I am a Registered Dietitian with a PhD in the dietary management of prediabetes from Imperial College London. I am currently a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster and a Research Fellow at King’s College London.
My clinical and research focus is on the role of diet in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver. I can help with each of these conditions. I also spent 5 years in a clinical environment at Imperial College which specialises in appetite regulation and I am able to integrate this research into my dietetic counselling services.
I have a particular interest in the use of low-carbohydrate diets in the management of type 2 diabetes, and lead a research programme investigating dietary modification – including increasing protein or the use of very-low-calorie-diets – on the factors underlying type 2 diabetes.
I also have an interested in plant-based diets – particularly ensuring that people meet all their nutritional requirements – for me this means optimal nutrition not just meeting the bare minimum of intakes.
All of my studies are clinical and recruit members of the public- I like talking to people (not cells!) and learning how research can help them! My own patients also teach me a lot and consistently help me identify new things that need to be researched!
My expertise in the area of diet and type 2 diabetes is well recognised. I am currently a National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Scholar and an Expert Advisor for the NICE Centre of Guidelines and was previously a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow and Diabetes UK Research Fellow. I sit on the Diabetes UK Clinical Guidelines Committee which (alongside lay members) sets priorities for diabetes research in the UK; am a panel member of the Royal College of General Practitioners Lifestyle Group and was previously a topic expert on the NICE Guidelines Committee for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes. I received my Registered Dietitian qualification in the United States which included clinical rotations at the Baylor College of Medicine, and world-famous Weight Management Clinic at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. I also hold a Masters in Public Health from Florida International University in Miami, and retain an interest in the role of our environment on how, why and how much we eat. Prior to my academic career I was a community dietitian in East London.
In my spare time I like running, drinking lots of green tea and skydiving!