Nancee is the chief dietitian for the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases. Given that the digestive tract is intimately involved with many of the processes which govern nutritional health, she was recruited in 2012 to help develop a comprehensive GI nutrition program to enhance patient care with specific nutritional issues and to provide on-going nutritional education to UCLA GI fellows, gastroenterologists and other healthcare professionals. The GI nutrition program is now an integral part of, and a catalyst for, the division’s Integrative Digestive Health and Wellness Program.
In addition to her chief role, Nancee continues to provide direct patient interaction during individual nutrition counseling sessions for diagnoses such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, short bowel syndrome and idiopathic or functional bowel. She also leads the functional gastrointestinal disorders workgroup for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietitians in Gastrointestinal Disorders (DIGID) Practice Group. Nancee’s expertise draws invitations to speak on nutrition and digestive disorders at national conferences. Her current research includes the reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet with Lin Chang, MD, co-director of the UCLA G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, and she was a former reviewer for the American Gastroenterological Association patient initiatives for short bowel syndrome and the low FODMAP diet in 2016.
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.
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. 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.
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.