Meet Our Team

Appetite for Nutrition prides itself on having a team that works hard to provide the best professional support for our clients, while offering a supportive and nurturing environment.

We recognise that every client is different, and we work closely with our clients and their supports to best fit their needs.

Our dietitians have received additional training in disability nutrition, and have access to regular professional development in this area.

Carly Hughes

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Nutrition, Master of Dietetics

As the founder and director of Appetite for Nutrition, Carly has experience within the private and community sector and has successfully helped many individuals to increase their nutrition knowledge and achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.

Carly believes, “Healthy eating shouldn’t be… creating rules, depriving yourself, dieting, or never enjoying your favourite foods again. Healthy eating is…. having a healthy relationship with your food and body. Reset the way you think, remove those demonizing labels from food such as ‘bad foods’ or ‘bad for me’, and rather listen to your body, be intuitive, and enjoy all foods mindfully.

Previous to Appetite for Nutrition, Carly has been involved in multiple community programs, including volunteering her time as a healthy supermarket tour leader for Diabetes Victoria, and her employment at Victoria University, where she supervised students deliver cooking classes and nutrition presentations to a wide range of community members including those challenged with mental illness, physical disabilities & intellectually disabled.

Carly has a special interests in Integrative nutrition - using a holistic approach to health with nutrition and supplements. Carly enjoys supporting clients with diabetes and gastrointestinal health, conditions and disorders, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (e.g. Crohns Disease) and Diverticulitis to name a few.

She has a passion for finding ways to make nutrition enjoyable and easy to understand. Carly is aware that not everyone learns the same way, and varying ways of educating clients need to be included - such as through sound, reading, pictures, touching, smelling and practising.

Carly has experience working NDIS clients from a wide variety of backgrounds including those with:
⁃ Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
⁃ Acquired Brain Injuries
⁃ Cerebral Palsy
⁃ Intellectual disabilities
⁃ Mental Illness
⁃ Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
⁃ Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA)
⁃ Physical Disabilities incl. Limb amputees

Carly is no longer taking new clients.

Liz Radicevic

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science, Master of Dietetics

Liz believes it is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to lead a happy and healthy life. Liz prides herself in providing professional health advice that is realistic to an individual’s lifestyle and implementing changes that make a real difference. She has a passion for providing evidence-based advice to ensure that her clients receive the most up to date information.

Liz has a specific interest within Sports Nutrition, as well as chronic disease management. Liz also works as the VFL Dietitian Assistant at Richmond Football Club, where she provides nutrition support on game day, whilst supporting players with their individual nutrition needs.

Other strong areas of interests include the correlation between mental health & disability, and how it impacts on one's nutrition and daily life. Liz has experience with a range of disabilities - including:
⁃ Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
⁃ Aspergers
⁃ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
⁃ Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI)
⁃ Down syndrome
⁃ Intellectual Disabilities
⁃ Learning Disabilities
⁃ Multiple systems Atropy (MSA)
and those challenged with mental illness including:
⁃ Depression
⁃ Bipolar Disorder,
⁃ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
⁃ Psychosocial disability
⁃ Schizophrenia,

The main clinical services Liz offers include the following:
⁃ Sports Nutrition
⁃ General healthy eating
⁃ Weight loss/Weight gain
⁃ Food Allergies and Intolerances
⁃ Heart disease
⁃ Diabetes management (Type 1 & 2)
⁃ Gastrointestinal conditions (e.g. Coeliac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Low FODMAP)
⁃ Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
⁃ Autoimmune conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disorder, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and assoicated immune conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
⁃ Cancer and related symptoms
⁃ Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies
⁃ Basic Paediatric nutrition advice (Healthy eating)

In addition to privately consulting, Liz enjoys cooking to ensure she is well versed in different recipes, sharing these and nutrition tips on her Instagram @radnutrition. Liz has had an interest in cooking ever since she was a young girl and as she has grown older, has wanted to explore the link between food and its impact on health. Keeping fit and healthy is one of Liz’s priorities. In her spare time, you will find her in the kitchen, doing pilates, playing netball and going for scenic walks with friends and family. Here, Liz would like to make a positive impact on people’s lives now, and into the future.

Liz is available for NDIS appointments in the North-Eastern suburbs - home visits, video and telephone consultations.

Lisa Larosa

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science, Master of Dietetics

Lisa is an empathetic and down to earth dietitian, passionate about working in partnership with her clients to develop practical food and lifestyle habits which suit the individual. She understands the importance of developing achievable goals that embrace personal preference, cultural requirements, work, family and social commitments. Her end goal is to improve quality of life, maintaining long term habits without feeling restricted or pressured by social trends or fad diets. She is determined to find solutions for those who are struggling to find balance in their lives and feel they have no time to focus on healthy eating.

Lisa has a desire and commitment to work with people of all ages and stages of life, with some key areas of interest being investigating and managing gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and diverticulitis, as well as the prevention and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and the metabolic syndrome.

Through the NDIS, Lisa has worked with a range of clients from early childhood to post-retirement age. She has experience with Physical, Intellectual and Cognitive disabilities including:
⁃ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
⁃ Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
⁃ Chromosomal Deletion Disorders.
⁃ Huntington’s Disease
⁃ Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
⁃ Multiple Sclerosis
⁃ Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
⁃ Psychosocial Disabilities (i.e. Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder)

Lisa provides a range of services to her NDIS clients depending on their needs. These often involve picky or fussy eating, food seeking behaviour, sensory issues with food, general healthy eating, and educating participants, families & care facility staff.

In her spare time, Lisa loves to travel and has lived and worked in three countries. She also enjoys being active and spending quality time with her friends and family, particularly in the outdoors with activities such as hiking, swimming and camping.

Lisa provides NDIS home, video and telephone consultations within Bendigo region.

Emily Rault

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science, Master of Dietetics

Emily is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for helping those most vulnerable in our widespread community. She is experienced in working with children and their families to help ease the difficulties of feeding.

Emily works closely with many children and teenagers on the Autism Spectrum, with ADHD, developmental concerns and malnutrition. Not only has Emily worked with children and families in Australia, she has assisted in nutrition and health projects visiting Fijian and Cambodian primary and secondary schools.

It is Emily’s mission to support families in creating structured, peaceful and mindful meals and snacks for their children everyday. There are many challenges when teaching children how to eat, particularly those that are easily distracted or disinterested in food. In order to establish positive relationships with food and adequate growth, Emily can help you to make gentle and significant nutrition changes to meet your child’s and families needs.

Emily has experience with children and adult with a range of disabilities, including and not limited to,
⁃ Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
⁃ Autusim Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
⁃ Cerebral Palsy
⁃ Down Syndrome
⁃ Intellectual Disability
⁃ Huntington's Diesase

Emily is available for NDIS appointments in the South-Eastern suburbs

Ivan Chan

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Nutrition Science; Master of Dietetics

Ivan always had a passion for food since young and has led to a career in nutrition. As the saying goes, “Food brings people together”. He believes in the power of food and he has the ambition to influence individuals with healthier food choices and lifestyle.

He is passionate about working in the community as it allows a better bonding opportunity with clients. Ivan enjoys working together with the client and strengthening their abilities to achieve their health goals as a team. He also has a passion for community public health activities, as he believes “prevention is better than cure”. He is experienced in delivering health promotion talks in kindergartens and business companies.

Ivan has a passion for paediatric nutrition, and providing nutritional advice pertaining to diabetes, gastrointestinal conditions, weight management and other chronic conditions e.g. kidney disease, CVD and liver disease.

Ivan is experienced and skilled in working with people with disabilities, including and not limited to
⁃ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
⁃ Ataxia
⁃ Autism Spectrum Disorder (Paediatrics & Adults)
⁃ Genetic Disorder incl. Overgrowth Syndrome
⁃ Intellectual Disability
⁃ Mental Illness incl. Depression, PTSD, Schizophrenia and Anxiety
⁃ Metabolic Disorders
⁃ Multiple Sclerosis
⁃ Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD).

Ivan has a particular interest in cooking, he enjoys cooking cuisines from different countries. He is also enthusiastic in designing recipes for dishes that are healthy and delicious. Besides, he enjoys brewing coffee, playing basketball, and cruising around the region with his motorcycle.
Ivan has an interest in helping people living with disabilities, and providing practical nutrition education to meet their needs e.g. cooking session or healthy groceries tour.

Ivan is providing NDIS nutrition services throughout Melbourne - with home visits, video calls and phone calls available.

Sammie Lyne

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Dietetics

Sammie is a kind and compassionate Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) with a passion for making healthy eating accessible to all. Sammie always places the individual at the centre of their care and takes a team approach to ensure any nutrition recommendations or dietary changes made, are sustainable for the long term and make lasting positive impacts to the persons health.

Sammie has worked for the last 2 years in chronic disease prevention and management and has strengths working with people who are managing heart disease and diabetes. Sammie also works at a rehabilitation hospital, helping individuals in their transition from hospital to home.

Sammie also has sound experience working with people with
⁃ Autism Spectrum Disorder
⁃ Down syndrome
⁃ Intellectual disabilities
⁃ Mental illness including depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
⁃ Stroke

In her spare time Sammie loves enjoying good food and coffee with friends and family, getting out into nature to go bush walking or camping and going to watch the AFL during football season.

Hei Sim Koh

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Master of Dietetics

Hei Sim Koh (Sim) is a motivated dietitian who enjoys working with clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds especially clients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background as she speaks multiple languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and English.

Sim believes that the best prevention of chronic diseases is to have a nutritious and balanced meal every day; and establishing good communication with clients is the key to help the clients to achieve a healthy life.

Sim’s main areas of interest include disability nutrition, paediatric nutrition, chronic disease management, such as diabetes, and gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Sim has a passion for supporting people with disabilities and helping them to improve their quality of life with nutrition. Sim is skilled and experienced in working with clients with a multitude of disabilities, including and not limited to
⁃ Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
⁃ Down Syndrome
⁃ Intellectual disability
⁃ Multiple Sclerosis
⁃ Mental Illness.

In her spare time, Sim enjoys socializing with friends, reading, jogging and painting.

You can see Sim at our Deer Park, Dandenong & Sebastapol (Ballarat) locations. Sim also provides home visits, video & telephone consultations.

Megan Perry

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Science Nutritional Therapy, Masters of Dietetics

Megan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who is passionate about health, nutrition and helping people achieve the healthiest version of themselves. She believes in an individualised approach and works one-on-one with each client to help them achieve their health goals. Megan believes that “healthy eating does not need to be hard or complicated”, and works with her clients to help them find clarity through all of the misinformation out there.

Megan is skilled and experienced in working with children and adults with disabilities from a wide varieties of backgrounds, including and not limited to:
⁃ Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI)
⁃ Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
⁃ Cerebral Palsy
⁃ Intellectual Disabilities
⁃ Mental illness including Depression, Schizophrenia & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In addition, Megan has a strong interest in working with clients with:
⁃ Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

In her spare time, Megan loves to cook and create delicious new recipes for her family and friends.

Megan is available for NDIS appointments in the Western & Northern suburbs - Home visits, video and telephone consultations available.

Ellen Harris

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences, Master of Dietetics

Ellen is passionate about providing person-centred nutrition education to empower individuals to make healthy, sustainable food choices. By working closely with her clients, Ellen provides practical, personalised nutrition advice tailored to each client’s health, lifestyle and nutrition goals.

Ellen loves food and wants to share this passion with her clients. She believes it is important to make informed healthy dietary choices, whilst still enjoying the foods you love! She is motivated to help her clients to find balance and encourages gradual, sustainable dietary changes to promote ongoing health and wellbeing.

Her main areas of interest include weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular health, gastrointestinal disorders and vegetarian/vegan nutrition.

Ellen has managed a variety of clients with a range of disabilities, and has been involved in optimising nutrition within group homes. Ellen has experience working with
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Intellectual disability
- Mental Illness incl. Psychosocial disabilities
- Multiple Sclerosis

In her spare time, Ellen enjoys catching up with friends and family, cooking, baking, eating out at restaurants and cafes, Pilates, reading and spending time with her cat Chica.

You can see Ellen at Horsham, Coolaroo, Epping, Hoppers Crossing and St Albans. Ellen provides home visits in Horsham and Melbourne North/Western Suburbs.

Michaela Gold

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Master of Nutrition and Dietetics/Master of Public Health, Advanced Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

Michaela is an empathetic paediatric dietitian, who believes in celebrating the differences found in each individual. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach, with the end goal of achieving adequate growth and improving the nutritional quality of the diet.

Her paediatric work experience includes inpatient wards, as well as general and healthy weight management outpatient clinics. She has worked with all ages, from neonates to teenagers. Her main interest area is working with children who have suspected or diagnosed Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Practicing within her scope, her approach is influenced by the foundational principles of CBT for ARFID, and the SOS approach to feeding. Other interest areas include Gastroenterology and infant nutrition.

Michaela has a range of experience with the following
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Diabetes (1 & 2)
- Cancer and related symptoms
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome

In addition to private consulting, Michaela enjoys hiking, cooking, being in nature, and immersing herself in different cultural experiences.

Michaela is available for home visits in Melbourne suburbs and Telehealth Australia wide.

Iris Leung 

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science, Master of Dietetics 

Iris is a professional and caring dietitian dedicated to helping clients to achieve their health goals through developing a realistic and sustainable lifestyle habit. She is passionate about providing evidence-based guidance to ensure that clients have good health and enjoyable lifestyle. She understands everyone is unique and holds different challenges. Therefore, she believes in the client-centered approach and being supportive of barriers overcoming.  Her favourite quote is “Eat well and Be happy” as she understands the importance and the links between good food, good mood and good health.

She has an interest in working with people of all ages and stages of life.  Her key interest areas are:
⁃ Heart Disease management including high blood pressure or high cholesterol level
⁃ Type 1, Type 2, gestational and pre-diabetes management
⁃ Weight management
⁃ Gastrointestinal conditions (e.g. Irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis)
⁃ Liver disease
⁃ Kidney disease
⁃ Cancer and related symptoms

Iris enjoys discovering delicious food from different culture and travel around the world. It is her dream to go around the world and taste the traditional food in each country. She also enjoys reading and watching movies by herself or being active with friends and family. She is also a good swimmer.

Iris is passionate about advocating life long healthy habit for for clients with disabilities. She has experiences in clients with:
- Cerebral palsy
- Fine Motor Delay
- Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- Intellectual disability
- Huntington's disease
- Mental Ilness including Anxiety, Bipolar disorder and Depression

She has received high-quality training in Mental disorder, Autism, Rheumatoid arthritis and Stroke.

Iris is committed on providing excellent services, and prides herself in communicating with well with clients with multi-medical conditions.

You can see Iris at Mildura Langtree & Buronga, and home visits throughout Melbourne

Paris Wojniak

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science, Master of Dietetics 

Paris is a Dietitian who is passionate about working with people in her community to assist them with all their nutrition needs. Paris uses her expertise to help manage a variety of chronic health conditions by providing evidenced based individualised nutrition advice. Paris is known for helping her clients better understand the relationship between diet and disease using her nutrition knowledge and with the unconditional support she provides to her clients she empowers them to succeed in improving their nutritional status and overall health outcomes.

In her spare time she thoroughly enjoys rollerblading, cooking and trying new recipes, socialising with family and friends and taking day trips to new locations to explore the landscape, food and culture in the great state of Victoria

She has experience in working with various populations including people who are experiencing:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Chronic diseases eg. diabetes or cardiovascular disease
- Dementia incl. Alzheimer's
- Eating disorders
- Immunosuppressive disorders
- Intellectual disabilities
- Mental health conditions
- Physical Disabilities including Spinal Cord Injuries
- Progressive illnesses eg. Motor Neuron Disease & Huntington's Disease

Paris is available for clinic consultations at our Bacchus Marsh location, home visits in Melbourne's western suburbs, Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh, and Telehealth Australia wide.

Danielle Defina

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - Bachelor of Natural Medicine, Master of Dietetics 

Danielle provides holistic and integrative nutrition care. She endeavour to empower individuals and families into beginning a new journey of health and happiness by providing the knowledge and tools to make life long sustainable changes to diet and lifestyle, whilst also building a healthy relationship with food. She has a strong passion in working with children to develop healthy eating habits, and to reject the notion of our diet culture. She is a mother of two young girls and absolutely loves working with young children and families to support healthy eating habits and lifestyles.

Danielle’s career in health and wellness started when she realised the importance of a healthy relationship with food. After recovering from an eating disorder, Danielle had a vision to help those develop a positive mindset when it came to food and nutrition, and achieving their health and wellness goals.

Danielle’s interest areas include eating disorders, paediatric nutrition, intolerances/allergies, gastrointestinal health and chronic disease management. Danielle wants everyone to enjoy food and life. This is why she endeavours to support you to understand your nutrition related condition, how food and lifestyle plays a role in it and how you can take control over it. Her consultations, assessment and interventions are thorough, realistic, individualised and achieve results.

Danielle is also very passionate about improving the overall quality of life and happiness in those living with disabilities. She loves connecting with families and individuals to connect and build strong relationships. She has experience in working with individuals with, and not limited to:
• Mental Illness (anxiety, depression, PTSD, PND, bipolar)
• Intellectual disability
• Motor Neuron Disease
• Paediatric Nutrition
• Eating Disorders
• Dementia and Alzheimers

Danielle is available for NDIS in the northern suburbs – home visits, telephone and video consults.

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