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Jody Herman, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Clinical Manager
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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.

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Rebecca Berg, MS, RDN

Lead Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Rebecca is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in eating disorders and mental health diagnoses. She has worked in mental health treatment centers in the Greater LA area including Reconnect Trauma Treatment Center and Westwind Recovery. In addition to working with eating disorders, Rebecca has a passion for helping people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes feel confident and comfortable around food. Rebecca also enjoys working with clients living with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (hypothyroidism), and endometriosis. Rebecca uses a weight-inclusive, trauma-informed approach infused with compassion, humor, and collaboration. She loves incorporating ACT, DBT, and CBT modalities in her work. Rebecca is currently pursuing her CEDS credential through IAEDP. When she's not in the office, you will probably find Rebecca on a stair walk or at Go Get 'Em Tiger with an iced coffee and strawberry muffin, saying hi to the neighborhood cats!

 

Amelia Painter, RDN

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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.

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 Anna Lucas-Zimmer, RDN- Eligible

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist - Eligible

Anna Lucas-Zimmer is an aspiring Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, who completed her Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition, Dietetics, as well as her Dietetic Internship program from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona. Anna plans to complete her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Psychology and become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDRD) in the near future. Anna’s passion is to promote health and wellness through dietary and nutrition care, while educating individuals, community, and healthcare professionals about the importance of intuitive and mindful eating. Anna is thrilled to be with such an amazing clinical team at Bamboo Nutrition Therapy and will impact many lives that walk through our door. 

 

Veronica Buacharern, MS, RDN

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Veronica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist experienced in working with individuals from different socioeconomic circumstances, co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, and chronic medical conditions. She completed her graduate degree from Cal State LA and her Dietetic Internship through the VA of Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. She has worked and volunteered with veterans, individuals with eating disorders, and homeless rehabilitation centers, including the VA Medical Center in West LA, Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, La Ventana Treatment Programs, and LA Mission. Eating disorders do not discriminate and affect people of all ages, backgrounds, races/ethnicities, and gender identities. Veronica is passionate about serving marginalized communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, especially those who struggle with their food and body relationship. She strives to help clients rediscover their inner body wisdom through embodiment approaches while nourishing their bodies in sustainable ways.

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Tamar Apelian, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Tamar Apelian is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in various settings, including medical nutrition therapy in acute care, clinical nutrition management, and as a health educator for individuals and groups in outpatient settings. She obtained her BS degree in Dietetics at California State University Los Angeles. She worked in the field of clinical nutrition in the hospital setting, with a diverse group of inpatients and outpatients. In her role as a clinical nutrition manager, she realized that she preferred to work with clients rather than manage from a desk. After recently obtaining her Health Coach Certification through the American Council of Exercise, she realized how important it is to coach clients from where they stand as individuals, while sharing knowledge and information to enrich their lives. Through her own health journey, she has seen that wellness is more important than a number on a scale; the mind-body connection is equally important. When we are happy, we feel good and take better care of ourselves. Self care integrating nutrition, exercise, yoga and healthy relationships help the whole person. Tamar’s core passion is a desire to help others and empower them to make well-informed choices about their lifestyles. When not helping others, she loves to tend to her succulents, make jewelry, dance and practice yoga. She is excited to work with Bamboo Nutrition as she embraces the same philosophies of how the mind, body and food play a role in our wellness.

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Alana Todd, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Alana Todd is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from Kaneohe, Hawaii. She graduated with a Master's in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor's of science in both Psychology and Dietetics from Oregon State University. After completing her dietetic internship through the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, she spent some time as a clinical outpatient dietitian in Honolulu, Hawaii, providing individualized medical nutrition therapy counseling for a diverse population. Alana is passionate about integrating mental health with nutrition and eating habits and strives to educate individuals on the concepts of mindful and intuitive eating. Her specific interests include eating disorders, weight management, diabetes, renal nutrition, sustainable eating, and combating food waste. She is looking forward to applying her skillset, passions, and support at Bamboo Nutrition Therapy. 

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Melinda Newberry, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Melinda Newberry is a recent graduate of D’Youville College with a BS/MS in Nutrition and Dietetics and a prior BS in Health Science from Cal State Fullerton. Melinda is a Double Gold Medalist with US Figure Skating and currently still trains on the ice in her spare time. Her thesis was presented at the New York State Nutrition and Dietetics Conference 2021 titled Assessing the Sport Nutrition Knowledge And Perceived Self Efficacy And Knowledge of Nutrition Knowledge of Figure Skating Coaches. Growing up in the aesthetic sport culture of figure skating, has led Melinda to seek a career as a dietitian to help others heal their relationships with food in order to become their best selves. She has previous experience working with patients one on one, telehealth, acute care, sports nutrition and food service. She also speaks conversational Japanese and enjoys cuisines from all over the world. Melinda is excited to join the team of dietitians at Bamboo Nutrition Therapy Inc.

Emily Myers, RDN

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Emily is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience in infant and maternal health, long-term care, and eating disorder recovery. She first became interested in nutrition as an athlete and later as a way to connect with others and care for herself. Emily received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Tech with a concentration in leadership and nutrition policy. Her nutrition philosophy is rooted in an all-foods-fit mentality and intuitive eating principles. She aims to guide her clients to find peace with foods and body by providing compassionate, evidenced based nutrition counseling. Emily is delighted to be part of the Bamboo Nutrition team and honored to hold space for clients to explore their relationship with foods and body.

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Sarah Kim, MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Sarah Kim is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in sports nutrition. Her passion for nutrition and wellness began during her time as a competitive tennis athlete. She remembers spending hours of her day coaching, practicing, and competing - as a busy student athlete, it wasn't always easy to remember what or when to eat to properly nourish an active body. Naturally, she pursued an education in nutrition, first at Case Western Reserve University, and then went on to complete her dietetic internship and graduate studies at Loyola University Chicago. Sarah initially spent a few years in the clinical setting, while simultaneously working with prestigious restaurants in Chicago, but it wasn't long before she circled back to her working with athletes. Prior to joining the team at Bamboo, she spent time working with athletes at Texas Christian University and Northwestern University. She is an active member of My Sports Dietitian and CPSDA. From her experience working with athletes and being a prior athlete herself, Sarah understands how difficult it can be for some individuals to have a positive relationship with food, whether that's during active seasons, or not. Her passions are rooted in helping athletes and non-athletes overcome body image issues and developing positive relationships with food and physical activity. From her diverse background, Sarah is experienced in individual and group counseling, and enjoys making authentic connections with the people and community around her. She is excited to be a part of Bamboo Nutrition. 

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Christopher Boss, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Christopher (he/him) is a Los Angeles based, LGBT+ Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. He brings
powerful personal experience with intuitive eating and all-foods-fit practices. From Christopher
you can expect empathic listening, caring guidance, and a strong connection. Christopher
completed his bachelors in nutritional science from California State University, Los Angeles and
completed his dietetic internship at Pepperdine University. Christopher has worked
professionally in nutrition with USC Keck Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, and DaVita and is
dedicated to providing care in diverse populations. Christopher is passionate for learning the
latest evidence-based science and applying it with consideration to the unique details that make
each person special. As part of the Bamboo Nutrition team, Christopher is determined to
support and care for each person in their health journey.

Kayla Ramos, RDN-Eligible

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist - Eligible

Kayla Ramos is an aspiring Registered Dietitian from Carson, California. She completed her Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics at California State University, Long Beach. Kayla completed her dietetic internship at the CSULB-Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP) program. Kayla hopes to pursue her Master’s Degree, and has been passionate about clinical nutrition, as well as aspiring to work with those that want to renew their relationship with and acceptance of food. Kayla has worked to improve the health and well-being of those within the HIV community using nutrition counseling, help clients access food pantries, and provide nutrition education. She has experience with social media, promoting ways to make food fun and exciting while learning about their benefits. In this position, Kayla wants to learn all she can in the mental health field while giving others the chance to learn to love the foods they eat and love the way they feel about themselves. Kayla is excited and honored to work with the team at Bamboo Nutrition Therapy.

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Valorie Campbell MS, RDN, NBC-HWC

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Valorie (she/her) is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist originally from Seattle. Valorie completed her first BS degree in behavioral psychology at the University of Washington, where she served as a research assistant in Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT lab. After living in the United Kingdom for a few years, Valorie moved to Los Angeles and completed BS and MS degrees in nutrition at California State University, Northridge, and recently became a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach with the National Board of Medical Examiners. She has extensive experience facilitating the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program for Optum Health, and has served as a clinical dietitian at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles. Her special interests lie in neurodiversity, accessibility, and sustainability issues in nutrition. She is also a mom, a ballroom dancer, and a martial artist. Valorie is thrilled to join the Bamboo Nutrition Therapy team.