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.

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.

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

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.

Dr Christie Bennett
B,NutDiet (Hons), PhD

Dr Christie Bennett is passionate about working with clients to make practical and realistic changes in their lives.

To her, this means having a holistic focus on food. For most people, food is much more than sustenance and provides varying levels of pleasure, comfort, or routine. Understanding the underlying the role food plays in our lives is fundamental to her practice.

She takes a feminist and non-diet approach to her nutrition therapy. She focuses on empowering you to listen to your body and understand the cues it is sending you. It also means she will help you to explore the thoughts and feelings you have around food and your body, within the social context we all inhabit.

Christie holds a PhD and a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honours from Monash University. Her PhD project was focused on investigating factors that may influence glucose tolerance during pregnancy, with a particular focus on sleep. Her current research involves investigating how to support healthy lifestyles in pregnancy, fertility and PCOS.

While Christie has experience with a wide variety of nutrition concerns, she has particular expertise in women’s health (including fertility, pregnancy and PCOS), eating disorders and diabetes management.

She brings a holistic, evidence-based approach from her research to her practice.

Qualifications:

  • B.NutDiet (Hons) – Monash
  • PhD

Christie has completed professional development in the following areas:

  • Non-diet approach
  • Eating disorders
  • PCOS
  • GDM

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

Professional Memberships and Positions:

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)
  • Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  • Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS)

Availability:

Christie is available for consultation on Saturday from 8.00 am – 12.00 pm (Face to Face or Telehealth via Video conferencing)

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

Su Ling Lim
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist

Su Ling has had extensive experience working within evidence based frameworks in nutrition and lifestyle in the areas of paediatrics, mental health and eating disorders in acute, sub acute, clinical and community settings. She takes a holistic approach to health and is dedicated to working alongside her clients to assist them on their journey to wellbeing. She supports her clients in a curious, kind and compassionate way towards more conscious feeding and wholehearted living.

Su ling is committed to helping her clients nurture their relationship with their body, food and themselves. She has an interest in the microbiome and the bidirectional effects on the nervous system, stress, anxiety and depression. She takes a trauma informed, strengths based approach and will meet you at where you are at.

Su Ling is a mum of two beautiful young children and enjoys spending time in nature, doing yoga and enjoying the simple pleasures that life has to offer. Su Ling currently works part time in community health in the area of paediatrics and is undertaking further study in Somatic Experiencing.

Areas of Interest:

  • Improving vitality, energy and wellbeing
  • Pre-conception, pregnancy, babies and children
  • Health management within a Health at Every Size paradigm
  • Mental health
  • Disordered eating and eating disorders

Qualifications:

  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Accredited Nutritionist

Availability:

Su Ling is available for Telehealth consultations. To arrange an appointment please phone 9650 9372 or   book online.

Louise Heta
B Nutrition and Dietetics, B Applied Science (Health Science), Certificate 3 Fitness instructor, Diploma Yoga Teaching 200hrs

Areas of special interest:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Disordered Eating
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Plant-based Nutrition

Louise is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian; currently working part time as she has three sons and trains competitively in amateur boxing and powerlifting.

Louise has a client centred, holistic approach providing individual counselling; with over 15 years’ experience in private practice. Louise has worked in a diverse range of areas such as eating disorder clinics, corporate health, fitness industry and elite and professional sporting teams.

Louise does much of her private practice work with chronic dieters with whom she frequently uses the non-diet approach with a focus on behaviour change to improve health outcomes. Louise is passionate in supporting people to reconnect with their body’s signals around hunger and satiety, practice mindful eating and trusting their intuition around food. Ultimately, assisting clients with healing their relationship with food and their body’s; and moving away from the toxic effect of diet culture.

Louise understands the complexity of the relationship between food and certain emotions. She provides a non-blaming, non-judgmental and compassionate space to sort through these interactions and employs the Health at Every Size Paradigm in her work.

As a competitive athlete herself, Louise has personal experience in optimising sporting performance through nutrition, as well as over 15 years as a Sports Dietitian. She can assist in all areas of sports nutrition such as training and competition, sports supplements; as well as applying mindful eating strategies in an athlete setting. She has a keen interest in weight category sports and managing these demands in a healthy, safe and effective way.

Louise has a special interest in vegetarian, veganism and whole food plant-based nutrition and associated improved measurable health outcomes. She is focused on ensuring clients following these diets meet their nutritional needs and specific health outcomes without compromising on enjoyment and taste! She is passionate about more sustainable, environmentally conscious food choices and kindness towards the earth.

Louise’s experience is from a range of work settings including

  • The Bronte Foundation (Eating Disorder Clinic)
  • Australian Swimming Team
  • Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Maribyrnong Sports Academy

Louise values being part of a multidisciplinary team and understands the importance of other experts working together being advantageous to positive outcomes for her clients.

Qualifications:

  • B Nutrition and Dietetics (Deakin University 2000-2003)
  • B Applied Science (Health Science) (Deakin University 2000-2003)
  • Certificate 3 Fitness instructor
  • Diploma Yoga Teaching 200hrs

Louise has completed professional development in the following areas:

  • Counselling Skills
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Non-diet Approach
  • Vegan and Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition

Professional Memberships:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Sports Dietitians Australia

Availability:

Louise is available for consultation on Mondays from 10.00am – 5.00pm. To arrange an appointment please phone 9650 9372 or book online.

Marina Payne
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist

Commenced at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre February 2021.

Areas of special interest :

  • Eating disorders
  • Disordered eating
  • Gut health
  • Diabetes
  • PCOS

Marina has worked with a wide range of clinical medical conditions, including eating disorders, from her time at a busy General Medical Practice and has a strong focus on providing compassionate, inclusive and holistic care.

Marina is passionate about helping her clients cultivate a healthy relationship with food and their body whilst also improving health outcomes and managing chronic conditions. Diabetes, gut health and PCOS are areas of interest for Marina, particularly because the standard dietary management of these conditions can be restrictive and rigid as well as self-blaming. Marina believes in providing practical nutrition advice that is conducive to flexible eating and allows for pleasurable food experiences.

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that require a team of healthcare professionals to be a part of the recovery process. Marina enjoys collaborating with others and views it as integral in the provision of high quality client care. Marina understands the need to tailor her approach appropriately as she recognises that her clients will bring forth their own unique experiences.  Marina loves learning from her clients and finds it only strengthens her skills as a dietetic practitioner.

Marina’s goal is to help her clients move away from and become resilient to the dangers of diet culture by using the non-diet approach and working within The Health at Every Size paradigm to assist her clients in turning towards their own body’s inner wisdom.

Dismantling diet culture from a nutrition, mental health and feminist perspective is a top priority for Marina. She believes we all deserve to feel at peace in our bodies and experience food freedom.

Qualification: 

  • BNutDiet (Hons) – Monash University

Professional Memberships: 

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders

Marina has completed professional development in the following areas: 

  • Eating disorder training
  • The Non-Diet approach
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Weight inclusive care for Insulin Resistance
  • Weight inclusive care for IBS
  • Weight inclusive care for PCOS

Marina engages in regular clinical supervision and self-reflection practices to ensure her clients receive high quality care.

Availability:

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