Rae Powys Naturopathy
I am a university qualified Naturopath and Exercise Physiologist, mother, wife, sports coach… not unlike most women in business – many hats to enjoy! I spent several years studying Science, Human Biology and Physiology at UWA followed by Nutrition studies at Curtin.
Initially I had aspirations of becoming a Sports Dietitian, however I soon realised that I wanted to work with a more holistic and individualised approach with clients – and not focus entirely on diet!
I had discovered and become very interested in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and an Integrative approach to health so I decided – what’s another few years of HECS debt! I went on to study Naturopathy, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine while working as an Exercise Physiologist with an Injury rehabilitation company in Perth.
Fast-forward 14 years and here I am living with my husband and 2 kids in the gorgeous Great Southern working in my own clinical practice as a Naturopath.
I previously opened a clinic and wellness shop in Denmark (Herbal Tonic) which I worked in for 6 years. I recently however downsized to join a group of allied health practitioners at the Denmark Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic in Denmark, allowing me to focus more on the clinical side of the business and free up a day a week to now practice in a new space in Albany.
My modalities include herbal medicine and nutrition while also helping to establish healthy lifestyle practices including effective and enjoyable exercise.
I enjoy working integratively with a wonderful team of medical practitioners in the Great Southern to ultimately achieve the very best in health and wellness for my clients. I have a special interest in digestive disorders and thyroid health and attend a number of training conferences each year to keep up to date with the latest research and treatments available for these conditions.
What advantage do you have being a woman in business?
Working with many other mothers as clients, I find it is very important to know what life is REALLY like on the home and hormone front! In the health and wellness industry there are many ideals – especially when it comes to maintaining optimum health. The perfect food and eating plans, perfect exercise and relaxation balance. Often, these ideals just are not practical. I love the challenge of helping find a real balance for busy women to ultimately allow them and their families enjoy the very the best in health and wellbeing that is achievable for them.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Finding that perfect work / family / home / recreation balance. I realise there is no such thing as the ‘perfect’ balance. My work schedule is constantly changing as I continue work at finding what works best for myself, my family and my clients – trying to keep everyone happy! Just as I think I’ve found the balance, the kids find a new sport!
How do you achieve your work-life balance?
I love to run. That is my passion and I find the perfect way to get into a good headspace, enjoy the fresh outdoors and time with friends in our very special part of the world. I find running not only time effective (just throw on the runners and I’m out the door), it gives me great thinking time and I can work it around kids activities and allow plenty of family time.
Best lesson you have learned?
You can’t please everyone. All you can do is to give your clients your absolute best. Never stop learning and share what you know.
What message would you deliver to young women considering a business career?
Plan ahead. Align yourself with a mentor to ensure you dive into such a commitment with all the advice and understanding you need to make it work. Then, just commit and do it! You don’t want to regret not giving something a go- if you don’t do it, someone else will.
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If I had my time again I would…
… not have given my mother so much grief as a teenager!
Rae Powys Naturopathy
Consulting from two locations in the Great Southern:
- Strickland St, Denmark (Denmark Chiropractic Clinic)
- Aberdeen St, Albany (The Temple)
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