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Kimaya is passionate about food, healthcare, and staying curious.

She combined her interests in biochemistry, food science, and health education to earn a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics from Saint Louis University. She also graduated with minors in public health and interdisciplinary healthcare education - the first program of its kind in the nation. Her dietetic residency was completed at a Chicagoland hospital and then passed the board exam to become a Registered Dietitian, the nutrition medical professional.

Currently, she resides in sunny Los Angeles and continues to provide medical nutrition therapy in a hospital setting. Her previous focus areas included: cardiopulmonary conditions, geriatrics, spinal cord injury, and dialysis. Her current clinical specialties are: diabetes management, GI/digestive concerns, IBS, alternative diets, and diverse cultural foods.

Outside of clinical nutrition, Kimaya has implemented multiple community health programs and has over 6 years of food industry experience. From growing produce from seed and serving in boutique restaurants, to assembling hospital meals and reviewing elder residential care facilities as a food service inspector, she is well-seasoned with food in all stages of farm to table (to body).

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Additional Certifications/Projects

  • FODMAP for IBS Certified - Monash University (creators of the Low FODMAP diet)

  • Certificate in Treating Gluten Related Disorders - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Insulin Therapy Certified - Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

  • Certificate in Integrative and Functional Nutrition - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Dementia Capable Care Specialist – Crisis Prevention Institute

  • Publication Co-author - A Guide: How Medical Nutrition Therapy Can Improve Diabetes Management

  • Conference Speaker - Food Justice and Diabetes, National Healthcare for the Homeless Council Policy Symposium

  • Webinar Speaker - Diabetes and Homelessness

  • Co-creator and director - Junior Green Youth Farm, Roberti Community House

  • Program Facilitator - Fuel up to Play 60, multiple sites

  • Consultant - Challenge 22

  • Serv-safe Certified

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Outside of work hours, you’ll find Kimaya diving into horror movies, exploring local museums, laughing to stand-up comedy, and consuming every new cookie that comes her way. Her current favorite is the vegan bourbon chocolate chip cookie from Fat+Flour in Grand Central Market.

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