Rachel Balm

Here to help you

Naturopath and Allergy Advisor

Rachel’s Journey to Becoming a Practitioner

Why do I do what I do?

Because I’ve been there. I’ve been the patient on the other side of the consultation, struggling to work out what’s wrong with my body.

From the age of eleven years old I had one health issue after another. Shingles that covered half of my face; gastric ulcerations from Helicobacter pylori; Epstein-Barr virus; chronic fatigue; pneumonia; anaemia; food intolerances; chronic pelvic pain; varicose veins; and a host of infections from which I was either hospitalised, out of action, or physically drained for months. At times, I hated my body because I felt like it was letting me down.

After years of frustration, having to skip school or work, and feeling like I was missing out truly living my life – I was desperate to try anything. So naturally, I turned to what I knew… the opinions of well-meaning friends, and Google. I tried numerous diets and self-prescribed supplements, and did a lot of “research”. But this lead to more questions, and even more confusion over what I should or shouldn’t eat.

It wasn’t until I started to receive the guidance of complementary health practitioners (my Naturopath and complementary medicine team) that I began to get my health back.

And from there my vocation truly began.

My approach to heath care

Since experiencing the benefits of complementary medicine, I can’t imagine doing anything else. It combines my greatest passions in life: connecting with people; scientific enquiry; phytotherapeutic/plant-based medicines; and helping others lead healthier lives.

As a qualified Naturopath (BHSc Naturopathy) and a registered practitioner with the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS). My professional experience within the complementary medicine industry now extends for over a decade, including working in various roles alongside some of Sydney’s top industry professionals.

I am passionate about helping people understand and address the underlying cause of their ill health. After having to overcome my own health issues I really do appreciate the frustration and confusion that surrounds illness, as well as the value of disease prevention. My approach is to critically analyse the entirety of a patient’s health data and to interpret medical/pathology reports to identify anomalies and allow the fastest possible recovery to their health.

My philosophy is both practical and pragmatic.  I create realistic and personalised healthcare plans for patients based on their needs, preferences and lifestyle. I don’t adhere to a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I like to tailor a variety of herbal medicines and nutritional supplements, in combination with scientific testing, dietary and lifestyle changes to help my patients achieve their health goals.

Testing and an Evidence based approach

I am a strong advocate for evidenced-based practice.

The combination of  the latest scientific research and pathology testing together with the traditional wisdom and effectiveness of natural medicine means a pathway that offers the best of both worlds. Combined with an integrative approach, and collaboratively working with other health professionals I create not just a pathway but a matrix to improve patient outcomes.

My goal and my love is to help you suceed.

Rachel’s interests outside of work

Being someone who highly values relationships, I love to spend quality time with my friends and family.

I also like to ‘walk the talk’ and live an active and enjoyable life, which for me includes dancing, reading, yoga, being outdoors, and travelling.

I love nature and will spend as much time as I can outside: at the beach, somewhere in the greenery, or in our herb and vegetable garden.