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Reena Soniassy Unkovich

Dietetic Practice Coordinator

School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Reena coordinates all the practical training for the MSc Nutrition and Dietetics programme  and ensures that professional competencies are met in the three domains of dietetic practice in NZ - Applied Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Food Service Management. As a Senior Professional Clinician at Massey University, Reena's experience encompasses various specialist areas in hospital, rehabilitation and outpatient settings. She is therefore actively involved in the Nutrition and Dietetic Centre, providing advice for the nutritional management of many health conditions. She holds registration with the NZ Dietitians Board and is an endorsed Dietitian Prescriber. She also maintains Accredited Practising Dietitian status with the Dietitians Association of Australia. Reena enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds and has extensive experience in helping children, families and adults achieve their nutrition and lifestyle goals. Specialist areas include infant feeding, paediatric nutrition, fussy eating, feeding difficulties and food allergies/ intolerances.

Reena Soniassy-Unkovich leads the Professional Practice Paper within the MSc Nutrition and Dietetics programme. She also provides individual dietetic consultations and group sessions within the Nutrition and Dietetic Centre.

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Contact details

  • Ph: + 64 9 213 6027 DDI
    Location: Room 10, Building 40
    Campus: Albany

Research Expertise


Clinical Education

Interprofessional Education

Simulation-based Learning

Food Allergies and Intolerances

Paediatric Nutrition

Picky/ Fussy Eating

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

Feeding Difficulties


Mindful Eating

Consultancy and Languages


  • February 2017 - Current - Parents Centre - Bays North Harbour
    Presenter, Infant Feeding, Growth and Nutrition
  • March 2016 - Current - Sport Auckland
    Fuel4Play Programme - Presenter, Children Nutrition and Fussy Eating
  • July 2016 - Current - Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
    Living Well Interprofessional Programme - Dietitian Advisor & Educator
  • September 2015 - Current - Allergy Sensei
    Specialist Dietitian Reviewer
  • August 2015 - Current - Healthbox NZ
    Presenter and Dietetic Consultant, Corporate Wellbeing Programmes
  • July 2012 - Current - Paediatric and Infant Feeding and Nutrition Centre (PiFAN)
    Dietitian and Advisor, ACTIVEating Programme

Supervision and Teaching


Papers Coordinated:

  • 151.750 Professional Dietetic Practice (45 credits)



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