Welcome to Tree of Life Nutrition

Tree of Life Dietitians and Nutritionists can help you to eat well, feel good and look great!

Brisbane Dietitians

Tree of Life Nutrition are a team of Brisbane Dietitians, nutritionists and exercise physiologists whose aim is to create a healthy lifestyle that is permanent and achievable for all Australian families. Our practice is lead by Desi Carlos, an industry leader in the management of weight loss, Diabetes and Coeliac Disease. Our team of experienced Accredited Practising Dietitians are guaranteed to help you eat well, feel good and look great!

Tree of Life aims to supply the highest quality nutritional service to our clients, to help them achieve great health through a variety of unique learning strategies.

Our goal is to have our clients improve the way they look and feel about themselves.

Lifestyle modification is the key to achieving good health for life. Eating well from the Tree of Life simply means making the right food choices without deprivation.

Nutritionally inspire each client to pursue all their dreams and goals with better mental health, stable emotions and more happiness.

Desi Carlos

Desi Carlos

Dietitian & Nutritionist

Desi has a Bachelor of Applied Science and Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her passion is giving practical advice on incorporating healthy eating habits into everyday life. Desi is a mother of three, and businesswoman who understands the pressures that our busy, modern lives can put on our diets and eating habits.

You can hear her regularly sharing her expertise on 97.3Fm as resident dietitian for Robin, Terry & Bob; see her on Channel 10 News as their nutrition expert; Today Tonight on Channel 7 as their nutrition expert; or read some of her many articles in a host of journals, magazines. You can also hear her lectures on a range of topics from healthy-living and fighting obesity, to issues of diabetes, heart disease and irritable bowel syndrome & food intolerances.

Desi’s message is simple; “eat well, feel good, look great!” With this philosophy and over 25 year’s industry experience, Desi has helped thousands of people rediscover themselves with increased confidence and self-esteem.

Desi has also assisted The Queensland Coeliac Society for over 15 years, lending her experience as an expert dietitian and acting as media spokesperson in nutrition for the organisation.

Desi’s mission is to share her passion for healthy living and take the Tree of Life Nutrition message to as many people as possible.

Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson

Dietitian & Nutritionist

Lisa Peterson is a leading Dietitian at Tree of Life Nutrition & the Principal Dietitian at Weight Management Psychology. She is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with the Dietitians’ Association of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (honours).

Lisa’s aim is to help each client achieve their personal goals utilising her innovative analytical approach. She believes in assisting individuals to help understand the importance of establishing life-long healthy attitudes towards food.

Lisa has worked in a range of settings, including: One-on-one, couple, and family therapy settings, Workshop and public speaking settings.  Multidisciplinary groups (involving General Practitioners, Psychologists, Exercise Physiologists, Personal Trainers, and Diabetes Nurse Educators)

Lisa’s special interests include Eating disorders, Weight management, Gastrointestinal issues, Diabetes, Heart disease, Food allergies and Intolerances.

Lisa is a very enthusiastic dietitian who has experience in presenting seminars to groups of teachers, students and corporate teams in the past. She also runs regular cooking demonstrations and finds they are most useful for teaching practical skills at a group level.

Lisa has also worked very closely with a multinational food chains to complete menu analysis and menu development. Lisa believes that through implementing a holistic health approach your company will experience increased productivity, group cohesion and job satisfaction long term.

Lisa’s passion and drive for helping others improve their quality of life, in whatever that may be, has seen many success’ stories come from her patients.

Having a dietitian who understands how to identify relevant psycho-dietetic issues, listen and work collaboratively with you and the rest of your professional support team, and provide recommendations that are psychologically minded and sustainable for the long-term is key to having a successful experience with your dietitian.

Stephanie Pallas

Dietitian & Nutritionist

Stephanie Pallas is the newest dietitian to join Tree of Life Nutrition. She is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with the Dietitians’ Association of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Human Nutrition from La Trobe University and a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Sydney University.

Stephanie is passionate about helping patients reach their health and nutrition goals through realistic nutritional management. She believes in encouraging healthy eating but discourages labelling foods as bad or good. Food is to be enjoyed as well as a fuel source for the body. Labelling foods as bad or good can cause a feeling of guilt and can lead a negative relationship with food. Instead Stephanie likes to educate her patients on a healthy well balanced diet, portion control, moderation and catering to a patient’s specific needs and goals.

Steph’s special interests include; weight loss, mental health, pregnancy, diabetes, chronic disease management, weight management and malnutrition.

As well as being a dietitian, Stephanie does volunteer work online with beyond blue. She works with them as a forum contributor, a member of the blue voice advisory council, assist with online campaigns by offering feedback and content, and uses social media to help break the stigma and increase awareness. Steph also works as the sole dietitian at several Headspaces throughout Brisbane. She is passionate about education on mental health and its relationship with body image, medication related side effects, weight management and food habits.

Stephanie has worked in a range of settings, including: One-on-one, youth mental health work, couple, hospital and public speaking settings.  Steph will be able to work with you to meet your nutritional goals.

Dorothea Vallianos

Clinical Psychologist

Dorothea Vallianos, is a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about working with people, across their lifespan, to help them make life enhancing choices that lead to a more fulfilling life. She works with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly during times of transition, loss, doubt, uncertainty and crisis. Dorothea has a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is also a Member of APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Working in the field of psychology for over 20 years, Dorothea says it’s a privilege to listen to clients’ unique stories, witnessing their journeys and helping them overcome adversity and obstacles to achieve clarity, meaning, healing, direction and growth.

Her breadth of experience has included being a regular guest speaker and host on 96.5FM Talking Life, providing workplace, community and school-based programs and contributing to books, newspapers and magazines. She utilises evidence-based therapy with a focus on compassion, providing an emotionally safe space; identifying and exploring strength and problem areas; establishing goals, maintaining sustainable healthy life-style choices and sourcing courage to initiate positive, effective changes. Dorothea’s vision is to assist people in enhancing their quality of life through building resilience and optimising emotional, relational, physical and mental health and well-being in children, adolescents and adults. She welcomes the opportunity to work with you to effect life enhancing changes in your life.

Our team of Brisbane Dietitians in action at a recent cooking demonstration & nutrition seminar.

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