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Discover how to manage anxiety, bloating and weight with Functional Medicine

Functional or Integrative Medicine - a different approach.

Discover how to treat bloating, anxiety, manage irritable bowel syndrome and lose weight with our functional medicine team of experts. We look at the root cause of illness rather than solely treating the symptoms. We have an experienced Integrative General Practitioner, Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, Integrative Dietitian, Yoga Therapist and a Life Coach.

Our Team

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Dr Shamistra Barathan - Integrative GP MBBS (U.K.), MRCGP, FRACGP, DRCOG, DFFP, FACNEM, ACNEM Board Member

Dr Shamistra Barathan has over 20 years of experience in General Practice and has specialised in nutritional and environmental medicine. She has trained and completed her degree(FACNEM) with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. She graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in London, United Kingdom and has now made Melbourne her home.
Dr Shami works with patients who are keen to look for the root cause of illness rather than solely treating the symptom.

Key Areas of interest:
Gut Health: Bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Anxiety and Depression
Thyroid Health
Weight Loss
High Cholesterol
High Blood Pressure

Virtual and face to face consultations at Carlton North and South Yarra

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Jessica Singh - Integrative Dietitian BHlthSc MDietPrac APD, AN

Jessica's consults have been described as "Fun, engaging and empowering". Patients always leave with a smile. Her secret is about helping her patients choose delicious and nutritious food and not about diet with restrictions.
Key Areas of interest:
Low Carb and Keto diets
Weight loss
Gut Health including food intolerances
PCOS, Endometriosis

Virtual Consultations Only

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Sue Jones - Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist Member of the Australian Counselling Association

Sue’s clients have left her consultations saying "What a wonderful listener" "I feel empowered to make changes in my life" and "I feel so supported".
Key Areas of interest:
Hypnotic Gastric Banding for weight loss
Gut directed Hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome
Couples counselling (Emotional focused Therapy)
Smoking cessation using Hypnotherapy

Virtual and face to face consultations at Croydon

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Shannyn Merlo - Life Coach Master Practitioner of Coaching

Shannyn is the founder of Inspired Outcomes, a business coaching and consulting brand and in it she works as a business coach, but she has deep roots in life coaching. She has worked as a life coach since 2015.
Shannyn draws on her extensive experience in management, marketing, project and operations management, and success as a leader in NGOs, sport, technology, education and financial services. Her strategic and creative problem solving sets her apart from other life coaches and this is backed up by her expertise as a human behavioural specialist.
Shannyn has joined the team as our life coach, helping clients nurture a holistic balance of business and career, their relationships and family, and their health and well being. She knows it can be done!
Vitual Consultations Only

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Erika Newberry - Yoga Therapist Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training, Australian Yoga Academy
Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy, Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy
Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), Justice Resource Institute

Erika is the founder of Change with Yoga and is a qualified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator and Laughter Yoga facilitator.
Erika was drawn to Yoga after visiting India in 1998 which led her to have a on and off practice for 8 years. She later picked up a solid practice at the Brighton Buddhist Centre, England, in 2006. It was here that Erika became inspired to become a Yoga Teacher.
Erika later returned to Australia to complete her Advance Diploma in Yoga Teacher Training at the Australian Yoga Academy. Erika then went on to study other areas of Yoga such as Yogic Philosophy, Laughter Yoga, Yin Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Yoga Therapy.
Virtual and face to face consultations at Fitzroy North and South Yarra

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