About Island Nutrition
MNutr (Master of Nutrition - Dietetics)
Managing Director and Chief Registered Dietitian at Island Nutrition
I am a UK qualified Registered Dietitian and Spouse of Bermudian. I obtained a Master of Nutrition (Dietetics) from the University of Nottingham in 2004. I am registered with the Health Professions Council in Bermuda, the UK and Ireland. I have lived in Bermuda for several years and am married to a fantastic Bermudian and we have two fabulous daughters. I enjoy any activity that involves being outdoors including sailing, walking, running (slowly!) and gardening.
I set up Island Nutrition in September 2015, after seeing a need for more community-based Dietetic care. I have worked with a broad spectrum of patients during my career, both adult and paediatric (children), including weight management, morbid obesity (including pre- and post-bariatric clients), high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease (with and without dialysis), bowel disorders, reflux, coeliac disease, Cystic fibrosis, failure to thrive, allergies/intolerances, oncology, modified textures for swallowing difficulties, nutrition support, home enteral feeding and home TPN. I liaise with other health care professionals both on island and overseas.
I love my work as a Registered Dietitian and am passionate about providing high quality nutritional care to clients, their families and health professionals to prevent and treat illnesses through diet and in a setting that is most appropriate to their needs.
As a Registered Dietitian I liaise with other agencies and health professionals (both acute and community based) to achieve optimal patient care e.g. GPs, other physicians, community nursing, financial assistance, schools, care homes and acute dietitians. I provide education and training sessions to a variety of people including staff at nursing and care homes, GPs and other health professionals.
In the UK I was involved in the development and implementation of city wide (population 466,000) care pathways and prescribing guidelines around malnutrition and a malnutrition screening tool.
In addition, I have a unique understanding about the nursing and care home setting, having grown up around them. I also worked part time as a care assistant (aide) from 1999-2004. In my youth I worked part time in the catering and housekeeping areas of nursing and care homes.
I have also worked and volunteered at two of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camps in both the US and Ireland. These camps are for children with life-threatening blood diseases and their families. Occasionally I assisted with meal planning/preparation for children with specialist therapeutic diets, for example seizures.
I am committed to providing high quality Dietetics for the population here in Bermuda.
BSc (Hons) Dietetics
Registered Dietitian at Island Nutrition
I am a UK born and educated Registered Dietitian, qualifying with a BSc in Dietetics from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2014. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council in both the UK and Bermuda.
As a lover of good food (especially good baking) a nutrition-based career was a natural choice. With a second love of travel and exploring, taking this career to Bermuda was not an opportunity to miss! When not in the office, you will likely catch me down at the beach with a book or trying to find a flatter running route.
I have a wide range of experiences to share with you. In the UK I have worked in many specialist areas providing tailored nutrition advice to best suit you, as an individual. I have worked with clients to change their diet and lifestyles to improve management of diabetes, coeliac disease, kidney disease, irritable bowel syndrome and cardiac conditions.
I have worked in specialist centers in Leeds and Liverpool, helping to build people up nutritionally for surgery for bowel, liver, stomach or head & neck cancers as well as liver transplants. I have also cared for patients after operations, providing nutritional programs on critical care wards in hospital or dietary education about management of new stomas, wound healing and advice aiming to prevent recurrence of disease.
With so much nutritional advice available in newspapers, television or social media, its hard to know what to believe. As a registered dietitian, the advice you get from me will be clear and based on evidence, meaning it is safe and effective.
Dr Julia Darzi
PhD Nutritional Sciences, BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, MSci (Hons) Chemistry
Registered Dietitian at Island Nutrition
Julia graduated with a First Class BSc Honours Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Surrey (UK) in 2006, and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Registered Dietitian in the UK and in Bermuda.
Julia attained a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Surrey in 2010 following her investigations into the influence of dietary fibre on appetite and hunger. Julia moved to Bermuda from the UK in 2017 with her husband and two young children and we have been enjoying the many wonderful activities Bermuda has to offer!
Julia has worked in a variety of roles in the UK, both Clinical and Academic, prior to moving to Bermuda. Most recently she was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College London training and educating the next generation of Dietitians, and conducting and contributing to world class research. Her areas of specialism are weight management and heart health, and she has a special interest in early years nutrition including pregnancy and childhood. Julia has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications on a range of research areas including the impact of sleep on energy intake, the effectiveness of dietary guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, and the influence of dietary fiber intake on appetite/hunger.
Julia previously worked in a Clinical role at Mayday Hospital Croydon (now known as Croydon University Hospital) working with a broad range of clients across a range of specialisms, both inpatient and outpatient. Specialisms included nutrition support, weight management, primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and care of elderly. Julia also has experience in Paediatric Dietetics from Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Julia is passionate about offering a client-centered approach to support you in changing your diet and lifestyle in line with the latest evidence and guidelines.