Digestive health is an area in which I am very passionate to be working in. Growing up I witnessed two generations of my family experiencing digestive health issues on a daily basis. They would worry about eating unfamiliar food in case it caused diarrhoea and pain. Finding the toilet on arrival and sitting nearest the exit would be a feature of every outing. Mornings were often a nightmare with frequent trips to the toilet causing lateness. It stopped them relaxing and caused so much stress and anxiety.
Despite my interest in digestive health, dietetics was not a ‘thing’ when I chose my first degree in Business. After graduating, I started working life as a banker. I excelled at it but continued to have a keen interest in food and health and I struggled with the lack of a holistic approach to helping individuals.
When my (now teenage) children were young, I was lucky enough to find a role as a weight management trainer and then went back to university to qualify as a dietitian.
I have worked for the NHS in specialist gastroenterology roles for Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge and North East Essex NHS Trust. As part of this role, I was able to develop a gastroenterology service for the community using my skills that I had picked up whilst completing The Low FODMAP Diet Course at Kings College University in London.
Gastroenterology is a clinical area that many dietitians find a challenge. Why? I think it is the complex stories that patients need to tell and, within the NHS, the time constraints they often have to let them do this.
As a FODMAP trained dietitian, I feel that it is important to really understand what my client is going through. I therefore have a low FODMAP week per year where we only eat low FODMAP meals at home, to remind myself about the challenges in doing this diet.
I love working with clients with IBS and other digestive health concerns more than any other area of nutrition. Digestive problems impact an individual’s life and stop them from doing what they want. In my role I can give my clients their life back.
I believe in a holistic approach to the advice I give. This does not mean handing out the same diet sheet to every single client or telling them to ‘google’ it. I guide client’s in being able to understand their own digestive system and then how to control it with advice that fits in to their lifestyle.
Working with The Food Treatment Clinic allows me to give people the time they deserve to tackle their digestive health issues. I’m a dietitian not a magician, but there is so much we can do across a series of dietetic consultations to start to change a life.
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Qualifications and Registrations
MSc in Allergy – Southampton University – 2018 – ongoing
Primary Care Society Gastroenterology – GUT reaction – Sessions covering IBS, GORD, Bile Reflux, IBD, Barrett’s Oesophagus – 2018
Practical management of Food Allergies in Children Study Day – Allergy Academy – Guys and St Thomas’s – 2018
Dietary Management of Adult Food Allergies – BDA Freelance Dietitian’s Group – 2018
Familial Hypercholesterolemia – Linda Main RD and Baldeesh Rai RD – NutriWebinar 2018
Dietary fibre: an old concept in new light? – Dr Megan Rossi – NutriWebinar – 2018
Histamine Intolerance study session – diagnosis and dietetic management – Isabela Skypala – Guys and St Thomas’s – 2018
Low FODMAP Diet – Kings College London – 2017/2018
Neurosciences Specialist Group Study Day – 2017
Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency Management- Nutrition Interest Group of the Pancreatic Society – 2016
Allergy & the Gut, Cows milk protein allergy and the allergic infant – study day – Addenbrookes – 2016
Liver Disease Dietetic management – Addenbrookes Hospital – 2016.
Gastroenterology Nutrition and Dietetic Management – University of Hertfordshire – 2015
BSc Hons Degree in Dietetics – University of Hertfordhsire – 2012 – 2015
- HCPC Registered Dietitian (DT2843) – 2015 – present
- Member of The British Dietetic Association – 2015 – present
- Member of The Freelance Dietitian Group – 2018 – present
- Member of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) (0013349) – 2018
- Member of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology (PCSG) – 2018
- Member of Gastroenterology Specialist Group of the BDA- 2015 – present
- Member of British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI)- 2018
- Member of Allergy Specialist Group of the BDA – 2015 –present
- Healthcare Professional Member of Anaphylaxis Campaign – 2018
- Member of Neurology Specialist Group of the BDA – 2015- present