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Estella Leek, Dip HSc, NZRD
Specialist Dietitian

Registered Dietitian (NZ Dietitians Board, Dietitian Prescriber)
Member, Dietitians New Zealand
Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders
Member, Auckland Dietitians Eating Disorders Special Interest Group

My work as a dietitian is very rewarding. I bring 30 years of experience to my practice having worked in a variety of health settings including hospitals, community health, schools, corporate nutrition and the media. Initially, I specialised in child and infant nutrition, childhood weight management, and food allergy and intolerance. It’s been a privilege to work with people of all ages to overcome their eating issues, and watch them regain their health and confidence. 

Over the past two decades I’ve developed a special interest in the nutritional management of eating disorders and weight issues. For much of this time I worked within the Auckland Regional Eating Disorders community services, and more recently with the residential and day programme services.

In my private practice, I have enjoyed working closely with the psychologists in the team. I have always appreciated the strong relationship between psychology and dietetics - it makes little sense to work on changing eating habits without addressing the psychological factors that get in the way of change. 

While working in this area, continuing competency training has allowed me many opportunities to broaden my clinical skills through the integration of therapeutic models into my approach. At Shelly Beach Practice I have enjoyed developing a non-diet treatment approach to weight management, alongside Dr Jan Geary and Kate Syers, to support clients to manage weight through advanced intuitive eating. I am very excited about the power and potential of this approach.

E. estella@shellybeachpractice.co.nz
Clinic days are Monday, Tuesday, Friday


Kate Syers, BCAPS, PGDipDiet, NZRD
Specialist Dietitian

Registered Dietitian (NZ Dietitians Board)
Member, Dietitians New Zealand
Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders

From a young age, I wanted to become a dietitian. I have always been interested in what we eat and the impact it has on our bodies, health, and wellbeing. Since graduating in 2000 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics (Distinction), I have worked across diabetes, health promotion, childhood nutrition and within the food industry.

During 10 years in London, I worked as a community dietitian and consultant dietitian across weight management and long term disease management. I also taught accredited nutrition courses and foodservice dietetics. Returning to NZ in 2011, I worked at Thrive (now Tupu Ora, Regional Eating Disorders Service) until 2014, where I developed a special interest in the nutritional management of eating disorders. I was privileged to work alongside Estella, also a dietitian here at Shelly Beach Practice. In this role I evidenced how complementary psychological and dietetic support can be in facilitating client's behaviour change with regards to food and eating. 

Additional to my work at this practice, I deliver lectures to the dietetic students at Auckland University Masters Programme, and provide "Starting Solids" talks to new parents at the Auckland Parents Centres.

When I am not working, I love to spend time with my husband and four children.

E. kate@shellybeachpractice.co.nz
Clinic days are Wednesday & Thursday

kate syers, dietitian

kate syers, dietitian