Meet The Raíz Holistic Nutrition Team

Meet the Founder,
Monica Nelson, CNP, BA.

Monica grew up in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, being a dual citizen and wanting to explore her canadian roots, she moved to Vancouver for University. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and worked in Public Relations for four years. After some deep soul searching, she connected with what made her the happiest. Making food for the people she loves, and supporting them with their health goals. She sought to pursue her education as a Holistic Nutritionist and gratudated with honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.  For the last three years, she has dedicated herself to cooking, working at a number of restaurants, retreats, and private homes perfecting her craft. She believes that every person and their nutritional needs are unique and she strives to support each of her clients in their individuality, to help them thrive in their day-to-day lives. 

Meet the Operations Manager,
Gillian Templeton, RHN.

Gillian is Raíz Holistic Nutrition’s Operations Manager and works on client relations as well as supporting the team with all operational related tasks. Gillian believes healing happens when one is connected to their mind, body and spirit. Gillian is a yoga teacher and holistic nutritionist, this giving her the ability to see the connection and helps others attain this healing within. Gillian is a Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Holistic Massage Practitioner. She runs her own business A Root Awakening, helping women balance their hormones by finding the root cause and through gut health. She come to Raiz with managerial, catering, personal chef and holistic nutrition experience. 


Meet our Holistic Chef,
Reid Nelson

Reid was born and raised in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He went to hotel management school at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. Reid has garnered extensive cheffing experience through working at a number of restaurants in BC. He did his apprenticeship after school at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, then moved on to work at Cactus Club. Reid continued his career in cooking at the Four Seasons in Whistler at Side Cut where he worked for a number of years before riding his motorcycle back down to Mexico. He opened his own restaurant in Nuevo Vallarta – La Bonita, featuring pizzas and paella. After the pandemic hit – he moved back to Vancouver and has since been working with Raiz clients. When he is not working – he loves being outdoors, riding his bike, travelling and snowboarding in the winters. 

Meet our Holistic Chef,
Magnus Thomas

Magnus is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner who got into the nutrition world through his passion for food. He started out his journey exploring food with an apprenticeship at a 1-star Michelin Restaurant in Germany, where he was born and raised. Since then he worked in various restaurants in Vancouver (Tavola, Oddfish, Novo) and Berlin. He likes to build community through food by using local ingredients and sharing creative ideas. 

His curiosity for food brought him to the world of nutrition at Vancouver’s Institute of Holistic Nutrition which opened the way for him to not just cook for people but also nourish them. 

In his spare time he plays guitar, goes for long runs or into nature with his wife, exposes his ears to a lot of podcasts, meditates, makes vinegars in his basement and once in a while still finds time to read a book.


Meet our Holistic Chef,
Rumbi (Rumbidzai) Chiwaya

Rumbi is a certified holistic chef and RHN. She grew up in Zimbabwe, moved to Israel for a few years and then Vancouver for University, she is proud to call Vancouver her home away from home. Her life passion is to help others, like herself, who are curious about local foods and find ways to adjust them so they taste closer to foods they grew up eating in their home countries. She spends most of her free time experimenting with foods, with an effort to find healthy and tasty alternatives and also understand the local community around her. When she’s not cooking, she loves spending time in the sun, reading books, trying new things (arts and crafts) and connecting with her friends and family! She believes that good food brings people together, it strengthens bonds and gives people a chance to express themselves in ways we can’t always do in words. She’s very passionate about representing her culture and aspects of herself in every meal she makes, her food is her art. Let’s create a community together! 


Meet our Holistic Chef,
Angela Hollett

Angela is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Certified Holistic Private Chef and mother of two human babies and one fur baby. Her mission is to empower and support women’s journey into motherhood through nutrition and food by providing them the tools to thrive in pregnancy and heal and nourish their bodies in postpartum. Her food philosophy is rooted in a diverse, seasonal, plant forward approach. She believes that eating healthfully does not sacrifice taste. Her goal is to prepare beautiful, delicious and healthy meals that nourish from the inside out.

Angela is a Westcoast gal at heart and she’s proud to call Vancouver home. Her heart lives where the mountains meet the ocean. When she’s not thinking up new ways to support mamas, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, she can be found exploring the many forests and trails around BC with her loves and planning their dream cabin in the mountains.


Meet our Holistic Chef,
Jana Bato

Jana is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and an honours graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She has 2.5 years of experience in running a Health Foods and Wellness Boutique in Vancouver, BC. She is currently working with clients one-on-one offering nutritional coaching and personalized meal plans. She supports clients in cancer remission, women with PCOS and endometriosis, clients with autoimmune diseases, and those who suffer from the consequences of poor lifestyle choices. Jana uses her experience to bring her client’s body back to health through proper nutrition and natural supplementation. Jana is passionate about holistic healthcare and spreading the knowledge of optimal health. When she’s not working with clients or cooking in Raiz Holistic Nutrition kitchen, she is in a fitness class or enjoying the outdoors.


Meet our Holistic Chef,
Samantha DeSousa

Samantha is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Naked Nutrition. She was born and raised in the lower mainland, naturally she’s a lover of the water and mountains. Food has always been a huge part of her life being Portuguese but nutrition became just as important about 7 years ago when she started to develop a lot of health issues. She was disappointed with just having medications thrown her way and became passionate about getting to the root cause of these issues, thus she began her journey! Guiding others on their own health journey is rewarding and what she loves to do. When she’s not in the kitchen, she loves going on adventures, being in nature and equally loves lazy days at home. 


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