My Experience and Approach

Practicing since 2004

I have been working as an acupuncturist since 2004.
Nurturing Life started out in Brisbane, but have now been located in the Dandenong Ranges in both Upwey and Tecoma, (Melbourne’s East)  since 2014. Over this time I have continued to grow my knowledge base, techniques, and skills so that I can best serve you.

Clients often say they love the Connection

round photoIt’s amazing the amount of ground we can cover in an appointment. On your initial appointment I take nearly an hour to gain a full history. Many patients comment that it is the most thorough history taking they have encountered with any health professional. I do this because I take your whole body – your whole health – seriously. I see no point in just looking at the area of your body that hurts, or is causing a problem. Understanding what’s going on for you and how you use your body is key to getting those long-term results. As a Chinese medicine practitioner I incorporate the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet, exercise and lifestyle advice making sure you get the best possible outcome in the shortest timeframe.

Understanding what’s really going on means first talking to you

Asking some questions and listening carefully. Depending on your situation, I may touch on how work or family activities may affect your health. We could discuss what you’re eating, what exercise you may enjoy. I may provide you with some information about acupoints you can use press on, or use when you go home to provide relief between treatments. Or I may recommend Western supplements to help. Most people will go home with handouts with further information about how they may be able to make changes at home to assist their journey back to wellness.

But, for most of your session time

You get to relax on the treatment table for acupuncture. By the end of your first treatment we will have created a health plan especially for you. A manageable plan rooted in reality that suits you.

Our sessions are usually about an hour

With the exception of your first session which will be about one and a half hours.

This ensures there is plenty of time to talk through what is going to work best for your situation. It also means there’s time to just lie on the treatment table in comfort while the needles do all the work. A perfect balance, wouldn’t you say?

You can read more about what to expect in an acupuncture session here.

 Qualifications

Completed through the  Australian College of Natural Medicine (now known as Endeavour College) completing courses at both Melbourne and Brisbane campuses:

  • Bachelor Health Science (Acupuncture) -2005
  • 2 x Advanced Diploma Health Science (Acupuncture)- 2004, 2007
  • Certificate IV Remedial Massage (Oriental Massage)- 2003
Completed through Childbirth International
  • Certified Labour Doula – 2010
  • Certified Trainer for Childbirth International- 2011
  • Diploma Childbirth Education – 2013
  • Post Partum Doula – 2014
  • Certified Breastfeeding Counsellor – 2014

Registration and Memberships

Ongoing education/Seminars:

Continuing to learn and grow as a practitioner means that my ability to serve you is broadened and expands continuously. Over the years I have persued many courses in a variety of different acupuncture styles and topics, they all continue to inspire and motivate me, pushing me to be the best practitioner I can be.

Some of the courses I have attended include:

– Connected Midwifery (combining acupuncture and birth work)
– Practical Fertility Solutions
– The 8 Extra Meridians
– Active Birth
– Natural Pain Free Birth
– Creating the space
– Motivating partners
– Empty Arms- dealing with pregnancy loss
– Turning Breech babies
– Understanding and treating Menopause
– Treating Unexplained Infertility in Men and Women
– Foundations of Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture
– Five Element Acupuncture
– Advanced Kiiko Matsumoto seminar
– Paediatric ShoniShin seminar
– Integrated Synergy Therapeutics
– Psycho-Emotional Mastery
– Vibrations of Health and Illness
– Master Tung Master Class

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