While reversing your type 2 diabetes with us,
we will promise to give you:
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 4 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
Coach & 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.
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.
BA (Int. Studies)
Coach & 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.
Dr Victoria (Tori) Buntine
B.Med, FRACGP, Grad Dip Family Medicine, Grad Dip Applied Science (Nutritional and Environmental Studies)
Tori served in the Royal Australian Air Force before gaining over 25 years experience as a GP in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Interested in the effects of food at an early age (particularly when her parents went ‘zero fat’ in the 1980s), Tori has been practising low carb herself for more than 20 years. She is passionate to be a trusted advocate helping people navigate what is ‘healthy’ when it comes to nutrition, and thrilled to be part of team empowering people suffering type 2 diabetes with the option of reversal.
Our advisory board 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 for over 20 years with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and she has advanced training in Psychology with an Endorsement in Counselling Psychology with the PBA. Before training as a Psychologist, Carolyn was a Registered Nurse and she worked in a variety of healthcare settings over many years.
Carolyn is very interested in the mind-body connection. 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.
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.
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 (>6.5%) 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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