Why we started Spoonful

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

Deepa Krishnan 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.

Sam Laber

Sam Laber 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).

Vanessa Cobarrubia RDN, LDN

Vanessa Cobarrubia is a FODMAP trained registered dietitian in Bend, Oregon. She has spent the majority of her career as an outpatient dietitian specializing in weight management and over the past five years focusing on gastrointestinal disorders including IBS, SIBO, IBD, and celiac disease. Vanessa has battled IBS for the majority of her adult life and understands the complexity of this diet from both a clinical and personal perspective. Vanessa maintains her blog, myfodmapfriend.com and regularly contributes articles and Low FODMAP Shopping Lists as a FODMAP Everyday® Success Team member.

Liz McMahon RDN

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.

Advisors

Anita Ahuja MD

Dr. Anita Ahuja MD

Pediatric gastroenterologist with 15+ years experience. Stanford fellow currently practicing at Kaiser Permanente.

Halle Hutchison

Halle Hutchison

VP Marketing at Rover.com. 10+ years consumer marketing leadership at Alaska Airlines, T-Mobile and Expedia.

Julia Lipton

Julia Lipton

Former Head of Growth at Rise (acq. by One Medical). Built and managed Rise’s coaching network.

Arif Poonawala

Arif Poonawala

Former Head of Product at Rise (Founding Team). Built Rise app + coaching portal.

Britney Kennedy

Britney Kennedy

Founder of OnPoint Nutrition, a mobile nutrition counseling company serving the Greater Philadelphia area.

Nick DeSimone

Nick DeSimone

Engineering leader with 3 startup exits. Deep knowledge of AI and machine learning.