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All about Karen Gay

Karen Gay B.H.Sc (WHM) Ad. Dip. (Nat) MANTA MNHAA


Karen works for the Health-Wise Institute in Camberwell. She is a Naturopath, Herbalist and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist.

Karen is a dedicated and caring practitioner; she has been working for Dr (Med) Zenon Gruba since the beginning of 2008.

Karen is passionate about her work and enjoys assisting people to create and maintain health and wellbeing.

Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine

Karen graduated from the Australian College of Natural Medicine (ACNM) in Melbourne in 2006 with a Bachelor of Health Science, in Western Herbal Medicine and an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy. She was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Student’ and “Excellence in Clinical Practice” in her graduating year.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Karen trained as a manual lymphatic drainage therapist in 2008, under Jill Griffiths of the Weller Institute.

-Manual lymphatic drainage is an amazing and incredible valuable method for assisting the body in healing from many chronic illnesses.”

Vitality, Longevity and Healthy Aging

Karen has also completed training in the vitality, longevity and health aging (VLA) technology used at the Health-Wise Institute. “The VLA technology used at the Health-Wise Institute is a fantastic clinical tool, for assessing peoples health and vitality, and best of all tracking improvements of their health parameters as they go through their treatments.”

About Karen

Karen grew up in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. Her family moved into inner suburbia Melbourne, in her early teens. She left school at 16 to start an apprenticeship as a chef. She quickly found herself a job working in some of Melbourne’s top restaurants. By 22 she was burnt out and looking for more out of life than 16 hour days in a hot, smelly and aggressive environment.

Karen’s interest in food and helping people inspired her to look for a new career in an area that closely involved both elements. She decided to return to school to study Naturopathy. Naturopathic study involves core health sciences subjects, extensive nutritional and herbal medicine study, along classes on food as medicine, flower essences and homeopathy.

During her study Karen worked as a personal care assistant helping people with disabilities, work she found incredibly rewarding.

She also spent time working as dispensary and clinical assistant in a large natural medicine clinic here in Melbourne.

Since her graduation, Karen has worked in private practice and in 2008 was blessed with being offered a position working for Dr (Med) Zenon Gruba, a pioneer of natural medicine and wholistic health in Australia.

Karen is dedicated to keeping up her professional development and regularly attends seminars and conferences on natural medicines and their applications in a wholistic approach to healthcare.


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