Kara developed a passionate interest in nutrition, exercise and health from a young age due to competing at a high level in sport, leading to her starting the early stages of her career as a Personal Trainer. After working in the fitness industry, her desire to learn more about different aspects of sport and exercise performance led her to studying a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at Exeter University, where she became particularly interested in the role of nutrition.
Drawn to the varied and clinical nature of dietetics, Kara studied BSc (Hons) Dietetics at Plymouth University and started her career as a Band 5 dietitian in Birmingham, where she was able to complete a number of rotations, including diabetes, HIV and bariatrics. Through this work, she came to find that her real passion lay in counselling and supporting people to make the lifestyle and dietary changes needed to manage weight and long term health conditions. This led to Kara progressing to a Band 6 Specialist Diabetes Dietitian post in 2014 with a particular focus on patient education, Type 2 diabetes and weight management. She also completed several courses during this time in motivational interviewing and behaviour change techniques and continues to apply these skills whether it being supporting student development or helping people make lifestyle changes within her dietetic practice.
Outside of work, Kara loves travelling, playing touch rugby and generally being outdoors, whether it be cycling, surfing, swimming or enjoying a walk with family and friends. Her other love is of course both cooking and eating food – particularly when there is sunshine and good company involved!