Hi, I’m Mary-Jo.
I combine my background in research science with over eighteen years clinical experience in Chinese Medicine to bring you personalised integrative healthcare for women’s health, fertility and pregnancy, and hormonal balance.
Are you ready to try something different, to free yourself from your health issues and see just how much better you can feel?
Mary-Jo is the ultimate blend of research scientist and healer. Natural medicine is in her blood – raised in a family that cherished good health, she grew up picking and drinking herbal teas, and deeply understands how precious your health is.
After a foray into research science at University, specialising in neuroscience and the mind-body connection, Mary-Jo discovered acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She began her studies with a research focus, but fell in love with the results this medicine can achieve in clinical practice, and the flexibility and scope Chinese medicine offers for addressing illness and promoting better health.
A lifelong learner, Mary-Jo is continually enhancing her understanding of health and the human body, in order to help it function optimally. After completing her degree with a clinical internship at a university hospital in Nanjing, China, Mary-Jo sought out mentoring from expert practitioners, giving her a profound appreciation of how Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can influence women’s health.
Mary-Jo loves taking the most complicated health picture and putting all the puzzle pieces back together – making sense of your symptoms and helping you get your life back and feel like yourself again. She has a deep understanding of both Chinese medicine and mainstream medicine. Mary-Jo combines her impeccable attention to detail with her calm and compassionate healing presence to create lasting results, empowering you with the tools to maintain your health now and in the future.
Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons), B.App.Sci (Chinese Medicine), Adv. Cert. Clinical Prac. (Nanjing, China).
Mary-Jo has lectured and presented to her peers on topics from pregnancy to menopause. She co-founded one of the first IVF support acupuncture clinics in Melbourne. Mary-Jo enjoys mentoring new graduate practitioners, and has spoken on podcasts including Chinese herb prescribing. She has further training in NLP and hypnosis, giving her skills to help get your body and mind on board to make lasting changes for your health.
Mary-Jo is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), and is registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and the Australian health practitioner regulation agency (AHPRA). Private health fund rebates are available for her services.
Working with me
As a doctor of Chinese medicine I have worked with thousands of women struggling with infertility, painful periods, or hot flushes. I know that the body, mind and emotions are interconnected, as I see the evidence daily in my patients, and so I aim to address both physical and emotional symptoms in our sessions, to help you get a powerful shift and be free to live your life.
When you work with me it’s a partnership – I will select the best treatments for you to achieve your health goals. I will listen to your story and help you make sense of your symptoms, and I will empower you with tools to improve and maintain your health.
In your initial consultation I will make a full assessment of your health condition and overall health, including aspects that you may not have realised were connected. I will take your symptoms and make sense of them, fitting the puzzle pieces together into a pattern or framework to give me a comprehensive picture of your health – where you’re at and where we need to go. From this information I develop a treatment plan, incorporating the best treatment options for you to achieve your health goals. Acupuncture or other bodywork is included in this session where appropriate, and herbal medicines are prescribed for you to take home and begin taking right away.
Ways in which we will work together include a combination of herbal medicine, supplements, and nutrition advice, bodywork therapies including acupuncture, cupping and moxibustion, and lifestyle and mindset adjustments to enhance your results and create lasting change. You will understand what you can do to maintain your health – simple changes which can have big impacts on your wellbeing. I typically work with people over several months (particularly if they have had health issues for some time) to get lasting change.
If you’re ready to take control of your health and see just how much better you can feel, schedule an appointment today – book online, or call the clinic on (03) 9988 2141.