What is Nutritional Medicine?
Nutritional Medicine is a holistic approach to preventing disease, treating disease and creating and maintaining optimal health. This nutritional approach includes identifying imbalances or disease states within the body and restoring your body to balance.
Nutritional Medicine uses the principles of diet, sleep, movement and lifestyle management with an emphasis on nutrition, vitamins, and minerals to improve your health. Like Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine identifies and treats the root cause of your health issue and supports your body back to good health.
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What can you expect by coming to our Brisbane nutrition clinic?
When you arrive at our clinic in Milton (we also offer virtual appointments from anywhere in the world!) you will enter our warm, inviting clinic space and be welcomed by our Client Services team.
We recommend you arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment so you can leave the stresses of the day behind you, and take some time to have a cup of tea and relax.
Our Brisbane Nutrition Clinic
We are not a quick-fix, one-appointment nutrition clinic. Healing takes time and we want to take time with you to help you heal. That's why our nutrition service is part of a unique membership-based clinic (the only one in Australia) that treats the whole of you over several weeks or months - not one symptom at a time, one medication at a time.
Whether you have health goals, a specific health issue, or health concerns and health problems that you are struggling with - we are the clinic for you. We will look at your individual health journey, nutrition and any nutritional supplements you might be taking, stress, gut health, hormone health and mental health.
Our health team across our naturopaths, acupuncture, remedial massage and emotional wellness practitioners (including hypnotherapy, holographic kinetics and kinesiology) work together using their incredible amount of knowledge to discuss your background and make your own health our top priority.
Yes, natural medicine includes herbal medicine. This natural approach is very different from the vitamins or medications you receive from your doctor or pharmacist. Our Brisbane naturopaths and nutritionists offer complete care and will give you a range of treatment options to suit your life - it could be helping you to improve your nutrition, mental health, your body awareness or another aspect of your life.
An initial appointment with a Shift Clinic Brisbane Nutritionist is $180 and is 60 minutes long. In this appointment, you’ll gain some incredible insights into your current state of diet, which key areas you need to work on and what you need to do to begin shifting your health. Our wellness clinic is patient-centred and takes a holistic approach. We will focus on the root cause of the nutritional support or health issue you want to focus on.
After your initial nutrition appointment, you will get a follow-up with a comprehensive meal plan and details on what dietary changes you need to make right now. You can also book your follow-up appointment with us at the end of your appointment.
Call us on 07 3367 0337 and our wellness clinic client care team will guide you with your booking and ask you a couple of questions.
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time. This will ensure you are relaxed and ready for your appointment.
Before your appointment, you will receive some communication from us including a pre-appointment questionnaire about your health. To maximise the time you have with your nutritionist, please make sure you complete this questionnaire before your first appointment. We will review your own health history, life changes and health conditions before we see you and come armed with questions to help you achieve optimal health!
During an initial Nutritional Medicine Consultation, we will assess your current health status with a thorough analysis of your body systems, lifestyle, diet and history while also considering any health concerns or goals you wish to achieve.
The consultation includes a thorough health history, screening and ordering of any necessary nutritional or functional tests. With consideration of your specific health needs, a nutritional prescription and action plan will then be composed. This is your fully customised individual nutritional treatment guide that will help you reach your ideal health outcome.
A follow-up consultation is an important check-in to ensure that you are getting the best outcomes possible and starting to see results. Our Nutritionist will review your treatment plan and interpret test results to continue to align with your health goals.
After the consultations, you will have your very own action plan to implement but you won’t need to do it all at once! Our Nutritionist will guide you on the steps to take to make significant and lasting change. We are here for you every step of the way with regular check-ins and follow-up consultations as you need.
At your initial appointment, we will explain our health and wellness membership packages and talk you through your options for ongoing treatment. Most people invest an average of $49-$89 a week in the early stages of treatment on our Shift Heal Membership - which can include access to our other services (acupuncture, massage, hypnotherapy, kinesiology etc) as well as our online Membership Hub with hundreds and videos and resources from Katherine and our private Shift Members Facebook Group.
Our Brisbane Nutritionists
Monica is a Clinical Nutritionist (Adv. Dip. Nutritional Medicine) and Food Coach (Dip. Food Coaching) with a special interest in Nutritional Psychiatry that is, the link between mood, food and mental health. She is passionate about supporting people to reduce stress, anxiety and depression in their life by using the latest evidence-based nutritional medicine research, and therapeutic components of food along with the highest quality supplements and nutraceuticals to increase feelings of well-being. You can find some of her whole food recipes and wellness tips in publications including ‘Marie Claire,’ ‘Eat Well’ and ‘WellBeing Magazine’.
What we treat
If you genuinely wanted to improve your health, you can see a Brisbane nutritionist for nutritional support for nearly any health condition - including digestive issues, mood disorders, reproductive issues, poor immunity, sleep problems and more.
We have extensive nutritional experience in helping:
- Gut Health - Digestive issues (Diarrhoea, Constipation), GORD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD, Coeliac disease, Gut Dysbiosis
- Hormone health - Endometriosis, Fertility, Menopause, Perimenopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS
- Metabolic health - weight loss/gain
- Immune health - allergies, viruses, poor immunity, frequent infections
- Sleep problems
- Skin Conditions - acne, eczema, psoriasis
- Mood imbalance - stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue
- Thyroid conditions - Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism,
If you're ready to see a nutritionist, the first step is to book an Initial 60-minute Nutrition appointment. You can either call us on 07 3367 0337 or use the booking form here to book your first appointment.
How nutritional medicine works
Nutritional Medicine works to restore and maintain health with an individualised treatment plan tailored to your specific health needs. Everybody is different therefore, everybody's nutrition health care plan is different. Your Nutrition plan may focus on anything from nervous system health to weight loss to hormone balance to energy levels.
It is helpful to have pathology tests to determine nutritional status and assess various health markers within the body. Other testing may include a GI map (ie: stool test), breath test (for SIBO) and allergy screening.
After sticking to a nutritional medicine treatment plan, people report having more energy, better sleep, balanced weight and an improvement in symptoms. By committing to the process and incorporating appropriate whole foods, supplements and lifestyle changes, positive change and health improvements occur!
After an initial consultation with our Nutritionist, you will receive your individualised treatment plan. This plan is targeted to address your unique health issues and goals. The plan will address and treat any health concerns specific to you.
It may be that your body has deficiencies in certain vitamins or minerals (like Iron or B12 for example) that need to be restored, or that your nervous system needs nutrients to improve sleep or decrease stress levels. The plan will include a prescription for appropriate vitamins, and minerals alongside food recommendations and/or a meal plan/recipe collection of your very own.
Alongside this, tests may be ordered to get to the root cause of your health issue. Common tests include pathology for testing nutrient levels and lipid markers and GI tracking to check the state of your gut.
Some people experience change within the first few days of making dietary shifts, for others and depending on the condition, it may take 1-3 weeks. The key to experiencing improvement is committing to the treatment plan and taking action!
After your visit
After your initial nutrition appointment, you might feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of information you've learnt about yourself and your body. And that's ok - it is completely normal! We have hundreds of resources we can offer on almost any health condition that you can take home - or receive by email - to read after your appointment.
A few days later you will receive a follow-up with a nutritional plan and a list of any supplements we recommended to help you shift.
Feedback and reviews
You can provide feedback - the good, the bad, and the ugly - to our founder Katherine at any time in your healing journey. Simply email her via [email protected] and she will take your feedback on board to improve our services.
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Yes! Nutritional Medicine is covered by health insurance. Check with your private health insurer to confirm you have this cover.
Absolutely! Nutrition is key for weight loss. In fact, a Nutritional Medicine approach will not only ensure metabolic balance (ie: weight loss or gain depending on the individual) but, health as a whole will improve!
An initial appointment with a Shift Clinic Brisbane Nutritionist is $180 and is 60 minutes long. In the appointment, you’ll gain insights into your current state of health, which key areas you need to work on and what you need to do to begin your shift. Follow-up appointments are $160 and are 60 minutes long.
After your appointment, you will get an initial prescription which will show you what you need to take and what dietary changes you need to make right now.
The most important thing to bring to the consultation is a willingness to commit to the process. Our Nutritionist will take a thorough health history so answering any questions as fully as possible will help ensure your treatment is the best one. Any existing tests you may have are helpful to review so please bring them along.
Yes, of course. The initial nutrition consultation will provide you with a great amount of value and insight on its own. Our clients report feeling more at ease and informed about their nutrition when they leave. You’ll get advice to begin to shift your health, which will help you whether you decide to continue your nutrition journey with us.
Yes! Our nutritionists see lots of patients virtually, in particular from regional and remote areas like Rockhampton, Gladstone, Roma and Mt Isa. We currently have patients in Bangladesh, New York, Cambodia and Vanuatu.
Virtual appointments are done via video chat (no accounts or software needed) or over the phone. Give us a call on 07 3367 0337 to discuss booking a virtual appointment.
Kids respond incredibly well to working with a nutritionist if they are willing. All of our nutritionists are trained in treating children and are mothers themselves, so they know the unique challenges that kids face when it comes to their health.
We frequently see children and adolescents for health conditions like eczema, acne, asthma, digestive issues and stress and fatigue. Give our team a call on 07 3367 0337 to discuss booking an appointment for your child.
Once we have all of the information that we need from you, our nutritionists may prescribe you a specific treatment protocol to help your body to heal. We use high-quality practitioner strength brands that pass our stringent quality assurance tests.
We have over 150 liquid herbal medicines and 300 supplements in the clinic, so we can use the exact thing that is needed for your current condition.
Our founder and principal naturopath Katherine Maslen was interviewed by Student Edge about what naturopathy is about.
Watch the video to learn about her naturopathic journey including what it was like writing her first book Get Well Stay Well.