BHSc (Nat) MNHAA
Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist
Dr. Jason Hawrelak GIT Fellowship Program Senior Associate
Jessica has long been interested in health and is passionate about getting to the root of health concerns as well as practicing holistically. She thrives on assisting people to reach optimum health and to stay well, rather than just helping them when they become sick.
Jessica’s gentle, calm and warm nature helps her patients to feel at ease. Recognising that health is often woven into lifestyle and life circumstances, she uses compassion and empathy to navigate a deeper understanding of each patient’s unique situation.
After completing a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) in Melbourne, Jessica moved to Bristol, in the United Kingdom, where she began clinical practice in a multi-modality clinic.
Working in the United Kingdom strengthened her practice by exposing her to a different culture around health. She enjoyed navigating this with her patients by identifying where they were at in the present moment and moving toward better health in manageable, educational and supported steps.
Her passion for educating and empowering patients to take charge of their health led her to develop a 6 week course in vegetarian and vegan nutrition, which she ran with great success within the community of Bristol.
It was the opportunity to work with Dr. Jason Hawrelak as a part of his Fellowship program, expanding her knowledge and passion for the gastrointestinal system and microbiome, that drew Jessica back to her home state of Tasmania, Australia in early 2018.
Jessica is fascinated by the effect of the microbiome on human health and the complex nature of many of the cases she sees. Understanding the interplay between food, the microbiome, and health has led her into designing and making recipes to not only nourish the human cells but the microbiota too.
In her spare time Jessica has been enjoying putting her hiking boots back on and re-acquainting herself with the natural beauty our wild-island has to offer.