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Simplifying Nutrition

Dietwise is a leading private nutrition clinic in Perth. We deliver positive health outcomes through the latest evidence-based practice and over 30 years of experience. Our passionate and dedicated team of Dietitians pride themselves in offering a premium service and reject the "one-diet-fits-all" approach. We have the time to care, support, understand, coach, motivate and fine-tune. This approach enables us to treat the whole person with kindness, compassion, sensitivity and respect. 

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MEET OUR TEAM

Our Team at Dietwise are all Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD's) and Nutritionists, and members of the Australian governing body, Dietitians Australia.

Sonya Douglas

Founder & Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

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Sonya is a leading Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with over 30 years of experience. She is the founder of Dietwise, one of Perth’s premium nutrition clinics and is a former Head of Dietetics and Nutrition at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. She is a guest lecturer at universities including Curtin and Notre Dame and has consulted widely with the corporate sector including BHP, DÔME and RAC.

Sonya’s mission is to help her clients optimise health and wellbeing by harnessing the power of nutrition as a first step towards self-care. She believes tuning back into the body’s inner wisdom is the key to truly nourish the body and unlock the secret to discovering food and body peace. She is a mum of 4 boys and her Italian heritage explains her passionate approach in using food not only as medicine but as a means to feed, fuel, repair, renourish, connect and bring joy.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science - Nutrition and Food Science (Curtin University)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics (Curtin University)

Certifications & Training

  • The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS (Monash University)

  • Skills Based CBT-E Clinical Workshop (University of Oxford)

  • Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E) for Eating Disorders (WAEDOCS)

  • Eating Disorder Training Essentials and Masterclass for Dietitians (WAEDOCS)

  • ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential (in progress)

  • Chemical Elimination Diet (RPAH)

Memberships

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)

  • Australia & New Zealand Academy For Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

  • International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD)

  • Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians & Professionals (EDRDPRO)

  • Associate Member – Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA)

  • North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC)

  • Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMHA)

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Kirasha Maharaj

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Natal)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics (University of Natal)

  • Master of Science in Dietetics (Research) (University of Natal)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes (Curtin University)

Memberships

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)

  • Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)

  • Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

  • Golden Key International Honour Society

Certifications & Training

  • Eating Disorder Training Essentials for Dietitians (WAEDOCS)

  • Skills Based CBT-E Clinical Workshop (University of Oxford)

  • Family Based Therapy (FBT) for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa (ANZAED)

  • Certificate in Advanced Learning Bariatric Surgery Medical Nutrition Therapy (DA)

  • The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS (Monash University)

  • Medicines Australia (University of Tasmania)

  • Chemical Elimination Diet (RPAH)

  • ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential (in progress)

Kirasha is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and researcher with over 10 years of clinical experience working in both South Africa and Perth.  She loves helping people from all walks of life and age groups and embraces the philosophy of empowering people through their nutrition journey to ultimately enhance quality of life.  To provide a comprehensive and holistic style to healing and wellness Kirasha encompasses the multidisciplinary team approach.  

 

Kirasha has extensive experience and advanced clinical skills in complex chronic diseases, disordered eating, eating disorders and GIT complications (coeliac disease, IBS, food intolerances) that she gained from working in range of healthcare settings including The Hollywood Clinic where her journey and special interest in eating disorders began.  Kirasha is committed to ongoing professional development and is a Monash FODMAP trained dietitian, has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes Management and advanced learning bariatric surgery medical nutrition therapy. She has also supervised postgraduate nutrition and dietetic students in their clinical practicum and is an academic tutor at the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowen University.  

Eryn has years of clinical dietetics experience working at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Bunbury Regional Hospital and more recently working for Island Health in British Columbia, Canada. She has practiced in a wide range of areas including mental health, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology and cardiovascular health. Eryn has a special interest in disordered eating and eating disorders which began whilst working in General Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Eryn loved working as part of a multidisciplinary inpatient team and became an integral member treating all patients admitted for an eating disorder. Her expertise and dedication were recognised with achieving a prestigious award for Employee of the Month at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

 

Eryn’s desire to pursue a career in Nutrition and Dietetics stemmed from her own love of food and interest in physiology and health. She is passionate about empowering others to use food and nutrition to promote health and wellbeing.

Eryn Richards

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

Education

  • Master of Dietetics (Curtin University)

  • Bachelor of Science - Nutrition (Curtin University)

Memberships

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)

  • College of Dietitians of British Columbia (CDBC)

  • Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

  • International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD)

  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC)

Certifications & Training

  • Eating Disorder Training Essentials for Dietitians (WAEDOCS)

  • The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS (Monash University)

  • ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential (in progress)

Kahlia Pryce

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

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After working in several private practices across Perth, Kahlia has joined the team at Dietwise. Kahlia has experience in a range of areas including eating disorders, bariatric surgery, IBS, food intolerances, coeliac disease, cardiovascular health, iron deficiency, vegetarianism and veganism. Kahlia practices Health At Every Size (HAES®) and believes everybody in every body deserves equal healthcare. She has a keen interest in women’s health and fertility and is passionate about helping women feel confident about their food choices and fearless in their own bodies. Throughout her studies, she also conducted research on breastfeeding and alcohol consumption at the Telethon Institute for Kids.

 

Prior to her career in nutrition, Kahlia worked extensively with adolescents with Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia. Throughout this time, she became highly sought after as her passion for supporting learning and gentle-mannered teaching helped her students thrive and fulfil their academic goals. Food was the love language of her childhood home and this has led her towards a lifelong career path in nutrition. Kahlia also currently holds a position at Bunbury Regional Hospital servicing all medical specialities.

Education

  • Masters of Dietetics (Curtin University)

  • Bachelor of Science - Nutrition (Curtin University)

Memberships

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)

  • Australia & New Zealand Academy For Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

  • Food Allergy E-Training Dietitian Module (ASCIA)

  • Nutrition Therapy for Fertility (Nutrition Plus)

  • Eating Disorder Training Essentials and Masterclass for Dietitians (WAEDOCS)

  • Training Clinicians in Eating Disorders (InsideOut Institute)

  • Mental Health First Aid Training

  • Chemical Elimination Diet (RPAH)

Certifications & Training

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Michaela Fortmann

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

Michaela is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who gained her qualifications from Griffith University. She is passionate to share her knowledge and expertise in plant-based nutrition, gut issues, nutritional deficiencies, pregnancy and chronic conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and general lifestyle nutrition. Michaela practices Health at Every Size (HAES®) and the Non-Diet Approach to help clients break free from yoyo dieting and disordered eating and start a journey to repair their relationship with food, eating and body.  She also is our Dietitian with specialized expertise in disabilities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This work involves supporting patients with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, visual impairment, autism, quadriplegia, paraplegia and more. Michaela provides individualised care to support clients to achieve their goals and make sustainable changes to optimise their overall health and wellbeing. She also has a special interest in eating disorders and is further increasing her depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise in this complex area.

 

Michaela’s path to becoming a dietitian stemmed from her own love for food combined with a keen interest in staying active and enjoying and exploring beautiful WA outdoor life.

  • Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Griffith University)

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)

Memberships

  • Training Clinicians in Eating Disorders (InsideOut Institute)

  • The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS (Monash University)

Rachel Svenson

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

Rachel has worked as a Dietitian for over 25 years and has over 20-years’ experience in sports nutrition. She has worked with High Performance Sport NZ and Super Rugby and has been the Performance Dietitian for the Newcastle Knights (NRL) for 8 years. Her experiences also extend to a wide range of sports including fueling up and recovery nutrition for high performance swimming and rowing, endurance and team sports, and her specialty interest in adolescent sports nutrition. She also lectures part-time at the Australian Catholic University in the Bachelor of Nutrition Science programme.  

 

Rachel works with individuals, families, clubs and teams to help reach body composition goals, improve strength and overall performance using food, supplementation and hydration. Whether you are an emerging athlete, a seasoned athlete or simply a person who is passionate about exercise, Rachel can educate and support you every step of the way. She brings a simplified approach to nutrition offering tailored advice to support your individual goals, reduce the risk of injury and optimize recovery and wellbeing. If Rachel is not fueling athletes from the sidelines, she is spending time relaxing at the beach, staying connected with her family scattered around the world or catching up on a podcast of interest. 

Education

  • Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science (Nutrition) (Otago University)​

Memberships

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)

  • Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA)

Certifications & Training

  • ISAK Level 1 Accredited Anthropometrist 

  • ASADA Level 1 & 2 Anti-Doping Course

Cindy has a happy front desk smile when you arrive at Dietwise. She is an Accredited Nutritionist obtaining her degree at Curtin University. Cindy works full time Monday to Friday and is our informative and entertaining content creator for the Dietwise Instagram page. She has a keen interest in sports nutrition and eating disorders and in the future will further pursue a Masters of Dietetics at Curtin University to forge a rewarding career path. Cindy applies her nutrition knowledge wherever possible in her role and works with our team to carefully triage referrals to find the best match to support clients. Cindy is a wealth of information on care plans under Medicare and if she does not know the answer will follow up promptly with referrers or Medicare.

 

Cindy’s path to becoming a nutritionist was inspired by her love for nourishment and joyful movement, as well as supporting an individualised approach to nutrition, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Cindy Tran

Accredited Nutritionist & Dietwise Receptionist

Education

  • Bachelor of Science - Nutrition (Curtin University)

Certifications & Training

  • Foundations of Eating Disorders (InsideOut Institute)

 

Ella

Dietwise Dog

Ella is our resident 5 year old German Shorthaired Pointer at Dietwise. Ella attends all suitable appointments providing affection, comfort and support to our patients when required. She is very calm, gentle and friendly to strangers and is often used in mealtime support sessions for our patients with eating disorders. This is invaluable in our therapeutic work with patients who may experience increased anxiety and distress at appointments. She is a full-time dog who is available Monday to Saturday upon requests.

Education

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  • City Beach Puppy School

 

Sadie

Dietwise Dog

Sadie is a 4 year old chihuahua who lives with our Dietitian, Kahlia. She attends appointments when requested, providing warmth, love and comfort, alongside the occasional lick. Sadie may look timid when you first meet her but she is a very gentle and loving dog and needs a moment to adjust to her new surroundings as she is visually impaired. She is the perfect “lap dog” who is very gentle and often requested for patients who experience anxiety and distress when attending appointments. Sadie is a great companion to appointments booked from Wednesday to Friday.

THE APD QUALIFICATION

The APD credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise.
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