About Us


Stephanie Brooks, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S

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 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, RDN

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.


Jill Daniels, MS, RDN, CSSD

Jill brings over 20 years of nutrition and dietetics experience to Bay Area Nutrition working with individuals, corporations, athletic teams and community groups. Specializing in sports nutrition and disordered eating, Jill holds a Master’s degree in nutrition from San Jose State University, is a board-certified specialist in Sports Dietetics, and is a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She takes a non-diet approach with her clients and incorporates Health at Every Size principles. Jill enjoys the privilege of helping clients achieve better health, increase their energy levels, improve their athletic performance and enjoy a more peaceful relationship with food. She travels to Belize every year to minister to a sweet community of people she loves, and you can also find her hiking, swimming, playing volleyball, practicing yoga or reading a good book.


Erica Lewis, MS, RDN

Erica is a Bay Area native and discovered a passion for biology and nutrition as a middle schooler. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and completed her dietetic internship and Master’s degree from Cal State Long Beach. She began her career in 2008 and has worked in hospitals and outpatient clinics guiding people to find their own path towards health. Erica has sought out advance training in the areas of eating disorders, Health at Every Size and nutrition therapy counseling. Erica believes in incorporating Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating and non-diet approaches to wellness. Outside of work she is a Girl Scout leader, avid reader and mom to 2 rescued dogs.


Karmen Paley-Blount, MS, RDN

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, RDN

Rebecca joined Bay Area Nutrition to cover our growing practice and sees clients in Campell and Sunnyvale. 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.


Macy Otake

Macy is Bay Area Nutrition’s Office Manager.  She joined Bay Area Nutrition in 2015 and is often the first point of contact for clients. Macy holds a BS in Food Science and Technology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She has over 20 years of experience in customer service.  In her spare time, she volunteers both at her son’s school and serves in the local community.