Our Team

Carolyn Ledowsky – Founder of MTHFR Support Australia and Naturopath

Carolyn Ledowsky is the founder of MTHFR Support Australia. She is a naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist who has a Bachelor of Herbal Medicine, Bachelor of Naturopathy, Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and Diploma of Nutrition, also having studied courses in genetics at Duke University and The University of Maryland in the US. 

Carolyn is a results-oriented health expert who has the ability to provide straightforward and practical advice to address your specific health issues, working with you through the entire course of your healing. Carolyn’s key focus is looking at how your genes impact your health and make you more susceptible to disease. This insight and a thorough health history is invaluable in setting a correct path for your future health.

Due to expanding commitments, Carolyn is no longer taking on new patients - however she continues to serve her existing clientele, ensuring she remains at the frontline of clinical practice. 

Carolyn is a regular speaker at MTHFR events and provides both patient and practitioner training through her many webinars/presentations and on-line learning environments. 


Kate Troup – Naturopath

With 25 years’ experience as a Naturopath including a wealth of practice in all elements of methylation at MTHFR Support, Kate’s knowledge, experience and wisdom helps to guide people back to their best state of health.

Her in-depth understanding and experience in dealing with MTHFR and methylation, as well as other genetic areas such as COMT, MAO and CBS, gives Kate a unique insight to the possible causes of many common health concerns. Kate combines leading-edge scientific expertise with traditional know-how, and a wealth of experience from many years of clinical practice. Adept at utilising and interpreting cutting edge functional health testing including 23andme, AncestryDNA, DUTCH, OAT, CDSA, heavy metals, mould toxicity and nutrient levels, Kate will bring together all facets of your health to develop a tailored holistic plan incorporating diet, nutrition and lifestyle, just for you.

In addition to her in-depth authority of all aspects of methylation such as fertility and pregnancy, preventative health and general wellbeing, Kate has a particular interest in complex issues such as digestive health including SIBO, histamine intolerance and mast cell activation, CFS, mould toxicity and MCS, and how methylation can play a significant role in them.


Kristen Soper – MTHFR and Methylation Clinical Nutritionist

Kristen is a functional-medicine Clinical Nutritionist specialising in MTHFR and methylation. She has a special interest in chronic health conditions, mood disorders and digestive health. She also has a special interest in kids’ health, specifically in addressing mood and behaviours.

She has helped hundreds of patients regain health with her cutting-edge knowledge of the biochemical pathways and MTHFR… “When you give the body what it needs to heal by rectifying deficiencies, optimising methylation co-factors, cleaning up the diet and addressing the underlying pathophysiology such as inflammation; the journey back to health can begin”.

Kristen is passionate about the integration between the latest science, holistic nutrition and epigenetics and firmly believes the future of healthcare relies on all working together. Based on your presenting symptoms, pathology tests, your MTHFR mutation and other genetic SNPs such as COMT or CBS, an appointment with Kristen will include a personalised nutritional medicine prescription, including supplements, dietary advice and lifestyle recommendations.

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine), a Bachelor of Communications and has full association membership with ANTA. She received the 2015 ANTA Academic Excellence Award.


Sonia Savage – MTHFR and Methylation Clinical Nutritionist

Sonia has specialised knowledge in the area of genetics and epigenetics, having studied with Carolyn Ledowsky (founder of MTHFR support) for many years.  Sonia has a keen interest in auto-immunity, gut health, children’s wellness and fertility.

With a practical, down to earth approach Sonia works with her patients to develop a personalised program to optimise health and wellbeing. 

As a holistic practitioner a consultation with Sonia will involve not only the analysis of pathology and/or genetic SNPs, she looks closely at health history and environmental stress. As a Clinical Nutritionist Sonia uses specific nutrients and functional foods to address imbalances and reverse chronic health conditions. Sonia will empower you with her whole-food eating plans and provide lots of helpful information to help you to achieve your goals.

Sonia is a fully qualified Nutritionist with an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine and a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine with Distinctions). Sonia is a member of ATMS. 


Alex Shaw - Naturopath

Alex is an Australian-trained Naturopath whose areas of expertise include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine and homeopathy.

Alex is extremely passionate about Naturopathic Medicine. Using a wide range of evidence-based natural therapies such as - nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy and counselling techniques. Alex works with her clients in a compassionate way to find the root underlying cause of their condition.

Alex is able to offer individualised treatment plans patients of all ages, covering a broad range of health issues including food sensitivities, immune deficiencies, stress and mood imbalances.  

Alex began her career in Hong Kong working in the leading integrative medical practice in Asia and relocated to Sydney in 2019.

Being a mum herself, Alex is naturally drawn to family nutrition and is dedicated to helping parents create delicious, realistic, nutritious meals the whole family can enjoy. She loves working with children and is passionate about sharing easy tools and strategies for the whole family unit to help combat stressors that arise in daily life.

Alex is also very interested to helping those with anxiety and stress management. Before natural medicine set Alex on this rewarding career path, she had a high-pressured job in the financial sector while juggling the demands of motherhood. Alex understands first-hand the impact that stress can have on an individual and the family as a whole.


Jessica Birch - Fertility Consultant and Clinical Nutritionist

Jessica Birch is a university-trained natural health practitioner covering all specialities, and a keen interest in preconception and fertility.

Over the past 17 years, Jessica has helped hundreds of women achieve extraordinary outcomes through her health + fertility programs.  Jessica's comprehensive approach focuses on all aspects of health + fertility including genetics, nutrition, biochemistry, lifestyle, environment as well as the mind and emotions. 

Through her own personal experiences and after watching her courageous clients, Jessica is now on a mission to help couples with preconception,  fertility, pregnancy, and perhaps most importantly... the life-long health of their children.


Lisa Witherow -  Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist

Lisa Witherow is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner who focuses on genomics to help clients regain control over their health. After developing a wellness center in the US in 2009 and working to support clients with their brain health, she expanded to include genetic analysis to help identify the specific needs of individuals that will promote optimal health. 

Lisa is passionate about the use of DNA to help people recognize the specific nutrition, lifestyle and environmental factors that can promote or derail their health. “The knowledge of our genetics can allow us to create a personalized approach based on the strengths and weaknesses within our biological pathways. When we can support the weaker areas and avoid the specific elements that our bodies can’t eliminate efficiently, it stands to reason that our risk of chronic disease will be reduced.”

Lisa holds a Master’s of Human Health Services Management, a Bachelor of Communications, and is certified in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Neurotherapy, and Nutrigenomics. She has also completed more than 10 programs in focused areas of genomic analysis including nutrition, methylation, detoxification, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

US based, Lisa adds a new dimension to our available booking times, making it even easier to speak to one of our Clinicians.