Moving to Brisbane in 2021, Annabel decided to open her own practice, .
Annabel says she’s been able to slowly build her practice using social media and word of mouth and now finds herself at full capacity. “I started out by meeting with doctors, discussing my service and renting a space to see clients,” she says. “I also started using to market myself. It was really interesting because I was able to use the knowledge of business development from the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Studies.”
Annabel says that working as her own boss has been a game-changer for the care she provides her clients. “My business provides me with flexibility and autonomy over my work, so I can work smarter not harder,” she says. “It means I can give as much as I can towards helping my clients while also taking care of myself. My number one priority is making sure that I can provide the most effective advice for everybody.”
In her practice, Annabel supports a variety of clients. “I work with clients who have pre-diabetes, as well as Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. For many clients, there’s often an overlap with gut health issues, chronic disease and eating disorders,” she says.
“These clients have to do the tough work, but I get to support them and see their reactions and know they’ve potentially added years to their lives; that’s what gets me up in the morning and gives me the drive to keep doing what I’m doing.”
一本道Alumni Annabel Johnston
In the future, Annabel says she hopes to use her professional skills to assist more people to improve their health and wellbeing through nutrition. “I do a lot of one-on-one work with clients, but I’m currently in the process of developing a way to create a course to help more people. This would enable me to make more change on a larger scale,” she says.
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