I was born
in Berlin, Germany. In 1972 my then husband and our 5 year old daughter migrated to Australia.
Eventually moving from Melbourne to Cairns where we owned and operated several
restaurants. After my divorce I moved to Sydney, where I got seriously interested in health and weight
training, so much so that I bought into a small all male gym. Slowly, I introduced more and more women into
the gym and soon needed to look for larger premises. I became a certified fitness instructor, teaching weight
training and aerobic classes. I entered several bodybuilding competitions and got 2nd place at the age
of 40 years. I operated The “Manly Gym and Fitness Centre” for about 7
my degree in Nutrition (“Advanced Diploma of Nutrition”) I opened my business Holistic Health (and of course I am
still recommending exercise as part of a health program).
I have been
working in my current practice since the beginning of 2006. At the end of 2007, my friend Judie and I created
a website selling a limited range of alternative health products. www.strideintohealth.com
for many years in Papua New Guinea, finally returning to Australia in 1980. In 1989 I went to college to
study natural medicine and graduated in 1993. I owned and operated a natural therapy and massage clinic in
Brisbane, until moving to Airlie Beach, Queensland in 2002.
In 2004 I was
diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG), an autoimmune disease. MG comes in varying forms from slight ptosis
(droopiness of the eyelids) to very severe forms, affecting arm and leg muscles, breathing etc. It took many
months for me to be diagnosed and it wasn't until I choked and had to be rushed to hospital that tests
revealed MG. My speach was affected by MG (I sounded like I had too much alcohol
to drink), my ability to swallow and my ability to breathe properly - all very scary, and certainly not nice for
someone who loves to eat and talk!!
I also had an
unencapsulated malignant thymoma. I spent 2004 in and out of Intensive Care, on and off Life Support and in
and out of hospital.
At the time I
was so scared, but now I look back on that year as one of the most amazing opportunities in my entire life. I
was able (with help) to work out why I attracted the MG in the first place and have been able to work through
issues - some of the issues originated from my time "in utero".
As a result of
the Myasthenia Gravis, I was no longer able to work in the Remedial therapy arena.
It took me
several years to regain my health and strength to the point where I was able to have some "normality" back in my
life. In 2007 I was well enough to join forces with my Nutritionist friend, Barbara Bourke to create Stride
my degree in Hypnotherapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom technique) I now successfully practice both modalities here at
I am constantly
amazed at the power of words, whether they be written or spoken. Through hypnotherapy and the power of words
I am able to work with people on a deep and profound level, and assist them to bring about the changes they
lifestyle, my studies and my personal experiences have always revolved around natural health and wellness, and
like Barbara I am so grateful that the internet has given me the opportunity to reach out to so many