Giselle Cooke, MB, BS, Diploma Botanic Medicine, MNHAA
Holistic Health Consultant, specialising in Wellness Medicine
(02) 8376 8738
Giselle trained as a medical practitioner, graduating from the University of NSW in 1979. During her undergraduate years she trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine with the Hong Kong College of Chinese Acupuncture, specialising in acupuncture.
Whilst working on the Central Coast as a GP trainee she undertook studies in Western Herbal Medicine with Mr Denis Stewart, considered by some to be the father of Western herbal medicine in Australia, at his Southern Cross Herbal Schools.
Giselle sought further training in nutritional medicine and spiritual psychology at the Nature Care College of Natural Therapies, then in Artarmon, NSW. She also lectured the students at this college for twelve years in a variety of medical subjects.
In 1989 she opened a wholistic medical centre, Pymble Grove Health Centre, on Sydney’s Upper North Shore, comprising a large team of medical and complementary medicine practitioners. She practiced as a wholistic medical practitioner there for 16 years. At that time it was a unique concept in comprehensive health care delivery and has grown steadily in strength and reputation since then to be one of the busiest and most established wholistic medical centres in Australasia.
During this period Giselle also lectured at Macquarie University at the School of Chiropractic, for the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and to various medical, nursing and other colleges on alternative medicine. She delivered public lectures throughout Australia and in Malaysia, and has delivered papers at numerous complementary medicine conferences in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Amongst her political activities, Giselle served on the executive of the Australian Complementary Medicine Association, was Convenor of Health Network Australia and spokesperson for the Complementary Health Care Council. She belongs to the oldest medical association in the country, the National Herbalists Association of Australia. She is a strong proponent for alternative health care choices and the integrative model of medical and complementary medicine care.
In 1999 Giselle published her first book, Blooming : Healthy Living for Women Over 40 (Lansdowne – reprinted in 2000). She was also medical editor of The Complete Guide to Health & Wellbeing (Lansdowne). Giselle has been a regular contributor to natural health magazines, newspapers, television and radio talk back programs over the past twenty years. She will soon release her first ebook, HealthDesigns, a unique tailored compendium of integrative medicine and natural health concepts, which will become a personal manual for designing the best version of yourself.
She opened The Modern Apothecary herbal dispensary and teahouse in Neutral Bay in March 2003, bringing the tradition of the European apothecary to the street today. In July 2004 Giselle opened a wellness practice, Health Alchemy, adjacent to the apothecary, with five other practitioners, focusing on wholistic and natural health and beauty.
Currently Giselle is undertaking a Ph.D in the causes of male infertility at the University of Sydney School of Medicine, in collaboration with Medlab Pty Ltd, leading researchers in diseases and the human microbiome and nanotechnology delivery of therapeutic substances, in particular medical cannabis.
She joins Healthwise North Sydney after many decades of professional collaboration with Drs Fitton and Sparavec, referring her patients for essential bodywork to assist her holistic health management.
Giselle’s consultation fees are claimable from most private health funds.
Phone consultations are also available.
|At Healthwise North Sydney Clinic|
|At Healthwise North Sydney Clinic|