I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian and the owner of Healthy Bods Nutrition & Dietetics. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 2008, I began my career as a clinical dietitian at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, where I continue to work part-time. In late 2011, I moved to Canberra to live with my partner where I had the opportunity to work as a private practice dietitian in a multidisciplinary health clinic. It was during this time I realised that I wanted to start my own private practice. In late 2012, my dream became a reality when I started Healthy Bods, a nutrition and dietetic private practice on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Tell me a little bit about your job and/or describe a typical day for you?

A typical day for me always starts with breakfast (low GI of course!). As I currently work in private practice and a hospital, each day is different for me. In my private practice role, I consult to a variety of clients for medical nutrition therapy as well as general healthy eating advice. In my downtime, I use social media to communicate the latest nutrition research, as well as sharing recipes and new products in the supermarkets. At the hospital I generally spend the day managing the nutritional needs of inpatients, particularly post gastrointestinal surgeries.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

The most rewarding part about my private practice work is seeing my clients making positive health changes! In the hospital setting, I find it fascinating learning about my patient’s condition from a medical perspective. I am also fortunate to be part of a wonderful and diverse team of dietitians at the hospital, which makes work very enjoyable.

Tell me a little bit about your career in dietetics thus far and/or why did you choose dietetics as a career?

My career highlights to date would have to be contributing to my favourite health magazine, the Australian Healthy Food Guide. Another milestone for me as a dietitian was starting my own private practice. I chose to be a dietitian because I believe you cannot separate food and good health. As Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”!

What is one interesting fact about you?

I work in the same hospital I was born in 26 years ago!