Areas of special interest
Marina has worked with a wide range of clinical medical conditions, including eating disorders, from her time at a busy General Medical Practice and has a strong focus on providing compassionate, inclusive and holistic care.
Marina is passionate about helping her clients cultivate a healthy relationship with food and their body whilst also improving health outcomes and managing chronic conditions. Diabetes, gut health and PCOS are areas of interest for Marina, particularly because the standard dietary management of these conditions can be restrictive and rigid as well as self-blaming. Marina believes in providing practical nutrition advice that is conducive to flexible eating and allows for pleasurable food experiences.
Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that require a team of healthcare professionals to be a part of the recovery process. Marina enjoys collaborating with others and views it as integral in the provision of high quality client care. Marina understands the need to tailor her approach appropriately as she recognises that her clients will bring forth their own unique experiences. Marina loves learning from her clients and finds it only strengthens her skills as a dietetic practitioner.
Marina’s goal is to help her clients move away from and become resilient to the dangers of diet culture by using the non-diet approach and working within The Health at Every Size paradigm to assist her clients in turning towards their own body’s inner wisdom.
Dismantling diet culture from a nutrition, mental health and feminist perspective is a top priority for Marina. She believes we all deserve to feel at peace in our bodies and experience food freedom.
BNutDiet (Hons) - Monash University
Marina has completed professional development in the following areas:
Eating disorder training
The Non-Diet approach
Weight inclusive care for Insulin Resistance
Weight inclusive care for IBS
Weight inclusive care for PCOS
Marina engages in regular clinical supervision and self-reflection practices to ensure her clients receive high quality care.
Marina is available for consultation:
To make an appointment with Marina you can phone reception on 9650 9372 or book online here.
We require that all clients be linked in with regular medical support to ensure their ongoing medical safety.
We require clients to be engaged with or planning to engage with psychological support to ensure that we are providing safe, ethical and evidence based support.
Age limits for accepting new referrals
Please note some practitioners have boundaries on the age of clients they will accept as new referrals.
We request that for all new clients aged 15 years and younger that a Pre assessment Questionnaire be completed to assist us in triaging the young person and family.
For all clients aged 15 or younger we request that the initial assessment be with the parents/ carer only. Eating disorders do not just affect the person but families as a whole.
This is an important part of the assessment process and will help us to get a clear history of the development of the eating disorder and aid in setting up a treatment team and clear treatment goals moving forward.
Family based treatment is the gold standard for supporting children and adolescents with eating disorders. The Eat Love Live team are not trained in family based treatment or family therapy.
As dietitians we can be an adjunct to this important treatment process, provide a safe space for discussion around meal planning, information about eating disorders, physical and psychological risks associated with the eating disorder, normal puberty changes to the body, guidelines to adequate amounts of nutrition and help clear many of the myths about food and bodies in our community.
We appreciate that accessing pediatric and adolescent services at this time is difficult and there are long wait lists. As with all clients, we insist that all adolescents are linked in with a multidisciplinary team including a GP and a mental health clinician - be it a psychologist or psychiatrist. And we suggest that clients make the referral to CHAMS/ CHYMS and / or private family therapy and be on the waiting list for this support.
Along with the GP or paediatrician we can provide information and support while families are waiting for this important more intensive support.
Parents can speak with their GP or Paediatrician about referrals to these supports.