Louisa Stephens | MDietSc. BHlthSc.
Louisa Stephens (MDietSc. BHlthSc.) is an accredited practicing dietitian (APD) and nutritionist and director of Nutrition Wisdom. She has completed a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters in Dietetics at the University of Queensland. She founded Nutrition Wisdom in 2016 with a vision to provide high quality health and nutrition counselling to clients of all age groups.
A Brisbane local with a passion for food
I was born a raised in Brisbane with two sisters and a brother. My love of cooking started young with my grandmother teaching me to cook on school holidays. As a child of the 90s, I grew up without the internet and enjoyed playing outdoors on our property. To this day my favourite thing to do is holiday with my family and friends at the beach. I was a very fussy eater growing up and my mother regularly reminds me of just how difficult it was trying to feed a picky eater. In my spare time I enjoy modifying recipes and trying new foods. I am notorious for going off recipe and modifying ingredients.
It all starts with Nutrition
Working with my mother in her dental practice piqued my interest in healthcare. As a holistic dentist, she would often be talking to her patients about how other aspects of their health are impacting their oral health and vice-versa. It was during this time that I began my struggle with trying to pinpoint what food intolerances I had. During this time I learnt first hand the difference dietary changes can have on your health and any symptoms you can be experiencing. I began to research more and more and eventually decided that a career in nutrition looked fascinating.
What’s your favourite thing about being a dietitian?
It brings me great joy when a client returns to the clinic feeling better than when they first arrived. Food intolerances and digestive diseases (disorders) can have a huge impact on people’s lives and feelings of wellbeing. To be able to assist someone in pin-pointing their triggers and resolving issues is truly rewarding. There is never a dull moment as a dietitian as nutrition science is forever evolving and there is always something new to discover.