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Meet Our Practitioners

The HealthWise team is made up of two qualified, experienced and professional practitioners both of whom have been in practice for 20 or more years. Our practice is also supported by the work of our wonderful administration and dispensary team.

The health and wellbeing of our patients is the most important aspect of our practice here at HealthWise. To ensure our patients receive the best possible care, we regularly build on our knowledge with continued professional education courses, seminars and lectures.

Our Practitioners

David McLeod

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Senior Practitioner

B.Ac.ND. Cert of Acupuncture China

David founded HealthWise Clinic back in 1980 and has been a respected practitioner in the industry for over 35 years. He holds numerous qualifications in acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal medicine and clinical nutrition.

David is a major figure in the field of Natural Therapies and has been instrumental in the field’s professional development, regulation and growth in Australia. Due to his expertise in this field, he was appointed to both the Complementary Health Consultative Forum and to the Expert Committee on Complementary Medicines in the Health Systems initiatives of the Australian Federal Government. He has previously held the title of President of the National Herbalists Association of Australia and has been a practitioner representative for the Office of Higher Education in Queensland. Additionally David was Chairman of the Board and the Head of Naturopathy at the Brisbane College of Acupuncture and Natural Medicine. He also held the position of Senior Herbal lecturer at the Australian College of Natural Medicine.

David has lectured extensively to health care professionals globally. His clinical research has been published in leading professional journals.

While David has studied many different fields of natural health he now focuses on Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine treatments. Using an approach that is unique to each patient’s needs David believes the individual (formation) formulation of herbal medicine is one of the important keys to a long-lasting therapeutic result.

Treatment interests and Specialisations

David has a strong interest in the restoration of robust health and the promotion of healthy ageing. David is skilled and has extensive experience in the treatment of chronic health conditions including immune and autoimmune conditions. David has a special interest in Women’s health issues such as infertility, IVF support, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian disease.

David has undertaken extensive study in Chinese hospitals working in both the Oncology and Gynaecology departments. Along with Chinese specialists David is a firm believer in the benefits of using both western and natural treatments when treating aggressive forms of cancer.

David has undertaken extensive study in Chinese hospitals working in both the Oncology and Gynaecology departments. Along with Chinese specialists David is a firm believer in the benefits of using both western and natural treatments when treating aggressive forms of cancer.

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Zam Martin

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Senior Practitioner

BHSc (Naturopathy). BHSc (Acupuncture). Cert of Acupuncture China

Zam is a naturopath, an acupuncturist and a counsellor, with qualifications in a number of related fields complementing her holistic treatment repertoire. Originally from Perth, Zam joined HealthWise in 1997 and quickly became a respected member of the team. She is now a senior practitioner in the clinic.

Since first graduating in 1994 she has continued her studies and expanded her knowledge base with the goal in mind of treating the whole person; providing a comprehensive range of treatment options from which she can provide truly holistic health care to her patients.

Naturopathy, including Herbal Medicine and Nutrition

Zam has a Bachelor of Heath Sciences in Naturopathy, with qualifications in herbal medicine, clinical nutrition and homeopathy. Her greatest interest and passion is herbal medicine, a field in which she has completed post-graduate studies. During the past ten years she has been a lecturer in major natural therapy colleges in Perth and Brisbane and has also presented to health care professionals at national conferences.

Acupuncture

Completing another Bachelor of Heath Sciences, in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, demonstrated not only Zam's dedication to the ideals of holistic therapy, but also her commitment to professional standards of clinical qualification. As part of her training in acupuncture, Zam completed an internship in Chinese hospitals in 2001 and 2004.

Counselling

Zam's holistic practices incorporate another passion of hers, counselling. She primarily utilises Transactional Analysis, although she also has experience in Gestalt therapy, re-parenting, regression therapy and voice dialogue. These are used as appropriate to complement other treatments. Optimising the combination of physical and mental health is always a goal of her practice.

Treatment Interests

Zam's area of special interest for is women's health, especially infertility and IVF support, menstrual disorders and menopause. Zam also has extensive experience in the treatment of digestive dysfunctions, musculoskeletal conditions and the management of stress and anxiety.

When she is not treating patients, Zam's interest is in Yoga, where she has completed Introductory Level 1 teacher training in Iyengar Yoga and is currently working towards her next assessment.

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