Samantha Giertych, CEO, RDN

Chief Executive Officer, Founder 

Samantha Giertych is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in the treatment of eating disorders, substance use and mental health diagnoses. Since 2013, Samantha has provided individualized nutrition counseling and nutrition education to clients and groups within the mental health field. Samantha's journey into healthcare began with a passion for helping those in need, and has developed Bamboo Nutrition Therapy, Inc. with the intention of providing quality nutrition care services to all who require them, regardless of financial or insurance constraints. She has worked with multiple eating disorder and mental health treatment centers - The Renfrew Center of New York, Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, and La Ventana Treatment Programs. Samantha works in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, building access to mental health services in an area of Los Angeles that has traditionally lacked affordable options for those suffering in silence. Samantha graduated with Distinction from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, and completed her dietetic internship at the City University of New York, Hunter College, prior to relocating to her permanent home in Southern California.

 

 

Jody Herman, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Supervisor

Jody Herman is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in eating disorders, substance use and mental health diagnoses as well as food allergies. Beginning her dietetics career in the mental health field, Jody has provided individual and group counseling with nutrition education for clients, as well as pre-professional adolescent dancers. She has worked with eating disorders and mental health treatment centers in the Greater Los Angeles area including Breathe Life Healing Centers and La Ventana. Formerly a Professional Dancer, Jody discovered her passion for nutrition to improve quality of life and performance longevity, leading her to dietetics. Continuing her journey, she graduated with her Masters of Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed a Distance Dietetic Internship through Priority Nutrition Care in Southern California. With her passion for working closely with individuals to encourage self-efficacy and confidence in their relationship with the nutritive value of food and their bodies, Jody is excited to work with Bamboo Nutrition Therapy to support the philosophy and vision of the founder and company.

 

Laura Gajda, RDN

Lead Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Outreach Coordinator

Laura Gajda is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with a background in eating disorders and mental health diagnoses.  Laura was the Adolescent Dietitian at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders and specializes in educating and working with families of adolescents with eating disorders.  She also specializes in working with adults that have eating disorders and building sustainability in their own recovery. Laura graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics where she also completed her internship.  She looks forward to providing individualized care to each and every Client. She will work with the client to try to help each client build their own sense of autonomy around food and decrease the power that food can have over a clients life.  Laura looks forward to working at Bamboo Nutrition Therapy, Inc. and supports the foundation of this practice by helping those struggling with food and nutrition.

 

Gayle Ouchida

Administrator

Gayle graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.  After spending time in the Silicon Valley technology industry she took a break from the working world before becoming a certified dietary manager working at a skilled nursing facility in Northern California.  Gayle is excited to be part of Bamboo Nutrition Therapy, Inc. working towards the mission of providing access to affordable, quality nutrition counseling.

 

Rebecca Yadegari, MS

Intake Coordinator

Rebecca is completing her Master's in Nutrition Science at Cal Poly Pomona where she is preparing to defend her thesis research on probiotics and the gut-brain connection.  She has previously worked as a Dietetic Technician and has experience working with clients in the fields of eating disorders, substance use,  and mental health.  Rebecca's passion for well being began with a journey of self-healing which led to her strong belief in the power of nutrition and the mind-body connection.  She is excited to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and begin working with individuals to improve their physical, mental, and spiritual health.