I'm a degree-qualified naturopath with over 20 years of experience and I’m passionate about optimising people’s hormones and thyroid to help them to regain energy, drop the kilos and reconnect with their joy.
As a naturopath, I look at your pathology tests differently to how your doctor might. Your doctor is generally looking for any diagnosable conditions. But there is a big gap between the absence of disease and optimal health. You may have been told that your blood levels are fine and there is nothing wrong with you, but you know something's not right. Or you may have been put on medication to get your blood test looking better, but you still don’t feel like yourself. That’s where I come in. I’m here to get you from dragging yourself through the day to jumping out of bed in the morning, excited about the day!
My background is pretty diverse and includes several years of clinical practice, teaching seminars and advising other practitioners through the Metagenics clinical support line. I have also worked in a health food and pharmacy environment, as well as representing companies visiting practitioners along the NSW and QLD coastline.
My personal health journey took a twist when I became a new mum and was diagnosed with hashimotos thyroiditis. I was full-body fatigued. I started each day with nothing left to give the day. But I didn't know how I was meant to feel. Every afternoon felt like an eternity waiting for my husband to get home and I carried around a heavy feeling of dread in my chest. The pregnancy weight hadn't come off a year into my son's life, but I had other priorities. I was in survival mode.
I had no idea what I was meant to feel like as a new mum, so I just accepted it. But after a year of dragging myself through life, I decided I needed to do something.
Someone had previously mentioned a diet and lifestyle treatment called AIP: the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. As someone who had tried all the diets in the past, it was relatively simple for me to incorporate this into my life with the help of an AIP certified coach. By the 2 week follow up, I had experienced significant improvement in my mood and many other symptoms that I didn't even know were hashimoto's related: the aches and pains, waking up with a numb arm if I slept on my side. The kilos started falling off me at a kilo per week until all the excess was gone. But most importantly, I was happy again. I could go down to the beach and feel in awe of the natural beauty. I was putting on good music and dancing around the living room again. And I could now jump up with both feet when my son wanted me to be a kangaroo, instead of negotiating to be a horse! The correct diet and lifestyle treatment with appropriate nutritional and herbal support changed my life! I have now completed the studies to become an AIP certified coach myself, and I am passionate about helping others to identify and treat the cause of their fatigue, low mood and slow metabolism.