Our Nutrition Team
Anabelle Ahdoot, MS, RD, CDE
Anabelle Ahdoot has been an inpatient dietitian here at Providence Saint John’s Health Center for three years now and has recently become more active in the outpatient department along with earning her credentials as a Certified Diabetes Educator. She graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Master of Science in Nutrition and is also bi-lingual (English and Farsi).
Anabelle enjoys practicing as a dietitian because it allows her to meet new people every day and to be a part of a dynamic, evolving, science-based profession. She values the opportunity to grow her knowledge in the medical field by learning about and assisting with a diversity of patient needs. She believes that her experiences with the community of practitioners, patients, and their families here at Saint John’s have helped her learn and develop into a better educator, healthcare provider, and person overall.
Anabelle’s mission is to empower individuals and communities to adopt healthier lifestyles through individualized culturally-sensitive, and high quality nutrition education.
Svetlana Akoyeva, MS, RD
Svetlana Akoyeva joined the Providence Saint John’s Health Center Outpatient Nutrition Education team with a master’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from California State University, Northridge. She is a registered dietitian as well as a professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Oncology Nutrition Practice Group. She is bi-lingual (English and Russian) and enjoys conversing with a diverse population of cultures and age groups.
Svetlana finds it very rewarding to get to know and work one-on-one with cancer patients, tailoring the nutrition education and lifestyle management to meet their individual preferences and concerns. She considers Saint John’s a unique place where patients have the ability to improve their qualities of life through clinical excellence and spiritual healing.
Svetlana’s mission is to empower patients with tools and skills to make the best food choices to improve and maintain their comfort and well-being.
Kari Ikemoto, RD, CDE
Kari Ikemoto recently joined our outpatient team here at Providence Saint John’s in April of 2017, but has been practicing as a registered dietitian since 2014 and a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cal Poly Pomona and completed her dietetic internship at Keen State College/Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Kari’s specialties within dietetics include oncology, diabetes, pediatrics, wellness, and sports nutrition.
Kari values the opportunity to support people throughout all stages of health: sickness, wellness, and everything in between. She enjoys wearing the many hats of a dietitian – from educator to recipe developer to researcher, providing her the ability to explore the many aspects of health and nutrition.
To her, practicing at Saint John’s feels like a tight knit community right in the middle of bustling Los Angeles, a place where she feels connected with both the medical team and the greater community.
Kari’s mission is to help her patients understand that healthy eating is not about perfection but progress. She strives to help people develop and nurture healthy relationships with food and their body.
Margaux Permutt, MPH, RD
Margaux Permutt has been with Providence Saint John’s since 2016 as a registered dietitian. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Cultural Studies from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Public Health Education from Cal State Northridge.
Margaux is also a certified yoga instructor (E-RYT 500) with over 10 years of experience studying and practicing Ayurvedic Medicine. Her special interests include: gut health, hormonal balance, food allergies and intolerances, weight management, diabetes education, stress reduction, and mindful eating.
She finds joy in guiding her patients toward making healthy choices easy, simple, and fun. She believes knowledge is power and works hard to dispel many of the nutrition myths and information overload that burdens most people.
She appreciates the support from the Saint John’s and greater Santa Monica community in helping to create and promote an environment of health and healing.
Margaux’s mission is to provide education and resources to inspire, motivate, and create sustainable lifestyle change, regardless of age, condition, or background.