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.