Meet our team


Domenica Rubino, MD

Founder, Director

Domenica is board-certified in Obesity Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and Internal Medicine. She has extensive experience in the care of the overweight patient as well as clinical research for the development of pharmaco-therapeutic agents in the management of obesity.

Her approach for weight management combines a sound scientific understanding of obesity as a disease with a keen understanding of the psychological and physiologic issues involved in weight loss and weight maintenance. Clinically, Dr. Rubino believes that chronic conditions such as obesity are ideally treated with a team-based approach. Dr. Rubino received her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.

She received training in both clinical and molecular biological research at the National Institutes of Health during her endocrinology fellowship. She has been the recipient of several investigator awards, has written articles in several peer-reviewed publications (including Obesity, European Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Oncogene, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology) Dr. Rubino currently has staff privileges at the Virginia Hospital Center and George Washington University Medical Center. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, Endocrine Society, Obesity Society, American Diabetes Association and the Obesity Action Coalition.

She is currently serving as a clinical expert on the treatment of obesity for several professional committees and has served as a representative to Congress and outside organizations for the Obesity Society. She often speaks as an advocate for the person struggling with obesity and has a strong interest in the psychological impact and societal stigma of this medical condition. She frequently lectures on the latest breakthroughs in weight management.

Amy Allnutt, MS, ACSM/HFS

Exercise Physiologist

Amy holds a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Carolina. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University, in the School of Health and Human Performance, since 1992.

In addition to teaching for the last twenty years, Amy has her own personal training and consulting business (HealthNutt) that helps to educate others on the importance of disease prevention, wellness, fitness training and healthy behavior changes. As part of our team, she will be integrated into your treatment plan at no additional cost to you. She looks forward to working with each of you to develop an individualized activity plan that will help you maintain your weight loss, decrease your stress and improve your overall health. Amy Allnutt lives in Gaithersburg with her husband Bob and their three children.

Jessica Donze Black, MPH, RD


Jessica Donze Black is the director of the Kids Safe and Healthful Foods Project - a joint initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As such, she leads research, policy, and advocacy efforts aimed at improving school nutrition.

Prior to coming to Pew, Jessica served as the National Director of the Healthy Schools Program for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In her work at the Alliance, Jessica lead a team of over sixty people in thirty-seven states who were helping schools make healthy and sustainable changes in their environments, policies, and practices. Jessica’s other past work includes directing obesity initiatives for the American Heart Association, managing national nutrition policy for the American Dietetic Association, serving as a health policy fellow for Senator Jeff Bingaman, and practicing clinical nutrition at DuPont Hospital for Children. Jessica is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Maryland – College Park.

Lauren Trocchio, MS, RD, LD


Lauren Trocchio is a registered dietitian and licensed in DC and Maryland. She received a BS in Operations Research from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2002 and a BS in Dietetics from Eastern Michigan University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics in 2011.

As a dietitian, Lauren has experience as the Nutrition Care Manager for Ingleside at Rock Creek in Washington, DC as well as the MOVE! Weight Management Program dietitian at the Washington, DC Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center. In 2013 she was selected as one of six participants nationwide for the inaugural Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion program and spent a semester working with athletes at the University of Michigan.

She is also the owner of Nutrition Unlocked, LLC, an Arlington-based private practice providing individual counseling for weight management and sports nutrition as well as corporate wellness seminars. She helps people identify practical nutrition approaches to support wellness while incorporating intuitive and mindful eating concepts. Lauren is a member of the Coast Guard Reserves and enjoys participating in open water swimming races and triathlons. She is currently pursuing a sports nutrition diploma through the International Olympic Committee program.

Raquel Willerman, PhD, MSW, LCSW


Raquel is a psychotherapist who honors the courage it takes to undertake changes or face difficult things. She has been trained in psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and trauma-informed techniques such as Somatic Experiencing.

Each patient brings a unique set of circumstances to the work and Raquel collaborates with patients on treatment techniques and goals. Most importantly, Raquel works to create an environment of trust and safety. She actively seeks candid feedback to make sure the therapy remains relevant and valuable.

Raquel has worked as the Behavioral Health Specialist at a community medical clinic supporting patients who cope with anxiety, depression, diabetes, weight management, grief, and trauma. Before that, she interned at the DC Rape Crisis Center working with survivors of child sexual abuse and rape to help patients heal from sexual trauma. Raquel also maintains a private practice specializing in treating social anxiety.

Michelle Vaughan, MBA

Practice Administrator

Michelle is the Center's Practice Administrator and is responsible for the business operations of the practice including staff administration and financial management. She holds a graduate degree in Business Management from George Washington University and has spent most of her 20+ year career working for and in coordination with national health related organizations. She is committed to providing outstanding patient service as well creating an environment that is inviting for all.