Laura Cullen Interim Division Chair, Social Sciences

Phone: 604.323.5268
Office: B247o
Email: lcullen@langara.ca

Laura CullenPrior to joining Langara in 1995, Laura worked in the health care sector in both public and private organizations. She held a variety of middle and senior management positions involved in volume food production, cafeteria, and catering operations, always with a focus on both the quality and safety of the food produced. Originally from Montreal, she completed both a BSc (majored in Food Management, with a minor in dietetics) and MBA degrees at McGill University. She has served in a variety of administrative roles at Langara including as department chair (twice) and since 2017 as the Division Chair for Social Sciences. She was instrumental in moving the Nutrition Management diploma program fully online in 2003 and served as the inaugural Board Chair for the College of Dietitians of BC from 2003 to 2008. 

Danielle DeGagne Instructor

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DanielleDanielle is a Registered Dietitian and a new instructor at Langara. She has been working in food service management for 10 years since her graduation from the University of British Columbia, and internship with Northern Health Authority in British Columbia. She is very passionate about hospital food services and advancing the industry so patients can recover quickly, and to get rid of the pesky perception that hospital food is terrible. She is also a member of the Preceptor Education Committee at UBC which strategizes how to best support supervisors of dietetics students in providing excellent hands-on education. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and loves to experiment with new recipes.

Charles Go Instructor

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Email: cgo@langara.ca

Charles GoCharles completed his dietetics degree at the University of British Columbia in June 2014. He completed his internship with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and since completing his internship, he has been working as a clinical dietitian at VGH. He currently working as an outpatient dietitian with the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC.  Charles also completed his master's in health administration in 2020 with research focusing on the organizational structure of clinical dietitian services. He brings more than 6 years of acute clinical experience as well as food service experience as a diet technician and food service supervisor to Langara as a new instructor. In his spare time, Charles is either playing tennis or is baking a cake for one of his clients. 

Ghazal Haghnegahdar Instructor

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Email: ghaghnegahdar@langara.ca

GHaghnegahdar.jpgGhazal is a Registered Dietitian who completed her dietetics degree at the University of British Columbia in June 2015 including an internship with Island Health. For most of her career, she has worked in hospital settings including acute settings, long-term care, and outpatients. Aside from being an instructor, she currently works as a clinical dietitian at BC Women's Hospital. She also completed her Master's in Business Administration degree in 2020, which enhanced her leadership skills and provided a change in perspective in looking at any problem or situation! Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, exploring the outdoors, and baking.

Laila Hussain Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511
Office: B247p
Email: lhussain@langara.ca

LHussainLaila graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Food, Nutrition and Health, majoring in Dietetics in 2007. She has worked for Fraser Health Authority for a decade in fields of medicine, diabetes (pediatric and adult) and is currently a renal dietitian for the hemodialysis program. Laila is registered with the College of Dietitians of BC and a proud member of the Dietitians of Canada. She is also a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia and a certified nutrition support clinician granted by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Being in the hospital industry for so long has led Laila to believe that food is better used to prevent disease than to cure it. Laila believes in the famous quote by Hippocrates, “Let thy Food be your medicine”. With more and more research supporting that food can prevent and treat disease, Laila’s philosophy of using food as a weapon to promote health helps patients establish healthy goals. She believes that small changes lead to compounding results! Laila enjoys cooking, and if she ever has spare time, she will post pictures of her home-made meals on Instagram or blog about the difficulties of following a diet at dietitianonadiet.com.

Laila joined Langara in Spring 2020, teaching Nutrition 1100. She is hoping to inspire students to a life-long exposure to healthy eating and making food fun!

Whitney Hussain Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511
Office: B247p
Email: whussain@langara.ca

Whitney-HussainWhitney has been teaching at Langara College since 2019. She is a Registered Dietitian who completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia in 2014 and internship with the Fraser Health Authority. Whitney has worked in a variety of practice settings, including hospital nutrition care as a Clinical Dietitian in General/Thoracic surgery, Retail and Industry Dietitian in the grocery store setting, and runs her own private practice with a focus on surgical, digestive health and home tube feed nutrition. She is also a UBC Clinical Instructor, has passion for mentorship and continues research at Fraser Health with a focus on home tube feed patients.

Jennifer Lau Instructor

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Email: jenniferlau@langara.ca

JLau.jpegJenni has been a Registered Dietitian since completing her Dietetics degree at UBC and her internship with Vancouver Coastal Health in 2012. She has worked in a variety of acute care settings and is currently working as a Clinical Dietitian on the Neurosciences unit at Vancouver General Hospital. She began her role as an instructor with the Nutrition & Food Service Management department in 2021. Outside of work, Jenni loves to experiment in the kitchen by trying out new dishes and baked goods and enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, volleyball, hiking, and camping.

Rob Lim Non-Instructional Release

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2603
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Email: rlim@langara.ca

Rob-LimRob has been teaching at Langara College since 2018. He is a Registered Dietitian originally from Edmonton where he took a BSc in Food and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alberta. His appetite for evidence-based medicine and scientific recommendation led him to pursue a Master’s Degree on the impact of nutrition and fitness on health. He is a member of the College of Dietitians of BC and Dietitians of Canada. Rob thrives on continuously learning and working in a variety of capacities in the dietetic field. His work experience spans various areas of health care such as community care, residential care, private practice, and administration. 

Genevieve Masson Workday Job

Phone: 604.323.5511
Office: B247q
Email: gmasson@langara.ca

GMassonAfter completing her bachelor's and master's degrees at Laval University, Gen pursued her interest in the field of eating disorders. She worked as a registered dietitian in a clinic specialized in the treatment of a variety of eating disorders in Washington State. During that time, she fostered her enthusiasm for sports nutrition and completed the International Olympic Committee Sports Nutrition Diploma.

Outside of her work as a nutrition instructor, she works as a sports dietitian with elite athletes at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific where she supports many national teams, including freestyle disciplines, ski cross, softball, and luge as well as many provincial teams. When not teaching or working with athletes, Gen is most often in the outdoors skiing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, or biking.

Monica Molag Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5474
Office: B247o
Email: mmolag@langara.ca

MMolagMonica has been teaching at Langara College since 2003 and is the current Department Chair of the Nutrition and Food Service Management Program. As a Registered Dietitian, she has worked in acute clinical dietetics, long term care – both in the clinical areas and as an administrative RD, and in the nutritional care of children. Monica was involved in the GNS Dietetic Internship Program and was the coordinator of the Langara Dietetic Internship program for its first years. 

Cristel Moubarak Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2357
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Email: cmoubarak@langara.ca

Cristel-Moubarak

Cristel is a Registered Dietitian in BC who completed her dietetics degree at the University of British Columbia and an internship at Vancouver Coastal Health. Her diverse background of experiences in clinical nutrition, food service management, community nutrition, addiction recovery, private practice and business administration comes through in her teaching. In addition to her role at Langara, Cristel is the founder & dietitian of nutriFoodie.ca where she counsels, educates & coaches private clients in intuitive eating, food literacy and body positivity. One of Cristel’s passions is to dietetics advocacy and building community within, which is reflected in throughout her commitments across the board.

 

Gayathri Murthy Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2320
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Email: gmurthy@langara.ca

Gaya Murthy

Gaya Murthy has been a Registered Dietitian for over 15 years. She is registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and a member of Dietitians of Canada. She joins Langara with numerous years of experience in clinical, community, academic, and research settings. Gaya is passionate about nutrition education in both formal and informal settings. Her specific interests lie in the role of nutrition in chronic disease prevention, health promotion and public health. Gaya also works as a Public Health Dietitian within Fraser Health Authority. She is also a Clinical Faculty at the University of British Columbia and a Certified Diabetes Educator granted by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. In her spare time, she volunteers in local schools, teaching food skills and nutrition to young children.

Rebekah Sandhu Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2520
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Email: rsandhu@langara.ca

rsandhu.jpgRebekah has been teaching at Langara College since 2017. She is a Registered Dietitian who completed her Masters of Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph in 2013. Rebekah brings her experience across clinical, research, and sports nutrition settings. Her most recent sports nutrition work has been with the BC Lions Football Club. 

Michelle Shepherd Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511
Office: B247q
Email: mshepherd@langara.ca

Michelle-ShepherdMichelle has been teaching at Langara College since 2013. She is a Registered Dietitian who completed her BSc at the University of British Columbia, and an internship with Vancouver Coastal Health. In addition to teaching at Langara, Michelle currently works in oncology nutrition and private practice. She brings a broad experience base, including sport and performance, digestive health, and dysphagia/enteral nutrition.

Janice Sorensen Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511
Office: B247p
Email: jsorensen@langara.ca

Janice-SorensenJanice has been teaching at Langara College since 2016. She is a Registered Dietitian originally from Edmonton where she took a BSc in Food Service Business Management from the University of Alberta in 2001 and conducted research investigating patient satisfaction with hospital foodservice at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. She moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2003 to complete a MSc and Ph.D. in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen and held research and teaching positions at Aalborg University (Meal Science & Public Health Nutrition) and Metropolitan University College (Global Nutrition & Health). Her research has involved the implementation of nutrition risk screening, the association between nutritional risk and clinical outcome, food product development to optimize patients' dietary intake and reduction of food waste in the hospital. She is a member of the advisory committee of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force.

Nadia Vidas Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2619
Office: B247q
Email: nvidas@langara.ca

NadiaVidaNadia is a graduate of McGill University. As a Registered Dietitian, she has had the privilege of working at BC Children's Hospital at the Centre for Healthy Weights - Shapedown, at BC Cancer Agency in the Diet and Breast Cancer Prevention Trial and in the communities of Surrey/Delta/White Rock coordinating the Healthiest Babies Possible Program. She maintains a small private practice as a consulting dietitian with one of her longstanding clients, the Squamish Nation community.  Besides her love for teaching, she likes to cook for her family and friends and being active around Metro Vancouver.

Tiffany Yeh Instructor

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Email: tyeh@langara.ca

Tiffany has been a clinical registered dietitian for over 10 years working in acute, outpatient, and long-term care in Canada and the UK. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia and her Master’s degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey in the UK. Her Master’s degree covered topics from basic nutrition principles to advanced sports nutrition. She also conducted laboratory research focusing on the effect of obesity and omega-3 fatty acids on human gut hormone responses.