In 1995, having completed a PhD in molecular genetics, my career began as a research scientist investigating obesity and diabetes, at the prestigious Garvan Institute of Medical Research, in Sydney, Australia. However, after 10 years of academia I concluded that the ‘magic pill’ for health was a long way off, and that in the meanwhile, good health required effort and needed to be earned. I returned to university, obtained a Master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, and in 2004, opened my first nutrition consultancy The Body Doctor. As both an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Practicing Sports Dietitian, my interests spanned a vast range of health and performance issues. I became very involved in weight management, chronic disease and gastrointestinal health. I developed a keen interest in sports performance and managing pregnancies. I observed that stress, sleep, fitness and state of mind have a significant impact on how people eat and how all these factors intertwine and affect one’s health.
I also identified that many people suffer food addiction, and that like all addictions, it can be very challenging to manage or overcome. As my career developed I became very interested in the applied science of longevity medicine and the profound role that nutrition and lifestyle can play on disease prevention, healthy aging, healthspan and lifespan. I undertook additional formal education and became Board certified in both Australia and USA in regenerative and anti-aging medicine. In 2018, I expanded my practice to include locations in both Sydney and Singapore.