Dietitian Services @ Sports & Spinal

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“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.

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 that 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 that are going to work for you!

Overweight and obesity are an increasing health pandemic worldwide. Two thirds (12.5 million) of adult Australians are overweight or obese, which is an increase of 3.6% in 3 years. Further, 24.9% of Australian children aged between 5-17 years are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of various health concerns as they progress to adulthood.

There is no single cause to the increasing rates of overweight and obesity in Australia. However, some contributing factors include increased food access, food advertising, increasing food portions “portion distortion”, increasing mental health, food advertising, societal norms, inactivity, and poor nutrition knowledge to name a few.

Overweight & Obesity Outcomes

There are a number of clearly defined health outcomes of being overweight or obese. These are known as ‘obesity-related diseases’. Each of these independently can lead to major long-term health outcomes and shortened life expectancy. The increasing incidence of these conditions places great pressure on the Australian health care system, however, it carries a greater cost & burden to the individual Australian families with a loved one experiencing an obesity-related disease.

Making diet and lifestyle changes is easier for some individuals than others. This is because the underlying causes of overweight and obesity can be as unique to an individual as their DNA. Our Dietitians go the extra mile to understand you, your lifestyle, and your history to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. They do not apply a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach or traditional energy restrictions in isolation. Our Dietitians apply a behavioural change model to our medical nutrition therapy to overcome barriers and support our clients through their individual journeys. We also work closely with our collaborative allied health team and the clients medical team to ensure you have all the support required to succeed.

Why do we take this approach? Because we know that fad diets do not work. Our Dietitians work with clients to break free or prevent falling into a dieting cycle, which can lead to obsessive and unhealthy behaviours, body dissatisfaction, poor mental health, and/or malnutrition. Our Dietitians work with clients to build skills and confidence in their own innate ability to select appropriate foods for their bodies in appropriate amounts.

After establishing short and long term goals with one of our Dietitians, you can be reassured you have a long-term ally ready to go above and beyond to support you in achieving these goals.

Your Dietitian may work with you in the following way:

  • Education on food groups & importance of variety
  • Education on portion control
  • Healthy snacks- ideas, portions etc
  • Strategies and ideas for making healthy meals
  • Education on healthy fats
  • Education on healthy carbs
  • Education on adequate fibre for gut health/cholesterol etc
  • Re-learning and accepting body cues (hunger/fullness)
  • Mindful eating strategies
  • Positive body image
  • Accepting and embracing all foods
  • Enjoyable movement

Beyond the diet and lifestyle approach: Bariatric Surgery.

Diet and Lifestyle change is the first-line therapy for the treatment of obesity; however, in some instances, the complexity of obesity supersede this approach. Non-responders to diet and lifestyle strategies may consider Bariatric (or weight loss) surgery. Bariatric surgery is recognised as the most reliable method for achieving substantial weight loss, improve chronic disease and decrease mortality for individuals suffering clinically severe obesity. Suitability for Bariatric surgery will be discussed between the individual, GP and surgeon. Your Dietitian may also raise the surgery as an option for further consideration if deemed necessary.

Engaging with a Bariatric trained Dietitian is recommended pre-and post-surgery. Individuals who engage with a dietitian are more likely to achieve a greater weight loss than those who do not. Your Dietitian can help with pre and post-op diets, manage common outcomes (regurgitation, dumping syndrome, food intolerance’s, etc.), preventing nutritional deficiencies, optimise long term results, lifestyle modification and monitoring and long-term goal setting. At Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we have several Bariatric trained dietitians with an array of expertise. They work closely with the individual, their General Practitioner, Bariatric surgeon and allied health team to optimise long term goals.

Meet the Dietetics 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.

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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 sports nutrition, bariatric surgery (pre & post), gastrointestinal issues and elderly nutrition.

Sam is available for Dietitian appointments at our Maroochydore, Buderim and Sippy Downs clinics.

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Georgia Volz

Dietitian

Georgia is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, completing her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She strives to ensure her clients feel supported and empowered throughout their journey to better health through nutrition. Using evidence-based practice, Georgia can tailor nutrition strategies to each client to meet their goals. Georgia’s special interest areas include weight management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal health.

Georiga is available for Dietitian appointments at Springfield, Woolloongabba, North Lakes, Redcliffe and Chermsideclinics.

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Caitlin Follett

Dietitian

Caitlin is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who prides herself on focusing on her clients as a whole person and understands there is so much more to an individual than just what they eat. Since graduating with her Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Caitlin has developed her interest in gut health, vegetarian and vegan nutrition, oncology, and chronic disease management.

Caitlin is passionate about making a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle by supporting her clients to create achievable and realistic changes in line with their goals. She uses a non-judgemental, friendly and tailored approach with her care, as she understands that it can be daunting opening up to someone about your health concerns and what you eat.

When she isn’t working, Caitlin enjoys exploring the Sunshine Coast by getting outside to go for walks or hikes, to the beach for a swim, or painting at home.

Caitlin is available for appointments at Kawana, Baringa and Caloundra.

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Sarah Brown

Dietitian

Sarah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, completing her Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Sarah enjoys meeting and working with new people and has a passion for supporting people achieve their goals through a client-centred approach, encouraging sustainable eating behaviours and using evidence-based practice. Sarah’s special interest areas include weight management, oncology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal health.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys roller skating, spending time with family and friends and taking her two German Shepards for a walk.

Sarah is available for Dietitian appointments at our Broadbeach and Robina locations.

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Peter Herzig

Dietitian

Peter is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian (AccSD) who is passionate about a client-centred approach to nutrition; tailoring advice and plans to the individual.

With a background in sport science and an extensive history of cycling, Peter enjoys fine-tuning the nutrition plans of all cyclists and is currently the consulting Dietitian to the QAS cycling squad. Peter is also very passionate about the nutritional needs of recreational, junior, club, Audax and Gran Fondo participants.

Peter’s interests lie not only in sport. He enjoys helping people from all walks of life to meet their nutritional goals by tailoring advice to their individual circumstances.

Particular interests to Peter include:

  • Nutrition plans tailored to the individual
  • Sports Nutrition: endurance sports specialist (cycling, running, tri), event nutrition, active child nutrition, recovery nutrition, fat loss, muscle gain, team sports.
  • Malnutrition management (weight gain)
  • Diabetes management
  • DVA clients
  • Correcting nutritional deficiencies
  • Balancing body composition goals and training recovery
  • Chronic Disease management and NDIS
  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Junior sports nutrition and everyday eating
  • Race planning
  • Advice for the travelling athlete
  • Presentations and Training Camps
  • Coeliac Disease
  • IBS

Pete is available for Dietitian appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

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Rachael Gilholm

Dietitian

Rachael Gilholm is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sunshine Coast. Since graduation, Rachael has had experience in working within both public hospitals and within the community setting. Rachael is very excited to be transitioning into the private practice space. Rachael is passionate about supporting individuals to reach their health and nutrition goals. Rachael prides herself on optimizing an individual’s health and wellbeing through nutrition therapy and understands that food and nutrition mean so much more than just what we eat. Food brings people together and joy into our lives and for that reason, Rachael aims to work with our clients to make realistic and sustainable changes. Rachael has a special interest in, overweight and obesity, chronic disease management and Women’s health.

In Rachael’s spare time she enjoys going for hikes, spending time with her puppy, going to the markets and having a cheese platter accompanied with some wine.

Rachel is available for Dietitian appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

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Sally Livock

Dietitian

Sally is a senior Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years of 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 a 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-centred counselling approach to managing weight loss, diabetes, and chronic disease.

She has a passion for education and mentoring. 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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