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Nourish the body, feed the soul

Embody Health London was founded in 2019 by expert dietitians Ariana Rodriguez and Cassie Barnard with a simple mission; to treat chronic dieting and eating disorders. The team ethos is centered around helping clients to build confidence surrounding their food choices so that they can break the painful cycle of dieting for good. Embody Health London is proud to have an impressive team of Registered Dietitians and Yoga Practitioners who deliver expert and professional coaching in a kind, compassionate, non-judgemental and fun way.  The EHL team looks forward to working with you on your journey to food freedom – learn more about each member of the team below! 

Our Team

registered dietitians and co founder Cassie

Cassie Barnard

Co Founder & Registered Dietitian

Cassie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor passionate about health, nutrition and living a full life! Cassie embraces a positive, non-judgemental attitude in her work with clients and is curious to understand your life journey. She will empower you to discover a balanced relationship with food, reconnect to your body’s cues and build fundamental strategies to embody an authentic life. She combines her unique education and training in nutrition, mindfulness and behaviour change to help clients effectively implement powerful and practical tools to cultivate self-kindness and body acceptance. 

Growing up in sunny Perth, Western Australia, she has a down to earth attitude, and a kind and caring nature, making anyone feel at ease. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, Cassie obtained a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Edith Cowan University. She also holds a Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, Certified Pilates Instructor and is a Monash University Certified FODMAP clinician.

Before establishing EHL, Cassie worked as the Lead Dietitian at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), supporting patients with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED). 

In her spare time, Cassie enjoys bike riding, travelling the world, spending time by the ocean, meditating, relaxing with a good book and discovering new restaurants in London! She also believes a day well spent includes dancing in the kitchen, singing in the shower and laughing with her friends.

  • HCPC Registered Dietitian DT29242
  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science, Nutrition and Human Biology
  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor
  • Diploma of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Monash University FODMAP trained Dietitian
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Certified Pilates Instructor
  • Vedic Meditation Trained 
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Trained 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- Enhanced Trained

Your dream travel destination? African Safari

Ultimate weekend plans? Meals with friends, swimming in the ocean, sunset cocktails and dancing!

Dream dinner guest? Michelle Obama

Favourite dessert? Sticky toffee pudding  

A song you can’t not dance to? Impossible to decide – If I hear a beat, I move!

Hidden talent? Handstands

registered dietitians team member and co founder Ariana

Ariana Rodriguez

Co Founder & Registered Dietitian

Ariana Rodriguez, MSc, RD, RYT is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and Registered Yoga Teacher passionate about inclusive health care and helping people feel GOOD in the skin they’re in! She is a life-enthusiast and passionate clinician who values human connection and endorses an individualised, non-judgemental approach to coaching as she believes that everybody is unique and beautiful. Her goal is to move people away from guilt and shame and towards a positive relationship with food and their bodies to live a balanced life.

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, Ariana obtained a first-class Honours Bachelor (BHSc) degree in Health Sciences and a Master of Science (MSc) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics graduating with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is also an Embodiment Coach, CBT-E and ACT trained dietitian and holds a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Diploma.

Before committing herself to being full-time at EHL, Ariana worked as the lead dietitian (Band 7) at an inpatient CAMHS Eating Disorder Unit where she supported adolescents and their families recovering from Anorexia Nervosa. Here she worked closely with a multidisciplinary team who she continues to work closely with in the private setting. 

Having eight years of experience in the health and wellness industry, Ariana is known for considering her clients holistically and using coaching techniques to effectively move clients away from the disordered thoughts around food  to a place of self-trust and mental and physical wellbeing. Her goal is to help you understand your core values and belief systems, deep motivations and obstacles that may get in your way of embracing your authentic self. She uses a non-weight focused approach to health and considers every aspect of your lifestyle to provide practical and realistic tools to make sustainable changes.

Ariana’s additional services include:

  • Private therapeutic Hatha yoga classes
  • Guided meditation and pranayama classes to help clients cultivate a mindfulness practice
  • Private therapeutic Hatha yoga classes
  • Guided meditation and pranayama classes to help clients cultivate a mindfulness practice
  • HCPC Registered Dietitian DT29878
  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Distinction
  • Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences, First Class
  • Diploma of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor
  • Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy Trained 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-Enhanced Trained
  • Embodied Recovery Coaching Trained
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • 200 hour – Certified Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher with The Yoga Alliance
  • Vedic Meditation Trained

Your dream travel destination? Brazil! 

Ultimate weekend plans? Hopping on the Eurostar to Paris for the weekend, eating croissants and spending time with family and friends over wine and a delicious meal! OR a delicious yoga retreat in the countryside 

Dream dinner guest? Brene Brown

Favourite dessert? Carrot cake

A song you can’t not dance to? All of them! If music is playing, I get jiggy with it

Hidden talent? Voice impersonations

registered dietitians team member Zoe Light

Zoë Light

Registered Dietitian

Zoë Light, RD, BSc (Hons), is a HCPC Registered Dietitian who isn’t afraid to live outside the comfort zone. She partners with her clients to challenge limiting beliefs and empowers them to build a healthy relationship with food.

Zoë views health through a holistic, multidimensional lens that includes a balance of physical, psychological, social and environmental factors. From a nutritional health perspective, she believes health is consuming food that nourishes your body and soul. It is having a healthy relationship with food that allows you to live a life you love without the shackles of diet culture.

She takes a non-diet approach and is driven by creating a positive impact in people’s lives. Previously working for the NHS in acute, outpatient, and community settings, including paediatric and adult care – she brings a wealth of clinical knowledge to the team. 

Outside of her work in nutrition, you can find Zoë trying (and failing) to keep her houseplants alive, drinking copious amounts of tea, singing (almost anywhere), and enjoying a walk and a podcast!

  • HCPC Registered Dietitian
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Nutrition and Dietetics, King’s College London
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Certificate in Applying Intuitive Eating in Practice
  • CIDESCO Diploma in Spa & Beauty Therapy

Your dream travel destination? The whole world! (Is that cheating the question…). Somewhere with delicious food, interesting historical context, beautiful architecture, sunshine, and not too far from the magnificent landscapes for hiking, calm beaches and a crystal-clear ocean/lake/river!

Ultimate weekend plans?  Slow mornings with coffee in bed listening to a podcast/reading, followed by a satisfying breakfast, then head out for a walk in a green space, stopping by a pub with friends to catch up by an open fire (in the British winter). Evenings filled with live music, food and margaritas (favourite cocktail)

Dream dinner guest? Brené Brown – Brené has taught me so much over the years through her books, podcasts and talks. She is the ultimate storyteller and makes me feel completely understood even though we have never met. I’m so grateful for her research and that she shares it with the world!

Favourite dessert? Berries, cream, meringue… a classic ‘Eton Mess’

A song you can’t not dance to? Honestly, most songs! I just love any excuse to get up and dance! 

Hidden talent? Doing my winged eyeliner in under 3 minutes whilst standing on the London underground

Dimitra Theodoraki

Registered Dietitian

Dimitra Theodoraki, BSc (Hons), is a Specialist HCPC Registered Dietitian who is led by the idea that health can only be holistic when there is harmony between physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Her passion is to help people find their unique balance and reach their full potential in life by blending her expertise in nutrition and psychology.

Dimitra works in partnership with her clients to help them sustain positive healthy change. Using a personalised approach, she helps her clients build trust with themselves and find their own path to a better and healthier life. Dimitra empowers her clients to understand the root of their behaviours and combines her education in nutrition, mindfulness, exercise physiology, behaviour change and food science to help them make decisions that feel good for the soul. 

Before her role at EHL, Dimitra worked as a Band 7 Specialist Eating Disorders Dietitian at a Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient unit, where she helped young people and their families recover from a range of eating disorders. Her role as a specialist inpatient dietitian gives her insight into the unique challenges patients face. Dimitra was an active multidisciplinary team member in the NHS, specifically working in mental health, medical wards and surgical wards. She is a keen public speaker, having worked at the UK’s leading Catering company, where she lectured at King’s College Hospital, and created menus for patients and restaurants. 

Dimitra is also a weight-inclusive Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, supporting her clients to achieve a healthy relationship with movement, rebuild trust with their body and fuel lasting change. When she is not busy with her profession, you may find Dimitra hiking a mountain, dancing in her living room, or camping on a deserted beach.

  • HCPC Registered Dietitian
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Surrey
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Diploma of Applying Intuitive Eating in Practice
  • Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Dimitra offers services in English and Greek

Your dream travel destination? South America only with a backpack!

Ultimate weekend plans  Exploring the beauty of the Earth with good company, and also saving some me-time on Sunday evening to self-care and meditate.

Dream dinner guest? Evelyn Tribole to find inspiration for my future dietetic discovery.

Favourite dessert?  I can’t pick just one! Probably one with a biscuit base but also creamy, maybe a tiramisu then?

A song you can’t not dance to? Give me one square meter and I can dance to any song!

Hidden talent? Being optimistic even if the world is on fire.

registered dietitians team member Karli

Karli Battaglia

Senior Content Writer and Registered Dietitian

Karli an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) from Melbourne, Australia who is EHL’s senior content writer! Her ultimate goal as a dietitian is to empower others to build healthier and happier relationships with food and their bodies. She passionately believes that health is not just physical, and you’ll often find her preaching the importance of self-compassion and mindfulness practice. 

Since graduating, Karli has been keeping busy by completing online training in the management of eating disorders, as well as becoming a Monash University Certified FODMAP clinician.

In her spare time, you’ll find her at a yoga class, testing out a new cafe or going for long walks with her two German Shepherds.

  • Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)
  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences
  • 600+ hours of practical experience in a variety of clinical settings, including acute inpatient, community outpatient, private practice and international studies in Thailand.

Your dream travel destination? I fantasise about eating my way through Italy on a near-daily basis!

Ultimate weekend plans? I love exploring new places, so weekend road trips are my favourite, especially when they include local food, cocktails and spending time in nature with my favourite people.

Dream dinner guest? Michelle Obama, she seems like she would have good gossip and even better taste in food!

Favourite dessert? Can I say all of the desserts? I have the biggest sweet tooth! If I HAD to choose, the first thing that comes to mind is a warm, gooey raspberry and chocolate brownie 

A song you can’t not dance to? Anything Shania Twain, I’m a (not so secret but somewhat embarrassed) country music fan! 

Hidden Talent? I’m a folding extraordinaire – Marie Kondo eat your heart out!

registered dietitians team member Priya

Priya Chotai

Intern

Priya Chotai BSc (Hons), ANutr, is a Registered Associate Nutritionist.

Registered with the Association for Nutrition (AfN), she obtained her Bachelor degree from King’s College London before spending some time working in the USA, Japan and the Philippines in education and marine conservation sectors. Her goal is to equip people to be the experts of their bodies through working towards intuitive eating, food neutrality and body empowerment. 

Outside of nutrition, Priya is passionate about sustainability, volunteering as a Project Assistant at Made in Hackney cookery school and community kitchen, and volunteering with Diabetes UK. In addition, Priya is a keen scuba diver and free diver and is enthusiastic about learning musical instruments. She is soon planning to embark on a yoga teacher training course and further nutrition qualifications. 

Your dream travel destination? Madagascar

Ultimate weekend plans? A road trip with plenty of nature, board games and quaint restaurants!

Dream dinner guest?  Michelle Obama 

Favourite dessert? Tiramisu

A song you can’t not dance to? September – Earth, Wind and Fire

Hidden talent? I can serenade you with a saxophone

yoga teacher team member Aisha Nash

Aisha Nash

Yoga Teacher

All her life, Aisha Nash has been fascinated by the human body, anatomy and what it means to be well – she takes this curiosity into every Yoga class she teaches.

At the age of 19, she studied for her degree in Biology, and then trained to be a pastry chef – you would’ve had to be there to connect the dots.

After a few years of the high stress environment that is London based Michelin starred kitchens, Aisha burnt out, and left. She’d planned to leave for a short while, but it ended up being for good.

Her body was physically wrecked and still carries whispers of the pain that was so bad she left her dream job.

Knowing about Yoga her entire life, she went back to  its ancient wisdom, and rehabilitated not just her body, but also her mind, using the physical practice to provide gentle movement for her body and the philosophy to restart her life.

This then led her down the rabbit hole that Yoga teacher training tends to be. She took her first one in March 2016, and has completed a further 10 since, specialising in Trauma informed Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness.

Now coming up to being a teacher for 5 years, she teaches a Yoga approach that is loosely based on the framework of Intuitive Movement, that focuses primarily on the philosophical tenets of Yoga, and is free from any influence of Diet Culture.

Your dream travel destination? Fiji, I love beaches.

Ultimate weekend plans? Take the Eurostar to Paris and spend the weekend going to my favourite patisseries.

Dream dinner guest? It sounds really basic, but my husband. He enjoys good food as much as I do, and it’s such a joy to eat with someone that enjoys food.

Favourite dessert? Sticky toffee pudding from Flat Iron.

A song you can’t not dance to? I wanna dance with somebody by Whitney Houston.

Hidden talent? I make gremlin noises. Really good ones.

 

yoga teacher team member bex

Bex Parker Smith

Yoga Teacher

Bex has always been drawn to movement, having danced from a young age. But on developing an eating disorder in her early teens, she began to see movement at best; a way to deserve food and at worst; a punishment. It wasn’t until years later, in 2016, on stumbling into a yoga studio that she rediscovered the simple joy of movement. Bex fell in love with how time on the mat offered something beyond exercise and it was there she finally began to feel at home in her body again.  

A steady companion to her bulimia recovery, Bex experienced first-hand how the yoga practice nurtures our relationship with self, so set out to share the practice with others too. She undertook her first yoga teacher training in 2019 and now has over 400 hours’ worth of yogic study under her belt, including Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Pre & Post Natal Yoga, Mandala Vinyasa and Rocket.

To this day, Bex remains a dedicated student of yoga and sees her time on the mat like an arrival home.

Your dream travel destination? Kefalonia in Greece! It’s my spiritual home and I am always counting down the minutes until I can get back there.

Ultimate weekend plans? I teach on the weekends, so when I do have them off, I love a lazy Sunday morning in bed reading The Times magazines with a mug of coffee before heading to London Fields Lido for a paddle. Then maybe I’ll make pancakes or head out for brunch with my boyfriend to somewhere like Dishoom or Carvan, before a lovely long walk in Victoria Park and ending the evening on the sofa with Rolo (my cat!).

Dream dinner guest? Dame Maggie Smith. She’s just brilliant. 

Favourite dessert? Ladurée Macarons – specifically the lemon and raspberry ones. They’re a little expensive so I only get them every so often, but when I do, I eat the entire box (of 12) pretty much in one sitting… 

A song you can’t not dance to?  I’m Outta Love by Anastasia. Anything by Abba. Motown Gold. 

Hidden talent?  Performing! My Grandad was a singer at the Sydney Opera House and I inherited his lungs, as well as some itchy dancers’ feet. I even performed in professional musical theatre across the UK until I was 18, though, you’re more likely to hear me belting in the shower than on a stage nowadays!

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