I decided to become a nurse after traveling with ‘Healing the Children’, a volunteer organization performing cleft-lip and pallet surgery I met them in Nepal and went with them to El Salvador on surgical missions. This galvanized my desire to nurse and I went on to train at the University of Wales College of Medicine. I then moved to the University Hospital Nottingham and started ward and clinic work with the maxillofacial unit supporting patients during and after serious complicated head & neck surgery, how I wish I’d known then what I know now! I could have supported them even more, my smile and skills are always welcomed by staff and patients alike, but imagine if I’d known hypnosis then to aid pain control? Or the herbs and nutrients needed to support recovery?
I then moved into neonatal and special care nursing, learning to support both mother and baby during this difficult and stressful time. Supporting breastfeeding as well as the care of the baby and mother in practical ways. Next we moved from Nottingham to Melbourne and in 2000 I was working at the Royal Children’s Hospital… Again, imagine how much more I could have helped with mothers milk supply and stress if I had the knowledge of herbs and hypnosis I do now. Finally in 2003 we arrived and settled in Adelaide, I joined the Women’s and Children’s Hospital working in surgical theatres and recovery and trained in Child Youth Health at Flinders University. During this time I was also trained in Western Herbal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Naturopathy at ATCCM, finally gaining my Bachelor Health Science Degree (Comp Med) at Charles Sturt University.
Through my past experience as a nurse and during my years at Highgate Proactive Health, I have seen how nutrition and well-being go hand in hand. Many ailments and conditions can be helped, if not resolved, using dietary changes and supportive nutrients.
As an ex-nurse and accredited naturopath in Adelaide, Southern Suburbs, I am also able to work closely with my client’s medical practitioners or other medical specialist when the need arises.
Geraldine was a practicing registered nurse and is an accredited hypnotherapist, herbalist, nutritionist and naturopath. Whatever your ailment, allergy or health condition, call her today on 0410 148 503.
Naturopath from Highgate Proactive Health in South Australia