BHSc Complementary Medicine
Adv Dip Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine
Post-Grad Dip in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Clinical Acupuncture Certificate (Nanjing University, China)
Hundreds of shorter courses that took my fancy...
Hi! I'm Katie.
Health hasn't come easy for me. I was the kid who ate McDonalds daily and thought exercise was something crazy people did. I've had serious acne, irritable bowel syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome at different stages.
Everything I've learnt about health has been a struggle to implement in my own life. I've had to learn to cook, to exercise and to rest, and to create rhythms for nurturing myself, which is not at all my natural tendency.
So I get it. For most of us a yogic vegan lifestyle is not where it's at. We all eat too much, drink too much, stay up late and cane ourselves at times.
But here's the thing. We can still be really healthy and do all those things. Sure, not all the time. But you don't need to be pure and holier than thou to have a body that functions optimally. We just need to figure out the keys to keeping our bodies in balance, and that's unique for each of us.
I started my business in 2005, after receiving my degree from South Pacific College of Natural Medicine, where I have also taught. A few years later I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture at AUT and spent a few months working in hospitals in China.
Now I combine both approaches, naturopathic and Chinese Medicine, to get a clear idea of what is out of balance in the body, and what is required to bring it back into balance.
Health, in all it's many facets, is undoubtedly my passion.
Integrated Diploma in RGN & RSCN (Paediatric & General Nursing) (Hons) (Ireland)
Certificate in Midwifery (Fife, Scotland)
BApSc (Nursing) (Australian Catholic University, Australia)
Post Grad Diploma in Women's Health (University of Melbourne, Australia)
BHSc (Naturopathy) (Southern School of Naturopathy, Melbourne, Australia)
MApSc (Acupuncture) (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
MApSc (Chinese Herbal Medicine) (Distinction) (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Advanced Cert in Natural Fertility Management (Francesca Naish, Sydney, Australia)
Hi, I’m Margaret
I started my career as a nurse and midwife, before commencing practice in natural medicine in 2000. I’m a qualified naturopath, and also hold masters degrees in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. As you can see, I‘m super passionate about continued education, and combining the wisdom of all different approaches to health, both conventional and alternative medicine.
In clinical practice I have almost 20 years of experience treating a wide range of people and health problems, from stress and anxiety, digestive issues, reproductive health and pain syndromes. But my area of specialty in recent years has been working with individuals and couples with fertility issues, including IVF and recurrent miscarriage. I am also ACC accredited.
I like combining acupuncture treatment with my naturopathic knowledge of nutrition, herbal medicine and supplements to help get your body in tip top shape. Small changes make all the difference. A little tweak to the diet here, some supplements to help maximise your nutrition, and some acupuncture treatment to get the energy flows in your body working well. The recipe is different for each individual, depending on who you are and what’s happening with your body.
I also incorporate functional medicine into my practice. Functional medicine is the use of sophisticated testing to understand the root causes of dysfunction in the body, and allow for pinpoint accuracy in prescribing nutritional supplementation. These tests include: Fitgenes DNA testing to understand the genetic influences on your health and wellbeing; Carb Choice testing to assess how well the body utilises carbohydrates; Organic Acid Testing for measuring the biochemical function of the body; Dutch Hormone Testing for a comprehensive understanding of your hormonal imbalance; and Comprehensive Stool Analysis to gather information on your gut microbiome and it's influence on your overall health. We have all the tools you need to be experiencing exceptional health.