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Kingsland, Auckland
09-849 4488

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MEET OUR PRACTITIONERS

Tonic Room is home to a variety of Auckland’s leading Natural Health professionals.

Tonic Room practitioners specialise in a wide variety of modalities all of which address any current issues to help people achieve their health goals. All our practitioners are passionate about supporting and educating people to ensure they have the knowledge and understanding to do this. Please review the profiles of our practitioners below and phone or email to make an appointment.

our Practitioners

Dr Nicky Baillie

Integrative Medicine | General Practitioner | Medical Herbalist | Natural Fertility Management | Mind Body Medicine

MBChB, FRNZCGP, Dip Herb Med, MNZAMH, Dip Int Psych (Hakomi), CHT.


Nicky is an Integrative GP and Medical Herbalist with a special interest in Mind Body medicine. She also has an Advanced Certificate in Natural Fertility Management and is Medical Director of the International College of Herbal Medicine.  Nicky developed a passion for more holistic approaches to health during her medical training. She completed a Diploma in Herbal Medicine in 1996, and trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in the USA in 2004. She has also completed a Diploma in Integrative Psychology (Hakomi) in 2008, a form of Mind Body psychotherapy, and certified as a Hakomi Therapist in 2013.

Nicky has been working for over 20 years offering a holistic, patient-centered approach to a wide range of people, which includes herbal, nutritional, environmental and mindbody approaches. She now practices Integrative Medicine from Tonic Room in Kingsland, Auckland, integrating complementary approaches with her conventional medical training to offer a holistic health service.

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At the core of Nicky’s practice is the belief that embracing and exploring all aspects of health is essential for optimal wellbeing.

Herbal Medicine today is both a science and an art. Modern research is combining with traditional knowledge to confirm and expand safe and effective guidelines for the use of plants as medicine. Herbal medicine is increasingly making its mark as a valid treatment option for a range of conditions including:

• Women’s health
• Children’s health
• Cancer
• Auto-Immune conditions
• Migraines 
• Depression, anxiety and insomnia
• Asthma and chronic lung disease
• Acne and eczema
• Digestive disorders
• Heart disease
• Chronic fatigue 
• Disease prevention.

Nicky has a special interest in supporting people with cancer, both during conventional cancer treatments, and afterwards to support optimal health and wellbeing.

Natural Fertility Management is a comprehensive programme using nutritional and herbal medicines, detoxification, stress management and timing techniques. This programme encompasses preconception care, conscious conception, overcoming fertility problems and optimising reproductive health.

Mind Body Medicine explores the relationship between our thoughts, our feelings, our bodies and our health. These inseparable aspects have a profound effect on how we respond to the challenges that life offers us. Mindful awareness is beneficial to every person, but particularly so for those suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, grief, chronic pain or chronic illness.

 Hakomi Therapy is a form of psychotherapy, a mindfulness-based approach to understanding ourselves.

The holistic way in which Nicky works is at all times informed and guided by her extensive experience within the medical system including her many years working as a GP.

Nicky works from Tonic Room on Wednesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment or for further enquiries please phone reception on (09) 849 4488 or send us an email

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Dr Kelly Kerrisk

DClinPsych, BA(Hons), MNZCCP

Kelly is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has a background in working with adolescents, families, and adults across a range of settings in both the public and private sector. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Auckland and is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP), of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa (PADA), and of Psychosocial Oncology New Zealand (PONZ).

Kelly has a warm, empathic, and compassionate style, and believes in a holistic and integrative approach to wellbeing. Kelly works collaboratively with clients to support them in making sense of the experiences they are facing, working through 'stuck' points, identifying resources and solutions, and achieving meaningful and sustained change.

Kelly is trained in a range of evidence-based assessment and therapy approaches and works to tailor these to meet the needs of each client. Approaches include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy, Family & Systemic Work, and Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Kelly is experienced in working with adolescents and adults facing issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and adjustment, parenting and family issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), emotion regulation difficulties, trauma/attachment issues, and self esteem.

Kelly also has a special interest in family and women's health including breast cancer support and maternal mental health issues such as ante/post-natal anxiety and depression, IVF, miscarriage, grief, and birth trauma.

Kelly works from Tonic Room every Thursday. To make an appointment or for further enquiries please phone reception on (09) 849 4488 or send us an email.  

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Sarinah Hurford

** CURRENTLY ON MATERITY LEAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER 2020 **

ND, BNat, Dip MedHerb

Sarinah Hurford has a degree in Naturopathic Medicine and is also a qualified Medical Herbalist and Massage Therapist with over 10 years of experience working in the health industry in NZ, France and the UK. Her mission is to educate and inspire her clients to live life to the fullest with a healthy body and happy mindset. She has helped people with a wide range of health conditions and most commonly sees clients with digestive complaints, anxiety, weight-challenges, skin troubles and hormone imbalances. She believes wholesome nutrition and good digestion form the foundation for great health.

Sarinah has a special interest in Endocrine health and helping clients with adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues. She integrates the use of functional testing for a greater insight into the cause of various conditions and a thorough understanding of her client’s overall health picture. Comprehensive testing can be done through blood, saliva, urine, hair and stool analysis. Specimens are sent for investigation at high-tech laboratories for accurate results. There are a wide range of test services available including food intolerance, hormone and neurotransmitter testing.

During an initial 60-90 minute consultation, Sarinah will listen to your health story and offer realistic and personalised nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to suit your needs. She will also advice you of the most effective herb and supplement options where required.

Alongside Naturopathic consultations, Sarinah offers deep-tissue, relaxation and hot-stone massage therapy. She has worked in 5 star resorts and treated celebrities and elite athletes from around the world. Sarinah can help you discover the benefits of a firm pressure to alleviate pain and muscular tension or help you unwind with a light-medium pressure and the warmth from basalt stones to sooth away nervous and physical tension.

“Everyday I meet people who struggle with their weight and suffer from mood swings, fatigue, low-libido and sleep deprivation. Despite eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, many people feel trapped, as they don’t understand the missing piece of their health puzzle. The critical link is the hormonal system, which regulates the functioning of the entire body and dictates the way we feel on an emotional and physical level.

Common hormonal imbalances involve low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance, estrogen/testosterone dominance and neurotransmitter deficiencies. These imbalances can lead to a wide range of health disorders including anxiety, depression, insomnia, diabetes, chronic fatigue, hair-loss, PMS, menopausal distress and digestive complaints.

It is truly amazing to witness the health transformations people make when they discover which hormones are out of balance and learn which herbs, nutrients and lifestyle changes can help them regain their health and happiness”.

Sarinah works from Tonic Room every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with late nights on Thursdays and Fridays. To make an appointment or for further enquiries please phone reception on (09) 849 4488 or send us an email

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Denise Melton

BNaMed

Denise Melton is an registered Naturopath and Medical Herbalist with over 5 years experience, she gained her degree in Natural Medicine from South Pacific College of Natural Medicine in Auckland.

Denise will help you ignite the natural healing process of your mind, body, and spirit so that you can feel whole again.  With a special interest in the relationship between the mind or emotional body with our immune, nervous and endocrine systems or physical body and the implications for overall health.  Denise’s experience lies in using natural medicine to ameliorate depression and anxiety, fatigue, and sleep problems, improve hormonal health in both men and women, as well as aid in weight loss and digestive concerns. 

Denise is passionate about building the best holistic wellness options for you, as you are unique and always changing, meaning every individual is different, with unique health needs based upon their genetics, lifestyle, age, stress levels, childhood diet, pharmaceutical history, and current state of health. Where appropriate she may recommend the use of  functional testing or hair tissue mineral analysis to help in pinpointing underlying issues.

Denise works from Tonic Room every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, with some late night appointments available. To make an appointment or for further enquiries please phone reception on (09) 849 4488 or send us an email.

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Natasha Lubas

BNatMed (Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine), BSc (Psychology), MNZAMH 

Natasha has spent the last nine years immersing herself in holistic health and wellness; exploring traditional and evidence-based practices of naturopathy, herbal medicine, psychology and reiki. She believes in the inherent relationship between humans and nature, that we can achieve remarkable outcomes and sustainable wellness when we look to nature as our source of medicine. 

Natasha has found her passion supporting others on their journey to becoming their most vibrant self. She believes that we can all achieve our own expression of great health, especially when we feel empowered to embrace our own health-care. Natasha helps clients attune to their individual needs, to recognise and understand their symptoms without judgement. Naturopathic medicine is preventative in nature and Natasha believes it is equally important to support to clients looking to enrich their health and wellbeing, as it is to support and address clients’ root cause of presenting symptoms. 

Natasha takes a holistic approach to healthcare and believes that it is simple things practiced daily that can have the greatest impression on our life. She believes in enjoying life’s pleasures, that simplistic, personalised living cultivates lasting wellness; consuming delicious whole foods, moving our body in a way that we enjoy and having a connection to our community and environment.  

Through the utilisation of herbal medicine and supplementation, food as medicine and environmental modification, Natasha allows her clients to support their own innate healing power and achieve optimum wellness. Natasha effortlessly inspires positive change in the people she meets.

Natasha works from Tonic Room on the clinic floor every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Please call or pop into see her for any questions.  To make an immunity/stress appointment or for further enquiries please phone reception on (09) 849 4488 or send us an email

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Lauren Ryburn

Lauren is a qualified Holistic Spa Therapist, specializing in Facials, Massage & Reiki natural healing.

She has a deep passion for holistic wellness and believes that the way to finding peace & harmony within is by nourishing our mind, body and soul collectively. 

With over 12 years experience in the Beauty & Wellness industry, Lauren has worked in a number of different environments all over the world. From London, UK to most recently having spent 6 years as a Spa therapist onboard a range of different Luxury Superyachts, sailing various corners the globe.

During her time overseas she discovered and learnt many healing methods & techniques from different countries and different cultures.  She takes pleasure in combining these techniques to bring a bespoke infusion of therapies into each and every treatment she preforms. 

As a Holistic Facialist she thrives in watching the skin transform by harnessing the power of nature and using plant botanicals to support & nourish the skin.

“The skin is the largest and most visible organ in our body, it can be a direct reflection of what is going on inside of us. When our skin is out of balance, we can feel disheartened and lose our confidence and our sparkle. That’s why it is so important that we feed and nourish our skin holistically so we can step into the world each day with our heads held high.”

One of Lauren’s deepest passions is for Massage. 

“Massage and human touch is one of the most powerful ancient methods of soothing and healing the mind, body and soul.” 

Lauren has an innate understanding of the body and what it needs in order to flourish and thrive. Her intuitive ability allows her to heal and nurture the body back into harmony & balance. Her calming and soothing touch will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and at peace after every treatment.

Reiki is the cherry on top to Lauren’s range of treatments. It allows her to bring a deeper level of warmth, healing and balance to support her client’s every need.  Reiki gently weaves together and aligns the mind, body and soul by harnessing the power of the universal flow. It restores the flow of energy within the body that allows us to feel balanced and shine bright.

Allow Lauren to support you in your wellness journey by booking in for a Holistic Facial, Massage or Reiki healing session today.

Lauren works from Tonic Room every Tuesday to Saturday, with late nights on Wednesday and Thursdays. 

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Sara de Jong

Sara is an experienced massage therapist capable of a range of massage styles, including relaxation, deep tissue release and hot stone to help bring you back to ease. She is committed to making people feel their best. 

Sara is also a registered osteopath with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology (BASHB) and Master of Osteopathy (MOst). Her vast knowledge of the body guides her approach to massage therapy. 

Sara has an innate passion for holistic health and walks the walk herself. You’ll catch her surfing a wave or weaving down a moutain bike track in her time away from Tonic Room.

She is available at Tonic Room on Tuesday.

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Milly Hart

** CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE 2020 **

Growing up in an environment where Natural Medicine and a holistic lifestyle was a part of everyday life, Milly brings with her a passionate and practical perspective on the natural approach to health and wellbeing.

Milly’s desire to help people look and feel their best led to her studying a diploma in beauty and spa therapies. With ten years of experience in the beauty industry, Milly’s own skin journey and background in holistic philosophy has developed her practice into becoming one of Auckland’s top Holistic Facialists. Also a qualified yoga teacher, Milly has a mindful approach to her facial treatments creating a uniquely nurturing experience.

With intuitive hands, Milly understands the importance of human touch and her facial massage is a mix of gentle and firm, improving tone and circulation, whilst helping products penetrate the skin for the greatest effect.

Milly strongly feels that natural plant based products have the ability to deliver phenomenal effects to the skin. Our Bespoke Facials are suitable for all skin types, whether your concerns are tired lined skin, adult acne, eczema and sensitvity, or you feel like you need hydration and a boost. Using the right plant based products will heal, revitalise and protect your skin so it can shine and reflect your inner beauty. 

Suitable for all matters of the skin, Milly’s bespoke facials are designed for you on the day. Each facial brings an opportunity to find out about your skin health, a space to relax, and a chance to bring your best complexion to the surface.  Milly is also one of only 5 MV Master Facialists in the world and has been trained exclusively under the guidance of Sharon McGlinchey, founder of MV Skincare

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Kiki Chen

BHSc (Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture), NZCMAS

Kiki attained her degree in both Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine from the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine. She holds a bachelor degree of health science in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. She is a member of New Zealand Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Society (NZCMAS ) and NZ Acupunture Standards Authority. She has a passion for pain free treatment and for relieving chronic pain conditions with her gentle style of acupuncture. Her past clinical practice has been within busy medical centres, where she worked alongside the medical teams in treating a wide variety of conditions.  Kiki has great passion for practising acupuncture though a holistic approach to her patients.

Kiki has a particular interest in beauty and skin care, using her skill in facial acupuncture to stimulate blood circulation and evening out skin tone leaving a glowing complexion, improving skin rejuvenation, decreasing wrinkles and increasing collagen reproduction. A natural anti-aging facelift. 

Kiki works at Tonic Room every Tuesday and Saturday. To make an appointment or for further enquires please phone reception on (09) 849 4488.

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