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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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Anna Lucas-Zimmer, RDN

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


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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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. 


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.


Rebecca Yadegari, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Rebecca completed her Master's in Nutrition Science at Cal Poly Pomona where she defended her thesis research on the gut-brain connection. Her 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. Growing up in a Middle Eastern household, Rebecca has seen how important it is to make meal times a positive experience. She has worked with clients in eating disorder treatment centers and those struggling with their physical, mental and spiritual health. She mostly spends her free time around live music or in nature, and one of her personal goals is to visit every national park in America.

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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. 


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.

Kayla Ramos, RDN-Eligible


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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Bernadine Alaniz, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Bernadine Alaniz is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience in practical family meal planning, nutrition education for transitional housing adults and pregnant teens, Head Start family counseling, and a passion for working with all eating disorder types. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food Science at California State University, Northridge, and a dietetic internship with Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Internship. Bernadine believes that each individual is unique and understands the importance of personalized care.  She is dedicated to providing families and individuals with tailored intuitive eating care delivered with empathy, equity, and an all-foods-fit understanding. Bernadine spends her free time with her family, watching scary movies, reading books, riding roller coasters, and going on road trips.

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Chelsey Kitazawa, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


Chelsey received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pitzer College and her Master’s degree in Nutrition from Loma Linda University. She holds experience performing medical nutrition therapy at multiple hospitals and in treatment facilities as a diabetes educator and as an eating disorder specialized dietitian. She believes that our relationship with food plays a critical role in physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual health. Knowing what to eat to be balanced is only one piece of the puzzle. The real challenge is creating and sustaining motivation to foster lifelong habits for wellness. Nutrition starts with the relationship that we have with ourselves. In her free time, she hangs out with her tortoises and makes miniature houses.

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Molly Goldring, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Molly Goldring is a committed and passionate clinician from the greater Los Angeles area. She received her bachelor’s of science degree in food and nutritional
science from San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship at Pepperdine University. Throughout her schooling, Molly gained skills in motivational interviewing and medical nutrition therapy, working with various disease states such as
cancer, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders. Molly has experience in working at eating disorder treatment centers and believes in the power of intuitive eating and an all-foods-fit mentality. Molly values empowering her clients and guiding them to gaining a healthy relationship with their body and food. In her spare time, Molly loves reading books and going to live music events.


Karah Lewis, RDN-E

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist - Eligible

Karah is an RDN-E from Ventura with a life-long passion for food and helping others. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Karah continued her education at the University of Connecticut (UConn), completing both a Master's degree in Health Promotion and her Dietetic Internship. She spent her time in academia working and volunteering at Center For Discovery, CSUN's Marilyn Magaram Center, VA Greater Los Angeles and Connecticut Healthcare Systems, Connecticut Foodshare, UConn SNAP-Ed, and Salvation Army Food Pantry. Those experiences have allowed her to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with diverse populations, including young children, veterans, and individuals with eating disorders and substance use. Karah aims to continue providing the kind of care that resonates with all communities, especially to historically marginalized groups. Through that work, she hopes to promote self-care, health, and wellness in a feasible and meaningful way. Upon moving back to the San Fernando Valley, Karah plans to prepare for her registration exam, spend time with loved ones, and catch up on LA's amazing food and culture. 


Lauryn Woodruff, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


Lauryn Woodruff is a Registered Dietitian with a background in community nutrition, and poverty and hunger relief. She earned her B.A in International Studies from American University and went on to join AmeriCorps for two years in Washington, D.C. serving low-income populations before returning to school to pursue nutrition and dietetics. She received her B.S. in Food and Nutrition from the University of Maryland, College Park, and while there, developed a strong interest in nutrition counseling. She completed her Dietetic Internship with Virginia Tech. Lauryn loves nutrition counseling, building relationships with clients, and works from a weight-inclusive and Intuitive Eating paradigm. Lauryn’s passion for nutrition is deeply rooted in her community nutrition and non-profit background. Lauryn is a San Fernando Valley native and when she is not working you can find her playing with her dog, checking out new restaurants with her partner, gardening or swimming at home.

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