Hi I’m Kris,
I’m a naturopath/Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Naturopathy and am a professional member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA).
I work with individuals with chronic diseases, autoimmune conditions and some rarer conditions due to personal circumstances.
See my story below as to why and how I became a naturopath/nutritionist.
I had always been unwell as a child and had low energy, chronic pain, digestive problems and was always covered in bruises. Over time these conditions would fluctuate and I could never pin point a specific cause. This roller-coaster of symptoms continued into my 20’s where my digestive symptoms became so frequent I started to try many elimination diets, and ended up creating further food intolerances.
It was at this point I started my path towards naturopathy/nutrition by beginning to study dietetics. It was great at first, however half way through I felt something was missing to achieve my health goals. My symptoms did not fit into the categories/boxes the course was presenting me with. So, I went in search of a more individualised approach.
I found the bachelor of naturopathy/nutrition degree and began to feel like I had found my purpose/individualised approach. I wanted to treat individuals who had chronic conditions like mine and were not finding answers. I began pushing myself hard to find the answers and continued the cycle of symptom flares until I crashed.
I crashed hard and in my 30’s I started to experience some neurological problems and was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. I completely cut out gluten and this cleared a lot of my neurological symptoms and assisted with reducing my bloating and fatigue.
This was a BIG wake up call, my body was screaming at me to slow down. So I started to listen (for a while) and overtime changed my diet and incorporated specific supplements and western herbal medicine. The naturopathy and nutritional changes made vast improvements, although the slowing down was brief and I was back to my busy schedule and frequent symptom flares.
A few years later, I developed debilitating back pain, which led to a quick decline in physical activity and eventual cease in all activity. My back was constantly taped to decrease movement throughout most of the last year of my degree and I could barely walk. My muscles were weak and in constant pain, so I decided to again think outside the box.
I looked at a chronic pain rehabilitation program. Through this program and my GP I was officially diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a little known genetic connective tissue disease, also known an invisible illness. I discovered this contributed to my digestive symptoms and fast paced life (termed Dysautonomia) as well as my dizziness and excessive thirst, which was later diagnosed as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia/Hypotensive syndrome (POTS). These diagnoses were a huge epiphany and brought my symptoms and my autoimmune disease together.
My Ehlers-Danlos was not solely caused by genetics (like many chronic conditions), there were nutritional deficiencies/excesses, environmental factors and lifestyle factors impeding my recovery.
This is why I take a multifactorial approach to address conditions. I personally found nutrition, nutritional supplements, western herbal medicine, meditation, physiotherapy and structured exercise to be very beneficial. On my website you will see different resource tabs, which cover different areas and different practitioners.
I was very closed off about my invisible illnesses and felt a lot of guilt and shame for years over it. These days I am an open book when it comes to discussing my EDS and illness, I want to educate those who cannot relate and empathise and assist those fighting the same battles.