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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.
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.
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.
Veronique Murphy - Registered Nurse and Health Researcher
Veronique is a Registered Nurse and health researcher. She holds both a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and has experience working in acute hospital care, as well as in both Nepal and South Africa with community health promotion programs. Her thesis focused on the "double-burden" of over-and-under nutrition around the world - both malnutrition and obesity - and the importance of policy in promoting food literacy.
She came into low-carb when - on a low-fat, high-carbohydrate, calorie-counting diet herself - a friend told her that saturated fat wasn't unhealthy and breakfast wasn't the most important meal of the day. She was defensive but decided to take a look at the evidence... beginning her fascination with nutrition research, dietary guidelines, and role of processed food in food addiction and chronic disease. She has become especially captivated by the way the body can use ketones towards better mental and physical health and practices a low-carbohydrate, healthy fat diet every day.
She has experience in caring for people who are both acutely and chronically unwell in hospital, and so has witnessed the extreme harm that poor diet can have on people's health and lives. She believes in the utmost importance of initiatives to improve health literacy in order to empower individuals to dictate their own health and aims to help as many people as possible replace or reduce medications with food habits that better suited to their body.
On her days off you can find Veronique sun-baking with her pet chickens in her backyard, experimenting with keto recipes or dreaming up a way to take-off overseas and visit her family.