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Ms Symone Genovezos

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Ms Symone Genovezos

BND, RD

Symone is a passionate and dedicated Dietitian with experience in working both in the NHS and private sector, including internationally in Australia and educational teaching projects in The Middle East.

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About Symone

Ms Symone Genovezos is a passionate and dedicated Dietitian, offering nutrition advice and support for clients of all ages. She helps to manage many health conditions which require modification of diet and lifestyle.

Symone takes a holistic and realistic approach to helping her clients, combining nutritional counselling and skills to support her very varied client base. Symone has previous experience in working both in the NHS and private sector, including international experience from Australia and educational teaching projects in The Middle East.

Symone has been with London Medical for 12 years and is an expert dietitian in diabetes (type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes) and weight loss. She is originally from Australia but moved to the UK 15 years ago.

How did you get into being a dietitian?

When I was very young, I wanted to be a chef. I was always in the kitchen helping my Mum and food was the centre of our family life. I soon realised that the cooking was more of a hobby (and still is!), and that I was really interested in the science of food and how it impacts our body. I completed a 4-year degree in nutrition and dietetics and my first rotation was in diabetes and weight loss. I never moved away from that specialty area.

Why private practice?

I started my work-life in London in an NHS hospital, but everything was very rushed. I didn’t have time to talk to the patients properly and I couldn’t see them often enough. I decided to try private practise and the first place I came to was London Medical. I am still here and still loving it.

Why London Medical?

I am surrounded by like-minded professionals. Everyone is committed to helping the patients and providing exceptional clinical care. We take the time to understand what is really impacting the patients. There is a passion about the place, a strong sense of trust between the patients and the clinical team and the staff.

Why do your patients keep coming back?

The greatest thing about working in private practice is that you have time and resources. I feel privileged that I can offer that to my patients. This gives me the opportunity to help educate them, to understand their motivation and to help them not only address their diet and their weight if needed, but also manage their approach to their condition long-term.

How do you start with a new patient?

The very first thing is listen to them, to find a common ground. This is not about only giving them a sheet of paper or a website to visit which has “the answer”. This is about understanding what has brought the patient to us. Is it the result of a shock diagnosis or is it something they have been meaning to do for ages? By listening to them we can tailor a plan together. I create space for them to ask questions and get to know how they feel about food, diabetes, their weight. Knowledge is power but the world of nutrition can be very confusing. There are so many conflicting ideas out there about what you should and shouldn’t be eating. We work out what makes sense to them, what they are able and willing to change and whether they have a sufficient sense of responsibility to make a difference.

How do you balance diet with other aids to weight loss?

Losing weight is not just about “what you put in”. Their state of mind is really important so if they are stressed or not sleeping well it can all make a huge difference. Their gut health is important.  Exercise is also part of the equation. All these variable’s matter. Of course, there are weight loss medications which can be powerful aids to weight loss but need to be part of a complete plan to achieve the maximum benefit. Some people are very data driven and so being able to track specific measures on a daily or weekly basis really drives them and we can use technology to help us here.

What do you like most about your role?

I love it when I help people take charge of their health. I facilitate change. As an example, I see some patients who are pre-diabetic or with early onset diabetes and I help some of them achieve diabetes remission. I can help them turn away from the diabetes path and although diabetes never truly goes away, the change can make a huge difference to the quality of their lives. Here at London Medical we work closely together and trust each other. The patients recognise this and it means they go away feeling that they have been cared for in the right way and they feel good about their experience. That’s what matters the most.

Specialities

Her main specialities include all types of diabetes, and using advanced technologies such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors to help her patients achieve better control and improve their quality of life. She also specialises in gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel and bariatric surgery for weight loss.

NHS and Academic posts

Full-time private practice.

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