About Us

We are a group of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who practice in nutrition support who are interested in continuing education and networking with other nutrition support professionals.

NOCSPEN Includes:

San Francisco Area
Silicon Valley
Greater Sacramento
Area

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ASPEN is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition.

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NOCSPEN is a local chapter of ASPEN.

We serve as a multi-faceted grass-roots organization that carry out the mission and strategic goals of the national organization at the community level.

Meet Our

Board Members

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Evelyn Tsui, RD, CNSC

President

Evelyn grew up in Hong Kong and graduated in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis in 2009. She moved to West Virginia and completed her internship at West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH) in 2010. She then moved to Washington DC and practiced as a clinical dietitian at various settings – community hospital, outpatient counseling clinic and long term care facilities. She joined the Nutrition Support Team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD in 2014. She also started volunteering at Maryland Chapter of ASPEN as the program planning co-chair.


In 2016, she relocated to California and is now working at University of California, San Francisco as an Adult Medicine RD. She is excited to help relaunch NOCSPEN and help unite nutrition support clinicians in Northern California. Her current (and evolving) interested topics in clinical nutrition include critical care nutrition, parenteral nutrition management, inflammatory bowel disease and probiotics with gut microbiota.

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Chloe Sasakado, MS, RD, CNSC

Advisor / Immediate Past President

Chloe completed her B.S. degree at SFSU and M.S. degree at SJSU. She completed her internship at the SF VA Medical Center and passed the RD exam in March 2016.  During her internship she developed a strong interest in critical care and nutrition support. 


She passed the CNSC exam in May 2017.  She is passionate about learning from others and keeping up to date by attending conferences, listening to webinars, and reading research articles.  Her goal is to connect an interdisciplinary group of Northern California clinicians working in nutrition support to share best practices and learn from one another’s experiences.  In her free time she enjoys exploring the city, trying new restaurants and playing with cats at the cat cafe.

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Daniel E. Furtado, MPA, PharmD

President Elect / Vice President

Dan Furtado is a native of Campbell, California. He graduated from UC Berkeley and San Jose State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology. At University of California, San Francisco, he received a degree as a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Masters of Public Administration. Among many other accomplishments, Dan also served in the U.S. Army, retired as Colonel with 40 years of service in the Army reserve, served as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital, taught classes as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Associate Director of the Primary Care Associate Program in the Division of Family & Community Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and was selected Citizen of the Year for the City of Campbell for the year 2000.

 

Dan is a Charter Member of ASPEN. He initiated the formal Total Parenteral Nutrition protocol and served as TPN team leader at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. He also served as a reviewer for JPEN and in February 1992, he was named “Founding Pharmacist Leader of ASPEN” by Barney Sellers, Executive Director of ASPEN.

Yishan (Sarah) Huang, RD

Secretary

Yishan (Sarah) Huang is a credentialed inpatient Registered Dietitian at Chinese Hospital. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center's Dietetic Internship in 2018. She received her bachelor degree in Nutritional Science-Dietetics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Since 2015, Yishan has been serving low-income communities, especially the local Chinese community. She has been helping multiple community nutrition programs, "Chinese Body, Mind & Soul Program Life Enrichment Class," "WeCan!" (Ways to Enhance Children's Activities and Nutrition), and "Healthy Sundays." With years of volunteering experience, Yishan excels in teaching community nutrition classes for various audiences, including monolingual Chinese adult clients, pre-school children, and teenagers. She was awarded the “Champion for Change” in 2016 and 2017 based on her excellence of community service. During the training at the UCSF Dietetic Internship, Yishan found her interest in nutrition support and gastrointestinal surgery, and she plans to continue building up her nutrition skills in the clinical field.

Ashlie Clay, RD, CNSC

Treasurer

Ashlie obtained her B.S. in Nutrition at Cal Poly in 2010 then completed her dietetic internship at UCSF Medical Center in 2011. After covering a maternity leave at UCSF, she was hired at Kaiser Permanente in 2012 and just had her 6th year Kaiser anniversary. She earned her CNSC in 2014. Ashlie specializes in hematology oncology and surgical oncology at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center and plans on taking the CSO exam in the future. She is involved in various oncology projects as part of the Comprehensive Cancer Committee. In her off time she is a cyclist and yogi, and hangs out with her corgi and husband. 

Erin Lavin, RD, CNSC

Membership Chair

Erin Lavin, graduated from UC Davis in 2012 and moved to New Orleans for her dietetic internship at Tulane University . She has worked as a Critical Care Dietitian at a community hospital level for three years before transitioning into her role as Clinical Dietitian with a Neurology/Neurosurgery focus at UC Davis Medical Center. At UCDMC she is a "Malnutrition Champion" and a trainer for Nutrition Focus Physical Examinations. Through collaboration with her team on the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit she has launched two separate Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives. The first compared predictive equations to indirect calorimetry in determining energy requirements for intubated patients with moderate-severe traumatic brain injuries. The second was to assess diarrhea and constipation in the NSICU with creation of Bowel Management Guidelines currently being implemented and audited for accuracy in implementation. Upon a thorough literature review, Erin also created a lecture on "Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease" to help people with Parkinson's in the community navigate varying diet recommendations and supplement suggestions as introduced by the general media. Erin is very enthusiastic about the role of nutrition with the brain, the bowels, and everything in between. 

Neha Shah, MPH, RD, CNSC

Community Liaison / Chief Newsletter Editor

Neha is a clinical dietitian and a nutrition support specialist at the Digestive Health/Liver Clinics Stanford Health Care (SHC).  She inaugurated and built both clinics. Neha's role is to provide medical nutrition therapy to patients diagnosed with various GI and liver disorders.  She has also served as co-lead on the development of several initiatives, including the outpatient Nutrition Support and Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation programs, where she provides specialized medical nutrition therapy to individuals on home nutrition support and intestinal failure, including short bowel syndrome.  She has authored several publications in the Journal of Practical Gastroenterology, Nutrition in Clinical Practice and Journal of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  She has also authored 30 patient education GI nutrition handouts, including the widely used low FODMAP diet handout.  She continues to provide didactic lectures to the GI fellows and precept dietetic interns to prepare them to be future dietitians.  She was recently awarded in 2017 the Clinical Recognition Award for being a Nutrition Expert and CICARE Service Spotlight Award for her expertise and care to her GI patients.

Rachel Parker, RD, CNSC

Newsletter Editor

Rachel has been a Registered Dietitian for three years and a CNSC for one year. She completed her dietetic internship at UC Davis Medical Center in 2015. Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works at both Sutter Delta Medical Center and Kaiser Oakland. She enjoys covering a wide range of inpatient services in her current positions. She is volunteering with NOCSPEN to connect with other nutrition support professionals and continue to build her knowledge of nutrition support. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area, trying new foods, and catching up on her favorite podcasts. 

Katie Kelly, MS, RD, CNSC

Newsletter Editor

Katie has been a Registered Dietitian for nine years and has worked in various settings. She spent nearly seven years working as an inpatient clinical dietitian at Stanford Valley Care Medical Center, as well as a Corporate Wellness dietitian in the Silicon Valley. Currently, she lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area as an Infusion Dietitian with Coram CVS. She's been an ASPEN member for seven years currently volunteering with NOCSPEN in order to enhance her knowledge and support growth of research and information for the field of nutrition support. In her free time you’ll find her running the trails throughout the East Bay, exploring new areas and trying new foods.

Brenda Hansen, RD, CNSC

Newsletter Editor

Brenda has been an Infusion Dietitian since passing the CNSC exam in 1990. She decided to take the exam while covering the Neonatal, Pedi, Surgical, Cardiac and Neuro ICUs at a University hospital as she was living daily with ASPEN reference materials. She has since provided patient care at a Pediatric hospital; ran her own Home Health RD Consulting practice; worked in an HMO covering all floors as an on-call RD. She's worked at Optioncare, a Home Infusion Pharmacy for 20+ years. She is a proud feeding tube / connector identification nerd. With a nimble purchaser and flexible pharmacist, she optimizes nutrition delivery through any shortage of electrolytes, amino acids or lipids. Her greatest satisfaction is assisting people transition off PN/EN. ASPEN has given her access to mentors vital in the acquisition of expertise. NOCSPEN is her chance to pay it forward locally. She can be found covered with dirt in my organic garden in Oakland.

Seo Ho (Sofia) Moon, RD

Communications Chair / Newsletter Editor

Sofia became a Registered Dietitian in 2018. She grew up in Mexico City and moved to the United States to complete a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at UC Berkeley. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship at UCSF Medical Center and has been working there ever since as a clinical dietitian. As the Communications Chair of NOCSPEN, she is excited to create an online platform where health providers can build new professional relationships, obtain resources, and collaborate as a community. In her free time, she enjoys graphic design, film photography, and taking care of her house plants. 

Nusheen Orandi, MS, RD

Social Media Manager

Nusheen is from Visalia, CA, part of the Central Valley’s agricultural heartland and nextdoor to the Giant Sequoias. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley, and her Master’s of Science in Nutrition Communication, Interventions, and Behavior Change at Tufts University. After three Boston winters, she returned to California to complete her Dietetic Internship at UCSF Medical Center, and is now a clinical dietitian at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto. Nusheen enjoys hiking, playing soccer and tennis, and discovering new bakeries. She loves to cook and has a lifetime ambition to perfect her mother’s baklava recipe.

Liz Sullivan, Ms, RD

Event Helper

Liz Sullivan, MS, RD studied nutrition at Bastyr University and now works as a clinical dietitian at UCSF Medical Center. She’s interested in all aspects of clinical nutrition, but particularly gut health and nutrition pre and post transplant. Liz also likes pizza, cats, and hiking.

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