“Our health is determined by so much more than what we eat and how much we exercise. It is about our happiness and mental wellbeing as well. As a dietitian, I seek to help individuals not only meet their nutritional needs, but also to find happiness and enjoyment from the food they eat.”
Kelsey is an enthusiastic, friendly, and committed dietitian who is passionate about collaborating with her clients to support them in identifying and achieving tailored and balanced nutritional goals. Kelsey’s training in a wide range of clinical areas allows her to understand the differing challenges and specific nutritional needs of those with varying concerns. She recognises the individuality of each client she encounters and strives to help them seek out their own balanced diet that not only meets their specific nutritional needs, but also provides them with the most joy. With a special interest in the area of eating disorders, and through an evidence-based and non-judgemental approach, her focus is to help her clients achieve a healthy relationship with food, and provide them with the knowledge and skills to make sustainable dietary changes for long-lasting health.
Kelsey completed her Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) degree with a Specialisation in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where she was awarded the DSM Haines Award for achieving the highest grade for her honours research thesis. She went on to complete her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics degree at the University of Sydney, where she was then awarded both the Allman Prize and the Dietitians Association of Australia’s top-performing student award after achieving the highest grade in her graduating class.
Kelsey is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia, is registered as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, and is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia’s Eating Disorders Interest Group.
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Kelsey has always had a passion for helping others, and she began volunteering abroad at an early age to aid vulnerable individuals and communities. Through these experiences she gained an appreciation for the long-lasting positive impact of empowering others, and an understanding that “band-aid solutions” often only mask problems instead of resolving them. This eventually lead her to pursue a career as a dietitian where she was able take a preventative stance on healthcare. She now uses her knowledge and skills about food, nutrition, and healthy eating behaviours to empower individuals and communities to create sustainable and long-lasting dietary changes for overall better health and wellbeing.
She received her dietetic training in the public health, food services, and clinical sectors, where her clinical training was completed at a large, teaching hospital in Sydney. She gained experience working with individuals and groups, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, within the areas of oncology, intensive care, renal, colorectal, and eating disorders. It was during her training at RPAH eating disorders service where she discovered a keen interest in helping those with disordered eating, and solidified her ethos that the food we eat should not only nourish our bodies, but bring people together and provide enjoyment. Whilst the majority of her experience has been working with adult populations, she is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing through diet for all ages and in broad areas of clinical nutrition including general healthy eating, weight management, raised blood pressure, raised cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, eating disorders, and other nutritional concerns.
Kelsey takes a collaborative and tailored approach to the nutrition care process. She believes that truly understanding her clients’ concerns and past experiences, and personalising treatment to each individual, is the most effective way to promote positive dietary changes through nutritional counselling. Based on each individuals’ readiness for change and specific goals, Kelsey focuses on assessing her clients’ nutritional needs, and providing evidence-based information and support to help empower them to form and achieve realistic goals. Her overall desire is to ensure that her clients’ diets are not only nourishing for good health, but also allow for a social, instinctive, care-free, and enjoyable relationship with food and eating.
Kelsey holds a concurrent role as a clinical dietitian at Balmain Hospital where she works with aged care and rehabilitation inpatients and outpatients.
RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
In the past, Kelsey has conducted research projects in a range of clinical areas. In her early academic career, she conducted research regarding the biochemical and cellular outcomes of a rare, genetic disorder. This interest in genetics collided with her interest in nutrition when she undertook research through Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, which involved assessing the nutritional adequacy of infants and young children with an inborn error of metabolism.
Currently, she remains dedicated to ongoing professional development and evidence-based practice to ensure her treatment approach is both safe and up-to-date. She is currently undertaking training in the non-diet approach (Healthy At Every Size) and motivational interviewing to complement her nutritional counselling style. She is also currently completing the comprehensive Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders learning program to continually enhance her skills in working with this specific cohort.
WORKING WITH KELSEY
If you would like to book an appointment with Kelsey or would like to discuss further how Kelsey could assist you with achieving your nutritional goals, please contact reception on 02 8814 5703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to help my clients challenge their idea of healthy eating. There is no such thing as a good or bad food – all foods can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet when consumed with intention and balance. As a dietitian, it is my role to help individuals seek out their own balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs and provides them with the most joy.