Elizabeth DiMeo, MS, CNS, LDN





“She served as a consultant to guests in nutrition education and lifestyle practices to accommodate change.”

Class Year: ’01

Elizabeth graduated from the UB Master’s Program in 2001.

She began her private nutrition practice, Nutrition Therapies in Lenox, MA immediately after graduation. She advises clients on all aspects of nutrition and dietary education, lifestyle modification, preventative health and wellness, including health risk analysis. She encourages lifestyle management that includes a variety of modalities such as neuromuscular and behavioral therapy. Elizabeth combined her prior education in physical fitness and the culinary arts to form a well rounded and highly successful practice.

From 2003 – 2006 Elizabeth worked was an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist for the prestigious Canyon Ranch Health Spa, located in the Berkshires, MA.
She served as a consultant to guests in nutrition education and lifestyle practices to accommodate change.

Elizabeth lectures extensively on nutrition throughout the New England area and has clients that spread across multiple states.

David Rios





“I know that I received an education that I can be proud of, one that I would recommend for anyone wanting to go to medical school.”

I am currently in the middle of my first round of exams for medical school and I just wanted to thank the Biology program at UB for one very important thing: a great pre-med program. In the time between undergraduate and medical school I have occasionally looked back and wondered if I would have been better off going to a different school, wondered whether other schools had better bio programs for a much cheaper tuition. But you can’t put a price on an education that prepares you for the challenges ahead and thus far I have felt that my education at UB more than prepared me for medical school.

A group of my classmates came from a school with a very large pre-med program that got at least 35 students into this school alone, as I was quizzing them on skin and the layers of the epidermis, they asked me how I knew so much about it. I laughed and said “Well it was all covered in my undergraduate.”

After the first test, which was today, they all struggled with cell biology and histology, and somehow it was pretty easy for me. For that I have the Biology program at UB to thank.

Somehow you taught me more in two years than these other students were taught in four years of pre-med at a much larger university with probably ten times the budget you have.

Now when I look back at my Alma Mater I don’t question whether I made the right choice. I know that I received an education that I can be proud of, one that I would recommend for anyone wanting to go to medical school. I just wanted to let you know that you are doing a good job and I for one am very grateful. Oh yes, and remind your students to keep their books… I do find myself referring back to my A&P quite frequently. That book is really worth its weight in gold!

Daemon Jones, ND





“Dr. Dae was asked by Howard University Researchers to consult as the physician and nutrition advisor for a pilot study for the effect of yoga and nutr”

Major: Naturopathic Medicine
Class Year: ’03

Since graduating from UB college of naturopathic medicine in the December class of 2002, Dr. Daemon Jones, (her patients call her Dr. Dae) has been engaged in a number of exciting health based projects. She opened Healthydaes Naturopathic Medical Center in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area in Summer of 2003. As a way of encouraging patients to rediscover healthy eating, Dr. Dae starting performing cooking demonstrations where participants got to taste healthy foods.

In addition to demonstrations with her patients she performed demos with cancer and chronic disease organizations to support their mission to improve health through nutrition. After years of cooking demos, in 2007, Dr. Dae self-published her first book, Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living, a health and food lifestyle book containing guidelines and recipes for the most common dietary plans prescribed for patients. Also during this time, Dr. Dae became an adjunct faculty member to Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts and Food As Medicine Professional Nutrition Program.

She also became a natural health writer for www.Empowher.com, a patient advocacy site for women. In 2009, Dr. Dae decided to change her practice and move to home visits to integrate her medical visits with nutrition, cooking and mind-body skills training as part of her treatment plans with patient. In 2011, in addition to private practice, writing and speaking, Dr. Dae was asked by Howard University Researchers to consult as the physician and nutrition advisor for a pilot study for the effect of yoga and nutrition on HIV positive women.

Bryan W. Barry, DC





“The College Of Chiropractic has well prepared me for a satisfying and rewarding career as a chiropractic physician.”

Major: Chiropractic
Class Year: ’01

The University Of Bridgeport College Of Chiropractic has provided a comprehensive professional degree program that has well prepared me for a satisfying and rewarding career as a chiropractic physician. The college has instituted an evidence based learning program which has stimulated a modern and integrative approach to health care. Having been trained as a primary care physician has become invaluable in today’s healthcare environment.

Betsy Orman





“I view the IDEAL program as one of the best experiences of my life. It built my confidence to go further in my education.”

Major: B.S. in Human Services – IDEAL Program
Class Year: ’10

I view the IDEAL program as one of the best experiences of my life. It built my confidence to go further in my education.

It’s incredibly flexible. I was able to get my degree and take care of my twin boys.

My advisors were there for me 100%. Every instructor was knowledgeable. Teachers and students shared real world experiences, not just rhetoric.

My advice to someone thinking about enrolling into the IDEAL Program: Do it and do not hesitate. You will love it.

Ann Lee, ND





Major: Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture

Class Year: ’10

“I had many learning opportunities to explore my strengths and weaknesses as a healthcare provider, and allowed me to create my successful practice.”

I chose UB because I spoke with people who went to the other naturopathic schools to ask their opinions of the University of Bridgeport in comparison. A lot of what I heard is that the UB faculty are more open-minded with traditional naturopathic medicine. I wanted to learn how to think about all the factors that are involved in health, and how to put all the pieces together. I also wanted to be able to do a dual program in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, and was able to finish both programs in good timing because they are structured well together.

Since my strengths are in chemistry and physics, I had to grow by learning human anatomy and physiology from the beginning, which gave me the basic foundation for my clinical experience. Outside of the classroom and in clinic, I’ve had to develop more of my personal and communication skills. The doctor-patient relationship is a very sacred relationship. You have a lot of responsibility.

The program is challenging in that it is a lot of work, but it is special because you get to interact with patients and make a difference in their lives, and even in their family dynamics, so they can live more healthful lives and end up doing what they are meant to do in life. Through my UB clinical experience, I was given many learning opportunities to explore my strengths and weaknesses as a healthcare provider, which has allowed me to create the successful thriving practice that I have now in Lancaster, PA.

Allison Deigel





“The IDEAL program allowed me to flourish in academics while working around my schedule.”

Major: B.S. Social Science Concentration – IDEAL Program
Class Year: ’09

The IDEAL Program at UB equipped me with the tools for success. I was able to gain a well rounded education from my professors teaching me knowledge that will help me gain a career; while my peers taught me life skills from their every day experiences.

The IDEAL program allowed me to flourish in academics while working around my schedule.

Cura Zhuang





Chief Reporter

United Nations Internship

As a GLDP student I had great internship experiences in the United States. I did my first internship at the United Nations Youth Assembly, which draws together 700 college-age young people from all over the world to discuss global issues. It was really a fabulous experience.

I was in charge of the media services at the Assembly and I took pride in being part of this experience. Working at the UN Headquarters in New York City, I was able to witness how that institution affects our lives.

 Global Business Experience

The other experience I had in the US was at Innovation Management Advisors, whose founder is Mr. Mark Wilterding, a member of the College of Public and International Affairs. Advisory Board and former Vice President of IBM Business Services East Asia. I touched on global business issues and studied many real cases during my internship to establish an international consultant network.  I cannot express how exciting it was when I had the chance to participate in a real world business campaign.

Success After Graduation

Since my graduation, I am working as the chief reporter for the International TV Channel of Shanghai (ICS) at Shanghai Media Group. ICS is one of the only two English-speaking TV channels in Shanghai. When I am reporting on international issues, I always remember my life at UB College of Public and International Affairs. My internship experiences were absolutely a great help in my growth.

Brinet Rutherford





As UB grows, I see myself growing too, and I am really proud of the young woman that I am becoming.

Major: International Political Economy & Diplomacy (IPED) and Social Sciences
School: College of Public and International Affairs
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Class Year: 2016

I was only 16 years old when I began visiting colleges, and I had no idea where I was going. But I knew one thing – I needed to go with my “gut” feeling. I visited a few schools in Connecticut, and the University of Bridgeport was not actually on my list. However, I saw a billboard for the school while driving on the I-95 North with my mother, and she suggested that we visit it.

When I visited UB in the summer of 2011, I was extremely pleased with the small size of the campus, its beauty, and my tour guide Chris O’Neill did an amazing job making me feel right at home. I truly felt comfortable with UB’s atmosphere right away. The faculty was very pleasant, and I could just tell that their energy was genuine.

UB has opened many doors for me. I was privileged to have the honor of being taught by the school’s former president, Dr. Richard Rubenstein. I am also blessed to have a great advisor, Dr. Chunjuan Nancy Wei. My professors do a great job of informing me about many career or internship opportunities. Their support has really helped me to grow as a student. I understand that in this point in my life, it is important to seek challenges and explore opportunities that will help to enhance my background and experience. Professors like Dr. Hess and Dr. Wei have given me the support that I feel any undergraduate student can benefit from. They genuinely care and they do a great job at making themselves available.

Because of UB, I was able to land an internship at the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), which I believe was one of the greatest opportunities I have ever had. IICONN is a non-profit organization that helps refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into their community. IICONN brought all that I have learned in my Political Science classes at the University of Bridgeport to life. Globalization, diplomacy, and cultural diffusion are all real issues that I was able to actually witness at the institute. My dream career is to become an immigration lawyer, so working at IICONN was a blessing.

UB is helping to mold me into the young woman that I want to be. A woman who is charming, of integrity, has perseverance, and is cultivated. In the past two years, I have studied Chinese, I joined the Student Government Association, I became president of the Civil Rights Activist Club, and I became a Resident Assistant. As UB grows, I see myself growing too, and I am really proud of the young woman that I am becoming.