Dina ford, rdn

registered dietitian, nutritionist

Dina Ford received her AAS Degree in Dietetic Technology from Middlesex Community College in New Jersey.  She then went on to earn her DTR credential (Dietetic Technician Registered) from the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR).  Dina then received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition-Dietetics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Health Related Professions and Thomas Edison State College.

Dina is very passionate about the nutritional treatment of individuals.  Dina has a strong passion for helping individuals achieve lasting well-balanced nutrition and creating individualized meal plans that enables them to meet their nutrition and fitness goals.

Dina works with her patients to address a variety of issues including weight loss, weight gain, gluten intolerance/sensitivity and other digestive disorders, sports nutrition, pediatric nutrition, diabetes, cholesterol management, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorders, emotional eating, and prenatal and maternal nutrition.

She currently runs the corporate wellness program for Maher Terminals in Port Elizabeth and is also the host of "The Nutritionist is In," a monthly health and nutrition discussion at Rutherford's Kip Center where she provides nutritional education to local senior citizens.

Dina regularly accompanies patients on shopping tours at local food markets, where she educates them on reading labels and making healthier food choices according to their nutritional needs.

Her memberships include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and ​The New Jersey Dietetic Association

Jacqueline DeMerchant 

Front Desk Administrator

Joseph Petriello III, PT

Physical Therapist

Joe graduated from the University of Scranton with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2007.  He has had clinic experience in both inpatient and outpatient facilities. Joe has been working in the Bergen county area for the past seven years. He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is in active pursuit of receiving his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. This knowledge will enable him to train athletes after conducting sport specific testing. This will also allow him to design and implement safe and effective plans of care and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Joe takes pride in his manual therapy skills which he implements with his patients along with their specific therapeutic exercises, in order to achieve their goals.

Joseph Dooley, PT

Physical Therapist

"Dooley" graduated from the University of Scranton with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2008.  He has been working at Raising the Bar since the Summer of 2012.  


Christopher Ford, PT


Chris is the founder of Raising the Bar Rehabilitation and Fitness.  Chris earned his physical therapy degree from Kean University/UMDNJ in 1998 and he has been practicing Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy for his entire career.  Since opening Raising the Bar, Chris and the staff have established the “Walk- Safe” balance and fall prevention program, aimed at helping seniors in the community to avoid injuries that could be sustained from losing balance and falling. 

Chris’ introduction to the world of physical therapy occurred when he sustained 2 serious knee injuries while playing high school football. Chris often refers to these injuries as “blessings in disguise” as these injuries would prove to shape his career path in life and enable him to work in a profession that he truly loves.

Many people in the local community also remember Chris portraying the crazy professional wrestling character “Crowbar” for Ted Turner’s WcW from 1999 – 2001.  Chris still continues to wrestle locally for what he claims is “his own entertainment”.

Chris and Raising the Bar have been featured on the WWE’s website under their “Where are they now” section. Read More by clicking the button.