About Us


Stephanie Brooks, MS, RD, CEDRD

Stephanie Brooks, MS, RD founded Bay Area Nutrition, LLC in 1999 to provide individuals, families and groups with the most up to date and user friendly nutrition information and guidance. Stephanie has been practicing since 1991 and earned her BS in nutrition and clinical dietetics from UC Berkeley, her MS in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University, a certificate in eating disorders from John F. Kennedy University and is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian from IAEDP. Stephanie is a nationally recognized expert in the field of disordered eating and pediatric feeding problems. In addition to her work with individuals, groups and families, she provides training and supervision for nutrition and other professionals regarding various nutrition topics and business development. Stephanie is passionate about her work and loves to see the ‘ah-ha’ moments when clients start to feel better, have more energy, improve health and find their right balance. She practices a “Health at Every Size” philosophy and utilizes a “non-diet/mindful” approach to eating, activity and life balance.


Rachel Bowles, MS, RD

Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Nutrition Science from San Jose State University and complete her dietetic internship at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. Rachel began practicing as a Registered Dietitian in 2011 as a corporate wellness dietitian, where she discovered her passion for group health education and one-on-one nutrition counseling. She believes in an individualized approach to nutrition and health, and strives to help her clients find the changes and strategies that will help them achieve their goals.



Karmen Paley-Blount, MS, RD

Karmen earned her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Dietetics at the University of Health Science Center in Dallas. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle with an emphasis on Child Nutrition. More recently, she is in process of finishing her Masters in Psychology degree at Santa Clara University. She has an eclectic background with over 30 years of experience. Karmen has worked with children and adults, who have had various diseases and conditions including renal disease, heart disease, diabetes (type 1 and 2), and eating disorders. Karmen provides an individualized approach with a focus on a balanced lifestyle using a holistic, evidence based approach to health. In her spare time, she loves to garden, read, hike, and travel.


Rebecca Sugumar, MS, RD

Rebecca Sugumar, MS, RD joined Bay Area Nutrition to cover our growing South Bay practice in Gilroy. She completed her Didactic Program in Dietetics at San Jose State University and her internship with a concentration in diabetes education. She earned her BS degree in Nutrition, Food Service Management & Dietetics, and her MS degree in Food Science & Nutrition both from the University of Madras, India. Rebecca takes a holistic approach to wellness, and practices evidence based nutrition tailoring nutrition recommendations to each individual. Rebecca has completed advanced training in the area of Maternal and Infant nutrition as well as advanced nutrition counseling skills. She is passionate about helping her clients take baby steps to change their lifestyle towards improved health and well being. She also enjoys providing nutrition education at schools and health fairs. In her spare time she loves to cook and take walks with her family and dog.