About WellnessVerge

Let our team of expert registered dietitians be your guide in making empowered, educated decisions about health products you want to buy.

Ever found yourself walking aimlessly through the natural health store, surrounded by aisles upon aisles of products, feeling completely overwhelmed by the options?

And then maybe you decided it was just too much, you’d go home and do some research online and then come back when you were more confident. Easy enough.

But then you come home and scour the internet for a seemingly simple health-related answer.

Your online search ends up being even more stressful than the excursion to the store.

What was intended to be a 60-second search for a definitive, reliable answer turns into an hours-long anxiety fest as every piece of advice seems to be contradictory.

Where are you supposed to turn for solid, dependable health guidance?

That’s where we come in.

Our Mission

At WellnessVerge, we believe that when it comes to health products, consumers have the right to base their purchasing decisions on facts and not be manipulated by attractive marketing jargon.

By pursuing the unfiltered truth, we create content that equips you in making informed purchases that can enhance your life.

Our Vision

To provide evidence-based health product reviews written by wellness experts.

We work exclusively with respected healthcare professionals to create objective reviews that help you confidently connect with companies that align with your values and goals.

Our Editorial Process

Our expert team of writers starts by taking a deep dive into each product we review.

They use in-depth research and their professional experience to craft an easy-to-understand, honest review.

The goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make the best possible decisions for your health - and to feel confident in doing so.

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Our Incredible Audience

We know you are passionate about your health. But with so much marketing information out there, it can be challenging to sort out fact from fiction. You want and deserve the truth.

We also know that you don’t take your purchasing decisions lightly. Up to 85% of consumers regularly or occasionally seek trusted expert content when considering a purchase.

Our clear and actionable information is designed to inform purchases, so you can make the best decisions for you.

Let us be your partner and your guide. You can rely on our content to help you navigate your personal health journey.

Our Team

Although we are a new website, our team is not new to the field of nutrition or the online space.

The WellnessVerge executive team has years of experience creating useful brands that provide actionable information to consumers.

Our team of registered dietitian writers has extensive clinical expertise that is infused in each piece they produce.

They’re also experienced, informed consumers of an array of health products similar to the ones you use.

This collaborative team works cohesively to bring you the latest evidence-based information and health product reviews.

Together, we are committed to transparency and truth in an approachable and realistic way.


Health Expert Panel

Anthony Dugarte, MD

Review Board

Anthony Dugarte, MD is a health and wellness writer and medical content reviewer. In addition to dedicating the last 5 years to medical research, Dr. Dugarte also has more than a decade of experience in strength and conditioning, nutrition, and rehabilitative exercise, as well as authoring and reviewing health and wellness-related content. In his free time, Dr. Dugarte enjoys traveling with his wife, cooking, functional exercise, live music, and restoring vintage sneakers.

Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD

Senior Editor, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Ana Reisdorf is a registered dietitian nutritionist with 13 years of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics. She is the founder of a content agency made up entirely of expert RD writers. When not at her laptop, she can be found enjoying life with her husband and two sons in Nashville, TN.

Emily Hirsch, MS, RD

Writer, Women's Health Specialist and GI Health

Emily Hirsch is a registered dietitian, writer, speaker, and founder of South Charlotte Nutrition. When not nerding-out on the latest nutrition research trends, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their two children.

Sharon Lehman, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Writer, Recipe Development

Sharon Lehman, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, writer, and recipe developer with over 10 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. When she’s not writing, cooking, or taking pictures, Sharon spends her free time enjoying life as a new mom, being active, and reading.

Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Vegan Lifestyle Strategist

Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian, freelance writer, speaker, and plant-based (vegan/vegetarian) lifestyle strategist for families. She’s also a mom of littles who make sure she stays busy and grounded.

Markita Lewis, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Health and Wellness Writer

Markita Lewis, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and a freelance health and wellness writer practicing in the Los Angeles area. When she’s not talking about food and nutrition, Markita enjoys tabletop RPGs, performing in aerial arts, and reading Afrofuturistic fiction.

Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Health Writer

Melissa Mitri, MS, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and expert health writer. She has her own private practice that focuses on helping women achieve sustainable weight loss.

Brandi Givens, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Nutrition Writer, Nutrition Counselor

Brandi Givens has been a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) since 2010, and an internationally board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) since 2016. When Brandi is not writing or pestering her beloved adult children with too many phone calls, you can definitely find her on a pickleball court with her husband, having the time of her life.


Executive Team

Dmitry Ozik

Editorial Director

Dmitry Ozik is the Editorial Director of WellnessVerge. He brings more than a decade of experience in start-ups, internet marketing, and publishing to WellnessVerge. Dmitry is responsible for the company's editorial strategy and integrity and leads a passionate team of health experts dedicated to bringing our audience reliable, evidence-based reviews about popular health products and brands.

Max Yurtsan

Chief Revenue Officer

Max Yurtsan is a partner and co-founder at WellnessVerge. Max previously founded and served as CEO of Domus & Statewide, a leading disaster restoration company. Max also serves as Managing Member of Stonewater Holdings, a private investment firm where he focuses on real estate, strategic investments and partnerships as well as early stage start ups investment, development, and growth. Max’s passion for clarity in health and wellness stems from his personal health journey. His role at WellnessVerge is focused on strategy, growth and partnerships.

Vlad Rappoport

Chief Executive Officer

As chief executive officer, Vlad oversees the vision and strategy at WellnessVerge. Intending to improve and uphold objectivity and transparency with consumers, particularly in the wellness space, Vlad works to ensure that WellnessVerge attracts and hires the right talent, processes are implemented, and the direction of the company heads toward success in its mission. Vlad brings over a decade of experience in leadership, strategy, and editorial integrity in a culture of multiple start-ups.

Dmitry Kovalev

Chief Technology Officer

Dmitry Kovalev is the Chief Technology Officer for WellnessVerge. He brings over 20 years of experience working at a number of media brands, including serving as the head of technology for a large media company in Russia, where he was leading a team tasked with developing the company’s web tools and applications responsible for expanding its infrastructure in the region. A keen learner with a drive for constant innovation, Dmitry is responsible for creating an awesome and safe user experience for our readers.