Discover Personalised Gut Health Care
Hello and a warm welcome to Anni Summers RD. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to share a bit about me and the passion that drives me as a specialist Gut Health Dietitian.
My Journey to Becoming a Gut Health Dietitian
A Lifelong Interest in Food
I have been interested in food and cooking since I was a young child when, at 4 years old, I got up early one morning and decided to “bake a cake”. After mixing together flour and sugar and putting it in the oven, my Mum woke just in time to intervene before I had the chance to turn on the oven! As a teenager, I enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen, and often made dinner for my parents, introducing them to “new” cuisines, such as Thai and Japanese. Many of my present-day social activities are culinary orientated, such as dining out (I love seeking out unique and unusual dining experiences in London) and hosting dinner parties for friends. And, of course, Mum and Dad still come round once a week for dinner.
From Passion to Profession: Embracing Dietetics
In 2007, my passion for nutrition and the interplay between food, health and disease grew, stemming from a close family member being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, as well as my own diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (finally, I could make sense of the abdominal pain, bloating and wind I’d been experiencing since my early teens!). This personal connection to gastrointestinal health led me to a career switch and, in 2011, I began training to be a Registered Dietitian.
My Experience as a Gut Health Dietitian
Excelling in Nutrition and Dietetics
Jump to 2016, I had successfully earned my first-class degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, graduating top of my year. I had gained experience and worked in world-class London hospitals such as University College London Hospital (UCLH). I was brimming with enthusiasm. My desire to make a difference spurring me on to embark on a journey to help others through diet therapy, particularly those struggling with gut-related issues.
Professional Growth: Building Expertise in Gastroenterology
I worked within the NHS, where I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge and gain invaluable experience. Hard work and determination soon saw me becoming a Gastroenterology Specialist Dietitian, working alongside a fantastic team of Gastroenterologists, Colorectal Surgeons and Specialist Nurses as well as my fellow Dietitians. During my time in the NHS, I strived to always put my patients first, instilling confidence and being their advocate when they needed me to. I was well liked and trusted by colleagues for my considered opinions and advice.
Personal Insight: Living with IBS
Having lived with IBS for nearly 30 years, the first 10 of which I spent not knowing what was causing my daily symptoms of pain and bloating, I understand what it’s like to feel confused, frustrated and hopeless. If you’re suffering with IBS, IBD, diverticular disease, food intolerances, gut motility issues, or any other digestive complaint or condition, it can be a real challenge to stay on top of things.
Providing Specialist Dietetic Gut Health Services
The Need for Specialised Care: A UK-Wide Problem
10‐20% of the UK population is thought to suffer with IBS (NICE, 2017), yet research indicates that 50% of NHS Trusts do not have dedicated dietetic IBS clinics (BMJ Front Line Gastroenterology Journal, 2021). There are thought to be 500,000 people diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in the UK, however around 60% of those do not have access to specialist dietetic care within the NHS (IBD UK, 2020).
My Commitment: Enhancing Gut Wellness through Private Practice
While working within the NHS allowed me to support a significant number of individuals, I realised that there was simply not enough time or resources to enable me to fully support my patients in their journey.
In 2021, I made the decision to transition to private practice as a specialist Gut Health Dietitian to allow me to take a more customised approach to managing digestive disorders through diet. I now have the privilege of working closely alongside individuals experiencing gut issues to help guide them towards better understanding of their symptoms and conditions using evidence-based nutrition for gut health, empowering them to choose how to manage their diet and health.
My Approach: Personalised Support for Each Client
As a Specialist Gut Health Dietitian, I work to support each client with online 1-2-1 sessions to not only achieve their desired outcomes but also experience improvement in their overall well-being. This involves a commitment to understanding the intricacies of each individual’s unique lifestyle and challenges. Working as a gut specialist dietitian is so incredibly rewarding. It’s so inspiring to see my clients move forward, find relief, and take control of their health and nutrition.
Working together with Anni Summers RD: Your Journey to Gut Health
Here at Anni Summers RD, we believe in a personalised approach to your well-being. It’s not just about addressing challenges but about embarking on a journey together, ensuring that you feel supported every step of the way. I look forward to being a part of your path to a healthier, happier you! Ready to Improve Your Gut Health? If you’re interested in finding out how I can help you, book a FREE Discovery Call with me.