Our Team

Serving clients and students in their quest for better health is what we do. From online learning to scheduling training and consultation, we will support you in all your growth and journey.

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Nourish the Brain Institute
Helping Our Clients Make & Meet Goals

Training and Coaching Clients All Over the World

Gemi Bertran is the CEO and Founder of Nourish the Brain Institute

Gemi has created several powerful programs for women and men everywhere to improve their health, no matter where the starting point is.  


Gemi became a passionate advocate of dynamic nutrition after her own life-changing experience. A single mother of two at the time, she was working and studying full time, while taking care of her cancer-stricken dying father. As a result of long lasting stress and exhaustion, her body shut down. It was at this time when she decided to study the effects of nutrition on the brain and to listen to her body's needs.

Gemi graduated as Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, she learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories ranging from Ayurveda, gluten-free, and Paleo, to raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and more. She trained with the world's top health and wellness experts such as Andrew Weil, Mark Hyman and David Wolf. She worked as a business director for a behavioral health facility in the Central.

She earned her MBA at ESADE. Gemi worked around the world, mastering the wisdom of different cultures and backgrounds, creating her own blueprint specifically designed for women that wish to retake their own power and get on track to solid and healthy lifestyle habits and routines. Her continuous education and experience have equipped her with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic approach to mind-brain nutrition and therapies, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on her expertise, she works with clients to help them make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results.

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Connecting Clients With Our Programs

James Empey is the Head of Sales at Nourish the Brain Institute.

James tirelessly makes connections happen.  Selecting the ideal path and getting new clients excited is his specialty.


James moved to San Luis Obispo in 2017 from Seattle.  He spent 32 years in the petroleum accounting industry.  “Square-headed bean counters smelling like unleaded” weren’t enough to keep him satisfied, however.  (His words). He actually moved to San Luis Obispo to retire, but then, he met Gemi and that plan completely changed.

James began working at Mindbody right away and was immediately successful.  He has shown us here at NTBI his ability to be dynamic and energetic in all the elements that come with being a sales manager.

He truly defines ‘Getting Into the Spirit Of It’ with all of our company’s projects and events, and his high energy will translate to you when you hear about the exciting program options that Nourish the Brain Institute has to offer you.

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Behind the Scenes

Emily King is the Project Manager at Nourish the Brain Institute.

From website functionality, to new product development, you can be sure Emily has had her hands 'lightly touching' on the final design.


Emily moved to San Luis Obispo in 2000, from San Diego and she began as a Cal Poly student of Engineering.  She graduated in 2006 with her degree and began the pursuit of a career in education. For the past eleven years, she has loved her career as a teacher at a local elementary school.  

Emily manages events, the ever-growing website, and the Dynamic Nutrition Specialist online course.  She effectively blends her techie side with teaching, and will be there to support you with scheduling, your account, and accessing all the online tools and features that Nourish the Brain Institute has to offer.

After meeting Gemi in 2018, Emily enrolled in one of her coaching programs, and couldn't wait to jump on board with the flourishing company.  She was seeking nutrition support and realized early on that there are so many others that needed to know about the resources and potential of Nourish the Brain.  

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