Dr. Jan’s Winter WELLNESS Prescription

Warmth & water : chilling of airways creates vulnerability to infection, so keep warm, NOSE-BREATH (to warm, humidify & filter air), drink 6-8 glasses of warm water throughout the day (water helps the body trap & remove bacteria/viruses in the mucous layer lining nose, sinus & airways & sweep outward via millions of microscopic hair cells (cilia) beating 7x/second), keep your body warm.
Exercise:  persons who are physically fit get 0-1 cold or respiratory infections/year compared to sedentary persons who get 5-6 colds/yr.  Sedentary woman who began walking had far less colds which resolved more quickly. Enjoyable exercise at ocean/bush/green spaces (Four hours in the bush boosts immunity for a week after.  Earth/ocean to skin contact (hands in garden or barefoot on beach).
Love:  people who are optimistic & love life with it’s exciting challenges ( vs life as negative, full of problems) get fewer respiratory infections. Mothers who enjoyed their infant had less colds as did also their baby. Often young children get infections because of too much separation from Mum, especially in daycare (goldmine of germs!) that overwhelms their immature systems physically &emotionally. In adults lots of social support and hugs improve resistance to viral infections
Laughter:   Laughter stimulates the thymus  gland (upper chest) producing “T” cells that fight infection & generally strengthens the immune system, laugh with family, children & friends, pets!
Nutrition:  for optimal immune function Vitamin A, C, D, zinc, essential fatty acids, antioxidants. Trace minerals found in deeply coloured ( rainbow mix) fresh vegetables & fruits, whole grains, nuts/seeds, probiotics
Avoid sugar, refined white flour products, processed fats/foods that impair gut flora/immune function
Eliminate  toxins:  smoking & other inhaled toxins increase respiratory infections; drugs, excessive alcohol, marijuana, sugar, processed foods , repeated antibiotics can impair your immune system.
Stress reduction:  chronic anger, worrying or anxiety reduces immunity (reduced function of natural killer cells that destroy viruses& bacteria & cancer cells). Often colds/ flus are your body’s way of giving you a break from overwork & stress, so pace yourself with balance of rest, play, fun, meditation, deep relaxation, visualise a strong immunity, abdominal breathing, play life as a challenging game.
Sleep / sunshine/rest :  your immune system works best in sleep, we need more sleep in winter because of more darkness that triggers melatonin, our sleep hormone which makes us sleepy. Melatonin can be interrupted by lights,TV, computer screens in the evening.  Be in bed asleep by 9.30-10pm, ideally after a dimmed light & calming “wind-down” e.g. warm bath, meditation, candle only. Often our body develops a cold or flu as a signal that we need more rest & sleep –or need to slow down  or stop all the busyness in our lives/children’s lives.  Vitamin D (from sunshine) protects against influenza and other respiratory infections so expose  as much skin as possible  without  sunscreen for short times periods to avoid redness or  burning.
Dr. Jan’s recover your Wellness Rx:
Simple ways to support your body to heal (sore throats, cold, cough, “flu”  ) this winter
Warmth & water:  when ill you […]

Dr. Jan Raymond, B. Med Sc., M.D., M. Ed (Counselling Psychology)

Dr Jan Raymond - Integrative GPDr. Jan Raymond has 35 years experience working as a GP. She holds a Master’s degree in counselling, and has trained in homeopathy, nutritional and environmental medicine, mind-body medicine, art/movement therapy and various aspects of Integrative medicine. Over the years, she has developed a tremendous respect for the self-regulating and healing abilities of our bodies. Thus she works in partnership with patients to help empower them to support their needs at all levels…physical, mental, relational and spiritual, to achieve wholeness in joyful well being. She is also particularly committed to supporting parents to empower their children to grow vibrant health.

Dr Anna Harvey- B. Med Sc.

Dr Anna Harvey - Integrative GPDr. Anna Harvey qualified from Auckland medical school in 1989 and has worked as a general practitioner for over 25 years. She has an interest in natural healing modalities & mind/body medicine. She has trained as a qigong teacher & healer since 2004. Dr. Anna worked in an alternative general practice for 10 years in Wellington and for 3 years in a low income practice in Lower Hutt before joining AIM.
She enjoys listening & helping people with their unique health challenges.

Meera Daya, NZ Registered Nurse

Meera Daya - Registered NurseMeera is a qualified Registered Nurse. She also has a diploma in Psychology specializing in behavior change. She has worked in both hospital and community settings and has a great passion for women’s and child health and well being. She enjoys building relationships with clients to find ways to best optimize their health needs and prevent illness. Outside of work, Meera understands the importance of having a balanced lifestyle and enjoys camping, dancing and spending time with family

Deanne Chandler, NZ Registered Nurse

Deanne Chandler, registered nurseDeanne is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience. She has worked in a variety of nursing roles, both in New Zealand and overseas. She has always been interested in looking at health holistically especially after her 3 children were born. She enjoys with her clients to assist them to improve their health through diet, exercise/movement, and mind/body in a holistic way. Outside of work she is dedicated to practicing what she preaches. She enjoys swimming, skiing, dance, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends. She eats well and regularly practices mindfulness/meditation and gratitude. 

Kim Collard – B App Sci, M Ost. ACC and OCNZ Registered Osteopath

Kim Collard - OsteopathOsteopathy first sparked Kim’s interest  following the birth of her eldest child 20 years ago, when both she and her daughter benefited greatly from having osteopathic treatment. From that experience she was inspired to pursue a career in osteopathy, and in particular to support new mums and babies. The majority of her professional training has focused on obstetrics and paediatrics, as well as both cranial and biodynamic cranial osteopathy. She has been involved with the organisation of many osteopathic courses covering musculo-skeletal and visceral osteopathy.
For Kim, osteopathy has the perfect balance between a firm grounding in science and a respect for the less tangible aspects that contribute to the wellness of an individual. She enjoys working with people of all ages and stages, however the main focus of her practice is mothers, babies and children. She fees very privileged to work with new families at such a special and crucial time of their lives, and loves being involved at each step; from treating the mother during pregnancy,  the new baby, then the child as they grow  and develop. Kim whole-heartedly believes that osteopathic treatment through these various stages sets the individual up for lifelong health and well-being. For more information, click here . Kim offers online bookings; just click here to arrange your appointment.

Pia Wittwer Blaser, B App Sci, M Sci, M Ost. ACC and OCNZ registered osteopath

Pia Wittwer Blaser- OsteopathPia graduated from the University of Bern, Switzerland, in 1998 with a Master of Science in Molecular Biology. Upon relocating to New Zealand, she graduated with honours in 2009 from the Master of Osteopathy program at Unitec, New Zealand.
Pia has a particular interest in visceral osteopathy, used to treat the organ systems of the body, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. She has completed comprehensive post-graduate training through the highly respected Barral Institute of Visceral Manipulation and is currently studying at the University of Auckland to further specialise in women’s health.
As a mother of three, Pia understands the demands and worries parenting can bring. She feels privileged to support women through their pregnancies and early days with babies, and is passionate about helping mothers look after themselves after birth. Pia believes that osteopathy brings together the best of art and science. She loves her work of facilitating health – by starting from a firm background in scientific thinking and then expanding into an osteopathic approach to the whole person.
For more information, click here. Pia offers online bookings; just click here to arrange your appointment.

Loula George, BSc, ND, Dip Herb Med

Loula George - Naturopath & Medical Herbalist
Loula George is a registered naturopath and medical herbalist specialising in women’s health, fertility and genetic profiling. She has had over 25 years of experience.
Loula supports women with their general and reproductive health from menarche to menopause and beyond.
She is very passionate about natural fertility and preconception health. Loula guides people through a preconception health programme which is designed to increase the chances of conceiving a healthy child for those who are either having problems conceiving or having recurrent miscarriages. However, it is also for people who have no fertility issues but would like to prepare for a healthy pregnancy to ensure the best start to their baby’s life.
Loula’s work in genetic profiling is a very useful tool when looking at fertility. DNA testing offers a chance to fine tune dietary and lifestyle choices to optimise your own health and thus pass on a stronger, healthier genetic imprint to your children and possibly your grandchildren.
Loula is also involved in teaching and mentoring and runs public health seminars in the community. For more information on Loula’s work, click on http://www.naturalfertility-womenshealth.co.nz/

Rebekah Paddy, BA, ND, Dip Herb Med

Rebekah Paddy - Naturopath & Medical HerbalistRebekah Paddy is a Registered Naturopath and Medical Herbalist who specialises in fertility and pre-conception care, pregnancy, women’s and children’s health. She lectures Naturopathy at a tertiary level, runs public health seminars in the community and regularly guest speaks at antenatal, postnatal and parent classes around Auckland. Her passion for her three girls drives her to educate parents so that they feel empowered about their children’s health. After many years running a busy practice Rebekah has accumulated a wealth of clinical experience. She works closely with her colleagues at Mother-Well and specialists in related fields, to offer her clients optimal support and expertise. Rebekah knows how essential the therapeutic relationship is between herself and her clients and acknowledges the importance of sharing and support as part of the process to wellness.

Morella Lascurain, Clinical Hypnotherapist, PG Dip HS in MindBody Healthcare, former Medical Doctor.

Morella originally practiced as a conventional medical doctor, but soon realised that her patients’ illnesses generally began or were aggravated by circumstances they perceived as stressful or traumatic. Fascinated by the link between mind and physical illness, she has dedicated over 15 years to the study and practice of mind body healthcare modalities.
Inspired by her knowledge of classical hypnosis, whole person healthcare, NLP and strategic coaching, she has developed Narrative Hypnotherapy to help people train their minds to help their bodies heal. She is an international speaker, an experienced education and regularly facilitates workshops for professionals and the general public. To find out more, click here

Janine Cuff, BHSc Acupuncture

Janine Cuff - AcupuncturistJanine Cuff is an accomplished acupuncturist specialising in women’s health.  She has extensive experience dealing with infertility as well as in the management of complications of pregnancy.To find out more, click here

Inga von Benzon, ND, BT, Dip of Psychology and Counselling

Inga von Benzon - Naturopath & Bowen Therapist
Inga von Benzon is a registered Naturopath and Bowtech® Bowen practitioner working in private practice since 2005. She supports adults and children of all ages with their health and wellbeing.
Bowtech®, the original Bowen technique, is a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork that supports the musculoskeletal framework, the fascia, nervous system and internal organ system. The body’s integrated response supports circulation, lymphatic drainage, the assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of toxins. The Bowen Technique may be considered for a wide range of problems associated with physical and mental/emotional signs and symptoms. As this technique is extremely gentle, it is considered appropriate for all ages including babies, and pregnant women right through pregnancy including childbirth. It aims to support a deep sense of overall relaxation, leaving you feeling lighter and freer. Many people, including those in good health, enjoy regular sessions of Bowen Therapy to support optimal health and wellbeing. Inga is also a registered Bowtech® instructor and holds courses here at Mother-Well. For more information, go to www.nzbowentherapy.org.nz
As a Naturopath, Inga specialises in EAV computerised analysis to detect and address underlying causes for presenting signs and symptoms. Exposure to environmental toxins and toxins from other sources can be stressors that influence general health and compromise normal healthy mental/emotional and physical function, including reproductive function. Toxins can include household chemicals, environmental toxins, heavy metals, radiation and more.
Inga guides her clients through the maze of factors that contribute to health and wellbeing. Mental and emotional support plays an important role in her consultations, as does healthy nutrition and lifestyle. All treatment strategies are tailored to the clients’ needs.
Recently, Inga has added a diploma in psychology and counselling to her repertoire and is implementing this knowledge in her naturopathic consultations. She offers online consultations and coaching in addition to her normal clinic appointments. For details, please email her on inga@holisticwellbeing.kiwi.nz

Lydia Dorotich, BCom, ND, Dip Herb Med

Lydia Dorotich - Naturopath & Medical HerbalistLydia is a registered Naturopath and Medical Herbalist specialising in women’s health pregnancy and fertility. Women’s bodies change throughout their lifetime which can present in a roller coaster of health issues – PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Pregnancy, Infertility, Menopause just to name a few. Lydia works at delving into the cause of your health issues be it dietary, hormonal, gut health or lifestyle and works at finding a treatment plan that will address these issues. Lydia also treats babies and children working with issues such as allergies, eczema and low immunity.She uses practical diet and lifestyle changes and where needed herbal medicine and supplements to support clients back to optimal health. She is inspired by seeing her clients take charge of their own health and walk out the door with energy, knowledge and confidence to maintain their health moving forward.
She often offers regular supported clean eating programs to the community as well as workshops and talks. Lydia is also on the committee of the Naturopath’s & Medical Herbalists of New Zealand (NMHNZ) serving in the role as Treasurer.
To find out more visit her website http://www.naturopathichealth.co.nz/

Ute Frerichs, Psychology BA, Classical Homeopath Dip Hom, Reiki Master/Teacher

Ute Frerichs - Classical Homeopath & Reiki Master
Ute is a classically trained Homeopath, a Reiki Master, and holds a degree in Psychology and Ethics from the University of Auckland. She combines her extensive knowledge absorbed from her studies and from working with clients for more than 20 years as a Homeopath and Reiki master. Ute works holistically and spiritually to help people attain insight and perspective. Her main area of expertise is emotional and metaphysical balancing. She specialises in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress and stress-related physical health issues, as well as behavioural imbalances in children.
Because Ute’s approach is holistic, she incorporates the individual’s own perspective on what is happening in their life, with an analysis of life patterns of behaviour and conditioning. She works with the perceptions of the individual that do not serve them and incorporates the client’s higher self, the karmic life lessons that are relevant for them, and the very nature of their soul to facilitate change from the heart.
She is a gifted natural Empath and Emotional Intuitive. With psychic insights, she helps her clients recognise and dissolve their emotional blockages and limitations, and assists them on their path of healing transformation.
Ute teaches Reiki from Beginner to Master Level and Homeopathic First Aid.
She also creates beautiful gemstone bracelets which she infuses with healing light energy to support women on their path to health and wellbeing. These bracelets are for sale at Motherwell.

Kathie Elliott. Receptionist

Kathie is one of our amazing receptionists. She has a life-long interest in natural therapies and has successfully used them with her own family. Kathie loves working at Mother-Well and seeing all the success stories that pass through our waiting room. Health and wellness are a gift and Kathie loves being part of the team to help our clients achieve this.

Gillian Mackenzie. Reception

Gillian Mackenzie is our receptionist. As a qualified Enrolled Nurse she spent many happy years caring for newborns and your children in NZ and the UK before returning home to start her own family.
Natural therapies have been fundamental in her parenting and self-care and she is thrilled to be part of the Mother-Well team.

Robyn Miller, Dispensary Manager

Robyn Miller - Dispensary ManagerRobyn is our Dispensary manager. She is used to dealing with people in all kinds of difficult situations from working as a Veterinary Nurse for 15 years. She has a real empathy with couples who are on the fertility/infertility journey having experienced this for many years herself and having experienced a wide range of treatments. As well as having a passion for natural health, her other love is cats, and has a successful cat minding business alongside her work at Mother- Well.