Our Industry Experts

The Australian College of Weight Management has a strong network of recognised academic and industry professionals across the country who we work with; below are a few of the experts we consult with regularly on course development, workshops, webinars and resources.

Dr Helena Popovic

Dr Helena Popovic is a medical doctor, leading authority on how to improve brain function, international speaker and best-selling author. Since graduating from the University of Sydney in 1995 she has been paving the way for a new paradigm in peak health for peak performance. Helena is unique in bringing the latest discoveries in brain science to the field of weight management and she is the founder of a groundbreaking weight loss program called Winning at Slimming – thinking the light way. She is also the author of two books: In Search of My Father and NeuroSlimming – let your brain change your body. Her philosophy is that education is more powerful than medication and she believes in slow ageing despite fast living.


Click here to find out more about Helena’s book ‘NeuroSlimming – let your brain change your body’ 


Sam Beau Patrick

Professionally, and personally, Sam knows about female and male hormone disorders.

With 10 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, 25 years as a nurse and 10 years of running her own health clinic, it wasn’t until she personally experienced what she calls ‘The Beast Within’ that Sam began to examine the world of hormones in depth.

Now Sam, The Health Queen, is on a mission to provide women (and men) with education, inspiration and empowerment to take back control of their hormones, their health and their happiness.



Glenn Mackintosh

Glenn Mackintosh is the Principal Psychologist at Weight Management Psychology. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a fellow of the Obesity Prevention and Treatment Society, and the Queensland representative for the APS Psychology of Eating, Weight, and Body-image Interest Group. Before venturing into full time private practise, he was the psychology coordinator at the Wesley Lifeshape Clinic, and he also consults with Qld Bariatrics patients pre- and post- surgery.

Glenn’s passion is in helping people effectively manage their weight, and training other professionals in applying psychological principals to help their clients who are grappling with weight management issues.In 2014 Glenn presented for the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Health Psychologists and Psychology of Eating, Weight, and Body-Image Interest Groups for half and full-day workshops respectively, and has presented for the Dietitians Association of Australia on the psychology of making healthy choices, and psychological considerations of bariatric surgery.


Jo Rushton

Joanna Rushton is an internationally qualified Exercise & Energy Specialist, she is also a Holistic Organic Chef. She is the author of the forth coming book ‘Rocket Fuel on a Budget; How to Get Healthy Without Going Broke and is currently writing her next book; Eat Right To Think Right; the link between mood and your food due for release mid 2013.




Leanne Sklavenitis

Leanne has been in the Fitness industry in Australia and the USA for over 24 years as an Online Fitness Expert, Speaker and Author running a successful online fitness business “Fitness Tips” and “Fitness Tips Membership Site” with clients all over the world.   She has won 2 Fitness Instructor of the Year Awards, presented at many conferences including 5000 delegates in Singapore at the World Alzheimers Conference.

She has also been featured in The Age and Women’s Health & Fitness and other editorials and with the help of her mate Healthy Harry, her online 13 Week Fitness Forever Programs educate clients on exercise, nutrition and mindset to be the fittest and healthiest they can be forever.



Kylie Ryan

Kylie Ryan is Australia’s leading weight loss motivation expert, leading the revolution of inspired, action taking women creating health from the inside out.  Kylie teaches women who’ve “tried it all” why their past diet efforts end in self-sabotage at the bottom of the biscuit tin, and how to finally to kick judgement to the kerb and begin a romance of self-loving kindness. Having lost 30kgs and transformed her own life, Kylie knows firsthand how to make a lasting change from fat + frustrated to slim + sexy.

Kylie is a mindset specialist, more than a life coach, she is a transformational healer, hypnotherapist and teacher, who’s helped hundreds of women change their bodies and their lives.  Based in Sydney with her husband and two baby daughters, Kylie inspires women around the world via her highly successful weight loss mindset blog and creates mind-blowing transformations through her amazing Goddess Body Quest 8 week mindset program.