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Our bariatric surgeons use a range of treatments to help you reach weight loss goals and optimize your health. To learn more, call 310-825-7163.

Welcome to the healthy eating section for the UCLA Center for Obesity and Metabolic Health.

In this section you will find the information you will need for long-term health and sustaining your weight reduction goals. Under the supervision of our registered dietitians, patients will discuss a balanced, low-calorie meal plan that incorporates lean protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, nutritious fats and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Our team is here to help you find ways to enjoy eating nutritious, filling foods. They are here to support you and motivate you to live a healthier life.

Meet our Dietitians

Christine Goukasian, MS, RD

Christine Goukasian, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian

Christine completed her Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science from California State University, Northridge. Her dietetic internship was completed at Lenoir-Rhyne University, with emphasis on childhood obesity. She has experience working in multiple areas including clinical nutrition, weight management, prenatal nutrition, diabetes and renal disease. She enjoys being part of a vital multidisciplinary team to help patients succeed in weight loss and is committed to helping patients meet their dietary needs through nutrition education. Christine believes the benefits of healthy nutrition on our mind and body is endless. She speaks Armenian fluently and is able to work with Armenian speaking patients.

Allison Barbera, MS, RDN

Allison Barbera, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian

Allie is a graduate of UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a Concentration in Health and Minor in Public Health. After spending a year abroad, she later graduated from Winthrop University in South Carolina with a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship at Lenoir-Rhyne University, with a Concentration in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. Prior to her position at UCLA, Allie completed the Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and worked as a weight management dietitian in North Carolina. Allie has a wide range of interests from clinical obesity interventions to food systems and global nutrition initiatives. She is passionate about helping patients through the healing power of food and the policy, systems and environmental changes necessary to facilitate optimal living. In her spare time, Allie loves exploring her new home on the West Coast.

Contact Us

To schedule a consultation with UCLA Bariatric Surgery in Los Angeles, California, call us at 310-825-7163 or fill out our online form.

For a physician referral, please call (800) UCLA-MD1 (825-2631).

*Weight loss results can vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results. Read full disclaimer.