About Mary-Anne Chamoun
Mary-Anne enjoys working in a clinical dietitian setting since 2007 after graduating from the University of Sydney. Hence, she is very confident in nutrition therapy addressing chronic and complex medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, coeliac disease, food intolerance and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.
Mary-Anne also currently works closely with patients who have had weight loss surgery and has completed the Clinical Dietetics for Bariatric Surgery course devised by Dietitians Australia. She can therefore provide guidance every step of the way, from pre-surgery preparation to a fluid diet, puree diet, soft diet and finally transition to a normal diet.
Mary-Anne has a particular interest in diabetes and all associated conditions including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and insulin resistance. She has also completed the Monash University FODMAP Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) course to tackle this growing and often confusing area. She will be able to provide guidance for following a low FODMAP baseline diet, ensued by systematic ‘challenges’ to assess whether IBS symptoms are sensitive to FODMAPs. This will therefore help to determine food choices and tolerance thresholds.
Mary-Anne is always working to stay up to date with the latest nutrition developments including food intolerance. Most people with food intolerance are sensitive to more than one substance comprising of natural food chemicals (e.g. salicylates, amines and glutamates) as well as common food additives. Her role is to help identify trigger foods and optimise symptom control.
Being a mother of 3 children, she strongly emphasises the need to be creating lifestyle habits that will last a lifetime. She also understands the frustrations when dealing with fussy eaters and challenging behaviour (e.g. autism and ADHD). Mary-Anne has also seen an increase in children’s obesity, where parents are so confused about lunchbox snacks and children’s portion sizes. Her experience as a dietitian and mother will ensure optimal children’s nutritional status.
Mary-Anne now consults at Milsons Point, Mount Kuring-Gai and West Pennant Hills.