PhiVan Ha , MBA
Full professional proficiency
Limited working proficiency
2nd Degree Black Belt
Martial Arts - Karate & Kendo
Dance & Fitness Study
Eastern Philosophy Study
Yoga & Meditation
Master in Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM)
Yo San University | Marina Del Rey, CA | Jan 2019-Present
Yo San University is accredited as an institution by Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.
Master of Business Administrations (MBA)
California State University - Channel Islands | Thousand Oaks, CA | 2012-2016
The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics MBA program is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The MBA program features integrated modules that cross functional disciplines, a common cohort experience, team teaching and learning.
Bachelor of Science in Family Consumer Science - Nutrition/Dietetics (BS)
California State University - Northridge | Northridge, CA | 2004-2008
Completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) with certification. The DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Contact: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. (312) 899-0400 x5400.
Current Work Experiences
Erewhon Natural Foods | Los Angeles, CA | August 2018-Present
Support the Nutrition Department at Erewhon market in Los Angeles with daily operational activities. Provide consultation for customers in the areas of nutrition, vitamins and mineral supplements, homeopathic remedies, and natural supplements.
Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital | Los Angeles, CA | May 2020-Present
Work with chief veterinary nutritionist to formulate special diet plans for dogs and cats. Work with veterinary software to determine best diet for specific illness or dietary restriction.
Past Work Experiences
Support Group Facilitator
Lupus LA | Los Angeles, CA | August 2017-September 2020
Work directly with the Program Manager to help promote lupus awareness and education, and provide support for people with lupus and their families. Other duties include attending social events and medical conferences, and submitting monthly reports.
Naturopathic Doctor Assistant
Integrative Health Institutes & Lotus Integrative Medicine | Santa Monica, CA | January 2018-May 2019
Treatment preparations, billings, short consults with patients to go over supplements, test results and ,dietary restrictions, operating EMR software like Practice Fusion and MindBody, and advocate naturopathic medicines to potential clients.
Los Angeles Community Garden Council | Los Angeles, CA | June 2017-October 2017
A collaborative project with the Los Angeles Community Garden Council and Sprouts Farmers Market to implement six 2-hour workshops to elementary aged children about the benefits of nutrition, gardening, and community resources.
Chef Nutritionist/Chef Teacher
LIFT Enrichment & TaiLopez.com | Los Angeles, CA | August 2017-May 2019
For Tai Lopez, I was hired as his personal nutritionist and chef and the tasks included ordering fresh ingredients for meals preps, prepare his meals according to dietary restrictions, and entering his daily intake into health software app. For Lift Enrichment, I was hired to teach after school program to elementary children and introduce them to healthy foods and cooking.
Program Manager/Chief Instructor
ISKF Santa Monica | Santa Monica, CA | November 2015-June 2017
Design curriculum and teach karate for the ISKF Santa Monica Juniors club. Manage attendance, payments, and parents-teacher relations. Promote club activities via social media and newsletter.
Nutrition & Physical Activity Specialist
Connections For Children | Santa Monica, CA | April 2015-November 2015
Collaborate with the Department of Public Health and child care resource organizations to provide early childhood educators with resources to combat early childhood obesity.
Public Health Foundation Enterprises | Los Angeles, CA | February 2013-July 2014
Distribute WIC checks to participants while complying with state regulations of ensuring accuracy and precision. Provide nutrition education to WIC participants. Conduct nutrition workshops.
Executive Assistant Manager
Santa Monica Power Yoga | Santa Monica, CA | June 2003-December 2012
Provide expertise in the field of accounting, bookkeeping, marketing, and retail management. Help run everyday operation of both yoga studios and retail store. Update website with new schedule and teachers bio.
Certified Domestic Violence Counselor
Haven Hills Domestic Violence Shelter | Canoga Park, CA | February 2003-February 2004
Collaborate with law enforcement agencies and domestic violence housing centers to provide victims of DV with safe shelter and appropriate resources in the field of safety, custody, and rights.
Professional Collaborations & Projects
Community & School Gardening Advocate
EnrichLA & Los Angeles Food Policy Council & Seed Library of Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA | 2016-2020
Collaborate with community non-profit organization to brings edible school gardens to local public schools, support community gardens in the greater LA areas, and address issues access equality issues in underserved communities.
American Red Cross | Los Angeles, CA | October 2016-January 2020
Collaborate with community partners to bring awareness to issues disaster preparedness, community resiliency, and community resources available in the greater LA area.
At-Large Representative (Alternate)
Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council | Los Angeles, CA | April 2016-April 2019
Serves as an at-large representative and as a member of the Outreach Committee. Collaborate with community organizations in the neighborhood council to make it more safe and healthy.
Emerson Avenue Community Garden | Westchester, CA | January 2016-January 2017
Serves as Vice-President of the EACGC and member of the PR Committee. Conduct board meetings when necessary. Update blog and website. Facilitate community outreach events.
American Diabetes Association | Los Angeles, CA | 2015-2019
Provide nutrition workshops to bring awareness about diabetes mellitus prevention. Speak at different community organizations about available resources and educational materials.
Downtown Women's Center | Los Angeles, CA | December 2015-December 2016
Provide one-on-one nutritional counseling for in-residence participants and women on Skid Row. Conduct nutrition workshop on relevant topics like diabetes and obesity.
Marketing & Sponsorship Co-Chair
California Dietetic Association - Los Angeles District | Los Angeles, CA | February 2013-December 2015
Promote and support the Los Angeles District of the California Dietetic Association with marketing sponsorship activities. Participate and organize community outreach events.
I consider myself to be a perfect walking example of "follow your dream but also give life some room to guide you to where you should be". My passion for health and nutrition has inspired me to get a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and I also successfully completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The more in depth I got into my nutrition studies, the more I realized how much I still didn't know. This curiosity has led me to enter a dual Master Program in Biotechnology and Business Administrations. To make a long story short, I ended up not pursuing the biotech part of the program and just graduated with the MBA portion. This change of heart came about as I was becoming more involved with the community and was offering free nutrition counseling to homeless women at the Downtown Women's Center (DWC). It became more obvious to me that many of today's chronic health issues have to be approached from a holistic point of view. I am the type of person who like to get to the heart of the problem and not just scratch the surface of things. So I decided to learn more about the healing arts and worked as a naturopathic doctor assistant. My experience working at the integrative medicine clinics have inspired me to pursue my study in oriental medicine and acupuncture. So that is where I am currently at in my professional journey - integrating both western studies of nutrition and naturopathic medicine with eastern philosophy and healing modules.