My career as a Sport Dietitian has taken me on around the country, working with some of the nation’s best professional and elite athletes with positions at the Australian Institute of Sport, Geelong and Carlton AFL clubs, Melbourne Rebels and Canberra Brumbies Rugby teams, Cricket NSW, and the AFL Umpires.
But through all of this, something was missing. I loved talking to people about food and nutrition, but knew that these conversations were just scratching the surface and to truly create positive change I wanted to work with people on a deeper level.
Yet, despite throwing around the words ‘health’ and ‘healthy’ for a long time, it took 15 years of working in health before someone actually asked me how I define health!! And once they did, the penny dropped - I knew what was missing.
To me, health is a state of wellbeing where a person is at their physical and emotional best, in an environment that supports optimal wellness. I realised that conversations about food and nutrition were often focussed only on the physical, when the most common barriers to true health are often emotional health. That’s when I found coaching. It was the missing piece of the puzzle.
I know that for the future health of our world, we need people who live thoughtful, meaningful and connected lives - connected to themselves, connected to others, and connected to the environment. Coaching is the opportunity for me to create this legacy and it excites me!
So what does my healthiest self look like? I live on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia and love spending time the fresh air, sunshine, trees and ocean. When I'm not coaching you'll find me running in the national park trails, on a mountain bike, stand up paddle board or playing in the foam on a surfboard. The natural world is a huge part of who I am and what I value - it inspires me, calms me, and energises me.
I don’t have any social media accounts, I love reading books (real paper ones!) on the couch, I take time to stretch and breath daily and I love nothing more baking delicious things just like my Grandma did. I value love, honesty, nature and fun and everything I do for work or play aligns with these. I have a wonderful husband who reminds me every day how abundant and full of joy life can be and a magnificent kelpie pup called Lily whose energy never ceases to astound me!
People often say I’m lucky - but there’s no luck in it - I’ve made choices and committed to them.
I am also proud to say that I founded Patterson Coaching with my husband (who is also a Coach!) and am part of the Health Coaches International coach training school teaching faculty where we’re passionate about delivering quality educational programs to develop highly respected health coaches who, through their partnering with clients, will change the landscape of the health care sector and improve the health and wellbeing of our community for the future.
- Member of the International Coach Federation
- Advanced Sports Dietitian, Sports Dietitians Australia
- Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Dietitians Association Australia
- IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition (Distinction)
- Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons)