Help Yourself was established by Kerith Duncanson and Rick Naylor in 1996. Kerith and Rick have more than 50 years combined experience in the medical, health and fitness industries. The business was originally established to provide 1:1 and small group services to dietetic and exercise clients on the NSW mid north coast, however, it has now evolved into a nutrition and dietetic business exclusively, providing face to face and online dietetic services. Dietetic consultations are available in a variety of locations on the NSW Mid North Coast and also in Newcastle.
Dr Kerith Duncanson is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 25 years of dietetics experience – in the private and public health sectors. Kerith has recently commenced a private practice in Newcastle, specialising in sports nutrition, gut nutrition, eating disorders and child feeding. This consulting work complements Kerith’s work at the Hunter Medical Research Institute as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and lecturing in Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Newcastle. Kerith actively supports and mentors the Help Yourself dietitians who consult throughout the Mid North Coast of NSW.
Rick has spent more than 30 years in the education, health and fitness industries, working in a variety of corporate and community settings. He had previously practised as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, with a special interest in chronic disease, however he is now concentrating on managing and further developing the nutrition and dietetic services offered by Help Yourself, and making these services more accessible to more people. He has recently collaborated with Kerith to develop the FODMAP SWAPP app.
Kirsten is an enthusiastic young Dietitian who is excited about taking an active role in improving access to quality dietetic care on the Mid North Coast of NSW, joining Kerith and Rick in the Help Yourself team. Kirsten is looking forward to adopting a health coaching approach and is committed to helping clients establish and achieve their health goals. Kirsten has special interests in the dietetic management of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and oncology.
Lani is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of food. Through nutrition education, Lani supports clients to develop a healthy relationship with food and achieve their lifestyle goals. She takes a positive approach and provides practical advice about eating for good health. Lani enjoys all areas of nutrition, with particular interests in weight management, diabetes and cardiovascular health.