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Hi, I'm Savita 

It's lovely to meet you.

I'm a patient-practitioner, Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Certified Patient Advocate.

My passion for food began as a child playing in my family's vegetable garden in England, and with both of my parents being hospital-based health professionals, health and the role of healthcare have always been on my radar. 

As a child I had no energy, perpetual sniffles and multiple food intolerances.

After seeking nutrition advice, my health improved dramatically; sparking my fascination with food, diet and the body. This led me to begin studying a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

However, while attempting to juggle full time study and multiple jobs I became burnt out, which heralded the onset of chronic pain & fatigue, and what I later discovered was dysautonomia, mast cell activation syndrome and hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

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This began the search for answers from a myriad of specialists, GPs and google sessions. Needless to say, I didn’t have much success.

There were too many try-this-it-might-work-for-you tablets that made me so nauseated I was unable keep food down, or utterly-out-of-my-uni-student-budget treatment recommendations which felt like a stab in the dark for a miracle cure. Or even worse, the well-maybe-it’s-just-anxiety card – urgh!

Ultimately, I was floundering with no real direction, or sense in which direction I was heading. If I continued on this path, I’m not sure how I would have been able to finish my degree, hold down a job or look after the relationships in my life – let alone walk 100 metres some days!

It was around this time I was invited to participate in a pilot trial of a Metro South Queensland Health-sponsored program called Smart Patient (now Health Commons®). This brought clarity and ease to a seemingly unconnected puzzle and was pivotal in enabling me to come to terms with my health, make a clear roadmap for the path ahead and restore joy, autonomy and spontaneity to my life.

Now, as a practitioner I have a unique respect for the struggles which patients may encounter on their journey, along with the skills necessary to provide support. I uphold a scientific evidence-based and holistic approach; meaning that I am informed by current nutrition and medical research while also taking into account the unique situation of each person I work with. 

My interests include: hypermobility/MCAS/POTS, gut health & digestive concerns, histamine intolerance, autoimmune conditions, fatigue and burn out, women's health (menopause, PCOS, endometriosis, PMS/PMDD), mental health, chronic pain and more.

I work with clients via online and in person consults (Sunshine Coast, QLD). 

If you're ready to take the next step or have any questions, book in for a chat today or fill out the contact form below. 

Wishing you the best on your journey, 

Savita

Qualifications, certificates and professional milestones

Savvy Dietetics in the Media: Careers With Stem, Queensland University of Technology 

Academic publication | Standardised Outcome Reporting for the Nutrition Management of Complex Chronic Disease | Sandhu, S., Angel, C., Campbell, K., Hickman, I. & McLaughlin, H. | 2021 | Journal: Nutrients, Special Edition Nutrition and Diet for Metabolic Health

Scholarship Runner up - Dr Richard Sager Scholarship | Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine | 2023 

ACNEM training modules completed: Gastrointestinal Health | Women's Health Module | Foundations of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine 1 & 2 

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours, First Class) | Queensland University of Technology

Certified Professional Patient Advocate | Health Commons Connect 

Memberships 

Dietitians Australia 

Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine

Past Professional Roles 

Dietitian | Brisbane Pain Rehabilitation Service | Canossa Private Hospital 

Co-Director | Brisbane Women's Hub

Other Professional Development 

2023 | EDS ECHO AHP Introduction to EDS and HSD 

2022 | The Pole Physio | Highlighting Hypermobility Online Workshop

2022 | POTS Unmasked Conference - Australian POTS Foundation 

Professional affiliations

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Meet Cami

Our therapy pup in training 

Cami was born in October 2021, and is a tiny Maltese - Shih Tzu - Poodle cross.  

She is currently in training to become a therapy dog. Let Savita know if you'd like to see her at your next consult. 

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