Ashleigh Brunner

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Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), Honours in Nutrition (First Class)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sports Science)

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian

I.S.S.A.K Accreditation (Skin Fold Testing)

Yoga Instructor (200 Hour, Vinyasa with Power Living Australia)

Ashleigh is an experienced Dietitian, Sports Dietitian, a qualified Yoga Instructor and the Business Owner of Body Fusion. Her inspiration to become a Dietitian stems from her desire to help clients discover how a balanced diet can prevent and treat chronic disease, promote longevity and positively influence energy and concentration levels. Ashleigh has specialised in private practise consulting and she believes in individualised approaches for clients with various conditions like diabetes & high cholesterol, weight loss and food intolerance.

Before moving into private practice Ashleigh worked as a Clinical Dietitian in both public and private hospitals where she experienced first hand the full extent to which nutrition can positively influence recovery, wellbeing and quality of life. She has spent time in Alice Springs, completing projects aimed at reducing the incidence of malnutrition within hospitals in this rural and culturally challenging community.

One of Ashleigh's fields of interest and expertise includes Sports Nutrition. She was a competitive representative in netball, soccer, surf life saving and swimming, and she regularly enjoys ocean swimming and yoga.  Ashleigh has worked with the Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United A League Football, the Australian Squash Team, Bulls Cricket, Junior Australian Golfers, Manly Sea Eagles, Manly Rugby Union, Carlile Swimming and many runners and triathletes, helping each team or athlete unlock their full potential through adequate hydration and nutrition.

Having trained formally in presenting, Ashleigh is a skilful and engaging speaker.  She lectured at the Fitness Institute of Australia and the Australian College of Physical Education and continues to offer up to date, trustworthy nutrition information to groups of all sizes & ages.  In the last few years Ashleigh has worked extensively with ballet and  performing arts studios across Sydney.  Her team specialises in this group's nutritional requirements, offering on-site presentations, workshops and individual consultations to optimise performance.  Speaking in schools to year groups and teachers on specific nutrition concerns is also a specialty. Body Fusion's main focus in schools is to maximise students and teachers cognition and facilitate a positive relationship with food.

Ashleigh regularly writes for the media and local community, advocating balanced nutrition. She has contributed media articles on topics such as weight loss, healthy snacking, IBS, gluten intolerance, binge drinking and sports nutrition in local newspapers, magazines and online.

Being an ardent cook you'll often find Ashleigh in the kitchen during her spare time. She has a wealth of knowledge about food products and enjoys developing healthy menus for individuals and organisations.  Now that her practice has expanded to clinics including Lane Cove, Rozelle, Kirrawee and Hunters Hill.

Katrina Mills 

Qualifications

Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics

Bachelor of Science (Physiology)

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian

I.S.A.K Accreditation (Skin Fold Testing)

Katrina is an enthusiastic and driven dietitian who was inspired by food and nutrition from a young age. She believes that whole, natural foods should be one of the cornerstones of a balanced, healthy lifestyle that can be enjoyed by all - no matter what walk of life. 

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Throughout her clinical experience in small and large hospitals, Katrina came to appreciate the role specific nutrition recommendations have in the prevention, treatment and recovery of various acute & chronic diseases. She has encouraged young children & families to adopt healthy eating practices through her role as a Go4Fun leader and also participated in a malnutrition screening and prevention program for an aged care facility in Broken Hill. 

Katrina has and continues to lead an ever evolving active lifestyle. She spent many years in dancing studios and has completed her Level 1 Advanced Diploma in the Cecchetti Ballet method. She also enjoys swimming, resistance training, pilates, yoga and walking in the great outdoors. Katrina's background means she  is also very interested in Sports Nutrition. She has worked with St George Netball society, swimming centres, boxers, marathon runners as well as many dancers. Katrina is another keen presenter always ready to educate and bust nutrition misconceptions! 

One of Katrina's interests lies in the psychology around food. She helps clients take a step back, look at their lifestyles and focus on how/why/when they choose the foods they do. 

Katrina actively engages in social media, often posting topical blog articles, recipes and tantalising meals she has spent time creating in the kitchen. She has hence developed numerous recipes and written articles for print & online magazines and has been interviewed for various newspaper articles. 

Michelle Nearchou

Qualifications

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney)

Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Physiology) (University of Sydney)

Michelle is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Michelle has gained experience working across a variety of clinical and community health areas.

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Michelle enjoy all aspects of nutrition, with a particular interested in assisting those wanting to change their lifestyle to make sustainable improvements to their health. This includes dietary intervention for management of high cholesterol, hypertension, weight loss and maintenance, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Having completed her Masters Research Thesis at the RPAH Allergy Unit, investigating the nutritional adequacy and diet quality of the RPAH Elimination Diet, her other areas of interest include IBS, food allergies and intolerances.  

Michelle is one of a handful of Dietitians in Australia with qualifications in both Dietetics and Psychology. This combination of skills enables her to take a scientific yet practical approach to nutrition care, which she delivers to her clients in ways that are easy to understand and apply. She take the time to listen to what clients really want to achieve and works together to develop a plan individualised to each client, taking into account their skills and goals. Using techniques including motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy to work with clients in reaching long-term behaviour change.

Michelle is committed to continual professional education and providing tailored nutrition advice and evidence based interventions for any nutritional issue. In her spare time,

Michelle enjoys cooking, experimenting with new recipes, being active and playing piano.