Dietary Team

Elizabeth Ajuzie

Dietary & Meal Support

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Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Prior to her appointment at the University of California San Diego, Elizabeth had the pleasure of working as a Nutrition Specialist of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child Nutrition Programs with the State of Missouri Food and Nutrition Service. As a Diet Tech, Elizabeth will oversee the preparation of all meals and snacks for the adult and adolescent patients and assist in creating menus for the program and analyzing the nutrition information for each menu item. As part of the dietary staff, Elizabeth works closely with the registered dietitians to ensure that each patient meets his or her individual dietary needs and provides specialized meal support throughout the day.

Stephanie Chavez

Dietary & Meal Support

Stephanie Chavez

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University. She came to the program with experience treating eating disorder patients in residential and partial hospitalization. Shortly after graduating from SDSU Stephanie passed the Examination for Diet Technician. As a Diet Tech at UCSD, she works with the Adult Day Treatment program by providing meal support for patients, teaching cooking class, and assisting the dietary and clinical staff to coordinate care throughout the patients' treatment.

Rebecca DeHamer, RD

Registered Dietitian

Rebecca DeHamer, RD

Rebecca DeHamer is a Registered Dietitian who works in the Adult PHP and IOP programs. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from California State University, Chico and started her career working as a health and physical activity teacher in Berkeley, California. A growing passion for science and nutrition brought her to San Diego State University where she earned her Masters of Science. While in graduate school, Rebecca worked in Public Health for UCSD, Nutrition Counseling for SDSU, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at Miramar College. She went on to complete a year-long dietetic internship at UCSD Medical Center and then accepted a position with our outpatient program. She currently serves on the board of the California Dietetic Association, San Diego as a Co-Communications Chair. When Rebecca is not here working with her patients, she is in her garden with her husband, bulldog, and 8 month old daughter.

Graciella Guerrero

Chef

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Kerry Haynes

Chef

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Breana Janke, RD

Registered Dietitian

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Breana Janke is a Registered Dietitian who has been working for the Adolescent and Adult Day Treatment Program since Fall 2012. Breana earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University. Shortly after completing her undergraduate work, Breana was accepted into a dietetic internship program where she completed one year of supervised practice experience required to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Breana’s interest in eating disorders developed during her dietetic internship where she received experience treating patients with eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After earning her RD, Breana worked as a clinical dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy to many different patient populations including oncology, diabetes, renal and liver disease. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and San Diego Dietitians in Eating Disorders Group. Breana is thrilled be a part of UCSD’s Treatment team where she is able to pursue her passion of working in the field of eating disorders.

Ali Livaudais

Chef

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Danika Lugo

Dietary & Meal Support

Danika Lugo

Danika received her Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University. She joined the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research program in July of 2016 upon completing her degree. During her undergraduate she worked in Public Health at San Diego State University, Nutrition Counseling for California State University San Marcos, and as a Dietary Aide within a clinical setting. As part of the dietary staff, she works closely with the dietitians and clinical staff to accommodate patient’s dietary needs, provide specialized meal support.

Sammi Montag, RD

Registered Dietitian

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Sammi Montag is a Registered Dietitian working with the adolescent and pediatric day treatment and IOP programs since October 2014. Sammi earned her Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Point Loma Nazarene University and went on to complete a yearlong dietetic internship at UCSD Medical Center before taking the registration exam to become a dietitian. With a clinical background, Sammi has gained experience working with various patient populations including oncology, cardiology, renal, intensive care, diabetes, and eating disorders. Sammi is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the San Diego Dietetic Association, and the San Diego Dietitians in Eating Disorders Group. With a passion for outpatient nutrition and eating disorders Sammi is excited to be a part of the eating disorder treatment team.

Erin Reeves, RD

Dietary Manager

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Erin Reeves is a Registered Dietitian who works in the Adolescent and Adult PHP and IOP programs. Erin began working in the field of eating disorders, while earning her Bachelors of Science degree at California State University Long Beach. After graduation, she completed a yearlong dietetic Internship which lead to the Registration Examination for Dietitians through Long Beach State and received her RD. She has experience in working with adolescents, adults and families and has worked at all levels of care including inpatient, partial, intensive outpatient as well as private practice. Erin really enjoys working with patients to work through food fears and not miss out on wonderful life experiences. After moving to San Diego in the Fall of 2013 she is really thrilled to be a part of the UCSD team and enjoying the SD life. She especially loves taking her two wiener dogs to the beach and going on outdoor adventures with her husband.

Kate Ryan

Chef

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Kate is thrilled to have joined the Eating Disorders culinary team in July 2015 after working part time in the UCSD Catering Department for 2 ½ years. She has always worked in the Hospitality / Food & Beverage Industry and it is still her passion.

Kate is a native San Diegan growing up in La Mesa, attending both Helix High School and San Diego State University. However, she has lived in other parts of the country including Colorado for 18 years which is where she met her husband, Tom.

They currently live in Ocean Beach with their two rescue dogs and of course one of their favorite things to do is visit dog beach! Kate loves living close to the water where she can be outdoors enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather year around!!

Jaren Soloff, RD

Registered Dietitian

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Jaren Soloff is a passionate Registered Dietitian working with the Adult and IOP treatment programs. After completing her undergraduate education at San Diego State University in Nutrition Science and Feminist Studies, Jaren completed an accredited dietetic internship with Utah State University. Jaren has experience at residential, IOP, PHP and outpatient levels of eating disorder treatment in addition to clinical and community nutrition settings. Jaren is committed to eating disorder advocacy and treatment within the San Diego community personally and professionally. She maintains a leadership position as Public Policy chair with the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics- San Diego District, is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the San Diego Dietitians in Eating Disorders group. Jaren is thrilled to be a part of the UCSD Eating Disorder program where she integrates her passion for mental health advocacy, counseling and patient care.

Cathy Whitney

Administrative Assistant

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Cathy has been part of UCSD Psychiatry Department since 2001. She began with our UCSD, Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research Program in 2011 as an Administrative Assistant. Cathy works with the Adult and Adolescent programs with meals, some groups and administrative needs of the staff. She works with the dietary team helping with any administrative duties and recently she has taken over the administrative functions of the Intensive Family Therapy program. Cathy is an avid baseball fan for her team the St. Louis Cardinals. She was born and raised in St. Louis and her love of the team has never left her.