About The Teacher

I am from Australia and have been living in Phuket since 2008. I have a young daughter who keeps me very busy and also very happy. My limited spare time is shared with the street dogs of Phuket, providing vet care, food and a little love wherever I can.

Having completed a double degree in arts and science at Deakin University Australia, I took the customary break of a gap year or two! to travel through Europe and Asia, expanding my cultural and culinary awareness. I was struck by the diversity in diet and cultural behaviors around the world. I particularly loved Asia.

I embarked on a corporate career for the next 10 years, working in human resources and advertising and loving it. A decline in my health forced me to look for a new career.

I became certified as an emotional freedom tapping (EFT) practitioner, as well as constantly expanding my nutrition knowledge, searching for ways to feel better and manage my condition. In this I discovered the connection between nutrition & exercise, as they played pivotal roles in feeling good.

Moving to Thailand allowed me to enjoy endless sunshine and swimming, and to create my own personal retreat. It was here I decided to solidify my nutrition knowledge, so my study began once again.

In 2011 I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, Etta Joy, and discovered having a baby is not a simple business! After giving birth, I was left with the thirty kilograms I had accumulated during pregnancy. It was this which inspired me to create a weight loss program, using my nutrition and personal training credentials, as well everything I’d learned about wellness in my journey and through my life’s challenges. Initially I used this program for my own weight loss, the success of which lead to tailoring it to work with others.

It is this program and retreat that I now offer to those seeking to enhance their health, their life and their world. Through our Paleo Weight Loss Retreat program I enjoy sharing the knowledge and happiness I have experienced. My hope is for other people to discover for themselves the vitality and health that is waiting for them, as our core belief is “Live the life you deserve, in the body you desire.”

I designed the Paleo Weight Loss Retreat program to empower YOU, to drive your life with ease, clarity, boundaries and autonomy.

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