Liana is passionate about providing nutrition information that helps people form healthy relationships with food. Liana has a dedicated interest in working with people experiencing mental health issues including body image concerns, disordered eating behaviours, and clinical eating disorders. Using the Healthy at Every Size (HAES) model and taking a non-diet approach, Liana focusses on all aspects of health that contribute to a person’s wellbeing. Liana’s role with Myrtle Oak Clinic is to lead the team’s nutritional assessments and provide early access to eating disorder support and intervention, through our 3 session program. She shows a great empathy towards her clients and helps to develop confidence to allow for flexibility with food choices and focusing on kindness and being gentle with ourselves, food and exercise behaviours.
Liana understands that there can be many barriers to face when working to form a healthy relationship with food. Her compassionate nature allows her to work together with people in a client-centred way to challenge those thoughts and behaviours to bring about a more relaxed relationship with food.
Liana believes that food is there not only to meet a person’s nutritional requirements but that it can play a larger role in our health and wellbeing. The role of food in our overall wellbeing extends beyond the impact of nutrition, it allows us to connect to our culture, form social relationships, and to nourish us emotionally. Liana feels that everyone deserves to have this relationship with food and so is passionate about working with people to help empower them to overcome the barriers they face and bring a sense of joy and pleasure back to eating.
Liana is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and a member of the Dietitian’s Australia. Liana graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours). Liana is accessible at both our Wallsend and Tuggerah clinics.