What inspired you to become a naturopath, and how did your journey lead you to Santos Organics?
In my late teens I experienced debilitating post-viral fatigue, resulting from persistent glandular fever. Unfortunately, conventional medicine did not have a lot to offer me at the time and so my recovery journey led me towards Yoga and Naturopathy. Both modalities taught me to understand my body from a more wholistic perspective. I moved to the Northern Rivers at the end of 2021, following the Melbourne lockdown, and I have been working with Santos Organics since the end of 2022. I have always loved working in health food stores. I love the hubs of community that they are.
What are your credentials, and how long have you been practicing naturopathy?
I have a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) which I completed at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Fitzroy, VIC. I have an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching which I completed through the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy. I am a certified Health Behaviour Change Coach, having trained with Wellcoaches USA, and a certified Embodied Counselling Practitioner and Somatic Sexologist, having trained through the Institute of Somatic Sexology in Brisbane. I am a professional member of the Health Coaches Australia & New Zealand Association and the Somatic Sex Educators Association of Australasia.
I have been practicing as a Naturopath in various forms for 6 years.
Which modalities do you use in your practice?
Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Nutraceuticals, Lifestyle Medicine, Health Coaching, Homeopathy & Flower Essences, Embodied Counselling, Somatic Sexology & Yoga Therapy.
What areas of naturopathy do you specialise in, and how do you apply your expertise to support well-being?
I specialise in empowering women in their transition into perimenopause, menopause, and in relation to sexual health and well-being. I am also passionate about nervous system support and emotional well-being and I draw on the many modalities in which I have trained in order to support customers in a wholistic and integrated way. I love how simple offerings can often make such a difference for people.
What holistic approach do you use to promote overall wellness?
I draw on the many and varied tools that I have in my tool kit to meet a person where they are at. Sometimes that is nutrition, or herbal medicine, or lifestyle changes - often it is a combination of all of these. Sometimes what’s going on is emotional and so an Embodied Counselling approach or Flower Essence therapy is what calls. Other times, matters relate to our sexual health and well-being and so a depth of understanding and education in this area is important. Health Behaviour Change Coaching helps me to understand where a person is at and what do-able and achievable steps are going to have the biggest impact for them right now.