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.
Accredited Practicing Dietitian
Combining a love for food, cooking and how the body works made becoming a dietitian an easy choice.
After graduating as a dietitian Olwyn worked in a country hospital as a generalist dietitian for several years before returning to Perth.
Olwyn has a keen interest in supporting people to understand and manage pre-diabetes, diabetes and cardiovascular health through sustainable improvements to their eating and relationship with food.
She understands that improving nutrition is very personal and depends on where you are starting from, and that everyone has different barrier to improving their eating.
Olwyn's health tip:Stop, observe and take note of what, when and how much food leaves you feeling comfortable, satisfied and with the energy you need. This will allow you to prepare and plan to feed yourself regularly and well. Allow yourself time to make many small changes which will add up in the long run.
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.
Accredited Practicing 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 and 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.
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.