Naturopath Mount Cotton

Why you should work with me

The gut is the source of all good health. It provides nourishment to your body. It is the site of neurotransmitter production and accounts for more than 70% of your immune system. Poor digestive health causes not only gastrointestinal problems, but also mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

As a Naturopath and Nutritionist with a degree, I am passionate about restoring optimal health through evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle changes, as well as the use of nutritional supplements and herbal medicine as needed.

In order to restore vitality and return to good health, I believe in identifying and treating the underlying cause of chronic illness, as well as treating the whole person rather than just masking the symptoms.


Initial consultations are one hour long. During this time, I will ask you numerous questions about each body system, including the digestive system, nervous system, immune system, and so on. I do this so that I can better understand how you feel about your condition. Following that, I take a brief family medical history to see if there is a family connection to your current health concern. Finally, we examine your diet and physical activity.

Face-to-face consultations are available at my clinic, which is located a short distance from Mount Cotton, at 373 Chatswood Rd, Shailer Park. Alternatively, video conferencing is available through Zoom, or we can simply talk on the phone.

Services offered

Food sensitivity testing

Food sensitivities can result in a variety of symptoms and disorders. Because of the time lag between consumption and physical reaction, the foods that cause these delayed reactions are frequently difficult to identify. The IgG food allergy test is a useful tool for identifying the foods that cause this reaction. The outcomes are patient-specific and provide a simple, precise, and effective starting point for dietary modification.

This test looks for 96 common foods that you’re likely to eat on a regular basis. Some of them are listed below.

  • Cow’s milk, cheddar cheese, and goat’s milk are among the five dairy products.
  • Wheat, gluten, gliadin, and oats are among the 25 grains.
  • There are 18 different vegetables in total, including garlic and onion.
  • 11 different types of fish and crustaceans, including prawns, crab, tuna, and cod
  • 8 different egg and meat combinations, including chicken eggs (yolk, white, and whole), beef, chicken, and pork.
  • Apples, apricots, pineapples, and strawberries are among the 17 fruits.
  • 12 different foods, including chocolate, coffee, honey, and cane sugar

This is a home test that involves pricking a finger and collecting a blood spot on a card. The results are usually available in 12-14 days after the test card is returned to the lab.

Microbiome testing

The Complete Microbiome Mapping Test is intended to evaluate a patient’s microbiome from a single stool sample, with a focus on microbes that cause disease or disrupt normal microbial balance.

The panel includes a wide range of microbial targets as well as immune and digestive markers. Pathogenic bacteria, commensal bacteria, opportunistic pathogens, fungi, viruses, and parasites are all screened for.

This test is especially useful for people who have any of the following symptoms.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Cramps or pain in the abdomen
  • Gut leakage
  • Bacterial Overgrowth in the Small Intestine (SIBO)
  • Allergies
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue\sweakness

This is a home stool test, and the results will be available 12-14 days after the sample is received at the lab.

Mood appraisal

Most of us will experience anxiety or depression at some point in our lives. For the most part, it will pass, but for some of us, it will linger for decades. According to research, nutritional deficiencies are common in mental health disorders. This could be due to diet, but it could also be due to nutrient malabsorption caused by a poorly functioning gut. These nutritional deficiencies can impair the synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, to name a few.

The Mood Appraisal Questionnaire is a tool for determining which neurotransmitter pathways require assistance. A mood assessment questionnaire with 66 questions is emailed to you and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Each question is associated with one or more neurotransmitters and provides information about the status of each neurotransmitter.

Serotonin, Melatonin, Dopamine, Phenylethylamine, GABA, Adrenaline, and Endogenous Opioids are among the neurotransmitters tested. After completing the questionnaire, the client will have a better understanding of which neurotransmitter precursors and co-factors will best suit their needs. Amino acids, as well as certain vitamins and herbs, can improve biochemical pathways and support the HPA axis.

MTHFR testing

A polymorphism in the MTHFR gene affects up to 40% of the population. This can have a negative impact on the methylation cycle, which is a regulator of gene expression. A gene mutation can be inherited from either one or both parents. A single “heterozygous” mutation can result in a 40% loss of methylation function, while a double “homozygous” mutation can result in a 70% loss of function.

The following are some of the most common symptoms of an MTHFR mutation.

  • A history of heart attacks, strokes, or blood clots in the family
  • A female family history of multiple miscarriages
  • Anxiety or depression in the family

A saliva sample, as well as a swab of the inside of the cheek, is used to test for MTHFR polymorphisms. We offer a Wellbeing Bundle that identifies the key MTHFR polymorphisms and how they affect various body processes, including the following.

  • Methylation
  • Production and function of neurotransmitters
  • Metabolism of hormones
  • Status of the Detoxification Pathway
  • Status of antioxidants
  • Metabolism, transport, and absorption of nutrients
  • Metabolism of energy
  • Risk of cardiovascular disease
  • The expression of DNA

If you’re based in Mount Cotton and you’d like my assistance in resolving your chronic health condition, you can schedule an appointment with me here.

Contact Mark

Naturopath Nutritionist Herbalist
Available for online consultations, or even phone consultations, from the comfort of your home or office.
Or, if you prefer to see me in person, visit me in my office at Kimberly Plaza 373 Chatswood Rd Shailer Park 4128

0424 272 922