Meet our Dietitians

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To mark National Dietitian’s Day on 19th September 2017, we’re celebrating our wonderful team of dietitians who help our clients live healthier and happier lives. Learn more about our wonderful dietitians; including their passions, specialisations and tips for good health…

Andrea Ryder, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Diabetes Educator

Andrea Ryder graduated with Honours in Dietetics in 2004 and later did her Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education, before joining the Black Swan Health team in January 2016. Previously, she has worked in community dietetics and enjoys having the time to get to know her clients and work with them on their own health goals.

Andrea loves to lead group education programs as she sees the considerable benefits for clients participating and learning in a group environment for their physical and mental health. Andrea is experienced in a wide range of conditions, but for the past 10 years has maintained a focus on clients with diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Andrea’s health tip: Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables! Increasing vegetable intake can benefit your weight, bowel health, cholesterol levels, blood glucose levels, nutritional status, gut bacteria and cancer risk.

Dayna Jaeschke, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialed Diabetes Educator

Dayna uses an individually tailored approach to address each of her clients’ unique needs. Using her expertise in diabetes and nutrition, she enthusiastically and persistently supports her clients along their journey to managing their health and wellness with confidence.

As a Credentialed Diabetes Educator Dayna has a keen interest in helping people with type 1, type 2 and pre-diabetes to manage their condition. Dayna also has considerable experience with helping people to manage their weight, develop healthy relationships with food through mindful eating practices, manage high cholesterol or high blood pressure to improve heart health, and manage food intolerances/allergies and IBS.

Dayna’s health tip: Plan ahead! Spend a little time planning, purchasing and preparing ingredients for healthy meals that you will eat over a few days. Not only will this help you to make a healthy choice when you are hungry, but it will also save you time and money, too!

Helen Baugh, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialed Diabetes Educator

Shortly after graduating as a Dietitian, Helen formed a strong specialisation in diabetes and became a Diabetes Educator in the footsteps of her experienced and passionate colleagues. Many years later, Helen continues to enjoy the varied challenges of working with people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Helen helps her clients to manage their condition, understand the role of lifestyle changes in their ongoing management, and improves their confidence to make it happen!

She thoroughly enjoys working alongside clinicians that are equally as passionate about helping people to self-manage their conditions successfully.

Helen finds satisfaction in helping her clients feel capable and confident in self-managing their conditions, and sharing this journey with them.

Helen’s health tip: There is no quick fix or ‘one size fits all’ diet. The key to healthy eating is to be consistent.

Karyn Avalos, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialed Diabetes Educator

It was Karyn’s passion for health and education that led her along her unique career pathway to become a Dietitian. Karyn completed a Bachelor of Exercise & Health Science, followed by a post graduate degree in Teaching at the University of Western Australia in 2003. Pursuing her interest in nutrition, she then went on to complete her Nutrition & Dietetic qualifications at Curtin University in 2007. To improve her knowledge and skill in the area of diabetes Karyn completed a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes at Curtin University in 2015, qualifying as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. More recently, Karyn undertook further training, completing the FlexIT course by Baker IDI to support her growing interest in diabetes.

Since qualifying as a Dietitian, Karyn has worked in various clinical settings and has gained experience in ICU, neurology, neurosurgery, bariatrics and diabetes. At Black Swan Health, she focuses on preventing and managing chronic conditions through tailored education.

Karyn’s academic background contributes to her ability to address lifestyle changes in her clients and utilise a team environment to help the clients achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.

Karyn’s health tip: Slow down and be more mindful of what you are eating. This will help you to get more enjoyment from your food and even address unhealthy eating patterns.


Stacey O’Brien, Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Stacey graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Nutrition and Masters of Dietetics from Curtin University and began her career as a private practice dietitian in the community.

Stacey enjoys working collaboratively with clients to achieve their desired health goals by helping clients to build their own self efficacy and self manage their conditions. In her spare time, Stacey loves to cook and try new recipes for friends and family.

In her work life, Stacey has a keen interest in working with those with coeliac disease, IBS and other gastrointestinal conditions.

She also has experience in helping clients with a variety of chronic diseases, weight loss, irritable bowel diseases, vegan and vegetarian eating and food allergies and intolerances. Stacey really enjoys the variety of work that comes along with being a Dietitian in the community.


Stacey’s health tip: Changing your lifestyle and eating behaviors takes time and effort which can seem overwhelming. Start by making small and achievable changes. All these small changes will build up to helping you achieve your bigger health goals.


In addition to private consultations, our dietitians are involved in a range of health and wellness services including our Health & Wellness Program, Diabetes Programs and Cardiovascular Program.

Find out more about Black Swan Health’s range of Dietitian services and programs here.