My name is Alexandra and I am the principal practitioner at HHNHC.
I am a naturopath, nutritionist and western herbalist with a passion for empowering others to take control of their health. I was born in Germany and was always encouraged to seek the “Nature Cure” as well as allopathic medicine. I graduated as a registered nurse in 1985 and as a midwife in 1987 at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, NSW.
I spent twenty-five years as a registered nurse/midwife, working in such diverse fields as general surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, well baby clinic, maternity and as a school nurse at a private grammar school.
Whilst I enjoyed my career as a nurse and midwife and am indeed very grateful for the sound medical knowledge it has given me, at the back of my mind was always the thought that our bodies certainly were more than a group of symptoms or simply a “chemical imbalance”. When I would assist my patients to take their meals in hospital I would often wonder how one could become well on the food that was served! The turning point for me came when my son’s teacher hinted that my he might have trouble with concentration and he may benefit from “a professional” opinion (aka medication).
This is when the alarm bells rang for me – I did not want my 8-year-old on medication. So, I started avidly seeking all the information I could on natural and clean diets (this was before the internet!). I changed our diets, my son never did require medication and consequently I began studying to become a naturopath and our entire family began glowing with health as a result.
I was the sole practitioner at Healing Hands Natural Centre for four years until I became too busy to manage it all on my own – and now I am very thankful for the amazing team of professionals that I get to work with each and every day.
HHNHC has now celebrated its 12th anniversary ( January 2019).
I like to “walk the talk” and try to live as close to nature as my Western lifestyle allows! We eat organic, use non-toxic and cruelty-free personal care and household cleaning products and regularly exercise at the local gym. I AM working on “living in the moment” which has always been difficult for me, the German Virgo! I am now Reiki attuned and am learning to meditate and slow down a bit!
I completed my Masters of Health Science at the University of New England in 2015. An oxymoron I know considering my former statement, but all in the name of power to the people!
In 2017 I completed the Biological medicine course at Paracelsus Clinic ( Switzerland) where I discovered how the European practice natural medicine
At present I am a candidate for the institute of functional medicine (Portland, OR, U.S.A)
I am also a public speaker and published author – believing that the more people that learn about this “wellness” the better!
I am particularly passionate about empowering you to start on your health journey – remember any journey begins with the first step and even if you think it’s too hard or too late – IT NEVER IS. Let me help you glow with the best of health. It is my favourite speciality.
Mental health, anxiety, depression
Stress, anxiety and that feeling of "over-whelmedness"
ADD, autism, spectrum disorders of childhood
Gut issues – how can we be well when our biggest organ is suffering
Immunity – poor immune systems, frequent infections and autoimmune disease
Masters in Health Science (with honours)
Institute of Functional Medicine Candidate
Adv Dip Naturopathy
Adv Dip Nutrition
Adv Dip Western Herbal Medicine
Cert IV Massage – relaxation, remedial and sports.
Midwife (Gained third place in the NRB exams in the state of NSW)