If you have goals or aspirations to improve your health then you have come to the right place.
In this day and age information is everywhere and it can be very confusing being bombarded with different health suggestions or fad diets. It’s time to put yourself in the hands of a qualified health professional.
Cheree Trobbiani is a nutritionist and naturopath, trained to safely tailor advice specific to your needs, combining the best of evidence based and traditional natural medicine. Take a look around the site to see what naturopathy can offer you.
I’d like to introduce myself and tell you why I love being a naturopath…
I am passionate about health and nature. In my early years, I had issues with my health for which I saw various healthcare professionals, but did not improve. I had been brought up with an awareness of the benefits of natural medicine so I had treatment from a chiropractor who was also a naturopath. My health improved so dramatically, that from then on I wanted to be a naturopath. I have a background as a management accountant in banking, but whilst I had a good experience working in accounting, my passion is for helping people and thus I made a career change.
I am particularly enthusiastic about improving women’s health at all stages of life, with a special interest in endometriosis, PCOS, PMS and other menstrual disorders, as well as thyroid and adrenal health.
I love gardening, going for walks, reading, playing the piano and listening to music. I am married to an investment analyst, with whom I have a young daughter and I love animals – particularly our pet cat.
I am a full practising member of the Complementary Medicine Association.
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a wholistic healthcare system that works to identify the cause of illness or poor health and uses remedies sourced from nature to support the body’s natural healing process. This can include dietary and lifestyle advice, herbal medicine and nutritional medicine. Naturopathic treatment looks beyond current symptoms to assess overall wellbeing and what may be driving sub-optimal health or illness. The aim is to always treat the cause rather than only the symptoms, in order to gain long-term health benefits.
There is a common perception that “just because it’s natural it must be safe”, but this is not always the case. Although problems rarely arise using natural medicine, many herbal or nutritional supplements can be harmful if wrongly prescribed (for example with concurrent medical conditions or medications). Naturopaths study these treatments in great detail and are able to give guidance on whether a particular supplement or combination of supplements and prescribed medications is considered safe. We only utilise supplements of the highest quality, that have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Naturopathy is classed as a complementary medicine and supports the primary care given by other health professionals. Sometimes your condition may be outside our scope of treatment or require urgent medical attention. In this instance, we will refer you onto a general practitioner or other health professional as appropriate.
Naturopathy may be used to help with:
Areas of Specialisation
Endometriosis – this condition is debilitating and painful. It can impact on daily life as well as fertility. Approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis. Symptoms of endometriosis can include pain preceding and during a period that does not respond to pain relief medicine such as Ibuprofen, and can be so severe that it causes nausea and vomiting. Irregular or heavy periods may accompany this condition and it can be the cause of infertility. The causes of endometriosis are varied and still debated amongst scientists, but in most cases excess inflammation and oestrogen are present.
Natural medicine can be used to help metabolise excess oestrogen and dampen excess inflammation, as well as helping with pain relief. There is increasing evidence now for the use of herbs and nutrients to help in the management of this condition.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – there is much confusion around PCOS, because there are several subtypes. Women often have to cope with hormonal imbalance, blood sugar irregularities, infertility, male pattern hair loss and other uncomfortable physical symptoms.
Natural medicine aims to achieve a healthy body weight and balance hormone, blood sugar and insulin levels. Exciting new evidence has been documented for herbal remedies and lifestyle changes to support women suffering from PCOS.
PMS/Fibroids/Menopause and other women’s health issues – women’s hormones are complicated and amazing. The delicate cyclical balance can be disrupted by stress, thyroid problems, digestive issues, inflammation, immune dysfunction and other factors. This can cause infertility, PMS, difficulty coping with menopause and other problems, such as fibroids, adenomyosis, absent periods or irregular periods.
Herbal and nutritional medicine as well as dietary advice can be of great help in supporting the body back to health and restoring hormone balance.
Thyroid Dysfunction – the thyroid secretes hormones that act on nearly every cell in your body. It controls many things including basal metabolic rate, body temperature, heart rate, cholesterol levels, and growth rates. Because of this the symptoms of dysfunction can be so varied. This important gland can become over or underactive, or sometimes even when the gland functions correctly, your body does not respond normally to the hormones it makes. The causes of thyroid dysfunction can be due to simple nutrient deficiencies, more complicated immune system malfunction or other factors.
Natural medicine aims to support balance in thyroid hormones and hormone function in the body. Laboratory testing is very valuable helping to pinpoint underlying problems. Herbs and nutrients can then be used to correct the problems, whilst long-term lifestyle and dietary advice address the cause for sustained improvement.
Adrenal Function – adrenal fatigue is a term that has gained popularity over the last decade, with the idea that long term stress causes the adrenal glands to burn out. More recent evidence has shown that the adrenal glands don’t burn out as such, but rather, it is a problem with how the body responds to adrenal hormones. HPA-axis dysfunction is a more accurate term for the condition. People with HPA-axis dysfunction may wake in the morning with a low level of energy which starts to rise throughout the day to the point that they find it difficult to go to sleep at night. You’ll eventually fall asleep, but wake up feeling exhausted the next day. Other symptoms include salt cravings, low blood pressure, weakness, depression, vomiting or nausea, amongst others.
Lifestyle advice has a large part to play in this condition, looking at stress minimisation techniques and ensuring the body is well-nourished with the key nutrients needed, such as magnesium, B vitamins and vitamin C. Herbal medicines can reduce symptoms, help the body recover and adapt to stress and correct sleeping patterns.
60 – 90 Minutes $130.00
The initial appointment is used to discuss the reason for your attendance and what your health goals are. You will be required to fill out an intake and medical history form, which give information needed for your treatment. This appointment involves a discussion of your health history and examining your health and lifestyle habits in great detail.
30 – 45 Minutes $70.00
In the follow-up standard appointment, we review results of any tests undertaken and then discuss the treatment plan. Your treatment plan is individually tailored to meet your specific needs and will include dietary and lifestyle advice as well as any supplements that will need to be taken.
15 – 20 Minutes $35.00
The express appointments are used to ensure you are on track with the treatment plan and to make any minor adjustments or refill prescriptions needed. These can also be used if you are coming in with a specific and minor requirement such as a cold or flu requiring a quick assessment and an herbal remedy made up.
Private Health Rebates are Applicable
A 10% discount is offered to students or pensioners, on presentation of a valid concession or student card. The discount applies to the consultation fees only, and does not include any supplements or herbal mixes prescribed.
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