What does a dietitian do?
A dietitian is one of the most powerful allies you can have on the quest to optimal digestive health. A dietitian is able to use medical information to work with people who have special dietary needs and improve their digestive and overall health by suggesting adequate diagnostic action, supplements and treatment, diet and lifestyle changes. A dietitian is accredited to provide specialist information regarding proper nutrition and they can play an important part in the diagnosis and dietary treatment of a range of diseases including allergies, diabetes and even cancer.

Dietitian vs Nutritionist
We are often asked “is a dietitian the same as a nutritionist?” The differences between a dietitian and nutritionist are important to understand. While a nutritionist is able to provide advice regarding food intake, they are not accredited by law and their level of experience and knowledge can vary dramatically. A dietitian on the other hand, can work in both the hospital and community because they are nutrition professionals regulated by law due to their high level of education and well-regulated practices. Schedule a consultation today with one of our specialists at your nearest South-East Melbourne suburb.

Gabrielle Cocks

Consulting Dietitian

Gabrielle Cocks is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia and is registered as an APD or Accredited Practising Dietitian.

food-pyramidGabrielle has been consulting at Dandenong Digestive Health Centre for over 17 years and has expertise in gastroenterology disorders including irritable bowel and coeliac disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, allergy, intolerance, paediatrics, weight management and sports nutrition.

Gabrielle is married and enjoys tennis, pilates, camping and preparing quick easy nutritious meals for her two growing boys.

Her role as a Dietitian will be to assess your usual eating pattern, food likes and dislikes, activity level and individual health needs. Together we will plan dietary goals that best suit your needs and lifestyle. Gabrielle has a strong belief in empowering individuals to make positive changes for their own health and well being.

Kristin Mellett

Consulting Dietitian

Kristin Mellett is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia and is registered as an APD or Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Kristin has been a Dietitian for over 20 years and specialises in Paediatric Nutrition. She also has expertise in gastroenterology disorders including irritable bowel and coeliac disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, allergy, intolerance and weight management.

Her role will be to assess your usual eating pattern, food likes and dislikes, activity level and individual health needs. Together we will plan dietary goals that best suit your needs and lifestyle.

Kristin loves to travel and being outdoors, and enjoys shopping for fresh ingredients and cooking foods from many different cuisines.

She firmly believes “food should be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” (quote from Hippocrates) and loves helping individuals make positive lifestyle changes.