Tree of Life Nutrition are a team of Brisbane dietitians, nutritionists and exercise physiologists. We aim to create a healthy lifestyle that is permanent and achievable for all Australian families. Our team of experienced Accredited Practising Dietitians are guaranteed to help you eat well, feel good and look great! Our practice is led by Desi Carlos, an industry leader in dietetics and nutrition.
Tree of Life Nutrition is renowned for expertise in the management of a range of conditions which we specialise in. We offer over 27 years of experience in dietary help for gut health, women’s health and mental health. We are also experts in helping you implement the Mediterranean Diet, Fasting Diet, and so much more.
Our passion is to make it easy and sustainable for everyone to eat well
We create a supportive environment which takes care of the whole person, and offer you easy solutions which make eating healthy and enjoyable. A nutritious diet is about investing in your long term health outcomes, and we work with your lifestyle and family dynamic to find a sustainable solution.
An independent private practice with a wealth of clinical experience
Tree of Life Nutrition was one of Brisbane’s first private practices, and has been operating since 1993. We have years of clinical experience to offer our patients at a level similar to hospitals, without any alliance. For GP’s and specialists, this independence is often appreciated. Your doctor can freely refer to our Brisbane dietitians without conflict, and feel confident in our ability to treat both general and highly complex conditions.
Convenient locations, and comprehensive services in diet and nutrition
We operate our main clinic in Woolloongabba (South Brisbane) and offer additional clinics in various locations across Brisbane. We offer a range of nutrition and dietetic services from individual consults, to corporate and group seminars, menu analysis and more. These services are offered in person, or via telehealth.
Tree of Life aims to supply the highest quality nutritional service to our clients, to help them achieve great health through a variety of unique learning strategies.
Our goal is to have our clients improve the way they look and feel about themselves.
Lifestyle modification is the key to achieving good health for life. Eating well from the Tree of Life simply means making the right food choices without deprivation.
Nutritionally inspire each client to pursue all their dreams and goals with better mental health, stable emotions and more happiness.
Meet Tree of Life Nutrition’s team of Brisbane dietitians and associated allied health specialists
Dietitian & Nutritionist
BAppSc, Grad Dip NutrDietet
Desi Carlos is the director and founder of Tree of Life Nutrition and has worked as a dietitian since 1993. Desi has a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology and a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has also completed the Microba Insights Course in gut microbiome health and is Monash University FODMAP Certified.
Her passion is giving practical advice on incorporating healthy eating habits into everyday life. Desi is a mother of three, and businesswoman who understands the pressures that our busy, modern lives can put on our diets and eating habits.
You can hear her regularly sharing her expertise on 97.3Fm as the resident dietitian for Robin, Terry & Bob; see her on Channel 7, 9 and 10 News as a nutrition expert; or read some of her many articles in a host of journals and magazines. You can also hear her lectures on a range of topics from The Mediterranean Diet, healthy-living and fighting obesity, to issues of diabetes, heart disease, coeliac disease, women’s health, endometriosis, gut health, irritable bowel syndrome & food intolerances.
Desi’s message is simple; “eat well, feel good, look great!” With this philosophy and wealth of industry experience, Desi has helped thousands of people rediscover themselves with increased confidence and self-esteem. Desi’s mission is to share her passion for healthy living and take the Tree of Life Nutrition message to as many people as possible. Desi’s mission is to share her passion for healthy living and take the Tree of Life Nutrition message to as many people as possible. Follow Desi on Facebook: Desi Carlos Dietitian
Desi’s specialist interests
Desi’s special interest areas are Gastrointestinal disorders including IBS and Coeliac Disease, Allergies and Intolerances, Chronic Disease Management, Weight, Cholesterol and Diabetes management. She has assisted The Queensland Coeliac Society for over 15 years, lending her experience as an expert dietitian and acting as a media spokesperson in nutrition for the organisation.
With a microbiology background and training in The Microba Insights Course, Desi has a unique and effective treatment plan for improving the balance of the gut microbiome. Desi is also Monash University FODMAP Certified. A healthy microbiome allows for improved immunity, improved mental health and decreased inflammation. The Mediterranean Diet supplies both the pre and probiotics required to keep this improved gut microbiome healthy. Desi’s nutritional expertise in both finds the perfect balance to treat autoimmune and inflammatory conditions lending itself heavily to better health outcomes and fulfilling her motto of eat well, look good, FEEL GREAT!
Desi is a specialist Dietitian for women’s health. Particularly in nutritional management for Fertility and Obstetrics. Desi also specialises in the Nutritional management of PCOS, endometriosis, menopause, gestational diabetes, preconception and conception. She also presents and consults on topics relating to pain management of endometriosis using the anti-inflammatory diet, improved gut health and identifying food intolerances. She is also the consulting dietitian for Eve Health, a leading women’s health clinic in Brisbane.
Desi is a co-author of ‘The Mediterranean Diet – the Lifestyle of Eating” and ’‘Mediterranean Eating Cook.Eat.Live’. As a champion for the Mediterranean Diet you will see her frequently offering lectures and cooking demonstrations on the nutrition science that encompasses Cooking Mediterranean: Eating Well: Living Long. Desi can also incorporate those principles of the Mediterranean Diet into patient current eating practices. This offers an enjoyable, sustainable and culturally-rich guide to Mediterranean eating.
Nutritionist and Dietitian
B.HlthSci (Nut), B. Nut & Diet APD AN
Eleni has a Bachelor degree in Health Science majoring in Nutrition and a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Eleni’s Greek heritage afforded a strong Mediterranean lifestyle which surrounded her by delicious food, embarking on a career based on food seemed only natural! Eleni is a strong believer in the power of food and is passionate about spreading this message to the wider community.
The emphasis placed on social outings and the time-poor nature of the community sometimes make it difficult to maintain a healthy balance however Eleni has a thorough understanding of the needs of today’s society and aims to steer away from fad diets and trends and instead promotes good, wholesome eating that can be tailored to each person’s needs to create sustainable nutrition choices.
The diverse nature of Eleni’s experience in the industry makes her a perfect candidate for any individual, at any level of health to find their medicine through food. She has had experience working with a wide variety of clientele, broad community projects, clinical and general settings as well as schools and youth programs.
Fantastic communication and social skills provide Eleni with a unique ability to rapidly create rapport and trust between client and practitioner. She can tailor nutrition advice to address specific areas such as weight management and general health with a particular interest in chronic disease management and prevention.
Eleni is Monash University FODMAP Certified.
Mette Parkinson Gilligan
BSc (Sport Psych/HMS) Hons (Psych) MPsych (Sport & Exercise)
Mette is a Registered Psychologist with 13 years of experience with a special interest in the areas of wellbeing, performance, relationships, stress, depression and anxiety management. Her wide experience and interest areas make Mette a perfect addition to the Tree of Life team, as does her warm, non-judgemental approach. She is dedicated to providing a safe space for clients to be heard.
Mette operates within Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks in order to help clients to improve their wellbeing and achieve their therapeutic goals.
Mette’s specialist interests
- Health and wellbeing psychology
- Relationships – individuals and couples. Trained in Gottman Marriage Counselling (Level 1)
- Grief counselling
- Anxiety and stress management
- Assertiveness training and communication skills
- Performance psychology – including sport, exercise, and corporate settings
Mette is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She has worked with a range of clients in this space, including elite athletes. She currently provides consulting services to the Australian Institue of Sport (AIS) Mental Health Referral Network (MHRN), Australian Football League Players Association (AFLPA), the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), and the Queensland Jockeys’ Association (QJA). She specialises in the mental health and wellbeing of athletes and their families, as well as managing return from injury.
Mette has extensive experience working in Employee Assistance Program (EAP) delivery, spending the last 8 years working with one of the largest EAP providers in Australia. She has recently been selected for the role of onsite Wellbeing Psychologist for a large government department and a multi-national corporation. She provides individual consultations, assists managers, and delivers workshops and training. Mette also provides Critical Incident Debriefing to support clients experiencing trauma. She also currently holds an ongoing position as an educator with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).
Marketing Assistant, Dietitian & Nutrition Student
Eleni manages Tree of Life Nutrition’s social media and email newsletter marketing as well as working behind the scenes in the clinic. She began studying a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2018 after deciding to follow her passion for food and health science. Through her studies, she has gained an understanding of how valuable good nutrition is in living a fulfilling and healthy life.
Eleni’s amiable personality and desire to build rapport with patients has driven her to strive for a future career in private practice. She is especially interested in women’s health and the ways in which nutrition can help manage associated conditions.
As a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’, Eleni loves to experiment in her kitchen, test out new restaurants and catch up with friends over brunch.
Maria has been the Practice Manager at Tree of Life Nutrition for over 10 years. Maria has a special interest in nutrition and is always ready to welcome you at the reception desk at our Woolloongabba clinic.
In her spare time Maria loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors for the therapeutic properties of the sun & sea.
Maria is the person you would generally speak to when booking in your appointment, both online or through our clinic. She is also a great person to help answer your questions about the logistics of your appointment.