Whether you want to lose weight, improve your blood sugar control, lower your cholesterol, or control IBS you need reliable professional advice. You need a dietitian with experience and who is effective. A dietitian that provides a relaxed environment for consults to enable you to get the most out of your sessions. At Start Where You Are we can help with healthy eating to the most complex of medical conditions. We can support and advise you to meet your health goals. We listen and understand everyone has different needs.

We are now offering services to children and infants. Children have different nutritional needs and issues. Optimal growth is always a priority and can only be assessed by a specialist. We can help with infant feeding, constipation, food allergies and intolerances, fussy eating and weight management. These are complex issues that require a dietitian with additional training. You don't need to try and manage these problems alone. Let us help!

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    Start Where You Are offers a selection of various choices which will all assist you to lose and maintain weight.

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Diet Analysis


    Healthy eating is about having a balanced diet which exclusively contains a variety of foods. This involves eating

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    Diabetes is a complex health problem which needs much attention to diet.

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    Reducing your cholesterol can be a challenge. It may require lifestyle changes or exercise

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About Us

    Dr Melissa Barnes has 12 years of University training in the areas of science and nutrition including a Doctor of Philosophy in physiology and nutrition.  She also has 10 years of experience working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer.  This combination of skills is unique and supports Melissa's passion for working with people to achieve their health goals.

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Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.


85 Wills St, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia

402 Macarthur St, Ballarat VIC 3350

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