Karlien Smit joined the practice in 2007 and initially focused on the dietary services for the SSISA’s Healthy Weight, One to One and Corporate programmes. She then focused on her passion for sport and started working with individual athletes and teams - both recreational and elite. To date, Karlien has worked with the Nashua Cape Cobras, SA canoeing, SA under-16 rugby team, Cycling SA, and athletes participating in ultra endurance events such as the Cape Epic and Iron Man.
Karlien also presents workshops to a wide variety of groups, from athletes to corporate companies, students and the general public, and is a regular writer for popular magazines and newspapers such as Shape and Men’s Health. Karlien is currently based in Gauteng running the Gauteng branch of the practice.
Rowena Visagie recently joined the practice. She previously worked at the Kings Park Sports Medicine Centre in Durban and had her own private practice in Pietermaritzburg. She has a passion for sports nutrition and has worked with athletes and sports teams of various levels. Most of her experience is with endurance and ultra-endurance sports (e.g. triathlon, ironman, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, marathon and ultra-marathon running), U21 and schoolboy rugby, soccer, cricket, track and field, and swimming. She is also a former national elite triathlete, and provincial swimmer, cross-country and track athlete.
Sarah Chantler is a registered dietitian, working on several of the SSISA Programmes including the Healthy Weight ,Go-4-It Medical Executives and Maestroes programmes and also consults with individuals referred to the practice. Sarah qualified with Nutrition & Dietetics (UCT) in 2005 and completed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) post-graduate diploma course in sports nutrition in 2010. She is currently completing her master’s degree in exercise science at UCT. Sarah’s primary area of interest lies in the combination of exercise and diet, herself a waterpolo player, a previous provincial swimmer and UCT rower.
Elienne Horwitz has been a dietitian on the SSISA’s Healthy Weight and One-2-One and Go-4-It programmes since 2008. She also consults part-time for the private practice and has a special interest in weight management, general sports nutrition and chronic diseases of lifestyle.
Cecily Fuller has more than 25 years’ experience in different fields of nutrition and dietetics, including consulting to various food and other health-related industries. She has a special interest in the role that diet and exercise play in both the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases, such as: overweight, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes mellitus and cancer.
Cecily has made a significant contribution to the dietary practice over the years, given her integral involvement with many of the programmes and content development ranging from grass roots and school-based projects to nutrition manuals for elite athletes.
To date, Cecily has worked with South Africa’s Olympic athletes and ICC cricket, rugby and golf, and other sports codes. She has also been involved with student training and research projects as well as writing many advertorials, editorials and liaising with the food industry. Cecily has also co authored the book ‘Eating for Sport’.
Jenny-Ann Smuts’ association with the dietary practice over the past 10 years has provided her with a wealth of experience in both clinical and sports nutrition. Her current focus is on managing the Trufood Station.