Practitioner Directory

Meet our Practitioners

You’re in the right spot to meet all the experienced and knowledgeable practitioners we have here at the centre. Our practitioners are dedicated to work with you to support you mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Please take your time to get know these caring practitioners.  Once you have decided then click on the ‘Book in’ button under your chosen practitioner, you will then be directed to that practitioners online booking link.
If you need help determining what practitioner is right for you then feel free to give our friendly staff a call, after we understand what is happening for you, we will be able to direct you with the right practitioner for your needs.
If you feel like you need more of a holistic look at your health, then you may want to consider the Collaborative Consults Care package that is our highest quality service we have here at the centre. This allows you to get an individualised care package that is right for you and your current needs in health. Head over to our collaborative health care page to learn more about this service and how it can help you.

Lucy Ellis
Owner of Newcastle Health Collective

Lucy Ellis a hypnotherapist and the Owner of this wonderful centre
Lucy works exclusively with women to wake them up to their awesomeness.
Lucy has a very successful program….

called Love Yourself Sick for women, that helps women connect with their authenticity and to nurture their confidence in living a life that aligns with who they are.
She is passionate about seeing a change for women, and getting people to live their best life.

Lucy creates change with women for a range of different reasons, these can include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Smoke Free
  • Addictions
  • Tension / Stress
  • Sleeping disturbance
  • Confidence
  • Self Worth
  • Goal setting and achieving.

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Jennylee Taylor
Breathwork Practitioner

Jennylee Taylor is a Conscious Living Coach and Breathwork Practitioner who specialises in helping you to rekindle that inner spark for life by connecting you to your breath and nature…..

  Jennylee is passionate about supporting you to rediscover what you love about life, how you can live life with flow and ease, and how to be a part of the world without the world controlling you.

In sessions with Jennylee, she supports you to work towards rediscovering your natural self, find your joy, reconnect and become whole again , give yourself permission to blossom and grow, and move forward in life.

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Penny Marshall
Clinical Psychologist

Penny has a warm, caring and authentic style and she enjoys working collaboratively with her clients and those who support them.  She is especially passionate about working with….

women and their families in the perinatal period, because of the great impact support can have during this important time.

Penny also works with adults facing challenges and emotional difficulties related to other aspects of life.  She has extensive experience working with a wide range of emotional issues as well as serious mental health conditions.  She is experienced in working with: postnatal depression and anxiety, grief and loss, fertility issues, relationship problems, attachment and bonding issues, stress, depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, low self-esteem, body image concerns and disordered eating, return to work issues, career concerns and general adjustment issues across the lifespan.

Penny has extensive experience as a clinicial psychologist across a number of settings including; private practice, hospitals, not for profits and the university sector.  Her interest in perinatal work was sparked when she completed some of her training at the Parent Infant Research Institute (Austin Hospital, Melbourne).  She went on to work as a Clinical Psychologist at the Gidget Foundation (Sydney) as well as working in perinatal psychology in private practice in Sydney for a number of years. Penny is currently employed at Hunter Primary Care, where she works with women in the perinatal period, as well as adults, adolescents and children presenting with a wide range of different issues.

Penny has completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology as well as postgraduate training in Psychotherapy. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered (with clinical endorsement) with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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Francine Jordà Pempelonne
Family Systemic Constellations facilitator and counsellor

Francine is a Counsellor, Family Constellations facilitator and trainer, and ACA member.
Her sessions allow for identification….

of the hidden dynamics within our family of origin that may affect our capacity to thrive.

Often unfinished business in past generations such as abortion, addiction, migration, adoption or bankruptcy are at the heart of patterns of anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, chronic illness, unfulfilled relationships or work and money issues. Through a deep holistic process, constellations help us to release the burden of unhealthy loyalties and initiate a self-healing process. So love can flow again.

Francine offers one on one sessions, constellations workshops and training in English, Spanish or French.

Francine can support you if:

– you feel stuck, lost

– something is holding you back

– there is a pattern in your life, in your family…

– you have done many years of therapy and still…

– you are sabotaging your life

– you are worried about your child

– you have a chronic illness, addiction

– you have unfulfilled relationships

– you have work and money issues

– you feel disconnected from your family, country, culture…

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Jo Roberts-Thomson

Jo is a Naturopath, Herbalist and Iridologist with over 20 years experience in the Natural Health industry and a passion for nurturing clients on their journey to better health….

She studied an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy at Nature Care College in Sydney and since then has worked as a Naturopath in both retail and clinical settings. She has also taught Herbal Medicine and Clinical Studies to Advanced Diploma students at WEA Hunter in Newcastle.
Jo uses a variety of modalities including Herbal Medicine, Iridology, Bach Flowers, Nutrition, Homeopathy and food intolerance testing to assist her clients.
Prior to studying Naturopathy Jo studied a Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the University of Sydney including three years of Psychology and has an interest in emotional as well as physical wellbeing.
Jo is also the mother of three busy teens/young adults, and outside of work enjoys walking, nature, yoga, reading and spending time with her family and dogs.
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Emma Summerhayes
Skin Therapist

Slow Skin Co is a Low-tox, low footprint beauty salon. While on the surface it looks like a normal luxury beauty salon – offering facials, brow shaping, waxing and more – this business…..

has a conscience. Emma has created a hub where people can come in for trusted care, service, and education in skin health and make choosing a greener lifestyle more accessible to everybody.

Emma has done extensive researching and trailing products to ensure her business has a more positive footprint. All products used are Australian made, no nasty chemicals, cruelty free, eco-conscious and small batch production which means they are made once ordered, reducing excess waste. They are usually packaged in glass. Emma takes pride in considering, even the mileage to get them here.

Slow Skin co. is all about low-toxicity products and low waste, removing all unnecessary waste products such as disposable facial wipes, head bands and single-use applicators and replaced necessary items with recyclable alternatives, such as bamboo cotton tips and compostable tissues from Who Gives a Crap. Even the towels are made from fair trade, organic cotton. For anything that could not be done away with, the Sustainable Salons initiative steps in to collect the waste and give it a new life, while raising money for food rescue charity OzHarvest.

Emma wants to change the perception of the beauty industry, some people think going natural is just a hippie thing, their eyes glaze over when you try and talk to them about it, here I can show people you can still have a luxury facial, without using high toxin products that are mass produced and create a large amount of waste.

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Sara Knight

Sara Knight is the owner of The Gut Clinic in Newcastle, NSW in Australia. Sara specialises in helping people rediscover a calmer gut using food, nutrition and medicinal herbs…..

As someone who suffered from gut issues for years, Sara well understands the pain and impact of an unhappy gut. More so she understands personally how food, key nutrients and mindset are critical for health overall, especially gut, mood, skin and immunity.

After spending almost 20 years in the insurance industry, Sara made the leap to leave her well paid job to pursue her true passion: helping people using natural remedies and food as medicine in the field of naturopathy.

The decision to study was further reinforced with numerous awards – two for Outstanding Student of Year.  Her practice is flourishing and she was voted one of the Top Three Naturopaths in Newcastle in 2018.

In addition to gut health, Sara enjoys helping female entrepreneurs to be healthy in life generally so they can better succeed in business.  Her focus is on realistic healthy eating and stress resilience. In today’s’ society it is often easier to eat poorly than it is to eat healthily – this is further compounded for the busy working woman who has limited time. Sara also focuses on helping women understand stress, the impact on their body, mind and emotions as well as how better to withstand stress – to increase their resilience through knowledge and action.

Sara well understands the demands of a working woman – she is loved by an amazingly supportive husband, two fantastic kids as well as a cranky cat, numerous fish and prolific chickens.

If she is not working, you will find Sara at the movies, at the gym lifting weights or curled up reading her latest fantasy novel. She believes all of which are best enjoyed in yoga pants.

Any questions or concerns, please drop me a line.

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Karina Louise Thomson Kinesiology

Your body is the most dependable source of information regarding your health and wellbeing. Kinesiology allows us to access this innate knowledge to discover the root causes of what has us feeling stuck. We gain this knowledge via biofeedback from your body using response testing (also known as muscle testing). Response testing is a non-invasive way to identify imbalances in your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional energy systems – think of it as a truth detector for your body

The combination of the dependable source knowledge (your body) and a truth detector (response technique) provides awareness to accurately identify the priority issues, leading to effective methods which rebalance your systems.

This safe reconnection to your body allows space to feel deeply into what wasn’t able to be felt before.

This validation of sensation releases stored energy from your body and assists in regulating the nervous system out of survival state ‘fight, flight or freeze’ and into a coherent state of being.

Identified issues may be emotional, physical or spiritual, and include past traumas, conditioned beliefs, environmental factors, financial and business stresses, relationship and social triggers, physical ailments, destructive and repetitive patterns, which all inhibit our progression and growth.

Karina Louise Thomson is a qualified Kinesiologist with a passion for true awareness and deep growth.

With a focus to assist you to cultivate your own health and wellbeing, she is continuously discovering and learning skills to help you to understand and connect with your authentic self. Karina believes that it is when we first become self-aware and then self-empowered, that effective and sustainable change takes place.

It is our core birthright to feel enriched with wellbeing and love in life. Karina’s individualised sessions create space for this wholehearted experience.

The powerful discoveries we uncover together through Kinesiology allow us to make insightful and meaningful connections that you can consciously unravel and release.
The result is equilibrium and clarity of mind, body and soul.

Please contact via email, text or call

0478 099 838

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Geoff Rupp
Vedic Meditation Teacher

Geoff is a teacher of Vedic Meditation and comes to Newcastle on the last week of every month to run free info sessions on Vedic meditation and it’s benefits and also runs his 4-day (4 x 90 min) sessions, for those that sign up to learn.  After you have learnt, there are free monthly group meditations and knowledge sessions.  Geoff also offer private mentoring sessions and is available via email and phone when not in Newcastle, so please reach out if you have any questions

Meditation is a way of accessing the minds fullest potential. When you meditate, you are creating the perfect conditions for your mind to expand, and your body to rest. When the body is resting deeply, you can begin the process of dissolving stresses in your nervous system that create imbalance and dis-ease. Anything from fatigue, fogginess, anxiety, nervousness, physical pain or mental conditions significantly improve after only a short while of practicing Vedic meditation.

You will feel more aware, calm and confident. You’ll gain greater adaptability in life and feel capable of meeting any challenge or demand. Through a daily practice, you will awaken to your natural state of infinite creativity, flexibility, compassion and generosity.

I look forward to meeting you to begin the transformation.

To make a booking or inquiry please contact Geoff Rupp on

Phone: 0415 557 663


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Christine Martin
Counsellor & EFT Practitioner

Christine, founder of Rippleffective Counselling is passionate about helping you to get ‘unstuck’, to
feel empowered and to get you off the hamster wheel when you feel like ….

  you’re not getting anywhere.
Christine works with children and adults alike, healing the hurt inner child, peeling back layers of
pain, to rediscover the inner gem so they can shine.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a quick, effective and gentle practice, suitable for people
beginning their journey of self-exploration, through to seasoned transformation seekers.
Christine combines the practical and somatic element of tapping to lower stress hormones and
encourage calm and clarity, which helps you to accept, process and release your concerns.
With over 30 years’ experience, Christine is a qualified Advanced EFT Practitioner and Counsellor
(Dip Counselling), member of ACA, PCA and AAMET and has studied Brain Gym, Touch For Health
and Reiki.

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Ali Taylor
Ayurveda & Yoga

Ali brings to the health collective a world of personal experience in the Mental Health and Wellbeing space. She is a mother of four, a social worker and yoga teacher….

Therefore, she is no stranger to the juggle of life and the stress it can put on your health and wellbeing. Having been on her own personal journey of healing using the skills Ali has learnt and practiced on a yoga mat to enhance her overall health and wellbeing off the yoga mat is what she is passionate about sharing with others. Through this process Ali has uncovered her true nature and soul’s purpose. Throughout her life has experienced ill health physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically and now embodies the practices that she has been learning and teaching for the past 6 years, whilst still running a busy family, working and studying. Since moving to Newcastle in May 2018 for her husband’s work she has decided to focus on what she has embodied so she can help others on their personal healing journey.

Ali believes to cultivate a life of balance, longevity, happiness and ultimately freedom there is a process that we need to embark on. We need to practice self-awareness. We do this by becoming aware of our bodies. While yoga is the practice of using the mind to move beyond the mind the body is our tool which helps us to go through the process of unravelling and shedding the layers of conditioning and experiences we have built to cope and protect ourselves. Once one makes the personal choice to embark on a journey of self-realisation and self-healing, individual tools and strategies are required to begin the unshackling. Whilst Ali recognises that self-realisation and healing is definitely an inside job, guidance and support in the early days of your personal journey is beneficial beyond doubt. Often we don’t know where to start and need someone to simply point us in the right direction so we can kick start the process. We have what we need within us but guidance and support is priceless when on the path of changing your own health and wellness. Yes it is an inside job but you don’t have to walk the path alone.

Our bodies are our barometer. It knows more than our minds do when it comes to our health and life. We just need to learn to listen. The more aware of our bodies that we become the more tuned into the changes required to heal. And so the process begins as we start to peel back the layers bringing us closer to our true nature. Our true nature, source or soul whatever term you like to use is what we are moving towards. Ayurveda & Yoga helps to begin to clearly sense what is really deeply going on for us on all levels including physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically.

What Ali has to offer?

A weekly practice at Newcastle Health Collective Tuesdays 4pm; Cost casual $15, 5 class pass $60, ten class pass 120. Come along meet Ali and try one of her classes before diving in deep! As the need builds this will grow into more opportunities to practice with Ali weekly.

Private practice – Contact Ali to book a time that suits you. Ayurveda “the science of Life & Longevity’, ‘the divine code of nature’. Through Ayurveda’s vast field of practices and principles we find out how you as an individual can move through life with balance and harmony within your own unique constitution and in better alignment with the rhythms of nature. Ali will help to uncover current imbalances before designing a practice and daily routine to begin or continue on your journey of better health and wellness.

  • Introductory offer – Initial consult duration 1.5 hours $ 75, 2nd consult discounted at $55
  • Individual consult includes an intake process, completion of a detailed intake form
  • Face to face discussion and personal yoga, pranayama and meditation practice (wear something comfy)
  • A specifically designed take home practice and daily routine
  • Ongoing support

True Nature Presentations and workshops on Ayurveda &Yoga

Stay tuned for dates and times by connecting with Ali Taylor Yoga on Facebook and Instagram or Newcastle Health Collective


Contact Ali
Ph: 0413 132 250
Facebook: @alitayloryoga
Instagram: ali_taylor_yoga

Weekly Hatha Yoga Class
Tuesday at 6pm

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Michelle Turnbull

Michelle Turnbull is a kind, genuine and authentic Counsellor who has worked with people in the helping field for over 20 years. She believes strongly in providing a safe and supportive space for people who are experiencing significant changes in their lives. Michelles Counselling is “talk therapy” and will provide you with a space to honor your story and process current life experiences within a trusting professional relationship.

Some of the areas Michelle works in are: relationships, grief and loss, wellbeing, adjusting to life change, and reconnecting with life hopes and values.

In your hour session you will be given time, care and attention to express thoughts, feelings and the impacts of your current life challenges and difficulties. Michelle works from the values that is through the process of telling stories, and having these witnessed and reflected back, that we gain insight and clarity into our situation. Michelle creates an environment which allows people to uncover their own inner wisdom and knowing’s in the face of these difficult times and creates the opportunity for these new discoveries to be witnessed and heard.

Michelle’s counselling draws on Narrative Therapy, Gottman Institute relationship therapy, Buddhism/Mindfulness and Self Compassion. She has just completed a Midwifing/Death Doula course and is currently completing her Post Grad in Gestalt Therapy.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Counselling and Mediation and Human Relations and Communication and is a member of the Australian Counselling Association.

To make a booking or inquiry please contact Michelle Turnbull on –

Phone : 0409660167


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Suzie Garmeister
Nutrition Consultant

Suzie Garmeister is a Nutrition Consultant and owner of Branch & Vine Nutrition. Her company’s culture is: “Search for the root cause. Treat everyone as an individual. Go the extra mile for  ….

each client.” Suzie studied a Fd. Dip in Nutrition & Holistic Health with ACS and has spent many additional hours beyond her formal studies researching and devouring more information in order to satisfy her desire to educate, motivate and support her clients. Prior to studying Nutrition, Suzie completed a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management and worked in the corporate world.

Her passion for nutrition evolved out of her personal health journey. Throughout her childhood and early adulthood, Suzie suffered with increasing digestive issues and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroid autoimmune disorder in 2003. This, along with her children’s various food intolerances and associated physical and behavioural symptoms, embarked Suzie on her search for holistic answers.

At Branch & Vine Nutrition, Suzie implements a holistic and root cause approach that addresses client history, symptoms, nutrition, toxicity, lifestyle, “headspace”, infections, supplementation, essential oils & testing advice. Her areas of focus are:

  • restoring digestive health;
  • optimsing thyroid health;
  • reducing chronic inflammation;
  • improving energy & mood and
  • balancing behaviour (children)


Suzie is married with 3 teenage boys and their dog, Bailey. Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym, running at the beach, time in nature, holidays, church and going to the movies (and she regularly enjoys listening to podcasts on health even on her days off!)

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Cheryl Rathborne
Sound Healer, Reiki Master & Psychic Medium

Cheryl Rathborne is an intuitive Sound Healer and Reiki Master. Her love and passion for the pure sacred sound of her Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls creates music for deep relaxation and healing on a cellular level.  Transformation is experienced on all levels, as the healing vibrations take you into a deep theta state, activating your bodies innate ability to heal thoughts and feelings that maybe the underlying cause of “dis-ease” within the body…

REIKI is a Universal Life Force Energy that is renowned for its gentle hands on ability to go where it is needed. Sound  Healing and Reiki have scientifically proven effects on your physical, emotional and spiritual being- from shifting your DNA to balancing your brain and nervous system…to reducing  stress and relaxation. Both of these modalities allow for the activation  of opening and connecting to the gateway of your soul. Cheryl is also a Psychic Medium  and Certified Doreen Virtue Angel Intuitive, giving you guidance  thru oracle cards and her intuitive insight. A healing session with Cheryl defies description, but guarantees a shift within your energy fields, and certainly re-aligns your mind, body and spirit.

“Intention + Vibration + Frequency = Healing” – Dr. Jonathon Goldman

If you are experiencing any of the following:
* Exhaustion
* Grief
* Confusion
* or simply feeling stuck

You will be guaranteed to benefit from a one on one Healing Session with Cheryl.

“The luminescent pathways that sound creates are indescribable, and they can transform any darkness to radiance,  morphing ones grief to love and acceptance”  through the healing process.

The gentle energy of Reiki, a Universal Life Force Energy is a modality that cleanses your body, shifting stuck energy within The body that cause pain, anxiety & negative emotions that take us out of alignment. A healing  session with Cheryl fills you with a sense of contentment and connection to self, your heart, mind, body and spirit on all levels. This in turn activates your own bodies innate ability to heal.

Cheryl is also guided through these healing sessions through her Psychic/Mediumship abilities as well as offering intuitive insight and guidance.

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90 minute Healing Sessions $120

Psychic/Mediumship Readings 45 minutes $70

Alexandra Quirk

Alexandra is an accredited medical herbalist based in Newcastle offering insight on many physical conditions and their manifestations such as anxiety, stress, fatigue, allergies, hormone imbalances and beyond. To approach these ailments accordingly and helping the patient understand their journey of healing towards optimum health and happiness..

She specialises in:
– Iridology
– Nutritional & Diet advice
– Western Herbal Medicine

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