It is amazing having all of our inspired, informed and passionate people working closely together, committed to motivating and educating ourselves, each other and our patients with the most current and well-researched approaches we can get our hands on. We want all of our patients to receive the best care and so work collaboratively both within our own clinic and with your other health care providers. This makes for the safest and best treatment outcomes for you. It also makes this a truly great place to work. You’ll feel it when you walk in the door!
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Charmaine Dennis

Founding Director
Naturopath & Herbalist

Charmaine Dennis

Founding Director
Naturopath & Herbalist

Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate Reproductive Medicine

Bachelor Health Science (Naturopathy)

Professional Associations

Naturopath & Herbalist Association Australia

Fertility Society Australia

Biography

Charmaine Dennis is a naturopath, fertility and health expert, mentor, writer, mother, and businesswoman. She is the founding director of Fertile Ground Health Group, co- creator of the Be Fertile relaxation CD series and co-author of The Breakfast Project, among other health inspired projects. Her greatest gift and inspiration is making health, wellbeing, and passionate living accessible, inspiring and achievable for everyone. 

Through her own health crisis at 34 years old (a shocking and life threatening diagnosis of acute leukemia in 2010) Charmaine experienced first hand immersion into the medical system.  This transformative, life-affirming, challenging time has refocused and reinvigorated her drive for good health and living life to its fullest. Undoubtedly this experience has deepened her passion for collaborative health care.

Charmaine’s naturopathic career has followed a special interest in working with couples with infertility requiring IVF support since 1999.  She has assisted many in realising their dreams to conceive healthy, beautiful babies in collaboration with GPs and fertility specialists, acupuncturists and other health modalities. Since her own cancer experience, she can see the gaping need for more collaboration between natural and medical oncology approaches, and she is looking forward to working with more patients who need support for wellness and advocacy through their own cancer journey.

As well as mentoring and supervising students, naturopaths and other practitioners at Fertile Ground Health Group, Charmaine is running retreats and workshops for practitioners to support their business and personal development.

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Gina Fox

Naturopath & Fertility Educator

Gina Fox

Naturopath & Fertility Educator

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

Masters of Reproductive Medicine (UNSW)

Advanced Certificate of Natural Fertility Management, Francesca Naish

Professional Associations

Australian Traditional Medicine Society

Fertility Society of Australia

Biography

Gina Fox is a naturopath with over 15 years’ experience. She trained under Francesca Naish (author of Better Babies) and has a Masters in Reproductive Medicine. As well as being an experienced clinician she is a speaker, naturopathic lecturer and student clinic supervisor.

Gina is highly skilled in providing naturopathic care for women’s health issues, pre-conception health, infertility, IVF support, pregnancy care and through menopause. She treats a wide range of issues including recurrent miscarriage, thyroid, auto-immune antibodies and she has seen good results working with men to improve sperm quality. She also enjoys the post birth appointments with mother and baby, maximizing wellness for the whole family and educating parents on how to manage many common childhood illnesses. Her professional approach involves working in collaboration with doctors and specialists to create an effective co-ordinated treatment.

Gina loves to help couples achieve full-term pregnancies and give birth to beautiful healthy babies. Gina excels at addressing underlying stressors while couples achieve their optimal fertility. Her own meditation practice led her to become a meditation instructor and co-develop the Be Fertile series of guided relaxation CDs for women around conception, IVF and pregnancy support.

Rhea Dempsey

Rhea Dempsey

Counsellor & Childbirth Educator

Rhea Dempsey

Counsellor & Childbirth Educator

Qualifications

Trained Primary Teachers Certificate – Phys Ed. (TPTC)

Grad Dip of Counselling & Human Services (LaTrobe)

Certificate of Childbirth Education

Professional Associations

Childbirth & Parenting Educators of Australia - Trainer (CAPEA)

Biography

Rhea is a mother of three adult daughters and now two delightful grandchildren. She is a counsellor, independent childbirth educator, trainer and author, with over 35 years experience working with women and families before, during and after birth. Her special interest is in exploring the psychosocial factors that affect birth experiences. Her counselling practice, as well as assisting with reflection on general life issues, also includes psychological birth debriefing.

Rhea is a highly respected and sought after presenter at conferences, seminars and workshops on birth and counselling issues. Rhea also has a private practice—Birthing Wisdom—running an extensive schedule of classes for couples and groups as well as training and development for midwives and birth attendants.

Rhea’s book Birth with Confidence: savvy choices for normal birth is available at Fertile Ground Health Group

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Fiona Harrison

Massage Therapist, Naturopath, Birth Attendant, Infant Massage Instructor

Fiona Harrison

Massage Therapist, Naturopath, Birth Attendant, Infant Massage Instructor

Qualifications

Diploma of Applied Science (Naturopathy) SSNT

Bachelor of Social Work, Monash University

Professional Associations

NHAA

Biography

Fiona is a qualified Naturopath, Massage Therapist and Birth Attendant with over 20 years experience.

She has two beautiful children and has been working with FGHG for more than 8 years.

She has completed studies in a wide range of massage techniques including Swedish and relaxation massage, traditional Thai massage and Auyevedic massage.

As a qualified Birth Attendant, having trained with Rhea Dempsey, Fiona also provides remedial massage, reiki and homeopathic support during labour. Fiona has attended many births and is able to combine her skills and knowledge to support and enhance your birth experience.

Fiona believes in supporting women to have the best possible birth experience regardless of how or where you deliver your baby.

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Peter Slipper

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner

Peter Slipper

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner

Qualifications

Bachelor of Music (Instrumental), Queensland Conservatorium of Music

Bachelor Health Science (TCM, Acupuncture, Hons), Victoria University

Masters of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine, Hons), RMIT

Diploma of Canonical Chinese Medicine, ICEAM

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA)

Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)

Biography

Peter became interested in Chinese medicine in the mid-1990s after a shoulder injury that had been resistant to treatment was finally relieved with acupuncture. This eventually led him from his original career as a musician/teacher to becoming the renowned and highly qualified practitioner that he is today. He has completed internships at The National Hospital of Traditional Medicine (Hanoi, Vietnam) and The Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine. He has been with FGHG since 2009.

Since 2009, Peter has studied under the mentorship of Dr Arnaud Versluys (Director of The Institute of East Asian Medicine), a world-renowned expert on the practical modern-day use of Classical Herbal Medicine, where the focus is on understanding how the body maintains a dynamic balance within a forever changing external environment, and what happens when this balance is lost.

All of Peter’s treatments are aimed at re-establishing harmony between the body’s internal regulatory systems so that the body can function to its fullest potential within the frantic modern world in which we live. He particularly loves treating conditions where this balance has been lost, whether it is hormonal (e.g. PMS, irregular cycles, infertility), immune (e.g. Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, recurrent infections), metabolic (e.g. blood sugar imbalance, thyroid) or digestive (e.g. bloating, indigestion, bowel issues), where a Classical Chinese medicine approach can have profound results.

“Being our healthiest allows us to achieve our goals more easily, enjoy our passions to the fullest and lead the lives we wish for ourselves. I passionately believe in the potential of Classical Chinese Medicine to identify disharmony and help us regain balance.”

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Rhiannon Hardingham

Naturopath & Nutritionist

Rhiannon Hardingham

Naturopath & Nutritionist

Qualifications

Bachelor Health Science (Naturopathy), SSNT

Certificate of Natural Fertility Management (NFM), Kerry Hampton, Wise Women’s Business

Professional Associations

National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA)

Fertility Society of Australia (FSA)

Victorian Herbalists Association (VHA, past President)

Biography

Rhiannon is an experienced naturopath and nutritionist, with post graduate qualifications in Fertility Education.

Specialising in male and female infertility, IVF support and pregnancy care, Rhiannon expertly supports couples and individuals in their successful efforts to overcome fertility challenges. Her care philosophy extends to supporting her patients to achieve healthy and uncomplicated pregnancies and births and healthy, happy infants and children. She particularly enjoys working with single women and same sex couples as they navigate their way through their fertility journey. Optimising male fertility and health is also an area of significant focus in Rhiannon’s practice.

Underpinning Rhiannon’s work is a passion for health and a belief that every child deserves the best start in life. Thorough and approachable, Rhiannon’s commitment to understanding each person as an individual is much appreciated by her patients.

Rhiannon is committed to the successful integration of natural and conventional medicine, and believes ideal outcomes are achieved for patients when all their health care providers are working together. She incorporates the use of lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine to achieve optimum results for each individual patient.

Having completed birth attendant training with Rhea Dempsey, Rhiannon also assists patients in making important decisions around their birth choices.

After her many years of experience and education in the area of infertility and IVF support, Rhiannon now provides professional mentoring for naturopaths in both group and individual sessions. This highly specialised area is outside the scope of standard naturopathic education and as such, her mentoring program at Fertile Ground Health Group is a rare opportunity for Australian naturopaths to further their skills.

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Joanne Sharkey

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner

Joanne Sharkey

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner

Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine: Herbs & Acupuncture)

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA)

Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

Biography

Joanne Sharkey is an acupuncturist, Chinese herbal medical practitioner and a mother. As well as having a double degree in Chinese medicine and human biology she is fluent in Mandarin. This has allowed her to live in China and form relationship with mentors who have offered her extensive training and mentoring in Beijing.

Joanne’s knowledge of Chinese medicine, experience in clinical practice, as well as personal experiences has made her highly motivated to support people and couples in starting a family. This includes preconception care, helping couples and singles conceive, health during pregnancy and preparing the pregnant woman for a safe delivery. Aside from general fertility, Joanne is passionate in supporting women to get the best outcomes when freezing their eggs to preserve them for future use. Her studies, experience and passion combine to enable her to provide successful treatments in pregnancy, fertility and postpartum care.

Aside from her practice in fertility and pregnancy Joanne is a co-founder of Victoria’s first not-for-profit community acupuncture clinic Prickle Community Acupuncture, this is a reflection of her passion to make health and wellness available to all. Her general practice has also given her a wealth of knowledge and experience outside fertility including pain management, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions, as well as assisting with anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Joanne is a warm, friendly and caring person who enjoys the journey and joys of working with her patients.

‘There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying than seeing a gorgeous new Mum with a beautiful baby in her arms, knowing and being part of the journey she has been on to get to that point in her life.’

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Tina Jenkins

Naturopath

Tina Jenkins

Naturopath

Qualifications

Masters in Reproductive Medicine (with Excellence), University of NSW

Bachelor Health Science (Naturopathy, dux) Southern School of Natural Therapies, Southern Cross University

Advanced Certificate of Natural Fertility Management, Francesca Naish

Better Babies Preconception Health Care, Francesca Naish

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Melbourne University

Professional Associations

Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)

National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA)

Fertility Society of Australia (FSA)

Biography

Tina is a highly qualified naturopath bringing more than 20 years of experience to FGHG. After finishing her final year of studies at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, Tina worked as a naturopath in Singapore for 12 years. During her time there, she practiced in multidisciplinary clinics alongside gynaecologists/obstetricians and spent 4 years working as a naturopath in an international IVF clinic alongside a leading IVF specialist. Tina returned to Australia at the end of 2008 where she resumed practice and completed her Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales.

Tina has always had a special interest in helping couples with fertility problems and has particular success in treating women with PCOS, irregular and/or absent periods as well as problems with ovulation. Over the years, Tina has treated thousands of patients providing her with a wealth of clinical experience, which coupled with her extensive qualifications, brings enormous benefit to Tina’s patients especially in the area of infertility. Tina has also assisted numerous parents regarding children’s health care problems and as a mother herself, has experienced firsthand the many benefits natural health care can bring to young children.

In addition to her clinical practice Tina works at the Southern School of Natural Therapies educating student naturopaths through her role as Clinical Supervisor.

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Sarah Harris

Naturopath, Nutritionist, Remedial Massage Therapist

Sarah Harris

Naturopath, Nutritionist, Remedial Massage Therapist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), SSNT

Diploma of Remedial Massage, SSNT

Certificate of Natural Fertility Management (NFM), Kerry Hampton, Wise Woman’s Business

Professional Associations

National Herbalists Association of Australia

Biography

Sarah is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Remedial Massage Therapist, with a post graduate qualification in fertility education, and brings over ten years’ experience to complementary health practice.

Highly skilled in providing naturopathic care and musculoskeletal therapy and as a mother of three, Sarah has a special interest in families and working with individuals to support preconception, pregnancy outcomes and general health.

Sarah believes in the integration of physical therapies with naturopathic and other treatment approacges  to achieve enhanced wellness through relief of pain and discomfort, improved function, recovery, stress relief and relaxation.

Therapeutic approaches utilised throughout a treatment may include relaxation and remedial (deep tissue, therapeutic) massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, mobilisation and stretching, Bowen Therapy and Reiki. Sarah may prescribe naturopathic remedies such as herbal medicine, nutritional supplements and homeopathy and provide dietary and lifestyle advice where suitable and in conjunction with your other health practitioners.

Sarah also works in private practice and provides naturopathic Quick Script support to patients at Fertile Ground Health Group.

 

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Bryden McGregor

Registered Osteopath

Bryden McGregor

Registered Osteopath

Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science in Complementary Medicine, Osteopathy

Master of Osteopathy

Professional Associations

Osteopathy Australia

Biography

Bryden is passionate about restoring movement and function to help people achieve their optimal health. Through effective assessment, diagnosis and treatment, Bryden is able to guide an individual to a better understanding of their body and provide symptomatic relief. He uses a range of techniques including manipulation, massage, dry needling and stretching, as well as patient education and exercise prescription. He has a keen interest in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions affecting people of all ages, including pregnant women and babies.

Bryden is committed to his professional development and frequently takes part in postgraduate courses, here and overseas. In particular, he has focused on Cranial and Biodynamic approaches, which are both gentle and profoundly effective.

Bryden graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Complementary Medicine, Osteopathy and a Master of Osteopathy. He is also a member of Osteopathy Australia. In addition to Osteopathy, Bryden is an experienced sports trainer and massage therapist.

Bryden has recently returned to practice Osteopathy in Melbourne after a 4 year stint in Canberra.  He is an avid traveller and enjoys learning about other cultures and their culinary delights, and practising speaking Spanish. He loves connecting with nature and frequently takes part in camping and fishing trips, enjoying the simple beauty of the environment and the feel of the earth between his toes.

 

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Gemma Tattersall

Registered Osteopath

Gemma Tattersall

Registered Osteopath

Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science) – Victoria University

Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) – Victoria University

Diploma Paediatric Osteopathy – Osteopathic Centre for Children, London

Professional Associations

Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA)

Biography

Gemma graduated with her Masters in Osteopathy from Victoria University, and spent time working in Melbourne before moving to London to work and travel.

She returned to practice as an Osteopath in Melbourne, Australia after completing a two year postgraduate diploma focusing on the treatment of babies, children and pregnant women at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London.

There she was lucky enough to work with an extremely talented and dedicated group of people in a community setting treating children of all ages and participated in the treatment of preterm infants up to 12 weeks early in the Starlight ward at Barnet Hospital in London. 

Gemma enjoys treating the whole family: mums to be, partners, babies and children. She finds it especially rewarding when physical changes due to treatment result in big changes for the family unit. 

She is a big believer in injury prevention and enjoys delving to find the source of the problem to give her patients long-term relief.  

When out of the clinic she has a keen interest in team sports and enjoys participating in lacrosse (the fastest sport on two feet) and pub quiz (it is a brain sport!). She has caught the travel bug and tries to combine professional development courses with sightseeing and adventures interstate and overseas.

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Sonia Millett

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner

Sonia Millett

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner

Qualifications

Bachelor Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture & Herbs)

Clinical Internship Shuguan Hospital, Shanghai

Bachelor Business (Marketing) University Technology, Sydney

Registered Practitioner (AHPRA)

ATMS Accredited Practitioner

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA)

Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)

Biography

Sonia Millett is an experienced Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist with a strong focus and additional training in fertility, IVF Support, pregnancy pre-birth and labour treatment. Sonia has helped hundreds of couples improve their health and achieve their goals – maximising their chances of conceiving, or ensuring a smooth pregnancy and labour. Sonia has trained with four of Australia’s foremost Chinese Medicine gynaecological/ obstetric experts (S. Clavey, J. Lyttleton, D. Betts & K. Wolfe). She has over 8 years of clinical experience working in, and managing several dedicated fertility/pregnancy clinics in Melbourne.

Sonia successfully treats fertility concerns from pre-conception through to post-birth, including the most complex cases. In particular, Sonia has extensive experience in supporting both women and men undergoing IVF/ ART. She aims to restore healthy balance both physically and emotionally, using acupuncture and herbal medicine as well as detailed, individualised lifestyle and diet advice. She has also successfully treated many other conditions such as anxiety, pain and tinnitus.

Passionate about empowering and educating her patients, Sonia enjoys providing valuable support and advice at every stage of the journey. She has developed her own unique, comprehensive approach which includes collaborating with Western Medical counterparts. This helps her to gain a more accurate and clear diagnosis, improving care and outcomes for her patients.

A caring and dedicated practitioner, Sonia is persistent and flexible in order to achieve the most positive result possible for each patient.

As a mother of two, Sonia also brings maturity, empathy and first-hand experience in pregnancy and birth issues. Sonia is degree qualified, and has trained in both Australia and China.

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Consuella Garreffa

Remedial Massage Therapist & Paediatric Massage Consultant

Consuella Garreffa

Remedial Massage Therapist & Paediatric Massage Consultant

Qualifications

Diploma Remedial Massage

Cert Pregnancy Massage

Bachelor Health Science (Nutritional medicine) - current

Professional Associations

Massage and Myotherapy Australia

Biography

Consuella Garreffa is a Remedial Massage therapist with years of valuable experience. Since birth Consuella has been immersed in natural living principles, growing up on a vineyard in Mildura where traditional methods were opted to prevent disease and treat any health complaints. For the past two years Consuella has been treating in Brisbane and has relocated to Melbourne to join Fertile Ground Health Group.

Since studying remedial massage 9 years ago, Consuella has incorporated different techniques to be able to make every experience individual for her clients. She uses a range of deep tissue, trigger point release and muscle stimulation particularly to ease any discomfort of pregnant mothers and therefore encourage a peaceful labour. Her passion for a healthy life is transferable throughout the whole family, where she guides continual treatment post-natal for both the parents and newborn.

Mindful and respectful, Consuella recognises that no two clients are the same and comforts new clients with a high level of understanding and nurturing. Consuella likes to treat holistically and strongly believes that there is more than one element to health, which is why is she currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science with a focus on Nutrition to further her knowledge.

Consuella is a self confessed “solar powered figure’, and when outside of clinic she takes time to recharge outdoors, travelling, doing yoga and cooking for family and friends.

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Amanda Cox-Edwards

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

Amanda Cox-Edwards

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

Qualifications

Post Graduate Diploma in Oriental Herbal Medicine, University of East London

Licentiate in Acupuncture, London College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Licentiate in Oriental Herbal Medicine, London College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Diploma in Tuina, Asante Academy Middlesex University

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

Biography

Amanda has practised as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner since 2003 and has abundant experience in working with women and their partners on their fertility journey. She has great familiarity in treating gynaecological issues, assisting couples in improving natural fertility, accompanying IUI and IVF cycles, and treating throughout pregnancy and post natally. 
 
“The fertility journey can sometimes be complicated and challenging. I am very familiar with the emotional rollercoaster that many couples go through during this time, and I treat with empathy and understanding.” – Amanda
 
Amanda trained in London, where she ran a busy practice for over 13 years. She returned to her hometown of Melbourne in early 2017. During her time in London she treated many couples going through Western fertility treatments on Harley Street, and keeps up to date with evolving Western medical techniques. 
 
She was a member and secretary of the London Acupuncture Childbirth Team, and a founding member of the Bristol Acupuncture Childbirth & Conception Team. Both of these groups consist of acupuncturists and herbalists specialising in the areas of fertility, pregnancy and birth. Her continued professional development courses have focused on these key areas (for more information visit www.amandajcox.com). She also practises paediatric acupuncture and finds her fertility patients often return to have their babies and children treated by her.
 
Amanda’s treatments combine acupuncture, tuina massage, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, moxabustion, and dietary and lifestyle advice to create treatment plans tailored to the individual.
 
She aims to not only improve the physical health of her patients, but to support them emotionally and walk beside them as they take their journey.
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Dr Sushen Naidoo

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Dr Sushen Naidoo

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)

Professional Associations

AGES - Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society

Biography

Doctor Sushen Naidoo is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, providing pregnancy care and gynaecology services at Frances Perry House, St Vincent’s Private and Epworth Freemasons. Dr Naidoo also has public appointments at the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Northern Hospital and is available for obstetric and gynaecology consultations at Fertile Ground Health Group, East Melbourne.

Sushen genuinely believes it is a privilege to be involved in a family’s pregnancy and birth. He values his time with his patients and his strength in communication and temperament ensure meaningful, informative and reassuring consultations. It is his aim and pleasure to see anxious and stressed couples leave a consultation feeling more confident.  Sushen aims to foster long lasting relationships and hopes to be involved in care of families long after meeting their babies.

His passion is for women centred and individualised care as he doesn’t believe in a cookie cutter approach to medicine or indeed birth. Recognising that every woman’s pregnancy journey is different, he offers an open minded and non-judgement approach where a patient’s informed choice is paramount.

Sushen has an interest in normal physiological vaginal birth and can offer support for vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) and multiple pregnancies (twins). He also offers a full range of Gynaecology services including colposcopy, infertility and endoscopic surgery.

Appointments are available with Sushen at Fertile Ground on Wednesdays. If you would like to make a booking to see him here please contact his reception on 8579 0958.

 

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Michelle Lowe

Remedial, Pregnancy & Fertility Massage Therapist

Michelle Lowe

Remedial, Pregnancy & Fertility Massage Therapist

Qualifications

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Certificate of Fertility Massage

Certificate of Pregnancy Massage

Professional Associations

Massage & Myotherapy Australia

Biography

Michelle is an experienced Remedial Massage Therapist with over five years’ experience working within the industry. During this time Michelle has obtained a certificate in Pregnancy Massage, Fertility Massage and has completed up to Level 2 in Reiki. She has a special interest in treating women who are pregnant, experiencing menstrual pain and couples who are trying to conceive.

Michelle’s interest in women’s health started when she completed her studies in Pregnancy Massage, looking at the various changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy was fascinating to Michelle. This brought her curiosity to Fertility Massage as she felt it would really expand and assist her understanding of the female reproductive system. Michelle knows how a misaligned uterus can affect a woman’s ability to conceive and the pressure it can put on a woman when she menstruates. She learnt how to support women with their reproductive and digestive health with massage and various other techniques such as breathing techniques, visualisations and rocking. She herself has witnessed the results first hand by naturally resolving her own debilitating period pain through what she has learnt throughout her journey.

Michelle utilises all her knowledge, skills and past experiences to determine the best treatment for all her patients. She understands that everyone has different influences and demands in their life and finds that not all techniques and advice work for everyone, which is why she develops a treatment plan that best suits an individual’s needs. There’s nothing that makes Michelle happier than knowing that she has helped someone to achieve their desired outcome for their health and wellbeing.

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Milly Dabrowski

Registered Acupuncturist, Yoga teacher, Massage Therapist & Birth Attendant

Milly Dabrowski

Registered Acupuncturist, Yoga teacher, Massage Therapist & Birth Attendant

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor Health Science (Acupuncture)

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA)

Biography

Milly is a Registered Acupuncturist with over 15 years’ experience and until recently was co-owner of Fertile Ground Health Group. Located in central Victoria, Milly makes an occasional guest appearance as a locum for our acupuncture team. Her practice combines Traditional Chinese and Japanese acupuncture styles for a very gentle yet potent treatment. Milly has extensive experience working with couples with infertility challenges of all kinds and loves guiding pregnant patients through their pregnancy and birth. Birth preparation is a passion with Milly having attended over 70 births as a birth attendant (doula).

Milly’s greatest satisfaction comes from inspiring and supporting people to create a healthy life they love. Milly sees purpose and opportunity in life’s major challenges and her work is directed to working with transformational change. Her mantra “there is nothing good health is not good for” and her passion for leaving people open to their true self and potential now inspire her work as an acupuncturist, yoga teacher and health educator.

“I feel blessed to be pursuing creative projects close to my heart: from exploring self-sufficiency and a tree change in beautiful tiny town in regional Victoria to owning a small business in a small town. Combining yoga teaching with my health practice is the most fulfilling work I have ever had the pleasure to do.”

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Ashley Gordon

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

Ashley Gordon

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science (TCM)

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)

Certificate of Attainment Neuro-structural Integration Technique

Certificate of Attainment Bowen Therapy

Professional Associations

Australian Traditional Medicine Society

Biography

Dr Ashley Gordon graduated from Chinese Medicine at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, is a registered member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and an accredited member with the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

Prior to graduating as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Ashley originally trained in Bowen Therapy at 16 years of age and then later furthered his skills, learning an advanced version called N.S.T (Neuro-Structural Integration Technique) that he uses in his treatments. He has also worked as a Secondary Teacher in the area of Physical Education, Science and Mathematics and has lived overseas in Canada and Spain for 2 years, travelling and enjoying other countries.

Ashley is a compassionate, caring and nurturing practitioner with an ear for listening to help people move through their healing. He has a passion for assisting others with the power of Chinese medicine and is dedicated to continued personal learning and education of others.  Ashley uses acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat a wide of range of conditions, but has a special interest in treating pregnancy, fertility issues in both men and women, conditions relating to women’s health and digestive problems.