What made you want to study and work in TCM?
My path to Chinese Medicine started at an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas in India. I was studying to become a yoga teacher. As apart of our training, we were introduced to Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. I was very intrigued by the holistic and natural approach to health and wellbeing, and wanted to deepen my knowledge in natural medicine. When I returned to Melbourne, I met my mentor and fellow TCM practitioner
Dr. James Middleton. Under his guidance, I experienced my own profound healing through Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine which inspired me to start studying.
You also teach yoga, how did you arrive on such a spiritual path. Do you integrate your teachings into your treatments?
I started practising yoga when I was 19, whilst moving through a turbulent time of life. I instantly felt a positive shift in my mental, physical and emotional well-being. Through regular practice, I learned to become more mindful and aware of my own patterns and thought processes which helped me to overcome these challenges.
I like to offer these valuable tools to my patients in my treatments. I will often prescribe pranayama breath work, meditation and certain yoga postures to my patients. I might even occasionally guide them through a Yoga Nidra (a conscious sleep meditation) whilst they are on the table with the pins in
You’ve recently moved to the Peninsula, can you tell us a little bit about your new coastal life?
Making the move to the Ninch has been one of the best decisions I’ve made! The lifestyle is super luscious and wholesome. Im a nature lover so being amongst the trees and close to the ocean brings me great pleasure. When I’m not at the clinic, you’ll find me surfing at the back beaches, hiking through Arthur’s Seat or cruising on a mountain bike.
Now that we’re in Spring, what are the main ingredients that you are cooking with and where do you source them?
After nourishing ourselves with warming broths, roasts and soups all Winter, it’s the perfect time to have a little Spring detox. Spring is the time of year to look after the Liver and Gall bladder with lots of green veggies! Asparagus, broccoli, silverbeet, spinach, kale, spring onions, brussel sprouts… you name it. I like to steam my greens and add them to most meals. I source them directly from my garden. I’m a bit of a green thumb. Spring is also a good time of year to get the body moving as we start to align ourselves with the growth and expansion of Yang energy.
Can you share one of your favourite spring recipes with us?
Spanikopita is one of my favourites during Spring. It’s super easy, fresh and packed with a lot of greens. You can honestly use whatever greens you have in the fridge or garden. It looks a little something like this but feel free to change it up and get creative.