I was raised on natural and homeopathic medicine, and as my father was a horticulturalist, he also started my interest in plants and herbs. After matriculating, I decided to study homeopathy instead of orthodox medicine to follow this love of natural medicine. I graduated in 1996 after spending a year working with a prominent homeopath, naturopath and Iridologist. This internship began my career-long interest in iridology – the science of studying how changes in the iris of the eyes reflects on what is happening in the body.
I started by own private practice in 1996 in Pinetown, where I continued to develop my interest and knowledge of natural and functional medicine. Functional medicine encourages practitioners to investigate and understand how the function of the body can be disturbed, and by doing this learn how the disease or symptoms came about. Once the underlying imbalances are found a treatment plan can be formulated, to start that person back on the path towards health.
Soon after starting in private practice, I took up a part time position at the Durban University of Technology, where I worked as a supervisor in the Homeopathic Clinic, overseeing the final year students in their treatment of patients.
In order to aid me in my understanding of metabolic problems and to more effectively guide people on a path to wellness, I went back to university in 2010. I studied exercise and sport physiology and in 2012, I was awarded a Masters of Medical Science (Sports Medicine) summa cum laude.
In 2011 I moved my practice to Westville to work in a more peaceful environment which I strongly believe promotes a better sense of well-being than working amongst the bustle of a busy Pinetown shopping centre.