Henrietta Chang M.Sc, B.Nat
Henrietta Chang was born in Helsinki, Finland and attended the University of Geneva in Switzerland for her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Botany. She moved to Australia in 1998 to complete a Masters of Applied Science in Townsville and later obtained a Bachelors Degree of Naturopathy at Southern Cross University in Lismore where she was awarded top of class for excellence in the area of Nutrition. L'Alchimiste Natural Medicine Clinic and Apothecary was established by Henrietta in 2016 to service clients in Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay as well as remote consults for international clients.
Henrietta has over 15 years’ experience as a complementary health practitioner, with special interest in the care of medically complex patients using the combined modalities of Naturopathy and Nutritional Biochemistry. To compliment this, Henrietta is also a fully qualified practitioner of Esoteric Body Work (Massage, Chakra Puncture, Connective Tissue Therapy, Esoteric Healing) and Remedial Massage modalities. She is a member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association, Australian Traditional Medicine Society, and the Esoteric Practitioner Association and acts as a mentor for students of Nutritional Medicine.
In addition to her clinical practice, Henrietta serves as a trainer, assessor and program writer for Evolve College where she teaches a Diploma course in Massage Therapies. She has also worked with Southern Cross University as a course writer and lecture assistant.
Most importantly, Henrietta combines her considerable knowledge and experience with an unwavering dedication and deep care to her clients and the wider community. She brings an authority and attentiveness that leaves “no stone unturned” when working with clients and often works closely with doctors, medical specialists, psychologists, counsellors and physiotherapists to ensure the highest level of care for her patients.
Henrietta enjoys spending time at home with her husband, son and two dogs, whom she uses as test subjects for her experimental food and herbal tincture/tea recipes. She is also involved in various community groups and donates her time and expertise to women’s health groups (such as the Esoteric Women's Health, and their monthly meetings held in Ballina to support women of all ages), aged and palliative care, and cooking/nutrition forums. Henrietta also enjoys having a chat with visitors to her clinic in one of 5 languages!
BAppSc (Physiotherapy), PGradDipOccH&S
Kate has been a fully qualified and practising physiotherapist for over 30 years. She specialises in the treatment of complex chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders using non-imposing Physiotherapy, Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy (ECTT), Esoteric Chakra Puncture, Esoteric massage and healing With Body Awareness and Connective Tissue Exercises.
Kate combines the fundamentals of gentle and unimposing physiotherapy with ECTT, gentle exercises, and specific strength work to provide a way of returning the body to its natural harmonious balanced state and elongated posture from the inside out.
Kate has worked: in teaching hospitals in Sydney; as a senior physiotherapist at the New England Baptist Orthopedic Hospital Boston USA; and at the Byron Bay Hospital/Northern Rivers Community Health Service. She has also toured with the Cork City Dolphin Rugby club in Ireland and in Australia with the Far North Coast Men's Master Hockey Team where she treated acute and complex sporting injuries. Kate currently works with a professional team of complementary medicine practitioners at the Universal Medicine Clinic in Goonellabah and at L'Alchimiste in Ballina.