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Meet Our Registered Dietitians

Meet the Dietitians at Sansum Clinic

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is trained in the science of nutrition and will talk with you about your health, your lifestyle and the type of foods you enjoy. You will work together to make goals and a plan of action that meets your needs. Diets can be tailored to your diagnosis: heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, or food allergies. The dietitian’s goal is to help you improve overall health and quality of life.

How Can a Dietitian Help?

Based on your individual needs, an RD can help you:

  • Make food choices for optimal health
  • Assess safety and effectiveness of supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbs)
  • Achieve your healthy body weight
  • Increase your energy level
  • Learn tips for reading labels and dining out
  • Plan easy and affordable meals


french-g2-wr.jpgGerri French, MS, RD, CDE

(Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Solvang)

Appointments: (805) 681-7522

Gerri French is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator as well as nutrition instructor for the Culinary Arts Program at Santa Barbara City College and Adult Education cooking instructor. With more than 35 years experience she specializes in translating the latest scientific information into practical information. Gerri has her MS degree in Physical Education and Wellness. She enjoys helping her patients balance their lifestyle with wholesome seasonal food, fitness and stress management. Her passion is teaching people about culinary medicine and cooking for longevity.


luxford-e-wr.jpgEmily Luxford, MS, RD

(Santa Barbara)

Appointments: (805) 681-7522

Emily Luxford is a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in nutritional science. She has experience as a credentialed elementary school teacher and has served on the faculty at California State University, Long Beach. Beyond the classroom, she has developed and published research regarding dietary modification. Emily’s focus is individualized medical nutrition therapy. Her practice includes evidence based nutrition intervention for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, renal disease, gastrointestinal disorders, bariatric surgery nutrition support and disease prevention. As a dietetic educator, Emily provides clear and concise nutrition information tailored to meet the needs of each patient.

Kari Ikemoto, RD, CDE

(Santa Barbara, Lompoc)

Appointments: (805) 681-7522

Kari Ikemoto is a Registered Dietitian with over five years of experience in nutrition and health education. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and completed her clinical training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. Prior to Sansum Clinic, Kari worked at DaVita HealthCare Partners Medical Group in Los Angeles as a dietitian specializing in diabetes, weight management, pediatrics, renal disease, sports nutrition, and tube feedings. She continues to work at UCLA in the Radiation Oncology department assisting cancer patients optimize their nutrition status during treatment. Her goal with patients is to simplify often complicated nutrition advice, helping patients understand that a healthy and nourishing life are within their reach.



Rebecca Colvin, MPH, RDN

540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105

Appointments: (805) 898-2204

Rebecca Colvin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Oncology Nutrition Program, which is part of the Oncology Supportive Care Program at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic.  Rebecca has 10 years of experience working as a dietitian and has worked in oncology, critical care, and management.  Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and her Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in health education.  With both degrees in nutrition and health education, Rebecca helps patients with their health conditions, tailoring her interventions to meet their individual needs.   

washburn-s-wr1.jpgSarah Washburn, MS, RDN, CSO

540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105

Appointments: (805) 898-2204

Sarah Washburn is the Manager for the Oncology Nutrition Program at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic.  She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition.  Sarah coauthored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Practice Guidelines for Oncology Dietitians in 2010.  Through her leadership, the Oncology Nutrition Program supports patients throughout the care continuum, from prevention through treatment and on to survivorship, using an evidence-based whole foods approach.

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