A bit about me…

From as young as I can remember I loved being out in nature, picking flowers, watching bugs and being out in the garden with my Dad. Even when I was quite young I wanted to be a nurse or a nutritionist – something to do with health science (my Mum was a nurse and Dad a doctor).  As a teenager I explored food and cooking with my Mum, and loved being out and about on my bike, playing sport or hanging out with friends. In my late teens I went to university and studied science (biology).

Now as an adult I still love doing all these things – being out in nature, growing and preparing healthy food, being physically active, and helping people with their health.

Qualifications and training …

After spending five years at University, I completed a Masters degree in Biology (physiology, genetics and molecular biology) from the University of Waikato. Seven years later, I returned to study and completed a 4 year Diploma in Herbal Medicine from the Waikato Centre for Herbal Medicine followed by a six month Diploma in Natural Therapies (holistic massage and reflexology) from the Ashavan Clinic in Hamilton. Since then I’ve attended many programmes and workshops including fitness instructor training, various spiritual and holistic therapies, and the philosophy and practice of yoga and meditation.

This year I’ve just completed my Smart DNA accreditation to enable me to help my clients maximise their genetic health potential. This is particularly exciting for me as it ties my science qualifications in perfectly with my interest and expertise in health and natural medicine.

My career journey …

I began my career in herbal medicine by teaching nutrition and herbal medicine at the Waikato Centre for Herbal Medicine in 2001. I went on to help develop and re-write some of the course material, and taught there for 7 years. Around the same time I started teaching, I also started working as a herbalist in The Herbal Shop in Lorne St, Hamilton when it opened in September 2001, which gave me a great start in my clinical practice.  I opened my own clinic at home in mid 2004, and have continued in my clinical practice, and with presenting workshops and programmes since that time.

I’m passionate about nutrition and health …

In my mid-late 20’s I became very sick with glandular fever, which resulted in a lingering fatigue. This bout of unwellness re-kindled my passion for nutrition and health, as I’d managed to stay ‘naturally’ healthy up until then. (Click here to read more about my health journey).

For the last 6 – 7 years, I’ve been growing my own vegetables and herbs. I have a number of fruit trees and vines around my section, and chickens in my garden to weed and dig over my garden beds and provide me with rich, healthy eggs.  I love creating healthy meals using fresh vegetables and herbs straight from the garden!

I’m a bit of a fitness freak …

As a teenager I loved playing hockey and tennis, and rode my bike everywhere as a means of transport. I discovered the gym when I went to Uni, and fell in love with weight training and aerobics (with all the ‘80s lycra!). It felt great to be fit and strong, and I’ve strived to stay this way since.

My current fitness regime is attending the gym 3 mornings per week, climbing the Hakarimata summit once per week, and going for a run once a week. We tend to be fairly active on the weekends – camping, tramping, motorcycling (I ride pillion) and mountain biking. I love being out in nature, and feel blessed to have so many opportunities and ways to explore our beautiful country.

I love to dance …

I’ve loved dancing my whole life but had no formal dance education as a child. As an adult I’ve learnt ballroom and Latin, modern jive, and belly dancing. Paul and I enjoy going out dancing and socialising with friends, and have started our own studio Dance Connection, teaching modern jive to beginner and intermediate/advanced dancers (click here to go to our DC website).