Trust The Hernried Center team to guide you through every step of your weight loss journey.
Our diet, exercise and behavioral health team consists of specialists from a variety of backgrounds, including:
- Behavioral health education
- Social work
- Nutrition science and counseling
- Adult and youth education
- Exercise science
- Personal training
The wide range of capabilities here at The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss allows us to give the Sacramento area support in every aspect of weight loss, weight maintenance, and healthy living. You’ll find that each member of our team has a unique source of passion for weight management, but many have struggled with weight issues themselves and personally know your struggle. We are highly selective when bringing on new members of our team, and everyone undergoes months of rigorous training to learn our proven system.
Lisa Tami, RD – Lead dietitian and behavioral health educator
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from California State University, Sacramento and completed her dietetic internship with the California Department of State Hospitals in Napa. Her background includes 16 years of clinical dietetics and behavioral health education. Lisa earned her Level I and II Certificates for adult weight management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She enjoys teaching people the behavioral skills they need to successfully transition from weight loss to long-term weight maintenance. Lisa is a proud mom of two terrific kids, a chauffeur to kids’ sporting events and a Girl Scout leader. Lisa says, “I enjoy kayaking, camping, yoga, and Zumba, but my favorite place of all is to be on a hiking trail with my family.”
Louise Crawford – Managing Behavioral Health Educator
Louise joined us after teaching writing, working at home as a published novelist, and being a “most of the time” stay-at-home mom. Prior to parenting, she received her master’s degree in psychology, specializing in addictions and recovery. Regarding weight issues, Louise says, “I gained 62 pounds when I was pregnant, it took two years to lose it, and I have kept it off for 15 years. I’m excited to help others achieve and maintain their weight loss goals and live the life they want to live.”
Tessa Gaynor, RD – Behavioral health educator
Tessa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and food science from Colorado State University, and she completed her dietetic internship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Prior to working at The Hernried Center, Tessa’s clinical and outpatient experience included cardiology, diabetes and weight management education, and bariatric nutrition counseling with both the adult and pediatric population. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors with her daughter and family, playing with her dogs and shopping with friends. Tessa can offer professional and personal experience in weight loss and weight management and is excited to be part of a program that promotes a lifetime of health and activity.
Perri Tanner – Behavioral health educator
Perri Tanner received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Brigham Young University. Perri was delighted to join The Hernried Center after a 26-year career working in adult education, developing programs and teaching adults with a variety of disabilities and health challenges. Perri’s passion is helping people discover and master the skills and behaviors they need to live the healthiest life possible. Perri has struggled with weight management most of her adult life, which gives her insight and compassion to share with others on their path to a healthier life. In her free time, she loves being with her family, hiking, taking Zumba classes and volunteering at her church.
Janine Thomas, RD – Behavioral health educator
After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and working in commercial insurance for a decade, Janine discovered nutrition was her true passion. She went back to school and graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics. After completing a dietetic internship through Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, she earned her registered dietitian credential in 2013. Her first job as a dietitian was providing clinical nutritional care for the elderly population and overseeing food service management. However, after two years she realized that her true interest was in obesity treatment and prevention. Finally, Janine feels like she is in the right place at The Hernried Center. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, traveling and spending time with family.
Donna Ruden, RD – Behavioral health educator
Donna completed her Bachelor of Science in dietetics at California State University, Sacramento and completed her dietetic internship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Donna earned her Level I Certificate of Training in adult weight management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in business administration and she previously worked for Hewlett-Packard for 17 years before making a career change into the field of nutrition and dietetics. Donna truly enjoys collaborating with people along their journey toward a healthy life. She enjoys being in nature, exercise, yoga, cooking, volunteering and spending time with her family.
Geoffrey Banks – Behavioral health educator
Geoffrey has his master’s degree in social work, which gave him specialized training in psychosocial rehabilitation, group facilitation and mental health diagnosis. In addition to his education, he has over 12 years of experience working with patients with co-occurring disorders, substance abuse difficulties, mental illness, and severe psychosocial limitations. Geoffrey feels that helping others is his calling in life, and is passionate about providing quality support and assistance to everyone he works with. When not helping clients, Geoffrey enjoys laughing, traveling, spending quality time with family and friends, and he is also an avid sports fan.
Richard Joe, RD – Behavioral health educator
Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise biology from University of California, Davis, and completed his dietetic internship at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He has earned Certificates of Training in childhood, adolescent, and adult weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Having worked with a wide variety of people, ranging from children to collegiate athletes, Richard enjoys helping people from diverse backgrounds improve their health. In his free time, Richard relaxes by playing basketball, doing Olympic weightlifting, cooking, and attempting to brew the perfect cup of coffee.
Amanda Loza – Behavioral health educator
A graduate of San Francisco State University’s health sciences program, Amanda studied health education while also interning at the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) under the guidance of SFDPH’s head dietitians. An experienced youth educator, Amanda developed bilingual (Spanish/English) curricula for school-aged children in the San Francisco Bay Area that covered health, fitness and nutrition. She is a former fitness instructor who enjoys Latin dance and Zumba, but now most of her time outside of work is spent raising her two young daughters.
Carmelita Lombera – Behavioral health educator
Carmelita Lombera joined The Hernried Center team in November 2016 and has already made a significant impact in the lives of her patients. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition-Dietetics from the University of California, Berkeley, Carmelita’s patient interaction focuses on guiding every individual through their unique weight loss journey to help them effectively achieve their goals. Carmelita finds her position truly rewarding when she can give patients the tools they need to meet their personal goals, as well as help them grow stronger and lead longer, more fulfilled lives. Her firsthand experience includes working as a health coach, weight loss consultant and fitness coach, so she understands the physical, emotional and mental challenges associated with weight loss. She strives to always provide the highest level of care and facilitate an open, honest and positive line of communication with every patient.
Jessica Hamon, MPH – Behavioral health educator
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in molecular and cell biology with minors in ethnic studies and Spanish at University of California, Berkeley. She completed her Master’s degree in public health in the field of social and behavioral sciences at Yale University School of Public Health. After completing two years of medical school at University of California, Davis, Jessica joined The Hernried Center so she could provide more patients with one-on-one health education. Jessica has led smoking cessation research and behavior modification, worked with breast-feeding mothers in disadvantaged, Spanish-speaking areas, and assisted with healthcare, education and development in rural Panama. These experiences have strengthened Jessica’s drive to improve the health and well-being of her clients. When not working with clients, Jessica enjoys hiking with her dog, Jojo, and competing in her fantasy sports leagues, always cheering for the Cal Bears.
Christian Zamora, CSCS – Exercise physiologist
Christian attended California State University, Sacramento’s kinesiology program and graduated with a concentration in exercise science. He has done many things in the health and fitness arena, from managing one of the largest regional personal training departments in Sacramento to volunteering at retirement homes providing group exercise classes. His greatest passion is teaching and making genuine connections with people by helping them realize their true potential. Christian loves working at The Hernried Center because they don’t “band-aid” problems, but instead empower people by helping them achieve lifelong health through education and support. In his personal life, Christian’s passions are his faith, family and learning new forms of exercise and activity.
Loren Belcher – Exercise physiologist
Exercise Physiologist Loren Belcher comes to us with extensive experience and a passion for helping others live healthy, active lives. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Sacramento, and his experience working as a fitness manager and yoga instructor, he understands the struggles that accompany obesity and weight loss. Loren caters his care to the unique needs of each patient and provides the tools they need for long-term success. Working with you through every step of your journey, he can help you meet your goals and achieve lasting results.
For more information about our diet, exercise and behavioral health team, call 800-815-4881. You can also request a free phone consultation by using our easy online form.
*Disclaimer: Individual weight loss results may vary. Diligently following your program will increase your chance of success. All Hernried Center programs are run by licensed medical professionals, but this website does not constitute medical advice.