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Stephanie Brooks, MS, RD

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 and a certificate in eating disorders from John F. Kennedy University. 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 the right balance for them. She practices a "Health at Every Size" philosophy and utilizes a "non-diet/mindful" approach to eating, activity and life balance.

Cassie Barmore, MS, RD

Cassie Barmore, MS, RD earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from California State University, Chico and her Master of Science in Nutritional Science from Texas Tech University. She completed her internship in Southern California through California State University Long Beach, with a concentration in Nutrition Across the Lifecycle Communication. Cassie specializes in helping clients who struggle with disordered eating/eating disorders, working to restore healthy thoughts and perceptions about food. Cassie provides tailored nutrition education and counseling to individuals and groups, helping people work through any barriers they may face to a healthy life. Cassie is committed to delivering health education through an evidence-informed, social justice lens and to promote positive and inclusive messages. Cassie utilizes a mindful, non-diet, weight-neutral approach to nutrition education. .

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.

Nicole Mesita, RD

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from California State University, Chico where she quickly grasped the counseling skills for a "non-diet", "Health at Every Size" approach to nutrition. As a lifetime runner and then NCAA cross-country and track athlete she learned the importance of fueling your body at a young age. Her specialty goes beyond nutrition counseling but also is experienced and passionate about helping individuals develop adherence to physical activity. Nicole then went on to complete her internship though Chico State where she sought concentrations that allowed her to practice all of these ideas. Nicole believes in an integrative approach to health education, one that thrives when all areas of a person's health are considered. She is committed to provide empathic, weight-neutral counseling to help individuals overcome issues with food and body image though evidenced based practice.

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.

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