Nutrition As Therapy Team

Southern California Nutrition Experts


Nutrition As Therapy has been in business since 2007. We have the experience to help our clients reach their goals. We make eating healthy a fun and delicious experience. 

Our areas of expertise include: Weight management, high blood pressure management, high cholesterol/triglyceride management, nutrition for pregnancy, diabetes, teen/child/infant nutrition, vegan/vegetarian, nutrition for optimal health, disordered eating including compulsive & emotional overeating.

Our approach to good nutrition encompasses not only education but also lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors. We address each person as a whole, assessing possible emotional and physiological influences as to why an issue may be occurring. Our philosophy promotes plant-based, wholesome eating using natural food, organic supplementation if applicable, exercise, support, and goal-setting to assist our clients in achieving their health goals.

Change is not easy, we know — so we move with you at your pace with understanding and encouragement at every step of the way. We can assist you in achieving your health goals! Call us to make your first appointment!

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I am very happy with the results I am getting at Nutrition As Therapy. Thanks to my RDs’ help I stay motivated and look forward to continue maintaining my results. Using their tools I am able to stick to portions recommended. My starting weight was 230 and I have lost 13 pounds within the 2 months that I have started the counseling.

I love my dietitian; she is honest with me, patient, and encouraging. When I have obstacles or lapse, I am grateful to her because she is understanding and helps me get back on track. I have been losing 1 pound a week by following the eating schedule she recommended for me and by keeping track of my food. My starting weight was 194 and my most recent weight is 166. I have lost 28 pounds.


(AF) has lost 78 pounds since his first consult with us. He had been diagnosed with Renal Insufficiency Stage 2 and now has normal renal (kidney function). His glucose and LDL cholesterol have also gone down and he has been able to get off some of his medications. He still wants to lose 30 more pounds and further improve his health. He states that all of our nutritionists have been very helpful and that in the end it's the individual that needs to make the changes. He eats very plant-based now and eats beans and veggies and has left the bacon, cheese, and other fatty animal foods by the wayside. Congrats AF, keep up the great work !!


I was referred by my primary doctor to be seen by your nutritionist specialist, Deidre Paulson. On September, my weight was 141 lbs, but since then, I have lost 14 lbs and as of January 5th, my A1C dropped to 6.3 and my sugar levels are now between 101 and 125. I'm so thankful for my nutritionist for helping me achieve my goal. I'm proud of myself for the accomplishment. It's been hard, but I also know that I need to continue if I want to be healthy and also feel better about myself.


I used to weigh 344lb, then started with Nutrition As Therapy, and my therapist was and is still very supportive of me. I changed my eating habits and started to power walk and exercise EVERY DAY since Nov 10th 2017. I have lost a total of 84 lbs and I feel great!! I am proud of MYSELF and with the support of my therapist Basia, I did it!


About Magnolia

Magnolia Vela is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with over 23 years of experience. She holds a Master's Degree in Nutritional Science from Cal State Long Beach and completed her nutrition/dietetic internship through the University of Northern Colorado. Being of Colombian descent she acknowledges the cultural diversity present amongst clients and appreciates each client for the unique individual that they are. She has always been of the entrepreneurial spirit and started off teaching classes to the latino prenatal population in Los Angeles. She then became the staff RD for Talbert Medical and Universal Care. Shortly thereafter she opened her business otherwise known as Nutrition As Therapy and began counseling clients as she partnered with local doctors and medical groups who were proactive and saw the cost-effectiveness of offering medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to their patients. She now has a team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists that assist her with client therapy. Her goal is to offer clients a thorough and positive experience while they are in counseling from food preparation demonstrations to simple exercise classes where people can experience "hands-on" learning.

"She exhibits a nurturing, yet professional demeanor along with excellent communication skills, which allow her to demonstrate her exceptional knowledge of foods as they affect health. As a business owner, Magnolia is devoted to her patients and takes great satisfaction in counseling them on how to live a healthy lifestyle. She approaches patient counseling with a gentleness and concern that is tangible, has managed to surround herself with great, skilled staff that are just as caring and that would explain why her practice is thriving. Genuine service with integrity is what she provides and it is a successful mentality to have. She truly cares about people and wants them to be empowered every time they leave the office. I have had the opportunity to see her in a business setting as well as a social setting and I can truly say that Magnolia is a person who is excited about life, optimistic about almost everything, and empathizes with people. I would highly recommend her to anyone. She makes a difference.

"Magnolia is highly knowledgeable in health and nutrition and I would highly recommend anyone who needs health and nutrition counseling to utilize her staff's expertise. Communicates very well, presents herself professionally and has an exceptional knowledge in foods and their nutritional contributions as they affect diet and any desireable lifestyle."

Our Registered Dietitian Nutrition Team

so cal food & nutrition experts

Our Administration Team

Deanna Gallicchio


Cristina Espinosa

Office Manager

Fabiana Alvarado

Quality Systems Analyst

Kenia Guerrero

Front Office Lead

Teresa Riggs

Billing Coordinator Team Lead for Eligibility, Unit Verification, and Marketing Teams

What makes us different from other RD offices?


What services are provided?

As Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) we can help your patients improve their medical condition(s) by assisting your patients with diabetes with lowering their HgbA1Cs to ranges of 6% – 6.5% depending on MD goals for patient, by lowering patient blood pressure, lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and by reducing BMI to more desirable ranges.

We can also assist with those that are in the pre-diabetes state to prevent/delay diabetes, assist with renal insufficiency, food allergies, vegetarian/veganism, IBS, underweight, malnutrition, gestational diabetes, childhood obesity, teen overweight, disordered eating, and all other medical conditions that can be improved by specific eating patterns.

Other Services Offered

Telehealth consults – see and speak to your dietitian through a computer, tablet or smartphone and complete your consult in the convenience of your own home.

Home consults for tube feeding or homebound patients.


Alhambra Office

801 W Valley Blvd, Suite 206
Alhambra, CA 91803

Culver City

9696 Culver Blvd., Suite 301
Culver City, CA 90232


17835 Ventura Blvd., Suite 307
Encino, CA 91316

Newport Beach

833 Dover Drive, Suite #33
Newport Beach, CA 92663


1763 North Gower Street
Hollywood, CA 90028

Mansfield, TX

990 Hwy 287
Mansfield, TX 76063

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Magnolia Vela, MS, RD, CDCES

(866) 403-6068

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