Meet The Team

Each one of our Certified Weight Loss Coaches is currently on or has been on The Ideal You Weight Loss protocol.

Our coaches know that even after you reach your weight loss goal, your success will not just be a temporary fix. The lessons you learn to stay healthy will change your life!

Management

Donna Herberger

Owner
Weight Loss Coach
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In October 2012 at age 52, Donna lost 33 pounds and 3 dress sizes in 11 weeks! She had a total weight loss of 39 pounds and has easily maintained her new healthy weight.

Dr. Stephen D. Rycyna

Medical Director

Katie Voyer

General Manager
Marketing Coordinator
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Hi there! My name is Katie and I am both the General Manager and Marketing Coordinator at The Ideal You. The work we do here is so important…helping our clients and employees become the best versions of themselves – both inside and out! I am honored to be a part of that mission and do all that I can to see it through. Outside of the office, I’m loving life as a momma to the sweetest little girl and of course my fur babies!

Kim Ciancio

Tonawanda Manager
WEIGHT LOSS COACH
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My name is Kim. I am the manager as well as a coach at our Tonawanda location. I have been with The Ideal You since 2018. Personally, I lost 58 lbs. in 4 months! I became a coach because I love to assist others in making positive changes for their health and wellness. I think of myself as an enthusiastic, supportive, knowledgeable, and trusting coach. I would love to help you achieve your health goals, too!

Susie Dobbs

Clarence Manager
WEIGHT LOSS COACH
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I decided to become a coach at The Ideal You because I loved the program and wanted to help others enjoy the program as well. I love watching clients get their energy and life back while being their biggest cheerleader along the way. My most rewarding experience as a coach is seeing clients get to their goal and become the best version of themselves. With a history of diabetes and high blood pressure in my family, it has always been my goal to keep my lifestyle healthy and active. For me, this is working every day to live the “ideal” lifestyle.

Marcee Stelley

West Seneca Manager
WEIGHT LOSS COACH
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A friend had been on the program at The Ideal You. She had lost a remarkable amount of weight in a very short time, and it was very noticeable! When I asked her about her weight loss, she encouraged me to attend a free Open House that the owner, Donna Herberger, was hosting. I attended, and after that incredible presentation, I began my weight loss journey at The Ideal You. In May of 2017 I started, and 9 months later I hit my ideal weight! I will be forever grateful to the wonderful coaches who supported and cheered me on in Clarence and then West Seneca as I worked towards reaching my goal. Once I did, I was asked to join The Ideal You as a coach in March of 2018, and I accepted. I now work part-time at The Ideal You Weight Loss Center in West Seneca, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with the men and women who join our program to lose weight. The Ideal You gave me hope when I had felt that nothing was going to work for me. I know how successful the program can be as well as the benefits that taking off excess weight affords each of us. My weight loss journey continues and I hope, for those of you reading this, our paths will cross. It is an honor to support each and every dieter who comes through our doors at our location in West Seneca.

Weight Loss Coaches

Carol Banaszak

West Seneca Coach
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After attending an Open House at the West Seneca location of The Ideal You, I knew I wanted to someday become a coach! While listening to coach Marcee as she presented the protocol to a room full of people of all different ages and sizes, I knew that I was in that room on that night for a reason. I believed in the program and what it had the potential to do for me. My goal in that moment was to dedicate myself to The Ideal You protocol, get healthier and lose my extra weight so that I could help others who were struggling the same way I was.

The uncertainty that we were all experiencing during the Covid 19 pandemic made my decision to work at The Ideal You harder. But the support and encouragement that I received from my coach, Ellen, reminded me that I had successfully lost 35 pounds, and that my understanding of the program’s success would help so many others. So, I joined the West Seneca team and became a coach! Thank you, Ellen.

After quitting smoking 22 years ago, I never thought that I could get my weight under control. However, I am happy to say that I have kept my weight off and have never gone back to that unhealthy vice. There are many health benefits that I am personally experiencing as I’m keeping myself at a healthy weight. I don’t need to take blood pressure medication or anything to lower my cholesterol or to keep my heart healthy. When I see my doctor for my yearly check-ups, he is very happy with my results.

Over the last 2 years, I have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people on their individual journeys reach their goals, maintain their weight loss and change their lives! I love The Ideal You protocol. It is safe and easy to follow, and the coaching staff is always available to answer any questions, hear your concerns, help you through tough moments, and most importantly, motivate you on your weight loss journey.

Ashley Bernier

West Seneca Coach
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I chose to become a coach at The Ideal You because I knew I wanted to help others achieve success on their weight loss journey, while also providing tips and tricks for them to remain successful. My most rewarding experience was offering a dieter advice and then seeing them use those tools and have a great result the following week. Seeing dieters reach their 10% weight loss milestone mark has also been extremely exciting!

Outside of The Ideal You Weight Loss Center, I work at Wegmans full-time! I have struggled with my weight my whole life and have tried every diet under the sun. Sweets and certain carbs were my downfall. But The Ideal You was the one diet where I truly found success. I started my weight loss journey in July of 2019 and remained successful through Covid! I hit my weight loss goal by January of 2021. I was down 156.4 pounds and was able to successfully earn my 50% and ideal weight t-shirts! I chose to start my weight loss journey with The Ideal You Weight Loss Center because I had a family member that was successful in losing 90 pounds and also because of my doctor’s concerns for my health. I knew that there had to be a change, so I decided to take that opportunity to turn my health around. My struggles remained after I hit goal, especially when trying to transition to maintenance. What really helped me navigate maintenance were the coaches and the encouragement they provided!

I love this program because it is very structured and easy to follow. Everything that is necessary to stay on track while on Phase 1 is all on one sheet, which makes it easy to reference! If you “Eat the Sheet”, there is no way you cannot be successful! The 3 phases of the program are designed to help you maintain your new weight, and it truly feels like a lifestyle that is achievable! One thing I loved about the program with The Ideal You Weight Loss Center was their t-shirt program where you earn t-shirts for every 10% you lose. Every time I would hit a new percentage, it encouraged me to keep pushing towards my goal. I always looked forward to earning my next shirt!

As a result of my weight loss, I have noticed quite a few benefits! My blood work and blood pressure are the best they have ever been, and I no longer experience any aches and pains in my knees or back! I now walk longer distances without feeling fatigued, and have noticed much clearer skin as well. I am off medications and have so much more energy. Thank you, Ideal You!

Kathy Cooley

Tonawanda Coach
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In February of 2021, I joined The Ideal You as a dieter. My husband had talked to a neighbor who was successfully losing weight at The Ideal You, and he suggested that I join. He knew how much I was struggling to lose weight and thought that this program might work for me. So, reluctantly, I decided to give The Ideal You a try, and it was the best thing I ever did. Within one year, I reached my ideal weight, losing 90+ pounds and 84 inches! This was something I wasn’t able to do since I was in my 20’s – decades ago! I feel great and have so much energy. I was able to get off my prescription medications and feel better than I have in years.

After 10 years of being retired, I applied for the position of being a weight loss coach and was hired! I love being a coach. I know the struggles people go through to lose weight, and I wanted to help them though it all. The best part is watching our clients lose the weight and see their excitement. It’s fun to trade tips and recipes with them, too. They are an inspiration to help me stay on track! So, if I can do this, anyone can! You just have to give it a try.

Melissa Geiger

Clarence Coach
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In October of 2021, I joined the Ideal You as a client. It wasn’t just because I wanted to “lose a few pounds”, but because it was my doctor’s orders. My doctor had an open and honest conversation with me about my current health; sleep apnea, depression and bad knees that required yet another surgery. She recommended the program at The Ideal You as a way to help with all three of my health issues, and I am grateful every day. After successfully losing 60 pounds, I aspired to become a coach and share my story. I wanted to help others who found themselves where I had once been. My husband and I are active world travelers. Having the extra weight on my body limited my mobility and slowed us down on many of our trips. We are now traveling again, and I can honestly say that I like looking at pictures of myself, where before I would consciously choose to avoid photos!

As a coach, the most rewarding experience I have is seeing the client’s face when they have reached a milestone. It can be as simple as fitting into an old pair of pants, going down an entire belt size or just feeling better about themselves as a whole. The look of accomplishment and pride on their face is why I enjoy working for The Ideal You. My mantra: “Suavius cum difficultate” – Sweeter after difficulty.

Joan Haag

West Seneca Coach
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Being overweight is something I have been battling my entire life! In my long life, I lost over 100 lbs. more than once. However, I always gained it back. On November 1, 2018, I started The Ideal You program weighing 245 lbs. After getting into ketosis, I realized I wasn’t craving food and wasn’t influenced by what others were eating. This weight loss program was so different from anything else I had ever tried and I knew I wanted to be a part of it (as a coach someday). After successfully losing 107.4 lbs., I got to my “ideal” weight on November 14, 2019. Since that date, I have lost an additional 10 lbs. I started working for The Ideal You in early December of 2019. Now, I’ve been at goal more than 3 years. I’ve learned that getting to goal is a goal, but staying at goal is the greater goal. This program gives its members the tools to get to and stay at goal. I now have the energy to keep up with my granddaughter, to ride all the rides with her at popular theme parks and to go for nice long walks. My doctors are very happy with my health, specifically with how good my cholesterol numbers are. I refused to take a statin before The Ideal You, and now I don’t need one!

It is so exciting to see clients at The Ideal You reach their goals. It is extremely gratifying to compare their pictures taken at their initial consultation to those taken the day they reach their ideal weight. Their beaming faces are so worth the effort and the work to get to goal. I am so blessed to be able to help others in their weight loss journey.

Lorianne Jasinski

West Seneca Coach
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After promising my 2 grown children I would not die from an obesity-related illness, I restarted at The Ideal You Weight Loss Center in September 2021, weighing 100 pounds over my ideal weight. The “last straw” was getting on an airplane, extending the seatbelt strap all the way, and barely being able to fasten it around my waist. I was on Phase 1 (the weight loss phase) for 11 months and Phase 2 (stabilization) for 8 weeks. My total weight loss was 102 pounds, and I became a member of their “Century Club”! The Century Club is for those who lost at least 100 pounds. Currently, I am in maintenance.

In October 2020, I retired from the NYS court system as a principal court reporter, and a year later I began my second career at The Ideal You Weight Loss Center in West Seneca. My first position was front desk associate, and it was there where I greeted dieters proudly wearing the blue “I’m on Phase 1” button. In January of 2022, I advanced to becoming a coach. I love being a coach because I’m surrounded by like-minded people. The dieters and I get each other; we understand the addiction, and struggles, with food. Furthermore, I’m a good listener who is sympathetic and compassionate. It’s okay to have a slip-up (once in a while). What matters most is what you learn from it and what you do moving forward.

Finally, I love Ideal You because it’s a healthy, rapid weight loss program that truly works, both in losing weight and maintaining it. Plus, the food is delicious! Every coach there has lost weight on Phase 1, so they understand your journey. My advice to our dieters is: Don’t be afraid to enjoy the journey by trying new recipes and tasting different proteins and vegetables. After all, those who make this their new lifestyle are the most successful!

Jenny Lesniowski

Clarence Coach
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Hi! I’m a part-time coach at The Ideal You in Clarence and a full-time teacher, mom, and wife! When I first joined The Ideal You as a client, I weighed over 350 pounds and it was my last hope before moving forward with having weight loss surgery. After joining, I fully committed to the protocol and was able to lose over 50% of my starting weight. I lost a whole person! All of my meds were eliminated, and I had a new outlook on life. Since working at The Ideal You in Clarence, I have had some ups and downs with my weight. Losing weight was easy for me…maintaining (for me) has been harder. However, I know I will NEVER weigh 350+ pounds again! I do struggle just like many of our clients. But as a weight loss coach, I enjoy connecting with clients on a personal level, especially those who truly struggle. I have tons of tips to help clients on their weight loss journey, and most importantly, I am always ready to listen with no judgement.

Leah Loveless

Clarence Coach
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Personally, I can attest to the support, accountability, and motivation that The Ideal You provides when people need it most. As a result of discomfort with bloating, soreness, trouble breathing, and ultimately being sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, I turned to The Ideal You. With my commitment to what The Ideal You stands for, I lost 75 pounds, but more importantly, I am no longer on blood pressure or cholesterol medications and have become a happier me for myself and my family. And all of my new clothes were the icing on the cake!

Not only have I personally had success with the program, but as a weight loss coach, I take great pride in helping others become their best selves!

Marilou Mack, RN

Clarence/Tonawanda Coach
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After retiring from my career in health care as a Registered Nurse, it seemed a good fit to join Ideal You as a weight loss coach. I had the opportunity to join Donna in Atlanta for training as she was preparing to open the Clarence location. Having personally benefited from the diet protocol, it is easy to encourage dieters to stick to the plan. It’s very rewarding to hear the positive stories from dieters during their journey to their ideal you.

Rene Shoffstall

West Seneca Coach
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In April of 2021, I first became a client at The Ideal You Weight Loss Center in West Seneca. In 5 short months, I lost 57 pounds. I have been able to maintain my ideal weight for 1.5 years! The program was very simple and made a great deal of sense to me. I believe so strongly in this program that in June of 2022, I became a coach at the West Seneca location.

Helping others to live their best life has been a lifetime passion for me since I am also a full-time physical education teacher. When I am not working, I live with my husband of 27 years and our 2 daughters on a small farm. I love hiking, four wheeling, spending time with my animals and working around our 37 acres. All of the above is so much easier to do and enjoy without carrying around an additional 57 pounds!

Ellen Weissman

West Seneca Coach
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My sister, who was a successful dieter at The Ideal You, inspired me to join. In 2017, I started my journey to lose 10-15 pounds. I accomplished that, but got side tracked in my maintenance. In 2019, I came back to The Ideal You to lose that weight again. That time I lost even more, losing 25 pounds – which I have been able to maintain for over 4 years! I’ve learned that you need to keep your eye on the prize and always watch what you’re eating.

I became a coach in 2020 after I heard about an opening at our Southgate location. That same sister encouraged me to apply, and I’m still coaching there today! The hours fit my schedule to still allow me to focus on taking care of my family. I love that my job allows me to meet new people and help them achieve their weight loss goals. I also enjoy the new friends that I have made with my ideal family – co-workers and dieters.

Front Desk

Brenna Dineen

Brenna Dineen

Clarence Cashier
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Hello! I’m Brenna. I work the front desk at the Clarence Ideal You and love it! The clients and staff make working here so enjoyable. I have seen firsthand the success of the program for so many clients and have seen how this program can really change lives. You can always find me encouraging our clients and cheering them on! Weight-loss is a journey and I’m happy I get to be a part of it and help you along the way!

Barb McDonald

Phone Receptionist
Tonawanda Cashier
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I am an energetic and friendly receptionist with experience providing administrative support and customer service to clients and internal staff. My goal is to always provide excellent customer service and build relationships with everyone I speak with on the phone and in person.

Margaret Neveu

Clarence Cashier
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As a front desk cashier, I have been able to share my experience with clients by assisting them with my opinion of the food choices I made while on program. I love getting to know our clients and establishing a relationship with them. My goal is to make sure everyone feels welcomed and comfortable for their weekly appointments.

Brenna Dineen

Jacki Preischel

West Seneca Cashier
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Recently I joined the amazing staff at the West Seneca Ideal You location as a front desk clerk. I attended an Ideal You Open House presentation and realized this was the program that could assist me in ending my lifelong battle with my weight. With a family history of diabetes and heart disease, I knew it was time to make some very important changes in my eating habits. This program is guiding me to make many positive changes I need to achieve my personal goals. As a result of my weight loss journey, my blood work is the best that it has been in many years. I will be forever grateful to the wonderful coaches who are supporting and encouraging me, as I work toward reaching my goals.

Jennifer Smith

West Seneca Cashier
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After spending over 25 years working in the beauty industry making other people the priority, my weight spiraled out of control. I was the queen of fad diets. Everything I tried worked temporarily, but I didn’t get the results. After a year on the Ideal You program, I lost over 135 pounds and continue to work toward my goal. This program has been a saving grace, and I tell everyone I can about it. I am lucky to be able to work at the front desk and to be a part of the West Seneca team. I really enjoy meeting people that have similar challenges and sharing my story with them. The best part is that all of us understand the struggle and are constantly encouraging each other to reach our goals! I look forward to meeting you soon!