Frequently asked questions

  • What is a nutritionist?

A nutritionist is someone who is educated in the science of nutrition, and can apply this information. Nutrition Australia says: “The main role of a nutritionist is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about health and food choices.”

It is important to know that there is no set level of training required to call yourself a nutritionist in Australia. Some may have a diploma of nutrition and some may have a full degree. There is also no requirement for registering with an association and completing ongoing education. So, when it comes to choosing a nutritionist, you should ask about their qualifications and ongoing education.

As a nutritionist, I have extensive training and expertise that has given me the confidence to work with more complex health concerns such as type 2 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid issues. With these conditions, I can offer nutrition advice to support your body and manage your symptoms.

  • Are you a medical doctor?

No. I have a PhD in Physiology from Monash University. My studies focused on obesity and type 2 diabetes. So, although I have earned the ‘Dr’ as my title, it is not as a medical doctor.

  • Here are my qualifications:
  1. Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition, Deakin University
  2. Monash FODMAP training, Monash University
  3. PhD, Department of Physiology, Monash University
  4. Post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Analysis, Sophia College Mumbai
  5. Bachelors of Science, Bombay University
  • Can I still enjoy eating out?

Absolutely! I believe in making healthy choices wherever you are. Any diet that doesn’t allow you to eat out is not a sustainable approach to long-term health.

  • I have a chronic condition. Can you support someone with diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fatty liver and/or gut issues?

Yes. My extensive training included microbiology and nutrition science. Nutrients can impact every system of the body. So, no matter how complex your case is, how you eat can support your health over the long-term.

My higher degree research was on the mechanisms and actions of hormones in obesity and type 2 diabetes. I also undertook post-doctoral work focusing on ovarian cancer.

As a nutritionist, it is essential for me to use an evidence-based approach. So, I make sure that I keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of nutrition and chronic health issues. So, every piece of advice I give to you is based on the latest science and research.

  • There are so many diets out there. Can you help me figure out which is approach is right for me?

That is what I’m here for. I keep up-to-date with the latest research and trends through conferences, seminars and workshops. By staying aware of the science behind the different diet approaches, I can help you identify which are fad diets and which are science-based.

I am available for consultations on alternate Friday (9:30am – 1:30pm) at Knox Health and Sport Clinic, 171, Stud Rd Wantirna. Call 88051777 to book your appointment.