Ian Tracton & Ann Wine

Interclincal Laboratories Ltd

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This half-day Face-2-Face offers both new and experienced HTMA practitioners evidence-based, practical knowledge and the resources to build bio-individualised therapy for improved outcomes, particularly in those patients with complex chronic conditions.
HTMA provides deeper insight into patient stress, energy production, adrenal & thyroid efficiency, cognitive function and blood sugar management.


Marianne Fernance


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Hi! I’m Marianne, a qualified and experienced Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist, and co-founder of SimpleClinic.

When I first started my own natural medicine clinic in 2009, I was using many different systems to try to achieve an efficient and proactive workflow. But it wasn’t working! I found myself double-handing, something I really didn’t like doing, nor had time for! Time spent managing my business meant less time helping my patients, and I wanted to help more people to live healthy and vibrant lives.

I needed a system to support my practice. One that was efficient, easy to use, and would also allow me the work/life balance I wanted! I trialled many practice management systems, but none fit my requirements, nor had the workflow I needed in my practice. Those that came close, often had gaps and didn’t support the unique needs and challenges of a naturopathic clinic.

Fortunately, my hubby is an IT specialist and software developer, so I put him to work! He created a practice management software that was purely focussed on the requirements of a simple and efficient naturopathic clinic in one application as well as being flexible and easy to use.

I’m a HUGE Disney fan, and the movie Robots inspired me, those who’ve seen it know the saying from Bigweld “See A Need, Fill A Need” (Robots, 2005) and this is exactly why SimpleClinic came to fruition in 2010. There was a need in the natural medicine industry that was not being filled.

Soon enough, other practitioners started asking me about SimpleClinic. As a result, we decided to make SimpleClinic available to other naturopaths, nutritionists, and herbal medicine practitioners throughout Australia and New Zealand and launched in 2017.

Swami Karma Karuna

Anahata Yoga Retreat

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Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati is an engaging yoga and meditation teacher, inspirational speaker, writer and IAYT certified Yoga Therapist with 30 years of experience. She is also certified by Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Education Provider and is a senior member of Yoga New Zealand as well as a certified Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapist. A Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Psychology determined an early interest in working with groups and individuals. Swami Karma Karuna specialises in a range or areas including stress and emotion management for clients of all ages, Restorative Therapeutic Practices, Yoga Psychology and Women’s Health including co-teaching on a series of workshops on natural management of osteoporosis. She is passionate about sharing an authentic and down to earth approach, weaving together ancient practices with a touch of psychology and brain science. Several guided practice MP3 tracks are available through www.anahata-retreat.org.nz and articles on different aspects of health appear in a variety of online and print publications.

Dr Heather Came MNZM

Dr Heather Came MNZM is a seventh generation Pākehā New Zealander.

She has a background is in public health and social justice activism. Her research focuses on critical policy analysis, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, antiracism and institutional racism in the health sector. As an activist scholar Heather is a founding member and co-chair of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism has prepared expert evidence for Waitangi Tribunal, has presented to United Nations human rights committees.

In 2020 she founded the Decol 2020 series of virtual anti-racism gatherings. She was a joint winner of 2021 Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui Public Health Champion Award in recognition of her lifetime contribution to public health. In 2022 she was made a member of the order of New Zealand for her contributions to Māori, health and education.

She works as an Associate Professor at Auckland University of Technology, is an Adjunct Professor with Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and has a consultancy – Heather Came and Associates – pursuing racial justice.

Philip Rasmussen

Phytomed Medicinal Herbs Ltd

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Dip Herb Med; M.Pharm

Samuel Peters

BioMedica Nutraceuticals

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BHSc (Naturopathy)

Samuel is a practising naturopath and industry professional, having worked across a variety of roles in practitioner education. He currently leads a team of professional educators at BioMedica Nutraceuticals, with the goal of delivering high-quality, unbiased naturopathic education for practitioners. Samuel has lectured nationally and internationally to a broad cross-section of the naturopathic community and has always focused on taking a balanced view of healthcare, evaluating health trends for their clinical relevance and scientific rigour. His passion is assisting practitioners in staying abreast of the latest research to facilitate the delivery of optimal health outcomes.

Deborah Wright, Caro Uttley


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Deborah is a Board Member of NMHNZ & has been organising the Disaster Response in Hawkes Bay.

Caro is a new graduate who has been co-ordinating the venues & distribution for the Community Clinics.

Karen Murphy & Mairie Fromont

NMHNZ - Kaiurangi sub committee

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Karen & Mairie are both Board Members of NMHNZ and have started Kaiurangi sub-committee.

Kaiurangi was formed in 2023 to help NMHNZ with our te ao māori, and finding our place in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Dr Dayan Goodenowe

Dr Goodenowe Research Institute

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PhD in Psychiatric Medicine

Dr. Dayan Goodenowe is an expert on the biochemical mechanisms of aging and disease.

In 1999, he invented a technology platform that could simultaneously measure thousands of biochemicals in blood. Tens of thousands of human samples have been analyzed from healthy and diseased persons of all ages. The biochemical data collected has enabled Dr. Goodenowe to identify specific biochemical system failures (Prodromes) that occur with aging and prior to the occurrence of disease.

In addition to predicting disease and death before it happens, Dr. Goodenowe designs bioidentical metabolic intermediates to correct prodromes, prevent disease, and increase longevity and vitality. Dr. Goodenowe is the author of Breaking Alzheimer’s, inventor of numerous patents, and an extensively published researcher in peer-reviewed journals.

Jill Dunn


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 PhD Candidate, MHSc (CompMed), BHSc (CompMed), DipNat, DipMedHerb, RGON (Non-practising)

Naturopaths & Medical Herbalists Inc. Political Convener, MNMHNZ

Jill has been an advocate for integration of naturopathic and herbal medicine throughout her 37-year naturopathic career that stemmed from diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and exit from a general nursing career. Jill’s naturopathic career has been broad and encompassed: clinical practice, community teaching, commercial product development, teaching of herbal medicine and nutrition, academic leadership and program management, and professional association representation.

Career highlights have included representation on several NZ Qualification Authority advisory and governance groups for development and evaluation of national naturopathic and herbal medicine education standards, redevelopment of naturopathic bachelor’s degree program, regulatory application for herbal medicine, NZ representation on World Naturopathic Federation (WNF).

Chair of the WNF Professional Mapping Committee, Jill is currently undertaking a PhD at UTS, her study titled “Mapping the naturopathic landscape: An examination of regulation, education policy frameworks and infrastructures in a global emerging profession”.

Skye Macfarlane


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Skye is a degree trained medical herbalist and naturopath. Skye is a member of New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists and on the Board of Naturopaths and Medical Herbalists of NZ.

Skye is on the NMHNZ Research sub committee.

Rebecca Edwards

Biome Australia

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Rebecca Edwards is a naturopath, educator, writer, and speaker with 20 years of experience in the world of integrative healthcare. Rebecca has worked as a clinician and as a lecturer in the leading natural health education institutions in Australia, the UK, and the US.

Now the Director of Education at Biome Australia, Rebecca is a sought after speaker and educator in the field of microbiome research, helping to bring the latest advancements in strain specific probiotic research to healthcare practitioners of all modalities. Rebecca is a gifted and inspiring speaker who brings clarity to complex material.

Dr Denise Furness

Your Genes and Nutrition

Dr Denise Furness

“Understanding methylation and biological ageing: A pilot study”

Dr Furness is an award winning medical researcher, international speaker and author. Also a CSIRO trained Molecular Geneticist (think of her as a Holistic Geneticist). Dr Furness has been working in the field of nutritional genomics and personalised health for almost 20 years. In 2012 she founded Your Genes & Nutrition and began working with integrative G.Ps and learning about functional medicine.

1. 2003-2007: Doctor of Philosophy, CSIRO Human Nutrition and The University of Adelaide Medical School, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Folate nutrigenomics and DNA methylation in pregnancy). 2. 2007-2012: NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow, The Robinson Institute, Research Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide (Nutrigenomics Research Leader) – currently an associate – still publishing https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32720760/ 3. 2012 – current: Founded “Your Genes and Nutrition” started as a brick-and-mortar integrative medicine clinic in Melbourne, now a virtual clinic. 4. Published multiple papers in peer revived journals – Furness DL et al. One-carbon metabolism enzyme polymorphisms and uteroplacental insufficiency. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 – this paper won the international SMFM “Award of Research Excellence” in Dallas, Texas at the Annual SMFM conference. 5. Elected faculty member ACNEM, lecturing on various topics relating to epigenetics and genetics. https://www.acnem.org/about/acnem-faculty/

Erin Lovell Verinder

Erin Lovell Verinder

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Herbalist, Nutritionist, Energetic Healer, Author, Mentor

“Extending our Reach – how we can get our knowledge, experience, and herbs out into the wider community”

Walking the plant path, Erin is a woman in tune with the natural world. On a full hearted mission to educate, assist and up-level how we can all heal with the rhythms of nature, through the bounty of plant medicine and gentle innate interventions to unearth thriving health and wellbeing.

Erin is a Best Selling author & teacher. Her books are “Plants for the People” and “The Plant Clinic”.

We’ll have the opportunity for a Q & A session with Erin after her talk. Our Community Clinic volunteers will also be giving us an update on their experience with setting up & running these clinics in Hawkes Bay.

Professor Kerry Bone


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“Functional Herbal Therapy (FHT) and Age-related Cognitive Decline (ARCD)”

Professor Kerry Bone is the co-founder and innovation driver at MediHerb, where he serves as Director of R and D. He regularly lectures in Australia and overseas and is a prolific author, with seven published herbal medicine texts and over 40 scientific papers on herbal research. His most recent book, on Functional Herbal Therapy, was published in 2021. In 2015 Kerry’s lifelong contribution to the field of herbal therapy was recognised with the Lady Cilento award, and in 2022 he was awarded for an outstanding contribution to herbal medicine by the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (Australia). Kerry maintains a busy herbal and naturopathic practice in Toowoomba, Queensland where he has been in continuous service for 38 years.

Sharon Erdrich

Auckland Gut Clinic

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Sharon Erdrich is a Registered Naturopath & Medical Herbalist (mNMHNZ) and a NZ Registered Nurse with a MHSc (Hons) from the University of Auckland. She is currently conducting her PhD at the University of Sydney. Through this work (The FIDGIT Study), centred on fibromyalgia and the digestive system, she was an invited collaborator at the 2023 International Myopain Symposium – a group of clinicians and researchers committed to understanding chronic pain in order to improve outcomes for those suffering with it. An experienced teacher, Sharon has developed, delivered and co-ordinated programmes in naturopathy, aromatherapy, nutrition, and nursing and is an Adjunct Fellow at Southern Cross University, where she is involved in course writing and delivery on post-graduate programmes. Sharon has published 7 papers in peer-reviewed journals and was lead author of the Gastrointestinal section (Ch 7) of the World Naturopathic Federation’s Health Technology Assessment. She owns the Auckland Gut Clinic, which provides a nationwide breath testing service, and offers a gut-focused internship programme for recent graduates of naturopathy.

Sharon is also our inaugural 2022 NMHNZ Achievement award winner, PhD candidate, and owner of the Auckland Gut Clinic.

Dr Christine Houghton


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Dr Christine Houghton PhD.,BSc.,Grad.Dip,Hum.Nutr.,R.Nutr.

“Key Dietary Factors to Future-Proof Childhood Health”

Dr Christine Houghton enjoys a fulfilling and varied career in Nutritional Medicine spanning several decades. Her influential work in translational research remains at the forefront of this rapidly-evolving profession. A Registered Nutritionist with three decades’ clinical experience, Dr Houghton holds a PhD in Nutrigenomics and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, together with a Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition from Deakin University, Victoria. She is the Founder and Faculty Head of the Institute for Nutrigenomic Medicine and is the CEO of Cell-Logic, a research-based developer and manufacturer of clinically-relevant nutrigenomic formulations. Her research projects include the application of phytochemicals in human gut, brain and metabolic health, foundation principles that underpin the Gut Ecology & Metabolic Modulation (G.E.M.M.) Protocol and the evidence-based clinician series, Conversations in Nutrigenomic Medicine. A regular speaker at Australian and international conferences, she is an engaging speaker whose evidence-based presentations often challenge existing paradigms. In acknowledging the many valuable roles played by food components in human health, she has convened the Cell-Logic International Symposium, entitled, “The Secret Language of Food – Decoding Nature’s Healing Signals”, to be held in Brisbane Australia in November, 2023.

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