Meet Our Team

Stephanie Brooks, MS, RDN, CEDS-S (She/her)

Clients:

  • Children
  • Teens age 13-19
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Neurodiverse
  • LGBTQ+
  • Supervision and Training for: Dietitians, Therapists, and other care providers

Specialties:

  • Eating Disorders – (Family Based Nutrition Therapy Trained)
    • Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
    • Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
    • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
    • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
    • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)
    • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • ADHD
  • Child and Family Nutrition
  • Compulsive/Emotional Eating
  • HAES (Health At Every Size)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Weight Concerns

Education:

B.S. UC Berkeley, Nutrition & Clinical Dietetics

M.S. San Jose State University, Nutrition & Food Science

Certificate, John F. Kennedy University, Eating Disorders

Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, IAEDP

Experience:

Stephanie Brooks 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. 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.

 

Rebecca Sugumar, MS, RDN (She/her) 

Clients:

  • Children
  • Teens age 13-19
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Seniors
  • Neurodiverse
  • LGBTQ+

Specialties:

  • Eating Disorders – (Family Based Nutrition Therapy Trained)
    • Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
    • Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
    • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
    • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
    • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)
    • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • ADHD
  • Child and Family Nutrition
  • Compulsive/Emotional Eating
  • Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes/Gestational Diabetes
  • Family Nutrition
  • Food Allergies
  • HAES (Health At Every Size)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • IBS/GI issues – Trained in FODMAP
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Vegetarianism
  • Weight Concerns

Education:  

B.S. University of Madras, India, Nutrition, Food Service Management & Dietetics

M.S. University of Madras, India, Food Science & Nutrition

Experience:

Rebecca brings over 10 years of nutrition and dietetics experience to Bay Area Nutrition working with individuals and families.  She has a wide range of specialties from eating disorders/disordered eating, diabetes, kidney disease, gastrointestinal issues, malnutrition related to cancer, geriatrics, and other conditions as well as cardiovascular concerns.

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.  Rebecca continues her professional learning and growth by participating in individual and group case consultation and supervision, as well as classes and continuing education in the area of nutrition, eating disorders, and counseling.  Rebecca speaks Tamil fluently and some Hindi.

She completed her Didactic Program in Dietetics at San Jose State University and her internship with a concentration in diabetes education.

 

Liz Sandberg, RD (She/her)

Clients:

  • Children
  • Teens age 13-19
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Seniors
  • Neurodiverse
  • LGBTQ+
  • ADHD

Specialties:

  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • ADHD
  • Child and Family Nutrition
  • Compulsive/Emotional Eating
  • Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes/Gestational Diabetes
  • Family Nutrition
  • HAES (Health At Every Size)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • IBS/GI issues
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Weight Concerns

Education: 

Education:  B.S. Brigham Young University, Food Science and Nutrition

Coordinated Internship: Utah Beef Council, Provo School District, Sandy Hospital

Experience:

Liz has been providing individuals and families with nutrition therapy, education, and coaching since 1998.   In addition to being an RDN, Liz is a parent of 3, now young adults and understands first hand how feeding a family and ensuring everyone gets adequate nutrition can be challenging.

Liz specializes in working with children, teens and adults who have sensory challenges around food and eating. She has advanced training in the areas of Extreme Picky Eating, ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and Family Nutrition Skills and Strategies. Additionally, Liz has been supporting people with ADHD and ASD for many years. Through a compassionate and trauma informed lens, Liz supports clients in reducing anxiety surrounding mealtimes while helping them improve their relationship with food and body.

Liz shares a weight inclusive, non-diet ideology and utilizes an intuitive eating approach as appropriate, while helping clients with Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes, High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure improve their health and well-being.

Liz continues her professional learning and growth by participating in individual and group case consultation and supervision, as well as classes and continuing education in the areas of nutrition, picky eating, eating disorders, and counseling.

 

Bryan Lian, MS, RD, CPCC (He/Him)

Clients:

  • Families (Parenting, Children, Teens age 13-19)
  • Young Adulthood (18-30)
  • Adults (25 and beyond)
  • LGBTQ+
  • Neurodiverse
  • Supervision and Training for: Dietitians, Therapists, and other care providers

Specialties:

  • Eating Disorders (Family Based Treatment Trained)
    • Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
    • Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
    • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
    • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
    • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)
    • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • ADHD
  • Child and Family Nutrition
  • Compulsive/Emotional Eating
  • Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes
  • Food Allergies/Intolerances
  • HAES (Health At Every Size)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • IBS/GI issues
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Weight Concerns

Education:

  • M.S. Health Administration, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • LEAH Nutrition Fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • R.D. Dietetic Internship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • B.A. Nutritional and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

Experience:

Bryan has provided nutrition therapy to families and individuals for over a decade. Internationally known as an eating disorder and FBT (Family Based Nutrition Therapy) expert, Bryan has extensive experience working with clients that have eating disorders and their families. He is passionate about helping clients build empowered relationships with food and body. Bryan tailors evidence-based nutrition recommendations to each individual’s and family’s needs and values. Bryan also supports clients via meal and food exposures and experiments as well as practical meal/snack support and guidance. He practices in an intersectional, inclusive, and compassionate style. Clients have described him as thoughtful, caring, and kind.

Bryan is committed to helping others learn and grow. He shares his expertise and experience with other dietitians and professionals via presentations, trainings, and publications. He has published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), served on the AND’s Board of Editors for the Nutrition Care Manual and provided trainings for the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and BIPoC Eating Disorder Conferences. Bryan is a true leader when it comes to training professionals and working with clients from a Family Based Nutrition Therapy (FBT) perspective.

In his free time, Bryan enjoys yoga, bouldering, and exploring new culinary adventures.

Publications:  https://www.jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(17)31405-3/abstract

https://www.nutritioncaremanual.org/NCM-BOE

Rachel Bowles, MS, RDN (She/her)

Clients:

  • Children
  • Teens age 13-19
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Seniors
  • LGBTQ+

Specialties:

  • Eating Disorders – (Family Based Nutrition Therapy Trained)
    • Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
    • Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
    • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
    • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
    • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)
    • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Child and Family Nutrition
  • Compulsive/Emotional Eating
  • Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes
  • HAES (Health At Every Size)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Weight Concerns

Education:

B.A. Nutrition, California Polytechnic State University

M.S.  Nutritional Science, San Jose State University

Internship completed at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

Experience:

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.

As a mother of three young children, Rachel understands the challenges of feeding a family and ensuring kids are well nourished.  Rachel continues her professional learning and growth by participating in individual and group case consultation and supervision, as well as classes and continuing education in the area of nutrition, eating disorders, and counseling.

 

Jemimah Chan, RDN (She/her)

Clients:

  • Teens age 13-19
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Families
  • LGBTQ+

Specialties:

  • Eating Disorders
    • Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
    • Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
    • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
    • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
    • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)
    • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Disordered Eating
  • Compulsive/Emotional Eating
  • Weight concerns (e.g., burnt out by dieting/diet culture, etc.)
  • Pre-diabetes/Diabetes
  • HAES (Health At Every Size)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Intuitive Eating

Education:

B.S. Clinical Nutrition, UC Davis

Certificate in Dietetics, SFSU

Experience:

Jemimah has been providing nutrition education, counseling and support to families and clients of all ages. Having treated clients at different levels of care, residential to outpatient, Jemimah brings a broad experience of treatment modalities to clients suffering from mental health and eating disorders. She has advanced training and experience in Family Based Nutrition Therapy (FBT) and Intuitive Eating (IE).  Jemimah prides herself on working closely with client’s multidisciplinary team to best support treatment.

Whether clients are wanting to improve their overall nutrition, blood sugar, cholesterol or disordered eating habits, Jemimah utilizes motivational interviewing to help discover internal motivations for change and make informed, health-care decisions that align with clients’ personal values. Jemimah takes a Health at Every Size © and intuitive eating approach as appropriate while delivering compassionate, evidence-based care to support clients in making peace with and finding joy in food, movement, and their bodies.

Jemimah continues her professional learning and growth by participating in individual and group case consultation and supervision, as well as classes and continuing education in the area of athletics, nutrition, eating disorders, and counseling.

 

Deb Buchanan, RDN (She/her)

Clients:

  • Teens age 13-19
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Seniors
  • Neurodiverse
  • LGBTQ+
  • ADHD

Specialties:

  • Sports Nutrition
    • Novices to Elite Athletes
    • Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
  • Eating Disorders
    • Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
    • Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
    • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
    • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
    • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)
    • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Child and Family Nutrition
  • Compulsive/Emotional Eating
  • Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes
  • HAES (Health At Every Size)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • IBS/GI issues
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Weight Concerns

Education:                 

  • B.S. Nutritional Science w/concentration in Dietetics, San Jose State University
  • Internship completed at Vista Manor Nursing Center and Bay Area Nutrition
  • Personal Training Certification, San Diego State University

Experience:

Deb has been working in the nutrition and fitness fields for over 15 years.  In addition to being an RDN, Deb is a certified personal trainer and has 15 years of experience as a certified USAC cycling coach.  She has been working with and supporting clients who have various eating disorders along with their care team as a nutrition support mentor (i.e. recovery coach) and registered dietitian.  Deb is passionate in supporting clients’ relationship with food and body, while reducing anxiety around food and meals as well as ensuring clients have adequate nutrition for performance, health and well-being.

Deb also has a special interest in working with adults and seniors to help them improve any metabolic and malnutrition concerns to support their health and well-being.

As an avid weightlifter and cyclist, Deb has expertise and a passion for sports nutrition. Additionally, Deb takes a weight inclusive, non-diet approach to support client’s overall health and well-being.

Deb continues her professional learning and growth by participating in individual and group case consultation and supervision, as well as classes and continuing education in the area of athletics, nutrition, eating disorders, and counseling.

Administrative and Client Care Team

Elinor Rivera — Intake Coordinator

April Thomson — Billing Specialist