I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2003, with a first class honours degree in Physiology with Nutrition. I went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, leading to State Registration as a Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council. I am also a member of the British Dietetic Association. Since qualifying as a Dietitian in 2005 until 2013, I have worked in various roles within the NHS. I have gained dietetic experience in a very wide range of and conditions, including weight management, diabetes, allergy and intolerance, malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies. In the last three years, I have specialised in the following areas:
- Infant & toddler nutrition (including infant feeding, weaning, healthy eating and childhood obesity)
- Health Promotion — working with local organisations to promote healthy eating and optimum nutrition, resource development and training
- Nutritional support, including building up advice, effective use of nutritional supplementation and artificial feeding
- Providing bespoke training courses and workshops
- Sports nutrition (more recently)
I now run my private practice ‘Expert Dietitian’. As well as seeing patients privately, I have a growing portfolio of project work. I am currently a consultant Dietitian for a local Council on a project to improve nutrition and healthy eating for Early Years settings and Healthy Start Vitamin uptake. I currently write articles for the British Heart Foundation magazine ‘Heart Matters’, and have written articles for various websites, including Diet in Pregnancy and the Talk Health Partnership. I am also a consultant Dietitian for Slim & Save, where I support clients into healthy weight maintenance.
Since qualifying as a Dietitian, I have undertaken a number of training courses, including Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS), which is an initial teaching qualification, and Paediatric Dietetics Module 1. One of my particular achievements is being a co-author (under my maiden name) for an article in the British Journal of Nutrition for my research into malnutrition screening for adults, using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST). Click here to see this article. I also obtained the SMA Nutrition Prize for academic excellence in 2005.
In 2015, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition (with Distinction) at St Marys University, Twickenham. I am suitably qualified to effectively advise clients in all aspects of sports nutrition. I intend to register with the Sports and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr) during 2015.
In 2016, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so I understand first-hand what it’s like to live with and manage this condition.
For your peace of mind, I have an Enhanced DSB Certificate.
I am also a busy mum of three and enjoy the challenge of balancing my work and home life. The children provide lots of opportunities to practice my own advice, such as managing child and infant nutrition, including weaning and healthy eating!