Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Doctor Of Chinese Medicine - Lauren Curtain

Lauren is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and has a strong focus on helping women through issues related to women’s health, hormones, fertility and pregnancy including PMS, irregular periods, amenorrhoea, PCOS, endometriosis, natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy support and labour preparation.

Lauren’s mission is to educate women about their bodies and to be a guide to support 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).



Doctor of Chinese Medicine - Stephen Pate

Stephen Pate has been working as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and registered Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner for 10 years after graduating in 2008. He has 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.

After working abroad for 2 years he has since relocated to the Mornington Peninsula and opened Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine in 2009.

As a Chinese Medicine Practitioner he incorporates the use of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Diet Therapy, Massage and Cupping to make sure you get 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. 


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).

Janette 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:


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.