Heather completed her Bachelor degree in Physiology and Psychology before training as a dietitian in South Africa at University (BSc Medical Honours). She spent eight years practicing as a community dietitian in the UK covering a wide range of nutritional areas, including nutritional management of diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation, weight management, gut health and elderly care. She also completed training in Behaviour Change Therapy in the UK, designed specifically for Dietitians to help facilitate and empower change in adult patients. She focuses on a non-diet approach and how food can nourish our bodies to optimise health and wellbeing.

Heather returned to South Africa at the end of 2015 and has been working in private practise specialising in gut health. She has experience with gastrointestinal concerns like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bowel cancers, inflammatory bowel disease – ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease and diverticular disease. She also contributed to creating and presenting training modules for fellow dietitians in IBS, the low FODMAP diet and the role of fibre in gut health with EATFIT SA.

Heather also works in a rehabilitation centre that bridges the gap between hospital and home. In this therapeutic setting, she works as part of a team of health professionals and provides nutrition support to help with recovery and healing. Often this involves nutrition support for those who struggle with swallowing and feeding problems (dysphagia) and enteral tube feeding. Heather also enjoys working with the elderly. 

She has two young children and this has helped her to be more practical in her approach. She hopes to make even a small difference in someone’s journey.

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