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kristin zanotti

Naturopath Kristin Zanotti has been working in the wellness industry for 20 years. For Kristin, naturopathy combines all of her passions: people, health, food and research.

When did your passion for natural health first begin?

My mum was passionate about herbs and homeopathy, so I grew up learning about natural medicine and growing herbs. I started studying naturopathy after seeing a naturopath in my 20s who helped me with anxiety and some issues with fatigue. I really felt my body “singing” with the treatment and my health steadily and robustly increased. Going through your own healing journey really helps you to understand the levels others go through when recovering from an illness.

What initially drew you to working at The Health Lodge?

The team approach! It has always been a dream of mine to work alongside doctors and other allied health practitioners. It really is so wonderful to use traditional and conventional medicine where indicated.

In your clinical practice, what areas do you focus on?

I have a few areas of special interest; I love working alongside Dr Oscar Serrallach to help postnatal mums in their journey back to health. I also love preparing couples for conscious conception and supporting pregnancy.

I have a natural interest in paediatrics and also behavioural disorders and mental health. Mercury detoxification and Biotoxin Illness are both areas I have naturally fallen into. I really am a bit of a “jack of all conditions”. I also love over the counter prescribing as well as researching any presenting condition.

Take us through “a day on your plate” – what do you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks?

I start the day with warm lemon water followed by an earl grey tea with coconut milk. Then, for me, breakfast is big! Fried vegetables, eggs, paleo toast, sauerkraut and goat’s cheese. Sometimes a bulletproof coffee or mushrooms and cocoa drink. For morning tea I’ll have bone broth and collagen or just some nuts. Lunch varies from salmon, salad, avocado or leftover dinner, dhal and vegies. In the afternoon, I’ll have some keto chocolate (that I make with collagen and coconut oil) and an earl grey tea. For dinner, I love having roast vegies and lamb or chicken or prawns/fish with salad washed down with the occasional glass of red.

Watch our video to learn more about Kristin as she discusses how a collaborative approach is applied at The Health Lodge to assist patients achieve better health outcomes. Book online for a consultation with Kristin or contact our Client Support Team on 02 6685 6445 for more information.

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emma mclaughlin

Emma McLaughlin is a passionate naturopath and modern herbalist. You can find her at The Health Lodge on Wednesdays and Fridays.

When did your passion for natural health first begin?

From a young age I spent time outside growing vegies and herbs in my garden. When I finished school, I worked in plant nurseries which evolved into a specific interest in medicinal plants and growing healthy food. Realising that a natural understanding of health managed by lifestyle was something that could be translated into a career, I chose to study naturopathy to help others understand how they can do this within their own lives and how it can be applied to managing certain health conditions.  

What initially drew you to working at The Health Lodge?

I was first attracted to the integrative model of health embraced at The Health Lodge. Working alongside doctors, psychologists, body workers and yoga teachers at The Health Lodge is the true definition of holistic health care.

In your clinical practice, what areas do you focus on?

Women’s health and hormones are my area of passion; this is where herbal medicine really holds its own. Helping women to understand how their bodies work; how to listen to the signs their bodies are giving them; how to use tools to support health and make us feel empowered is really rewarding. I also work very closely with mums – being a mother of two and knowing the ups and downs this can create with sleep, energy and mood. We need all the tools we can get!  

What are your four top tips/non-negotiable when it comes to thriving health?

  1. Everything is about balance. Too much of a “healthy” thing will become unhealthy. You need balance in your exercise, eating habits and the pace of life in which you move – being too puritan can be as detrimental as not being health conscious. Always bring it back to balance.

  2. Eat “real” food. If your food contains numbers or ingredients you cannot buy on supermarket shelves, don’t put it in your body. Make food enjoyable and full of nutrients.

  3. Breathe deeply and observe how this makes you feel.

  4. Include plenty of little things that make you happy or relaxed, such as a warm bath with essential oils, a simple dinner with good company, a short walk on the beach, listening to your favourite music, a hug, sitting quietly watching the rain – it’s usually the little things that have the most profound effect and can be easily slotting into our busy lives. Don’t overcomplicate it.

Emma focuses on supporting women to understand how to manage their health and hormones with diet and nutrition, medicinal herbs and supplements, movement and exercise, relaxation and other lifestyle measures. Watch our video to learn more about Emma as she discusses integrative approaches to help treat patients with endometriosis. Book online for a consultation with Emma or contact our Client Support Team on 02 6685 6445 for more information.

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reine dubois

Reine DuBois, the founder of The Health Lodge, is an integrative naturopath who helps patients with complex health conditions establish true wellness.

When did your passion for natural health first begin?

I entered into the health industry as an aerobics instructor and quickly understood that we needed more than exercise to be healthy. I discovered the science of naturopathy and feel deeply in love with this modality. I was also struggling with my hormones at the time and was keen to address these issues without the use of the oral contraceptive pill. My studies into naturopathy were put to use immediately and received its benefits first hand healing my Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

What inspired you to create The Health Lodge?

The Health Lodge was a vision I have been working on creating for 10 years. I wanted to create a haven for patients where they could receive all the treatments they needed under the one roof. I wanted practitioners to work together to support the patient with medical, psychological, nutritional, herbal and physical support. When we work together sharing our knowledge, we come to understand the aspects of someone’s individual health issues.

In your clinical practice, what areas do you focus on?

I have a special interest in solving complex health conditions. I’m particularly interested in immune conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, mould illness, tick borne disease, stealth infections and auto-immune diseases. I also love co-ordinating teams for patients and overseeing their healing progress.

Take us through ‘”a day on your plate” – what do you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks?

After oil pulling upon waking, I have a green tea and a breakfast high in protein like eggs and avocado. I’ll have a bulletproof coffee when I get to work. Lunch is often leftovers form the night before. Dinner is often fish or chicken with veggies. I shop local for most of my ingredients and am particular with my foods being nutrient-dense and organic. I also drink 1-2 litres of filtered water daily.

What are your three top tips/non-negotiable when it comes to thriving health?

1.  A massage every three weeks

2.  Two lighthouse walks each week

3.  Drinking good-quality water every day

What do you love about Byron Bay?

The ocean – it’s my instant reset. I love being able to raise my children in this beautiful region, with lots of family adventures in the hinterlands and by the sea. I also love being surrounded by a like-minded community that values health and healing.

Reine is one of our senior functional medicine practitioners. She has worked integratively with doctors since she graduated as a naturopath  in 1998.  Reine possesses an exceptional capacity to see and understand the intricacies of the human system, uncovering complex health conditions and co-ordinating treatment for chronic health issues. She is a health detective that works with all practitioners to create the best combination of care, ensuring results.

Watch our video to learn more about Reine as she discusses naturopathy and integrative medicine at The Health Lodge. Book online for a consultation with Reine or contact our Client Support Team on 02 6685 6445 for more information.