MHSc (Herbal Medicine) BHSc (Naturopathy) Grad Cert (Higher Ed)
My passion for the medicinal and culinary virtues of herbs was first sparked by my late Grandmother which ultimately led me to study in this field and enter into this profession. Education continues to play an important role in my life’s journey as a healthcare practitioner.
I am a Medical Herbalist and Naturopath who has been in private practice since 1996. I am also a mother and grandmother and appreciate the many pleasures and pressures that life can bring.
During my practitioner years I have been constantly involved in the education of my peers, students and patients. Over this time, I have successfully coordinated, created and presented professional educational material and events. I am now in my 14th year of teaching herbal medicine and supervising the student clinic at the Endeavour College of Natural Health (previously the Australian College of Natural Medicine) and have instigated various educational health programs particularly in the corporate sector.
I am mindful of the importance for further education and enjoy having full access to the most current scientific information, especially in the field of Naturopathic medicine. Keeping up to date is of great importance as this area is consistently evolving and being molded to meet the demands of our modern day society.
Over the last 25+ years I have had the privilege of learning from and working with some of the world’s leading professionals in the field of herbal medicine. I have delved into various areas of clinical practice particularly for female reproductive health, gastrointestinal health, stress management and above all preventative care in the promotion of general health and wellbeing.
Of late, I am especially interested in supporting midlife women (being one myself) and their transition through menopause. Although women are highly motivated to seek help for those “bothersome” menopausal symptoms, there is more to menopause than addressing hot flushes and night sweats – it is most important to consider the ‘bigger picture’ of what the following decades will hold and particularly that of a diet and lifestyle that will help to improve/maintain health and vitality in this stage of a woman’s life.
In today’s society stress is increasingly being identified as a pre-requisite for the beginnings of ‘dis-ease’. Whether stress be physical, emotional or environmental in origin, I know of no better way to help the body deal with the various acute and chronic ‘dis-eases’ manifested by stress than with the effective use of quality herbal medicines along with necessary dietary and lifestyle modifications.
I have found that the greatest clinical results have come from working ‘realistically’ with my patients and making ‘reasonable’ recommendations within their budgetary confines and timelines, to ultimately lead towards a healthier and happier life.
I look forward to being your health coach and working with you towards your optimal health.
Michelle is available on Monday evenings.
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