Our Team Demo

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Regional Medical Director, Dr. Tom Rifai coaches a Metabolic Health and Weight Management patient on using online tools to support her nutrition goals.

Tom Rifai, MD, FACP

Dr. Tom Rifai specializes in the prevention and lifestyle-based treatment of cardiometabolic issues including type 2 diabetes, cholesterol problems, elevated blood pressure, weight control and multiple related issues. He brings to Henry Ford a clinical approach of "lifestyle first, medications only if necessary." Dr. Rifai has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians for his leadership in education of physicians and medical students, which he continues to do at Henry Ford in his role as a clinical assistant professor of medicine for Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has developed a unique system to achieve optimal health based on 5 key areas of a healthy lifestyle, helping patients break down the otherwise complex process of life-saving lifestyle changes into manageable areas of focus.

Dr Rifai is also distinguished as a Harvard Medical School continuing medical education (CME) online course director of Lifestyle Medicine on the topic of prevention of type 2 diabetes entitled "Nutrition and the Metabolic Syndrome." He has served two terms on the board of directors for the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, being unanimously elected its president during his final term.

Denise Jones

Program coordinator, Denise Jones oversees patient registration and navigation through the Metabolic Health programs. With more than 30 years of experience working with patients in lifestyle-focused programming, Denise is passionate about supporting patients in achieving their goals. She is also recreational golfer and bowler and enjoys scrapbooking.

Larissa Shain, RD

Registered Dietitian for over 30 years focusing on healthy  lifestyle changes.  She has experience working with diabetics, cardiac patients as well as patients with  various other chronic diseases.  Her love of cooking enables her to help patients prepare  tasty and  nutritious  meals.  She is an avid hiker.

Yvonne Moses, RD

Yvonne has been helping patients lose and maintain a healthy weight for over 20 years.  She has been with Henry Ford's Weight Management Program for 12 years.  Prior to coming to HF she ran 2 weight management programs, including Oakland University's Health Enhancement Institute for 8 years. While at Oakland University she contributed to the book 'The Good News ' and was a guest speaker on WJR's "The Secrets to Good Health" segment. She also spoke at and helped coordinate the food for the Dr. Dean Ornish weekend retreats that were hosted at the Institute.  Yvonne received her Certificate of Training for Weight Management from The American Nutrition and Dietetics Association in 2014.

Eydie Reynolds, RD, MS

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Eydie has been helping people improve their health and wellness since 1985! My Master’s degree is in Exercise Science with an emphasis in body composition. I am passionate about making life choices that optimize health and love exploring food culture and adventures in sport, travel and learning.

Michael Scher

Michael is an exercise physiologist that has been working at Henry Ford for 4 years.  He specializes in developing exercise plans and managing life-style modifications for special populations. Michael enjoys working out, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

metabolic health and weight management team
Metabolic and bariatric health registered dietitian nutritionists collaborate in the clinic to promote long-term health for patients. Featured left to right: Yvonne Moses, Eydie Reynolds, Dave Schwartz, Lindsey Battistelli, Larissa Shain.