Dietetics @ Sports & Spinal

“Eat well, Live well”

Dietitians are expert health professionals trained in diet and nutrition. Our Dietitians aim is to assist in a person’s journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition.

Sports & Spinal’s Dietitians have many roles including;

  • Assessing nutritional needs.
  • Developing personalised eating plans that consider medical conditions as well as personal circumstances.
  • Provide education on healthy eating, shopping, eating out and preparing meals at home.

Our experts will get to the source of your symptoms working with you to address your goals and prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases and obesity. We will always keep you informed and involved in the management of your health journey.

Our Dietitian’s areas of expertise: Eating Disorders, Weight Loss/Gain, Bariatric Surgery, Type 1/2 Diabetes, ​Food Allergies/Intolerances, Digestive Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, ​Women’s Health, Pregnancy + Lactation, Fatty Liver Disease, Anemia, PCOS and Heart Disease

Our Dietitian’s are registered with The Dietitians Association of Australia and health fund rebates and bulk-billing are available.

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Our consults will involve making a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the client’s diet and health background. This will be paired with current lifestyle habits to provide evidence based and practical advice to suit the individual. By helping our patients to set their own nutrition goals and developing useful strategies to implement in everyday life, we can help to make realistic changes to their lifestyles.

Our Dietitian can help you to understand:

  • The relationship between the food that you eat and your health
  • The link between your diet and managing certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Provide practical, individualised and evidence-based advice on your diet.

Diabetes and Weight Management:

  • Teamed with our fantastic exercise physiology team at sports and spinal, we can help you to achieve your nutrition goals for diabetes management and weight management

Other areas covered:

  • cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol)
  • weight loss
  • weight gain- for those who struggle to put weight on
  • gastrointestinal issues: constipation/diarrhoea/bloating
  • diverticulosis
  • osteoporosis
  • iron deficiency

 How can a Dietitian help people with Diabetes?

When we look at monitoring and managing diabetes, diet is a major component which has a very big impact on your short- and long-term diabetes management.  There is a lot of information available about your diet which makes it crucial to ensure you are getting reliable and accurate information to enhance your health!  

Put your health in our hands! You can relax, learn and be assured, that you are getting the most up-to-date, evidence-based information and guidance.

If you are after more information on Diabetes we suggest you look at the Diabetes Queensland website.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ?

IBS refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not really known, but a number of factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

How can a Dietitian help people with IBS?

Diet plays a big role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods which may make IBS symptoms worse. This process is called the FODMAP diet. Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any important nutrients.

How can a Dietitian help people with Weight Management?

Losing weight is a confusing task in today’s world! There is so much information available on different food products, what we should & shouldn’t eat and what new diet is taking over as the latest craze. It is important not to put your body in harm’s way and to ensure you are only taking on advice which is evidence-based and accurate. Achieving a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of many co-morbidities such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. It is also important to make sure you do so in a healthy way by making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Our dietitians can help you to set achievable goals and work with you to determine strategies which are going to work for you!

Meet the Dietietics Team @ Sports & Spinal

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Ricki-lee Driver

Dietitian

Ricki-lee is passionate about supporting and empowering clients to achieve their health-related goals. Since graduating with an Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ricki-lee has obtained experience across a variety of sectors including private hospitals, aged care facilities, private practice, and specialist teams. Ricki-lee applies a patient-centred approach to enable clients to overcome health barriers and facilitate diet and lifestyle independence.  Ricki-lee has special interests in adult and childhood obesity, bariatrics and disability.

Outside of work, Ricki-lee enjoys rock climbing, spending time with family and friends and experimenting in the kitchen.

Ricki-Lee is available for Dietitian appointments at our Buderim, Nambour, Maroochydore and Coolum locations.

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Tarni Sanewski

Dietitian

Tarni is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about improving health, promoting recovery and preventing disease by inspiring healthy diet and lifestyle choices using a patient-centred approach. Graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Tarni has since had clinical experience working with acute cardiac and respiratory patients in the hospital. Special interest areas include rehabilitation, weight management, cardiovascular disease, and gut health.

Outside of work, Tarni enjoys hiking, climbing mountains, exploring new places, drawing and photography. She is always experimenting with new foods, recipes and keeping up to date with the latest research in nutrition and dietetics.

Tarni is available for Dietetic appointments at our Buderim, Kawana, Sippy Downs, Chermside and North Lakes locations

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Kate McMahon

Dietitian

Kate is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist who is passionate about providing expert dietary advice and medical nutrition therapy for a wide range of health conditions and nutrition-related issues. Graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Kate’s food philosophy is centred on the ideology that all food should be enjoyed in a balanced lifestyle with a focus placed on eating whole foods. Kate provides tailored, evidenced-based dietary advice to reach your personal goals. Special interest areas include weight management, chronic disease and gastrointestinal health.

All patients are welcome including GP referred, NDIS, DVA, Work Cover and privately paying. Kate is available for dietitian telehealth appointments.

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Sally Livock

Dietitian

Sally is a senior Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years’ experience as a Clinical Dietitian having worked in both the Public and Private sectors

She has extensive clinical experience having held the position as consultant dietitian at Noosa, Selangor and Sunshine Coast Private Hospitals and is currently consultant dietitian at The Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.

Sally has extensive experience in private practice having built a large private practice on the Sunshine Coast over the past 25 years. She has developed specialist skills in the management of Eating Disorders-working closely with CYHMS, EDOS and specialist teams, and Bariatrics –having worked as the dietitian in a large Bariatric practice for the past 15 years. Sally has also developed a client-centered counseling approach to the management of weight loss, diabetes, and chronic disease.

She has a passion for education and mentoring and her current role as Manager of the Teaching Clinic at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she provides teaching and supervision to final year dietetic students enables this to be realised.

Sally’s philosophy is empowering clients via education, coaching, and support to achieve their health goals.

Sally is available for Dietitian appointments at our Sippy Downs location.

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Samantha Kiorgaard

Dietitian

Samantha studied a Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Samantha provides a warm and understanding environment in which she supports clients on their journey to improved wellbeing and quality of life. With her knowledge of food and medical nutrition therapy, she encourages sustainable eating behaviours and provides dietary advice that is guided by a client-centred approach, tailoring to the individual needs and unique background of each person. Samantha believes that food doesn’t have to be complicated in order to lead a healthy lifestyle and is meant to be enjoyed. Samantha has special interests in weight management (including the Health At Every Size approach), chronic disease management, gastrointestinal issues and elderly nutrition.

Samantha is available for Dietitian appointments at Chermside, North Lakes and Redcliffe.

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Laura Irwin

Dietitian

Laura is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about improving health, promoting recovery and preventing disease by simplifying nutrition messages to enable an individual to integrate strategies into their everyday life. Graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Dietetics, Laura has since gained a wide variety of clinical experience in a rural setting and is excited to build upon this in Hervey Bay. She loves that there is always more to learn in the field of nutrition and is continuously motivated by the conversations she gets to have with patients.
Outside of work, Laura enjoys swimming, hiking and making coffee to enjoy with friends.

Laura is available for appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

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