Dr Sue Shepherd
meet dr sue shepherd...
Dr Sue Shepherd is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist who graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Promotion and post graduate Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. She specialises in the treatment of dietary intolerances. Sue also has coeliac disease herself - she lives and breathes all good tastes gluten free, both personally and professionally!
Sue is recognised internationally as a leading expert dietitian in the area of coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome, having completed her PhD research in 2008. She is now a senior lecturer for Monash University Department of Medicine and is a senior researcher within the Department of Gastroenterology at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne. She is an invited speaker at national and international medical conferences. She has won many professional awards, including Dietitian Association of Australia's Award for Achievement for Excellence in Contribution to the Profession.
Sue has developed a dietary management approach that has revolutionised the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (low FODMAP diet). Her research has contributed world-first information, and for which she was awarded the Gastroenterological Society of Australia's Young Investigator of the Year Award. Sue was the first non-medical health professional to win this Award, which has had past Awardees including Dr Barry Marshall (who discovered the bacteria, Helicobactor Pylori, which is a cause of stomach cancer). More recently, Sue has been awarded State finalist for Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year 2009 in recognition of her leading and innovative business practices.
Sue's passion for promoting good nutrition extends beyond the research field. She has written five cookbooks, of which the first three were self-published best-sellers. "Gluten Free Cooking" published by Penguin Books has won the "Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in Australia" Gourmand (Cordon Bleu) Cookbook Awards 2007. Sue regularly performs cooking demonstrations on stage at food festivals and expos, showcasing her gluten-free delights in an engaging and informative style. Not only are her cookbooks delicious, gluten free, and mostly lactose free, Sue's cookbooks are world-first for the low FODMAP diet, the revolutionary dietary treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Sue is also the director of a busy private dietetic practice (Shepherd Works), which specialising in gastrointestinal nutritional conditions, such as coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and employing fifteen dietitians. She is the consultant dietitian on medical National Advisory Committees for Gastrointestinal conditions, including Digestive Health Foundation, Coeliac Research Fund, and Therapeutic Guidelines - Gastroenterology chapter. She is on the editorial committee and regular writer for the monthly print publication "Healthy Food Guide", available in supermarkets and newsagents nationally. Sue has authored over 20 medical journal papers. Journal articles and resources developed by Sue are available at Shepherd Works. Sue has previously worked as the resident dietitian for a TV morning program, and was the main host of the gluten free cooking TV series "Gluten Freedom". She is a regular media spokesperson for print and radio commentary on dietary intolerances.
Sue also consults to the whole spectrum of food industry, from food manufacturers, to restaurants, food print media, cookbook authors eg. Tobie Puttock (adapting every recipe in his cookbooks, "Daily Italian", "Italian Local", and new release "Cook Like an Italian" to make suitable for food intolerances), and to Matt Preston (for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival).