Umhlanga Hospital, Medical Centre, Sessional Suite 5, Ground Floor

031 582 5393/73

Mon - Fri 8.30 - 16.00 Sat - Sun CLOSED


About Sumaiya

"You can reach your health goals through a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle".

Let her help you improve your life

Sumaiya Essa RD (SA), completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at the University of Kwazulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg. Thereafter she did her community service year at Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging, Gauteng. She then continued to work in the public sector at Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg to gain more experience in the field of dietetics.

Sumaiya has always had a dream of starting her own private practice, and so she decided to pursue this in 2015. She is passionate about helping and motivating people to make the necessary changes towards a healthier lifestyle. Every day at the practice is truly a rewarding experience.

Her aim is to provide you with sound nutritional advice so that you can reach your health goals through a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.

Sumaiya develops health and nutrition programs that identify opportunities to become more efficient and more focused on your progress.

Sumaiya is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as well as the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) and is conscientious with attending continuous nutrition education programs to ensure she is up to date with the latest in nutrition research.

She is also accredited provider for Discovery Vitality nutrition consultations to assist members with achieving their health and wellness goals. Sumaiya has a special interest in diabetes care and has been certified by the Centre of Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) as a preferred provider for the management of their members.

Sumaiya has always believed that “you are what you eat” and chose this career in nutrition and dietetics to educate, inspire and encourage people to make the right food choices.

As the great Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”.


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Success Stories

After having major abdominal surgery, I was referred to Dietitian, Sumaiya Essa. Sumaya helped me feel so much more optimistic about my future health. She took the time to listen to my concerns and rather than taking the dramatic approach of changing my lifestyle all at once, she came up with a practical plan to gently guide me toward healing incorporating my most major concern of weight loss in my plan.
It's great to have a knowledgeable dietician, but even better to have one who is understanding and passionate about what they do, and takes the time to listen to their patients. I'm looking forward to working with Sumaiya.
Regards, Very Pleased Patient

Salomie Moodley

I had several appointments with Sumaiya as part of my recovery from illness which had resulted in severe weight loss. Sumaiya prepared a comprehensive plan focussing on the correct foods to help me regain weight, taking into account my BMI, body fat percentage, visceral fat and muscle mass, all of which have now greatly improved.
I am almost back to my ideal weight. Sumaiya was always very professional, and most encouraging in her support, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone needing dietary assistance.

Patricia Edden

Sumaiya is young, vibrant and easy to converse with as well as motivational. Her advice is sound and tailored to your specific needs. Her service is of top quality and also dynamic.

Sumaiya has helped me lose the unnecessary weight naturally at a good pace. My confidence and energy has increased greatly, I've recently started exercising, I feel and look amazing! Umhlanga Dietician is changing my life!... for the better

Kirashen Govender

Sumaiya, I really want to thank you for the special attention you gave me. Your understanding of what I was going through really helped me through it all. I really appreciate how you worked what would normally be a boring menu into something that was different and has now become a lifestyle change for me.

Thanks Sumaiya, you're the best.

Nishan Naidu

I am so pleased with how you have helped me regarding my nutrition and weight so far. You have a been a great help and inspiration to me and I am so grateful for all your time and effort you have given me time and time again.

What I have enjoyed most about you is that you have listened to me carefully and understood my weaknesses and only helped me push further and further at my pace at which I was most comfortable.

Tyler Wilshire Duncan