Stefanie Valakas APD
FOUNDER OF THE DIETOLOGIST
Leading Certified Fertility & Pregnancy Dietitian & Nutritionist
2020-2021 & 2023 Dietitian of the Year Finalist (Allied Health Awards)
2023 Allied Health Educator Excellence Finalist (Allied Health Awards)
Hey! I’m Stefanie Valakas, An Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist And Founder Of The Dietologist, A Multiple Award-Winning Virtual Nutritionist Practice Dedicated to Reproductive Health, Fertility & Pregnancy Health.
I started my journey into reproductive health and fertility nutrition after beginning work as a dietitian in children’s nutrition, learning how to support optimal growth, development and health in children by creating healthy habits and a balanced relationship with food right from the start of their little lives. I really thought I was starting at the beginning of life to prevent chronic diseases in the next generation
Then, I Discovered The Importance Of Nutrition Begins Far Before A Child Is Born…
Through my work with children, I learned more about the importance of early life nutrition, which spans the first 1,000 days of life from the 3-6 months before a child is even conceived (when the egg and sperm are maturing inside the parents), until a child’s second birthday.
What children eat, drink and are exposed to from the time they were just two cells, to the time they are asking, “But why, Mamma?” after every sentence, can literally change the way your child’s genetics are being read and expressed, and even affect their risk of chronic health conditions in later life, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, allergies and eczema.
And it all begins with future parents (that’s you!) nourishing themselves well in advance of conceiving!
Being A Responsible Parent Begins Well Before You’re Bringing Baby Into The World…
So, as any good scientist does, I dived in deep into the research, learning that making just a few simple (but effective) dietary changes in the months leading up to conception can have a significant impact on fertility success, by about 69%! Pretty mind-blowing, right?
I noticed that despite all this scientific data supporting the role of nutrition and improving parental health before conception to improve fertility & pregnancy outcomes, it felt like nobody was talking about it! There was no dedicated dietitian to work on pre-conception & reproductive health at the time.
So, in my frustration with the lack of resources for hopeful parents, I decided to exclusively focus on areas of fertility, reproductive health and nutrition, to help parents and children alike live the healthiest, happiest lives possible using evidence-based dietary and lifestyle strategies to transform people’s lives.
As one of the earliest fertility dietitians in this space, I’ve been thrilled to see how nutrition and lifestyle optimisation has become far more common in people’s family planning journey, and the demand for more support only continues to grow.
My vision is for every hopeful parent to access scientifically-backed lifestyle and nutrition information to support their fertility & pregnancy health!
This is exactly why we have created a library of online courses including Fertility360, The Waiting Game and Get Pregnant with Endo, eGuides, meal plans and masterclasses, so you can access high-quality nutrition advice on your own time, no matter where you are in the world!
Beyond my work in seeing clients online, I am the host of our chart-topping Fertility & Reproductive Health podcast, Fertility Friendly Food. I consult with a variety of food and supplement companies providing my expertise in product formulation for this unique life stage, contribute to a variety of print and digital articles for the media to spread the word about fertility nutrition and speak at conferences and events.
Need help with…
- Endometriosis & adenomyosis management (pain, gut health, irritable bowel syndrome and fertility)
- Low AMH & primary ovarian insufficiency
- Thyroid concerns – hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, hyperthyroidism & Grave’s disease
- Weight management for fertility concerns
- Fertility & pre-conception health
- Egg freezing nutrition preparations
- Fertility treatment support – ovulation induction, IUI, IVF (including reciprocal IVF, donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryo & gestational surrogates)
- Pregnancy nutrition
I Would Like to Invite You to Work With Me And The Dietologist Team One-On-One For Individualised, Practical And Scientifically Backed Support!
Ready to take the next step?
Qualifications & Awards:
Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist – Dietitians Australia
Certified Fertility & Pregnancy Dietitian – Early Life Nutrition Alliance (formerly Nutrition Plus)
Master of Nutrition & Dietetics – The University of Sydney
Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Nutrition & Metabolism) – The University of Sydney
2020-2021 Dietitian of the Year Finalist at the Allied Health Awards
2022 Impact & Innovation Finalist at the Allied Health Awards
2022 Quality in Primary Care Award (Small Business Category) – Dietitians Australia
2022 Best Pregnancy & Fertility Clinic in Australia – Global Health & Pharma Awards
2022 InsideOut Eating Disorder Training for Dietitians
2023 Young Achiever of the Year Finalist – Dietitains Australia
2023 Dieititan of the Year Finalist at the Allied Health Awards
2023 Allied Health Educator Excellence Finalist at the Allied Health Awards
2023 Best Fertility-Focused Dietitian Provider Australia – The Fitness & Nutrition Awards