Stephanie Brown

BA, BSc, MDiet, NZRD
Consultant Dietitian

Post graduate training/experience

Stephanie Brown is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Canterbury University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Master’s Degree in Dietetics from the University of Otago. Since qualifying as a dietitian, Stephanie has worked extensively in the areas of women’s health, general medicine, oncology and gastrointestinal dietetics. Stephanie has a firm interest in research and will always apply science-based evidence to her practise. Her Master’s thesis considered how daily breakfast consumption effects self-perceived quality of life in a middle-aged population in Canterbury. The research sparked interest in areas of habitual food intake and showed that regular meal patterns play a role in levels of vitality and general health. Further research is currently being undertaken to extend these results with the intent of developing nutritional guidelines for middle-aged and older persons.

Special clinical interests

  • Gastrointestinal health, including irritable bowel syndrome and low FODMAP diets
  • Women’s health, including PCOS and endometriosis
  • Weight management (gain and reduction)
  • Diabetes
  • Older person’s health

Professional profile

Stephanie has clinical experience in the areas of women’s health, general medicine, gastrointestinal, stroke, cardiology, older person’s health and urology. She is currently a Clinical Dietitian at Christchurch Hospital and Christchurch Women’s Hospital. Stephanie has great passion for healthy nutrition and dietetics with the belief that good quality nutrition is essential for optimising health. She enjoys building ongoing relationships with those she works with, and feels a great sense of satisfaction from seeing these people achieve their desired goals. Stephanie offers continuous support and ongoing follow up care to her clients.

Personal profile

Stephanie is married and has a young son, and together as a family they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities that New Zealand has to offer. She is Canadian- born, having immigrated to New Zealand in 2002. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and is passionate about keeping fit and active by participating in yoga, running and tramping. Stephanie also loves cooking and experimenting with new and exotic recipes.

Current memberships of professional / other bodies

  • Clinical Dietitian at Christchurch Public Hospital and Christchurch Women’s Hospital
  • Invited reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Member of Dietitians New Zealand
  • Current Member of the Pelvic Pain Associates at Christchurch Obstetrics and Gynecology, St George’s Hospital
  • Part of the working party formed to review the Ministry of Health resources for healthy weight gain in pregnancy (link to resources: www.health.govt.nz, search healthy weight gain in pregnancy)
  • Invited speaker at the following recent conferences: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canterbury 2014; Age Concern Canterbury: Healthy Eating in Older Age; Community Nutrition: Healthy Eating in our Communities 2013 & 2014; University of Otago Student Conference 2012