In the US, over 60 million people struggle with a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity. For many of us, one misstep or one foul ingredient could mean hours of painful symptoms and a new wave of uncertainty the next time we sit down to eat. At Spoonful, we believe food should be safe and enjoyable for everyone. That’s why we’re creating diet-specific communities for people to discover new, compliant food products. If you struggle with IBS and currently follow a low fodmap diet, we’d love to have you join our first community.

Meet the team

Deepa Krishnan

Co-Founder, CEO

Deepa is a lifelong vegetarian. She never planned to restrict even more items from her diet, but in 2006, when her doctor explained that her physical symptoms were likely caused by food reactivity, she was hooked. Since then, Deepa has managed her health, including a heart condition and asthma, almost exclusively pill free through diet and exercise. She believes food is medicine and food is joy (everything in balance!) and can often be found indulging in sweet treats around the Bay Area with her two young boys and ever supportive husband.

Vanessa Cobarrubia

Registered Dietitian

Vanessa Cobarrubia is a FODMAP trained dietitian in Bend, Oregon. She specializes in gastrointestinal nutrition with a focus on irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacteria overgrowth, inflammatory bowel diseases, and nutrition support. Vanessa had suffered for years with IBS before discovering the low FODMAP diet. She enjoys teaching other IBS sufferers how to navigate the low FODMAP diet with individual nutrition counseling and contributing to the FODMAP community with articles, grocery lists, and more.

Sam Laber

Co-Founder, CMO

Sam began a modified diet at age 9 after he was diagnosed with a mild case of Tourette’s Syndrome. To lessen the severity of ticks, he was urged to cut out caffeine, refined sugar and artificial dyes. But since telling a kid he can’t have sweets is one thing short of taking away video games, his mom introduced “special treat Thursday”, a once-a-week cheat day headlined by an indulgent after school snack. Through diet and exercise, Sam has been able to keep his Tourette’s in check for over 20 years (while still affording himself the occasional special treat day).

Liz McMahon

Registered Dietitian

Liz is a Registered Dietitian who focuses on digestive health. She has completed FODMAP training through Monash University and loves seeing the benefit her IBS patients have with this diet! Liz has been in the nutrition field for over 10 years, working at a top hospital in Philadelphia as a Clinical Dietitian for the past 5 years. She also runs her own private practice, Liz McMahon Nutrition, where she provides virtual nutrition counseling to clients with a range of gastrointestinal disorders.