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

Lead Dietitian

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

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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.

 

Erica Markovitz, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Erica Markovitz is a Registered Dietitian with a background in long term care nutrition. However Erica's true passion lies within eating disorders and mental health treatment. It was through her own journey with health and wellness that her interest in this field was sparked. Discovering intuitive & mindful eating helped her to create a sustainable, healthy relationship with food, which is something she hopes to promote with her clients. She hopes to help others find their voice in their journey to achieving balance via short term changes, that lead to long term behavior change. She believes these sustainable behaviors can bring happiness that will translate throughout all aspects of one's life. Erica completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then went on to complete a coordinated Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program at Ohio University. Erica looks forward to joining the Bamboo Nutrition Therapy, Inc. practice, helping individuals find peace within themselves and with food.

 

Rebecca Berg, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Rebecca is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in caring for diverse populations across a wide range of ages and nutrition-related conditions. Her true interest lies in caring for clients with eating disorders and disordered eating, and walking with them on their journey to food peace. A graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago, Rebecca found herself working in the field of non-profit marketing and event planning in New York City. She soon discovered that she was passionate about food justice, public health nutrition and teaching pediatric and adult populations about the role that nutrition plays in overall well-being. Continuing her journey, she returned to school and completed a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from the Hunter College School of Urban Public Health. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to complete the Veterans Affairs of Greater Los Angeles Dietetic Internship program. It was there that she discovered her true love for outpatient nutrition counseling and deepened her practice through a Health at Every Size lens. Rebecca is deeply curious about each clients lived experience and is honored to join Bamboo Nutrition Therapy. 

 

Amelia Painter, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Amelia has a background in worksite wellness, long-term care and eating disorders.  She was led to the nutrition field by her desire to serve in the community.  She has worked locally and internationally promoting healthful food practices and self care.  Amelia completed her bachelor's degree in Utah and then came to Southern California to complete a distance dietetic internship through Wellness Workdays with an emphasis in sports nutrition.  During her work and education experience she was drawn to the eating disorder field and found that she is passionate about helping individuals create an all-foods-fit mentality and promoting body positivity.  Amelia is excited to be part of the Bamboo Nutrition Therapy Team.

 

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.

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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.

 

Vinita Vongviwat, MS, RDN

 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Vinita Vongviwat is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a background in chronic disease management, prenatal nutrition, and mindfulness. She took a non-traditional path to a career in food and nutrition. While working as an Environmental Health and Justice Organizer, her growing interest in food justice issues inspired her to become an RDN. After completing both her Master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at Columbia University in New York, she returned to Los Angeles to work in the same community that inspired her to pursue nutrition. Vinita has experience providing medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, and education to adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting. Through this experience, she discovered her passion for guiding individuals on their journeys to make peace with food and to heal their bodies and minds. Vinita believes in achieving health at every size and uses an all-foods-fit approach to guide her practice. She is thrilled to join Bamboo Nutrition Therapy, and support the mission of providing accessible, affordable, and quality nutrition counseling and care.

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Karin Jacinto

Dietetic Technician, Registered; RD-eligible

Karin is a Registered Dietetic Technician with a background in eating disorders, food service management, and long-term care nutrition. Her interest in the mental health and nutrition connection led her to working in the mental health field. She has provided nutrition counseling and support for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, helping them build a healthy relationship with food through sustainable practices. Karin completed her master’s degree at the University of Saint Joseph and completed her dietetic internship at Pepperdine University. Through her experiences, she has found a true passion for helping individuals enhance their sense of wellbeing. Utilizing a mindfulness-based approach, she hopes to work with clients collaboratively to support them in practicing self-care through nutrition. 

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Carly Marenna, MHA, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

 

An East Coast native, Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics in 2015 at the University of Connecticut. Carly focused on working in K-12 schools, preschools, and community centers to coordinate federal nutrition programs while earning a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration. Upon graduation, Carly changed coasts and came to Southern California to pursue nutrition administration and nutrition counseling roles (as well as the sand and sun). Carly believes in a well-rounded, mind-body approach to food that encourages inner peace and self-confidence. Her goal is to help individuals identify, create, and maintain healthy behaviors that support positivity across all areas of life.

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