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Dr Robert Szabo MBBS FRACGP - General Practitioner
Dr Robert Szabo is a doctor with over 15 years experience. He has a passion for empowering people to improve their health, and believes that the root cause of most health problems is lifestyle, especially diet.
Discovering this has been a personal journey, starting in 2012 when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 37. This came as a huge shock, as he had what he thought, was a healthy lifestyle. Even more surprising was that after the diagnosis a dietitian told him he was eating perfectly. He was baffled by this, since he knew that it was something in his diet of oats, lean chicken and brown rice that had resulted in his diabetes.
An endocrinologist treated him with a standard approach of medication, and life went on… Until he discovered low carb nutrition!
When a friend told him about a Low Carb Down Under meeting he had been to where people had said how low carb diets could cure diabetes, a switch clicked over in his mind. The next day he stopped his medication, and stopped eating carbs – only to discover that his blood sugars were virtually normal, off medication!
Since then he has spent many hours discovering how a switch to low carb nutrition is the single most effective change anyone with diabetes can make. He has treated hundred of patients with a low carb eating plan, and found it highly effective for treating diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and general feelings of low energy.
Dr Robert Szabo graduated from Medicine at Monash University in 1999, attaining honours in the MBBS and BMedSc degrees. He attained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners FRACGP in 2008. He has worked in a variety of locations throughout Australia, including Mildura, Darwin, Canberra, Albury/Wodonga and Melbourne. He has been a GP at Modern Medical Balwyn since 2009, during which time he has also practiced in Bayswater.
He lives in Melbourne’s inner north, and on the weekends loves discovering the great outdoors with his Labradors. He also loves eating, cooking, weight training and getting out on his bike when he can.
Dr Nikki Fisicaro BArch MBBS FRACGP - General Practitioner
Nikki is a doctor who firmly believes in practicing what she preaches. She happened upon low carb nutrition as an experiment with some gym buddies. She was amazed by the results it gave her both in and out of the gym. With a family history of Type 2 Diabetes she had many reasons to continue on the low carb journey. Not to mention she finds this way of eating incredibly satisfying!
After receiving her medical degree from The University of Notre Dame in 2012, Nikki worked mainly in the Emergency and Anaesthetics Departments in the hospital system before moving onto General Practice. She obtained her specialist training in General Practice from the Royal Australian Collage of General Practitioners in early 2018. Nikki enjoys all aspects of general practice however finds herself particularly drawn to preventative health and nutritional medicine.
She joined The Low Carb Clinic because she was frustrated by the way in which conditions such as diabetes, obesity, fatty liver and polycystic ovarian syndrome are currently managed in general practice. Little emphasis is placed on the impact of nutrition, with the topic barely taught in medical school at all. Nikki loves nothing more than empowering others to discover how eating whole foods that are nutrient-dense and satisfying can enhance energy levels, improve concentration, and eliminate the need for medication.
Nikki’s ideal weekend involves exercise, wandering her local market, sitting down to a delicious meal prepared together with family and having some quiet time to work on one of her art projects.
Dr Olivia Rimington MBBS FRACGP Dip Child Health
Olivia has over 15 years of experience as a doctor, and has always been passionate about helping her patients improve their health and wellbeing. However, as Type 1 Diabetic for over 20 years, she shared her patient’s frustrations at being unable to achieve ‘good’ blood sugar control, despite following the standard diabetic low fat dietary advice. Since discovering the ‘low carb’ approach to diabetes management in 2015 she has found that following a low carbohydrate lifestyle has drastically improved her diabetes management, and her blood sugars are now in the ‘normal’ range, something she never thought was possible! She is now passionate about working collaboratively with her patients, including adults and children with Type 1 Diabetes, to improve their health and wellbeing through low carbohydrate lifestyle changes.
Olivia studied medicine at Monash University, and received her MBBS degree in 2002. She then spent several years working in hospitals in Melbourne and the United Kingdom. She received her Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners FRACGP in 2011.
She has recently spent time in the United Kingdom, working primarily in health screening and health prevention, researching the benefits of a low carbohydrate or ‘ketogenic’ diet in the management of a range of chronic health conditions such as Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, obesity, hypertension and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Olivia is also the mother of twin boys and enjoys travelling, cycling and learning adult ballet – proving that it is never too late to fulfil your childhood dream of being a prima ballerina!
Camilla Dahl - Accredited Practising Dietitian
Camilla is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist who holds a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, with previous training in biomedicine and exercise science in Queensland. Studying the physiology of the human body for many years, she had a lightbulb moment and realised how important the impact of daily food choices are for supporting physical and mental health, wellbeing, longevity and prevention of chronic disease.
Following a food first, evidenced based approach to nutrition she prescribes nutrient dense, antioxidant and fibre rich diets that are naturally low in carbohydrates. She is a strong advocate for empowering people to change their health behaviours to help minimise medication use and improve their quality and enjoyment of life. Through nutritious food, she has seen unprecedented improvements in energy, vitality, less hanger, improved skin conditions, inflammation and gut issues.
Following a lifelong, low carbohydrate diet based on humble meat and vegetable dinners herself, Camilla also has interests in intermittent fasting, mindful eating and the gut microbiome.
On the weekends you can find Camilla shopping, eating or exploring the hidden gems of Melbourne.
Helen Chauhan - Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Helen is an experienced and highly effective coach who believes that growing older doesn't have to mean growing sicker. As a former registered nurse and health care executive, she supports clients to stop the spiral of declining health, empowering them to change direction, regain their vitality and fulfil their potential.
Helen educates people to understand how their food and lifestyle can affect their health and supports them to make food and lifestyle changes to achieve their health goals. She has helped hundreds of clients lose weight, reduce the need for medication and address chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, polycystic ovarian syndrome and auto immune disease.
Helen is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and holds an MSc in Health Coaching & Applied Nutrition.
Helen delivers Group Coaching Programs at The Low Carb Clinic, supporting patients with an in-depth exploration of a range of topics to build their knowledge and confidence in making sustainable food and lifestyle changes and achieving their health and weight goals.
Julian Ludekens - Practice Director
Having experienced a low carb diet first hand over the past 4 years, Julian is passionate about helping other people realise the benefits afforded by this approach to nutrition.
With a background in Management Consulting, Human Resources and Sales he is responsible for ensuring each of our patients receives the highest standard of care, and best possible experience, in turn developing the profile of the clinic.
He enjoys weight training and olympic lifting and is a keen aviation geek. On the weekends he can be found researching flight schedules, or even on a really good weekend watching the planes coming and going at Tullamarine.