Tina’s appreciation for holistic medicine began at an early age. Born into a family of nature lovers she spent most of her childhood outdoors and was enchanted by the magic of the natural world, from the way the flowers turned their faces to the sun, to the way the moon made the tide wash in and out against the shore. As time went by Tina grew fascinated by the innate link between what happens outside of us in Nature and what happens within us. After discovering Buddhist medicine and the concept of the Five Elements she set off while still a teenager to China to explore the richness of the country's ancient philosophies on Nature, art and balanced living. Continuing this appreciation for Eastern concepts Tina went on to study Buddhism, the Hindu Goddess, Confucianism and Daoism at University, as well as art history, film and gender studies. She then embarked on further travel through Asia, Europe and Turkey to learn wherever possible about traditional herbal medicine, natural treatments for women's reproductive health, Earth rituals, folk lore, mythology and cultural ideas around health and healing.
In addition to her Australian qualifications in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine Tina has hands-on experience in a range of holistic and Earth-based healing areas including Ayurveda, aromatherapy, plant-perfumery, psychological astrology, flower essence therapy, organic gardening and sustainability of food systems. She has worked with herbs and herbalists in the Eastern and Western herbal traditions, helped reconnect people with the forgotten threads of their life-story via astrological counselling, and inspired students on the healing potentials of aromatic plant-potions while working as an aromatherapy lecturer.
Tina also has a Graduate Diploma in Writing and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (focusing on the transformational power of personal language). These additional studies bring creativity, perception and depth to Tina’s treatments, and add to her appreciation of the uniqueness of the healing process, and the different ways health may be expressed for each individual.