Established in 2008, we are a team of nutritionists and Registered Dietitians who believe that eating well and good nutrition should be easy and uncomplicated. Catering to a diverse market, we provide nutrition consultancy services to individuals (at our clinic and in the community), groups, businesses, food industry, aged-care facilities and the media. We all have a passion for food and nutrition, with each of us offering a different range of skills.
The ABC team
Dietitian and owner / director
A well-respected nutrition expert, Angela Berrill is also a nutrition educator, accomplished speaker and presenter. Angela is passionate about educating the public on the importance of diet and is regularly called on to share her expertise and opinions by the media.
Dietitian - clinic and community
Anna specialises in the Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) and Ketogenic approach for the management of epileptic seizures, weight management, the FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and provides nutrition support to older adults and aged-care facilities, as well as ACC clients within the community.
Dietitian - clinic
Julia can help with general nutrition, healthy eating for all ages, weight concern, diabetes and is a specialist in kidney disease. She is passionate about simplifying nutrition and has a keen interest in a weight-neutral non-diet approach to stop the dieting cycle and improve relationships with food.
ACC dietitian - community (Auckland)
Sarah specialises in weight management and behaviour change, and works within the ACC sector providing education for people with a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and a number of other conditions.
ACC dietitian - community (Wellington)
Rochelle is based in Wellington and will be working within the ACC sector providing education and support for people with a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and a number of other conditions.
Nutrition consultant - food industry
Rachel is a fully qualified nutritionist with over 10 years of experience in the food and health industries in New Zealand and overseas. She specialises in writing scientific literature reviews, advising on food labelling and the Food Standards Code and more.
Dietitian and nutritionist - seminars and clinic
Cordula can assist with healthy eating, gastrointestinal disorders, behaviour modification for weight management and maintaining weight throughout or after an illness. She also enjoys educating groups on simple nutrition messages that are achievable for everyone.
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
A dietitian is an expert in nutrition. Dietitians apply scientific knowledge about food and nutrition to individuals and groups to promote optimal health outcomes. A dietitian is qualified to provide treatment, education and support to people requiring nutrition information and advice relating to medical and surgical treatments and in the management of chronic diseases (such as diabetes and heart disease), as well as for general health.
Dietitians must be registered to practice under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003 and abide by a Code of Ethics. All NZ dietitians are listed with the NZ Dietitians Board (www.dietitiansboard.org.nz). The educational prerequisites for registration are completion of a Masters Degree (previously a 18 month postgraduate diploma), with entry restricted to those who have successfully completed a relevant science degree in Human Nutrition.
Dietitians are also nutritionists, however nutritionists need to complete a Masters degree and be registered with the Dietitians Board to be dietitians.
Be wary of the unqualified 'nutritionist'
The term 'nutritionist' is not regulated and you may find that a 'nutritionist' may have have received no formal nutrition training at all. Most reputable nutritionists in NZ will be Registered with the NZ Nutrition Society. However, there may also be some nutritionists who have only received very limited (if any) training in nutrition. It does pay to do your homework - check a person is qualified and check the quality of those qualifications. Completing a Bachelors degree from a reputable University is very different to undertaking a 6 month part-time online course! At ABC Nutrition, we have done the homework for you and all our team members have completed tertiary qualifications in nutrition.