Kate Smyth

    Kate Smyth is a clinical Naturopath with a keen interest in helping sporting enthusiasts of all abilities and ages and is the Director of Athlete Sanctuary.

    She holds the highest Naturopathic qualification available in Australia (Bachelor of Health Science- Naturopathy), is registered with the National Herbalists Association of Australia and is an accredited athletics coach, experienced guest speaker and mentor to aspiring athletes.

    Kate has a thorough understanding and appreciation of the unique needs of the athlete and the challenges faced during training, competition and recovery phases. Kate’s involvement in sport extends over many decades and a variety of team and individual pursuits.

    Kate developed her passion for holistic medicine during her career as an elite endurance athlete competing in the women’s marathon (42.2km) for Australia at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Kate is one of Australia’s all-time fastest women over the marathon and through her own positive experiences of naturopathy overcame injury and illness to progress from fun runner to Olympian in eight years.

    She provides a comprehensive and integrated health care approach which considers the interrelationship between all systems in the body. She places emphasis on identifying the underlying cause of ill health or performance issues by drawing on the latest scientific research, examinations, pathology tests, and investigations under a clinical naturopathic framework.

    Some of the more common issues Kate helps with include fatigue, anaemia, thyroid issues, weight management, chronic injuries, poor recovery, anxiety and stress, insomnia, hormonal issues, infertility, immune and digestive complaints. Her nutritional advice is tailored to meet the demands of training, competition, recovery, or specific needs for illness prevention and overall health.

    Working within the Coastal Balance clinic in Torquay, gives Kate the opportunity to provide collaborative healthcare in a holistic manner alongside the team of myotherapists and physiotherapists so patients can get the most out of themselves and return to optimal health and balance.

    Although now retired from serious competition, you will find Kate on the local trails most days or on the beach walking her golden retrievers. She is also involved in community health education in our local schools and mentors many of Australia’s rising athletic stars.


    • Bachelor of Health Science- Naturopathy
    • Experienced guest speaker
    • Mentor to aspiring athletes

    Professional Memberships

    • National Herbalists Association of Australia
    • Accredited athletics coach

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