New Zealand Registered Dietitian
I am a qualified dietitian and have been working in New Zealand for over seven years. I am a bit of a foodie and have grown to love the gym. I say ‘grown’ because this certainly hasn’t always been the case. A love of nutrition and wellbeing hasn’t always been my top priority. I used to be inactive and make poor food choices which resulted in an unhappy and overweight teenager. A family health scare, some career guidance and good old fashioned determination on my part saw this path change course. The road hasn’t always been easy and I have stumbled; however I am proud to say that for the last 10 years great nutrition and keeping active is exactly where my passion lies and I am thrilled that you have chosen Bitewize Nutrition to help you on your own journey to health through eating well.
When I am not in the kitchen, at the gym teaching spin classes or exploring new delicious places to eat with family and friends I love to do a bit of tramping or heading out on my mountain bike, although some trails have certainly gotten the better of me recently!
I have experience in clinical and outpatient settings, as well as delivering presentations to a wide range of clientele including sports teams and workplaces. My specialties lie in women’s health, diabetes and weight management with a special interest in sports nutrition.
So whether you have some specific health concerns, have an important event coming up and that dress MUST fit, are training for an event, or just need a gentle push in the right direction to making healthy food choices part of your daily life, then Bitewize Nutrition is for you!
Sports Nutrition Course for Dietitians, Sports Dietitians Australia, Massey University, September 2014
Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics, University of Otago, 2009
Bachelor of Science – Human Nutrition, University of Otago, 2007
Confused about the differences between a Dietitian and Nutritionist?
A dietitian is a health professional who has completed an under graduate degree in Human Nutrition plus a post graduate or Masters degree in Dietetics. Dietitians are experts in the science of nutrition and diet therapy and comply with standards set by the NZ Dietitians Board under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act (HPCA) 2003. To practice in New Zealand a dietitian must be registered with the NZ Dietitians Board, hold a current practicing certificate, comply with a Code of Ethics, work within their own scope of practice and must also complete a yearly continuing competency programme. Dietitians work in a variety of places, from hospitals, to food industry, to private practice to informing policy.
In New Zealand the term nutritionist is not protected, meaning that a nutritionist legally does not have to register with a governing board, as there is no specific qualification required. This means that a nutritionist may have no formal training, or they could have a PHD in a specialty area of nutrition. To become a Registered Nutritionist the individual must meet specific criteria as specified by the Nutrition Society of New Zealand.