Discover Health

1/1137 Main Road

Eltham, VIC 3095

AUSTRALIA

Phone: (03) 9431 4337

Fax: (03) 9431 4336

Open hours

  • Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm
  • Sat 8am - 4:30pm
  • Sun Closed

Dietitians

Vanessa Drew

Vanessa is an Acc. Sports Dietitian and specialises in sports nutrition for both recreational & elite athletes. With a love for sports from a very young age, Vanessa has been involved in competitive cross-country/road cycling, calisthenics, netball, swimming, long-distance running, downhill skiing and boxing! While completing her degree’s in nutrition & dietetics / exercise science, Vanessa worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.

Vanessa also specialises in eating disorder management (including family based therapy for anorexia nervosa, ARFID, BN, BED, orthorexia, AN, OSFED) as part of a multi-disciplinary team that will often include a GP, psychologist and paediatrician/ psychiatrist if needed. Vanessa spent several years working in a specialist eating disorder outpatient program whilst also working in private practice.

Lastly, but not at all at least, Vanessa specialises in the investigation of food allergies & intolerances (including coeliacs disease, the RPAH low chemical diagnostic diet, food protein allergies) and optimising overall nutrition particularly when foods have had to be eliminated.

Personally, Vanessa has a strong family history of food allergies - coeliacs disease, peanut/egg allergy and food chemical intolerances in particular. Having to fuel her energetic son on a gluten & peanut free diet is a welcome challenge!

Jemma Watkins 

Jemma specialises in paediatric and gastrointestinal nutrition. Her areas of expertise include food allergies and intolerances, fussy eating, paediatric weight concerns, IBS, FODMAP malabsorption (including fructose and lactose), elimination diets, coeliac disease, chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis. She is also interested in women’s health, including nutrition during pregnancy and lactation and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Jemma graduated from Monash University in 2003 and has since completed a Certificate of Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics and additional training in management of food allergies, fussy eating, the low FODMAP diet and coeliac disease. She has worked in a variety of settings, including the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Jemma has developed an abundance of allergy-friendly recipes. Her family presents her with an abundance of dietary requirements including coeliac disease, cow’s milk/soy protein allergies, lactose intolerance, FODMAP/fructose malabsorption, fussy eaters and vegetarians.

That’s a family you wouldn’t want to invite over for dinner!

Additionally, Jemma provides talks to schools, early childhood centres, other organisations, health professionals and university students.

Jemma works at our Alphington, Surrey Hills and Eltham locations.

Renske Dijkhuis

Renske graduated with a Bachelor of Dietetics with honours in the Netherlands before going on to complete a Master's of Nutrition and Dietetics at Deakin University.

Renske prides herself on helping all people reach their nutrition goals with client centered practice and evidence-based nutrition advice. She specialises in diabetes, chronic disease management, weight concerns, FODMAP/fructose malabsorption and PCOS. However, her main interests lie in working with and supporting people across the spectrum of disordered eating and eating disorders. Renske believes in working within the Health at Every Size ® paradigm, endeavoring to help people establish a healthy relationship with food.

Renske's workload is greatly varied which gives her expertise in a variety of issues. Besides working in private practice the majority of her time, she also tutors and lectures at universities in Melbourne and works as a dietitian in the residential aged care setting.

Terrill Bruere

Terril is a private practice dietitian with a wealth of experience including women's health, eating behaviour and understanding people's relatinship with their bodies and nutrition.

Terrill has worked in public and private eating disorder services in Melbourne and with both adults and adolescents so has an extensive professional network and understanding of treatment choices. She sees people of any age or gender for eating disorder concerns. This includes younger people at risk or with early presentation, families struggling with eating issues, Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and Atypical presentations such as Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.

Terrill worked at both Jean Hailes For Womens Health and the Royal Women’s Hospital for over 15 years. She was one of the first to promote a whole health and lifestyle approach to treatment of PCOS, fertility and other hormonal concerns throughout a woman’s lifecycle. She continues also to educate other health professionals so all women can have a better experience of diagnosis and treatment.

Terrill enjoys influencing the development of innovative ideas and services that are built on a respectful client centered approach and a good evidence base. She has further training in counselling that include Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has the privilege of supervising and training other dietitians in this work and frequently being requested for workshops and public speaking.

Terrill understands life balance and in her own life uses a mindful approach to balancing work life with creative arts and a busy family life, while sustaining her passion for this work with people.

Kirsty (Kess) O'Loghlen

Kess has a special interest in disordered eating, body image and weight concerns. She uses her background in psychology to help reconnect the body and mind, and most importantly, make peace with food.

Kess uses the non-diet approach to support those with nutrition for medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver, renal and gastrointestinal health, as well as overall nutrition.

Kess also works in a forensic mental health hospital in Melbourne and is passionate about suporting those experiencing mental health challenges. She has completed additional training in Motivational Interviewing, CBT-E and the non-diet approach.

Kess is a dedicated dietitian and loves keeping up with the emergining and ever-changing field of nutrition! 

Kess is available at our Eltham, Alphington and Bundoora location.

Joanna Lang

Jo graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science with Distinction, majoring in Nutrition, Food Science and Health Promotion, before completing a Masters of Dietetics at Deakin University.

Jo has worked at Discover Health for over seven years, wearing various hats including being the Senior Administration Officer, Receptionist and of course an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).

 Jo prides herself in ensuring evidenced-based practice is at the center of her advice, and aims to assist people of various ages to improve overall health and to encourage a healthy relationship with food.

 Jo enjoys getting alongside those suffering from Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Fatty Liver Disease, Renal conditions and FODMAP malabsorption. Jo also has a particular interest in Women’s Health, specifically Nutrition in Pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

 In her spare time, Jo enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, waterskiing, playing piano and netball!

 

Jo is working at our Croydon and Frankston locations.

Jennifer Flanagan

Jennifer has a special interest in working with the paediatric population and is passionate about achieving optimal nutritional status from an early age.  Her areas of interest include breastfeeding, feeding difficulties, weight concerns and food allergies/ intolerances.

She worked for over 6 years in a large hospital in South Africa which provided valuable experience across a variety of nutrition concerns including chronic disease management, malnutrition, women’s health and gastrointestinal disorders.

She has completed the Monash University 'Low FODMAP Diet for IBS' online training course for health professionals.

Jennifer prides herself on always ensuring nutritional information is current with evidence-based practices and is passionate about helping people achieve their nutrition goals in a healthy manner.

Jennifer Baxter (on leave)

Jennie has worked in a variety of settings in metropolitan and rural Melbourne, including community health, community rehabilitation (cardiac, pulmonary and general rehabilitation) and hospitals.

Jennie has also worked in private practice for over 10 years specialising in weight concerns, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, paediatric and sports nutrition.

Jennie is based at our Endeavour Hills location.

Elise Alexander (on leave)

Elise is a paediatric dietitian who enjoys working in both private practice and at the Royal Childrens Hospital.

Elise specialised in paediatric chronic disease management, food allergies/intolerances, failure to thrive, fussy eating and overall nutritional wellbeing from birth to 12 years of age.

Elise is based at our Eltham location.

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