Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.  

Her journey into studying Naturopathy started when she was 18 years old.  Katherine  has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as a naturopath and support them through their journey of pregnancy and birth as a doula.  She is also a certified Hypnobirthing practitioner. Katherine is a graduate from the 4 Seasons Journey – School of Shamanic Womancraft.  She is currently studying with the Inca Medicine School and is following the path of a Nusta Paqu (medicine woman/shaman).

A consultation with Katherine encompasses referral and analysis of blood tests and functional medicine testing, diet and lifestyle support as well as shamanic medicine including drum journeying and soul retrieval.  Health is observed from all angles- physically, emotionally and spiritually to support you in coming back into FULL health on all levels.

Studying midwifery taught Katherine many new things about pregnancy, childbirth and the hospital system, all of which help her to be a better clinician.  Katherine’s approach to treatment combines scientific research and laboratory testing, traditional medicine, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.

Supporting  people in pregnancy and through birth is a passion of Katherine’s.  By listening, attending, informing and guiding without judgement. Understanding your hopes for your birth will help her support you. Katherine’s main focus when working with birthing families as a doula is ensuring that you are educated, feel supported and able to make informed birth choices before and during the birth.


As a doula, she weaves ancient wisdom from her shamanic roots with her clinical knowledge from her midwifery studies and fuses it with her naturopathic principles to support you as you sit at the birth altar and embrace this transformative time.

“My aim is to educate and empower you to take control of your health and ensure that you and your family reach your full potential. I seek to understand how individual symptoms are connected in order to get to the root cause of a person’s health concerns. All the factors that contribute to your present state of health, such as lifestyle, stress and the foods you eat are considered, before a treatment plan is specifically tailored to your needs”.

Katherine has 4 children (9, 15, 17 and 25) who have all taught her and continue to be her greatest teachers.  In her spare time you will find her pottering in her garden, walking through the wilderness talking to the plants, wildcrafting and drinking copious amounts of rooibos chai!


Areas of Interest as a Naturopath

  • Pre conception care
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth preparation
  • Postpartum/Postnatal care
  • Breastfeeding  issues- supply and mastitis
  • Children’s health and wellbeing
  • Thyroid health
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • GUT health/digestive issues
  • Skin Conditions
  • Period/Hormonal issues
  • Perimenopause/Menopause


Recent Continuing Education

  • Peaceful Kids Facilitator Training
  • International Integrative Chinese Medicine Conference-Supercharge your Fertility Practice
  • MINDD (Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive, Developmental) Practitioner Training.  Focusing on paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders.  https://mindd.org/
  • Rachel Arthur- Mastering Mental Health Seminar
  • Vitae Mosaic – Naturopathic Functional Medicine training
  • Rachel Arthur- Thyroid assessment and treatment- prenatally, pregnancy, paediatric
  •  Bio Ceuticals Elisa Song Holistic Children’s Health Seminar
  • OptimalRx webinar- Fiona Lam: Teenage Health
  • OptimalRx webinar- Julianne Grant:  The Paediatric Herbal Dispensary


Katherine’s Fees for 2024

Initial consultation for 60 minutes is $180.00.

Return consultation for 45 minutes is $135.

Return consultation for 30 minutes is $90.

Return consultation for 15 minutes is $45.

Shamanic healing sessions for 60 minutes is $180.

Katherine sees clients face to face as well as via Telehealth Australia wide. 

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Package Fee for Doula Services

A total cost of $2300 comprises the following payments:

  • NO FEE – Initial meeting, 30 minutes – (can be done via zoom or face to face at Acorn and Oak in Ballarat or Soul Seed Sanctuary in Taradale).
  • $500 – Booking Fee – Non Refundable – Payable to confirm services
  • $900 – Birth planning, due at 30 weeks – Includes 2 antenatal visits (one visit would be at acorn and oak or soul seed sanctuary and one visit would be at your home)
  • $900 – Birth fee, due at 36 weeks


(Optional and additional cost)

  • $220 – Postnatal visit home appointment (included in price is travel time to and from you house) – 30 mins


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We work with clients through the NDIS.

1:1 Shamanic Healing Session

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What is a doula? A doula is a trained professional who provides emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Having a doula can empower the woman and her partner to make informed decisions throughout the childbirth experience. With a doula’s support, the couple can feel more confident […]

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What Is Kundalini Yoga?

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What is Heartmath?

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Counselling, Reiki, And Energy Practices

Acorn and Oak also offer health care services for counselling, energy practices including reiki and aromatherapy. What is Counselling? Counselling is a form of ‘talk therapy’ where individuals, couples or families meet with a trained professional counsellor, in a confidential, non judgemental, respectful and empathic space to develop self awareness and understanding and bring about […]

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specialized technique which stimulates and improves the functioning of the lymphatic and immune systems. It utilizes specific, gentle, slow, rhythmic and relaxing movements to improve this vital system, whose role it is to maintain the fluid balance in the soft tissues, evacuating excess fluid and waste, including toxins, bacteria, dead […]

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Aromatherapy with Ruth Griffiths

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Bowen Therapy

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Homeopathy In Australia

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Pathology Testing

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Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine has been practised for centuries, not just in Australia but in all over the world. Until about 50 years ago nearly all of the entries in pharmacopoeias describing the manufacture of drugs indicated a herbal origin. For example, Aspirin was discovered in the last century from the herb willow bark. It was done […]

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