Astrida Awa Teneng
Astrida is a Registered Dietician with a masters in food science and nutrition. She is interested in using food and nutritional information and therapy as proactive and interventional tools to supplement medicine and improve health. Prior to joining Lovelace, she worked as a microbiologist and a laboratory technician and brings all of that experience to the Lovelace Bariatrics Program. She loves dancing, college and professional sports (knowing the scores) and spending time with family and friends. At the moment, she is learning how to swim during her extra time and hopes to learn bike riding next.
Erin attended UNM for her undergraduate degree in Nutrition, and is currently working on completing her Masters in Nutrition at UNM. She works as a Registered Dietician at Lovelace Westside Hospital where she practices both inpatient and outpatient care. Erin has been working in the clinical setting for the last two years. She has a strong interest in nutrition education for bariatric surgery and weight management in the adult population. In addition to her career, Erin is also a wife and a mother. In her downtime, she enjoys playing in Albuquerque's playground with her family.
Elham attended UNM and received her Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Dietetic in 2012 and is currently pursuing her Master in Nutrition at UNM. She also has a Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Science. She moved to New Mexico in 2007. She started working at Lovelace Westside Hospital as a nutrition assistant in 2009. She has been a Registered Dietitian since 2013 and joined the Bariatric team in September 2014. Her interest is in weight management in the adult population and has a passion for assisting patients in the medical and clinical field. In her free time, she loves spending time with her two nephews and hanging out with her family and friends.
Laura A. Omidvaran
Laura is a native New Mexican. She got her nutrition and dietetics degree and completed her internship at the University of New Mexico. She started her career working at St. Josephs Hospital, which later become Lovelace Health System, and has been there for over 15 years. In that time, she has had the opportunity to work in many different areas of nutrition, including inpatient, intensive care, geriatric psychiatry, home health care, and skilled nursing. She has been with the Lovelace Bariatrics since it started in 2009. She is happily married and has two children who keep her very busy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing and reading.