Meet our paediatric dietitian!

There are so many conflicting messages about what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ for us, what we ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ eat. These mixed messages make it so difficult to figure out what a healthy diet should look like.

Throw into the mix a fussy eater, a food intolerance or some other special food requirement and it’s no wonder so many parents feel lost when trying to reach their child’s nutrition needs. Parenthood is stressful enough without this added pressure (I’m a mum of 3, trust me, I know!).

The habits our children learn now are the ones they’ll take into adulthood, and this includes the habits formed around food and eating. This is why I am incredibly passionate about working with families to find a healthy diet that works for them. I want to help parents set their children up for a lifetime of healthy eating.

Working with many children over the years I have seen that sometimes it’s not fussy eating that is holding a child back from enjoying a healthy diet – it could be a lack of oral skill development or sensory issues. I can help you and your child overcome these barriers and make mealtimes fun.

Through my studies and experience as a Mum, I have not only built a solid knowledge of nutrition needs in the early stages of life, but I have also developed practical strategies to help reduce the stress around mealtimes in your home. Let’s work together and build your confidence with food and nutrition!

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Michelle can help you with:

Family and Kids – healthy weight management for kids, healthy eating for families, introducing solids to your baby, feeding fussy toddlers and kids (including those with feeding difficulties), support for other paediatric issues.

General Health and Wellbeing – healthy eating and weight maintenance, weight loss or weight gain through balanced and healthy habit changes and nutritional deficiencies.

Gut and Digestion – irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, low FODMAP diet, food intolerances, food allergies, maximising and improving gut health, digestive issues (diarrhoea and constipation), support for other gastrointestinal issues.

Chronic Disease – support for heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular disease, lowering cholesterol and/or blood pressure, type 1 and type 2 diabetes management, reducing insulin resistance, treating and preventing gout, fatty liver and other liver conditions, support for pre and post bariatric surgery.

Mental Health – eating disorders, managing emotional eating, support for depression and anxiety, food anxiety and stress, building a healthy relationship with food.

Women’s Health – polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), amenorrhea, menopause, fertility and pre-conception nutrition, pregnancy and post-partum nutrition, endometriosis.

Michelle’s qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry), from the University of Sydney
  • Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics, from the University of Canberra
  • Certificate in Paediatric Dietetics through the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
  • Trained in using the SOS Approach to Feeding for Problem Feeders

Private health and/or Medicare rebates are available for private consultations, please discuss this at your appointment.

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Q&A with Michelle!

What’s your favourite food?

Cheese – the smellier the better! Not so much the hard cheeses (don’t get me wrong, they’re still good) but more like a triple cream brie or blue vein – yum!

What’s your favourite cooking method?

I love a good stir-fry! It’s such a quick and easy way to make a delicious meal. Plus, the huge variety of vegetables and flavours that work well in a stir-fry means that no 2 meals need to be the same.

Why did you became a dietitian?

I have always been a real ‘people person’ so I knew that whatever I grew up to be it would involve helping people. I am also a self-confessed science nerd. At university I majored in Biochemistry for my Science degree.  After an amazing lecture series on metabolism (did I mention I was a bit of a nerd?) I was inspired to go on to do my Masters in Dietetics . Being a dietitian is the perfect career for me. I get to work with people and apply scientific evidence to improve their health!

What’s your area of expertise and why?

My areas of expertise are paediatric dietetics and food intolerances/allergies. My main introduction into the world of paediatric dietetics was when I became a mother myself. Through playgroups and other child based activities I came to fully appreciate just how hard it can be to navigate the overwhelming amount of dietary advice out there on what to feed or not feed your child. I realised how lucky I was to be a dietitian because there’s enough to stress about being a parent without having to factor food into it!

This motivated me to study even more to get my Certificate in Paediatric Dietetics so that I can help families overcome food and diet issues, hopefully making parenting that little bit easier. My interest in paediatric dietetics also ties in with my interest in food intolerances and allergies. I think food intolerances are a fascinating area of dietetics, and particularly love being able to help clients discover foods that they can enjoy and eliminate their problem food.

What’s your philosophy when it comes to food?

All food is there to be enjoyed.  Sure, some types should be enjoyed more often than others, but it should all be eaten without guilt or shame. There’s no such thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ food. I am very passionate about helping clients find the balance in their diet so that they can just enjoy food.

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