Lou is a certified Functional Nutrition Consultant, Heartmath and Immune Function Practitioner and Counsellor in training.

Lou’s interest in health and wellbeing was sparked many years ago, but she decided to pursue a career in wine and environmental science. After working on her PhD in Regenerative Agriculture for two years, she decided that she would be able to serve others better through studying health-related topics. Currently completing her Masters in Counselling, her interest in the mind-body connection lead her to complete studies with Heartmath, ACNEM, the Nutrigenomics Institute, and the Nutrition Academy, which she feels give her a more comprehensive basis for helping clients build a strong foundation for wellbeing.


Her approach allows her to work with clients on retraining their nervous system as a starting point in the healing process. This then allows other external factors, to be addressed more effectively as it primes the body to respond to treatment. Her science-based approach is grounded in data using biofeedback monitoring, biomarker testing, and genetic analysis, as well as your lived experience. Working with Lou will give you insight into your physiology as the basis for a holistic and functional approach that incorporates interactions between your genetics, nutrition, and immune system functioning.


Lou is a big believer in a personalised approach to wellbeing. This approach takes into account how our biology is expressed through our thoughts, emotions, and interactions with the external world to produce our state of wellbeing. Through a systematic approach that addresses the specific biology, physiology, and context of each individual, she aims to empower her clients with the tools and knowledge to begin the work of healing from illness and optimising wellbeing from within.

In her spare time, you can find Lou making wine, running the trails of Ballarat, reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, or cooking up a storm for family and friends.


Areas of Interest



  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (1er Hons)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (incomplete)
  • Masters of Counselling (in progress)
  • Nutrigenomics for Health Professionals cert.
  • Functional Nutrition Consultant cert.
  • Heartmath Interventions for Health Practitioners cert.
  • Optimising Immunity Using Natural and Environmental Medicine cert.


Recent Continuing Education

  1. Torrens University – Master of Counselling (ongoing)
  2. Nutrigenomics Institute – Nutrigenomics for Health Professionals
  3. Heartmath – Interventions for Practitioners
  4. ACNEM – Optimising Immune Function
  5. Science and Non-Duality – The Wisdom of Trauma with Dr. Gabor Mate (training and webinar)
  6. Nutrition Academy – Functional Nutrition Consultant


Workshops About Vagus Nerve and Auto-Immune Diseases


Practitioner Fees

  • Initial Consultation for 90 minutes $150
  • Return consultation 60 minutes $100
  • Return consultation 30 minutes $55
  • Workshops $70-140



1:1 Shamanic Healing Session

Shamanic healing is an ancient energy medicine – sacred, powerful, and life-changing. It is not a treatment that is done to you; it is a spiritual journey your soul goes on. We gather in protected sacred space, calling in allies in the spirit world, the mountains, the Star beings, Pachamama… and together we work on […]

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Doula Services

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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Ballarat Naturopathy Core Principles

Before we discuss the core principles defined by our Ballarat naturopath, let us first know what is naturopathy. Naturopathy is a distinct and a complete system of health care. It is dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers. The core practice of naturopathy is as old as healing itself, and as modern […]

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What Is Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu Massage is a traditional style of massage which originated in Japan and is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It provides a highly effective combination of both relaxation and corrective therapy, and can be used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Approaching health from a holistic viewpoint, Shiatsu aims […]

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What Is Kundalini Yoga?

“With Kundalini Yoga, you can build a healthy body, develop a balanced mind, make contact with your infinity, your innate inner wisdom, as well as open the door so that you can reach your full potential.” – Yogi Bhajan Kundalini Yoga was first brought from India to the western world in 1968, by Harbhajan Singh […]

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What is Heartmath?

Heartmath is a Californian research-based organisation who have been studying the link between the heart and the brain as a holistic approach to understanding human health since the early 1990s. Its research and the techniques they have developed create lasting improvements in physiological function. Heartmath has published peer-reviewed studies showing that Heartmath interventions can help […]

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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

Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant oils to bring about physiological and emotional changes to improve health and wellbeing. Aromatherapy can be traced back 3500 years ago! When it was used in medicine, religion, mysticism, and magic. In our family health clinic, Ruth Griffiths incorporates the use of essential oils to enhance her therapy […]

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Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is a unique therapy, created in Geelong last century. It uses precise and gentle movements focusing on muscles, tendons and ligaments, along with the fascia and skin. Bowen therapy is generally used to relieve pain and increase motor function and is also said to improve the message between the mind and body. It […]

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Homeopathy In Australia

How is homeopathy done in Australia? And where can I find homeopathic medicine near me in Australia? Read more below to know the answers to these frequently asked questions. Homeopathy is a therapeutic system that has been used for over 200 years. The term “homeopathy” comes from the Greek word, “homeo“, meaning similar, and “pathos“, […]

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Pathology Testing

Here in our natural health clinic near Bendigo and Castlemaine, we offer a range of testing, both diagnostic as well as functional diagnostic, including: Just visit Acorn and Oak Apothecary as we also conduct several health sessions to help you gain back the happy and healthy you. Check this out here. […]

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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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The quality of the food we eat and the nutrition that we get affect our whole body’s wellness. Get nutrition facts from our Ballarat nutritionists to get the best that you need. From our food, we obtain the vital building blocks for our body and the vitamins and minerals are required to help our cells […]

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