Fausto Petruzziello, MD
Dr. Petruzziello was born and raised in Rome, Italy. While completing residency in General Surgery, he served as Medical Officer in the Mounted State Police with rank of First Lieutenant and appointed to care for the President of Italy and his Security Service.
He moved to the United States in 1995, where he entered the Internal Medicine residency program at the University of Massachusetts. In 1998 he moved to Connecticut and co-founded Family Practice and Internal Medicine of Spring Glen. In 2007 Dr. Petruzziello established a new medical practice: Family Practice and Internal Medicine (CareMedica), along with two associated medical enterprises: Lasermedica Dermacenters USA (LaserMedica) and Medical Weight Professionals (WeightMedica).
Dr. Petruzziello has authored more than 30 research articles in the fields of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Antibiotic Therapy and Geriatric Medicine, published in Italian and other international journals. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the Connecticut State Medical Society and the New Haven County Medical Society.
Nikit Shah, PA-C
Assistant Medical Director
Nikit was born in New Haven. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2005 with a degree in Resource Economics and went on to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia University in 2012. Upon graduation he earned certifications from the National Commission on Certifcation of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and Advanced Cardiovascular Support (ACLS), and is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Nikit worked in Hospital of St. Raphael Emergency Room from 2008 to 2010 and joined WeightMedica in August, 2012. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (international honors society) and a volunteer with United Way.
Debra Boynton, DTR
Debra has 19 years of clinical nutrition experience and is a Diet Technician Registered (DTR) certified by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) since 1995. Her experience was gained at Paradigm Healthcare, Harborside Arden House, Milford Hospital, and Middlesex Hospital. During her career Debra has conducted nutritional screenings and assessments, developed and implemented nutritional care plans for patients, and provided individualized and group nutritional education for patients. She joined Weightmedica in October 2008.
Debra also has experience as an independent nutritional consultant for health club clients. Debra has maintained certification with AFAA as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer for 20 years. Debra currently instructs indoor cycling, step aerobics, and strength training classes at LA Fitness and other health clubs. Attainment of health and fitness through nutrition and exercise has been her lifelong pursuit.
Rebecca Grillo, PA-C
Rebecca graduated from the University of Delaware in 2007 with a degree in biology and went on to earn her degree in Allied Health at Daemen College in 2003. Upon graduation she earned a certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Rebecca worked at Connecticut Gastroenterology Associates from 2003 to 2011, where she focused on diagnosing and treating acute gastrointestinal disorders. Rebecca joined WeightMedica in September, 2011.
Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C
Andrew graduated from Yale School of Medicine in 1994 and was awarded the 1994 Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program Medical Writing Award. He has over 20 years of clinical experience as a Physician Assistant. His background spans across the care continuum, with hands on experience in Bariatric Medicine, Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Occupational Medicine.
Andrew is one of the first four Physician Assistants in the U.S. to specialize in Bariatric Medicine and pass the National Certification Examination for the American Board of Bariatric Medicine. He joined WeightMedica in August of 2014.
Barbara S. Bacal, RD
Barbara graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1992 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dietetics and has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical dietician.