I am an Allergy Specialist dietitian, dealing with children and adults diagnosed with food allergies, ranging from Food Protein Enterocolitis Syndrome, Eosinophilic Gastro-intestinal diseases, other non-IgE mediated food allergies and IgE mediated food allergies. I also have a particular interest in the role of nutrition in the prevention, diagnosis and management of allergic diseases.
I obtained my BSc Dietetics degree from the University of the Free State, South Africa. Following from this, I obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Allergy and a PhD (2007) from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
I have had the wonderful opportunity of working in South Africa, the United Kingdom and in the United States. I am a registered as a dietitian (RD) in all these countries. I currently work as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Previously, I was appointed as an Assistant Professor/Dietitian at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
I have been one of the founder members of this International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy. I am also a member of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI), European Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) and the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA).
I enjoy writing and I have had a number of publications in international journals. I regularly get invitations to present at in covering a range of topics relating to nutrition and allergic diseases.
One of the highlights of my career has been my appointment to the Expert Panel of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines, making me the only dietitian that has had presentation on official US and European food allergy guidelines.
I am forever indebted to the team at the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Centre on the Isle of Wight (UK) who has taught me so much…but I am still learning, every day from amazing colleagues around the world.
On this website and in these blogs, I hope to share some of my allergy stories with you…
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Carina Venter B.Sc. Dietetetics, Post Grad Dip in Allergy, PhD, RD