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The importance of Natural medicine

The natural therapeutic approach is intended to ensure that constant effort of the body’s life force is always in the directions of self-cleansing, repair and positive health. Natural medicine promotes treatments based on a holistic approach, with concern for underlying causes, rather than healing only with the presenting symptoms.

Various factors contributing to ill health and imbalance may be due to an accumulation of toxins and loss of energy and vitality.

The mechanism for such accumulation is as follows:

When our body becomes tired and exhausted and we experience loss of vitality, there is also a general slowing down of the normal elimination processes through the liver, bowel, lungs, kidneys and skin.  Not to mention if we are “genetically” compromised in detoxing (functional pathology blood tests are available to check if this can be an issue) This can result in retention of wastes which may not be significant over a few days, but over months and years can lead to toxicity. The process can work in reverse, refined foods and imbalanced diets give rise to indigestion, faulty elimination and consequent lack of tone or vitality in all the cells and tissues of the body. In most cases people may not have an illness, and blood test may show up fine, however they still feel like they’re not themselves and complain of feeling tired, sluggish, lack of vitality and concentration.

Incorporating Natural Medicine along with diet and lifestyle modifications can improve your metabolic and detoxification pathways to support the way your body eliminates toxins. This in turn improve your overall health and give your body a renewed sense of vitality and energy.

To find out more about our clinical Naturopath and Nutritionist and how they may be able to help you, please click on the relevant links.

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Sandra is a clinical Naturopath, Nutritionist and Acupuncturist with a strong interest and passion in IVF support, reproductive health, natural fertility, pregnancy support and hormone balancing.

Sandra looks at the various factors contributing to infertility and hormone imbalances. She believes everyone’s response to such factors is different which may or may not affect fertility and hormone health. It also cannot be ignored that those who are affected are often left without answers as to why trying to conceive has become so difficult, and why their body is not regulating or processing their hormones correctly.

Sandra incorporates the complementary therapies of Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Chinese Medicine as part of her Acupuncture treatments to give patients the highest level of personalized care. Diet and supplementation advice is also recommended as part of an ongoing service to ensure optimal health.

Natural Fertility & IVF Cycles

Sandra works closely with couples trying to conceive, and will combine Naturopathic medicine and Chinese medicine to tailor supplements to your cycle and history. Sandra has been involved in IVF support for over 16 years and understands which supplements can be used during an IVF cycle.

Sandra provides reviews to see what changes have been experienced and can tweak supplements or herbs to further support and enhance reproductive health.

Sandra has a particular interest in improving egg and sperm quality, and this comes down to her knowledge in nutritional medicine.  Sandra promotes products that have TGA approved ingredients that have undergone clinical trials to show benefit and efficacy in relation to IVF improvement in egg and sperm quality, natural fertility and gynaecological conditions.

Sandra believes in looking at all the factors both for female and male fertility and recommends a simple, easy to follow nutritional treatment plan based on supporting fertility health.

Sandra has also had extensive experience and ongoing success with supporting hormone imbalances. As a mother of two children and a busy clinic, she understands first hand the importance in supporting the body’s hormones and adrenals. She has helped hundreds of women to feel a renewed sense of balance physically, mentally and emotionally.

Some of the common conditions and symptoms treated or supported include;

Physically

Gynaecological

  • Endometriosis, period pain
  • Heavy periods
  • Amenorrhoea (absent periods)
  • Low libido
  • Weight gain
  • PCOS, PCO, Irregular cycles, Anovulation
  • Circulation issues
  • Endometrial lining support
  • Egg and sperm quality issues.

Hormonal

  • Skin issues
  • Fluid retention
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal night sweats

Mentally

  • Lack of concentration, Foggy
  • Headaches, Migraines
  • Cravings
  • Insomnia

Emotionally

  • Stress
  • PMS, PMT, PMDD
  • Irritability, volatility, anger
  • Mood swings,
  • Anxiety
  • Sad and teary.
  • Grief

What is involved in a Naturopathic consult via Skype/telehealth?

Part 1. Consultation (30 minutes)

The first part is dedicated to going through your health questionnaire as well as any other relevant information that Sandra may require. It is important at this time for Sandra to get a good understanding of your health goals and how you are feeling not just physically, but also how your health concerns may be impacting you mentally or emotionally.

Part 2. Recommendations (30 minutes)

The second part occurs once the consultation is finished and involves Sandra making a final review of your consultation notes as well as reviewing relevant blood tests or results and formulating a treatment and diet plan.

Our reception staff will organise all the treatment plan information and send it to you via email along with any blood test or supplement recommendations Sandra may have. Normally we recommend a follow up appointment to monitor your progress and make any necessary changes at that time. Any supplements that are recommended by Sandra can be posted out to you or arranged to be collected at the clinic.

Review Appointments

15 minute or 30 minute review appointments can be organised at the start of a menstrual cycle to have specific supplements or herbs sent out.  Reviews are also recommended upon confirmed pregnancy to direct you to support for your pregnancy health.

Sandra will work closely with you to help make the necessary changes in diet, lifestyle and nutrition to help create the beneficial changes needed to support reproductive health.

Due to Sandra’s busy Acupuncture practice, she is only available for naturopathic support via Telehealth at this time. More information can be found on our Telehealth link, alternatively please feel free to contact the clinic to organise a Naturopathic consultation with Sandra.

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Stacie is our clinical Nutritionist who works to support patients in achieving optimal wellbeing.

Stacie will begin consultation with you first for the nutrition component, which is the most important foundational aspect to get right before any healing, optimisation of your health, or support for your hormones or fertility can begin.

Stacie supports her clients to achieve optimum health, using a food as medicine approach to address hormone imbalance, reset energy levels, digestion and inflammation, sustainable weight-loss, and develop fertility-friendly diets.

Stacie also has a special interest in children’s nutrition and can work with families to address nutrient intakes and deficiencies, food preferences, fussy eating habits and food behaviours.

  • Common health conditions and plans available for;
    • Weight-loss
    • Detox
    • Fertility-Friendly – Women & Men
    • Hormone Imbalance
    • Energy Reset
    • Low Inflammation / Gut Healing
    • Children’s nutrition specialised resources
Your Initial consultation is comprised of 90 minutes broken into 2 sections
Section 1.  In-clinic Consultation (45 min) 
  • An in depth review of your history, symptoms and conditions
  • Review and assessment of your current diet including food diary analysis
  • Review of any recent blood tests
  • Recommendations of blood test that may be necessary to obtain from your GP to pin-point deficiencies based on your symptoms.
  • Introduction into how to start implementing some of the changes based on your diet sheet.

Section 2. Customised plan (45min)

Following your chat with Stacie, she will spend the time prepare an individualised healthy eating plan with the right dietary approach to help your condition.

You will be sent all the information in PDF format via email, that same day to get you started.

What will I receive?

  • A specialised 7-day meal plan tailored to your health concerns.
  • Complete list of recipes for the 7 day meal plan.
  • Customised Shopping list and weekly must haves.
  • Informative tips and recommendations sheet
  • Outline of the initial consultation and recommendations

Following your initial in clinic consultation, there will be a 2 week period in which you will have time to implement the necessary changes.

Reviews

30 minute reviews

Stacie recommends a 30 minute review following your first visit, to allow time to check your progress and recommend any changes.

Review appointments can be focussed on

  • Reviewing recent blood tests
  • Recommending nutritional supplements to support deficiencies
  • Refining dietary recommendations
  • Introducing new resources and recipes
  • Strategies for staying on track
  • Shopping & Food education
  • Expanding on healthy snacks and treats

15 min Reviews  & Check Ins 

The clinic offers weekly 15 min check-Ins for patients wanting to have a support person to help them through a healthy weight loss program.

These appointments are also available via telehealth for clients who have a handful of simple questions and need extra support and guidance along the way.

 

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Children’s Nutrition Consultation Appointment – 45 minutes

A consultation may include (but not limited to):
  • Building immunity
  • Encouraging a more varied diet for ‘picky’ eaters or dealing with food aversions
  • Introducing solids and ‘first’ foods
  • Ticking the right nutritional boxes for healthy growth and development

We also have a number of practitioner only supplements specifically for children that may be prescribed.

Skype and Phone Consultations

Distance Naturopathic and Nutrition consultations are an easy and convenient option for many patients who are wanting advice via phone or online. This option is available to both new patients or existing patients needing a review consultation but cannot access the clinic.

Sandra Sapio – Naturopathy

Sandra Sapio is our clinic Naturopath, Nutritionist and Acupuncturist who has a special interest in the following areas;

  • Natural Fertility
  • IVF Support
  • Pregnancy Support
  • Hormone Health

Sandra is only accepting new patients for IVF and Fertility at this time, unless they are an existing patient of the clinic or have been referred to see Sandra from our clinical nutritionist Stacie Symons.

What is involved in a Naturopathic consultation via Zoom/telehealth?

Part 1. Consultation (30 minutes)

The first part is dedicated to going through your health questionnaire as well as any other relevant information that Sandra may require. It is important at this time for Sandra to get a good understanding of your health goals and how you are feeling not just physically, but also how your health concerns may be impacting you mentally or emotionally.

Part 2. Recommendations (30 minutes)

The second part occurs once the consultation is finished and involves Sandra making a final review of your consultation notes as well as reviewing relevant blood tests or results and formulating a treatment and diet plan.

Our reception staff will organise all the treatment plan information and send it to you via email along with any blood test or supplement recommendations Sandra may have. Normally we recommend a follow up appointment to monitor your progress and make any necessary changes at that time. Any supplements that are recommended by Sandra can be posted out to you or arranged to be collected at the clinic.

Review Appointments

15 minute or 30 minute review appointments can be organised at the start of a menstrual cycle to have specific supplements or herbs sent out.  Reviews are also recommended upon confirmed pregnancy to direct you to support for your pregnancy health.

Sandra will work closely with you to help make the necessary changes in diet, lifestyle and nutrition to help create the beneficial changes needed to support reproductive health.

Naturopathy & Nutrition Support

Sandra offers naturopath support to patients who have been in consultation with Nutritionist Stacie Symons and have begun making the necessary dietary changes.  Sandra can assess what changes have been achieved with diet modifications and what additional testing or supplementation may be needed to further help heal or balance the body.

Sandra is able to see new patients, referred from Stacie for the following health issues;

  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Weight -Loss
  • Detoxification
  • Gut-healing

Nutrition is the most important foundational aspect to get right before any gut healing, optimisation of your health, or support for your hormones can begin.

Initial Consultation

Upon making an appointment, you will receive an email with a detailed new patient information form that will ask questions about all the relevant information we will need relating to your health. This allows us as much information as possible about your lifestyle, diet, medications, current and past-history health, procedures or significant health events as well as presenting symptoms.

For IVF patients an additional form is sent out for you to complete which give us details on previous IVF cycles, the medications used and the outcomes with each cycle whether stimulated (fresh) or frozen cycles.

Couples

If you require a joint fertility support consultation for both you and your partner, we also offer a reduced fee for couples. This is a popular option for couples who cannot attend the clinic in person due to working outside normal business hours.

Stacie Symons – Nutritionist 

Stacie supports her clients to achieve optimum health, using a food as medicine approach to address hormone imbalance, reset energy levels, digestion and inflammation, sustainable weight-loss, and develop fertility-friendly diets.

Stacie also has a special interest in children’s nutrition and can work with families to address nutrient intakes and deficiencies, food preferences, fussy eating habits and food behaviours.

  • Common health conditions and plans available for;
    • Weight-loss
    • Detox
    • Fertility-Friendly – Women & Men
    • Hormone Imbalance
    • Energy Reset
    • Low Inflammation / Gut Healing
    • Children’s nutrition specialised resources
Your Initial consultation is comprised of 90 minutes broken into 2 sections
Section 1.  Zoom/Telehealth Consultation (45 min) 
  • An in depth review of your history, symptoms and conditions
  • Review and assessment of your current diet including food diary analysis
  • Review of any recent blood tests
  • Recommendations of blood test that may be necessary to obtain from your GP to pin-point deficiencies based on your symptoms.
  • Introduction into how to start implementing some of the changes based on your diet sheet.

Section 2. Customised plan (45min)

Following your chat with Stacie, she will spend the time prepare an individualised healthy eating plan with the right dietary approach to help your condition.

You will be sent all the information in PDF format via email, that same day to get you started.

What will I receive?

  • A specialised 7-day meal plan tailored to your health concerns.
  • Complete list of recipes for the 7 day meal plan.
  • Customised Shopping list and weekly must haves.
  • Informative tips and recommendations sheet
  • Outline of the initial consultation and recommendations

Following your initial consultation, there will be a 2 week period in which you will have time to implement the necessary changes.

Reviews

30 minute reviews

Stacie recommends a 30 minute review following your first appointment, to allow time to check your progress and recommend any changes.

Review appointments can be focussed on

  • Reviewing recent blood tests
  • Recommending nutritional supplements to support deficiencies
  • Refining dietary recommendations
  • Introducing new resources and recipes
  • Strategies for staying on track
  • Shopping & Food education
  • Expanding on healthy snacks and treats

15 min Reviews  & Check Ins 

The clinic offers weekly 15 min check-Ins for patients wanting to have a support person to help them through a healthy weight loss program.

These appointments are available via telehealth for clients who have a handful of simple questions and need extra support and guidance along the way.