Ashleigh Brunner (Business Owner)

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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, Cremorne and Balgowlah.

Michelle Nearchou (Lead Dietitian Lane Cove & Cremorne)

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Qualifications

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney)

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

Accredited Practising Dietitian

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.

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.  

Melissa Meier (Lead Dietitian Kirrawee)

Qualifications

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Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney)

Bachelor of Applied Science, Exercise and Sports Science (University of Sydney)

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Melissa is an energetic and enthusiastic Accredited Practising Dietitian. She is passionate about helping others to lead healthier lives and teaching people how to use nutrition to better their health. Her nutrition philosophy focuses on real, wholefoods and finding balance.

Melissa is particularly interested in Coeliac Disease, having lived with the condition for almost ten years herself. Other areas of interest include weight loss, heart disease, hypertension, IBS, food allergies and intolerance.

Throughout her studies, Melissa also became well-versed in the nutritional management of diabetes (gestational and Type 2), aged care, oncology, colorectal surgery and mental illness.   Melissa also has thorough knowledge of children’s nutrition. She completed her Masters research project on the nutritional quality of children’s lunchbox snacks, so has an extensive understanding of food products that are targeted at this age group.

Melissa was also recently involved in the development of an e-book on children’s nutrition. Melissa has a background in sport, having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise and Sport Science before moving on to study her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

She grew up in a very active family and participated avidly in swimming, dancing and basketball as a youngster. These days, she enjoys pilates and walking her Labrador, Sam.

Melissa is a creative person and thoroughly enjoys combining this with her love of nutrition. As a passionate foodie, Melissa loves being in the kitchen creating delicious, healthy recipes. With her nutrition knowledge in tow, Melissa can give practical, realistic and individualised advice on meal planning, preparation and cooking. She is a big believer in healthy food being delicious and affordable. As they say, the proof is in the pudding – so check out some of her creations on Instagram @honest_nutrition. As another outlet for her creative side, Melissa enjoys writing for the likes of Healthy Food Guide and myBody+soul, where she loves to share her evidence-based, realistic approach to nutrition.

Hannah Bolton (Lead Dietitian Rozelle)

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Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology & Management/Marketing (Monash University)

Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics (University of Wollongong)

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Fascinated by the inner workings of the mind and body from an early age, Hannah knew her career path just had to combine her two passions. This led her to complete a Bachelor of Psychology & Management/Marketing at Monash University, followed by a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong.  

Hannah describes her approach as individualised, practical, and holistic. She believes these elements are integral to ensuring clients are empowered and equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to make diet and lifestyle changes that are lasting and specific to their needs. With her experience in hospital and community settings, Hannah has increased her clinical awareness and understanding of how the right food choices can treat and prevent disease, as well as support a healthy mind and general wellbeing.

Hannah is fastidiously committed to continuous learning and professional development when it comes to nutrition.  She enjoys reading widely and researching the latest up-to-date evidence-based diet studies and lifestyle strategies to assist all age adults, adolescents and children to optimise their health. Healthy families = happy families.

Hannah has a special interest in paediatric nutrition, having completed her final year research project exploring the availability of nutrition information online for parents with children undergoing cancer treatment. She is passionate about helping parents find practical solutions to improve their child’s eating repertoire and ease mealtime stress.

As a passionate and self-confessed foodie, Hannah’s hours of browsing supermarket shelves and background in nutrition give her the appropriate knowledge to support her clients in making informed food choices.

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys catching up with friends and family over good coffee and yummy food. She also enjoys yoga, pilates, barre, and AGOGA. Hannah fancies herself as a great cook, and adept at creating healthy feasts for everyone to enjoy.