We offer a monthly, subsidised dietitian clinic. Our dietitian, Jo Pannabecker has been interested in food all her life. Growing up in Auckland she always wished she lived on a farm. Jo studied agriculture, then completed a Masters in International Development. To put her study of subsistence agriculture into practice she worked with a US volunteer agency in Chad, Africa for 3 years. When life took her back to the USA, she expanded her interest in food to dietetics and retrained to be a Dietitian. Most of Jo's work since graduating has been in long term/aged care, where food becomes a medicine and a way to preserve dignity. Working with the Health Trust allows Jo to see a wider range of people, which is stimulating and fun. Being part of the Waiheke community-focused Health Trust team is rewarding because Jo believes that "communities are where we live and -ideally-thrive.
Services offered by the Dietitian include:
- Healthy eating
- Weight management
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Diet myth busting
- Food intolerances and allergies
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Lactose intolerance
- Other digestive disorders; Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, reflux
- Poor appetite and building up
- Older person’s health
- And other clinical nutrition issues
Access to the Dietitian service is usually through a GP referral, or by contacting us directly to make an appointment.