Dr James Read MBBS, FRACGP, Grad Dip Rural GP, JCCA qualified GP anaesthetist

Dr Read is a teaching faculty member and the former Vice President of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

He has numerous post graduate qualifications including Fellowships in General Practice, Rural General Practice, Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, a Master Degree in Public Health majoring in Nutrition and post graduate qualifications as a GP anaesthetist. He works both in chronic disease focussing on lifestyle nutrition and environmental factors as well as in acute rural and remote medicine where he provides locum anaesthetic and emergency medicine services to rural remote and indigenous communities.

He is an internationally renowned presenter in clinical nutrition having taught in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. He is a rural GP by trade where his scope of practice extends to Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia.

His real focus is on providing holistic healthcare integrating the best of nutritional, environmental and lifestyle medicine alongside mainstream western medicine in all his patients.

Approaches to treatment include examining and modifying lifestyle factors including diet, sleep and stress management. He also examines toxin exposure and utilises detoxification, nutritional supplementation including intravenous and individually compounded nutrients and hormonal therapies to treat a variety of clinical conditions. 

Areas of interest
  • Children’s Health
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Autism
    • Learning disorders
    • Food intolerances
    • Allergy including colic and reflux
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Emotional and Mental Health
  • Weight Management and Diabetes
  • Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia
  • Nutritional Interventions for chronic disease (Autoimmune disease and cancer)
  • Natural Hormone Management

All patients please fill in the relevant online form below or if you prefer, please download Word version of the form and  email the form to  drjamesreadpghc@gmail.com.

Please be advised that all other correspondence must go through reception by phoning (02) 9418 1388 option 1, communication not pertaining to the questionnaires sent via this email will not be actioned.

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Dr James Read is available Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm, and Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Dr Read is also available at The Grove Health Pymble on Fridays.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Dr Nick Krasner MBCHB, DRCOG, FRACGP, MSC Sports Med (UCL)

Dr Nick KrasnerDr Nick Krasner qualified as a doctor at Liverpool University (UK) in 1992. He gained his GP qualifications and his Masters in Sports Medicine in London, where he also lectured doctors and medical students and later worked for Tottenham Hotspur and Barnet soccer teams.

He has a special interest in psychology, having written the book on depression entitled ’10 Simple Paths to Happiness.’ Dr Krasner has been studying and treating skin cancers for the last 4 years and recently completed his initial ACNEM training, which leads to a fellowship in Nutritional and environmental medicine (Integrative Medicine).

Dr Krasner has also been an expert for BBC World News, a presenter on Channel 10’s Cruise Mode, a children’s author and International motivational speaker.


Areas of interest
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic and Complex Disorders
  • Depression
  • General Practice
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stress Management

Dr Nick Krasner is available Wednesday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.


Dr Peter Dobie MBBS works in the field of integrative medicine.  He has a particular interest in complex and chronic illness, chronic fatigue, anti-ageing medicine, nutritional medicine, mould illness and allergy.

For three years Dr Dobie was co-director of an allergy clinic at a Sydney private hospital.  He spent several years doing locums in rural NSW and is skilled in emergency medicine.

Dr Dobie’s emphasis is very much on the promotion of wellness.  He takes a thorough and holistic approach to treating chronic illness, as well as providing preventive medical care.  He incorporates into his practice advances in biochemistry, endocrinology and clinical nutrition, and prefers to prescribe non-drug treatments wherever possible.

Mould illness is an illness that some people develop after exposure to mould, such as in a water-damaged building.  Mould illness is also known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

Anti-ageing medicine is a new medical discipline devoted to the early detection, prevention and treatment of the diseases related to ageing; it is a new approach to preventive medicine.  The aim is to maintain optimal function and vitality as people grow older and prevent, or delay the onset of, the degenerative diseases usually associated with old age.  Dr Dobie has studied anti-ageing medicine in the United States.

Dr Dobie is a member of the following professional organisations:

  • American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A4M)
  • Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M)
  • Australian Chronic Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Society (ACIIDS)
  • Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
  • Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)
  • International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI)
Areas Of Interest
  • General practice
  • Chronic Fatigue (CFS/ME)
  • Complex and chronic illness
  • Mould illness (CIRS)
  • Nutritional medicine
  • Anti–ageing Medicine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Allergy
  • Men’s health
  • Digestive disorders
  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Food intolerances and sensitivities
  • Intravenous vitamin therapy
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Vector-borne diseases

Dr Peter Dobie hours are Monday and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm. Dr Dobie is also available at The Grove Health Pymble on Wednesdays.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Dr Raj Vastrad MBBS, D'Orth, MNAMS (Orth), AMEC (Australia)

Dr Raj VastradDr Raj Vastrad has unique integrated training in medicine, surgery, and rehabilitation. He integrates the science & art of customised medicine to offer the best possible outcomes.

He was involved in teaching medical & allied undergraduates & postgraduates for many years.

Dr Vastrad enjoys educating his patients in simple and comprehensive ways, so that they can get better awareness, understanding, wisdom about their body and mind to harness, harvest, harmonise their healing power within and without.

He has been managing Chronic and Complex Disorders for many years along with and inspiring integrative Team of Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals and will continue to do so with The Grove Health.

Dr Vastrad was recognised and honoured as Doctor of the Year for the Field of Customised Medicine by the New York based Who’s Who Directory.

Areas of interest
  • Allergies
  • Anti-Ageing
  • Chronic and Complex Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Immunological Issues
  • Men’s Health
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal and Sport Injuries
  • Nutritional & Environmental Medicine
  • Physical & Mental Wellbeing
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Weight Management

Dr Raj Vastrad hours are Monday and Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Dr Vastrad is also available at The Grove Health Pymble on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Dr Richard Moore BMed, B App Sc, B Sc (Hons), Grad Dip (Acupuncture), MSc Adv Med (Musculoskeletal), ACNEM

Dr Richard MooreDr Richard Moore is a registered Medical Doctor, Osteopath and Acupuncturist, and has studied through ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine).

Using manual therapy, nutrition, osteopathy, medicine and acupuncture, he teaches clients how to support their bodies while also identifying possible environmental factors or stress that may be having a negative impact on their overall well being.




Areas of interest
  • Acupuncture
  • Bio-Injection
  • Biomesotherapy
  • Chelation Therapy
  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy
  • General Medicine
  • Intra-muscular Vitamins
  • Intravenous Vitamins
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Neural Therapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Prolotherapy
  • Trigger Point Injections

Dr Richard Moore’s hours are Wednesday and Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Reema Saab BHsc (Comp Med), Adv Dip Nat

Reema SaabReema Saab is a Functional Naturopath and Nutritionist passionate about healthcare working in cooperation with functional medicine practitioners. Naturopathic medicine and functional medicine approaches involve encouraging people to greater health by comprehensively assessing the diet, lifestyle, mood & wellbeing, biochemical individuality and environmental influences that can impact health.  Reema is committed to investigating and identifying the causes of imbalances in the body and providing strategies and plans toachieve optimal health and wellbeing.

Reema’s treatment modalities encompass individualised herbal medicine, custom nutraceutical supplementation, dietary guidance and lifestyle recommendations. Naturopathic practitioners are concerned with the identifying and managing the cause of your health challenges, and focusing treatment on managing the causes and exacerbating factors of your health concern to achieve a longer lasting results. Managing symptoms are important but treating the cause will prolong the positive health outcome.


Areas of interest
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Lyme like illness + Co-infection management
  • Mood – Anxiety, Depression
  • Digestive Health – Reflux, indigestion, chronic constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Chronic fatigue support (general)
  • Post Viral fatigue
  • Chronic infection
  • Chronic Inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS)
  • Systemic Mould toxicity
  • Cardiovascular health – Cholesterol management, reduction in diabetic markers, waist cm reduction
  • Diabetes
  • Pain & Inflammation
  • Preconception + Pregnancy care
  • Eczema, Psoriasis, Allergy
  • Weight loss
  • Women’s health
  • Methylation MTHFR + associated complaints
  • Detoxification
  • Comprehensive functional testing and analysis:  Further Investigation.

Please note that functional tests are not always recommended. Only in cases where it is clinically relevant and useful to your health journey.

Basic Blood testing: To inform a baseline of personal health

Stool testing:  The gut is the seed of general health and investigating into the drivers of gut inflammation such as parasites, candida, bacterial overgrowths and beneficial undergrowths is useful in managing gut health.

Wellbeing DNA testing: DNA testing is the premium standard of preventative health care. Identify and investigate your genetic susceptibilities to disease and imbalance. This testing involves measuring genetic potentials that affect organ function (like MTHFR, Comt, DAO etc.) This gives us a snapshot into your liver, energy metabolism, hormone metabolism, vitamin D status, immune potential, cognitive function and so much more.

Organic Acids:  Suitable to assess how your health condition is affecting your biochemistry and metabolic processes and helps to establish targeted nutritional protocols based on your individual biochemistry.  This gives us an idea of what the problem is systemically and if the imbalance is affecting essential processes in the body and the brain.

Hormone profiles: Female hormonal profiles

Reema also recommends a range of other functional tests depending on your current situation.

Are you interested in testing your personal health genetic profile? Ask Reema at your next consultation.

For more information please see Reema Saab Naturopathy.


Reema’s hours are Monday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Reema is also available at The Grove Health Pymble on Wednesday and Friday.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Emily Rose Yates BHsc (Nat), Adv Dip Herb Med, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Hom

Emily Rose YatesEmily has developed an evidence based approach to Naturopathic Medicine to ensure measured and accurate outcomes.  She works closely with the medical model, GP’s & specialists to improve patient outcomes.

Emily is passionate about supporting women to be the best they can be for themselves, their partners and the planet. Emily has been practising for 10 years and uses her naturopathic skills and knowledge to effect change physically, mentally and spiritually.

Emily is the mother of three beautiful boys and is passionate about supporting mothers and their families to thrive. For more information on Emily visit her website.

Areas of interest


  • Fertility & IVF support
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Low energy
  • Digestive concerns
  • Parasitic infections
  • Lowered immunity
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Anxiety & depression
  • PTSD
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Headaches


  • Morning sickness
  • Fatigue
  • Supporting mum’s gut flora to ensure better quality of the baby’s microbiome
  • Sleep issues
  • Nutritional Support
  • Ailments in pregnancy
  • Labour & birth support with homoeopathy and herbal medicine
  • Post-natal support
  • Breastfeeding support


  • Atopic conditions such as eczema & asthma
  • Lowered immunity
  • Naturopathic support for vaccinations
  • Healthy eating
  • Digestive imbalances
  • Parasites, bacterial imbalances, constipation, loose stools
  • ADHD & spectrum disorders
  • Introduction to solids
  • Recurrent infections (ear, throat, lungs)

Emily is available on Tuesdays 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.

Fernanda Cavalari B.H.Sc. (TCM) – UTS Sydney, CHt

Fernanda CavalariFernanda Cavalari is a Hypnotherapist, Counsellor and Chinese Medicine Practitioner (Acupuncturist and Herbalist), member of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association – IMDHA, USA.

Her approach to treatment includes examining and modifying lifestyle factors through hypnosis, acupuncture and counselling with the aim to resolve the causes of your health and emotional challenges.

Fernanda has worked extensively with hypnosis and has found it to be a very effective therapy in assisting the body in healing itself from dis-ease, stress, anxiety, aches and pains, and a myriad of imbalances in the body and mind.

Your unconscious mind holds the patterns, which cause your issues – but also holds the solutions that you are looking for. Hypnotherapy is about tapping into your internal resources to free yourself from the past, resolve problems and challenges and find solutions for what you are struggling with.

Hypnosis works directly with the subconscious mind. Acupuncture affects the parasympathetic nervous system. Counselling complements both hypnosis and acupuncture to achieve very powerful healing outcomes.

Consultations in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Services can be claimable on private health insurance.

Areas of interest
  • Aches and pains / arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Chronic fatigue / fibromyalgia
  • Conflict
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Feelings of not being successful
  • Feelings of not going anywhere in life
  • Frigidity
  • Grief / sadness / anger
  • Hearing impairments
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of coordination
  • Locomotor difficulties
  • Low immunity
  • Migraines / headaches
  • Not feeling good enough
  • Poor memory / brain fog
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sexual dysfunctions
  • Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, allergies)
  • Stress
  • Submissive behaviour
  • Tinnitus (ear ringing)

Fernanda is available on Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Linda Macintyre BAppSc (Physio), CertAcup APAM RCST

Linda MacintyreLinda Macintyre is a Physiotherapist and Craniosacral Therapist with 20 years’ experience in private practice in Australia, the UK, India and Kenya.  She embraces a holistic approach to healthcare, integrating both mainstream and complementary therapies, and is one of the very few Physiotherapists in Australia specialising in Craniosacral Therapy.

Her treatments aim to enhance the body’s natural ability for self-repair, by releasing restrictions or imbalances within the Craniosacral system.  This system is comprised of the membranes and fluid (CSF) that surround and nourish the brain and spinal cord, in addition to the bones of the skull (cranium) down to the tailbone (sacrum).

Linda treats babies, children and adults, and has a special interest in working with trauma, PTSD and patterns of overwhelm.  She treats craniofacial issues, such as TMJ (jaw) symptoms, headaches, migraines, tinnitus and sinusitis, and has extensive experience working with babies and children, especially following difficult births.

Her treatments may also include posture and biomechanical assessment, manual therapy, acupuncture, exercise prescription, Clinical Pilates and Yoga.

Linda believes strongly in a multi-faceted and progressive approach to healthcare, working closely with GPs, specialists, psychologists, naturopaths, dentists and orthodontists.  She attends regular post-graduate courses both in Australia and overseas.

Areas of interest
  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • TMJ/jaw pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Tinnitus
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Motor-coordination impairments
  • Digestive disorders and colic
  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis

 Linda’s hours are Mondays 9:00am – 5:00pm

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.

Nicole Morrissey RN, BN (USYD), GradCert Acute Care Nursing, AdvDip Nut Med (ACNT)

Nicole MorrisseyNicole has worked as a Registered Nurse for 14 years over a variety of acute health care settings encompassing emergency care, cardiovascular, neurological, infectious diseases as well as many others.

From her experience she has learned the importance of competence, connection and patient centeredness as crucial to delivering effective health care and additionally, the necessity to the person as a whole. Nicole decided to further her studies to explore ways to effectively treat and prevent illness and disease, leading her to nutrition.

Nicole commenced her nutritional studies in 2015, recently completing her advanced diploma. She is enthusiastic to be a part of the team approach to assist in illness recovery and promote vitality by using food as medicine.

She is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health and really believes that no medicine, natural or otherwise will supersede the importance of proper nutrition.

Areas of interest
  • Auto immune conditions
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cholesterol management
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Detoxification support
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Healthy Aging
  • Mood disorders
  • Sports nutrition
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Ways to be healthy in a busy lifestyle
  • Weight loss

Nicole’s hours are Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.

Peter van der Sande Lacoste

Peter van der Sande LacostePeter is a Musculo-Skeletal and Holistic Health Specialist whose focus is in helping clients get to the cause of unresolved pain and injuries (instead of treating symptoms only).

Peter offers manual therapy, which includes visceral (organ) manipulation, cranio-sacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and injection techniques for pain resolution.

Stretches and exercises (from the renowned C.H.E.K. Institute) are frequently included, providing the individual with tools to assist their resolution process.

Peter works with all ages, and from those with pain and injuries to professional athletes.


Areas of interest:
  • Musculo-Skeletal pain and dysfunction
  • Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching
  • Psycho-Somatic Therapy

Samantha Crichton Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, International Health Coach, LLB, BBus

Samantha CrichtonSamantha Crichton is a certified Health Coach who works with people from all walks of life to help them enhance their health and wellbeing. Samantha is particularly passionate about working with mums and business executives. Her goal is to help her clients be the healthiest they can be.

Samantha is committed to providing her clients with the ongoing support; guidance and accountability that they need to make sustainable lifestyle changes and achieve their health goals. As a mother to 2 young children and a corporate lawyer for the last 12 years, Samantha has a deep understanding of both the challenges of motherhood and the demands of working in large corporates.

Samantha takes a thorough and holistic approach to health coaching, working closely with her clients to discover what type of food, exercise and lifestyle modifications work best for their body and lifestyle.

Samantha values the importance of working collaboratively with doctors and other medical professionals to help clients successfully implement lasting health and lifestyle changes.

 Areas of interest
  • Lifestyle coaching
  • Implementation of protocols
  • Food allergies and intolerances and dietary modifications
  • Family wellbeing (including children)
  • Executive health

Samantha’s hours are Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Sylvia Tarchalska Certified MINDD/Functional Medicine Health Coach (FMCHC), Bachelor of Commerce

Sylvia TarchalskaSylvia Tarchalska is a certified MINDD/ Functional Medicine Health Coach. Her mission is to help clients and their families feel better and whole again – back to what a good life looks like for the patient. She works as part of the team of practitioners at The Grove Health Bondi.

In this role she helps clients facilitate behaviour change by working with them to understand their motivations for change and co-create a realistic goal-based plan to implement the Doctors recommended protocol.

Depending on where the client is at, this can involve motivational interviewing, character strength analysis, protocol translation and targeting lifestyle modification including sleep, stress response, hydration, physical activity and shopping habits.  This process aims to achieve lasting positive change for clients, by helping them realign values and behaviours.

As they journey toward better health, Sylvia aims to guide, support, nurture and empower patients to discover the “why” part of the need for changes and then the “how”.

Sylvia’s journey to becoming a Health Coach began after the birth of her first child in 2009. Having worked in the finance industry at Merrill Lynch/BofA as a portfolio trader for 16 years in Australia and Hong Kong, she faced a raft of chronic health issues that needed to be understood and addressed.  This led her initially to the works of Weston a Price and in more recent years to retrain as a functional medicine health coach to take back control of her own health. She works every Tuesday in the clinic but is available most days with notice.

Areas of interest
  • Executive health
  • Parents health
  • Children’s Health
  • Overcoming Overwhelm
  • Interpreting protocols

Sylvia’s hours are Tuesday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

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