Dietetics

What is
Dietetics?

A dietitian is an expert in dietetics; that is, human nutrition and the regulation of diet. A dietitian alters their patient's nutrition based upon their medical condition and individual needs. Dietitians are regulated healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.

Dietetics at Bay Life Centre

Newborn / Infants

Robyn and Michele both have a special interest in maternal health and paediatrics. Their belief that nutrition is the best foundation to optimal health is the driving force of their practice.

Robyn and Michele provide moms with the nutrition tools to ensure their little ones thrive. They consult with moms of infants to guide them in milk feeding, whether it be choosing the best formula for your baby or with the challenges of breast feeding.


Toddlers

Introduction to solids as well as Toddler meal planning and lunch box ideas are also covered during their consultations. They teach parents how to manage ‘Picky Eaters’ and ensure a well-balanced intake is maintained while on exclusion diets, due to food allergies or intolerances. They also tackle childhood obesity, Type 1 Diabetes and deal with specific nutrition related diseases.

Michele Mandis

Dietitian

Michele graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2010 with her BSc degree in Dietetics.

Her heart lies in children with sub-optimal growth or failure to thrive, whether related to poor nutritional intake or secondary to illness. She has worked many years with these children and finds much fulfillment in this field of work. Michele also has special interest in pediatric oncology, type 1 Diabetes, food allergies, picky eaters and children with special needs, like cerebral Palsy.

Robyn Potgieter

Dietitian

Robyn graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2009 with her BSc degree in Dietetics. She then went on to work in a Paediatric hospital in Port Elizabeth for 5 years where she discovered her passion for infant feeding (breast or bottle) and the importance of providing the correct nutrition to ill infants and young children.

Robyn’s second passion lies in allergies and she strongly advocates that with the correct nutrition, the risk of developing allergies can be decreased. She also helps adults lose and/or maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, whether it be during or post pregnancy, or just an individual wanting to shed a few kilos.