I have known that I wanted to work with people, assisting them with their issues, from the age of about 14. I realized from an early age that I was good at ‘helping’ people – it felt like it came naturally… Growing up in a healthy home made me very aware of food and I realized that many people struggle with food issues. At the same time I also went through my own issues with food and weight.
After taking a year off to au-pair in Germany, I came back to South Africa ready to study. I started with a BSc at Wits, majoring in Psychology and Physiology. I then went on to do my honours in Psychology before moving to Cape Town to study dietetics at UCT.
Thereafter I was able to start on my mission of helping people eat and live healthy! My interest has become more focused, and I particularly love working with people who want to lose weight but can’t seem to keep it off because of the psychological clutter that they live in. To be well balanced we need to look at nutrition, exercise, stress (or quietness), as well as our emotions and thoughts. Finding the reasons behind why the binging and other unhealthy habits are around and how to and how to change them is the key.
I started my private practice in 2006, and now have a successful private practice in Claremont where I attend to clients from all over Cape Town. I work with a wide range of people, from those seeking to lose weight to those with special medical needs.
I also lecture nutrition at various institutes; give talks at and for wellness days; write articles/snippets for papers, magazines and various companies; am an advisory dietician for several exercise and food based initiatives; consult for various companies; and served on the ADSA WC committee as chairperson for 4 years.