Our Team

Dr Alex Petrushevski

Dr Alex Petrushevski graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2008, attaining Honours in the MBBS. He has worked in various teaching hospitals in 2 states, including working for several years within Sydney Cancer services, and had his research published in an International journal during this time. His postgraduate qualifications include the Fellowship of the College of General Practitioners and the Diploma of Child Health from Sydney University.

He currently works in general practice in addition to practising within Sydney Low Carb Specialists. He is passionate about preventative health, improving the lifestyle of his patients and treating chronic diseases without medication if possible. Having seen the immense benefits low carbohydrate nutrition has provided for many of his patients in general practice he is keen to share this exciting cutting edge medical therapy with more patients in our clinic.

Alex has presented at Low Carb Down Under and the Low Carb Lifestyle Long Weekend. Check out a podcast he did recently with health coach Tracey McBeath.

Dr Deepa Mahananda

Dr Deepa Mahananda graduated from Western Sydney University in 2012 and completed her junior medical officer training at Concord, Canterbury and Broken Hill hospitals. Her postgraduate qualifications include the Fellowship of the College of General Practitioners, Sexual Health & Family Planning Certificate and Diploma in Child Health (University of Sydney). She is passionate about teaching and is a Conjoint Lecturer with Western Sydney University.

She currently works full time at Sydney Low Carb Specialists. She is passionate about using low carbohydrate nutrition for both optimal health and chronic disease management, especially in womens’ health.

She is currently leading an educational network for low carb practising GPs in Sydney.

Dr. Deepa Mahananda is a Certified Ketogenic Nutrition SpecialistSM, credentialed by the American Nutrition Association® through its Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists™. She is also a member of Low Carb Down Under.

Natasha Fayle

Natasha Fayle is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach. Natasha completed her Masters in Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Rehabilitation at the University of Wollongong in 2006. Natasha has experience working in a variety of government, corporate and private practice settings.

Natasha’s speciality areas include: women’s weight management, children’s weight management, pregnancy and breastfeeding nutrition and helping families to eat real food.

Natasha has worked in both Australia and in the Middle East. She is a mum of 3 herself and understands the demands on busy families. She is passionate about helping families eat real food and uses her Health Coaching background combined with her dietetics knowledge to support families to make low carb eating fit in with their busy lives.

Kate Oetsch

Kate Oetsch is the newest addition to our practice. She is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who graduated from the University of Wollongong.

She worked as a school teacher for almost a decade before her passion for nutrition saw her return to study so she could turn her passion into a career. She believes in the prevention and management of lifestyle diseases through diet and exercise and also holds qualifications as a personal trainer and yoga instructor.

Kate came to learn about low carb nutrition after dealing with some health issues of her own. After experiencing her own positive outcomes, she is eager to guide others on their low carb journey. She is currently planning a PhD with a focus on low carb nutrition and the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes. Her special interests are diabetes and gastrointestinal issues.

We’re excited to have Kate join the SLCS team!

Naomi Taylor

Our Practice Manager Naomi joined our team in Oct 2019, coming from a background in Psychology and Human Resources. Naomi has lived in California, Dubai, and New York and has returned to Sydney with her husband and three young children.

Naomi is passionate about low carb living – just ask her! She loves cooking and adapting traditional recipes to suit a low carb lifestyle. This has enabled her to take control of her body and energy levels, all whilst eating the most delicious food! Naomi enjoys welcoming people to our clinic and making their low carb journey a positive one from the moment they step through the door.

Josette Neal

Jo joined the team in March 2021 coming from a background in the automotive industry, where she worked as an Executive Assistant, and later on, in Training and Development. Prior to that, she worked in various administrative roles, including marketing and corporate events.

Jo’s interests include travel (she has travelled extensively, and hopes to do more once borders re-open!) and Pilates, in particular, Reformer Pilates.

Jo lives with her husband and four children in Sydney.


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