A balanced life
Meet Our Team
The GIBNC team, our associates, and affiliates are here to help you realize long term success.
Nancy Lum, RD, LDN
Welcome to the GI & Bariatric Nutrition Center, LLC (GIBNC). Nancy’s passion is helping her clients overcome their food addictions and emotional eating behaviors and learn to love nutritious eating! She understands the enormous challenges with changing years of habits that do not serve us. Her goal is to help her clients love and embrace a better approach to food. Nancy is certified in Nutrition for Mental Health through Evergreen Certifications.
Nancy Lum is a licensed, registered, Dietitian nutritionist specializing in GI and weight loss. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor’s in science, and nutrition. She was accepted into the University of Maryland Medical System UMMS internship. Nancy developed and ran the Bariatric nutrition program at Sinai Hospital from 2004-2010. She worked in multiple disciplines. She specialized in GI, general, and surgical weight loss. She owns The GI and Bariatric Nutrition Center which services multiple physicians’ patients. Nancy developed and currently manages and runs the bariatric nutrition program at St Agnes Hospital for both pre-surgery and post-surgery patients. Nancy is currently seeing bariatric patients and patients with multiple GI diagnoses, diabetic, cardiac, eating disorders, and general weight loss clients, as well as overall health improvement. Nancy and Dawn O’Meally, LCSW-C teamed up and have delivered powerful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) classes to attack the underlying issues such as sabotaging, habits, and thinking that contribute to weight and poor health. She has over 19 years of experience in the field.
Nancy Lum RD, LDN discusses what to expect with nutrition and bariatric surgery. She addresses post surgery and long term eating as well as questions patients usually ask and are concerned with.
- Certified by the; Board of Dietetic Practice of the State of Maryland
- Member of the; American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- Member of the; American Dietetic Association Education: University of Maryland Medical System Hospital, Baltimore, MD (Internship 2002)
- University Of Maryland, College Park, MD (BS 2001)
- Montgomery College, Germantown, MD (AA 1998)
* St Agnes Hospital is a recognized Center of Excellence
Laura Saunders, RD, LDN
Laura has been a Registered, Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist since 2001. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from Morgan State University and completed her dietetic internship with Sodexho Marriott at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was awarded the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Maryland Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as well as the Distinguished Alumni award by Morgan State University. Laura has worked in a variety of settings including corporate, clinical and community with a particular interest in weight management.
Laura is a Real Estate Agent and Certified Master Gardener. When Laura is not playing in dirt in her garden, she enjoys spending time with her family and planning events to bring people together. She is also active in her community and volunteers with several organizations.
Angela Sbodio, RD
Angela was born and raised in Argentina. She started college as a biochemistry student because of her fascination with the physiological process of the human body. Angela has always been interested in the prevention of chronic diseases through the practice of a well-balanced diet and being physically active; however, in Argentina, Angela had never heard about the Dietetics profession. After moving and transferring to college in the United States, Angela was introduced to the world of Dietetics, where she found everything she liked and wanted to do. Angela graduated from Point Loma University in San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship at the University of Maryland College Park. The passion she feels for the science behind nutrition and the role the chemicals in food play in human health, have inspired Angela to attend several nutrition conferences. Angela was able to see how medical nutrition therapy is used while volunteering and shadowing dietitians in various clinical settings.
She also learned about community nutrition by volunteering at the many centers in California and Maryland. Running, cycling and cooking are Angela’s favorite hobbies. She has completed several half marathons and a full marathon. Angela loves the most spending time with her husband and kids.
Lexie Jacobs, MS, RD, LDN
Meet Lexie Jacobs, MS, RD, LDN. She has been a Registered Dietitian for 3 years. She has a Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics with an emphasis in Nutrition in the Lifecycle from Texas Tech University. Her Bachelor of Arts is in Exercise Science from McDaniel College. When Lexie isn’t working, she enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, watching tv, and spending time with her family and friends.
Chief Operating Officer/ Director of Operations
Heather has worked for GIBNC since 2010. She wears many hats but her main role is being the Director of Operations where she oversees the day-to-day activities of the company, ensuring that the organization is managed and performing efficiently and effectively. Prior to that, she worked in management at MAMSI/ United Healthcare for several years and GEICO for 15 years. Working at GIBNC provides her with the opportunity to work in an environment that encourages independent thinking and innovation. Allowing her the freedom to make the decisions that best suit the needs of our patients as well as our needs as a business. Having suffered from psoriatic arthritis, from the time she was a teen, and having multiple joint surgeries and fusions, she is able to empathize with our patients on a personal level. She finds it very fulfilling to know we have helped someone take the steps necessary to improve their health and well-being.
Heather has lived in Maryland most of her life. Outside of the office, Heather enjoys gourmet cooking, container gardening, knitting, crocheting, and other crafting activities. She loves the outdoors and taking her 2 dogs, Pippa and Marnie (she’s an Alfred Hitchcock fan!) on drives and long walks. She has a deep love for her animals and working with rescues.
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Tara is the Sr Administrative Assistant for GIBNC and joined the team in 2016. She is one of the first contacts you will make with GIBNC and will help get you scheduled and answer your program questions. She enjoys helping clients on their nutrition journey and making the process as easy to understand and complete as possible. Tara’s outstanding communication skills make her a valued member of the team.
She has battled with weight most of her life and understands the struggle to get healthy and happy. Tara is inspired by her 3 amazing children and parents. In her free time, Tara enjoys vacationing with her family and hanging out with friends.
Elizabeth has worked in customer service and social work most of her adult life. During high school, she worked at a local bookstore. After she graduated high school, she earned her CNA and worked in a nursing home to pay for college. During college, she continued working with the elderly, providing private home care for the elderly parents of a professor. She joined the military in 2001 where she met her husband, who is still active duty in the Navy.
After completing her degree in Social Work, she became a case manager for a government contractor. She worked one-on-one with developmentally disabled adults, helping them succeed in their daily routines, including finances, grocery shopping, meal planning, and healthcare.
Now, Elizabeth uses those skills, and her desire to help and serve people, as an administrative assistant with the GI and Bariatric Nutrition Center. In her free time, she enjoys weight lifting, spending time with her husband watching a good movie or hiking up in the mountains with their three dogs, just enjoying the outdoors.