The Team

Nathalie Mat and Cara Ronquest

 

Meet Cara

In a society driven by outcomes and numbers, I like to draw the focus back to improving our quality of life. It is my goal to leave every patient feeling motivated after every interaction, and committed to making the changes required for a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Stellenbosch. I have experience working in public hospitals and clinics. I also enjoy getting involved in projects to inform and educate people about the prevention and management of chronic lifestyle diseases. I am currently busy with postgraduate research in diabetes management at the University of South Wales.

My key areas of interest include nutrition management of diabetes (Type I, Type II and gestational), maternal nutrition and managing nutrition during pregnancy, and infant and toddler feeding.

I am registered with the Health Professional Council of SA (HPCSA), and am a member of the Association for Dietetics SA (ADSA).

Meet Nathalie

I understand that we live in a world with fast food and time constraints and endeavour to find a way to help anyone improve their health, one mouthful at a time. I am both an avid cook as well as an adventurous eater and I love exploring the different cuisines and flavours of our globe. This means I am able to create meal plans that are appetising to most palates, cultures and religions.

As a clinical dietitian working in private practice, I have experience working in public and private hospitals. I have worked as a nutrition consultant to the nutrition industry and health sector and I also enjoy working with the media to spread the message of healthy eating.

I like working with a wide range of clients and have three key areas of interest namely: women’s health and nutrition, child and adolescent nutrition and non-communicable diseases of lifestyle (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer). I use up-to-date research and guidelines to shape my work. I view the role of a dietitian as a facilitator, translating new research and scientific information into realistic and practical lifestyle changes for my clients.

I prefer a food first approach. This means that I believe in getting most nutrients from food first and only using supplements where the person has a deficiency, the diet is deficient or if a person has greatly increased requirements.

I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. I currently serve on the Association For Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) national executive as the Private Practicing Dietitians portfolio holder. I am also an international member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Meet Nathalie