The use of acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and Tui Na massage techniques, accompanied by our extensive onsite dispensary onsite providing tailored herbal prescriptions, can assist individuals in exploring options and to achieve balance and well-being.

Nicola Macdonald (Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Dip TCM.Adv Cert China MHlthSc(TCM))

Nicola managed her own successful private practice in Sydney before accepting an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ to work for Canyon Ranch Spa Club on the Queen Mary 2.

After a five year adventure on the high seas treating and educating people on the benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Nicola returned to Australia at the end of 2008. Nicola worked at Acupuncture IVF Support Clinic in Maroubra, Sydney, until relocating to Brisbane in 2009 to take up the role of Senior Acupuncturist at the Acupuncture and Natural Therapy Centre West End.

In June 2009 Nicola opened her own business, Acupuncture Emporium, operating from two locations: West End and Indigo Health for Mind & Body at Mount Gravatt. In January 2013 Nicola purchased the Acupuncture and Natural therapy Centre from Phil Vanderzeil and has continued his legacy to provide the community with an excellent complementary health clinic. Nicola now also manages the Safflower clinic in Newhaven and has permanently moved into the Bass Coast Shire.

Nicola’s philosophy, to really listen to clients and give them time to share their health concerns with empathy and compassion, is key to effective practice. Continuing professional education is also imperative to keep abreast of the latest research and innovations in both Allied Health and Western Medicine. Nicola’s passion is ‘to bring this Ancient Medicine into the Modern world’.

Special interest areas:

  • reproductive system including hormonal balancing, fertility, pregnancy care and after birth management
  • treating children of all ages (starting from 6 months)
  • acute viral infections, auto-immune disorders and long-term unresolved allergies and migraines
  • digestive disorders and pain
  • mental health concerns such as stress and anxiety related conditions
Nicola is a certified 350-hour yoga teacher with Yoga Australia in Hatha yoga with extra certifications in kids yoga, prenatal yoga, restorative yoga, and yoga Nidra. Nicola opened Yoga Connect Shen on July 2018 in Brisbane and will be bringing the studio to San Remo in 2109/20.

Professional Qualifications and Training:


  • Masters of Health Science in Chinese Medicine 2016
  •  Yoga Australia certified 350-hour yoga teacher
  • Graduated with High Distinctions in TCM from Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1999.
  • Completed an Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Intern at Nanjing 1st Affiliated Hospital, Nanjing, China, in 2000.
  • Certified in Advanced Constitutional Facial Renewal Acupuncture. (Mary Elizabeth Wakefield)
  • Certified in Level 1 and 2 Acutonics (Donna Carey).


Book your appointment with Nicola now.

Naomi Tew (Bachelor of Science and Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (BHSc. TCM.))

Naomi has recently joined the Safflower team. She has come from her own private practice in Bass Coast where she has worked and lived for the past seventeen years.

Naomi is compassionate and gentle, she listens carefully and is thorough and attentive to one’s needs and health concerns.

Naomi brings to her practice perspective, wisdom, and a depth of understanding. Through times of challenge and transition, Naomi provides support and insight for balance and well-being.

Special interest areas:

  • mental health including anxiety and depression
  • obstetrics and gynecology including fertility and hormone balancing
  • children and adolescents
  • auto-immune disorders
  • long term allergies and migraines
  • dermatology

Professional Qualifications and Training:

  • Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese Medicine at Southern School of Natural Therapies
  • Diploma of Yoga Teaching (500 hours) at Victorian Institute of Yoga Education and
    Teacher Training (VIYETT)
  • Currently completing Zen Shiatsu at Australian Shiatsu College

Book your appointment with Naomi now.

Dr Drew Merefield (Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science Chinese Medicine)

Originally from the beaches in Perth, Dr Drew recently made the move to Phillip Island and is excited about joining the amazing team at Safflower Chinese Medicine Clinic.

Drew has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science Chinese Medicine at Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne, and is both an Acupuncturist and a Chinese Herbalist and Dispenser. As such, not only can Drew prescribe patent herbal medicines, he can also mix herbal formulas based on a client’s specific requirements.

While Drew is skilled in treating a wide range of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, he also treats many common ailments like common cold, poor immunity, digestive issues, women’s health, fertility, diabetes, eczema, neurological tremors, and has a special interest in helping people suffering from anxiety and depression.

Dr Drew is also a Qualified Personal Trainer, C.H.E.K. Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach and martial artist (Kung Fu, Judo, Ju Jitsu, Boxing). Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, Drew worked as a technician in the entertainment industry and ran his own film studio. He is an avid advocate for the arts and enjoys working with artists and creators of all types.

With this massive wealth of life experience Drew is keen to get you back out there doing what you love to do.

Book your appointment with Dr Drew now.

Brigitte Linder (Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine AdvDip Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dip Tui Na, Dip of Canonical Chinese Medicine, AdvCert 5 element acupuncture)

Brigitte is currently on a Sabbatical whilst she does her Masters in 2021. She might make some guest appearances so stay tuned…

Michael Hakaraia

Michael Is a qualified yoga teacher, and certified traditional Maori massage therapist (Miri Miri).

Michaels passion for traditional therapies has been influenced by his cultural background.

A passionate musician, Michael likes to integrate his music into both therapies.

He is currently offering traditional Miri Miri massage and relaxation massage from both Safflower Chinese Medicine Clinic and Island Healing.

For more information please call Michael on 0452 579 758.


Nikki Stanes (BA Social Work (Hons.), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.))

Nikki is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She has 20 years experience as a social worker predominantly in a counselling role. Nikki has specialised as a sexual assault counsellor for the majority of her career. Her experience has included leadership and providing supervision. She works with women, men, adolescents and children. Nikki is passionate about giving clients a space to feel safe to speak their truth and build on their strengths. She believes in a holistic approach to recovery and working collaboratively.

Nikki is able to see clients for up to 10 sessions under a GP Mental Health Plan. She will see clients under Victims of Crime and prepare reports for this. She also provides supervision to professionals in the sector.

Specialty areas:

  • Trauma, depression and anxiety
  • Sexual assault and family violence
  • Children and adolescents

Contact Nikki on 0408 382 046 to inquire about her services and book your first appointment.

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