Fiona studied at Otago University, completing her Bachelor of Home Science (BHSc) in 1986. She did her post graduate study as a dietetic intern at Christchurch Hospital, qualifying in 1988.
According to her sister it was her love of food that sent her in this career direction. However it was not just a love of food that determined Fiona’s career. Fiona has a passion for helping people.
Fiona is dedicated to helping people have a better understanding of nutrition. Each day she sees how people have mixed or confused messages about healthy food choices. Helping people to learn how to make practical long term changes to their food choices is a key mission for Food Solutions.
After qualifying Fiona moved to Tauranga. She worked at Tauranga Hospital for 11 years as a clinical dietitian before setting up Food Solutions (formerly Food & Nutrition Advice). During her time at Tauranga Hospital she had a varied and interesting clinical case load. Her work included paediatrics, the elderly, intensive care, surgical and medical wards. Fiona was team leader of the nutrition department for six years.
In 1998 Fiona established her private practice.
Fiona has a number of nutrition subspecialties and can assist individuals with a range of nutrition problems. These include weight management, gut health (with a special focus on irritable bowel), children’s nutrition (weight management, fussy eaters and weaning), eating disorders, cardiac (cholesterol and blood pressure), diabetes and general nutrition (anaemia, vegetarian, general health).
In 2004 Fiona completed a Postgraduate Certificate for Dietitians in Sports Nutrition.
In 2010 Fiona completed a post graduate paper through Otago University on eating disorders.
Fiona is a sought-after speaker and facilitator of nutrition workshops and seminars. Fiona can provide you with an informative and up to date presentation on nutrition issues.
Fiona is experienced in assisting rest homes with a comprehensive nutrition service.
For five years Fiona wrote a fortnightly column for the Bay of Plenty Times. She has also been a regular contributor to the leading parenting and family website kiwifamilies. Through the media Fiona wants to raise public awareness of nutritional issues.
Fiona has also contributed articles to the leading nutrition magazine Healthy Food Guide. In 2007 she won the writing competition for dietitians run by the Healthy Food Guide.
Fiona has been married for 18 years to a wonderful Irishman. They have two daughters. One of their girls eats anything and everything, while the other is more discerning with her taste in food. While Fiona often promotes the importance of slow eating one of her daughters really pushes the boat out and could win a prize for slow eating. Fiona’s daughters have helped her to learn a lot about the practical aspects of feeding children.
Fiona is a strong believer of the family meal, and while the girls are young there has been a strong focus on family meals. Sharing family meals together is a special time to share the day’s events, teach appropriate behaviour and encourages children to enjoy a range of foods.