Reverse type 2 diabetes the
Diversa Health way:
We incorporate the latest evidence-based research into our clinical practice. Everything we do, we do safely.
Health is our passion and we measure our own success, by the success of our patients.
We build genuine connection and understanding.
We’re committed to continually raising the bar on value quality and service. We always strive for better.
We know your journey, because we’ve lived it.
Nearly 1.7 million Australians have diabetes or prediabetes, but those suffering often feel isolated, confused and scared.
That’s certainly how our founder Dr Rob Szabo felt after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes seven years ago. Determined to stay healthy, Rob experimented with different ways to manage his diabetes and learned about the powerful effects of a low carb lifestyle.
After just three months, he noticed something incredible. He could not only control his diabetes, but he could even completely reverse it – all without medications.
Dr Szabo founded Diversa, not only to show others how to prevent, treat and reverse their type 2 diabetes through nutritional changes, but to form a community: so that no one in Australia ever needs to feel that they are doing this alone.
When you join Diversa, you’ll receive ongoing support from your clinical team and many others who are on the same journey.
We’ve given thousands of patients a revitalised attitude towards life.
Since establishing Australia’s first Low Carb Clinic in Melbourne 5 years ago, we are proud to have helped thousands lose weight, reverse their diabetes and turn their health around.
In 2020, prior to the coronavirus lockdown, we transitioned to provide personalised, expert guidance from qualified health professionals entirely through our remote-care, subscription service.
We realised that while some patients were seeing us for their diabetes, this was only a tiny fraction of the 1.7 million Australians with type 2 diabetes who we could be helping. Our new model expands our reach and means we can provide the best personalised care and unite people with diabetes across the country.
The Journey of Diversa Health
After 4 years of serving thousands of patients in-person as The Low Carb Clinic, we have now become Diversa Health.
Diversa is a portmanteau, a fancy word that means the blending of the sounds and combining meanings of two other words, in this case “diabetes” and “reverse”. Diversa also means “diverse” in Spanish.
The core issue we’re addressing is insulin-induced conditions. In fact, perhaps the majority of Australians have some form of insulin resistance which is manifested in a variety (or diverse) types of conditions. Type 2 diabetes just happens to be the most recognisable.
Historically, the majority of patients we have helped came to us primarily for assistance with sustained weight loss, and we will continue to serve such patients.
However, with approximately 1.7 million Australians with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, nearly all of them only “manage” their conditions with medications and carbohydrate-rich diets.
We aim to completely change the paradigm. For those Australians with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diversa provides the option of reversal.
In so doing, we seek to help Australians be healthier while reducing the healthcare costs.
Our core team
Our team of clinical experts are making that future possible. Through a combination of medical nutrition therapy and removing the barriers of one-on-one care.
BBiomedSc BExSSc MNutn&Dtcs
NDIS Care Manager & Accredited Practicing Dietitian
An accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist, Camilla studied the physiology of the human body and realised how important daily food choices are for supporting physical and mental health, wellbeing, longevity and prevention of chronic disease.
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Through his background in management consulting, projects and change management, Julian believes in data and evidence-driven decision making; and is passionate about bringing fresh thinking to the treatment of diabetes in Australia. He is fascinated by the drivers of change and aspires to help put people back in the driver’s seat and achieve positive change to their health.
Dr Nicoletta Fisicaro
Treating food as medicine, Nikki is a metabolic doctor who firmly believes in prescribing diet and lifestyle changes before drugs. For a long time, Nikki felt frustrated and unfulfilled as a GP treating diabetic and obese patients with standard medical advice. Despite effort from herself and her patients she’d watch their blood sugars continue to rise over the years and felt there was nothing she could do other than prescribe more medications. When Nikki discovered that standard dietary advice was based on weak unreliable science, and that low carb, real food nutrition could not only treat but actually reverse diabetes, she has never looked back.
Co-Founder and Managing Director
With more than a decade of experience in leading teams to provide dialysis services to patients around the globe, Pete knew well that type 2 diabetes was a primary contributor to end stage renal disease. However, it came as a bit of a shock to him in recent years to learn that the epidemic was actually reversible. He became determined to help patients and key stakeholders consider a low carb lifestyle as the first line of treatment and prevention.
Dr Rob Szabo
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer
A GP with over 15 years experience. Having successfully reversed his own type 2 diabetes in 2014, Rob is passionate about providing the option of reversal to the many Australians suffering type 2 diabetes. He believes in empowering people to take control of their own health journey through nutritional strategies that encourage disease reversal.
BAppSc in Physical Education and Science
A certified PreKure health coach and physical education, health and science teacher, Susie has experienced first-hand the amazing benefits of a real food, low carb lifestyle. She is dedicated to helping others change their habits and make positive and sustainable food and lifestyle choices.
BA (Int. Studies), BNursing
Clinical Services Manager & Registered Nurse
A registered nurse and health researcher, Veronique believes in empowering individuals to dictate their own health and aims to help as many people as possible replace or reduce medications with food habits that better suit their body.
Clinical Advisory Panel
Our advisory panel is comprised of clinical experts from various disciplines. They help guide us in the care we deliver and provide input on how to optimize patient results.
BSocSc (Psych) Hons, MSocSc (Couns)
Carolyn Rogers has been registered as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) since 1999. She has advanced training in Psychology with an Endorsement with the PBA in Counselling Psychology. Before training as a Psychologist, Carolyn was a Registered Nurse and she worked in a variety of healthcare settings over many years.
Apart from treating mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, Carolyn is very experienced in helping clients with weight management and overcoming binge eating and food addiction problems. She is one of only two Psychologists listed on the Low Carb Map of the World (Foodmed.net) who are recognized for their expertise in low carb nutrition. Carolyn also has advanced training as an EFT Practitioner, which is an effective evidence-based technique for overcoming food cravings.
B.(Phys.Ed) Hons, MSc (Exercise Physiology)
David combines his expertise in physiology and biochemistry with his experience in business, human resources and behavior change to get to the heart of problems faced by individuals and businesses.
David hates waste. Whether it is wasted opportunities, wasted resources or wasted effort. And he wants the same for everyone else. He shows people how to achieve the outcomes they want as efficiently and effectively as possible. He also loves maximizing potential. He believes every person and organisation has the ability to achieve extraordinary things, and that with the right behaviours, consistently followed, anything is possible.
He helps people and organisations develop lifestyle and business habits that work in the long term. The behaviours, if done regularly and with purpose, make life easier, more enjoyable, more productive and more profitable.
Dr Jason Kaplan
BsC(Med) MBBS(Hons) FRACP FCSANZ FACC
Dr Kaplan studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999 then completed his Internal Medicine Training at St George and Prince of Wales hospitals and Adult Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Prior to training in cardiology, he completed additional advanced training in medical oncology and pharmacology. His training in these areas allows Dr Kaplan to adopt a more holistic approach to patient care, particularly those with multiple medical issues.
Dr Kaplan has completed additional training in cardiac imaging in Australia and has spent time at the MAYO clinic in Minnesota, USA. He performs transoesophageal echocardiography, pharmacological stress (dobutamine) echocardiography and has brought the use of contrast echo and strain imaging to Macquarie University Hospital.
Dr Kaplan has been a part of the team bringing minimally invasive robotic cardiac surgery to Macquarie University providing 3D echocardiography services to peri-operative patients and is part of the Structural Heart Disease team at Macquarie University assessing patients prior to minimally invasive cardiac procedures. He is also a proponent of Integrative Cardiology incorporating principles of cardiovascular, nutritional, functional and Mind – Body Medicine in the care of his patients.
Dr Kaplan also has a strong interest in Sports Cardiology – an emerging subspecialty within cardiology providing cardiac care to elite athletes and exercising individuals and has worked with the NSW Institute of Sport, Olympic athletes and more recently has consulted to the National Rugby League.
Dr Kaplan is currently a senior clinical lecturer in Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. In his spare time, Dr Kaplan loves to spend time with his wife and daughter, is a keen tennis player and practices yoga.
Dr Kevin Lee
MHlthSc (Clinical Epidemiology)
Endocrinologist, Diabetologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician
Dr Kevin Lee is an Australian trained Specialist Physician in Endocrinology/Diabetes and Nuclear Medicine. He underwent undergraduate medical training in Sydney, completing post-graduate training throughout Queensland.
He has a Masters of Health Studies in Clinical Epidemiology and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. As a clinical endocrinologist, he offers patient-centric care in obesity management, thyroid, diabetes & osteoporosis and other endocrine/metabolic conditions. As a nuclear medicine/PET specialist, his interests are in dementia, brain function, neuroendocrine cancer, general cancer imaging as well as in myocardial perfusion imaging, body composition, and BMD imaging.
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Although there is no universally agreed upon definition for the reversal of type 2 diabetes, Diversa uses HbA1c to assist in defining diabetes and pre-diabetes reversal.
Type 2 diabetes reversal is when a patient who previously had an HbA1c in the diabetic range (>6.4%) returning an HbA1c in the non-diabetic range (<6.4%) (along with the absence of medications used to manage diabetes). Pre-diabetes reversal is when a patient who previously had an HbA1c in the pre-diabetic range (5.7-6.4%) returning an HbA1c to the non pre-diabetic range (less than 5.7%).
It is important to recognise that although not everybody may be able to completely reverse type 2 diabetes, partial reversal, the reduction of medication dosages, along with the simultaneous lowering of HbA1c, will unquestionably achieve a better quality of life and improve health outcomes for those living with type 2 diabetes.
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