Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Stephen Pate


Stephen  has been working as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and registered Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner for 12 years after graduating in 2008. He  completed a 5 year double degree of Applied Science (Human Biology/Chinese Medicine) from RMIT University and also a 6 month residential clinical internship in a major hospital in Nanjing, China.


He gained extensive experience abroad for 2 years then relocated to the Mornington Peninsula and opened Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine in 2010. 

As a Chinese Medicine Practitioner he incorporates the use of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Diet Therapy, Massage and Cupping to ensure the best possible outcomes for his patients in the shortest timeframe. 

Stephen is passionate about health and fitness and has a special interest in pain management conditions including but not limited to; musculoskeletal pain, arthritic pain, tmj pain, headaches and migraines as well chronic pain/stubborn hard to treat pain disorders.

Stephen is available at :

Beachside Clinic:  Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm.  Friday 9am - 1pm,  Saturday 9am - 1pm

Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Janette Panaccio


Janette is Doctor of Chinese Medicine and a registered Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board (CMRB) and the Australian Acupuncture

and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA). She completed a five-year double degree of Applied Science (Human Biology/Chinese Medicine) at RMIT including an internship at Jiangsu Provincial TCM Hospital in Nanjing, China.

She has continued to develop and enhance her knowledge of TCM with regular participation at clinical workshops, seminars and teaching sessions, both within Australia and China, learning from leading practitioners and teachers to better apply cutting edge techniques to her patients.

Janette has practised at a number of private clinics in Melbourne and also at community practices providing TCM to refugee and other marginalised groups.


Her special interests include:

  • IVF, Pregnancy, Labour support and Postnatal care

  • Women’s and Men’s reproductive health

  • Menopausal Issues

  • Musculoskeletal conditions

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • General Wellbeing


Janette is available at:

Top End Clinic:  Thursday and Friday 8am - 7pm 

Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Lauren Curtain


Lauren is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and has a special interest in issues related to women’s health, hormones, fertility and pregnancy including PMS, irregular periods, amenorrhoea, PCOS, endometriosis, natural fertility, IVF, pregnancy and labour preparation.


Lauren’s mission is to educate women about their bodies and to be a guide to assist them through their health and fertility journey.

Lauren believes the beauty and strength of Chinese medicine is being able to understand and address the root cause of health concerns rather then just focusing on the symptoms. Focusing on the root cause of the problem not only has an impact on the presenting symptoms but also strengthens the body as a whole.

Lauren has a passion for continuously updating her education in the field of women’s health and fertility

to incorporate into clinical practice through attending seminars with the latest research both in Australia and internationally.

Lauren is a registered Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine practitioner. She has completed a 4 year Health Science – Chinese medicine degree from Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne.

She is registered with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board and a member of AACMA (Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association).

Lauren is available at:
Top End Clinic:  Tuesday: 9am - 4pm
Beachside Clinic:  Saturday 9am - 4pm


Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Catherine Brown

Catherine is a registered Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004, in Sydney and China. Catherine completed an internship

at Jiangsu Province Chinese Medicine Hospital in Nanjing, China.


Catherine has a special interest women’s health and fertility and addressing female & male fertility, menstrual and hormonal health, IVF, pregnancy & postnatal care. All treatments are individualised combining Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Diet & lifestyle.

Catherine’s approach is patient focused, gentle, empathetic and supportive, she also has a special interest for both acute and chronic imbalances; including musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, digestion, insomnia,

anxiety and depression. Treating the body, in its entirety, Catherine’s understanding and treatments view disharmonies as one part of the whole and addresses the “root” cause of the imbalance as well as the symptoms or “branch” manifestations. Catherine’s treatments focus equally on the prevention of illness

as on the treatment of the disharmony; incorporating the Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities of Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Cupping, Gua Sha and Moxibustion.

Catherine is available at:

Beachside Clinic:  Monday 9am - 7pm,  Wednesday 9am - 6pm,  Thursday 9:30am - 6pm.

Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Jo Hyde


Jo is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and registered Acupuncturist who has trained in both

TCM and Japanese style Acupuncture.  She has a special interest in and passion for emotional health

and wellbeing, and treating children with Shonishin (non-insertion Acupuncture for kids!).  She also

really enjoys bodywork and uses a lot of Moxa, Bowen and manual techniques to achieve the best outcomes for pain relief in musculoskeletal conditions.  

Ancient TCM theory acknowledged the role that our emotions play in creating physical disharmonies,

and Jo believes that this has become increasingly true in modern society.  Through her gentle, intuitive manner and treatment style, Jo encourages her patients to reconnect with their own Qi (energy) and become more present with themselves.  She facilitates clients to take ownership of their health journey through diet and lifestyle advice, and is passionate about empowering them with emotional awareness.

Jo also loves treating children and babies with Shonishin as it is a gentle, yet extremely beneficial treatment for a wide range of kid's conditions. Jo completed a 5 year Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese Medicine - Herbs and Acupuncture (Honours) and undertook an internship in busy Shuguang TCM hospital in Shanghai.  She has had a regular QiGong practise for the past seven years and has

trained with several different masters in China.  Jo is continually learning and studying, both within Oriental Medicine and in related areas, and integrates all her learnings to provide a wholistic approach

to her patient's health.  She is registered with AHPRA, the CMRB and AACMA.

Jo is available at:

Top End Clinic:  Friday 9:30am - 1:30am,  Saturday 8am - 1pm

Doctor Of Chinese Medicine
Giulia Crema

Giulia is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, registered Acupuncturist and qualified yoga teacher.
She completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in Health Science/ Chinese Medicine at Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne. She has further received extensive mentorship and training under Dr. James Middleton and has been fortunate to directly learn from him in a clinical setting over the past five years.

Giulia is a well-rounded general practitioner with a nurturing and supportive approach. She offers holistic and effective treatments tailored to the needs of each patient that often include massage, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle educational support. She encourages a sense of self awareness in her patients and empowers them to understand their own health. Her special interests include but are not limited to digestive health, reproductive health, dermatology and emotional wellbeing.
Giulia is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA), and is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

Giulia is available at:
Top End Clinic:  Monday and Wednesday 9am - 6pm, Tuesday 12pm - 6pm.
The Beachside Clinic:  Friday 9am - 6pm

Doctor Of Chinese Medicine

Allana Bould


Allana is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and likes to incorporate Remedial Massage and Acupuncture together to address an array of musculoskeletal complaints. After a Remedial Massage career spanning

14 years, Allana has found the addition of Acupuncture to be the most effective and natural extension to her work. 


Allana’s goal is to support clients who may have sports injuries or be in some type of physical pain and discomfort. In Chinese Medicine any type of pain or tension indicates that energy is not flowing freely throughout the energy pathways (meridians) that we all possess. Unblocking those areas with Massage, Acupuncture and possibly cupping, as well as advising on interim exercises and nutrition lead Allana to

the best results for her clients. Often other areas of concern improve naturally for her clients.


Allana has completed a four year Health Science – Chinese Medicine degree at the Southern School of Natural Medicine in Melbourne. She is a fully registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist with both the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.

Allana is available at:

Top End Clinic:  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am - 6pm.   Friday 1pm - 6pm and

                                    Saturday 9am - 5:30pm.

Doctor Of Chinese Medicine

Helen Foster

Helen is a registered Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, with 12 years clinical experience

in both private and community acupuncture clinics. Helen completed her Bachelor degrees in Human biology and Chinese Medicine at RMIT University Melbourne, and a clinical internship at Jiangsu Hospital in Nanjing, China. She has continued further studies in Chinese Medicine and health management since.

Helen has a caring, patient focused approach, taking careful consideration of individual symptoms

and patient history to provide a tailored treatment plan. Providing clear communication around the treatment process, Helen often combines acupuncture with cupping, massage or Chinese herbal medicine for best results, and equips her patients with additional diet, exercise and lifestyle advice

to support their health.

Helen loves the significant improvements acupuncture and Chinese medicine can make to all types

of health disorders, and is passionate about helping her patients achieve their full health potential.

Her special interests include pain management and musculoskeletal conditions, sleep disorders,

digestive issues, fatigue, mental health, fertility, women’s health, and general well being.


Helen is available at:

Beachside Clinic:  Tuesday 12pm - 6pm and Friday 9:30am - 3pm 

Doctor Of Chinese Medicine

Nadine Gardiner


Known for her open, warm and collaborative approach, Nadine uses acupuncture, cupping, shiatsu, Chinese Herbal Medicine, dietary and lifestyle guidance to explore and support your individual health. 


Nadine works with the body, its innate communication and Chinese Medicine, to create practical and achievable treatment plans for supporting fertility, women's health, dermatological conditions, sexual health, mental and emotional health, addiction and pain management.


Having trained with Dr Kevin Duong, a third generation Chinese Medicine Herbalist specialising

in Dermatology, Nadine is particularly interested in treating skin conditions.


She is currently volunteering at Ozanam house providing acupuncture for people experiencing homelessness, and is constantly expanding her practice and knowledge base. 


Nadine completed her Bachelor of Health Science and Chinese Medicine at Southern School of Natural Therapies and is currently undertaking a Diploma of Shiatsu at the Australian Shiatsu College.

Nadine is a member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) and

is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA)

Nadine is available at:

Beachside Clinic:  Friday 1pm - 8pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm