Preventative medicine and wellness is the most sacred gift anyone can offer to themselves.
Hello and welcome to my little corner of cyberspace. I am a Chinese medicine practitioner, acupuncturist, bodyworker, and yoga teacher. As a mother and practitioner, I have had the experience of administrating as well as receiving many of the techniques discussed and shared on my blog, with myself, my family, and my clients.
Why do I call myself The Barefoot Doctor?
Noun: A lay health care worker, especially in rural China, trained to perform tasks such as providing first aid, assisting in childbirth, and dispensing drugs. (http://www.yourdictionary.com/barefoot-doctor)
In days long past, the Chinese medicine practitioner was a wandering doctor. Someone who utilized the surrounding area for herbs and foods to fill prescriptions for their clients. This meant they worked in conjunction with the seasons and their immediate environment. ‘All within a days walk’, was the term used because the herbs and foods they utilized were sourced within that time frame. They understood that everything the individual needed was directly available to them and that the best medicines were the ones flourishing in that season, climate, time and place. They understood the vital link between the human being and their environment, the microcosmic and macrocosmic connection. Thus creating a seasonal approach that was intimately linked between the individual and their surroundings. Wellness is not just about living well, it’s about living in harmony with our landscape both within and without, it’s about being responsible, empowered, and self-aware.
Most importantly, in those days they were paid when their client was well not sick. How revolutionary! This truly supports the wellness industry. I would like to see a return to this preventative measure as we all understand and appreciate, ‘prevention is far better than cure’.
Finally, as a yoga instructor and birth support person I often, literally, find myself barefooted. This approach keeps me grounded in a role that is a service to my clients and community.
With 15 years of experience, I continue to keep up to date with the latest information, research, and skills required to help my clients live the healthy life they want.
My areas of interest include:
- women’s health, pregnancy, pre, and post-natal support
- turning breech, optimal delivery, induction
- musculoskeletal conditions, lumbar pain, sciatica, SIJ injury, stiff neck, and shoulders.
- dietetics, gut health, IBS, weight loss, the art of fermentation, and detox
- stress, anxiety, and depression
- meditation and yoga
- vertigo, tinnitus, and headaches
- preventative medicine and adopting a healthy lifestyle
I am passionate about the safe alternatives acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer. The push to make Chinese medicine a research-based medicine means we can safely follow proven protocols of treatment. Where ever possible I hope to share this research with you here.
My approach as a healer is to help you understand how to nourish your body and spirit whilst you strive for inner harmony. I offer my clients support with no judgment. We share a proactive relationship which is employed to empower you along your path. This requires you live in accordance with nature, seasonal eating and listening to your body’s needs. We cover, wholesome foods, yoga, meditation, detox, massage, ear candling, herbs, acupuncture, gua sha, cupping, exercise, and lifestyle changes including ritual. These are just some of the tools I will utilize to not only to help and support you along your path to wellness but most importantly, I will also endeavor to teach you as much as I can so that you can be proactive as well as empowered within the experience.
This space is intended as a resource for my clients. Information shared here is aimed at supporting their treatment plans and empowering them along their way to wellness.
Catherine is a member of
The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association http://www.acupuncture.org.au/
The Australian Traditional Medicine Society http://www.atms.com.au/
Catherine is registered with
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency https://www.ahpra.gov.au/
She holds a Working with Children’s Check.
Catherine’s credentials include:
Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) 2004
Cert IV Remedial Massage (Tui Na) 2003
Pregnancy Massage Certificate 2011
Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching 2014
Ear Candling Certificate 2014
Catherine has taught kids yoga in numerous schools including:
Belle Vue Primary School
Boorondara Park Primary School
Auburn Primary School
Deepdene Primary School
Catherine continues to educate herself and update her skills, she holds numerous certificate courses including:
Chinese Medicine Pearls Seminar on Infertility presented by Prof Guo Zhi Qiang (2004)
TCM and Infertility, Part 1 & 2, presented by Jane Lyttleton (2007 and 2008)
Women’s Health: The Childbearing Years presented by Tony Reid (2009)
Community Coaching Training Program with the Australian Sports Commission (2013)
Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth presented by Debra Betts (2014)
The Evolution of Practitioner only Detoxification presented by Metagenics (2014)
Master Tung’s 3 Day Intensive Course presented by Robert Chu (2015)
Integrative TCM presented by Clare Pyers (2016)
An Introduction to the Tao of Nutrition presented by Cathy McNease, Herbalist (2016)
Close to the Bone: Acupuncture Treatments for Low Back Pain presented by David Legge (2018)
Close to the Bone: Acupuncture Treatments for Neck Pain presented by David Legge (2018)
Fighting Chronic Fatigue presented by Dr Matt Van Benshoten (2018)
Supporting Grief with Chinese Medicine presented by Melissa Monroe, PhD, L.Ac. (2018)
Back on Cycle: Treating Irregular Menstruation with TCM presented by Kathleen Albertson, L.Ac. (2018)
Balancing Chakras with Acupuncture, Herbs, and Essential Oils presented by Laura Paris, O.M.D., L.Ac. (2018)