Open-minded, whole-picture doctor, committed to your wellbeing.
Originally from Slovakia, I followed my heart Aotearoa-New Zealand, in 2003. I have a life-long passion for helping people and a strong drive for learning and innovation. Upon arriving in NZ, I decided on a complete career change from linguistics and graduated in medicine and surgery from Otago University in 2009. I worked within NZ and Australian Medical systems for 12 years. I had found the conventional medical approach too reductionist, not delivering lasting results for many patients. My inquisitive mind has always been pushing me to look outside of the box. Alongside allopathic medicine, I studied and trained in a variety of complementary therapies. I started my own practice in 2021. I continue expanding on my skills and knowledge.
In my practice, I aim for wellbeing- inside and out, whatever that may mean to the person. I endeavor to connect, hear people out and appreciate the whole person, within their unique context, respecting their beliefs and opinions. I customize my management to suit the unique needs of each individual. I am thorough and look for root causes. I address all modifiable factors, wherever possible. I put a lot of emphasis on prevention. I work in partnership with my patients and other health and wellbeing professionals.
Three principal beliefs guide me:
1. We are complex beings. Our humanity reaches far beyond our biology, physiology or biochemistry. In order to truly thrive, we need to attend to all our human needs, including physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, environmental.
2. In order to really solve a problem, we need to find the root cause, and effectively address it, as well as its drivers.
3. Many answers lie within us and can make themselves available via inner awareness and enquiry.
I will be truly honored if you chose to consult me about your health and wellbeing.
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I continue to learn about different approaches to health and wellbeing and have completed numerous extracurricular courses, including:
As an integrative health coach I work alongside my clients to support them on a holistic journey to achieve their wellness goals. I will support and guide you to take a holistic approach to your health and wellness, empowering you to look at all areas of your life that need nourishment and to make positive lifestyle choices to support your vibrant well-being. Health coaches support transformational lifestyle and behaviour change.
Most chronic illnesses today are preventable through lifestyle change. The hallmarks of a healthy lifestyle include strong social connections, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, moving our bodies, managing stress and finding inner peace and purpose. I support my clients in implementing lifestyle changes to support a sustained sense of wellbeing - all of their needs being met. Mind.
Heart. Body. Spirit.
As a ph360 Certified Health Coach I am delighted to offer the technology of ph360 - Personalised Health 360 degrees of your life. I am an endorsed ph360 Health Coach and Shae Wellness Provider. Your own personalised health profile is created based on your bio-individual epigenetic expression (your genes and your environment) so you can achieve your desired health and wellness goals - easily and in alignment with your natural biology and talents. Personalised nutrition, lifestyle and mindset support to take your personal health to the next level. AI and scientific data at your fingertips with the Shae wellness app supporting you to track and achieve your wellness goals as part of your wellness journey.
I tailor your sessions to fit your individual needs and commitments, working with you in-person at the Taste Nature Clinic, locations across Dunedin and/or remotely with online sessions
I am also a 200 hour Trimurti certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher.
Having spent the first 45years of my farming focused life on me and furthering my achievements in a very structured organized way, I met life’s challenges in a very staunch and logical way too. This included death of our first child, post natal depression, bullying by an employer, with the backdrop of a busy and physical farming life raising 4 teenage daughters’. When the wheels fell off and traditional thinking didn’t work and I found myself in midlife having achieved some huge material goals, without the expected happiness. It was then I started a journey of self exploration to find the elusive happiness.
10 years on and I now love to focus on helping others’ who are stuck. Together we identify and release the invisible blocks that internally prevent us from seeing and experiencing happiness and a better quality life.
I love to facilitate insights and emotional release in my clients with the fast, simple and effective tool of Emotional Freedom Techniques. Using it on myself first to heal past traumatic events that my brain was using to keep me safe AND innocently stuck, I love to share this with those I work with.
EFT, also known as Tapping, provides safe, gentle and immediate relief from mental, physical and emotional issues including depression, PTSD, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, grief, food cravings, the list is endless. The practice has been trialed using the American Psychological Associations criteria, for evidence based therapy’s.
Now that I know what is possible, I care that you too find freedom from mental, physical and emotional pain, to live a better quality life.
13 years industry experienced.
My last two pregnancies left me washed up and confused with where to start any kind of exercise. How did I know if what I was doing was safe and correct for my needs?
Being a personal trainer – I thought I’d have all the answers. I’ve had two breech pregnancies and two C-Sections with rather large babies. Although I was fit, my body wasn’t functionally ready for the major event of pregnancy or the recovery.
I have been on my own journey of recovery and learning which has led me to get certified in this subject. My mission is to support women by educating them on the fundamentals on the most effective way to prepare their bodies for pregnancy, birth, and post-partum.
I aim to be the person that I needed during these times. I can provide ladies with the correct specific support and guidance they need at such a vulnerable time.
Pregnancy can create long term issues and aggravate historical injuries; I know that there are lots of women just putting up with conditions they think are normal. It is common to pee while sneezing, but its not normal. While Prenatal can mean 6 months prior to conception and post-partum can mean your kids are 40.
I can assist with:
I feel extremely privileged to train each lady that allows me to take them under my wing. Every journey is so unique. Please follow the link below to find how you can start training with me.
I’m thrilled to join this wonderful community of people who truly believe we are experts in our lives and can embrace ownership of our life and health journeys. This is the best way to celebrate my own journey back from concussion and chronic pain. When workplace injuries meant I couldn’t return to my job in hospitality I hit a wall of stuck. Fortunately tuning into our Kiwi can-do energy, I discovered lifestyle coaching and realised my lived experience of using this self-liberating proactive and coactive process in my own rehab is valuable learning I can share with people who are dealing with similar life shocks.
Now I’m supporting this ‘university of life’ knowledge with formal training and ongoing study, and getting back to work via my own business ‘Empowering Minds for Life’.
I invite you to join me in a collaborative partnership where we both bring 100% commitment to you achieving your desired health and wellness outcomes. As a Health and Mind Coach I can also help you lift your self-esteem, boost your self-confidence, manage chronic conditions, get unstuck from limiting beliefs, kick phobias, cigarettes, vaping and addictions into touch, manage negative stress, and break free from the fat/thin thinking loop. Starter keys are self-kindness, curiosity and smiling.
When you access your personal power, you can get your life back on track even better than before. Together we design the unique plan that lights up your life. I use evidence-based lifestyle coaching tools and resources, including Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), self-hypnosis, mindfulness and powerful conversations. These help you create concrete, easy and fun to do first steps to build momentum, and before you know it, you’re enjoying positive long-term behaviour and lifestyle changes. We’re well supported by members of this vibrant team at ZIVIO Health, ensuring optimum effectiveness and value.
I live in Waitati with my husband, Bob, on our small farm, along with 3 working cats, 8 free-range hens, and our flock of sheep. I love drawing and creative writing. As well as walking, the beach, and re-learning how to cycle and swim. Weekends are extra fun when our 3 granddaughters visit.
Your life and health, you can activate your best.