- Our Team


Dr. Donald Palmer

Dr. Donald Palmer – Doctor

MBChB, FRNZCGP, Dip.Obs&MedGynae • Family Medicine • Anthroposophic Medicine • Complementary and Nutritional Medicine • Biodynamic Impulsation/Myofascial Release Donald is a general practitioner who has worked in Christchurch since 2010. He qualified from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) in 1997, where he studied further in Biodynamic Impulsation/myofascial release, nutrition and therapeutic movement (Martial Arts and Pilates). He later completed a Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology before entering General Practice. Donald has a keen interest in holistic, patient-centred medicine committed to human development and growth through the illness experience.





Dr Edward Wright

Dr Edward Wright


Edd grew up in the UK and trained at Barts and the London Medical School. Having been a Bristol based GP for seven years, he decided to move to Christchurch for a number of reasons, including the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and to be closer to his partners side of the family. He enjoys being a GP due to the variety, but also the continuity of care it allows.


Rata Midwives

Rata Midwives

Rata Midwives is a well established respected practice of midwives who specialise in avoiding unnecessary interventions and primary, beautifully rewarding births. Our partnerships with women are based on respect, trust, legacy and care grounded in evidence. Our low rates of Caesarean sections, high rates of home and primary births and successful breastfeeding women make us proud and fill us with joy and passion for our work. For more information look on our website www.ratamidwives.co.nz or contact us at ratamidwives@gmail.com.

Anita Roy Chaudhuri

Anita Roy Chaudhuri – Nutritionist

Anita Roy Chaudhuri


BHSc, DipPhyt, PGDipHealSci (Human Nutrition)

Anita is Passionate about inspiring, motivating and guiding clients towards heathy eating. Consultations provide individualized dietary advice and solutions specific to client’s needs, with an emphasis on wholefoods. Anita works with a variety of areas including Women’s health, IBS, food allergy and intolerance, weight management and inflammation.

Anita has worked as a Practitioner of Complementary health care for over 20 years. Initially Training and graduating as a Medical Herbalist in the UK in 1992, she then went on to obtain a degree in health science majoring in Human Nutrition and Complementary medicine, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition form the University of Otago. Anita has worked in private practice in Christchurch for 15 years.

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Stephen Roigard

Stephen Roigard – Holistic Health and Wellness


Bachelor’s Degree in Naturopathic Science

Diploma in Medical Herbalism

Diploma in Holistic Nutrition

Certifications in Massage, Personal Training and Yoga

Stephen Roigard has been working within the health and fitness industry for over 20 years and is an experienced and skilful holistic wellness professional.  His passion is to inspire others to take control of their health and life situation.  Stephen's combined qualifications and skills are evidence of his commitment and excitement for holistic health and well-being.  Utilising functional medicine, Stephen has helped numerous people overcome/improve various illnesses and diseases that conventional medicine often views as lifelong/untreatable conditions.

Stephen enjoys giving educational lectures and talks around the Canterbury region promoting the holistic health industry and giving the public general, practical and effective tools to regain health and optimal wellbeing.  In a one-on-one session with Stephen, he fully assesses your particular lifestyle and health needs in a detailed consultation and suggests the correct remedies/daily habits you require for healing.  He views each person as an individual and understands that everyone is unique and each person does not necessarily respond the same way as others to certain treatments, nutritional or lifestyle plans.  Stephen works with clients suffering from a range of conditions - from low energy and frequent illness to chronic/auto-immune conditions.

For more information or to make an online booking visit the Holistic Health & Wellness website.

Sarah Wisson

Sarah Wisson – Osteopath

Sarah is a UK trained Registered Osteopath. Over the past 10 years Sarah has worked in the UK, in numerous practices, running her own practice in Bedford, and has worked for various professional sports clubs. For the last 6 years she has been in Christchurch in her private practice alongside Emma.


Her main Osteopathic focus is on Paediatric and Obstetrics, Sports injuries and Animals. (UK trained) Sarah for the past 7 years has divided her week into human and animal clients.In 2006 Sarah became an examiner for the Osteopathic council.

Elena Vornik

Elena Vornik – Practitioner

Dip. Med., MNZLA (not a registered Medical Practitioner in New Zealand) • Magnetic Laser Therapy Elena graduated from Medical University in Russia in 1981 with a degree in general practice, including complementary medicine and healing. Following 7 years of practice as a GP, she specialized as an Ear-Nose & Throat specialist and was working in that field for 7 years. In 1995 Elena immigrated to New Zealand. She decided not to complete her New Zealand medical registration. In 2001 she began a career as a Laser Therapist. She had already studied Laser Therapy in Russia, as part of her medical degree. Since then Elena has combined her vast skill and experience as a Medical Doctor and complementary therapist in her practice as a Magnetic Laser Therapist. She uses her knowledge to assist people to optimize their health.

Rita Noetzel

Rita Noetzel – Practitioner

Diplomas in Massage Therapy, Rhythmical Massage and Beauty Therapy.

Rita is also a certified Dr. Hauschka Esthetician.


• Therapeutic massage

• Swedish massage

• Rhythmical massage

• Deep tissue massage

• Reflexology

• Dr. Hauschka® Treatments

• Bioptron Light Therapy

• Jane Iredale Mineral make up stockist and consultant

• A range of other beauty therapy treatments are available on request


Rita Noetzel has diplomas in Therapeutic Massage, Rhythmical Massage and is also a qualified Dr. Hauschka Aesthetician. She has been involved in complementary medicine since 1987 and offers a wide range of treatments which are tailored to the client’s specific needs.


Massage therapy has proven to be useful for a wide range of conditions – some of which are – stress relief, muscle tension, depression, RSI, headaches, sciatica and arthritis. The effect on the physical body reflects in the mental wellbeing of the person as well.


Rita uses a holistic approach to wellness and also co-founded and helps to run, The Clown Doctors New Zealand charitable trust - where humour is used in hospitals for a therapeutic purpose and to promote health.

Simone Hamblett

Simone Hamblett – Practitioner

BA Eurythmy/Dance

Full teachers registration NZ

Dipl. in Eurythmy Therapy


I have studied Eurythmy in Germany and Holland and live since 1995 in NZ. I have two almost adult aged children and am a teacher of Eurythmy at the Rudolf Steiner School Otautahi since the year 1999.


Since then I have taught many classes and given talks for teachers and parents on the theme of Eurythmy and its educational and therapeutic benefits.


In 2012 I began the study of Eurythmy Therapy and have completed this in 2014.


Since 2015 I also hold a certificate as a "Peter Hess Sound massage practitioner" (Germany).


I work as a movement therapist at the Helios integrative medical centre with individual adults, small groups and children.

Rachel Parr

Rachel Parr – Antroposophic Nursing Services

Rachel Parr - Registered Nurse, Anthroposophical Nurse

Diploma of Nursing (Comprehensive), Bachelor of Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma of Holistic Health


Rachel has 30 years nursing experience, working in the areas of paediatrics and rural practice nursing.

She nurses from the realisation that each of us are influenced and affected by our social and environmental background, along with our life stage and daily habits.

All of these elements have an impact on our physical, mental and/or spiritual health at any given time.


Her nursing approach is to work with each person to find ways to support and strengthen their natural regenerative ability.


One way is with Rhythmical Einreibungen. This is a very gentle, rhythmical type of massage that was developed in Germany by Dr Ita Wegman and Dr Margarethe Haushke.

It has been found to be particularly beneficial for those living with chronic conditions and for those who are looking for mental health support.


Rachel is also trained in the use of herbal preparations, that can be applied to the skin, to help to restore balance to the person as a whole.


Mary Winchester

Mary Winchester – Womens Health Physio

Mary Winchester NZRPT

Mary Winchester is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist who has a holistic approach to her care.

Mary completed her Physiotherapy training in 1992. She then worked as a general physiotherapist in several hospitals. For the last 10 years Mary has specialised in Women’s Health Physiotherapy at the Christchurch Women’s hospital.

Mary is married with 3 children.

She now runs a private clinic at Helios Health.

For more information visit: Womens Health Physio




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