I graduated in 2003 and my husband and I had just set up a business called Life Personal Trainers [www.lifept.com.au] we both had a passion for health and fitness, valued personal training and recognised the potential for PT’s and dietitians to work together.
I started a clinical job straight after graduating and I worked as a PT before and after work. We worked very long hours when starting the business.
I soon developed a interest in maternal and paediatric nutrition and was fortunate to join a great team at Women’s and Children’s Hospital and be able to balance my work there with private work and the fitness industry.
I pursued my initial interest area and studied Sports Dietitians Australia’s Sports Nutrition Course in 2004 at the AIS and have worked with a variety of athletes since then including a trip to Japan and Korea as sports dietitian for a cycling team. I continue to consult to individual athletes and enjoy team presentations.
I currently only see a few clients, mainly young athletes with eating disorders and cyclists. As I get more time I hope to continue to work in sports nutrition as well as nutrition for pregnancy.
My role at Life Personal Trainers is as a dietitian as well as in areas of HR and strategic planning. Over the last 10 years we have grown from a single studio with just 3 people to 3 studios and a team of 20. Our mission is: “We create a professional environment that values health as a key element of success, inspires long term lifestyle change and delivers a positive exercise experience”. We genuinely believe in the benefit of exercise and try to encourage people to invest in their health just as they would their finances. we promote long term exercise habits not quick fix solutions.
Tell me a little bit about your job and/or describe a typical day for you?
There is no such thing as a typical day but in a typical week I spend most of my time looking after my 2 daughters (2 years & 4 months) and also see a few clients. Before 6am and after 7pm you will usually find me catching up work on the computer or squeezing in some intervals on the exercise bike, stepper or rowing ergo in the shed.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I love the variety I get and the opportunity to work with such a diverse range people. It is very rewarding to know that you have been involved in helping someone be healthier and happier.
Tell me a little bit about your career in dietetics thus far and/or why did you choose dietetics as a career?
As a young athlete (road cyclist), I was reading a book called ‘Smart Sport’ and the chapter that interested me most was Greg Cox’s chapter on sports nutrition. That had me hooked, I kept reading, learning more and discovering food could make a real difference to health and performance. I still lean from Greg, he is an excellent sports dietitian and generous with information.
What would be your number one tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?
Specialise, don’t try to be everything to everyone one all at once. It is ok to change your interest areas over time but pick a few distinct areas to start with and become an expert, read lots and share your knowledge.
What is one interesting fact about you?
An alternative career choice was architecture!