I’d like to introduce myself and tell you why I love being a naturopath…
I am passionate about health and nature. In my early years, I had issues with my health for which I saw various healthcare professionals, but did not improve. I had been brought up with an awareness of the benefits of natural medicine so I had treatment from a chiropractor who was also a naturopath. My health improved so dramatically, that from then on I wanted to be a naturopath. I have a background as a management accountant in banking, but whilst I had a good experience working in accounting, my passion is for helping people and thus I made a career change.
I am particularly enthusiastic about improving women’s health at all stages of life, with a special interest in endometriosis, PCOS, PMS and other menstrual disorders, as well as thyroid and adrenal health.
I love gardening, going for walks, reading, playing the piano and listening to music. I am married to an investment analyst, with whom I have a young daughter and I love animals – particularly our pet cat.
Qualifications and Professional Memberships
- Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
- Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine
- Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine
- Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
- Bachelor of Business (Commercial Law)
I am a full practising member of the Complementary Medicine Association.
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a wholistic healthcare system that works to identify the cause of illness or poor health and uses remedies sourced from nature to support the body’s natural healing process. This can include dietary and lifestyle advice, herbal medicine and nutritional medicine. Naturopathic treatment looks beyond current symptoms to assess overall wellbeing and what may be driving sub-optimal health or illness. The aim is to always treat the cause rather than only the symptoms, in order to gain long-term health benefits.
There is a common perception that “just because it’s natural it must be safe”, but this is not always the case. Although problems rarely arise using natural medicine, many herbal or nutritional supplements can be harmful if wrongly prescribed (for example with concurrent medical conditions or medications). Naturopaths study these treatments in great detail and are able to give guidance on whether a particular supplement or combination of supplements and prescribed medications is considered safe. We only utilise supplements of the highest quality, that have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Naturopathy is classed as a complementary medicine and supports the primary care given by other health professionals. Sometimes your condition may be outside our scope of treatment or require urgent medical attention. In this instance, we will refer you onto a general practitioner or other health professional as appropriate.