About

Chantel Ryan - about

Who am I? 

I am a self-confessed chocolate addict, who also loves kale (just not together). I prefer summer to winter, but still love sitting by the fireplace. I love reading books, but frequently get lost in a good movie or TV show.

 

Life is full of yin and yang, and I’ve always tried to cultivate balance in my life so that I can enjoy all life has to offer, while also maintaining a level of sanity and health that only moderation (not deprivation) can bring.

 

Since I was a kid, I’ve always done things ‘differently’ and never been afraid to blaze my own path. I’ve often been told I’m not a typical lawyer nor do I fit most people’s vision of a traditional naturopath. And combining the two careers? Well that’s pretty much unheard of. BUT I’ve never been afraid to be different. And you shouldn’t either. Especially when it comes to your health.

 

Because healthy looks different on everyone

My focus is on empowering individuals and businesses to think beyond the ‘one size fits all’ approach to health. I encourage people to buck the wellness fads so they can discover what healthy looks and feels like for them. Whether it’s investigating (and solving) a niggly health condition, providing support to help you live your wellthiest life, or building wellness into the core of your company’s existence – I’m here to kick you’re A into G and be your cheerleader for change

My past life!  (the long story)

 

Prior to becoming a naturopath, I had a successful career as a corporate lawyer, working in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney for over 10 years. I worked for a national law firm for 2 years, then landed an amazing gig as head of legal at a national media company. By most people’s accounts (including my own) I had ‘made it’ (what glass ceiling?)

 

For a while, I loved my work in the corporate world. I don’t have any particular ah hah moment, nor did I suffer complete and utter burnout; however I was definitely unhappy for a long period before I left, and this had a flow on effect to other areas of my life (eating on the fly due to long hours; no time for exercise, stressed, no love life etc). By the end, I wasn’t particularly healthy, or happy.

 

I quit my job pretty abruptly once I figured out that’s what I needed to do. I didn’t have a back up plan or any idea what my next step would be. Some may call that brave, others may call it… (well let’s just go with brave). As you do, I went on a soul-searching trip overseas, and realized that being a lawyer full time kinda sucked. One of my long time passions is natural health so it seemed an easy choice to go back to that. Maybe a weird leap to some , but I had previously started studying human biology at university before switching to law and only quit because my 19 year old self decided I hated chemistry.

 

So, I set up a legal consultancy business working from home, while I began studying Naturopathy full time at Nature Care College in Sydney. I also obtained a Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. And in a truly “A type” person move, I took a second job working part-time for BUPA as an onsite corporate wellness coordinator, planning and implementing an employee wellness plan for one of their biggest clients. Despite being WAY busier with all this, I learned how to manage my time, kick arse at work and study, while also prioritising my health and happiness. It is possible.

 

As a corporate world “survivor” I’ve learnt that money and success don’t mean a thing unless you’re also happy and healthy. If you put all your energy into only one area of your life (i.e. work) without trying to cultivate some semblance of balance in other areas (and it’s easy to do, I know), things eventually fall apart. And it doesn’t need to be like that. The key is finding the right balance for YOU– whether you choose to stay in the corporate world, or not. I learnt the hard way how to prioritise wellbeing by creating more balance in my life, so you don’t have to! And now I love being able to use my experience and expertise to help guide others on their journey to a wellthier life

Today 

After 10 years living in Melbourne and Sydney, I now live back in my hometown of Perth, with my Canadian husband and our English Staffy. I love to travel, do yoga, cook yummy healthful foods and spend time with my friends and family. I also enjoy a good glass of red wine, some dark chocolate and regular ‘Netflix and chill’ sessions. I’m a big believer in creating balance in your life. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the effort.

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Qualifications

  • Accredited Fitgenes Practitioner
  • Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
  • Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (IIN)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons.)

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