Work with Me

I am available for face-to-face naturopathic and acupuncture appointments in Lismore, home visits around the Northern Rivers, or virtual appointments, Australia-wide.

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I practice from Northern Rivers Health on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previously, I was based at the Lismore Birth House, where I worked alongside a team of midwives and other allied health practitioners; supporting women and their partners with fertility, pregnancy and postpartum health.

I also see plenty of other folk who aren’t focussed on reproductive health and am happy to consult with anyone looking to improve any aspect of health and wellbeing. You can read more about the areas I work most with here.

Private appointments

I offer private appointments for naturopathy or acupuncture (or both!) These sessions allow us to discuss your health in depth and formulate a health / treatment plan tailored to your needes. Private appointments are also necessary when working with more complex conditions, as you have my undivided focus and attention! Email me or use the online booking system to schedule your next appointment.

Community Acupuncture Clinic (every second Monday)

The Community Acupuncture Clinic offers low-cost appointments to ensure ongoing acupuncture treatment is affordable, especially for those who would like regular appointments. During a community clinic appointment, you will receive a treatment in a shared setting (i.e. other people receiving treatments in the same room) – in this environment, there is insufficient time for indepth discussion or catch up, but it is well suited for a general treatment or as part of ongoing clinical support. 



Northern Rivers Health, Rochdale House, 612 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah

What happens in an appointment?

If you haven’t seen a naturopath before, prepare for lots of questions and an opportunity to talk! During your consultation, I’ll spend time taking a thorough health history and reviewing any recent pathology or medical testing. I’ll work out a plan that suits you and aims to improve your specific health needs. This will involve diet and lifestyle, and may also include herbal or nutritional supplementation.

In an acupuncture treatment, I will insert very fine needles into precise points on the body to benefit your health. Some people are nervous about the needles, but needle insertion shouldn’t be painful or uncomfortable. It’s not uncommon to feel a heaviness or distending sensation in the body during a treatment, and treatments are usually very relaxing… many people find themselves having a nap while they’re on the table! Depending on your needs, I may also incorporate cupping, guasha or massage into your treatment, in order to provide the maximum benefit.

I may recommend we schedule regular clinic appointments, particularly at the beginning of treatment, or you may be someone that doesn’t require follow up for some months. Everyone is different.

Between clinic appointments, I am happy to provide support via email and answer quick questions. However, more involved enquiries or significant health developments require a scheduled appointment.


Consultation Costs and Health Fund Rebates

Consultation type Fee Duration
Initial consultation / treatment $140    75 mins
Follow up consult / treatment $100    30 - 45 mins
Community acupuncture $45   45 - 60 mins
Home visit consult / treatment $220 60 – 90 mins

Please note, I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. The full consultation fee will be charged if an appointment is missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice.

You may be able to claim a portion of the cost of your consultation through private health – please check with your fund and level of cover to determine eligibility. Unfortunately, HCF does not provide a rebate for acupuncture treatment, but all other health funds do.

From 1st April 2019, no health funds provide a rebate for naturopathy (however, we are lobbying to have this changed!)

Pensioner, student and concession card holder discounts are available.

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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.

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