Thursday, July 20, 2017

About Us is the New York City girl’s guide to all things healthy and beautiful. We hope to help you look, feel, and be your best.  Our stylists some of the city’s top experts, including an Equinox trainer, a licensed dietician, successful entrepreneurs, and several media mavens.  Whether it’s getting back in shape, finding career success, or jump starting your love life, we want to help you style your life into the shape you’ve always wanted it to be.



Vanessa Alfano is the Founder of She developed HSNY after being confronted with the question “What is your passion?” A former features reporter for Fox5’s Good Day NY and on-air correspondent for CBS2, Vanessa has learned that balance and health need to stand at the forefront to be truly successful in life.

Vanessa is no stranger to healthy living. Raised by a mother who made her own organic baby food and introduced her to yoga, Vanessa had the value of good health instilled in her early. Growing up on Long Island she lived an active lifestyle, but it was not until she moved to Manhattan and worked in the demanding media world that she realized how essential taking care of herself and leading a life of balance was.

Vanessa brings her knowledge of the big city to the pages of HSNY. Aside from living in Manhattan for nearly a decade, Vanessa’s work experience at several of the city’s top news affiliates had her involved in all things NY.  At WCBS she got her first taste of covering real NY headlines. That’s also where she started doing what she enjoyed, fitness and community stories. Next she moved over to Fox5’s Good Day NY where she worked as a features reporter, and got involved in all that was happening around town. Vanessa now looks to use her personal and professional experience to help all the NYC Girls grab onto the things that are good for them! With HSNY she seeks to inform and empower women, and hopes all will see the huge benefits of a living a healthy lifestyle. She truly believes that the most beautiful style, is a healthy style.

michelle demusA lifelong passion for dance and yoga, coupled with her strong business background, have led Michelle Demus to become a highly sought-after wellness expert. In her role as Programming Director of Pure Yoga, Michelle was responsible for helping to bring the vision of Pure Yoga to the United States with its premier outpost in New York City.

In this capacity, she is responsible for discovering and aligning New York’s top yoga talent, as well as bringing in nationally renowned guest instructors to present master classes and teacher training to the Pure community. Additionally, Michelle has helped to develop a diverse yoga program and class schedule, consisting of 19 styles from the traditional Hatha to the unconventional Bollywood Fusion.

Initially trained as a classical dancer at the San Francisco Ballet, Michelle has more than 15 years of experience teaching in the yoga, fitness, and dance industries. She began her yoga journey studying with Shiva Rea while completing her graduate studies in California.  Michelle holds a M.A. in Movement Therapy from UCLA and a B.F.A. in Dance from The Juilliard School.  She has traveled internationally as a Master Trainer conducting teacher trainings and presenting at numerous fitness and mind/body conferences.  In addition to appearing in yoga and fitness DVDs, Michelle’s professional performing credits also include the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, The Dallas Opera, NBA Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Los Angeles Modern Dance & Ballet Company.


Tamsen Fadal is an Emmy Award winning Television Journalist, Reality TV Show Host, Lifestyle Expert and Author. She also is also HSNY’s resident relationship expert!

Tamsen resides in Manhattan with her husband, Matt Titus. The two co-authored the book, Why Hasn’t He Called? How Guys Really Think and How to Get the Right One Interested in You”, and their second book, “Why Hasn’t He Proposed? Go From The First Date To Setting The Date.” They answer advice daily at

Tamsen is also a reporter and anchor for WPIX in NYC. She can be seen weekday mornings Monday – Friday on PIX 11 Morning News. Her lifestyle segment, Totally Tamsen, gives viewers a firsthand look at new and exciting places and things in the tri-state area.  Tamsen is also the president of the NYC Chapter Divas Who Dine, an organization devoted to enriching the lives of successful professional women in media, fashion and lifestyle-related fields. She also is extremely active in the fight against Breast Cancer after losing her mother to the disease in 1990.

ShonGablesWith more than 13 years in broadcast journalism, Shon Gables brings credibility and experience to her role as host of Black Enterprise Magazine’s new nationally syndicated program “Black Enterprise Business Report.”  Her reports are also featured on PBS’ Nightly Business Report.

Gables also has hosted several specials throughout her career. Particularly close to her heart was “Salute to NYC Schools: Truman High School and the Tunnel to Towers Run”. Gables not only hosted the program, but she participated in the run, which honored the NYC firefighters tragically lost on September 11, 2001.  Gables also wrote and anchored “Salute to Harlem”, which explored Harlem’s economic development, social impact and future.

Gables was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for “On-Camera Achievement.” She also is the recipient of several National Association of Black Journalists awards and a Lee Evans Outstanding Journalist Award, and was honored with the 2003 New York City Excellence in Media Award by the Harlem Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Gables was the recipient of a National Black Achiever in Industry Award, an American Women in Radio and Television’s Gracie Award, and was one of Network Journal’s “40 Under 40” Black Achievers


Tagged by Success Magazine as a “One Woman Brand” and “Creativity and Innovation Guru”, a leading “Serial Entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur Magazine and having drawn comparisons to Walt Disney and Benjamin Franklin, Jen Groover’s name has quickly become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship, and evolution.  This concept and product development expert has not only masterminded and built her own companies but she also has assisted in the launch of over fifty other companies and, in the process, taken on more roles than a Shakespeare theatre.  She has gone from guest-hosting spots on QVC to inking deals with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights.

Although it was Jen’s innovative handbag company (the award-winning Butler Bag Company, which launched just over 2 years ago and is now being tracked as one of the fastest growing handbag brands in history) that catapulted her into the spotlight, don’t make the mistake of assuming her experience, appeal, and expertise extend only to the fashion industry.  With a sharp, relevant, and vast breadth of knowledge on everything from business issues to education to government policy and with a natural, energetic on-air presence, Jen is a progressive force to be reckoned with.  She has already become a regularly featured business and lifestyle expert for such programs as Fox News’ “Strategy Room”, ABC’s “Money Matters”, CBS’ “Early Show”, CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”, and Meredith Corporation’s “Better TV.”

After viewers fell in love with Candice on Season One of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Candice Kumai, coined the new “Modern Day Martha”, became the co-host of Lifetime’s hit series, “Cook Yourself Thin” and helped create the show’s NY Times #1 Best-selling companion cookbook. A former fit and print model who is no stranger to great style and fashion, Candice is dedicated to making healthful, waist-conscious food that is as delicious as it is appealing on the plate.  Now, Candice is a chef contributor on Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats” and the newest cooking maven on TLC’s “Home Made Simple.” Rodale will publish Pretty Delicious, her first solo cookbook, in January 2011.

Also known as the Stiletto Chef, Candice has recently been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Life & Style, Variety, The Boston Herald, Rivera Magazine and on “Extra”, The CBS Early Show and Good Day LA. Currently Candice is a chef contributor on Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats” and the newest cooking maven on TLC’s “Home Made Simple.” Rodale will publish Pretty Delicious, her first solo cookbook, in February 2011. Candice is originally from Los Angeles, but found her love of food and great energy taking her to New York regularly. She now resides in the big city!

Rachel LernerRachel Lerner is a certified nutritional consultant and fitness nutrition coach. She received certification from the American Association of Nutritional Consultants and National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). She has advised adults and children on managing weight, pain, food sensitivities or allergies, cholesterol, sugar and sodium through individualized food plans and programs. Rachel has led seminars and written articles for many publications and on various topics, including special dietary needs, the secrets to healthy eating, how food affects our mood and improving overall health.

Rachel’s passion for health and healing combined with her knowledge and expertise in nutrition inspired her to create Personal Web Nutrition, a company that designs custom online nutrition services. Personal Web Nutrition offers tailored nutrition services to private clients and businesses. Rachel creates nutritious, delicious and personal plans and programs tailored to help her clients with a variety of specific concerns that range from weight loss, food intolerances, increasing energy, or simply improving overall well-being. Personal Web Nutrition’s custom services provide an opportunity to make positive changes in your eating habits without compromising taste.


Marissa Lippert is a registered dietitian in Manhattan who helps clients lead balanced lifestyles, enjoying food while actively achieving dietary, weight, health and wellness goals. Marissa works to bring her clients back into the kitchen, making grocery shopping and cooking healthful, quick, and simply delicious. She keeps her finger on the pulse of what busy, informed individuals need and want when it comes to living and eating well.

Voted as one of New York’s “Best Nutritionists” by New York Citysearch, Marissa currently counsels clients through her self-owned company, Nourish, and frequently partners with Equinox Gyms, Whole Foods, Disney and other corporations to plan and promote nutrition and healthy cooking programming and seminars. She has also appeared as an expert for ABC News, FOX News, and New York 1 News television programming. In addition, she speaks on a variety of nutrition topics to corporations and non-profit organizations, women’s groups and schools.Expanding her nutrition and health expertise to the literary world, Marissa is currently writing her second book, “The Cheater’s Diet”, due to be published in early 2010. Her first book, “The Low-Carb Diet Tracker”, can be found in Barnes and Nobles

Rene sylerSomewhere between her first and second kids, and coming to grips with her imperfections, media personality Rene Syler realized good enough was perfect for her. During her distinguished media career, including as an anchor for 4 years on CBS’ The Early Show, Rene has always shown the courage to stand behind her convictions. It was there she spoke to some well-known mothers and fathers including First Lady Laura Bush, Senator John McCain, as well as a host of celebrities.

As a current ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and continued guest spots on NBC’s Today Show, Rene, now the entrepreneur, is focused on creating a leading community for moms who understand the challenges of motherhood, and want to share information, stories and resources with one another. is becoming a community of these women and through her first book “Good Enough Mother”, and soon, her second book, Rene is building a platform in which mothers will find other women just like themselves.

Rene is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a Gracie Allen award winner in the category of National Best anchor for her series on breast cancer.

Lacey Stone

Former Division I Basketball Player and State-Ranked Tennis Player, Lacey Stone is currently one of New York City’s most effective fitness professionals. She is a the founder and owner of Lacey Stone Fitness, LLC. – a company built on the principle of applying the mentality, work ethic and spirit of athletes to everyday life.

Professionally, Lacey divides her time between personal training, teaching group fitness classes, motivational speaking and is currently at work on her first book. You can often tune in and see Lacey’s fitness programs featured on major news networks such as ABC News, EXTRA, MTV, NY1 and CW11.

In the last year Lacey launched a new, completely original fitness class called TheBigGAME! which she teaches exclusively at Equinox Fitness Clubs.  Lacey Stone Fitness Companies launched a second signature workout called BOOTYCamp!  BOOTYCamp! is a customized athlete inspired boot camp style workout designed to push people beyond their self imposed fitness boundaries.  Lacey took the walls out of fitness to show people how to use New York City and fresh air as the equipment one needs to get the body they have always desired. Lacey’s motto is “Passion. Persistence. Patience = EXCELLENCE!” and her mission is to inspire people to achieve higher levels of success, inside and outside of the gym.

Jennifer Tuma young

Jennifer Tuma-Young, founder of Inspirista, author of “Little Miss Negative”, host of the radio show “Girls Night Out”, and creator of the dvd “Diets Don’t Work”, is also a speaker, writer,  licensed coach, wife, mother, and down-to-earth ‘inspirer’ who understands what it’s like to try to find balance, and is on quest to help women everywhere feel good about themselves and the juggling act we all partake in!

A recovered yo-yo dieter, Jennifer finally lost over 100 pounds 10 years ago, and never looked back! She overcame the threat of type II diabetes, changed careers, and is a much happier person inside and out. Now, as a self-help expert who has worked with thousands of clients, Jennifer uses her experience and expertise to give people exactly what they need: tips that are simple, practical, and totally fun! Dubbed one of “America’s Ultimate Experts” by Woman’s World Magazine, Jennifer has appeared on over 300 radio and television programs as a coach and motivator, and has had recurring segments on Diet TV, Better TV, Rachael Ray, and ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX news! Her articles and tips are featured in outlets such as Martha Stewart Living, Balance Magazine, Healthy Style NY, Yahoo Health, Yahoo Shine, The Learning Annex, Divine Caroline, and iVillage

Jennifer WalshJennifer Walsh has been a true pioneer in the beauty business. Her role within the industry began more than 12 year ago and has involved everything from being a make-up artist for movies, concerts, runway and shoots, to being an on air TV expert, a freelance beauty writer, a creator of beauty retail stores, a book contributor, producer of shoots for magazines, a guest speaker at functions around the country, a CEO of her own company, and most of all, a beauty and skin care enthusiast.

Ms. Walsh grew up in New York City – the daughter of a make-up artist and an FBI agent. Walsh jokingly admits that as a youngster and a tom-boy to boot, she was much more interested in what her Dad was doing at the FBI than what her mother did in cosmetics.

Over the years she has learned her craft through hands-on experience. She has traveled around the globe to learn and experience the beauty business first hand. She has formed close alliances with some of the most sought after product labels as well as getting to know the new kids on the block. This close rapport with industry insiders made Ms. Walsh not only a sought after retail partner but also a strong media insider as well.

Alisa Vitti

Alisa Vitti, HHC, AADP (Holistic Health Counselor, American Association of Drugless Practitioners) founded Laughing Sage Wellness Center 8 years ago after experiencing the many frustrating health symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and then healing herself through food and lifestyle changes. She received degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she fine-tuned her unique approach to helping younger women naturally correct hormonal imbalances using medicinal foods.

She specializes in the areas of reproductive and hormonal health and creating real intimacy in relationships. A transformational speaker, she debunks myths around women’s chronic gynecological issues and inspires women to have better health and better sex through her five-step proprietary nutritional and lifestyle protocol. Her protocol is now the subject of a clinical study at Columbia University. Alisa has spoken at numerous colleges, workshops, corporations, and women’s organizations. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Fox Business News, Life & Style, Vital Juice Daily, and Greenstone Media Radio. She is currently writing her first book due out in spring 2010.



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