Dietitians are the healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat dietry related conditions which are out of physician’s scope of expertise, e.g. Crohn’s disease. A dietitian manages the treatment changes based upon their knowledge of nutritional biochemistry.
I am Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist and I have been passionate about the importance of a healthy diet since I was a child. After I had completed my GCSE levels, I lived in the U.S.A for a year whilst completing my TOEFL qualification and I was very concerned by the growing level of obesity there. At that point I knew I wanted to dedicate myself to helping others take control of their own health and improve their own lives, and this is the goal I have pursued in my career to date.
In the UK, I studied at Bath Spa University and graduated with a 2:1 Honours BSc degree in Diet and Health. I also completed a Masters degree in Dietetics at the Medical University of Silesia in Poland, (certified by the UK NARIC). I have delivered many lectures and nutrition talks, based on my own research and new scientific findings. I have 9 year experience in dietary and nutritional counselling working with disease prevention and health improvement. I work with people to improve their weight management, gut health, metabolic syndrome, food allergies and intolerances, mental wellbeing and sports nutrition. I work with both adults and children and with pregnant and lactating women.
I am currently working as a Community Dietitian for Great Western Hospital in Swindon providing a nutrition and dietetic service for a range of community services to include intermediate care, community hospital inpatients, and outpatient clinics for both adults and children. I strive for the delivery of excellent patient care through education, and the empowerment of patients, their family and/or carers.
I have also worked on a voluntary basis with Sirona Healthcare and Off the Records Centre with parents, children and whole families to improve nutrition and lifestyle. I found this work extremely rewarding and inspirational. It is important to me as an individual to be able to care for others.
I acknowledge that people are individual and that dietetic interventions and support need to be tailored to suit the person and their own situation. Therefore, I completed a three-day Psychology of Eating course giving me a good foundation in understanding people’s choices and appropriate behaviour change. Being aware of a person’s willingness to change and gauging the level of motivation affects my approach. In working with parents and their children I found that the family dynamic often compounded issues surrounding behavioural change. By taking a relaxed and empathetic approach I engaged with the families, sometimes guiding small changes yielding significant results. I gained confidence in my communication and behavioural change skills when parents returned to compliment and thank me for really helping.
BSc IN NUTRITION WITH HONOURS
MSc IN DIETETICS
Association for Nutrition
Health and Care Professions Council
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