We go the extra mile
Nutrition is more than just medicine. It’s an expression of love, it defines cultures, and it is a part of all our social interactions. Nutrition through a feeding tube is no different.
Tube Dietitian is a private home enteral nutrition service (i.e. tube feeding service) bringing you expert dietitians to your doorstep, computer screen, telephone, and email through 1:1 nutrition consultations or nutrition training sessions.
We believe the future of optimal tube feeding nutrition care is outside of the hospital walls. Our mission is to bridge the gap between hospital and home for people with feeding tubes.
We deliver responsive, excellent, and person-centered tube feeding nutrition care. How you ask? Well, read on.
When a client wanted to go on a boat cruise, he emailed us asking if it was possible with his daily tube feeding equipment and formula. Within a day of receiving his email, we investigated the logistics, and three weeks later he was in New Zealand. That is responsive nutrition care.
A client’s Endocrinologist emailed us asking for a formula with less potassium in it. Within a week, we did the math, contacted relevant formula companies, changed the formula, and educated the client’s carers on the new regimen. That is excellent nutrition care.
A hospital dietitian referred a client who wanted to try homemade blended tube feeding formula once she leaves hospital. We worked with her to develop medically appropriate and nutritionally adequate recipes to blend and pour down her feeding tube. Person-centered nutrition care means our clients are in the driver’s seat.
We have been around since 2019, and plan to stay for a long time empowering people with feeding tubes in the community to thrive.
Who we are
Founder & Lead Dietitian
Lina Breik is a Senior Accredited Practising Dietitian with a decade of Australian hospital experience in tube feeding gained from Goulburn Valley Health, Northern Health, Monash Health, and Eastern Health. Lina has a particular passion in helping those with a disability and a feeding tube nourish their bodies to optimise their wellbeing and independence. She is currently doing a PhD at Monash University studying the experiences, quality of life, and challenges faced by Australian adults living with a feeding tube.
Erin Russell is a clinical and research Accredited Practising Dietitian working in the area of gastroenterology nutrition. She has worked closely with both inpatients and outpatients with feeding tubes across several tertiary-teaching health services such as Eastern Health, Alfred Health, and Monash Health. Erin has specialist knowledge in the nutritional management of gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and is currently undertaking research in this area at St Vincent’s Health.
Karthika Kardaris is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who has been working in the clinical setting for six years. Her particular passion is helping those who have had surgery somewhere along their digestive tract and ended up with a feeding tube. She has worked across several tertiary-teaching health services in Victoria including St Vincent’s Health and Monash Health.
Kate Young is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who has been working in the private sector for the last 5 years across Mulgrave Private Hospital, St John of God, and Brunswick Private Hospital. She has a specific passion in oncology and helping people requiring tube feeds after surgery.