I have known since I was young that I wanted to be a healthcare practitioner. I had many positive experiences with my family's naturopath, and I found that the outcomes felt dramatically different from a conventional medical prescription. In my later teenage years and early 20s, I struggled with acne and food intolerances. They all shifted and healed with herbal medicines, whole foods, fertility awareness and meditation.
Becoming a naturopath is not only a career choice but a vocation. The functioning of the body, mind, and soul, along with nutrition and herbal medicine create an endless well of fascination.
I have found that the marriage of herbal medicine and women's health is a potent one. Especially in our times where most women's health issues are answered by modern medicine with a prescription for the pill, hormone replacement therapy or anti-depressants.
Our bodies have far more profound wisdom that needs to be respected.
I'm a mama to a radiant little human, living in a little country town called Castlemaine in Victoria, Australia, with my beloved. I do the dance that many women do - moving between many roles in a day. Motherhood has (so far) taught me many things, the most perennial being we as women must nurture our bodies, minds and souls to be a flowing source of love for our families.
Honouring that we, as humans, are cyclical beings. Our bodies, minds and souls dynamically shift and change just like everything else in nature. Our self-care AND healthcare need to reflect that.
Disease is a delusion and managing symptoms of these illnesses with pills, and temporary remedies is a poor long-term solution. Root cause medicine brings about true healing by addressing the deeper imbalances that are causing symptoms.
Nature provides us with a vibrant pharmacy that can restore and maintain our health.
We are the experts of our own bodies. For too long us women have suffered from being discouraged from listening to ourselves, preventing us from understanding how our bodies work in exquisite detail.
Through our choices and mindsets, we can change our destinies and our DNA. Health challenges are an invitation to growth.
Kindness brings out the best in our natures. As Bob Kerrey says, "it's the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change".
I believe that good medicine listens deeply to and treats the whole woman, not the disease. Food is our first medicine. Ill health is an invitation for us to change and grow. And I believe that a gentle, sensitive approach can be incredibly powerful.
I want to live in a world where healthcare nourishes wellness and treats root causes. I dream of women being in charge of their fertility and using their menstrual cycles as a source of power.
It breaks my heart when I see women enduring health challenges because they've been told nothing "is wrong with you" or taking a medication "is all that can be done".
Your menstrual cycle is an extraordinary tool for your health, healing and creativity, not a burden to be endured or suppressed.
I was awarded the "Clinical Achievement Award in Complementary Medicine" by Southern Cross University and "Student of the Year Award" in 2013 from the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia for my published research work in grassroots herbalism. I'm a member of the Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia, the Institute of Functional Medicine and the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals.
I have been working in the natural health world for over a decade. I hold a Bachelor of Clinical Science and Naturopathy from Southern Cross University. I have done post-graduate studies in Natural Fertility Education (Dr Kerry Hampton) and Herbal Medicine for Women (Dr Aviva Romm).