Dietitians and Nutritionists

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

Emily is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian who in addition to consulting at Medical Specialists on Collins, runs her own nutrition consulting business, Melbourne Nutrition Services.

Emily completed her Master of Dietetics at Deakin University in 2012 and has a keen interest in helping her clients achieve their sporting performance and body composition goals. 

In addition to sports nutrition, Emily has a special interest in food intolerances, especially 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).

In her spare time Emily loves creating recipes and keeping fit.  Her favourite foods are chocolate mousse, goats cheese and pomegranite!

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

Involvement with Teams and Associations:

  • Box Hill Hawks 2008 - 2011
  • Sandringham Zebras VFL 2016 - present
  • Cross Fit athletes
  • Variety of athletes in the private setting

Professional Memberships and Positions:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Sports Dietitians Australia
  • Past Member Melbourne Triathlon Club 2012 - 2013

Personal Sporting Experience:

  • Melbourne Marathon 2010, 2016
  • Run Melbourne Half Marathon 2010, 2011, 2014
  • Geelong Half Marathon 2011, 2015
  • Several sprint distance triathlons

Emily is available for consultation on 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)

Jess' nutrition philosophy is guided by treating the root cause.

Jess believes that the gut is at the core of all health and disease. Therefore, she believes that what you feed into the gut as well as the health of the gut itself is going to have a direct and intricate link to a person’s health outcome.

That is why she has a very strong focus on gut health.

Jess also believes that inflammation is at the root of many modern day chronic diseases and that a dysregulation of metabolic and hormonal pathways, along with active inflammation and poor gut health can trigger a cascade of conditions that we frequently see today.

Jess practices according to science and does not just rely on guidelines. Nutritional science is a relatively young science and is progressing at a very rapid rate.  Jess believes if we rely solely on guidelines, our recommendations will fast become outdated and fail to properly address the conditions clients present with.

Qualifications:

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

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia 

Recommended Links and Websites:

Jessica Singh

Metro Dietetics

Conditions treated:

  • Metabolic and Hormonal Health for example, Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Cardiovascular disease, consistent and stubborn weight gain, Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Fatigue
  • Gut Health for example, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dysbiosis, Food Intolerances, conditions affected by poor gut health including but not limited to skin health, poor immunity, thyroid conditions including hyper and hypothyroidism

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 gut healing.

What to expect in a session:

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

After the initial assessment, specific blood test 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.

Jess endeavours to have her clients’ leave their consultations with an understanding of the reasons why they are on their prescriptive diet.

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

Review frequency is dependent upon the complexity of the condition a client may present with.

Availability:

Jess is available for consultation:

  • Wednesday: 3pm-7pm
  • Saturday: 8am-12pm

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

Diane Rennard
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist

Throughout my life I have maintained a keen interest in and passion for food and its relationship to health and disease, particularly mental health. My key area of expertise is Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating across the entire spectrum. I have worked and studied at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden at the Mandometer and MandoLean clinics whose eating disorder treatment focuses on behaviour change and normalising eating behaviour. I currently work as Senior Dietitian at a private psychiatric hospital in Melbourne, predominantly in the Eating Disorder Program. Since 2012 I have also been working in private practice as a member of The Eat Love Live team, I connect strongly with the philosophy of Eat Love Live and enjoy working with the highly professional and dynamic team at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre. I have a sound understanding of eating disorders and other mental health issues and have the necessary skills to be able to support clients in their recovery. I am skilled in communicating specialist advice in a practical way to people of all ages and stages of life and with a variety of health conditions.

I am passionate about supporting people in developing a healthy relationship with food, I also connect strongly with the Health at Every Size philosophy. My aim is to provide a supportive and non-judgemental environment, while providing sensible non-prescriptive advice about food and nutrition.  With much confusion in our society about what to eat, the “good” and the “bad” and conflicting views in the media I enjoy debunking the myths and erroneous information that leaves people feeling bewildered and anxious. My principle aim is to help people understand and respond to their natural cues of hunger and fullness, understand their appetite and learn to eat intuitively.

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

Conditions treated:

  • 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

Professional Style:

My approach is non-prescriptive, I aim to develop a good understanding of the client’s attitudes and relationship to food. I provide education on nutrition that is easy to understand and appropriate for the client’s needs. I like to work with the client, starting with achievable steps and working toward the goal of a happier relationship with food and improved health.

When working with clients with eating disorders and those who are learning to build trust in their natural cues of hunger and fullness I like to introduce some structure in the form of a meal plan. This may be based on portions and food groups spread over three meals and three snacks a day, in some cases the meal plan may be more specific.

What to expect in a session:

At the initial assessment I like to get to know the client and gather information. I ask lots of questions and take notes to help me get a good understanding of their current concerns and issues and what effect they are having on quality of life. I ask about medical history, past treatments and physical and psychological symptoms. I complete a thorough diet history including eating behaviour, relationship with food and body and any history of dieting. I also ask about physical activity levels.

I like to provide some education about the client’s presenting issue and help them understand how it may have developed. I may also provide written educational material. If appropriate I will prepare a meal plan and always involve the client with regard to choices and what is achievable. I may recommend some homework in the form of a food and behaviour diary if the client feels this is achievable. We discuss follow up and length of time between sessions as appropriate to the client’s needs and financial circumstances.

Follow up sessions involve supporting the client and reflecting on their progress, what has and hasn’t worked, strategies that may assist or any extra support that may be required. I provide support in a non-judgemental way encouraging the client to be open and honest and not feel that they have failed if they have not been able to make change. We may adjust the plan, discuss new goals and strategies as well as provide ongoing education.

If the client would like me to provide support for family members, friends or carers I am happy to do so with their consent.

Availability:

Diane is available for consultation each Monday and Tuesday.  

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