Our program staff includes certified staff trained in multiple disciplines including:
Executive Director, Therapy Services
Ellen graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology in 1981 and an M.S. in Physical Therapy in 1984. She worked as a physical therapist in a variety of clinical areas including acute, outpatient, geriatrics, orthopedics, acute rehab/neuro, cardiac, burns, and skilled nursing. She has been a rehab manager for the past 23 years in a variety of settings, and is currently Executive Director of Therapy Services for UCLA Health, which includes rehab, respiratory therapy, and integrative medicine programs. Ellen is a past member and president of the Physical Therapy Board of California, and continues to serve as a consultant investigating PT-related complaints state-wide.
Tamara Horwich, MD, MS
Program Medical Director
Dr. Tamara Horwich is an attending cardiologist and Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is Medical Director of the UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program, Co-Director of the UCLA Women's Cardiovascular Health Center, and an active member of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. Dr. Horwich's clinical interests include treating and preventing heart disease in women, cardiac rehabilitation, treating patients with heart failure, and performing and interpreting echocardiograms. Read more >
Sharon Randles, BSN, RN, CCRP
Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional
Sharon is a registered nurse with her BSN from UCLA. Her career focus has been cardiac nursing and she has worked in the cardiac rehabilitation field since 1983. She has served as the clinical nurse manager of the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Department since 2007. In 2017, Sharon became the clinical operations manager for the UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program. She is a long time member of CSCR and AACVPR and achieved her professional certification (CCRP) in 2015. She has been the clinical facilitator for the UCLA chapter of WomenHeart since 2012. Sharon is pleased that there are many options for cardiac and pulmonary patients as they navigate their health related issues.
Amy Lau Herzberg, MPH
Business Development Manager
Cardiac Rehabilitation - Traditional and Ornish Lifestyle Medicine
Amy has over 15 years of experience leading healthcare programs and initiatives with UCLA Health, the U.S. Veterans Healthcare Administration and Fortune 100 companies. She currently serves as Business Development Manager for UCLA Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs — Traditional and Lifestyle Medicine. Driven by her commitment for community health and wellness, Amy has been a devoted spokeswoman and ardent advocate since 2008 for several national organizations, including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; WomenHeart - The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease; and the American Heart Association. Amy is passionate about empowering others to optimize lifestyle changes towards a healthier tomorrow and beyond. To support her wellness lifestyle, Amy exercises daily and follows a heart healthy diet, which has led her to finish several Ironman Triathlon races. She plays the piano, and enjoys traveling the world with her family. Amy earned a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA.
Mary Galindo, MPH, RD
Mary Galindo is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master of Public Health specializing in Health Promotion and Education. She also holds a certificate in Vegetarian Nutrition, Motivational Interviewing, and Health Coaching. Mary has been an integral part of the development and delivery of UCLA Health Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease since its inception at UCLA in 2014. She is continually inspired and motivated by the results that comprehensive lifestyle medicine is providing for her cardiac patients.
Lucy is the Nurse Case Manager for UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine. She is a Registered Nurse and has been with UCLA since the start of her career in 2008. Prior to 2015, Lucy worked in the OR, ICU, and PTU/PACU in an outpatient setting. She believes strongly in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and she finds joy in helping her patients transform their health through integrative medicine.
Lauren is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with UCLA Health Traditional Cardiopulmonary Rehab and the UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program. She holds professional certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CEP) and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR-CCRP). Lauren has worked in our department since 2006 and played a critical role in starting the UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program from the ground-up in 2014. She provides a safe, educational and fun environment where patients can reach their goals. Originally, from Michigan, Lauren lives in Santa Monica and loves a good sunset beach run.
Jodi is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She holds a Masters degree in Nutritional Science. Jodi has over 9 years of experience working with children, families, adults and seniors on improving their nutrition. She has experience in working with people with gestational diabetes, bariatric surgery, and eating disorders. Jodi has done intensive training in child, adolescent and adult weight management, as well as sports nutrition. She uses her training in Intuitive Eating and Motivational Interviewing to work to meet every individual’s unique needs and goals. Jodi is excited to be working with the UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program to help others learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet and how to make it practical and enjoyable.
Natasha is the Group Support Facilitator with the UCLA Lifestyle Medicine Program for reversing heart disease. She graduated from the University of Southern California with her graduate degree in Social Work. She believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. Natasha provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.
Claire is a Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and Master’s degree in Social Work from USC. She holds certificates in EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, and Problem Solving Therapy in addition to completing trainings in sexuality and health at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and in Los Angeles. Claire has been a part of the UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program since spring of 2016 and is passionate about lifestyle medicine and the profound changes it brings to her patients’ minds, bodies and hearts.
Karin is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga therapists. She specializes in teaching yoga as a healing modality for heart disease at UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine and for cancer patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her personal experience of recovering from health challenges through yoga allows Karin to teach from a place of compassion and support. She teaches skills to apply to life, so people can heal, protect their hearts and thrive. Karin is excited by the success stories of the people who have found peace and wellness after heart events. She is also a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy rx Program, and holds an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher license through Yoga Alliance. Karin received her bachelors’ degree in Communications from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Angela holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara. For nearly two decades, she has used the therapeutic power of yoga to inspire those seeking relief from chronic diseases. Angela has certifications in Kundalini Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra, Yoga Therapy for PTSD, Warriors at Ease, Y.O.G.A. for Youth, and Therapeutic Yoga. She has passionately served our community with her groundbreaking work through programs for chronic pain, cancer recovery, combat veterans, pregnant teens, and women’s health. Angela is a 2014 inaugural team member of the UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program, and is honored to share the transformative power of Lifestyle Medicine with heart disease patients.
Jessica graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from California State University of Northridge in 2015 with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She joined UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program in 2017 as a Rehabilitation Aide. Jessica completed an internship at Glendale Memorial Hospital in 2016 for their cardiac fitness center where she continued to add to her experience in exercise program development and adherence. Jessica’s 5 years of experience has focused on corrective, preventative, adaptive and functional exercises for optimum fitness, health, and performance. Her passion is to support patients on their health and wellness journey. Jessica enjoys the outdoors, loves spending time with her family and traveling.