by LYDIA COBB | photos by Spark Photography

Fuel for the Soul

Born in Inglewood, Angelea Bruce grew up in Coeur d’Alene, ID. She moved back to Southern California for college and transferred to San Jose State University for her degree in nutrition and food science. The journey she and her husband Phil took in becoming vegan inspired her path. They moved here from Carmel Mt. Ranch in 2005. Phil is a research and development scientist for a medical diagnostics company. With three teens at Rancho Bernardo High School, life is on the move.

Angelea is an oncology dietitian for the Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute and Neuro-Oncology Center at Sharp Memorial campus. She spends time with patients undergoing cancer treatments. “On any given day I might help a woman with breast cancer sort through the cacophony of nutrition advice she is getting from well-intentioned friends and family,” said Angelea, who is past-president of the San Diego chapter of the American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition. “I’ll meet with a person with pancreatic cancer to address weight loss and pain associated with eating, and go on to assess the needs of someone who has had a major surgery.” She is attuned to the emotional and physical needs of both patients and their families.


She began her career at the UC Irvine Medical Center, where she delivered nutrition through a tube or vein. Coming to San Diego, she cared for in-home patients. Angelea explained, “I learned how the appropriate type and timing of nutrition interventions made a very real difference in whether people could tolerate and complete their cancer treatments.”

Name: Angelea Bruce
Profession: Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
Community: Gatewood Hills, Rancho Bernardo since 2005
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, and walking outdoors
Favorite Local Spots: Barons Marketplace, Brothers Provisions, Rancho Bernardo Swim and Tennis Club

Their children – Phillip, age 15, and twins Connor and Erin, age 14 – play trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone in the school’s marching band. She loves time with family and walking and relaxing at the beach. Her book club, Read Between the Lines, has been her mainstay for a decade. “They are 12 of the reasons why I love this RB community,” shared Angelea. “I appreciate how we have all encouraged and supported one another over the years.”

Angelea is pursuing research in the nutritional needs of people with cancers of the head and neck. She summed up what patients desire: “Sometimes the thing people need most, during and after cancer treatment, is someone to listen to them and validate their fears, worries, and joys. It’s one of the most gratifying parts of what I do.” In times of greatest need, Angelea provides fuel for the body and soul.