Our Amazing Experts

Karen Aroney
ATC Nutrition Expert

PureVitality Nutrition Concepts was founded by Karen Aroney; an accredited nutritionist whose belief is "Welcome to Today. Another day, Another chance. Feel free to change!" This encompasses the PVNC philosophy about health (and life).

We understand the difficulty you may face trying to create a healthy balance between food, work and life. Frequent travel, restaurant and workshop meals, and late night deadlines may sabotage your efforts to stay fit and healthy, and all contribute to not only that extra weight, but also serious complications resulting from diseases such as stroke, hypertension and diabetes.

We provide tailored nutritional solutions that are sustainable, to effectively help busy individuals improve energy, health and develop healthy habits for the future. Our approach is tailored to help each client achieve their goals in a way that suits his/her lifestyle, to help them feel empowered, know they will get the right help to reach their health goals, and gain education and awareness of how to eat a range of foods without any diet fads, restriction or deprivation.

Kirsty Smith
ATC Nutrition Expert

Kirsty has a BSc Honours in Nutrition and Health as well as a post graduate diploma in Sports Nutrition through the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Kirsty is an accredited nutritionist with the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA) and secretary of the Sports Nutrition Interest Group (a subgroup within SNDA). She is a member of Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES).

Kirsty is currently a practicing Nutrition and Sports Nutrition consultant. Kirsty is passionate about helping individuals to achieve optimum performance, ranging from improved health and wellbeing to reaching sports specific goals. This is done through sustainable diets that suit individual lifestyles. A runner herself, Kirsty uses this as a way of exploring new environments and keeping fit at the same time. In 2014 she participated in the Mount Rinjani ultra-marathon and in 2015 she completed the "Polar Marathon" within Greenland's arctic circle. The North Face 25km runs are always in the calendar.

Chloe Chick
ATC Mountaineering Expert

Chloe left her native Australia 12 years ago and arrived in East Africa to work at The School of St Jude in Tanzania, which transpired into a self-drive overland journey across the African continent and the founding of her first social venture, 3 Peaks 3 Weeks Africa, which evolved into Peaks Foundation, a USA registered non-profit that organised mountainbased expeditions for women to raise funds to support female-focused initiatives. Peaks Foundation merged with USA non-profit No Barriers to create No Barriers Women in October 2015.

In 2014 she founded SisuGirls with the aim of closing the confidence gap for girls through sport and adventure. Chloe has climbed many of the worlds most beautiful mountains including Mont Blanc, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Chloe is a published children's book author, Young Australian of the Year in the UK, and a Cordes Fellow. She has lived in six different countries and now calls Singapore home.

Liz Weselby
ATC Luxury Travel Expert

A spur-of-the moment decision to move to Bangkok brought Liz to Asia in 2003. Thirteen years and three countries later, she's very much at home in the region and now lives in Hong Kong.

Her innate love of travel and luxury partnered with a curiosity for the new and wide network of collaborators means she's plugged into the very best experiences to be found in a destination.

An avid fitness enthusiast, runner and hiker, Liz has in the last five years trekked Kilimanjaro and completed three Oxfam Trailwalker 100km hikes in Hong Kong.

Tania Schnuppe
ATC Cleansing Coach

Breast Cancer was a big shock and a scare to me and my friends and family but it was also a gift. I was able to find the motivation to sink my being into finding the ultimate way of life for longevity. I discovered juicing as the core component and route to a healthy body and so the journey began.

I now practice Heath Coaching and use Hypnotherapy as an added tool for those who wish to try it and to give back that motivation that was so important in my own recovery. I am also a counsellor to newly diagnosed Breast Cancer patients.

I have a special interest in the role of nutrition, sleep, meditation, self-hypnosis, exercise, stress management and my mission is to emphasise on healing from the root rather than to mask symptoms with medication.

Karen Ziervogel
ATC Certified HBR Coach

I have a powerful internal locus of control, which, more often than not, has me challenging convention when a matter is important to me. I am tenacious and fearless in pursuing my goals – especially those in the face of society's 'you can't do that' beliefs.

I am a fighter – literally and figuratively. I box at FightClub SA for my physical fitness and I battle with myself to become better at being ME. I believe in the Law of Attraction with a healthy dose of the Hustle thrown in. I believe that what we think about, we bring about – impossible though – without tenacious effort and a strong work ethic!

Jenny Bowen
ATC Mountain Leader & Ecologist

Jenny is an ecologist who studied at Leeds University, UK. Her first job took her to Zimbabwe where she was the permanent ecologist for Raleigh International for two years and where she lived in the bush, learnt to track animals, set up numerous conservation projects, managed hundreds of volunteers, collated scientific data and wrote many reports. It was here that she fell in love with Africa and time and time again she has found herself drawn back to the continent.

Since Zimbabwe, she has spent many years working in Africa and led expeditions all over the world, specialising in jungle and desert destinations such as Costa Rica, Morocco and Vietnam. As a qualified expedition leader, she imparts her knowledge about the local flora and fauna and keeps her guests safe in remote areas and the wilderness terrain. She has also lived and worked in Vanuatu for 2 years and set up the first terrestrial protected area.

Jenny also set up Sense Africa in 2005 where she provides tailor-made holidays to Africa specialising in travelling off the beaten track of mass tourism and really getting to know the culture and the wildlife of each destination. She is passionate about guests having their own wonderful and unique experiences whilst conservation and community initiatives benefit in the process. Sit back and relax, and sense Africa for yourself.

Lim Shiyun
ATC Insurance Adviser

Shiyun is an Associate Financial Planner (AFP), and Associate Estate Planning Practitioner (AEPP®) with a BA degree in Economics and Statistics from the National University of Singapore.

She is an Insurance Consultant representing AIG Singapore, one of the largest General Insurance companies in Singapore.

Traveling and social work are her passions. She has conquered the terrains of Nepal Annapurna Base Camp, the famous Lord of the Rings "Modor" filmsite in New Zealand Tongariro National Park, Swiss Alps, Mt. Kinabalu and even got famously lost in a small mountain at Langkawi. Despite her knee injuries, she exercises regularly and has her trekking fix once a year. She aspires to be the cool grandma who treks till she's 80.

Matet Lester
ATC Health and Wellness Travel Expert

Matet was born in the Philippines, raised in Australia, went to university in the UK and has spent the past seven years in Asia. With this upbringing it was only fitting for her to pursue a career in the travel industry – forty-five countries and some entertaining stories later her passion for travel is insatiable.

After joining Flight Centre Travel Group in Australia back in 2008, the travel bug made her take a job in Hong Kong where she was an instrumental part in launching the flagship Flight Centre teams. A keen interest and genuine belief in the benefits of wellness retreats led her to build Flight Centre Health & Wellness under the Active Travel brand until 2014, when she moved to Singapore.

From skydiving in Las Vegas and cleansing her way through the top wellness retreats in Asia, to recently conquering Mt Rinjani, she only designs travel experiences she would want to do herself. And like so many, she looks to travel for a way to reconnect, re-energise and educate.

Her favourite, albeit cheesy travel quote, "Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport".

Sari Marsden
ATC Performance Coach

Sari Marsden is a performance coach, trainer, and founding partner of Sarius Performance, a company with a unique approach to performance excellence. She has been active in the performance coaching and leadership community for more than 10 years. Sari uses a wide range of training techniques that combine the person's physical, mental and emotional states in order to produce powerful and sustainable shifts in their lives.

She is equally at ease working with individuals and with groups and is particularly passionate about working with women. Her personal vision is to empower women to discover and embrace their core strength and beauty.

Sari is an NASM-certified personal trainer, corrective exercise and fitness nutrition specialist, who is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Her passion for fitness has led her to become an elite trainer for Nike Training Club in South East Asia. She is a 4 times champion of fitness physique competitions across South East Asia and as an international Gold Medal winner in the fitness industry she is now one of the leading talents in fitness, performance and women's leadership in Asia.

Sonia Osborne
ATC Nutrition Expert

Sonia Osborne is passionate about holistic health of which embracing nature, and connecting with women, plays an important part. She is a nutrition consultant who assists and inspires individuals and corporates to embrace wellness through real food, lifestyle and mindset changes.

Lucy Mathews
Outdoor Adventure Sports Expert

With a keen passion in all things fitness, Lucy involves herself in various sports from trail running and half marathons to spinning and group fitness. She has a particular love for outdoor adventure and has completed the Mens' Health Urbanathlon, Tough Mudder, as well as the incredible feat of The National Three Peaks Challenge. That's right, the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland in under 21 hours. Clearly no mountains too high, no valleys too low for this powerhouse!

Lucy believes in the positive impacts that leading a healthy lifestyle can have on one's wellbeing and, like the rest of the team, she practices what she preaches. Lucy's refreshing approach to life, conscientiousness and enthusiasm leave all her clients smiling and inspire all around her to lead the ETL lifestyle.

ATC Malaysia Trek Leaders and Experts

Hanani W.
Project Management and Coach

Inspired by her parents who wrestled their way out of a very rural area to obtain national scholarships and to have a high-flying career, Hanani believes that everything is possible once you set your mind into it. She has embarked on solo travels and treks to Peru, Iran, New Zealand, Turkey, Morocco and other countries since 2009. Her love of mountains has taken her to the likes of Mount Yong Belar, Mount Semeru to Annapurna Base Camp on which she proudly donned the traditional baju kurung or kebaya.

A firm believer in Growth Mindset, Hanani currently manages a leadership development program for young working professionals and coach young leaders to dream, think and believe big. She has vast experience managing purpose-driven projects that require multi-stakeholder engagements to the level of APEC.

Hanani also constantly taps into her humanitarian spirit, the hidden side of her that she discovered while pursuing her Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

The picture of Hanani was taken on the Annapurna Base Camp trek, Nepal.

Salwana A.
Founder – Women in Commerce (WiCOM) Circle
Co-owner and Director, Business Development – thestoreBOOK Retail Solutions Sdn Bhd
Author – A Handbook for First Time Managers. Give, Receive, Improve

Salwana is passionate about trekking, empowering women, developing business and writing.

To date, she has trekked the Everest Base Camp, Mount Kinabalu, Mount Sinai, Mount Batur and Adam’s Peak. She equates trekking to experiencing the personal leadership lesson in self-discipline, self-awareness and self-management. Three impactful leadership attributes in one activity.

Recently, she founded the Women in Commerce (wiCOM) Circle, a strategic initiative under the International Women Federation of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (IWFCIM). The purpose of wiCOM is to support women entrepreneurs in setting up, growing and sustaining their businesses by implementing the seven key cornerstones of wiCOM. At its core is helping entrepreneurs to build the right belief system supported by developing core skills, engaging with partners/stakeholders, handling competition, accessing funds, accessing new markets and being socially responsible. She adopts the proven Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In methodology, in partnership with Lean In Malaysia in implementing the core cornerstone of building the right belief system.

As an entrepreneur, she co-owns thestoreBOOK Retail Solutions Sdn Bhd, which provides end-to-end solution, ranging from strategy consulting, business process transformation and retail supply chain software solution to the retail industry.

She writes during her spare time. She has published two books on management development – A Handbook for First Time Managers and Give, Receive, Improve. She has consulted organizations, trained new and middle managers on how to be effective in their roles.

Ati O.

 Ati graduated from Lancaster University, United Kingdom with a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance.  She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate Business Continuity Professional.

Ati started her career in KPMG’s Audit & Assurance Division, with a financial services industry focus.  In 1999, she joined the Risk Consulting practice of Andersen in London, United Kingdom, specializing in internal audit, corporate governance and enterprise-wide risk management (EWRM).  Her subject-matter focus and interests were primarily around financial markets and commodities risk management solutions.  Ati subsequently joined Barclays Capital in 2002, where her work involved reviewing the investment bank’s operational, credit and market risks governance, and internal control framework.

After several years in the UK, Ati returned to Malaysia to join Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the investment holding arm of the Malaysian Government in 2009 to head its Risk Management Unit.  As the Chief Risk Officer, she is responsible for Khazanah’s Governance & Risk Management Framework and its component parts, the formulation of EWRM strategy and plan, as well as the execution and reporting of these to the Board and its sub-committees.  She left Khazanah in January 2017 to pursue other interests. 

Outside work, Ati travels extensively and enjoy learning different languages and cultures.  She paints and writes music in her spare time, and is a healthy living advocate and fitness enthusiast.  She has participated in numerous marathons, endurance and multisport events, the most recent ones being Port Dickson International Duathlon, Putrajaya Ironman 70.3, Powerman Asia Championship as well as Bangkok, Bali, Angkor Wat and the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathons.    

She is also an avid trekker/hiker, and has trekked a number of trails and mountains in East and West Malaysia (Angsi, Datuk, Nuang, Ledang etc.), as well as to Everest Base Camp, Nepal (5,365masl) in April 2017.  She will be attempting to summit Stok Kangri, India (6,153masl) in August 2018. 

Ati is a certified First Aider (CPR & AED) from the American Heart Association.

Medical Advisory

Associate Professor Saminathan Suresh Nathan
Orthopaedic

MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Surgery), FRCS (Edinburgh), FAMS (Orthopaedics)

Associate Professor Saminathan Suresh Nathan specialises in bone and soft tissue tumours of the musculoskeletal system and complex problems in joint replacement or adult reconstruction surgery (e.g. bone transplants and custom implants in revision joint surgery). He obtained his medical degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1992 and trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore joining NUH in 1999 after he obtained his Masters of Medicine and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was awarded the Yahya Cohen Gold Medal Award for Best Clinical Performance and Academy of Medicine Gold Medal Award for Best Overall Performance at the regional fellowship examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

In 2006, he joined NUS and achieved tenure as an Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery continuing his clinical practice at NUH. He trained at the Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center in New York (affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Medical College of Cornell University) between 2003 and 2005 and is a fellowship - trained musculoskeletal oncologist. At these institutions, he learned many advanced techniques in adult reconstruction in the context of restoring function to defects secondary to tumour resections and in difficult situations resulting from revision arthroplasty surgery. In addition, he has worked in the Children's Hospital of the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York on molecular and chemosensitivity research in osteosarcoma - a type of cancer of the bone.

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Dr. Kiran Kashyap
General Practitioner

MBBS (NUS 1992), MMed Family Medicine (NUS 1998), USMLE (ECFMG 2004), MCGP (Singapore 2009), Graduate Diploma Geriatric Medicine (NUS 2011)

Dr Kiran has helmed the clinic as the Senior Resident Family Physician since 1998. She is a born-n-bred Singaporean, and always wanted to be a doctor since the age of 10 years. due to a strong desire to help people. She is married to Dr Suresh Nathan, an Orthopaedic Surgeon, and they have 2 beautiful daughters. She speaks English, Malay, Hindi, Punjabi and simple Mandarin and Hokkien. She tries to practice what she preaches (i.e. maintaining a balanced life) with regular exercise and hobbies like reading, baking and sewing.

Dr Kiran graduated from National University of Singapore with MBBS in 1992, then worked in the Government hospitals and polyclinics in Singapore for 6 years. She completed her Masters in Family Medicine in 1998 at NUS, then joined East Coast Family Clinic as the Resident Family Physician.

She spent 2 memorable years in New York, from 2003 till 2005, accompanying her husband on his fellowship program, and experienced a different side of life, as an expatriate homemaker with a young child. She completed the US Medical Licensing Examination in 2004. Upon her return to Singapore in 2005, she has been fully committed to East Coast Family Clinic. To update her knowledge in relation to an increasingly ageing population, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine from NUS in 2011.

Dr Kiran is passionate about practicing and teaching Family Medicine, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School Of Medicine at National University of Singapore. She has been involved in teaching medical students for more than 15 years, at NUS as well as hosting students who do attachments at the clinic periodically. She has been on the Editorial Board of The College Mirror, a publication of the College of Family Physicians since 2008. She is a member of the Clinical Bioethics Committee of National University Hospital.

Dr Kiran is committed to providing a high standard of medical care and treats every patient with the utmost care and respect. She sees patients on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 8.30am to 3.00pm, and most Saturdays from 9.00am to 12.30pm.