About Chrisna Brand RD (SA)

Who I am

A mom, wife and dietitian with a passion for health

Being a mom and a wife is my first and foremost profession – something of which I am very fond and proud. I am the mother of 3 beautiful girls. Being a mom to three kids and having gone through the pregnancy, infancy and other childhood phases with all it’s challenges helps me to understand and relate to other parents facing these life stages and changes.

I’ve always been very passionate about children and nutrition and was very fortunate to further my career in the speciality field of paediatric dietetics. I am also experienced in consulting women through pregnancy. I pride myself in keeping abreast of the latest research in especially these areas.

My passion is enabling adults and children to make changes towards achieving a healthier lifestyle – giving both the necessary tools to do so.

My background and experience

Registered Dietitian with a special interest in Paediatrics and Maternity and also consulting adults

I am registered with the HPCSA and ADSA.

I qualified as a Dietitian at the University of Pretoria in 2002 after which I completed my Community Service year in Whiteriver in 2003. I started working in Paediatrics in 2005 whist living in the UK.

I consulted children of all ages, from Prematurity through to adolescence as well as adults. Up to date, my experience has involved working in various settings in the UK such as hospitals, clinics, community centres and schools. I worked in all areas of Paediatrics which included: growth faltering, obesity, diabetes, gastro-enterology, allergies, neurodevelopment delays, fussy eating, prematurity, autism, ADHD, paediatric intensive care, respiratory, surgical, haematology, oncology, neonatology, cardiology, feeding difficulties. I also worked in the areas of maternity and general adult dietetics.

Our family returned from the UK in March 2011 whereafter I started LEAP Moms and Kidz early 2012.

I now run a private practice on top of providing other services such as talks, courses and developing menus for pre-schools.

I have also been delivering workshops to Dieticians to update their knowledge in Paediatrics as a member of Dieticians at work since 2012.

I am also a member of the Woolworths Dietician Network as part of the Making the Difference Programme where we provide talks in schools and supermarket tours to moms.