OUR STORY

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   APD, AN & CEDC

Founder & Principal Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

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Sonya is a leading Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist in Perth and founded Dietwise in 1992. She has over 30 years clinical experience in both the public and private sector holding senior and leadership positions including Head of Dietetics and Nutrition at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH). She has a special interest in mental health, trauma and the complex area of eating disorders and disordered eating. She was a consultant to the new Mental Health Unit, North Metro Health Service, establishing a dietetic service to accept referrals for patients with eating disorders. Sonya is a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC) as awarded by the Australian & New Zealand Association for Eating Disorders, a  Monash FODMAP trained Dietitian and is a Mental Health First Aider.

She is guest lecturer at Curtin University, the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame and WA Eating Disorder Outreach Consultation Service (WAEDOCS) and has provided clinical supervision to students in their final year of Master of Dietetics from Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.

Sonya works alongside her patients to 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 nourish the body and unlock the secret to rediscovering the joy of food, eating and finding body peace. She is a non-diet Dietitian, working in a weight-inclusive and practicing Health At Every Size® (HAES ®). She is a mum of 4 adult 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

  • Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (ANZAED)

  • 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)

  • Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFA)

  • The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS (Monash University)

  • Chemical Elimination Diet (RPAH)

Memberships

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)

  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

  • 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   APD & AN

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

  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC)

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)

  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Order (ARFID): Diagnosis & Management (British Dietetic Association /University of Winchester)

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

  • The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS (Monash University)

  • Chemical Elimination Diet (RPAH)

  • ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential (in progress)

Kirasha is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and researcher with over 12 years of clinical experience working in both South Africa and Perth.  She 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 advanced clinical skills in complex chronic disease management, disordered eating, eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, OSFED, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Order (ARFID) and gastrointestinal conditions. Her extensive clinical experience is drawn from working in range of public and private healthcare settings including The Hollywood Clinic where her journey in eating disorders began, working as a member of the specialist eating disorder team.  Kirasha is committed to ongoing professional development and deeply passionate about providing evidence-based care that is tailored and supports the needs of individuals.  Kirasha is a Monash FODMAP trained dietitian, has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes Management and advanced learning in 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 Richards   APD & AN

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

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.

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)

Caylah Batt  APD & AN

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

Hi, I’m Caylah, an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist who loves food and helping others. Before joining the Dietwise team, I worked in Community Paediatrics with a focus on fussy eating and infant and children’s nutrition. I’ve also worked in Public Health where I delivered nutrition education programs to improve cooking skills and food literacy, requiring practical hands-on skills to translate the science of nutrition into food on the table. My work in private practice and hospitals has involved supporting people living with diabetes, chronic disease, gut issues, cancer, and more.

I am passionate about helping others have a positive relationship with food and their bodies, which is why I practice Health At Every Size (HAES®) and use the Non-Diet Approach in my work. I also have a strong interest in disordered eating, eating disorders, the Low FODMAP Diet for IBS and women’s nutrition such as fertility, PCOS, endometriosis and pregnancy.

Growing up on a farm, I’ve always loved the connection to nature and the land, with food and joyful movement being at the centre of this. I love what I do and am excited to work alongside you to help you achieve your nutrition goals and in a way that works for you.

Education

Certifications & Training

  • Masters of Dietetics (Curtin University)

  • Bachelor of Science - Nutrition (Curtin University)

  • Dietitians Australia (DA)

  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC)

Memberships

  • The Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians (Health, Not Diets)

  • Mental Health First Aid Training (eLearning Component)

  • Public Health Advocacy (PHAIWA)

  • The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS (Monash University - in progress)

Rachel Svenson   ASD, APD & AN

Accredited Sports Dietitian, 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 Tran

Care Coordinator

Cindy has a happy front desk smile when you arrive at Dietwise. She is an Accredited Nutritionist obtaining her degree at Curtin University. Cindy is enjoying her gap year and happily works full time Monday to Friday. She is also 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. She loves contributing to the warm and friendly environment of Dietwise and always helps her clients as best as she can.

 

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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science - Nutrition (Curtin University)

Certifications & Training

  • ISAK Level 1 Accredited Anthropometrist 

  • 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

  • City Beach Puppy School

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OUR PARTNERS

Here at Dietwise we are passionate about providing holistic care that considers the physical, mental, spiritual, and social health of our clients. We have worked hard to establish strong professional relationships with a range of skilled clinicians different specialties to provide a one-stop-shop for care. Our beautiful North Perth clinic is home to a fabulous team that our Dietitians refer to and includes Clinical Psychology, Physiotherapy, Recovery Coaching and Art Therapy. These clinicians are passionate about mental health, eating disorders and are trauma-informed and neuro-affirming.

Sally Partington

Founder & Physiotherapist, Movement Physio Perth

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Sally is passionate about her role within the multi-disciplinary team encompasses specialist assessment, advice, education, treatment and management of the various physical and psychological components of an eating disorder and plays a vital role in the management of compulsive exercise, osteoporosis and altered body image.

Sally will:

  • Explore your relationship with exercise in a safe and non-judgemental manner

  • Assess medical risk associated with compulsive and dysfunctional exercise behaviours 

  • Explore issues surrounding body image concerns with the intention of promoting the development of a positive and more realistic body image. 

  • Provide and modify treatment techniques for individuals with low body weight or reduced bone health to ensure that physiotherapy input is both safe and effective.

  • In-session movement therapy including mat/seated work e.g. yoga, pilates, strength training

  • Assess and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions, and use physiotherapy techniques in your management plan, including: acupuncture and dry needling, soft tissue mobilisation, exercise therapy and muscle re-education and motor control training

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Sabine

Founder + Lead Recovery Coach, Worth Beyond 

Worth Beyond specialises in 1:1, online and face to face, ED recovery coaching services personalised to the challenges you are currently experiencing and helping you in the here and now to action your recovery goals. Utilising lived experience to create a non judgemental space, we work alongside your team to provide practical support whilst focusing on your strengths to build your life through recovery and beyond the ED. A diagnosis is not required to engage in coaching support. 

Mary Casotti

Creative Arts Therapist, CReatE

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CReatE offers a holistic, person-centred, non-judgemental approach to eating disorder recovery using a trauma informed somatic framework and the expressive arts as a gateway to healing. The expressive arts are integrated through movement, sound, image making, creative writing, play, storytelling and rituals encouraging curiosity, creativity and the expression of emotions.

 

CReatE offers a safe space to help create a bridge from isolation and distorted thinking patterns to a connection with others and a reconnection with the authentic self.

 

Expressive Arts Therapy can be an exceptionally good fit for addressing eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, and body image. The more we intellectualize through talk, often the more the split between our thoughts and feelings widens.  When we shift to a more “right brain,” creative approach and engage in art, movement, drama, etc. the door opens to shift from explaining feelings to actually feeling them.  In that moment there is a tangible body experience of how feelings affect us, and a safe place to explore ways to manage those feelings. 

 

The quest for perfection and control are feelings often shared by people with an eating disorder or body dissatisfaction.  Trying to live up to an unattainable ideal of beauty, trying to please others, and judging oneself primarily based on physical appearance are persistent driving forces that lead to disordered eating.  But, because the primary focus of Creative Arts Therapy is on the process of creation and NOT the final product, the goal is to learn how to appreciate who we are in the moment, explore reasons for our behaviours, and establish new barometers for self-acceptance. 

We also work collaboratively with other health professionals outside our clinic as required such as Psychiatrists, Paediatricians, Credentialed Diabetes Educators, Gastroenterologists, Endocrinologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Registered Nurses, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructors, Exercise Physiologists, Breathwork Practitioners, Music Therapists, Support Workers, Case Managers and Dentists. Our Dietitians prioritise timely ongoing open communication with all team members to ensure care is coordinated and goals of care are aligned. 

THE APD QUALIFICATION

The APD credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. All our Dietitians team at Dietwise have obtained the APD credential giving you the confidence that we have the highest qualifications in Australia providing expert, safe, ethical and evidence-based care.
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