A bit about me…

From as early as I can remember I loved being out in nature – playing on friends farms, hanging out in the garden with Dad, climbing trees, and befriending animals. When I was young I wanted to be a nurse or a nutritionist – something to do with health (my Mum was a nurse and Dad a doctor).  As a teenager I explored food and fitness, and 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. We also have a menagerie of pets – dogs, cats, chickens and tropical fish!

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 learning massage and reflexology. 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 clinical practice in 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 parts of the course, and taught there for 7 years. I worked as a herbalist in The Herbal Shop in Lorne Street when it opened in September 2001, which gave me a great start to my clinical practice.  I opened my own clinic at home in mid 2003, and have continued in private practice ever since.

Homegrown nutrition and health …

In my late 20’s I became very sick with glandular fever, which resulted in a lingering fatigue. This bout of unwellness re-kindled my interest in 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 8 or 9 years, we’ve been growing our own spray-free fruit, vegetables and herbs. We have a number of fruit trees and vines around our section, and chickens in the garden to weed and fertilise the garden beds and provide us with rich, healthy eggs. Eating this way just seems normal to me now.

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 ever since.

My current fitness regime includes attending HIIT classes at the gym two mornings per week, weight training once or twice per week, climbing the Hakarimata’s once per week, and walking the dogs most days. I sometimes run, cycle, and attend yoga class.

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 modern jive (Ceroc), ballroom and Latin, and belly dancing. Paul and I taught modern jive for a couple of years, and now enjoy going out dancing socially.

I’m into yoga and meditation …

I started practicing meditation about 4 years ago (2014), and have enjoyed learning the philosophy and practice of yoga and meditation. This practice helps me to stay centred, and gives me a good framework to build my life upon.