Meet Our Team

Natalie Romito, RDN, LD

Natalie Romito has been a registered and licensed dietitian since 2014. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics. Natalie’s areas of interest and experience include obesity, wellness, athletic performance, diabetes and plant-based nutrition. Natalie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics including the Weight Management, Sports and Human Performance Nutrition, Cardiovascular Health and Well-being, and Vegetarian Nutrition Practice groups.

Maxine M. Smith, RD, LD

Maxine M. Smith joined Cleveland Clinic in 2006, bringing 19 years of experience providing individualized nutrition assessment and counseling. Ms. Smith is a graduate of the University of Akron where she earned a B.S. in dietetics. Her experience has focused on women's heart health, weight loss, wellness, renal and diabetic nutrition. Ms. Smith is a member of the American and Ohio Dietetic Associations.
Specialty Interests: women’s heart health, weight loss, wellness and renal and diabetic nutrition

Patrick Acurio, MSW, LISW-S

Patrick received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His extensive background in clinical and administrative roles, including serving on senior leadership teams and as the interim CEO of a Northeast Ohio Behavioral Health Organization contribute to his understanding and appreciation of the unique needs presented by patients who participate in the Cleveland Clinic Executive Health Program.
Specialty Interests: Wellness coaching, stress management, meditation and mindfulness.

Christopher Travers, MS

Christopher Travers, exercise physiologist, educates adults and adolescents on the importance of rewarding, non-competitive exercise for the improvement of overall health. On staff in Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, he is an active member of its Health and Fitness and Train Right committees. Mr. Travers earned his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Concord College and his master's degree in exercise science from Marshall University. The former collegiate athlete has worked with athletes at the Olympic, professional and college levels and is also certified by the International Youth Conditioning Association as a Youth Fitness Specialist.
Specialty Interests: exercise education for adults and adolescents