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THE CHIEF LIFE
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educating and inspiring people
in our community and beyond

The Chief Life was born out of a desire to reach, educate and inspire a greater number of people than those we coached and worked with in our own local community. It gives us the chance to connect with individuals from all over the world and in a form that still personalises the approach to bring each person what they need for their nutrition at that point in time.

MEET THE CHIEFS

Stacey Turner (Stace)

CO-FOUNDER, CEO, DIETITIAN/NUTRITION COACH, TRAINER/FITNESS COACH

My desire to learn more about nutrition started at a very early age. I have always loved cooking and when I was little, I wanted to be a chef. Whilst I was growing up, my dad often got sick with his type 1 diabetes, which drove me to want to find out more about food as a medicine and how I could work to help people like my dad to get improved health from the food they chose to eat.

In the process of studying Nutrition at Sydney uni, I found that there was a need to deepen my knowledge and understanding of movement and training as well. I have always had a passion for movement, having been a ballerina from the age of 2, and so it made sense to me to have food and movement go hand in hand.
I achieved my cert 3 & 4 in fitness, got hired by a CrossFit gym and have spent the last 10 years working with all kinds of wonderful individuals to empower them to eat and move in a way that allows them to be the best version of themselves they can be. During that time, I have also come up against a number of health issues (coeliac disease, adrenal fatigue, gut health issues, MTHFR gene mutation, under active thyroid) that I have worked my way through and using The Chief Life philosophy, I have been able to still experience a full and happy life.

You can too and I can’t wait to work with you to help you experience your most optimum level of health and wellbeing.

+ Dietitian/Nutritionist [BSc majoring in Nutrition & Dietetics, completed with First Class Honours] since 2009

+ Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness and Personal Training since 2009

+ Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) Level 1 (State) Coach

+ Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 1 Coach

+ Other Specialty course including: CrossFit Level 3 Trainer, Olympic Weightlifting, Field Sport Strength & Conditioning, Mobility, Kids, Gymnastics, Competitor, Boxing, Kettlebells

MATTHIAS TURNER (MATTY)

CO-FOUNDER, CEO, NUTRITION COACH, TRAINER/FITNESS COACH

I have a love for health and fitness, music and laughter as well as a deep passion to help people. I am driven by our community’s results and living up to The Chief Life standard keeps me accountable every day. I am a keen CrossFitter, having been fairly competitive for a few years now, and been within the health and fitness realm for the last 10 years.

Things have never come easy for me, so I’ve always had to work at it – whether it be nutrition or training, and so I feel that helps me to be a better coach and be able to connect with others better because I’ve experienced the struggles and come out the other side, better for it. I’m looking forward to having you join and tribe and being able to help you too.

+ Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness and Personal Training since 2009

+ Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF)
Level 1 (State) Coach

+ Other Specialty course including:
CrossFit L3 Trainer, Olympic Weightlifting, Field Sport Strength & Conditioning, Mobility, Kids, Gymnastics, Competitor, Boxing

JOHN WARD

NUTRITION COACH

My career in the Fitness Industry which began in 1994, I have been a Gym Instructor, Club Manager, Regional Manager Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach.  Many parts of this have been rewarding and currently the offering of Nutrition Coaching as part of Personal Training is the most rewarding.
My own life as an athlete was mainly in Rugby Union and Cricket in the UK and then in Triathlon in the UK and Australia.  I’ve competed in over 35 races including 3 full Ironman events.

+ Precision Nutrition Level 1

+ Advanced Power Training

+ Client Assessment, Biomechanics and Metabolism

+ Explosive Lifting and Advanced Strength Training

+ Rehab Trainer Course

+ Pool Plant Operators Course

BELINDA MOSS

NUTRITION COACH

To say that I am passionate about nutrition is an understatement! Since giving up a career in graphic design to undertake a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) I have been constantly in awe of the power of food and its effects on the body and our health.

I have always loved sports, having represented Australia in archery, and played representative touch, netball and softball. I’m now a CrossFit enthusiast and I love pushing my mind and body to discover what I’m capable of.

Supporting people to achieve their goals, whether for performance or health (or both!) brings me so much joy and I can’t wait to help you reach your potential.

+ Nutritionist – BHSc (NutDMed)

BEC BREEDS

NUTRITION COACH

I have had a weird and wonderful journey to Nutrition. I was overweight as a kid and struggled with various food sensitivities. I love the arts and while studying them at UNSW started gaining traction as an actress. Despite having grown out of my puppy fat I still wrestled with some left overs and my self-image.

I went to a recommended Nutritionist to ‘lose the weight’ and ended up struggling with orthorexia, the scales and mental health. Unsurprisingly I couldn’t keep it up and was breaking the ‘rules’ anyway. I realised that the missing piece was the WHY. Why was this ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for me and why couldn’t I adhere the to the instructions? What was going on beneath the surface?

This compelled me to study wholistic nutrition as well as research the relationship we have to food and how we can heal it so that it can heal us. I believe in bio-individuality and that every person needs a guide to help them understand and harness their body to live their best life. I want to provide the resources I needed back then and bring people into a better experience with their body physically and emotionally.

+ Nutritional Therapy Institute (Denver) *Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

+ Institute for Integrative Nutrition (New York) *Certified Health and Wellness Coach

NICOLE MCDERMOTT

NUTRITION COACH

After suffering from multiple auto immune diseases and gynaecological symptoms for most of my adolescent life combined with a highly stressful training schedule and little down time, I eventually crashed and burned….. It was then that I decided to look into the power of nutrition, exercise and mindfulness practices to help restore my body back to health.

This is where I found my passion! Working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet.

Being a Mother I needed to lead by example and this is the best way I know how!

+ Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

+ CrossFit Gymnastics

+ Precision Nutrition Level 1 certificate in Exercise Nutrition

+ Massage Therapist

LEAH WILLIAMSON

NUTRITION COACH

All my life I struggled with weight and health issues, digestive issues, extreme fatigue and fluctuating moods. In my early twenties I was diagnosed with Hashimotos, an autoimmune condition and thought having this diagnosis would be the answer to all my health issues but of course it wasn’t, and my symptoms continued to get worse.

After the birth of my first child, I gained a significant amount of weight, had no energy and did not feel like myself anymore. I knew this just wasn’t me and my journey led me to discover Paleo and a real food approach to eating. I went on to lose 30kg and never felt better. This led me to become actively involved in the nutrition community, helping to spread the message of food is medicine through forming the Brisbane Paleo Group and later studying to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.

Through my journey and experience, I am now super passionate about empowering you to find health and vitality.

+ Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

+ Autoimmune Paleo Certified Coach

+ Certified Gluten Practitioner

+ Restorative Wellness Practitioner

+ PSYCH-K Advanced Practitioner

KELLY KARAKURT

NUTRITION COACH
I have been involved in sports since a young age, sparking my interest in the relationship between food and quality of life.
I started CrossFit 7 years ago and this is where my passion for health and fitness grew. Obtaining my Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certificate in 2015 and going on to open my own CrossFit Box in 2016 has been one of the most rewarding experiences.
I believe nutrition has had a huge impact on my life in many ways including sleep quality, stress levels, work productivity and especially our ability to be active and improve training performance.
So, I went on to study Nutrition Coaching and my focus now is to assist clients in optimising all of these areas and achieve sustainable long term benefits, by improving their knowledge and understanding of food intake to make it a way of life.
We should all have to opportunity to feel amazing and live our best life possible.
+ Nutrition Coach (Australian College of Fitness)
+ CrossFit Level 1
+ CrossFit Kids Trainer
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