York City, and is an ongoing contributor to Well Rounded NY.

Nicole Silber, RD, CSP, CLC, Registered Dietitian and Lactation Consultant

Nicole Silber is a registered dietitian, board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition, and certified lactation counselor. Formerly a clinical nutritionist at New York Presbyterian, today she runs a private practice in New York City, specializing in pre/postnatal and pediatric nutrition.  She understands how maternal diet and nutrition choices during and after pregnancy can have an impact on the child, and is therefore passionate about helping women establish healthy eating habits before, during, and after pregnancy.

Steve Feinberg, CPT, GFI, Functional Movement Specialist

Steve Feinberg is a widely recognized expert in movement science and functional training.  He is the creator of Speedball™ Fitness – an evidence-based program that uses a specialized medicine ball to improve core stabilization and multidirectional movement. He is an international presenter and frequent contributor to Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Shape.   His philosophy is to make science-based fitness fun and engaging to help fitness professionals better understand and retain information, and therefore better coach their clients.