Discover Health

1/1137 Main Road

Eltham, VIC 3095

AUSTRALIA

(03) 9431 4337

Open hours

  • Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm
  • Sat - Sun Closed

Our team

Vanessa Drew

Vanessa specialises in sports nutrition, eating disorders (including family based therapy for anorexia nervosa), food allergies and intolerances and optimising overall nutrition.

Vanessa is an accredited sports dietitian and has provided sports nutrition for both recreational and elite athletes, as well as high-school students.

Personally, Vanessa has a family history of food allergies, coeliacs disease in particular. Having to fuel her very energetic young son on a gluten-free diet is a welcome challenge!

Vanessa is based at our Eltham location.

Jemma Watkins 

Jemma specialises in paediatric and gastrointestinal nutrition. Her areas of expertise include food allergies and intolerances, fussy eating, paediatric weight concerns, IBS, FODMAP malabsorption (including fructose and lactose), elimination diets, coeliac disease, chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis. She is also interested in women’s health, including nutrition during pregnancy and lactation and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Jemma graduated from Monash University in 2003 and has since completed a Certificate of Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics and additional training in management of food allergies, fussy eating, the low FODMAP diet and coeliac disease. She has worked in a variety of settings, including the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Jemma has developed an abundance of allergy-friendly recipes. Her family presents her with an abundance of dietary requirements including coeliac disease, cow’s milk/soy protein allergies, lactose intolerance, FODMAP/fructose malabsorption, fussy eaters and vegetarians.

That’s a family you wouldn’t want to invite over for dinner!

Additionally, Jemma provides talks to schools, early childhood centres, other organisations, health professionals and university students.

Jemma works at our Alphington, Surrey Hills and Eltham locations.

Renske Dijkhuis

Renske graduated with a Bachelor of Dietetics with honours in the Netherlands before going on to complete a Master's of Nutrition and Dietetics at Deakin University.

Renske prides herself on helping all people reach their nutrition goals with client centered practice and evidence-based nutrition advice. She specialises in diabetes, chronic disease management, weight concerns, FODMAP/fructose malabsorption and PCOS. However, her main interests lie in working with and supporting people across the spectrum of disordered eating and eating disorders. Renske believes in working within the Health at Every Size ® paradigm, endeavoring to help people establish a healthy relationship with food.

Renske's workload is greatly varied which gives her expertise in a variety of issues. Besides working in private practice the majority of her time, she also tutors and lectures at universities in Melbourne and works as a dietitian in the residential aged care setting.

Terrill Bruere (on family leave)

Terrill is an experienced private practice dietitian who specialises in both women’s health and emotional eating, body image and weight problems with an interest in adolescent and general family nutrition.

Currently Terrill works both in private practice and at the Body Image and Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery Service (BETRS) and is known for her work in the management of polycystic ovarian syndrome, fertility and reproductive health.

Jennifer Baxter

Jennie has worked in a variety of settings in metropolitan and rural Melbourne, including community health, community rehabilitation (cardiac, pulmonary and general rehabilitation) and hospitals.

Jennie has also worked in private practice for over 10 years specialising in weight concerns, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, paediatric and sports nutrition.

Jennie is based at our Endeavour Hills location.

Elise Alexander

Elise is a paediatric dietitian who enjoys working in both private practice and at the Royal Childrens Hospital.

Elise specialised in paediatric chronic disease management, food allergies/intolerances, failure to thrive, fussy eating and overall nutritional wellbeing from birth to 12 years of age.

Elise is based at our Eltham location.

Kirsty (Kess) O'Loghlen

Kess is a warm and caring dietitian who believes in building collaborative relationships with clients to support their health and nutrition goals. Using her background in psychology, Kess’ approach is holistic, motivational and individualised. She enjoys the one-on-one interaction and combines science with practical approaches to promote wellbeing.

Kess is an advocate for Health At Every Size® and practises from a non-judgemental and compassionate perspective.

Kess’ special interests include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, malnutrition in the elderly, and eating and weight concerns.

Kess is available at our Eltham and Bundoora location.

Joanna Lang

Jo has a particular interest in women's health, specifically nutrition in pregnancy, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Jo also enjoys getting alongside those suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease, renal conditions and FODMAP malabsorption to help improve overall health and encourage a love for food!

Jo is working at our Eltham, Alphington, Wantirna Sth and Croydon locations.

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