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Conditions I Manage and Treat
Below is a list of common conditions I manage or treat. Click the green button for a brief description of my protocol for managing each condition.
Please note: descriptions provide a basic outline only. Personalised treatment plans are given, which account for individual needs.
Acne / Psoriasis / Eczema
So, what is actually causing your skin condition? Is it happening due to a food sensitivity ie. amines or histamine, salicylates, gluten, nuts? Do you have an imbalance of bacteria in your large intestine? Is there an underlying hormonal imbalance? Perhaps all of the above! It is common for those who suffer from an inflammatory skin condition to lack sufficient amounts zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, omega-3’s and probiotics, among other nutrients. I recommend my gut-skin healing program, which is designed to heal the skin from the inside out.
Amenorrhea / Dysmenorrhea (absent or painful periods)
In the situation where a woman is experiencing abnormal menstruation, there is likely a number of contributing factors. Optimising key nutrients, including magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6, is paramount in these situations. A diet regimen and the right dose of these essential vitamins and minerals can assist a woman towards a healthy menstrual cycle.
Arthritis / Gout
I recommend a low inflammatory diet regimen, with the avoidance of foods high in purines. Adequate omega-3’s, unheated MUFA’s, turmeric, bromelain (from pineapple), ginger and probiotics are helpful in lowering body inflammation, improving movement of joints and reducing pain.
Child and Adolescent Nutrition
Fussy eating can be a big headache for parents. I have developed practical strategies for parents/guardians to assist their child in trying new foods and changing unhealthy habits. Beyond fussy eating, I also provide information on nutritional requirements for children and adolescents, and work with those who are presenting with symptoms of nutrient deficiencies ie. chronic tiredness, mood swings, bloating, excessive flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, short attention span or poor stress tolerance.
Coeliac Disease / Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity
For those with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, a gluten-free diet is required. In addition, I recommend my gut healing program to help repair the small intestine and improve gut micobiome. It is also essential to replenish calcium, folate, vitamin B12, zinc and iron after a diagnosis of coeliac disease. I provide practical resources, including tasty and nutritious recipes, a comprehensive gluten-free shopping list that includes items that have no/low food additives/sugars/salt, and tips on how to read food labels to avoid “hidden” gluten.
Crohn’s Disease / Ulcerative Colitis
A person’s symptoms will determine what course of action is taken. Sugar malabsorption may be occurring, which requires a low fodmap diet. Gluten and casein A1 protein may also be exacerbating symptoms. A thorough assessment is undertaken to determine what dietary prescription is best. I also recommend my gut healing program to assist with healing the small intestine and improving gut microbiome.
Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational)
Carbohydrates, where are they found? Can I still eat them, or not? What does glycaemic index (GI) mean? I answer all of these questions and educate individuals on an diet regimen to improve blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity. I also provide an in depth education session on how to read food labels correctly to ensure quality products are purchased.
Eating Disorders (ie. Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Emotional Eating)
The psychology around food and eating is complex. I focus both nutritionally (where there are deficiencies or excesses) and psychologically when consulting individuals with an eating disorder. I help individuals explore their relationship with food and assist them in finding freedom from self condemnation and the bondage that can be felt.
Fatty Liver Disease
The liver is our body’s detoxifier, so food toxins, such as alcohol, pesticides, herbicides, and food preservatives and additives, as well as refined sugars, need to be eliminated to assist with the healing of this organ. Supplementing with key vitamins and minerals can also assist in the healing process and may be recommended.
Food Allergies and Intolerances (ie. Fructose, Lactose, Histamine and Amines, Oxalates, Salicylates)
I have an easy-to-follow handout for all of these diets for those who require them. If you suffer from food sensitives, gut problems, poor energy, seasonal allergies, headaches/migraines, asthma or skin problems, it may be that you are sensitive to any or a combination of these food compounds. Adopting an appropriate diet regimen and optimising your gut microbiome can be just what your body needs to heal.
I have developed a diet regimen for hypothyroidism, based on current research and recommendations from health professionals who specialise in this condition. I recommend eliminating foods which inhibit proper thyroid function, and increasing foods rich in selenium, iodine, zinc, B-vitamins, protein and omega-3 and unheated MUFA’s. I also assist with optimising gut microbiome.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A low fodmaps diet is recommended, as it can be very effective in alleviating IBS symptoms.
Fodmaps are compounds (mostly short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols) found naturally in certain foods and food additives. They are poorly absorbed by some people and fermented by gut bacteria. This process causes symptoms such as bloating, flatulence (excessive wind), nausea, abdominal pain, and/or unusual bowel movements. Eliminating such foods for a time and reintroducing them can provide insight into which foods are causing the problem.
Osteopenia / Osteoporosis
In addition to calcium, vitamin D and magnesium, vitamin K2 is required for the transportation of calcium to the bones. It activates a hormone called osteocalcin, which helps bind calcium to the matrix of bones. Ensuring adequate amounts of these nutrients, phytonutrients, omega-3 and 9 fatty acids, quality proteins and probiotics is recommended to support bone health.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome / Insulin Resistance
For those with insulin resistance (IR) or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), lowering the intake of carbohydrates and choosing low GI forms is important, as well as ensuring adequate vegetables, phytonutrients, protein-rich foods and omega-3 and 9 fatty acids. For individuals with IR and/or PCOS, I look at optimising nutrients that are commonly low, for example, chromium, magnesium, zinc, B-vitamins, vitamin D and omega-3’s to improve energy levels and fatigue, sugar cravings, brain fog, gut issues etc.
Psychology of Eating
Changing habits and working through a person’s relationship with food is complex. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and self talk, amongst other techniques, to help individuals engage in self analysis to improve their relationship with food and change unhealthy habits.
Reflux (GORD) / Indigestion
There are numerous causes of reflux, but certain foods can be a trigger, so an elimination diet is recommended. Digestive aids and improving gut microbiome is also recommended to improve reflux and indigestion.
Weight loss is multi-faceted. A common challenge for individuals wanting to lose weight is maintaining changes and valuing healthy eating (not feeling like they’re missing out). I approach weight loss considering an individual’s nutritional and psychological status. Food and food preparation, lifestyle and routine are all considered when implementing a weight loss plan. I take individuals through some exercises to explore their relationship with food and their self talk, and provide strategies to keep motivation high. There are some simple, yet powerful, tools that can assist with changing unhealthy habits.
Do you suffer any of the following symptoms?
Poor Stress Tolerance
Our bodies do a wonderful job at communicating with us. We just need to learn how to understand what it is saying. The above symptoms may indicate certain nutrients are being malabsorbed or are low. A boost of the right nutrition may be just what you need to start feeling more vibrant again!
Nutrition Insights are nutrition education sessions designed for anyone who desires to learn more about key nutrition topics – those listed below! They are purely teaching sessions, providing you with up-to-date information on various health-related topics.
Please note: they do not include a dietary assessment or personalised treatment plan. For this, or for management of a health condition, a standard individual consultation is recommended.
Nutrition Insights sessions include an education segment, followed by a short question time. You will also receive relevant handouts/pockets guides to take home with you.
Sessions are one-on-one and run between 20-30 minutes (as indicated below).
For cost, see ‘Costing’ section below.
FOOD LABEL READING (20 minutes)
In this hands-on session, you will be given up-to-date guidelines to help you read the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) and Ingredients List on food products (including a handy pocket guide). You will learn quick tips on how to navigate food products to ensure you are not being misled by advertisements or front-of-package labeling. Reading labels may seem simple, but you are guaranteed to learn something new, in particular, how to navigate the Ingredients List!
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND SUGARS (20 minutes)
Diet soft drink, diet yoghurt, sugar-free lollies, diet jam, diet jelly, sugar-free ice-cream…I think you get the idea! All of these products have something in common, ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. What if these “diet” foods and beverages were contributing to your frequent headaches, brain fog, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, low mood or large appetite? In this session, you will learn what research is showing about the affects of artificial sweeteners on the body. In addition, you will be educated on sugar metabolism and what impact it can have, what is nourishing for the body and what to steer away from!
HARMFUL FOOD ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES (20 minutes)
In today’s society, many foods contain some form of additive, flavour enhancer, colouring or preservative. It is so important to be aware of what you are eating! Think about it, a product that has preserving agents in it has been designed to last (ie. not break down/spoil) for X number of months or years!! You choose to buy it, take it home, and eat it, expecting your body to break it down. Well, the fact of the matter is, it has not been designed to do that! In this hands-on session, you will be taught about harmful additives found in packaged foods and how these can impact your health. Certain additives can negatively affect conditions including asthma, allergies, behavioural problems in children, depression, hay fever, headaches/migraines, hyperactivity, learning difficulties, skin problems, gut problems, and more!
Such information is important for both adults and children alike!
HEALTHY PORTIONS (20 minutes)
Common questions surrounding one’s diet include: “What are my daily requirements?” “How much of each food group do I need each day?” “Do I need them all?” “How much is a serve?” In this session, you will learn what a serve of each food group is, and how to meet your personal daily nutritional requirements.
MINDFUL EATING (30 minutes)
Are you someone who struggles to identify true hunger versus false hunger? Are you a ‘speedy eater’? Or, do you feel you overeat frequently? Well, this is probably a very useful session for you. In this interactive session, you will learn some simple strategies to help identify your own body’s cues for hunger, and how to combat mindless overeating!
EMOTIONAL EATING (30 minutes)
Are you someone who uses food for comfort on a regular basis? Do you ever engage in secret eating? Or, do you have episodes of binge eating, and then ride the guilt train for the next week, until it happens again? Well, there is hope. You must know this! There are a few things to know to help break this cycle – both physiologically and psychologically. In this session, you will be provided with some tools to start you on the journey to a healthier relationship with food.
CHANGE YOUR SELF TALK (3-Part Series) (30 minutes)
If you feel you lack control over food, then this one is for you. If you have not already discovered it, this situation is really not about food, it’s about something deeper – the underlying issues that keep leading you back to the comfort of eating. We all know that nutritious food is nourishing for our physical body. Similarly, truthful, positive words are nourishing to our soul and heart (and our physical body too!). If you are ‘feeding’ yourself ‘junk food’ every day (ie. hurtful, condemning thoughts), it is likely your soul is malnourished. In this session, and those following, you will be encouraged to find out more about yourself – the good things that have probably been buried for a while – to help you feel more empowered and in control, and you never know, your food problems might just start to diminish!
Standard Individual Consultations
Initial Consultation (60 minutes) – $115.00
Review Consultations (30 minutes) – $63.00
Discounts apply for pension card holders and student card holders.
In your Initial Consultation, a medical and nutritional assessment will be undertaken, which includes:
- Review of any current/previous medical conditions and blood test results (if available)
- Review of current medications (this provides information as to whether nutrient absorption is being impaired, which occurs with the use of certain medications) and/or nutrition supplements
- Assessment of sleep, Energy levels, digestive health (including any gut symptoms), bowels, stress tolerance and current stress levels, and exercise
- Detailed diet history (for greatest accuracy, please complete the food and symptom diary below to bring to your first appointment)
- Measurement of body weight and height (where applicable)
- Review of previous attempts to improve health/lifestyle and a discussion of future goals
Education Session (20-30 minutes) – $60
Health rebates apply.
Please note: when calling to make an appointment, please inform the Receptionist that you are booking in for a ‘Nutrition Insights’ session, and which topic you would like to cover.
All consultations under a Chronic Disease Management Plan, otherwise known as an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan, are subsidised by Medicare. This means you only need to pay the gap, where applicable. Eligibility for this plan is determined by your GP, and a signed referral is required. Please contact your nearest clinic for information on gap payments.
Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA)
If you have a DVA Gold Card, DVA will fund Dietetic services to meet your clinical needs. If you have a DVA White Card, DVA will also fund dietetic services if they are required because of an accepted war or service caused injury or disease. If you require clarification, please call DVA directly on: 133 254.
For eligible individuals, Workcover will fund an arranged number of Dietetic consultations to assist in your recovery.
If you are eligible, please indicate to Reception staff when booking an appointment that you are coming in under Workcover, and ensure you bring your referral, claim number and case manager details.
The following payment methods are available:
Private Health Insurance Rebates
If you have health insurance that covers Dietitian consultations, then you only have to pay the gap! In most cases, this can be done on-the-spot when you pay for your visit.
It is recommended that you check with your health insurance company prior to your consultation to see if you are covered.
If you are unable to make an appointment, please provide at least 24 hours’ notice, otherwise a $50 cancellation fee will apply. Your communication and consideration is greatly appreciated!
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Choice of Living Health Centre
78 Muller Rd, Greenacres 5086
Phone: 8367 8228
Fax: 8367 6228
Tuesdays: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Alternate Wednesdays: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Alternate Fridays: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
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Centre for Health and Wellbeing
38 The Parade, Norwood 5067
Phone: 8332 4100
Fax: 8332 8100
Fridays: 9:15am – 12:45pm
Alternate Fridays: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
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Trinity Medical Centre
31 Bagster Road, Salisbury North 5108
Phone: 8258 1677
Fax: 8258 0277
Alternate Wednesdays: 8:30am – 1:00pm
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