Louise Jeffrey

Louise Jeffrey is a Senior practitioner at CBD and Alexandria Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic. Louise has been both a practitioner, as well as Marketing Manager at The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic since 2010. Louise received her Licentiate in Acupuncture and Bachelors of Health Science in Acupuncture from the University of Portsmouth, UK in 2008 and has since been in practice in Sydney, Australia. Currently she divides her time between her own busy practice on the North Shore and the Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic in Alexandria and the CBD. Louise has a wealth of knowledge surrounding Natural Fertility, IVF Support, Preconception Care and Pregnancy-related issues, Anxiety and Mental Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Headaches & Pain Management and General Health and Wellbeing.

Louise is also a certified Coach and Clinical Hypnotherapist, who believes strongly in the mind-body connection.  Over the years Louise has run many workshops, and spoken on community radio about the power of mind in reaching optimal health. She has a strong desire to ensure that all individuals in need have access to simple, practical tools that will improve and enhance their mental and physical wellbeing.

Louise lives in Sydney with her husband, three boys and two cocker spaniels. She loves to bush walk, swim in the ocean, and practice meditation.

Louise is known for her very practical, yet caring and empathetic approach.

BSc (Hons) Acupuncture (UK) LicAc Acup. (UK) StratPsych (Aus) ClinHyp (Aus) EatPsych (USA)

Charlie Foust

 

Charlie is an Assistant based at our Alexandria Clinic, currently in her 3rd year of Traditional Chinese Medicine study. Charlie, her husband and two teenage children embarked on an adventure when they moved to Sydney from the US 4 years ago. In the states, Charlie was most recently a doula, childbirth educator and lactation consultant. She has a long history of advocacy in the area of women’s health and birth, even lobbying legislatively for the rights of birthing families. The move to Australia inspired Charlie to embark on a new career path and the study of Chinese medicine, as it resonates with her beliefs about the interconnectedness of our body, mind, and our environment. In her study, Charlie is also currently a student practitioner and has developed a strong interest in women’s and mental health. Charlie loves her role at The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic not only as she is able to watch and learn from practitioners, but also as she is able to witness and hold space for patients in their journey- an incredibly vulnerable and powerful experience.

Charlie enjoys listening to stories of the human experience, slow travel, and gardening.

Charlie is known for her warmth, calming presence and warm hands.

DONA Certified Doula, CLEC (Lactation), LCCE (Childbirth Ed)

Vanessa Stacy

Vanessa is an Assistant practitioner at the Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic in Alexandria and 3rd year student of Traditional Chinese Medicine at UTS. Vanessa has a degree in Medical Radiation Science, Diagnostic Radiography and has been a Radiographer for 17 years specialising in Orthopaedics’, Sports MRI and Breast Imaging. Vanessa began her studying a double diploma of Kinesiology and Mind Body Medicine four years ago, and this sparked her interest in Chinese Medicine. Vanessa then went on to enrol in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Vanessa enjoys her role at the clinic and feels it encompasses both the western and eastern philosophy of healthcare.  As a health professional in medical imaging, she has seen many wonderful health outcomes, but she especially enjoys the health outcomes from our integrative approach.  Vanessa values being a part of the patient’s health journey and getting to know patients as well as seeing their changes throughout their treatment.

Vanessa believes our emotional state is an energy ball that surrounds us, it vibrates and changes our experience in the world and thus is reflected in every aspect of our life. When Vanessa looks back on her life, she can see when she was emotionally turbulent and felt blocked and life was the same, or conversely when she was emotionally calm and felt free allowing life to flow with ease.

In her spare time Vanessa enjoys doing pilates and qigong and watching epic TV shows.

Vanessa is known for intuition, at ease presence and care.

BMedRadSc(DR), GradDip(Kin.) and  GradDip(MBM)

Sarah Napier

Sarah is Clinic Manager at The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic Alexandria and in her fourth and final year of Chinese Medicine student at UTS. Sarah joined the Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic family in early 2019, and since has supporting our fantastic practitioners, as well as making sure patients feel welcomed and comfortable.  The greatest part of her role, according to Sarah is being a first-hand witness to many positive wellbeing transformations.  Sarah also finds her role very educational for her on her journey to becoming a qualified Chinese Medicine Practitioner. In her past life Sarah completed an Honours degree in Visual Arts. She is a huge advocate for the healing power of creativity.  Sarah says that, while it certainly wasn’t a straight path for her from art into Chinese Medicine, she now sees the connection, and believes both practices help us find our inner and outer balance.

Sarah is now in her fourth and final year of her Chinese Medicine degree at UTS. For the last few years Sarah has had her head buried in books and acupuncture charts, captivated by the lifechanging philosophy of Chinese Medicine.  Sarah now is practices at the student clinic and also undergoing a mentorship at the Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic, focusing on a subject that’s very close to her heart: women’s health and fertility.

Sarah is known to patients and her colleagues for a calming and nurturing presence.

BA (Visual Arts)

Liz Magnussen

Liz is an assistant practitioner at The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic Alexandria, and is currently in the very last moments of her Traditional Chinese Medicine bachelor’s degree at the University of Technology.

Liz has decades of experience assisting patients and clinicians with all things pharmacological, although relatively new to Eastern Medicine. Liz completed a Pharmacy degree in 1991, and and Honours in Hospital Pharmacy in 1993 and a PhD in 2003 in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of New South Wales. While raising and educating a family of three awesome humans, Liz became increasingly interested in how the mind, as well as medicines, affect the body – and the relationships between these elements can contribute to health and wellness. Liz expanded her studies to included acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and meditation.

Always an advocate for an integrated approach and has assisted in teaching science to the Chinese medicine students. Instead of sea change, Liz began her pivoted from pharmacy to a more botanical medicine – Chinese medicine. Liz calls her herb change something that comes from the heart, however, Liz still loves crunching the numbers for herbal formula and mixing the medicines under the kind and careful direction of the practitioners at Alexandria. Liz finds so much joy in this practical application of ancient wisdom and modern medicine that you can see her smile from miles away – and feels her smile is infused with every batch and perhaps making those lovely herbs extra healing!

Liz is known for her smile, can do attitude and enthusiasm.
B (Pharm) , Dip (Hosp Pharm) , PhD (pharm)

Sara Do

Sara is an acupuncturist and herbalist with special interests in women’s health and fertility. As well as being a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, she is also a Naturopath with over 10 years of clinical experience. As a passionate life-long learner, she has also completed further training in Kinesiology, Sound therapy and completed an internship at the Chengdu Chinese Medicine Hospital in China.

Sara strives to provide the most comprehensive care for patients and integrates both eastern and western approaches into her treatments. Her style is intuitive with a strong focus on the mind-body connection. When looking at health, Sara firmly believes in supporting the emotional, mental and physical aspects of healing.

Sara incorporates a professional and nurturing approach to her treatments, ensuring that her clients are comfortable and receive all the support they need. She endeavours to treat the ‘whole person’ and to hold the space for healing so her clients can feel completely heard and cared for.

The patients’ health is a journey is what Sara enjoys most is being part of your healthcare team. She loves to help inspire, empower patients to achieve their optimal health potential.

Sara is known for her uplifting and inspiring presence, sprinkled with much compassion and care.

BAppSci (Nat), Grad Dip (Nat), BHSc (TCM)

Anni Chien

Anni is a doctor of Chinese Medicine in her 12th year of practice.  Anni has seen hundreds of women and their families across experiencing issues relating to reproductive health, pregnancy and post-natal recovery.

 

After graduating from RMIT in Melbourne, Anni travelled north  and first worked in Canberra for 3 years before settling down in Sydney. Anni grew up in a culture where Chinese medicine was commonly used, and she first encountered acupuncture as a teenager and finding it helpful for a sprained ankle. Back then, Anni’s perceived acupuncture as something used mainly for sporting injures, however after years of training, and clinical experience she appreciated the broad scope acupuncture. Anni feel thankful and grateful for knowledge preserved and passed down from the many Acupuncture and Chinese medicine teachers that have gone before.

Anni loves cooking and she avidly perused creating a herbal garden filled with locally grown Chinese herbal medicinal plants, however the possums and wild rabbits have also enjoyed the plants, and thwarted this plan somewhat. Anni enjoys the challenge that comes with every patients and works with them to help achieve their goals. Patients usually walk away with ‘homework’ and so they are also a part of the healing process in their fertility journey. Also- Anni and husband Eric, operate a Chinese Medicine postnatal service called Confinement Care, which has helped hundreds of women for their post-natal recovery in Australia.

Anni is known for her calm, caring and practical approach and in-depth traditional Chinese dietary advice.

BAppSc (TCM and Human Biology)

Amy Forth

 

Amy Forth is Director of Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic Alexandria and has been in practice as doctor of Chinese Medicine since 2008. Amy has a special interest in the area of Reproductive health, IVF and Pregnancy care. Amy graduated with a Masters of Global health in 2017 and today continues as researcher and educator in field of Fertility, IVF and Pregnancy Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.  Amy prides herself on leading an integrative acupuncture a clinic that offers evidence and research-based IVF, fertility, and pregnancy care.

As a leader in her field Amy has presented widely on IVF acupuncture, acupuncture care in pregnancy, interprofessional communication and integrative medical practices in hospitals, IVF clinics and at conferences and universities. In 2018 Amy with A/Professor Gavin Sacks created The Alexandria Multidisciplinary Education Series a lecture series about IVF, Fertility and Women’s health conditions.

Amy’s research includes a Masters of Global health that focused on the Integrative Medical (IM) practices of GPs. Amy has also been involved in an AIMA led project on interprofessional communication, a NICM Health Institute led research project that investigated the IM practice and education needs of Australian GPs and several clinical trials investigating the use of Acupuncture for IVF, PCOS and Endometriosis.

Amy currently divides her time between her role as Director and practitioner at The Acupuncture Pregnancy Alexandria and her role at the NICM Health Institute at Western Sydney University, where she is involved in Integrative medicine research and education. In her spare time, she may be found at the beach doing an ocean swim or chatting away over a cup of tea.

Amy is known for warm, knowledgeable, and evidence-based approach to care.

BSc (Chinese med) MGHDS (Global Health)

Lauren Gannon

Lauren Gannon is a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner and the Director of Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic in Melbourne.

Lauren’s areas of interest in gynaecology and fertility started early on before she had completed her studies. She finds working in the fertility realm rewarding and enjoys the challenges of complex cases. Lauren’s primary motivation as a practitioner is helping others achieve their optimum level of health and well being, using holistic approaches that are balanced and sustainable.

Lauren’s love and passion for Chinese medicine began from her own journey to investigate and identify solutions into everyday health issues that individuals face as a result of the lifestyle and environmental conditions we live under. She noticed many health problems can be attributed to a stressful or unbalanced environment.

Lauren is also a registered herbalist and believes a combination of herbal medicine, acupuncture and correct supplementation leads to positive health outcomes. Lauren is known for her kind nature and feels honoured to support people through the often-bumpy journey that fertility issues can entail.

Outside of the clinic you will find Lauren taking long walks, dining out and spending time with friends and family.

Chieko Kinoshita

Chieko is an AHPRA registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine: BHlthSc) as well as registered Nurse (Bachelor of Nursing: BN) and Midwife (Graduate Diploma in Midwifery: GradDipMid). She also completed Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management (GradCertDiabEdM) at UTS.

In addition, she completed the Calm birth educator training, the Lamaze Childbirth educator training and the spinning babies workshops. Currently she is teaching private antenatal and parental classes.

She completed Jane Lyttleton’s 19 hours the treatment of infertility – the complete course (On demand video course).

Her personal philosophy is rooted in empowering others and creating a positive perspective of life circumstances especially focusing on women’s health.

With a genuine and nurturing nature, combined with a professional and ambitious approach, she possesses the primary skills needed in the field, including treatment plan development, lifestyle counselling and holistic approached treatment.

Working as a registered nurse and midwife in the one of the acute hospitals in Sydney, critical thinking and collaboration are part of her skill set, with proficiency in communication. The combination of her knowledge and skills in western medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine, she strongly believes that she can provide best holistic care and management to clients.

Chieko is very interested in treating women and men with fertility issues as well as pregnancy and beyond including babies and children using the safe Shonishin techniques.

Chieko is planning to pursue further study to deepen her knowledge in fertility and women’s health and become a lactation consultant as well.

Nalinee Maneerat

Throughout my career I have loved to combine study of classical Chinese knowledge with the latest research and put them both into clinical practice for clients.

After qualifying as a massage practitioner in my native Thailand, I studied acupuncture at the Australian College of Natural Medicine. After graduating in 2004, I took a 3-month internship at Guangxi University hospital in China, and then a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Western Sydney.

 

I was previously a practitioner and lecturer in acupuncture at University of Lincoln (UK) for four years. Since returning to Australia I settled in the inner west of Sydney with my family and I jumped at the chance to work at The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic under the guidance of Jane Lyttleton, one of the world’s leading practitioners in our field.

Naseema Haffejee

 

Naseema, is an AHPRA registered practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. After a successful career working in the corporate world, Naseema made the bold move to pursue her calling in the area of health and well-being.

Working primarily in the area of women’s health Naseema has amassed a wealth of knowledge in all areas of reproductive health. She believes in taking a multi-faceted holistic approach to healing. Naseema strives to achieve this by offering individualised treatments combining Traditional Chinese Medicine and its various modalities with sensible lifestyle, nutrition and dietary guidance.

Whether you are trying to conceive, require assistance to balance your hormones or wanting support through your pregnancy Naseema, has the experience and skill to support you through your health journey.