Help Yourself – Nutrition & Dietetics offers pragmatic, client focused services across the NSW Mid North Coast and Newcastle regions. Help Yourself was established in 1996 by Kerith Duncanson and Rick Naylor, who have more than 55 years combined experience in the medical, health and fitness industries.
Lani completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle and has a passion for sharing her knowledge and love of food. Through nutrition education, Lani supports clients in developing a healthy relationship with food to achieve their lifestyle goals. She takes a positive approach in providing practical advice about eating for good health. Lani enjoys all areas of nutrition, with particular interests in weight management, diabetes and cardiovascular health.
Laura McOnie has recently completed her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) at the University of Newcastle. Laura loves all areas of nutrition with a special interest in weight management, sports nutrition, fertility nutrition, disordered eating and gut health. She enthusiastically wants to help her clients improve their health and attitudes towards food by providing nutrition advice that is positive, uplifting and practical. Laura would love to help remove the guilt and stress that can be associated with food and replace diet culture with sustainable healthy eating practices.
Dr Kerith Duncanson is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 30 years of dietetics experience – in the private and public health sectors. Kerith has recently commenced a private practice in Newcastle, specialising in gut nutrition, eating disorders and child feeding. This consulting work complements Kerith’s role as a research dietitian in gastrointestinal nutrition and functional gut disorders. Kerith actively supports and mentors the Help Yourself dietitians who consult throughout the Mid North Coast of NSW.
Rick has spent more than 35 years in the education, health and fitness industries, working in a variety of corporate and community settings. With a Masters in Clinical Science, he had previously practised as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, with a special interest in chronic pain. However, Rick is now concentrating on managing and further developing the nutrition and dietetic services offered by Help Yourself in his capacity as Practice Manager, and making these services more accessible to more people (particularly in regional locations).