Hi, I’m Kathleen
A clinical naturopath and acupuncturist based in beautiful Northern NSW.
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I’m a naturopath and acupuncturist, based in leafy Lismore and working across the Northern Rivers Region.
I have been in practice since 2009, with a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy and a Master of Applied Science in Acupuncture.
I began my career working in a large acupuncture and naturopathy clinic in Brisbane’s CBD, before relocating to Sydney in 2012. At that time, I joined the team at Bourke Street Clinic, an integrative clinical environment where I worked alongside medical and allied health colleagues.
I closed my books and took maternity leave following the birth of my daughter, to take some time for myself and my family, and to allow me to work on several big projects. This included the development and roll-out of MamaCare Health Services an in-home postpartum health program… a passion project of mine. I also used this time to focus on postgraduate study and complete my acupuncture qualification.
I returned to practice with Dr Paulette Maroun and colleagues at Paradigm and Co, in Sydney’s CBD; an integrative medical collective and wonderful place to work. I also did home visits, all over Sydney, as part of MamaCare’s services.
As for many people, 2020 has been a year of great upheaval, challenge and change. Mid-pandemic, my family and I relocated to Northern NSW, as part of my husband’s work with the National Centre of Naturopathic Medicine and here we have happily settled. I’m working from Lismore Birth House and Mullum Health Centre… and we will be doing home visits again soon, across the region.
My background prior to health was in the arts: as a performer, researcher and wannabe professional clown. My first qualification was a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Russian. I know, SO useful. Fun though; and helped to furnish my understanding of communication, human behaviour and health.
Outside of practice, I’m involved in professional education: teaching natural medicine students and previously presenting courses for midwives, nurses and lactation consultants on naturopathic pregnancy and postpartum care. I have also worked with community and corporate healthcare programs, including appearing at fun events such as the Woodford Folk Festival. I’m the current Vice-President of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, as I am passionate about raising the profile and practice standards of my profession.
I occasionally write for media publications on the topics of health and wellbeing, but most of my more recent published work is in academic health journals and clinical texts. I also blog here, some times more regularly than others.
In clinic, I focus on optimising day-to-day living through diet, lifestyle, herbal therapy and acupuncture. I hold a particular interest in working with the health of women, new parents and families; as I am passionate about creating healthy foundations for our next generation. However, I love working with people from all walks of life, helping to institute changes that can become life-long health habits.
Away from the clinic, the things I enjoy most are: spending time with my husband, raising our daughter, connecting with friends, reading, writing, travelling, daydreaming, bad puns, practising yoga and handstands. I also really love being outside, whether that’s sitting in the sunshine reading the paper, bushwalking or swimming… I dig it all.
How Can I Help You?
Naturopathy is a holistic system of medicine that recognises the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. A naturopath uses dietary changes, lifestyle advice, and herbal or nutritional supplementation to support these natural processes. Individualised treatment is a key tenet of naturopathy, as no two people are the same, and recommendations are always tailored to the needs of each person.
Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles into precise points on the body to benefit a person’s health. These needles are not painful or uncomfortable. In fact, treatments are usually very relaxing. Acupuncture is part of a larger system of medicine known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and can be used for a wide range of acute and chronic ailments.
Postpartum Home Visits
These in-home health appointments are designed to support women and their families’ health during the fourth trimester; as they adapt physically, mentally, and emotionally to their new family unit. The intention of this service is to create a continuum of care during what is often a time of great upheaval. This ensures that each new mother receives the support she needs to take care of herself, her baby, and her family.