Meet Amy

I am ridiculously passionate about the work that I am lucky enough to do every day! 

As a Registered Dietitian, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and Yoga Instructor I have the unique ability to help you explore the interplay between physical body, food behaviors, and thought patterns in order to reconnect with health and wholeness. In addition to my extensive work with disordered eating, I have a broad background in medical nutrition therapy that allows me to address and treat a wide variety of nutritional concerns.  Utilizing the non-diet approach and principles of intuitive eating,

I will work with you collaboratively in order to move towards behavior change and help you reach your personal nutrition, exercise, and body image goals.  I believe that recovery is not about going without; it is about going within and learning to work with your body in a new way.  Utilizing the same tools and techniques that I have used to help hundreds of clients recover from unhealthy relationships with food and exercise,

I will help you reclaim your mind-body-food connection in order to rediscover the joys of eating and a newfound appreciation for your incredible body!

Amy Ornelas San Diego

I graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BS in Foods and Nutrition.  I then went on to complete my clinical training at the highly competitive VA Healthcare Dietetic Internship in La Jolla, CA, after which I earned my RD.  I studied yogic philosophy and practice, and then earned my Yoga Teacher Training certificate from Prana Yoga Center.  I am a Board Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and former Board Member Elect of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.  


Since the science of nutrition is constantly developing, I find it crucial to stay on top of the latest research and trends.  In order to ensure that my recommendations are in line with the most current standards, I attend nutrition conferences and seminars, review research articles and professional publications, and meet regularly with other professionals for case consultation and continuing education.  I have been featured as a nutrition and eating disorders expert on the San Diego news, on internet radio, in healthcare videos, on medical websites, and in many published news articles.  I enjoy public speaking on these topics and have had the honor of being invited to speak at several large conferences.  I also provide training and education to dietetic interns as well as interns and residents of varied mental health professions on the subjects of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and recovery from chronic dieting.  I have worked with clients at the residential, partial hospital, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care, and served as the director and lead dietitian of a partial hospital eating disorders program here in San Diego.  I am currently part of a multidisciplinary treatment team and provide expert consultation to physicians and therapists regarding the treatment of eating disorder patients.  I am also an active member of the San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitians group and am an advocate for public change and awareness of eating disorders.



Chula Vista, CA
Point Loma
San Diego, CA

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