1. Are you available for personal training?

    Amy is not currently available for regular 1:1, face to face training, however she is able to prepare personalised running and strength training programs online. To do this she gathers basic information about your medical and exercise history, time and equipment availability, injuries, goals, current health status and depending on the type of program you require, a video of your running technique or performing some basic movements tests. For those that live in Melbourne, Amy is also available for initial and review program run throughs. These may take place at your local or home gym, or at Body Fit Training in Yarraville. Programs are usually reviewed and progressed every 6-8 weeks.

  2. Are your services covered by private health insurance?

    Amy has a provider number as a Dietitian, and depending on your level of health care cover, you may be eligible for a rebate. Your consultation with Amy will need to be paid in full, and then you can supply a copy of her invoice (which includes an item code and provider number) to your health fund to make a claim. You may also be eligible for a Medicare rebate if you have a referral from your GP.

  3. Where is your office?

    Amy's office address is 1/132 Toorak Road, South Yarra. Please the enter building off Davis Avenue, and make your way up the stairs.

  4. Do you consult by phone?

    Amy is able to consult by phone or video conference call for clients who live remotely, interstate or overseas. This is also a good way for those who have busy schedules to consult, as sessions can take place during your lunch hour, before or after work. Regardless of the consultation method you choose, Amy will send a summary of your session, goals and action plan after the session, via email.

  5. Do you do home visits?

    Amy is available for home visits, which prove to be a very powerful way to inspire immediate change in behaviour. Home visits are ideal if you have multiple children to look after, have a physical disability, if you would like assistance as a couple or family, want to learn more hands on skills in food preparation, cooking and recipe development, or be guided through your own mindfulness and yoga practice in the comfort of your home. Some clients may also find it valuable to include a shopping tour as part of their home visit, to better understand how to read food labels and to put easy and enjoyable meals together.

  6. Do you create meal plans?

    Amy does not create weight loss meal plans. Amy's practice has changed dramatically in recent times, moving away from telling her clients what to eat, and instead coaching them to rediscover their internal cues and innate bodily wisdom, and come back to intuitive eating. The available research together with Amy's 10+ years professional practice and her own experience has shown that dieting doesn’t work and its effects can be harmful.

    - Current research now supports that diets don’t work. In fact, 95% of people who diet for weight loss will regain the weight within 5 years, and two thirds of these people will regain more weight than their starting weight.

    - Dieting also disconnects you from your body. It has also been shown that those that yoyo diet (weight has cycled) have poorer health status than those that have never dieted, regardless of their weight.

    - The risk of developing an eating disorder is 18 times higher in dieters. Eating disorders are a serious psychiatric illness with the highest mortality rate than any other mental illness.

    For specific health conditions or sports performance, Amy does create nutrition guides that are personalised to support your goals, health condition and / or circumstances. For those with specific health conditions, this may include looking at alternative foods that help to lower cholesterol, better manage diabetes, achieve a balanced diet while living with allergies or intolerances, or nourishing yourself and baby fully through pregnancy.

    For sports performance clients, Amy's nutrition guides may include race plans based on specific nutrient and fluid guidelines, or a carbohydrate loading plan that aims to meet nutritional targets which has been shown to support performance and health during exercise.

    For those with a clinically diagnosed eating disorder, in certain cases if the individual is unable to rely on internal appetite cues in the initial stages of a ‘recovery’, and in these cases a meal plan may be created in partnership with the client and family to help them to reconnect with their body and begin to learn how to eat intuitively again.

  7. Do you work with eating disorders?

    Amy has a particular passion and dedication to helping people recover from eating disorders, and has a wealth of training, knowledge and experience that she applies to such people. In most cases, a team approach to treating the person is vital, and may include a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, and any family members or a partner. Each individual's journey is unique and the direction of any consultation with Amy to recover from an eating disorder will be always be client-centred.

    Speak to your GP about a Care Plan for the treatment of an eating disorder, as you may be eligible for a rebate on your sessions.

  8. Do you test for allergies?

    Amy does not have the equipment to clinically test and diagnose allergies. A GP or allergy specialist is able to test for allergies and should communicate the results with Amy. This information will guide Amy's consultation with you, and determine what education may be required to give you the confidence to manage your allergies.

  9. Can you help get my period back?

    Amy is also particularly passionate about the treatment and recovery of Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea. Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea, or 'missing periods' is a condition where the body has shut down the menstrual cycle and fertility functions in order to conserve energy and prevent an unhealthy pregnancy when the body is deemed unsafe.

    The journey to recovery is unique to the individual, as issues around diet, weight and exercise history are often deeply rooted in trauma. Recovering your period involves healing your relationship with food, decreasing stress on the body and for many, weight restoration.

    Having recovered from Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea herself, Amy understandings how challenging, yet rewarding it can be to regain your period and fertility and enjoy the satisfaction of food once more, experience better sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, improve self-confidence and self-esteem, and truly love, respect and honour your body once more.

    In many cases, a team approach to treating Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea is vital, and may include a doctor, endocrinologist, and psychologist or psychiatrist. Each individual's journey is unique and the direction of any consultation with Amy to recover from an eating disorder will be always be client-centred.

    Speak to your GP about a Care Plan for the treatment of an eating disorder, as you may be eligible for a rebate on your sessions.