The founder of a new health hub in the Whangaparaoa Plaza believes the range of skills the centre is pulling together will offer clients a more holistic way to get healthy and stay healthy.
Registered homeopath, Kate Fitness, is the driving force behind The Family Centre for Natural Medicine, which she describes as an integrated clinic that offers a variety of modalities. These include registered practitioners in homeopathy, naturopathy, intolerance testing, acupuncture, relationship counselling and contact care trauma release.
She says that while setting up in a mall is a bit unusual, it will be convenient for people of all ages to get advice.
“There’s lots of foot traffic, particularly since the opening of a nearby childcare centre,” she says. “It will make it easy for parents who might be concerned about their children’s health or behaviour to pop in for a chat.”
Kate says the centre is the only homeopathic dispensary on the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast.
In future, it will offer courses and seminars on acute prescribing in homeopathy or homeopathy at home, weight loss and nutritional advice, childhood illness and mental health, teen mental health and women’s health. There will also be courses in relationship counselling.
“It’s been a tough year with massive changes and challenges, and we all need help with moving on to success and harmony in our lives.”
Kate was a high school science teacher for 23 years. She qualified as a homeopath in 2012 and, since then, has run her own clinic, worked at a clinic on the North Shore and worked from home.
This experience demonstrated the need for a hub where qualified practitioners could share their knowledge in a non-competitive way and refer, where appropriate.
“We take a scientific approach, basing our recommendations on test results. This means that remedies are holistic and individualised, rather than something just off the shelf. It also means we can move forward quickly when there is some urgency.”
The team includes Kate Fitness who specialises in mental health, naturopath Kerry Morris, naturopath Lynda Wharton, Ricci Dyllon, intolerance testing Carlene Arnold and homeopath (intern) Patty Wyllie.
Kate says no matter what the health issue is there will be an answer and she encourages anyone with any mental or physical health concerns to visit the centre where they will find understanding and guidance.