Dietitians and Nutritionists

Emily Commerford
BEx&SpSc, MDiet(Hons), Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist, Accredited Sports Dietitian, ISAK Accredited Anthropometrist

Commenced at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre June 2017.

Areas of special interest:

  • Sports nutrition
  • Endurance nutrition (distance running, cycling, short and long course triathlon, ultra-endurance events)
  • Gut health, particularly IBS and the low FODMAP diet

Emily is an experienced clinical and sports dietitian who is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their sporting performance, health and wellness goals.

Emily has a special interest in fuelling for endurance events including distance running, cycling, short and long course triathlon and ultra-endurance events. As a marathon runner and past triathlon competitor herself, Emily has experienced first hand many issues endurance athletes face, in addition to learning from her own nutrition/training mistakes along the way (especially prior to studying nutrition!).

Emily also specialises in gut health, especially Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the low FODMAP diet. She is passionate about ensuring her clients are supported at all stages of investigation and receive personalised advice while being guided through an elimination-style diet (if appropriate).

The focus of Emily’s work is performance and wellness, rather than weight and body composition. However, body composition assessments (skin fold measurements) are available on request if appropriate.

An initial appointment with Emily will consist of a thorough assessment diet and lifestyle, including any medical concerns, training history, current training program, stress, energy levels, sleep, lifestyle, eating behaviours, food likes and dislikes and meal patterns. A tailored nutrition plan will then be created based on this conversation. Emily may further investigate eating behaviours and hunger awareness.  A personalised meal plan, creating flexible dietary goals, nutrition education or prescribing an elimination or low FODMAP diet may also be provided.  Blood tests may also be requested if required.

In her spare time Emily loves creating balanced and delicious recipes, running and rock climbing.  Her favourite foods are chocolate mousse, goats cheese and pomegranate (in that order!).

You can find all of Emily’s healthy and delicious recipes on her website   www.melbournenutrition.com.au.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, major in Sports Nutrition  Deakin University 2008
  • Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics Deakin University 2012

Professional Memberships and Positions:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Sports Dietitians Australia

Involvement with Teams and Associations:

  • Melbourne Triathlon Club 2012-2013
  • Box Hill Hawks 2008 – 2011
  • Sandringham Zebras VFL 2016 – 2017

Personal Sporting Experience:

  • Great Barrier Reef Adventure Marathon 2018
  • Melbourne Marathon 2010, 2016
  • Run Melbourne Half Marathon 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018
  • Sandy Point Half 2018
  • Geelong Half Marathon 2011, 2015
  • Gatorade Triathlon Series 2012-2013

Emily is available for consultation each Wednesday and Thursday.

To arrange an appointment please phone 9650 9372 or   book online.

Jessica Singh
BHlthSci, MDietPrac, Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN)

Commenced at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre May 2017.

Areas of special interest:

  • Metabolic and Hormonal Health for example, diabetes, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, consistent and stubborn weight gain, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, fatigue
  • Gut Health such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, dysbiosis and food intolerances
  • Conditions affected by poor gut health including but not limited to skin health, poor immunity, thyroid conditions including hyper and hypothyroidism
  • Ketogenic diet

Jess has a strong focus on gut health.  She recognises that the gut is at the core of many aspects of health and disease.  Her approach is to acknowledge that what you feed into your gut, as well as the health of your gut itself, will have a direct and intricate link to your health.

Jess emphasises that inflammation is at the root of many modern-day chronic diseases.  It follows that several conditions that we see today are triggered by dysregulation of metabolic and hormonal pathways, active inflammation and poor gut health.

Jess practices according to science and does not just rely simply on guidelines.  She is aware that nutritional science is a relatively your science and is progressing at a rapid rate.  Jess believes if we rely solely on guidelines, our recommendations will potentially become outdated and fail to fully address the conditions clients present with.

Professional style:

Jess advocates prescriptive diets which are based on current scientific research. She uses structured macronutrient modification to assist with improving gut health, reducing inflammation and improving metabolic and hormonal function.

Her fundamental nutrition approach involves the utilisation of whole, unprocessed foods, including the use of the ketogenic diet.

Nutritional supplements may be suggested where necessary to aid with metabolic regulation or improvement in gut health.

What to expect in a session:

The initial session will encompass investigating the primary reason for the visit.  This will involve exploring associated factors such as stress levels, sleep habits, energy levels and mood to help determine the underlying reasons for the presenting condition.

Specific blood tests may be suggested to help assist in the investigation.

As a prescriptive diet approach is taken, individualised meal plans are generally not provided as part of the initial assessment. However, as treatment progresses, individualised meal plans may be organised if desired.

During the consultations Jess ensures that her clients understand the reasons for, and potential benefits of their prescriptive diet.

To assist the transition into the diet, guidance will be provided around recipe modification and structuring meals to suit client needs and preferences.

Review frequency is dependent upon the complexity of the condition.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Dietetic Practice, La Trobe University, Melbourne 2014

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia

Availability:

Jess is available for consultation on Wednesday mornings.

To arrange an appointment please phone 9650 9372 or   book online.

Diane Rennard
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist
B.(Nutrition and Dietetics), Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist.

Commenced at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre September 2010.

Areas of special interest:

  • Eating disorders (Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, NOSFED, Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Overeating)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Gastrointestinal Nutrition including irritable bowel syndrome or malabsorption of lactose or fructose
  • Insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance Type 2 or gestational Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • High cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension and other heart health problems
  • Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Women’s health including menopause and osteoporosis
  • Adequate nutritional intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Nutritionally adequate vegetarian eating
  • Eating for good health and vitality

Throughout her life Diane has maintained a keen interest in and passion for food and its relationship to health and disease.

Diane is highly skilled in communicating specialist advice in a practical way to people of all ages and at different stages of life. Her experience includes clinical nutrition, group education, group facilitation, health promotion and resource development. Diane has worked in a variety of settings including community, private and public health.

Diane aims to assist clients to improve their health through better food choices and lifestyle modification. Diane is experienced in providing support for those diagnosed with specific medical conditions such as type 2 Diabetes, elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, hypertension, irritiable bowel syndrome, food intolerances and Coeliac disease.

For those seeking advice for general health and wellbeing Diane can provide sensible and non-prescriptive advice about food and nutrition.  She can assist with dispelling food myths and erroneous information commonly found in the media.

Diane believes that you are how you eat. When assisting with weight management Diane uses a non-dieting approach with a focus on eating behaviour and normalising eating, in doing so clients learn how to respond to their body’s natural cues of hunger and satiety and to develop a healthier relationship with food.

Diane’s key area of expertise is in Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating. She has worked exclusively as Dietitian and Senior Clinician for the Mandometer Clinic in Melbourne, a treatment model for Eating Disorders developed at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden. The model is behaviour based and focuses on normalising eating.

Through her training at the Karolinska Institute and her experience working with individual sufferers and their families she and has developed a sound understanding of eating disorders and their treatment. Earlier this year Diane returned to Sweden for further training in the treatment of obesity.

To enhance her skills in facilitating behaviour change and to gain greater insight into the counselling role Diane has completed professional development in health coaching, motivational interviewing, mental health first aid for adolescents and is currently undertaking training in counselling skills at The Cairnmillar Institute.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Monash University, Melbourne 2005

Additional Training:

  • Diploma of Counselling, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, Australia (in progress)
  • Sports Nutrition, Australian Institute of Sport, 2006
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Health Coaching
  • Mental Health First Aid for Adolescents

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Eating Disorders Victoria

Availability:

Diane is available for consultation each Monday and Tuesday.

To arrange an appointment to see Diane, please phone 9650 9372 or   book online.

 
Josephine Money (Nee Gibson)
B. Nutrition & Dietetics, B. Nutrition & Dietetics, Accredited Practising Nutritionist

Commenced at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre August 2008.

Areas of special interest:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Disordered Eating
  • Nutrition and Mental Health

Josephine is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and director of Eat Love Live; currently working part time as she has three daughters.

Jo has a client centred approach providing individual nutrition counselling; with over 10 years’ experience in private practice. Jo has experience across a diverse range of settings including community and public health and in variety of modes including working with individuals, groups and program development.

Jo supports clients with a wide range of clinical medical conditions; though her passion and specialised skill set she supports people across the spectrum of disordered eating, eating disorders and other mental health issues.

Jo has a non-dieting approach to health management which involves focusing on behaviour change to improve measurable health outcomes. Jo aims to support people to improve their overall relationship with food and to reconnect with the body’s hunger and satiety cues. Jo employs the Health at Every Size Paradigm in her work.

She is passionate about supporting people to reconnect and to learn to trust their own intuition around food. We are all born with these skills but our life experiences and the toxic diet culture we live in can mean we lose touch with this.

When faced with illness or a specific health concern, or simply looking to improve overall well-being, sorting through complex information and advice about diet can require specialist help and support which Jo aims to provide in a compassionate, non-judgemental, supportive environment.

Jo’s experience is from a range of places including:

  • Eating Disorders Foundation Victoria, as an employee and later a board member
  • Eating Disorders Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Eating Disorder Program at The Melbourne Clinic
  • The Big Girls Group at the Royal Women’s hospital, supporting women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
  • The Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery centre (BETRS); a joint initiative between St Vincent’s and The Austin hospital.

Jo values working closely as part of a multidisciplinary team (Psychologist, General Practitioner, Psychiatrists) as this is advantageous to positive outcomes for her clients. It is important to recognise that many other factors can manifest in negative eating behaviours and food beliefs and that support from medical practitioners, mental health workers, social workers and support for families is important.

Qualifications:

  • B Applied Science (University of Tasmania 2000 Incomplete)
  • B Nutrition and Dietetics (Monash University 2001 – 2004)
  • Masters Public Health (University of Melbourne 2007 Incomplete)

Jo has completed professional development in the following areas:

  • counselling skills
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness
  • ASSIST
  • Mental Health First Aid.

This additional training has helped Jo develop skills in complementary psychological tools in order to assist clients to make positive changes.

Jo also engages in regular clinical supervision and reflective self-practice to ensure that she is providing optimum care for her clients.

Professional Memberships and Positions:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Australian New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Health at Every Size (HAES) Australia Inc
  • The Society for Australian Independent Dietitian – Nutritionists

Availability:

Jo is available for consultation:

  • Wednesday 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
  • Friday 8.30 am  – 6.00 pm
  • Saturday 8.00 am – 12.00 pm

To arrange an appointment please phone 9650 9372 or book online.