Australian model Tegan Martin has hit back at critics after being ‘caught exaggerating her qualifications’ for her health coaching business.
The 25-year-old model said she was ‘heartbroken’ about the backlash and insisted to fans that she is not misleading them, after being compared to cancer fraud, Belle Gibson.
Speaking to Woman’s Day this week, the blonde beauty said she never wanted to give medical advice to fans or replace doctors, but merely wanted to help them improve their health through alternative therapies.
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‘I’m heartbroken’: Tegan Martin (pictured) hits back at critics after being ‘caught exaggerating her qualifications’ for her health coaching business and getting compared to cancer fraud Belle Gibson
‘It makes me heartbroken to think people would compare my integrity to someone who pretended they have an illness,’ Tegan said, in reference to disgraced Belle Gibson.
‘All I’ve ever told people is about the health struggles I’ve had and how I improved my health greatly through alternative therapies.’
Hitting back at The Daily Telegraph, Tegan added: ‘The article implied I can cure and fix people’s illnesses, which I never said I could do.’
Controversial: Pictured is Belle Gibson, who pretended she had cancer
Making headlines: Last week, The Daily Telegraph published emails allegedly sent from the 2014 Miss Universe Australia to potential clients and in them she claimed to have studied nutrition and have a health coaching certificate
Last week, The Daily Telegraph published emails allegedly sent from the 2014 Miss Universe Australia to potential clients and in them she claimed to have studied nutrition and have a health coaching certificate.
However, when asked about the emails, the Sydney model reportedly told the publication that she has not completed any courses and is not certified.
In the emails, Tegan allegedly claimed she studied at Sydney college Cadence Health and said her supposed coaching certificate is from American online alternative nutrition school IIN.
She said she charges $300 for three 50-minute private coaching sessions.
The former I’m A Celebrity contestant also told prospective clients that she can help them beat serious health problems including, ‘glandular fever, irritable bowel syndrome and depression,’ The Daily Telegraph reported.
Uncompleted studies: However, when asked about the emails, the Sydney model reportedly told the publication that she has not completed any courses and is not certified
Tegan told The Daily Telegraph that she wasn’t able to complete her nutrition course due to health issues.
‘I did study, however, due to being at the lowest point of my CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) in my early twenties, I unfortunately wasn’t able to complete and attain my certificate,’ she said.
She also told the publication she’s still finishing off her ‘health coaching certificate’ however she insists she was granted a ‘halfway certificate’ in April this year.
Tegan claims the ‘halfway certificate,’ allows her to mentor ‘paying clients,’ according to the publication.
AMA NSW vice-president Dr Danielle McMullen told the publication people who are suffering from serious illnesses such as depression should contact a GP (General Practitioner) in the first instance as opposed to a health expert.
New career path: Tegan recently took to Instagram in early June to share her ‘passion for well-being and healing the human body’
Tegan recently took to Instagram in early June to share her ‘passion for well-being and healing the human body.’
‘I’ve loved every second of my career in the media/television presenting/modelling space, however a small part of me has always yearned for an outlet for my creativity and passion for wellbeing and healing the human body,’ she wrote.
‘Super excited for my new website to launch soon! I will be taking on just a few health coaching clients in my spare time & teaching the rest of you guys (my tribe) everything I’ve learned about bringing the human body into balance from sickness to health.’
She added: ‘My chronic fatigue journey is one that I hope will inspire you to make some change in your lives.’
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