What led you to Elevate? Elevate’s philosophy of a holistic and integrative approach to health and well-being, played a major role in my decision to join the Elevate team.
What do you appreciate about Elevate? I appreciate the open, honest, and professional environment, with the focus on individualised clients care. Elevate’s ability to provide holistic care to its clients, that focuses on improving their health outcomes, highlights the healthcare philosophy provided by Elevate.
What are your core beliefs about wellness and health? My core belief to wellness and health is setting a good foundation that focusses on behaviour, rather than outcomes, plays the most vital role in a client’s long-term health. Creating a life environment of good health, proactivity, and prevention, based upon expert advice, will lead to long term health and well-being.
What mistakes do patients make? The 3 most common mistakes patients make are;
- Attempting too much change, too quickly. This results in yo-yoing behavioural patterns that don’t last in the long term as patient’s resort to old habits due to not being able to complete all the changes at once. The focus should be committing to long-term, healthy behavioural changes.
- Not prioritising their health. Too often patients place other life demands in front of their health, such as work. Many patients, don’t prioritise eating well and exercising, yet still expect results. Many patients don’t understand that by increasing the priority of their health and taking accountability for their actions, they can perform better at work, enjoy their family time with less stress, exercise better, and enjoy social times more.
- Short termism. Many patients seek a quick fix to their health or chronic condition, trying fad-diets, detoxes, cleanses or whatever the latest craze may be. Life is not a short-term proposition; it is the longest journey any of us will undertake, so why would the solutions to our health be short term? Achieving long-term behavioural goals will help keep patients healthy for the rest of their lives, not just the next week.
What key health lessons do you like to impart to patients? Accountability, behaviour and balance. These are the foundations to health and well-being. Focusing on ourselves and our own health outcomes, using behaviour to help control how patients respond to life’s demands, and making balanced choices in life all lead to improved health and well-being.
What do you enjoy about your job? Working in a private-practice setting as a Dietitian, allows me to have an intimate, lasting relationship with many of my clients. It is always very rewarding seeing my clients achieve the goals we set together and improving their health and their life.
Tell us a little about your credentials I have completed a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. I am an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with the Dietetics Association of Australia and have worked in the nutrition and health industry for 8 years.
What is your area of expertise? My expertise ranges from nutrition for healthy eating or improving life or sports performance, to complex diet-disease relationships in which nutrition plays the major role in the improvement or management of a specific condition. I take an individualised approach to health and well-being, in which the needs and goals of the client are tailored to their lifestyle plan, ensuring long term success. I enjoy all aspects of nutrition, particularly gastrointestinal disorders, weight management, sports nutrition, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
What areas do you specialise in or treat?
- Weight Loss – Whether for personal reasons, or for management of a chronic condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue, or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Cardiovascular Disease – including high/imbalanced cholesterol, high blood pressure, previous cardiovascular events,
- Gastrointestinal Disorders – Symptoms including abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating, cramping, gas, diarrhoea, constipation, fatigue. Conditions including Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), food sensitivity, food intolerances, FODMAPS or malabsorption of diseases
- Diabetes – Both Type I and Type II, pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes
- Sports Nutrition – Focusing on improving performance across all sports, at all levels, nutrition plays an integral part of sports performance, providing the platform for your body and mind to perform.
- Healthy Eating – For clients that want to improve their health and well-being, improve fatigue or stress levels, or to help perform maximally at work, during exercise, and at home, specific nutrition plans play a vital role in helping clients achieve their goals.