DIGESTIVE HEALTH, WOMEN’S HEALTH AND VAGINAL HEALTH
supported – inspired – empowered
Hi! I’m a naturopath and herbalist based in Sydney. Can’t make it into the clinic? No problem! You can consult with me online from anywhere in Australia. I love to investigate the root cause of your health problems and work holistically to restore you back to your happy and energetic self.
I have a special interest in women’s health. I particularly love to support you in the areas of women’s health that are often overlooked.You can talk to me about vaginal conditions, endometriosis, SIBO, histamine intolerance and perimenopause. Let me tell you more:
DIGESTION AND GUT MICROBIOME
Is your bloating or constipation affecting your life? Have you tried eliminating some foods but you’re still experiencing the same symptoms? Traditional treatments for digestive conditions such as reflux and constipation often suppress the symptoms but cause further imbalances. If you stop taking these medicines then the symptoms often come back.
Work with me to discover the underlying cause of your symptoms, balance your gut microbiome, support leaky gut, and find a pattern of eating that suits you. These are some of the functional conditions that I work with:
- Gut dysbiosis
- SIBO (accredited with The SIBO Dr) – Could your painful bloating be SIBO?
- Reflux and GORD – Healing heartburn
- Sugar cravings – How to beat sugar cravings
- Constipation and diarrhoea
- Fatty Liver Disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
With the notable exception of breast cancer, I believe that most women’s health conditions are underfunded and under researched. The lack of focus on women’s health has meant that many women are suffering in silence and feeling that there is nowhere to for support. That is why I am passionate about working with you in the many areas that are not given as much attention as they deserve:
Let’s talk about vaginas
Are you suffering from recurrent vaginal burning, discharge, odour, pain, dryness or itchiness? I know how much vaginal discomfort can affect your everyday enjoyment of sex and intimate relationships. Vaginal conditions can even impact the everyday things we take for granted such as walking, sleeping and sitting down.
Traditional treatments for vaginal conditions usually focus on suppressing the symptoms and often create other problems by contributing to vaginal dysbiosis (an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina). Work with me to discover the underlying reason for your vaginal symptoms and get your vagina back into shape. I love to work with people experiencing any of these conditions:
- Recurrent Candida – The worst thing about thrush
- Bacterial Vaginosis – Naturopaths tips for BV
- Recurrent urinary tract infections UTI
- Lichen Sclerosus
- Sexually transmitted infections such as HPV and genital herpes
Endometriosis is a condition that causes severe pain with menstruation but can also cause pain at other times of the month too. A naturopathic approach to endometriosis involves finding the underlying cause of the inflammation, which can be related to your gut microbiome and your immune system function. To find out more about how I work with endo, please read my blog: An update on endometriosis.
Most women experience period pain. So how do you know if your pain is normal or if it could be endometriosis? You might like to read my blog: is my period pain normal?
Hormones for women over 40 – Perimenopause
Women over 40 can start to notice many changes in their health. This can signal the start of perimenopause, which is a period of 5 to 10 years before the end of your reproductive years. In my experience, the early stages of perimenopause can be a time when you might experience the most distressing symptoms of the journey to menopause.
Most women have no idea that their anxiety, stress levels, heavy periods, endometriosis, PMS, insomnia, low libido and even hay fever are a signal that their reproductive hormones are changing.
I believe that women can transition through perimenopause without medications. The most important key to a healthy perimenopause in my opinion, is to be educated about what to expect and why. I have written a guide to working naturally with perimenopause and I have called it: The Ultimate Guide to a Natural Perimenopause.
I have been blogging about this subject for many years. Here are a few of my most popular blogs:
I advocate many ways to support women with perimenopause, including relaxation techniques, sleep techniques, herbal medicine and diet changes. I have discovered by working with hundreds of women in perimenopause that uncovering underlying histamine intolerance can often be a game changer.
In my experience, the role of histamine intolerance in women’s health is very underappreciated. Do you suffer from symptoms before your period or around the time of ovulation? Symptoms of histamine intolerance can be triggered by the fluctuations in estrogen throughout your menstrual cycle. Some signs that you might have histamine intolerance are:
- Menstrual migraines
- Premenstrual mood changes
- Bloating, reflux, insomnia
- Premenstrual anxiety and panic attacks
- Hot flushes
- Interstitial cystitis
You may like to read more about the curious connection between histamine and estrogen.
I had an exciting career in land surveying, hydrographic surveying with the RAN, and land management, before following my passion for herbal medicine and natural therapies.
My interest in herbs and nutrition grew from a lifetime of growing my own food and herbs, a love of being in the garden, and a love nature and natural remedies.
Prior to undertaking my naturopathy degree, I completed a postgraduate certificate in sustainable development, and I remain passionate about the environment and biodiversity.
I have 3 grown up children and have experienced first-hand the joy and challenges of being a working mum while raising a healthy family. As a young mum I experienced many years of post-natal fatigue, the toughest years of my life, which I have written more about: my personal journey with post-natal depletion syndrome.
From working with my clients over many years, I have found that it brings me great joy to educate women about how to undercover the reason for their symptoms and naturally support common health conditions with food and herbal medicines. I love to share my knowledge through blogging about the health topics I feel are most poorly understood.
I look forward to working with you
At the initial consultation we will talk about your health concerns in detail. I will ask you about your health history, your everyday routines, your eating habits, and your goals for your health.
I almost always prescribe herbal medicine at the first appointment, along with suggestions for dietary changes. You will be emailed a comprehensive health plan following your consultation.
The herbal medicine is a short-term prescription to kick start your healing and help you to feel well quite quickly. The cost of the herbal medicine and supplements is additional to the consultation fee.
When you come to your initial consultation, please bring copies of any recent medical reports or pathology tests.
Your health plan is a comprehensive document that will summarise your health concerns and goals and set out a realistic time frame for achieving the goals.
The health plan will detail all the important points that we have covered in the consultation, including how and when to take herbal medicine or supplements. It will contain individualised dietary recommendations to assist you on your health journey.
Fee Structure and Bookings
|Initial consultation||60 minutes||$215|
|Follow up||45 minutes||$150|
|Follow up||30 minutes||$100|
I understand that it is sometimes necessary to change your appointment. You may cancel or reschedule your consultation at any time up to 24 hours before your consultation by calling 9211 3811.
Please note that a cancellation and rescheduling fee of 100% will apply to all changes within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment.
If required, follow up consultations may be conducted by phone or online at the allocated time.