Bauman College Faculty

Ed Bauman


Founder + President

Ed has been a pioneer in the field of holistic nutrition since the early 1980s. His vision and leadership have inspired thousands of people to transform their lives in the form of wellness, community, and peace. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in health promotion from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bauman created the Eating for Health® model to teach individuals to make nutritionally comprehensive food choices and founded Bauman College in 1989 with a mission to change the world through better nutrition and healthful living. He is a special advisor for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and a love of good health and good taste to his work. Dr. Bauman was co-editor of the Holistic Health Handbook and Holistic Health Lifebook, and author of Confronting Cancer in Our Community, Recipes and Remedies for Rejuvenation Cookbook, The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors, The Flavors of Health Cookbook, and Eating for Health: Your Guide to Vitality and Optimal Health.

Jacquelyn Buchanan


Culinary Program Director

Chef Jacquelyn has worked in the Bay Area culinary world in many diverse roles—as executive chef, culinary programs director, and even as a vineyard and winery owner in Sonoma County. As an executive chef, she worked at landmark Bay Area restaurants such as The Union Hotel, The General’s Daughter, and Hayes Street Grill. In her role as a culinary programs director, she worked at institutions such as Lucasfilm, COPIA, and Laura Chenel’s Chevre. Jacquelyn is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and is a certified nutrition educator from Bauman College.

Rosie Ueng


Nutrition Program Director

Rosie holds a B.A. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Some intractable health issues led her to learning about food and nutrition as a mode of healing. She went on to obtain an M.S. in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. She has worked at Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley and as a professional caterer for almost a decade. Cooking satisfies her love of science, her interest in nutrition, as well as her curiosity for experimentation. Rosie is currently the owner of Rosewater Cooking & Science, which offers nutrition consultations and hands-on classes involving cooking and the science of cooking.

Marie Brennan


Lead Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Marie graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in dietetics. An avid traveler, she has explored her love of food while on the road. Marie has worked in the kitchens of numerous meditation centers around the world. Her travels have taken her to study cheese making in Tasmania, Thai cuisine in Bangkok, tea and fermented foods in the mountains of Korea, and raw food in Western Australia. She presently works as a private chef and consultant in addition to teaching and doing community outreach.

Susan Arthur


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Susan has a B.A. in psychology from Sacramento State University and has been teaching and counseling in the field of holistic health and nutrition since 1989. She is a certified nutrition consultant from Bauman College and has been an instructor at Bauman since 2006. Her studies in psychology included an emphasis on nutrition and behavior modification. In her nutrition practice, she emphasizes the whole person, working on all aspects of their life experience to encourage lasting change and well-being. Susan has provided hundreds of clients from diverse backgrounds with individualized nutritional support.


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Jaime received her Bachelor’s of Health Science degree with honors from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is a former forensic DNA scientist as well as a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant. For several years, Jaime maintained a private nutrition consulting business and gave lectures throughout her community educating and inspiring families to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. In addition to teaching at Bauman College, Jaime is currently a freelance nutrition and wellness writer.

Anasuya Basil


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Anasuya has been the director of a holistic health practice, My Body Wisdom, since 1996. She is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. Anasuya was on the faculty of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley for eight years, teaching traditional Chinese medicine theory applications for women’s health as well as nutrition for pain and depression. She is board certified as a Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM) and certified by the Upledger Institute in craniosacral therapy.


Natural Chef + Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Chef Nishanga has been a holistic physician since 1999. She is a licensed acupuncturist, nutritionist, and professor of Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. Nishanga is the author of Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy, and has a blog, Gastronicity, where she writes about the intersections of food, health, and sustainability.

Nataliya Bryantsev


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Nataliya worked as a Doctor of Medicine in Russia. In the US, she did not finish the licensing process and does not practice medicine. Instead, Nataliya completed the Nutrition Consultant Training Program at Bauman College and completed the Doctor of Natural Health degree from Trinity School. With the Bauman Wellness project, she taught holistic nutrition at Alameda Health System and provided coaching for their employees. Currently, Nataliya is a yoga instructor, Ayurvedic wellness counselor, raw food teacher, and nutrition consultant, and she is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She teaches her clients how whole foods, yoga, and spiritual practice can restore optimal metabolism and vitality

Susan Chritton


Bauman Business Institute Instructor

Susan is an executive career coach, career management fellow, master personal brand strategist, and author of Personal Branding for Dummies. She guides professionals looking to engage their authentic selves in the world by looking within to discover not just what they can do but who they are. With her wealth of credentials and extensive experience in career development, Susan is able to draw on her ability to identify each individual’s uniqueness and then arrange the variables in his or her life to map out a strategic direction. Susan’s work in career development stems from more than two decades in the career field including teaching graduate career counseling at the University of San Francisco.

Emily Dashiell


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Emily is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and has a family practice in Santa Monica, CA. She earned her B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to receive her N.D. from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. As a naturopathic doctor, she blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics. Dr. Dashiell has been an instructor with Bauman College since 2006.

Kathryn Dejong


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Kathryn holds an M.A. in education and a teaching credential from Sonoma State University. She retired from a thrilling teaching career in 2006, instructing adult education, elementary school, and preschool. After retiring, she pursued her passion for cooking and nutrition at Bauman College and completed both the nutrition consultant and natural chef training programs; she eventually began teaching affordable nutrition for Bauman College. Presently, she co-teaches in Petaluma and runs her own nutrition consultant practice. Kathryn is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®.

Karla Delong


Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Karla is a graduate of the Bauman College Natural Chef Training Program. She is the lead instructor at Mountain Feed and Farm Supply where she teaches food preservation and homesteading skills classes. She also works with The Farmer’s Guild, The Homeless Garden Project, Everyone’s Harvest, and Santa Cruz Re-skilling to promote healthy and sustainable food practices. She is also the president of the Santa Cruz Beekeeper’s Guild. Karla’s culinary passion is to inspire people to eat well and be happy by being a part of their local food community.


Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Julia holds a B.S. in food science and human nutrition from Colorado State University. To combine her passion of cooking and nutrition, she became a certified natural chef through Bauman College. Since then, she has founded Trailside Kitchen and developed the Trailside Method, a 6-week solution to building intuitive and strategic eating habits to optimize exercise performance, recover quickly, and set the stage for long-term health. In addition to teaching culinary classes at Bauman College, Julia is working toward her M.B.A. at Sonoma State University.

Karen Diggs


Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Karen is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and a certified nutrition consultant from Bauman College. She has worked in many aspects of the culinary world including cooking at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, opening and managing restaurants in Asia and the US, and working with celebrity chefs on many cooking shows on PBS. Karen now combines her love of cooking and knowledge of holistic nutrition through private consultations, cooking classes, and public lectures.


Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Sabina began her holistic health education at the National Holistic Institute and practiced massage therapy. Her passion for healthy living has brought her to Bauman College where she is currently pursuing a certificate as a nutrition consultant. She is a graduate of the Contra Costa College culinary program and has a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential in culinary arts from San Jose State University. Sabina’s culinary path has led her to nourish and support others in their journey through life. She teaches culinary arts at the Life Learning Academy, a charter high school for at-risk youth where she has been teaching since 2002, and spends summers working with and cooking for kids of incarcerated parents at the Project Avary camp. She is also the chef at the Kyoto Japanese Meditation Archery Retreat.

Diane Fischler


Nutrition Consultant Instructor + Administrator

Diane is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant and has a B.A. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has been a Bauman College faculty member since 2005 and a distance learning mentor since 2007. In that time, she has successfully ushered many enthusiastic students through the program. She teaches nutrition at Northern California Functional Restoration Program, a pain management clinic. Diane has a lifelong interest in health and wellness with an emphasis on stress reduction and cardiovascular health.

Mary Sheila Gonnella


Nutrition Consultant Instructor + Bauman Business Institute Mentor

Mary Sheila received a B.A. in environmental education from Sonoma State University and earned her teaching credential from Chapman University. She received certification as a nutrition consultant from Bauman College, a certificate in clinical Ayurveda with DeAnna Batdorff, and is certified as a Pilates mat and rhythm workout instructor. She has studied amino acid therapy with Julia Ross and hormonal balance with Dan Kalish. Mary Sheila has a private nutrition practice called Occidental Nutrition where she works one-on-one with clients and teaches group classes. She also teaches group nutrition classes at the Ceres Community Project, West County Health Centers, and Salmon Creek Middle School.


Bauman Business Institute Instructor + Mentor

Thais has a B.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a certified nutrition consultant from Bauman College. She is the co-founder of Nourish Together, a business she runs with her husband, where she helps couples thrive in health and in love. Together, they guide couples in setting and reaching health goals, connecting in a deeper way, finding ways to communicate their needs, and discovering new roads to intimacy. She also works as the nutrition education manager at Ceres Community Project, a nonprofit organization supporting primarily low-income people struggling with serious illnesses by providing free and home-delivered nourishing, organic, and locally produced meals; nutrition education; and the caring support of the community. As a business owner, Thais draws from her past experience as a graphic and web designer, human resources manager, and accounts payable representative.

Nori Hudson


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Nori holds a B.A. in English, an M.S. in business administration, is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She has instructed at Bauman College since 2002 and owns a private practice, Radiant Vitality, which focuses on health issues of children and the elderly. Nori teaches widely within her community at schools and seminars. She also introduced a nutrition course, Success!, into the minimum security dorm at San Quentin State Prison.


Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Denise is a certified nutrition educator in whole food nutrition with a specialty in food allergies and sensitivities. She spent over ten years working for Whole Foods Market®, Northern California, as the regional healthy eating program coordinator. Denise is the author of two books: Recipes for Dairy-Free Living and The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen. She is a frequent lecturer for businesses, hospitals, healthcare providers, seniors, and schools. Denise has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio networks including KRON/NBC, KPIX/CBS and KGO/ABC.

Laura Knoff


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Laura holds a B.S. in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University and was a senior research associate in the Lipoprotein Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Laura also worked as an electron microscopist from 1982 until 2000. She is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant, a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She is the author of Veggiewoman’s Guide to Health; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Eating; and The Whole Food Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Laura has a private practice at the Labrys Healthcare Circle in Oakland, CA.

Erin Livers


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Erin earned a B.A. in journalism and fine arts in 1984 and later graduated from the Seven Bowls School of Nutrition, Nourishment, and Healing in Longmont, CO. She became an integral member of the faculty and staff at Seven Bowls where she developed curriculum, a student nutrition clinic, and also served as a program director. She went on to teach western nutrition at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver before finding her home at Bauman College. Erin maintains a private practice in nutrition therapy called Food As Medicine and offers public workshops and seminars on a variety of health-related topics that reflect her holistic philosophy on wellness. She is also a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Camila Loew


Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Camila holds a Ph.D. in humanities from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She studied Natural Energetic Cooking in Barcelona, Spain, and Health Supportive Cooking at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, NY. Camila lived in Barcelona for 15 years where she founded Desayuno con guisantes, a business through which she was able to write about and teach healthy cooking and eating. She moved to Berkeley, CA, in late 2013 and founded Sobremesa, a Mediterranean food services company. In addition to running Sobremesa and Sobremesa Culinary Tours, Camila teaches at 18 Reasons in San Francisco, The Cooking School at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, Ramekins in Sonoma, and at Bauman College; she also teaches a regular Eating for Healing series at the Cancer Support Community. In addition to teaching, Camila practices nutrition consulting as a certified nutrition consultant.

Susan Machtinger


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Susan received her B.A. with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her J.D. from Golden Gate University. She remains a member in good standing of the State Bar of California. Susan completed the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Training Program in 2003 and began teaching at Bauman in 2006. She also maintains a private nutrition consulting practice at Indigo Healing Arts in Tiburon, CA, and presents public lectures on a variety of nutrition-related topics at venues throughout Northern California. Susan is currently writing a book on the philosophy of food.

Donna Morton


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Donna is a Bauman College certified holistic nutrition consultant and has been an orthopedic physical therapist since 1986. She was inspired to bring nutrition into her physical therapy practice to bridge a large gap in the conventional treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. She is on the faculty at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley where she has been teaching Tibetan yoga and meditation since 2002. She also facilitates group classes, retreats, and workshops in the areas of nutrition education, natural posture and movement training, meditation, and yoga. Her whole-person integrative approach employs modalities from east and west to guide and support individuals, groups, and communities toward realization of greater health, well-being, and sustainable living.

Stacee Novotny


Nutrition Consultant Instructor

Stacee graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in human nutrition and dietetics in 1995. She is a certified nutrition consultant from Bauman College and an active member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She holds certifications through The American College of Sports Medicine as a health and fitness specialist and cancer exercise trainer. Stacee has been in the nutrition and fitness industries since 1998 and has a private practice, S.N.A.C.K.S. for a Healthy Journey, where she consults with individuals on nutrition and fitness in their homes and in the outdoors.


Bauman Business Institute Instructor

Diane is the owner and founder of Balanced Bites, a certified nutrition consultant, the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox, the co-author of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking, a serial entrepreneur, and a business and marketing expert. Diane holds a B.S. from Syracuse University where she majored in consumer studies (a cross section of retail, marketing, and management). She also has certifications in graphic and digital design from The New School for Design, holistic nutrition consultation from Bauman College, holistic lifestyle coaching from the CHEK Institute, and Poliquin BioSignature Modulation.


Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Trudy brings a holistic healing approach to both home and professional kitchens. She runs a personal chef business, The Healing Hearth, where she specializes in preparing nourishing and appetizing cuisine for people healing from illnesses. She is the holistic chef at Alegria Community Living, where she works with the staff to cook nutrient-dense meals for the residents. She received her culinary training from Bauman College and her M.A. in holistic health with a specialization in holistic nutrition from John F. Kennedy University.


Bauman Business Institute Instructor

Shaun Tai is the executive director of Oakland Digital, an award-winning 501(c)(3) community-building design studio in Oakland, CA, that enhances technological literacy among underserved, minority, and at-risk populations. Oakland Digital’s programs provide digital literacy training, career-related resources/training, and employment opportunities that enable Oakland and East Bay residents to achieve economic independence, opportunity, and self-sufficiency. He has taught at San Jose State University, where he received an M.A. in architectural and urban design and a B.S. in advertising management. In 2002, Shaun graduated with honors from California State University East Bay with a B.A. in digital graphics. Now on its seventh operating year, Oakland Digital has directly impacted the lives of over 4,000 under-resourced Oakland and East Bay community college students, female entrepreneurs, and at-risk youth, boosting the local economy by $3.2 million and providing opportunities for 21st century employment.


Natural Chef Instructor

Chef Sascha attended the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. He worked as the executive pastry chef at Millennium in San Francisco, a vegan fine dining restaurant, and contributed to their first cookbook. He was the founding chef and culinary director for The Plant Cafe Organic in San Francisco for over ten years, sous chef at the Ravens in Mendocino, private chef at Lucas Film, and owned and operated Urban Kitchen, a natural foods catering company in Berkeley, CA. His recipes have been featured in numerous publications, and he is currently the director of product development and R&D at Project Juice.


Bauman Business Institute Instructor

Denise began taking photos when her grandmother gave her a camera at the age of 5, and she never stopped shooting. She studied photography with an emphasis on black and white film production at the College of Marin in the 1990s. After starting her food blog, Chez Us, she started to focus on food and travel photography. Her food photography has appeared in Gourmet Live, Food and Wine Magazine, Saveur Magazine, and Rodale’s Organic Life. She is also a co-founder of a boutique webcasting/video production company, FullView Media, located in the Bay Area. When not working, she enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and teaching photography and video production at Learn to Shoot Food.