Nancee graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned her masters of science in nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was mentored by Dr. Lin Chang of the G. Oppenheimer Center for the Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience.
Nancee joined the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases in 2012, where she is an integral part of the Celiac Disease Program and Digestive Health & Nutrition Clinic. She is involved with direct patient interaction during individual nutrition counseling sessions on such disease states as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, short bowel syndrome and idiopathic or functional bowel.
Nancee was a reviewer for the American Gastroenterological Association patient initiatives for short bowel syndrome and the low fodmap diet in 2016. She also helps mentor the division’s fellows and is asked to speak on nutrition and digestive disorders at conferences inclusive of the Southern California Society of Gastroenterology. Nancee is currently working on research regarding the reintroduction phase of the low fodmap diet with Dr. Lin Chang.
Janelle Smith, MS, RDN
UCLA Health - Santa Monica & Westwood GI Clinic
Janelle is a registered dietitian nutritionist with expertise in both gastrointestinal disorders and eating disorders. She was motivated to become a dietitian when she was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009. Living through that significant life change and later learning to manage irritable bowel syndrome have influenced how she helps patients through similar changes. She believes that understanding the individualized effects of food in the body is an empowering part of treatment. Janelle utilizes mindfulness and self-compassion in addition to diet changes to help patients minimize diet restrictions and live a fulfilling life that does not revolve around food. Janelle received her masters of science in nutrition and dietetics from California State University Northridge, then trained at the Veterans Health Association in Los Angeles. She is a leader within the community of celiac patients and professionals, advocating for faster diagnosis, better care and improved quality of life. She also specializes in eating disorders in gastrointestinal disorders.