Eat Smart Nutrition Consultants

Kerry Leech  
Mob: 0412 234 572

Lauren James
(née Nugent)  
Mob: 0411 741 059

Kellie Hogan  
Mob: 0419 786 178

Joseph Spelta  
Mob: 0402 843 955

Rebecca Disher
(née Evans)  
Mob: 0411 632 414

Casey James  
Mob: 0439 745 689

Steff Ford  
Mob: 0423 388 356

Danielle Savic  
Mob: 0451 618 537

Alexandria Friend  
Mob: 0414 978 678


Eat Smart @
Allsports Physiotherapy
07 3217 8555

Eat Smart @
Allsports Physiotherapy
07 3279 3752

Eat Smart @
Cadogan House
07 3266 7444

Eat Smart @
Kenmore Medical Centre
07 3363 1600

Eat Smart @
Bayside Wellbeing Centre
07 3823 5423

Eat Smart @
0423 388 356

Eat Smart @
Brisbane Sports & Exercise Medicine Specialists
07 3899 0659

Eat Smart @
GSOG Greenslopes Hospital
1300 464 464

Eat Smart @
Paeds in a Pod Greenslopes Hospital
07 3177 2000

Eat Smart @
Paeds in a Pod North Lakes
North Lakes
07 3177 2000

Eat Smart @
Family Doctors Plus
07 3357 8192

Eat Smart @
Allsports Physiotherapy
The Gap
07 3300 6011

Eat Smart @
Allsports Physiotherapy
Forest Lake
07 3278 8544

Eat Smart @
Terry White Chemmart
0451 618 537


Eat Smart GC @
Allsports Physiotherapy
07 5561 1810

Eat Smart GC @
Gold Coast Physio & Sports Health
Runaway Bay
07 5500 6470

Eat Smart GC @
Medicross Helensvale Surgery
07 5573 2122

Eat Smart GC @
Pindara Physiotherapy
07 5539 4484

Eat Smart GC @
Gold Coast Physio & Sports Health
Burleigh Heads
07 5500 6470

Eat Smart GC @
The Athletes Workshop
Tweed Heads
0439 745 689

Eat Smart GC @
Coast Colorectal
07 5598 0825

Accredited Practising Dietitian

About the Eat Smart Dietitians

Accredited Dietitians Brisbane & Gold Coast

See below for more about the Eat Smart Dietitians:
Kerry Leech, Lauren James (née Nugent), Kellie HoganJoseph Spelta, Rebecca Disher (née Evans)Casey James, Steff FordDanielle Savic and Alexandria (Alex) Friend.

Kerry Leech B.Sc., Grad.Dip.Dietetics, APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian & Advanced Sports Dietitian

Kerry Leech Advanced Sport Dietitian

Hi I am Kerry Leech. I have been a dietitian for 15 years, after graduating I first gained a broad clinical experience in various hospitals.
For the last 12 years I have been working with Holly Frail in what is now Eat Smart Nutrition Consultants where I have widened my experience in dietetics even further.

My interest in food and nutrition, especially in the sporting area started as an aspiring elite netball player at the Australian Institute of Sport. Despite not reaching my goals in netball I have found my niche helping people, including athletes, to reach their goals with a healthy diet. I have now been working with the Australian Netball team for the past 10 years.

As well as my experience in private practice treating a wide variety of clinical conditions, during the past four years I have been the Nutrition Coordinator for the Qld Academy of Sport. At the QAS I also consult with the swimming, softball and women's football teams as well as a wide variety of individual athletes. I also consult with the AIS Squash unit that is based in Brisbane, and am also an active member of Sports Dietitians Australia.

I also regularly lecture to athletes, coaches and the general public on both nutrition for a healthy lifestyle and sports nutrition. I am also a regular lecturer at the Qld Dental School to dentists and oral hygienists on providing nutrition information to their clients.

As I now have three children I have an interest in helping all members of families to eat well and stay sane at the same time. I find I stay fit and healthy by including regular social sport into my weekly schedule with netball, basketball and tennis being my main fixtures.

Finally, my passion is food and cooking and I love to find ways to make food a healthy and tasty part of everyday living.

KERRY's Speciality Practice Areas:
Clinical - weight management, over 50’s - menopause, difficult weight management, IBS, eating issues.
Sports - Adolescent athletes - body composition management, Female athletes, Swimming, Netball, Football of all codes, Power Sports.

Lauren James (née Nugent) B. Hlth Sci (Nut & Diet) (Hons.), APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian &  Advanced Sports Dietitian

Lauren James (née Nugent) Accredited Dietitian

Lauren James (née Nugent) has been a dietitian for over 9 years, working in both clinical dietetics and sports nutrition. She started work in Private Practice and in Hospitals and Nursing Homes. She later took on work in a psychology practice to further her knowledge of the psychological impact of food and nutrition. Lauren joined Eat Smart Nutrition Consultants in 2005 to further her passion for sports nutrition and private practice.

Lauren consults on all general dietetic issues such as weight loss or gain, diabetes, cholesterol and lifestyle modification. She specializes in sports nutrition, gastrointestinal disorders and eating disorder patients.

Lauren currently consults to the Australian Institute of Sport as the Sports Dietitian for Squash, is a nutrition service provider for the QLD Academy of Sport Golf and Athletics programs, consults to the Brisbane Broncos Under 20's and Elite Player Development program and is the Sports Dietitian for the Women's Roar Football squad. Within Eat Smart Lauren facilitates the Eat Smart in Schools program for Adolescent Athletes. The program started in 2006 to assist junior athletes to excel in their chosen sport. We have combined our knowledge and skills in elite athletes for use in the junior athlete. It is an exciting project and Lauren thoroughly enjoys consulting to school Rugby, Rowing, Soccer, Golf, Dance, Tennis, Volleyball and Netball squads.

Lauren is a regular presenter to corporate groups, athletes, coaches and the general public on a variety of nutrition topics. Lauren enjoys making presentations interactive and fun to ensure all participants go home learning something useful!

On a personal note, Lauren likes to keep active by running and going to the gym as well as doing Pilates and yoga! In fact, the more variety the better! Exercise is essential for Lauren to relax, recharge and de-stress.

Lauren loves to travel and particularly enjoys cuisines from other countries. She has a passion for all things food, wine and cooking – hence her career choice!

LAUREN's Speciality Practice Areas:

Clinical- Gastrointestinal health including IBS, constipation, bowel surgery, inflammatory bowel diseases; Eating Disorders and Mental Health.

Sports- Female individual and team sport athletes; Water Polo, hockey, Football and Aesthetic sports such as Gymnastics, dance; Athletes with disordered eating.

Kellie Hogan B. Hlth Sci (Nut & Diet) (Hons), APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian & Advanced Sports Dietitian

Kellie Hogan Accredited Dietitian

Kellie Hogan from Kellie Hogan & Associates Nutrition and Dietetic Services has recently joined forces with Eat Smart Nutrition Consultants to form a new and exciting venture, Eat Smart Nutrition Consultants Gold Coast.  Kellie is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and has been consulting at a range of locations on the Gold Coast since 2000.

In addition to her clinical work in private practice, her additional skills as an Accredited Sports Dietitian, sees her maintain a range of sports nutrition consultancies across South East Qld including; the Gold Coast Titans Rugby League team, the Australian Rugby Union’s (ARU) Qld Academy program and the Qld Academy of Sport’s  (QAS) Hockey and Cycling programs and Cycling Australia’s high performance BMX program. Kellie also enjoys lecturing to a vast array of sporting organizations such as the PGA, numerous sporting groups, clubs and schools. Kellie also works for Nutrition Australia Qld (NAQ) in Brisbane as the Senior program manager of Food Smart Schools. Kellie is passionate about advancing the profession of Sports Dietetics and as such, has been an active member of the board of Sports Dieitians Australia (SDA) since 2000 and has held the position of SDA President since 2010.

KELLIE's Speciality Practice Areas:
Weight loss, malnutrition, Cancer, Pregnancy, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Osteoporosis
Sports- Junior and Senior Male and Female Team Sports -  Rugby League and Rugby Union, Soccer, netball, basketball Hockey and individual sports including Cycling, Triathlon, Swimming.

Joseph Spelta B. Hlth Sci.(Nut & Diet), APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian & Sports Dietitian
B App Sci (HMS), AEP
Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Joseph Spelta Accredited Dietitian

Joseph has a very keen interest in everything Health and Fitness, having started in the fitness industry, as a group fitness instructor and Personal trainer over 10 years ago. His studies in Nutrition and Dietetics and Human Movement Studies, and dual accredititations as a Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist, have put him in an excellent position to counsel anyone who wants to improve their health and performance via nutrition and exercise.

Joseph has a special interest in Men's Health; Cardio Vascular Disease and Weight Management. On top of his Sports Dietitian roles with Eat Smart and Queensland Academy of Sports, he is also Director of Protocol Fitness and is responsible for

program design, personal training and Pilates classes.
" I love seeing the changes in clients from a healthy eating plan and appropriate training".

Joseph works in Eat Smart and currently work in the Capalaba, & Macgregor clinics. Eat Smart's expertise in sports nutrition certainly aligns with his belief and passion for this specialty area.

He has have a wide sporting background, recently has completed "Tough Mudder" and a few other adventure/endurance events. You will still find him hitting the gym for a grueling session and enjoy outdoor adventure training!

"With every client I always try to:

  1. Empower change within individuals to create healthy lifestyle choices.
  2. Provide the challenges and motivation to push clients to their potential".

JOSEPH's Speciality Practice Areas:
Weight loss; Newly diagnosed and long term Type 2 diabetes; Cardiovascular Disease (Hypertension and Cholesterol control); Men's Health, Mental Health;  Osteoporosis.
Sports- Body Composition manipulation (Muscle building and fat loss).

Rebecca Disher (née Evans) B. Hlth Sci (Nut & Diet) (Hons), APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian & Sports Dietitian
B App Sci (HMS) (Hons)

Rebecca Disher (née Evans) Accredited Dietitian

With a double degree in Dietitics and Human Movements, Bec has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years, both as a personal trainer and a nutritionist for sports teams such as State League netball and soccer teams.   Bec specialises in weight loss/management, chronic diseases such as diabetes management, Cardiovascular, kidney disease and respiratory conditions with a strong area of interest in sports nutrition as well.

Bec has represented Australia in Australian U/21 Netball Team and State teams in athletics, softball and swimming.  Working as a personal trainer and boxing coach Bec has developed a keen interest in hydration and recovery techniques.  She’s also had a lot of experience working with clients in setting and achieving goals, developing healthy eating plans, and working towards creating a healthy lifestyle with her clients.

Bec has also developed and implemented weight loss and pre-natal programs that have focused on both nutrition and exercise components.  She also has experience in delivering education sessions on many topics to a variety of age groups.  In particular working with clients to educate them on how to read food labels, how to maximise training with nutrition and Healthy eating.

Bec works hard and trains hard to be able to give her clients the best.  Bec’s passion is running but enjoys mixing things up with cycling, swimming, boxing and plyometric training on a regular basis.
Her motivation to help others achieve their goals and their ability to live the healthiest and best life possible is what inspires her be a part of the Eat Smart Team.

BEC's Speciality Practice Areas:

Clinical- Paediatrics; Weight Loss; Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM); Type 1 Diabetes (Paed and Adults).
Sports- Child and Adolescent (all sports and athletes under 16).
Adults - Endurance (Cycling, Half and Ironman triathletes, ultra marathon, open water swimmers etc).  Water Based Sports: swimmers, kayak, canoe.  And diasability/physical impairment athletes.

Casey James B. Hlth Sci  M. (Nut & Diet), APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian & Sports Dietitian

Casey James Accredited Dietitian

Casey graduated from a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics on the Gold Coast in 2011 and has been practicing here ever since. She has further training in sports nutrition and the non-diet approach, a paradigm where the focus is on listening to the body's cues and enjoyment of food. Casey also has a decade of experience in the health industry including pharmacy and supplements. Her wide range of experience gives her the skills to tailor solutions as unique as the individuals that seek them.

Casey is a foodie with a passion for helping people rediscover the joy of nourishing the body and mind for health as well as happiness. Casey loves to run and swim, always outdoors and not for competition, just for the pure joy. She has played many sports over the years, including rugby union, touch football, Oz-tag, tennis, netball, basketball, swimming, surfing, and dancing. Casey knows movement in any form is essential for good health and can alter nutritional needs.

Casey feels privileged to provide real nutrition support to real world people

Speciality Practice Areas:
Clinical - Diabetes type 1 and 2, bowel disorderes, food intolerances, mental health, cancer, women's health and pregnancy
Sports - team sports- netball, rugby league, soccer, AFL, hockey
individual athletes- running, swimming, cycling, tennis, surfing

Steff Ford B. Hlth Sci  M. (Nut & Diet), APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian & Sports Dietitian

Steff Ford Accredited Dietitian

"I’m Steff, an accredited practicing dietitian and provisional sports dietitian. I started with Eat Smart as in intern in my final year of my master’s degree, where the team taught me so much about practical nutrition advice to achieve real, life, results. And this is what has been a driving force for me ever since the beginning.

I work with athletes on training plans, to achieve desired body composition results, fuel training and competition appropriately, and also educate on how to change nutrition depending on training load. As a teenager/ early twenties, I played a lot of sport, and know first-hand how difficult it can be to fit in training, work/study and a nutritious diet. Which means I have tried and tested it all, and come up with solutions!

Not only do I work with younger athletes, but also greatly with older females, those who may not want to exercise at all. And that’s okay! I too struggle to get out of bed most mornings to hit the pavement for a walk. So I have upskilled in the area of weight loss for women going through menopause, for those who need a little help and just don’t want to exercise how they used to. If you feel as though you have tried everything, and don’t feel like you have got anywhere, I can help you find the right style of eating for you, without compromising your social life! Because that really is the most important part!

I am passionate about good, tasty food. I love to cook, when I have time. And I love to share with others quick, easy recipes so you too can throw something together that the whole family will love, without spending hours (that you don’t have) in the  kitchen!

I believe that no matter what your goals are, you should enjoy food. And I want to help you reach these goals, through personalised, achievable nutrition advice!"

Speciality Practice Areas:
Clinical - Chronic Disease (T2DM; Heart Health); Adolescent & Adults -Weight loss & Weight Gain.
Sports - Individual and Team Sports.

Danielle Savic  B. Hlth Sci  M. (Nut & Diet), APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian 

Danielle Savic Accredited Dietitian

Danielle completed her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast after having completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary). She has also completed her National Paediatric Dietetic Training and loves working with children and their families to ensure they are growing up healthy and happy.

In addition to working with children and their families, Danielle has a special interest in helping people with diabetes improve their lives through food and nutrition. In particular, she adores working with expecting mums with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus as the impact nutrition can have on these ladies phenomenal! Danielle understands that each person is different and focuses on getting to know her patients to ensure the advice she gives is tailored and practical.

Outside of work, Danielle has two very loving and “very”active dogs that help keep her fit and healthy. Danielle loves to bake all types of yummy treats, she likes to experiment with traditional recipes and alter to see if healthier alternatives can be just as delicious. There are definitely still some traditional baking still happening in her kitchen, all things in moderation!

Speciality Practice Areas:

Clinical -  Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and Paediatrics
Sports - Long Distance and Endurance

Alexandria (Alex) Friend  B. Hlth Sci  M. (Nut & Diet), APD
Accredited Practising Dietitian 

Alexandria Friend Accredited Dietitian

Alexandria (Alex) is a dietitian, nutritionist and a self-confessed ‘foodie’. She loves learning about food, working with food, cooking food and most of all eating food!

Alex joins the Eat Smart Nutrition Team having completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. During this time, she gained experience in a wide variety of nutritional issues, including weight management, chronic disease management, malnutrition, polycystic ovary syndrome, oncology and disordered eating.

Alex has several years of experience in the health and fitness industry which led her to this career choice. She also has a strong interest in weight management, disordered eating and sports nutrition.

Outside of work, Alex loves to keep active by walking her dog, climbing mountains, going to the gym and participating in fitness classes. Alex has a passion for all things food and nutrition and finds nothing more rewarding than seeing others smile and helping them achieve their goals.

Speciality Practice Areas:

Clinical -  Weight Management & Disordered Eating
Sports - All Sports

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