I'm an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with a passion for helping people of all shapes, sizes, identities and abilities to develop a healthy relationship with food, their mind and bodies.
Like most young children, I had a natural intuition with food. I was fortunate enough to be born into a family where focus on weight and dieting was not a thing. I also existed with thin privilege, which meant that I was relatively free from commentary about my body and food choices in my every day life.
I was a highly anxious, self- conscious, and 'odd' kid. I often felt I didn't fit in anywhere, struggled making friends, and disliked school and social activities. I discovered dancing at an early age as an escape and means of self expression, and spend as much time as possible in the studio. Whilst I loved dance, the more I did the more pressure I felt to advance my skills and fit in the dance community, socially and physically (to meet explicit body ideals). I internalised critique and judgement as my own inadequacy.
The stress of later years of high school, paired with my low self-worth, body image concerns and perfectionism, led to the development of my eating disorder. Manipulating my eating habits and body shape became a means of coping with dissatisfaction and confusion I had with myself, and the vast uncertainty of life, providing a sense of control amongst the chaos of my world. I found comfort in adhering to rigid self-imposed rules, and held myself to high expectations to accomplish great things to justify my oddness, hoping it would keep me socially safe and finally render me worthy.
Through my recovery, I built healthier coping skills, improved body awareness, developed a stronger sense of self, and explored my true identity. I did however continued to encounter challenges in my adult life - facing emotional burn out, struggled remembering to eat, planning and being prepared for meals, recognising hunger, and sitting with uncertainty. It wasn't until I discovered that I am autistic and an ADHDer that I obtained more context to my life experiences to date, including the purpose my ED served and ongoing struggles navigating adult responsibilities and self care.
I was inspired by my own journey to help others overcome the pressures of diet culture and other oppressive systems in how we "should" interact with food and our bodies. I proudly practice through a Health At Every Size®, fat positive and Non-Diet lens - with LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent affirming approaches, on the background of my own lived experience - with passionate advocacy for safe, trauma-informed, identity affirming, and personalised care within marginalised identities.
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to nutrition. We believe that health exists on a continuum that varies with time and circumstance for each individual. We also recognise that dieting and food restriction can be harmful for both mental and physical health. Therefore, we remove all rules around food and eating and help our clients give themselves permission to eat all foods without guilt or judgement.
We practice through a Health At Every Size® (HAES®) lens, adopting a weight neutral approach to health. Instead of using body weight to indicate health status or treatment progress, we support our clients to develop meaningful and fulfilling lifestyles through eating intuitively, finding body acceptance at any size and discovering enjoyable movement.
We live in a world that worships and equates thinness to health and moral virtue. The pressure to fit into this supposed picture of "health" leads to weight-based stigma, discrimination and perpetuates eating disorders.
We strongly believe there is no "right" way to have a body. We respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and choose to reject the idolisation or discrimination of specific weights. We actively contribute to dismantling diet culture by advocating for size diversity, speaking out against fatphobia, spreading awareness for eating disorders of all kinds and attempting to bridge the gap in healthcare inequalities through our services.
We believe that all people, regardless of their sexuality, gender identity or neurotype, are an important part of society and deserve respectful and inclusive care. We strongly value lived experience and are passionate about improving access to healthcare to marginalised groups, dismantling ableism and other forms of oppression, and empowering individuals to embrace their differences.
We are committed to providing a safe and empathetic space for people of all neurotypes, genders, sexualities, body types, disabilities, and cultural backgrounds. We respect the rights of non-discrimination, dignity, autonomy, and self-determination for every human being.
We Acknowledge The Peoples Of The Kulin Nation As The Traditional Custodians Of The Land On Which We Live And Work In Melbourne, Australia.
We Recognise The Ongoing Contribution Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples Throughout Australia And Pay Our Respects To Elders Past, Present And Emerging.