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Our PeopleChinese Medicine

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Dr Mandy Jolic (TCM)

BHSc (TCM) Hons. CST I, CST II

Mandy has been practicing in the Western region since 1996. Since undertaking a degree in science and completing a four year degree with Honours in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mandy has developed a keen interest in women’s health including pre and post-conception care, fertility, gynaecological concerns, pregnancy care, labour inductions and using Chinese medicine to improve success rates with IVF.

Mandy works alongside fertility specialists to optimise outcomes and is committed to broadening her education and understanding of fertility issues, regularly attending courses and seminars in all aspects of fertility care, women's health and integrative medicine. Mandy aims to empower clients with a thorough understanding of their fertility and tailors treatments to the individual or couple addressing their specific concerns. Mandy has trained in the Billings method, has a certificate in and is a Trained Teacher in Natural Fertility Education and is also a certified childbirth educator specialising in HypnoBirthing® since 2006. Mandy also has extensive experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems including sports and dance injuries. Mandy’s gentle approach is particularly suited to ‘needle phobic’ clients.

Dr Peter Ferrigno (TCM)

PhD, MA, BA, BSW, DipEd.

Having been in practice for over 30 years Peter is part of a small group of Victoria's first Australian born and trained Chinese medicine practitioners and began practicing in the western suburbs where he continues to work. In addition to being a practitioner he has also been instrumental in training would-be acupuncturists since the mid-1980's. In the early 1990's university training in acupuncture was established in Victoria, which was a first for Australia, and Peter was fortunate to be one of a small group of educators that began lecturing in Chinese medicine at Victoria University where he worked for some fifteen years. During that time Peter completed his Masters by thesis followed with his Doctorate in Chinese medicine.

Now part of the Three Lanterns group Peter is devoting more of his time to clinical practice, primarily as a generalist practitioner, but still retains an interest in lecturing and consulting. Peter is currently a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Australia's first peer reviewed Chinese medicine journal.

Dr Amber Moore (TCM)

PhD, B.Chin.Med. (Hons), BA (Hons)

Amber discovered Chinese Medicine whilst working and living in the US. It was the natural and inter-connected explanations on life and health that underlie the practice of Chinese Medicine that she fell in love with, and she has been appreciating the effectiveness, breadth and depth of Chinese Medicine ever since. After completing an Honours degree from Victoria University along with an internship at Shuguan Hospital in Shanghai she has gone on to practice in a number of clinics.  Her clinical practice is general, using acupuncture and herbs to treat a variety of conditions. Some of her many clinical interests include gynecology, fertility, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychological health, internal and preventative medicine. Amber is qualified in Holistic Counselling and Reiki, both of which bring an extra energetic dimension to her treatments. Amber has a warm and supportive nature and works to understand and support her clients individual health and wellbeing desires.

Amber comes to Chinese Medicine with a background in research, education and philosophy. She has an Honours degree in Psychology and Philosophy and most recently completed a PhD in Chinese Medicine at Monash University in 2014. She is a sessional teacher in Chinese Medicine and Ethics. Amber recently developed the first formal mentoring program for Chinese Medicine practitioners in the world for the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association. She is very interested in the active wider participation of Chinese Medicine in the integrative field through dialogue with other fields and the use of innovative research. Currently she is working on research projects with Monash University and the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, and is working at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine assisting in developing Australian education programs in integrative medicine. Amber is currently on maternity leave and will return in 2018.

 

Dr Diana Lui (TCM)

B.App.Sc. (Chinese Med), B.App.Sc. (Human Bio), Ad.Dip. (Myotherapy), Cert.Acupuncture (Tan Balance Method)

Diana is a second generation Chinese medicine practitioner who grew up in Footscray dispensing Chinese herbs in her father's clinic. Initially she studied to become a pathologist, but decided to follow her heart and do what she always loved - being at the forefront of patient care and being a part of a client's journey to good health. She graduated with Distinction in Chinese Medicine and Human Biology from RMIT, then completed her clinical internship at Nanjing’s prestigious Jiangsu Provincial Hospital where she spent time in dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, acupuncture and gynaecology departments.

Diana's main area of interest is the treatment of skin conditions. She enjoys formulating herbal skin creams and is passionate about helping others achieve healthy skin with Chinese medicine. Other special interests include digestive complaints, stress relief, hormonal conditions and herbal medicine. Diana regularly updates her treatment skills and draws on Dr Richard Tan's Balance method and Five Element acupuncture to assist with both physical and emotional pain. 

Diana returned in 2016 from extended study leave where she successfully obtained a PostGraduate Diploma of Dermatology in Chinese Medicine under the direction of renowned Chinese Medicine Dermatologist Mazin Al-Khafaji in London.

Dr Elisabeth Sever-Topping (TCM)

PG Dip. Acup (UK)

Elisabeth graduated from her acupuncture degree from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York in the UK. Here Elisabeth was part of a multidiciplinary team at the Williams Osteopathic Clinic in Manchester and the Cheadle Hulme Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, Since migrating to Melbourne Elisabeth has honed her skills at two busy Chinese Medicine clinics, making a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of the surrounding community at each practice.

Having lived and worked in both Europe, the UK and Australia, Elisabeth's professional background in Health, Education and Music have helped her to develop patience, empathyand perspective allowing her to communicate effectively with clients of varying cultural and professional backgrounds and age groups.Elisabeth is bilingual in both German and English.

Since 2010 Elisabeth has continued to upgrade and improve her skills with further study in Japanese Acupuncture approaches, Auricular Therapy and training in the late Dr Tan's Balance Method traditionally used for pain relief. Elisabeth is a respectful, dynamic and caring practitioner with a commitment to excellence in patient care and a determination to support clients through health challenges and a strong desire to help create positive changes in the lives of her clients.
 

Dr Kathryn (Taffy) Avard (TCM)

BHSc. Acup., BHSc. TCM., Dip. Shiatsu

Taffy's interest in Oriental Medicine began almost twenty years ago when she came across Shiatsu Therapy, a Japanese treatment which uses specific acupressure techniques to balance mind, body and spirit.Underpinning Shiatsu Therapy is Meridian Theory, Yin/Yang and Five Element philosophies, the foundations upon which Chinese Medicine is also based.This interest led to completing a Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies in 1997 and then further degrees in both Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. After graduating from Chinese Medicine Taffy spent time studying with TCM doctors in Singapore and working as a herbalist in Malaysia. On her return she followed her interest in Acupuncture back to university, completing an Acupuncture degree course.

Treatments with Taffy are considered and thorough, often combining all three modalities she is equipped with.  Always taking a holistic approach to health Taffy seeks to make significant changes to long term health and wellbeing. With her strong belief in the importance of returning our bodies to a balanced, healthy state, Taffy uses various techniques such as cupping, moxibustion and hands on style of treatment to help to restore physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to her clients.

Taffy enjoys the dynamics of working with people on a physical and heart level. Practising the art of Chinese medicine has become a life long leaning and exploration. Taffy has been in private practice utilising elements of all three modalities and honing her skills in all forms of oriental medicine since 2005.

Kerry Cheswick

Naturopath

coming soon!
 

Samantha Higgins

Dip.RMT., Member AAMT
Remedial Massage Therapist

Samantha's motivation to become a remedial massage therapist stemmed from her love of fitness, health and wellbeing. She has worked as a remedial and pregnancy massage therapist since 2008 and during this time has focused on helping clients achieve a balanced state using a variety of massage techniques.

Samantha's experience includes working woith professional athletes including the Western Bulldogs Football Team. Samantha continues to aid preparation and recovery in clients involved in fitness and training, tailoring treatment to individual and team goals and needs.

Sam is also adept at treating women at all stages of their pregnancy as well as helping clients who require massage to mitigate the effects of stress and tension on their wellbeing. Samantha is also experienced in helping to improve function and range of motion in joints by reducing pain and inflammation, relaxing muscle tissue and releasing muscle spasm and tension.