Practitioner Services


Acupuncture is an ancient form of holistic medicine that involves inserting single-use needles into specific points on the body that relate to different muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic ducts or energy systems.


Naturopathy is a whole person approach to health care. Using natural supplements, food and the latest reseach, naturopathy aims to treat the underlying cause of your health issues, not just the symptoms.

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Food has the ability to transform ones health if matched with the body’s requirements. These requirements vary between individuals, depending on one’s life stage. This is why there is no ‘one diet’ that is perfect for everyone.


Massage optimises the range of motion and comfort in muscles, joints and functions of body systems.


Kinesiology uses bio feedback (muscle testing) to find and clear blockages in the body. This could be nutritional, muscular or emotional.

Leisa Blanch, Naturopath

Leisa Blanch


Hi and welcome to the GHE clinic! I am a Naturopath and the owner of Gisborne Health Essentials. My aim is to provide a clinic setting/health boutique that has the best interests of clients and the practitioners at heart. I love inspiring others to reach their full potential and being able to treat all clients and shop customers in a unique/tailored way is important to me.

I’m also a mother and a smiling, happy local. I love the Macedon Ranges, where we are able to balance busy lifestyles with exercising in nature, relaxing and consuming plenty of whole, nutritious foods.

Always up for a laugh and a chat, make sure you drop in and say hi if you haven’t already, I’d love to see you

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Hi, I’m Lisa: clinical nutritionist (BHSc Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine) at GHE. Whilst I support clients from a number of walks of life, my two main passions are sports nutrition and gut health.

As a former national level middle distance runner (800m & 1500m), I understand your journey as an athlete better than most. I LOVE helping athletes: both elite and recreational in creating nutritional strategies to optimise individual performance goals. But with my holistic perspective you’ll gain more knowledge, tools and strategies to optimise long-term health as well as elite performance.

I also like to step outside the sporting bubble and assist those experiencing horrendous gut disturbances. From IBS, to IBD, to diverticulitis, to general bloating and reflux: I’d LOVE to help give you your joy of life back. No one should have to worry where the nearest toilet is at all times, or live with debilitating pain on the daily. I’d be honoured to help guide your journey back to optimal health.

Outside the nutrition rooms, you’ll find me walking or running with my kelpie pup River, enjoying pilates, yoga, gardening, baking or admiring a sunset.

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Lisa Stanton-Smith

Lisa Stanton-Smith

Clinical Nutritionist

Luke Carrangis


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Luke Carrangis is a registered clinical psychologist with a broad range of experience providing psychological support to individuals with various life situations. Luke completed his Bachelor of Psychology degree at Flinders University, SA in 2007. He undertook his Masters of Clinical Psychology at the Murdoch University, WA in 2008.
Luke takes an empathetic, yet practical approach to therapy aiming to equip his clients with the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing and relationships beyond the therapy room. Luke combines a range of integrative approaches including CBT, Schema therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and The Gottman Method for couples.
Luke strongly believes in the healing powers of a well-matched client/therapist relationship and acknowledges that as each person is unique, the treatment plan and approach should be tailored to address their particular needs and situation. Luke currently holds the following professional memberships:

  • The Australian Psychology Society (APS) (membership no. 150031)
  • The National Psychology Board – AHPRA (membership no. PSY0001524491)
  • The Australian Society of Sex Educators Researchers & Therapists (ASSERT NSW)

Couples therapy: life stress affecting relationship, communication/conflict issues, addiction issues affecting relationship, infidelity/emotional and sexual affairs/betrayal, increasing distance in relationship, sexual intimacy issues, parenting issues.
Individual therapy: depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, PTSD, childhood trauma, intimacy issues, sex therapy (including erectile dysfunction), relationship issues, family issues, adjustment/life issues eg work place issues, work fatigue/low motivation, chronic stress, Borderline Personality Disorder, grief/loss

Hi, I am Michele, a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner who provides quality complementary healthcare to the community.

Each person is unique, and my belief is that by understanding all aspects of a person’s health (both mind and body), treatment can be tailored to achieve long-term health goals.

I treat people with many conditions and have a particular interest in supporting people with fertility issues, chronic pain, and stress related symptoms. Indeed, many people may be experiencing a range of health issues which is why a holistic approach to treatment is a beneficial.

My approach incorporates a range of techniques such as acupuncture, cupping, tuina (Chinese massage), moxibustion, gua sha and ear candling. We also discuss possible dietary and lifestyle changes or Chinese Herbal remedies to further assist this process and achieve lasting results

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Michele Downes


Nicole Woodcock

Nicole Woodcock


Hello I’m Nicole, I am a Clinical Naturopath passionate about the natural wisdom of the human body, and the power of nutrition and herbal medicine to restore balance and overcome illness.

I am dedicated to supporting my patients to achieve optimal health and experience a balanced, fulfilling life by providing them with the knowledge and resources to enable them to take control of their own health and wellbeing independently. In doing this, I offer both one on one consultations and group workshops.

While I am adept at treating acute and chronic health concerns and general health promotion, I have a special interest in all areas of female and male reproductive health. This includes hormonal imbalances, period irregularities (including pain), pre-menstrual syndrome, mood fluctuations, menopause, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, hormonal acne and sexual health. I can assist with natural fertility management including IVF support, pre-conception care, pregnancy, post birth recovery and breastfeeding support.

I am a tertiary qualified Naturopath having completed a Bachelor in Health Science (Naturopathy) and a member of the Australia Natural Therapists’ Association (ANTA).

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I started my Massage Career after receiving a Certificate IV in Equine Myofunctional Therapy in 2000. I then completed Certificate IV in Postural Integration (PI), Diploma of Remedial Massage (2006) and MET (muscle energy transfer).

I have adopted the strokes and intent from PI to create change and balance within the different levels of the body. I combine this with Remedial Techniques to optimise ease and range of motion in joints, alignment and function of body systems. I work holistically, involving the emotional and physical levels of the body to transform ones mindset, to allow change.

I am regularly undergoing further courses to improve and increase my knowledge and awareness of why dysfunction occurs with the aim of helping you achieve a more happy, positive and functioning body.

Registered with a Health Provider Number and Member of AAMT.

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Leanne Wall, Integrated Remedial Massage Therapist

Leanne Wall

Integrated Remedial Massage Therapist

Monique Price-Howie, Naturopath, Iridologist

Monique Price-Howie

Naturopath & Iridologist

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Monique is a familiar face – as a third generation Macedon local, all who know Mon, know her heart lies in helping her community live their best, authentic life. Mon’s clients will tell you that her non-judgemental approach, sharp sense of humour and realistic goal-setting makes her a practitioner that is easy to put your trust in.

Monique focuses on Detox and Weight loss, as well as Iridology. She believes that these three areas are key to optimising health. For individualised Detox and Weight Loss Programs – book a Naturopathic Consultation and don’t look back!

Treatment may include:

  • Diet and lifestyle advice
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Flower essences
  • Referral to allied health practitioners where appropriate

Iridology bookings involve 2 sessions – An initial 30 minute iris photo shoot, followed by the Report Reveal the following week (1 hour).

Monique uses world-class technology to provide an intricate photograph of your iris. From this photograph comes a comprehensive report that reveals genetic predispositions and organ susceptibilities. Diet, lifestyle and supplemental advice is then given to ‘nurture’ specific body systems and protect the body from inherited tendencies. A subsequent Naturopathic consultation is suggested if any illness is current and in need of specific attention.

I am a Naturopath with a special interest in thyroid health and fatigue.

I have been in private practice since 2012, both in Melbourne and rural Victoria (Woodend, Gisborne). I am also the resident naturopath at a rehabilitation centre near Daylesford.

I will listen, and work with you to develop an achievable treatment plan, encouraging you along the way. Simple and gradual changes to diet, lifestyle and habits, along with individualised herbal and/or nutritional supplements, will allow you to reach your full potential, both physically and emotionally. I am used to working alongside other health professionals (GPs, specialists, psychologists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, personal trainers) for best patient outcomes.

I am also a qualified Bowen therapist. Bowen Therapy can reduce pain, relieve stress and brings a deep sense of relaxation. As such it is a great adjunct to naturopathy.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Naturopathy) – Endeavour College of Natural Medicine
Certificate of Bowen Therapy – ISBT
Member of ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association)

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Caroline Lhuer, Naturopath

Caroline Lhuer

Naturopath & Bowen Therapist

Irene McGowan Naturopath

Irene McGowan

Naturopath & Receptionist

Our newest Naturopath Irene brings warmth, compassion and an unparrallelled passion for searching for health truth. With an interest in functional pathology and nutragenics (how your nutrition interacts with your genes and environment), Irene works with her patients  to resolve complex and chronic health concerns. Irene’s patients will tell you about her compassion, her easy-going, non judgemental nature and her attention to detail in uncovering and re-writing the story of achieving balanced health.

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Hello I am Naareda. I am a qualified Holistic Kinesiologist and Pranic Healer. I am a mother of two and passionate about health on all levels, mind body and spirit.  The only person I can heal is myself and I have done so more times than I care to remember (it is a work in progress). Over the years I have collected many tools to help me maintain my health and wellbeing. I have studied some of them, I have acquired some of them innately and I have stumbled across them through sheer desperation and utter determination. My life purpose is to be of assistance to others who are wanting a helping hand, someone that can perhaps shine a light on an issue that sometimes we can not see ourselves and help people be the best versions of them. I offer this currently in one on one sessions using predominantly Kinesiology and Pranic Healing and in the near future I will offer group sessions. My approach is grounded and authentic and I call it how it is, with love of course.

Kinesiology is a complimentary healing method that uses the muscles in the body to pinpoint imbalances in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Using non-invasive and often very simple corrections, the body restores itself to its own natural state. We access approximately 10% of our brain capacity which is our conscious brain, therefore, 90% of it is made up of the subconscious brain. Kinesiology accesses the subconscious part of the brain via an indicator muscle.

I am so excited about joining the team at Gisborne Health Essentials and I look forward to meeting you and assisting you on your journey back to wholeness.

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Naareda Thomson


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