Our friendly staff are skilled and passionate about the fields of natural health, beauty, nutrition, yoga, and wholefoods.
Natalie’s first discovery into natural medicine was nearly 20 years ago. Having always loved being outdoors, and as an avid surfer, she spent a lot of time in the ocean and elements. Long stints in the ocean require a lot of energy but she would often feel weak and light headed. Lack of energy didn't allow her to stay in the water as long as she wanted, so she started looking at her diet for solutions.
She developed a curiosity about healthy, nutritious food, and the benefits of adding herbs to meals. This interest coincided with her searching for a vocation that is mentally stimulating as well as fitting in with her love for nature. And so she discovered naturopathy. The principles of using food as daily medicine, employing positive lifestyle habits and using plants to support good health made so much sense to her.
Natalie started her studies in 2002, at South Pacific College of Natural Therapies and obtained a Bachelor of Health Science, an Advanced Diploma of Herbal Medicine, and an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy.
Over the last 20 years she has practised in Auckland, London, Raglan, Hamilton and Mount Maunganui. This has allowed her to work with and learn from many health professionals such as fellow medical herbalists, integrated doctors and osteopaths.
As of late she has started to specialise in gut and hormonal health attending many different professional seminars and webinars. She has completed a SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) masterclass and OATs testing summits, as well as attending many seminars and webinars on female hormonal issues using the DUTCH test to support treatment.
Working with many people with different conditions, Natalie realised that some of their health issues could be resolved by changing the way that they thought about them. She had always been fascinated with the mind/body connection and power of the mind which led her to doing the NLP (neuro linguistic programming) practitioner course in 2019.
A bit of an information geek, Natalie is inspired by the continual research and development of natural health; how science is now confirming and building on the therapeutic benefits of a healthy balanced diet, and the use of herbs and supplements. The natural world is a fascinating place and offers many wonderful remedies to help us with our ailments and well being.
If you want to improve and optimise your health with the guidance of a professional naturopath who uses the gifts that nature has provided, alongside the latest scientific research, then get in touch.
2021 has provided Natalie an exciting opportunity for her to return to The Herbal Dispensary in Raglan, not only as a Naturopath but also as the owner with her partner Loic. She is available for both in person and online consults as well as helping you in store.
Alena is a degree-qualified Naturopath & Medical Herbalist who also holds a Diploma in Nutrition. She enjoys working with clients both one-on-one in clinic and on the shop floor, providing thoughtful, evidence-based, tailored natural health recommendations. Visit her in-store to discuss any health concerns you may be having, or to learn how naturopathy, herbal medicine, and nutrition can support you in your journey towards optimum health. Alena loves calling Raglan home for its natural beauty and wonderful community; when not in store she is usually found out in nature, at the beach or in the bush. Available by skype, zoom or in-person appointment.
Mirren is a degree-qualified Naturopath & Medical Herbalist. She enjoys working with clients one-on-one, holding space to explore and address the underlying root causes of health imbalances, and building sustainable and holistic foundations to support and restore optimal physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She enjoys working with individuals to create a personalised treatment plan tailored to their needs, utilising a blend of up-to-date scientific evidence, and traditional herbal medicine and knowledge. She particularly enjoys working in the areas of mental health, immunity, and hormonal and endocrine function. In her free time she loves being immersed in nature, creating art, reading, and researching and deepening her knowledge of natural health. She is available via skype, zoom or in-person appointment.
Lisa is a qualified Beauty Therapist. She loves helping you with your skincare options and is very knowledgeable about the brands we have in store. Lisa has lived in Raglan all her adult life and has raised her family here. She is a passionate gardener (her vegetable garden is amazing) and is also able to guide you with your garden needs. One of Lisa's other passions is designing & creating her own beautiful range of natural gemstone & crystal jewellery 'Lazuli', which we stock in store.
Jocelyn is our in-house yogi and food lover! She has lived in Raglan for the past 17 years and is known too many in the community. Jocelyn is one of the key curators of your beautiful weekly vegeboxes! Jocelyn keeps busy by teaching yoga at the Raglan Yoga Loft a couple of times a week, and outside of this and work, enjoys tending to her garden, riding about town on her bike, and relaxing in her beautiful home!
Olivia started working at the Herbal Dispensary when she was only 18, and over the many years since has never left us, despite spending time in Hawaii and Europe and starting studying a Bachelor of Poutū-manahau Population Health! Currently working part-time, when not whipping up the best juices in town for us or writing assignments, she loves the ocean, photography, and having a good boogie!
Astrid has called Raglan home her whole life and has over time moved from our summer staff to a key part of our full-time team! She brings to the team her infectious attitude, appreciation of the art of a beautiful vegebox & produce fridge, and great dance moves! Outside of work, Astrid loves spending time in the sunshine, writing, and making nourishing meals.