Clinic Manager (Factotum)
I believe this life is about choice. So many choices led me to the life I have today. I chose to follow my heart to Geelong at twenty to be with my soul mate Robert Claridge. I chose a career in Child Psychology because I believe in children and their amazing possibilities, I chose to give up my career in Psychology when our four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Leukaemia.
I spent years in and out of hospitals for treatment and one of the reoccurring themes that I saw was a sense of powerlessness for the patient and their support systems. Sometimes it was due to a lack of available knowledge or, in other cases, a lack of emotional strength and support. For many, it was insufficient confidence to question the choices that were being made for them by their health professionals. People were afraid to ask ‘why’, even when it affected their own wellbeing.
It was this life-changing experience that drives me to give everyone I meet a chance to feel powerful, a chance to learn and a chance for choice. For me, Naturopathy gives the power back to the patient because it educates them. Seeing a Naturopath is brave; it requires commitment and hope. This is why I sit on two different Advisory Boards in an effort to create an environment where people have the freedom of choice when it comes to healthcare.
Outside of my work in the Clinic, I spend my free time with my amazing family, creating new recipes with music blaring in the background, and, traveling to (and learning about) different cultures. I believe that education is the gift that never stops giving and I try my best to learn something new every day.
‘Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, but the face you have at fifty is the one you give yourself.’