Meet our Sydney based Dietitians

Rebecca Hay

Rebecca is an Accredited Sports Dietitian and Accredited Practising Dietitian with The Athletes Kitchen. She has experience across many areas in both clinical dietetics and private industry. She started her working career in 1993 as a Dietitian in the public hospital system. Following this she moved into the area research and then to private industry. She has worked with pharmaceutical and food companies and has been in private practice for the last 8 years.  Rebecca has consulted to St Jon of God Hospital in Burwood.

Areas of specialty for Rebecca include healthy eating, diabetes management, cholesterol management, IBS, food intolerance and eating disorders, She has a particular interest and experience in the area of sports nutrition and sports she has worked with include: swimming, soccer, sailing, endurance running, athletics (both track and field), adventure racing, road/mountain biking and triathlon. 

She works with athletes of all ages from primary school age to masters and all levels, from beginner to elite.

Some areas of focus in sports nutrition include: recovery, hydration, race nutrition strategy, sports supplements, making weight for competition (up or down), vegetarian eating,  menu planning and travel nutrition.

Education and Registrations:

  • Bachelor of Science (ANU)
  • Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics (Sydney Uni)
  • Accredited Sports Dietitian
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist
  • ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist

Some of Rebecca’s professional experience is listed below:

  • Cycling NSW
  • Sydney FC
  • NSW Swimming
  • Ryde Eastwood Rugby Union
  • NSWIS as a nutrition service provider
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Triathlon 220 Magazine
  • Consulting, presentations and workshops for many sporting clubs, personal trainers, rowing clubs and gyms.
  • The Biggest Looser Transformed
  • Elite Athlete Program at Sydney University

Rebecca herself has competed at a national and international level in sailing, is a 3 time Ironman Australia finisher and now competes in and road and mountain bike events.

Samantha (Sam) Lewis

Samantha is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist and Sports Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA). Since graduating from the University of Sydney in 2010, Samantha has worked with a range of clients, to assist them with meeting their varied nutritional goals.

Samantha has worked as a corporate dietitian for the past four years, collaborating with hospitals and aged care facilities to ensure that their patients and clients receive the best nutrition support possible. Samantha has also worked to support patients within the community, who have special feeding requirements, to assist them with their nutritional needs post-discharge from hospital. She has worked with a range of clients, including those with cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, and paediatrics.

Samantha has always had a special interest in sports nutrition, particularly with team sports and swimming. She completed the SDA Sports Nutrition Course at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2014 and is a qualified ISAK level 1 anthropometrist. Samantha enjoys working with a range of clients including the general public, junior, recreational and elite athletes. Most recently, she has been working with the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Squads at the Wests Tigers, the junior referees development squad at the New South Wales Rugby League, and an elite squad of national level swimmers.

On a personal level, Samantha has a background in sport herself, competing at a national level in swimming, as well as a national and international level in Sport Aerobics. These days, Samantha enjoys maintaining her fitness through swimming, walking and regular gym activities. Samantha is committed to helping her clients achieve their goals through good nutrition.

Education and Registrations:

  • Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) (First Class Honours) (University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science) (University of Sydney)
  • Member of Sports Dietitians Australia (Accredited Sports Dietitian)
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist
  • Accredited ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist

Sarah Messer

Sarah graduated from the University of Newcastle with first class Honours in Nutrition & Dietetics and also holds an undergraduate degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Western Sydney. As an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD), Sarah has worked with people of all ages in clinical dietetics and private practice as well as a number of leading food and pharmaceutical corporations.

Sarah particularly enjoys nutrition counselling in the areas of overweight and obesity, diabetes, eating disorders, sports nutrition, cardiovascular health (high cholesterol and high blood pressure) and PCOS. She can also guide you through an investigative approach if you suspect a food allergy / chemical intolerances or IBS. Sarah also has extensive knowledge in healthy eating during and after cancer and completed her Honours thesis on the role that diet plays for cancer survivors.

Sarah’s passion for good nutrition and the positive impact on health enables her to work alongside clients to help them set realistic goals to establish long term dietary changes with a warm and tailored approach.

Education and Registrations

  • Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (University of Western Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Newcastle University)
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Accredited Nutritionist

Meet our International Dietitians

                                 Sports Dietitian

                                 Sports Dietitian

Zoe Watt

Zoë is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant. She has extensive experience across a variety of clinical, corporate health and health promotion areas, having worked in the UK and Melbourne before moving to Sydney and starting in private practice. Zoë completed the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Diploma of Sports Nutrition in 2010 and served on the board of Sports Dietitians Australia for 3 years.


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Emilie Burgess

Emilie Isles is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant. She has quality experience across a variety of sports nutrition and clinical areas having started her career at Royal Darwin Hospital before basing herself in Sydney. Emilie completed the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Diploma of Sports Nutrition in 2010.

With a comittment to professionalism and evidence-based practice, Emilie translates current scientific knowledge in the areas of general and sports nutrition into detailed practical advice. In addition to sports nutrition, Emilie has a particular interest in paediatric nutrition and diabetes. Emilie has been involved with a range of sports including: cricket, rugby league, soccer, rugby union, rowing, swimming and golf. Emilie enjoys working with junior athletes, particularly combining knowledge of high performance nutrition with cooking seminars.