Who We are

The Center for Applied Health Sciences is a privately held, full-service CRO (Contract Research Organization) specializing in the rapid completion of human clinical trials. The Center is assisted and advised by an international network of physicians, scientists, and industry professionals whom are experts in the fields of medicine, research design, applied physiology, nutrition, and professional ethical standards. Our mission is to help substantiate the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements, functional foods, and medical therapeutics.




Chief Scientific Officer

An internationally recognized author, speaker, and researcher with expertise in exercise science, dietary supplements, nutrition, and sports performance, Dr. Tim Ziegenfuss is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of the Center for Applied Health Sciences. He is a past President (2009-2011) and Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Chair of the Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science program at Huntington College of Health Sciences. Dr. Ziegenfuss earned a Bachelor of Science from Lock Haven University (Magna Cum Laude, Health Sciences), a Master of Science from Purdue University (Exercise Physiology), and a Doctorate from Kent State University (Exercise Physiology, cognates in Nutrition and Statistics). During his five-year tenure as a professor, he taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in exercise physiology, metabolism, body composition, anatomy, physiology, path physiology, and sports nutrition.
In addition to publishing over 35 scientific papers, 7 book chapters, and more than 600 articles in mainstream magazines, Dr. Ziegenfuss has been quoted in Scientific American and made presentations in Washington DC on behalf of the dietary supplement industry. Because of his unique ability to connect the dots between dietary supplements, nutritional habits, and physical activity within academic, industry, and legal channels, Tim is routinely sought after by top 25 print media and as a consultant to top supplement companies, raw material manufacturers, elite athletes, and high-level executives.
Dr. Ziegenfuss is also a renowned scientific advisor to the U.S. Sports Nutrition market. His input has led to the creation of products that currently grace the shelves of every major retailer in a dozen countries around the world, accounting for millions of dollars in revenues.



Dr. Lopez is recognized for applying his diverse background in sports medicine, exercise science, nutritional biochemistry and clinical research; he has transitioned away from clinical medicine to focus on nutra-biosciences, dietary supplements and functional foods as research scientist, IP-protected formulation development, safety & regulatory key opinion leader. Dr. Lopez is the CMO/ Partner of Center for Applied Health Sciences, a leading clinical research organization and he is Co-Founder of Supplement Safety Solutions, a comprehensive Pre-market through Post-market safety, Nutravigilance®, a regulatory compliance consulting company. He holds multiple patents within the nutraceutical space and is co-founder of an IP discovery, incubation, development company to bring novel, bioactive compounds for licensing to the dietary supplement, natural products, functional foods/ beverage space within broad categories,  including, but not limited to: longevity/ healthy aging, brain health/ neurocognitive function, blood flow & vascular health, joint/muscle/orthopedic health, and exercise performance & sports nutrition.


Chief Operating Officer

A Licensed and Registered Dietitian and a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, Jennifer Sandrock is the Chief Operating Officer at the Center for Applied Health Sciences.   As a Certified Sports Nutritionist, her research interests focus primarily on sports performance, weight loss, and cardiovascular disease prevention. She also consults for local fitness facilities and teaches disease and lifestyle management courses as well as instructing healthy cooking classes for personal clients. Jennifer’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking has led her to become actively involved with local Ronald McDonald House charities.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences) degree from Lock Haven University, and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) from D’Youville College.  She is an active member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Research Nurse/Lab Coordinator

Betsy Raub received her BSN at Shenandoah University within the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where research and community outreach was promoted.  Utilizing her strengths at the bedside, Betsy began and advanced her career as a critical care nurse.  After 15+ years of caring for patients with serious disease and illness, her interest in research emerged, steering her focus to promoting healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.  
For the past 7 years, Betsy has transformed the lead role of Research Nurse and Lab Coordinator at CAHS.  She participates in and oversees the day to day operations of data collection, documentation, specimen processing and staff coordination while assuming a leadership role in specialty studies involving pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics and muscle biopsies. 
Betsy has expanded her research responsibilities to include the role of primary investigator and also co-author of several published manuscripts.  Betsy is a CPR instructor and holds certifications in radiation safety and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).


Recruiting Coordinator

With over 10 years of experience in marketing, Jamie plans and executes marketing strategies with an emphasis on content marketing, social media and digital advertising. Jamie utilizes her positive and relatable communication skills to provide a thorough explanation of our studies and for obtaining the proper information needed for prescreening and enrolling qualified subjects. Additionally, as the primary communication point for all current and future research participants, she is responsible for alerting and advising our subject database of current and upcoming studies. Jamie also coordinates subject scheduling while assisting with day to day administrative and lab operations.


Senior Research Associate

Michael La Monica received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Central Florida.  Michael has worked as an Exercise Physiologist for a hospital where he interacted with special populations (diabetes, bariatric, cancer, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular rehabilitation), individuals undergoing rehabilitation, and athletes (youth to professional).  He later taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses within Kinesiology at the University of Central Florida and Missouri State University.  He has published multiple peer-reviewed research articles within sports science, exercise physiology, and nutritional supplementation. Additionally, Michael regularly attends and presents research at national conferences including the American College of Sports Medicine, Experimental Biology, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition.



Dr. Ferrando’s academic training consists of a B.S. in Engineering from West Point, a M.B.A. from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Florida State University, and a post doc in Protein Metabolism and Space Physiology at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  Dr. Ferrando’s research endeavors have focused on the amelioration of muscle loss during sarcopenic or cachectic states.  His research has involved the examination of muscle protein metabolism in circumstances ranging from inactivity to critical illness to disease states to aging.  These research efforts include inactivity as a clinical paradigm and model of microgravity, space flight, orthopedic surgery, pediatric and adult burns, end-stage renal disease, and the sarcopenia associated with aging.  In particular, his research has focused on hormonal and nutritional control of muscle protein metabolism in these situations.    Overall, these studies have demonstrated that the restoration of anabolic influence on skeletal muscle can ameliorate the loss of lean body mass and improve survivability and functionality, while decreasing hospitalization and/or rehabilitation.


Bob Lemieux is a Strength and Conditioning Coach at a Division I university and has trained athletes that are currently in the NFL, NBA and MLB. He specializes in athletic performance and strength development, and is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association as well as USA Weightlifting. He received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and is completing a Masters degree in Nutrition.


Dr. Jamie Landis received a B.S. in Biology from Ferris State University, followed by an M.S. in Endocrine Physiology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, both from Bowling Green State University. His M.D. was earned at the medical University of Ohio, followed by an internship in medicine at Michigan State University and a residency appointment in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic. He also holds the CSCS, and volunteers his time as a youth weightlifting and football coach. Jamie does not currently practice medicine, instead combining his depth of knowledge with his passion for teaching. Currently an Associate Professor of Biology, Jamie was selected for the 2006 Lakeland College Excellence in Teaching Award.


Stephen Schmitz, MD, MPH is the Co-founder of Supplement Safety Solutions. He was originally trained and board certified in Family Medicine, and later Occupational Medicine. He received in medical degree from Rutgers Medical School, and Master of Public Health from Boston University.
For over 10 years, he has worked full-time in drug safety and clinical development for several leading biotech and medical imaging companies in the Boston area, and for a contract research organization (CRO). He is on the editorial board of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and has served as the medical monitor for a variety of drug and medical device studies. He consults with leading dietary supplement companies in safety and risk assessment.


Dr. Doug Bibus is community faculty member at The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and a researcher in the area of fatty acid biochemistry and nutrition. Dr. Bibus is considered one of the top omega 3 experts in the world and stems from the academic lab of Dr Ralph T. Holman who invented the term ‘omega 3’, discovered the metabolism and definitive essentiality nature of omega 3. In addition to his work with the Center, Doug directs Lipid Technologies, LLC., an analytical and consulting group that focuses on fatty acid and lipid analysis and integration of lipid nutrition in biotech and food applications.
His research interests include the role of essential fatty acids in human and animal nutrition, the role of omega 3 fatty acids in the down regulation of the inflammatory response and the application of fatty acids in the treatment of disease. Other ongoing research has or is examining the role of omega 3 and fatty acid nutrition and its implications in the treatment of depression, schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, arthritis, critically injured and adult respiratory distress patients and in patients with autoimmune disorders. Dr. Bibus has also recently developed an Omega 3 blood test (www.Omega3Test.com) to identify levels of omega 3 in the blood.
Dr. Bibus is a member of several organizations including the American Oil Chemists’ Society, the American Chemical Society, the Society for Critical Care Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids. He has been the recipient of the American Oil Chemists’ Honored Student Award and a two-time winner of the American Chemical Society’s Award in Analytical Chemistry. Doug is also a board member for the American Oil Chemists’ Society and also serves on that society’s Foundation board.
In addition to presenting at numerous professional meetings, Dr. Bibus is a sought after lecturer and author in the area of human and animal health.


Dr. Patrick M. Zito received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia, and later studied biochemistry at Harvard University. He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Zito completed a post-graduate residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and has served on a number of hospital committees regarding pharmacotherapy and nutrition support. His past research has been done at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Rutgers/UMDNJ Toxicology/Anti-Chemical Threat Center, and University of Virginia School of Medicine. His research efforts have been presented at national conferences, published in posters, abstracts, and journals. His research interests are within hormone modulation to injury repair and preventative pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to tissue damage and aging. He is an active speaker on effective sports nutrition supplementation, weight loss, polypharmacy, and the direct impact on patient care of new pharmacological therapies. Dr. Zito volunteers his time educating doctoral students and residents on proper antimicrobial selection and streamlining of antibiotic therapy to reduce resistance. Dr. Zito is currently interested in Osteopathic Medicine, sports nutraceutical intervention and the effects of whole body nutrient balance on athletic performance, injury recovery, and disease mitigation.