MEET THE CHEFS
JOHANNA GLASER, MSCN
Johanna is a holistic nutritionist, personal chef, urban farmer, and community educator with a passion for local, sustainable, and seasonal foods. She received her graduate degree in Holistic Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine, with an emphasis in Community Nutrition Education. Johanna is passionate about creating simple nourishing dishes featuring fresh produce from local farms and seasonal wild foods. Johanna believes that preparing nourishing meals for ourselves and others is one of the greatest acts of LOVE. She has experience with many different therapeutic diet styles such as vegetarian/vegan, Ayurvedic, gluten-free, dairy-free, AIP/paleo, postpartum and prenatal. In her free time, you can find her playing in her garden, harvesting medicinal herbs, hiking and doing yoga.
JED THAGGARD, MSCN
Jed is a holistic nutritionist, therapeutic chef and folk herbalist based out of Portland, OR. With a Master of Science in Nutrition and years of experience practicing the art and science of herbalism, Jed believes in harnessing the healing power of plants as a first-line therapeutic approach. Jed understands how therapeutic diets can present challenges in our everyday lives and is here to support you by creating delicious, wholesome meals that are tailored to meet your dietary needs and health goals. Jed has experience with many different diets, including vegan, Mediterranean, low-sodium, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, and more. Above all, he strives to create a business model that is mutually beneficial for not only himself and his clients but also for our local farmers and the Earth at large!
KRISTINA TRANCKINO, CSC, 200-HR RYT, 240-HR HIP
Kristina is a farm-to-table chef, yoga teacher, and herbalist living in Portland, OR. She is passionate about cooking with the best offerings of every season and has been working with farmers and seasonal ingredients for over 10 years. Kristina’s time spent at the Himalayan Institute provided her with knowledge of Ayurvedic cooking and using food as medicine to bring the body into balance. Through her self study and training, Kristina has observed the power of Ayurvedicly-cooked food to heal a number of bodily imbalances, such as allergies and poor digestion. She pairs this with her knowledge of western herbalism to bring healing herbs into your daily meal. Kristina is experienced at accommodating allergies and food intolerances as well as a wide range of diets: vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and pescitarian. Kristina offers her clients the best produce, meat, eggs, and dairy that Oregon has to offer. She is excited to bring healing, nourishing, and tasty meals to your home. When not cooking up a storm, Kristina enjoys hikes near Mt.Hood, gardening, and playing games with friends.
ALEXA R. BILLY MS, RD, LD
Alexa is a registered dietitian based out of Portland, OR with an undergrad in Medical Dietetics and a Master’s in Nutrition. Alexa found while working within an oncology clinic, the disconnect between nutrition knowledge and an ability to nourish oneself. Seeing firsthand the power of nutrition through the use of carefully tailored medical nutrition therapy, Alexa hopes to care for all her clients in a way that is educational and empowering. It is her hope that through providing high-quality nutritious meals while encouraging clients to make informed health choices, that clients can take control of their health through the healing power of food. Sustainable, seasonal, and local products are just as important to the nutrition of the food as the food itself and thus Alexa aims to choose products local to Portland as much as possible. Alexa has experience with many therapeutic diets including vegan/vegetarian, Mediterranean, diabetic, heart-healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, renal, and many more. Alexa’s main passion will always be oncology as it is a population that is very near to her heart. In her free time, you can find her playing soccer, hiking, or sharing a meal with friends.
EMILY POWER, MSCN
Also known as EmPower, Emily is a holistic nutritionist, personal chef, Food As Medicine Everyday community educator, organic gardener, and aspiring herbalist rooted in Portland, OR. Emily moved to Oregon in 2016 to study nutrition at The National University of Natural Medicine where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Emily realized the healing power of whole foods and herbal medicine as key factors in disease prevention while living in Uganda, studying community health. Upon returning to the United States, Emily planted her first community garden and has been growing her own food ever since while empowering others to do the same. She is passionate about food justice and believes growing organic food is a basic human right. Emily is a talented personal chef who creates meals that are tailored to meet your body’s unique needs. She loves listening to music and dancing while cooking, which she believes makes the food taste even better! Emily has experience working with folks who have challenging relationships with food and uses a body-positive, intuitive eating approach to guide her clients toward food choices that feel good in their body. She is well versed in therapeutic diets such as vegan, vegetarian, paleo, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free/dairy-free, low-histamine, and Mediterranean.