Simone Reddington


Medical Herbalist | Naturopath | Founder of The Apothecary | BA Psych | Dip Herb Med | B Nat Med | MNZAMH

After graduating in Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Simone completed a 3 year Diploma in Herbal Medicine which she started at the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine. She went on to complete the Bachelor in Natural Therapies at the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine. Simone has a particular interest in the science of Herbal Medicine and in particular the research that is coming through in helping to understand the pharmacology of Herbal Medicines. Additionally, Simone has been trained in the live blood analysis technique which allows her to look at a live blood sample and gather further information about your blood. Simone also regularly sends people for blood tests and will happily work with your GP.

Background: Simone’s background in Psychology, Mindfulness Meditation, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine, on top of a scientific and social science perspective on life has made Simone particularly good at helping patients find the root causes of their signs and symptoms which can usually be discovered within the first consultation. Her challenge is to gauge what will work for you to prevent future suffering. Simone also takes the time to educate her patients about what is going on in their body to help people understand their own biochemistry in order to help make the right behaviour changes. Simone’s no nonsense approach suits many people.

Simone specialises in:

  • Mental health – Depression & Anxiety
  • Weight loss – Diabetes & Metabolic syndrome
  • Immune system – Low immunity
  • Cardiovascular Health – High blood pressure
  • Stress – Sleep issues & Burn out
  • Hormones – Period pain, PMS, Endometriosis, PCOS
  • Dietary & lifestyle changes including detoxification programmes

Simone generally takes delight in helping to figure out people’s health problems. Simone also blogs for APOTHECARY NOW and runs EDUCATION talks at The Apothecary.

Availability: Simone is available for booking on Thursday’s & Friday’s until she goes on maternity leave in October 2017. She will return for consultations mid year 2018.

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Sarka Horvathova


Naturopath | Herbalist | Massage Therapist | Dip Nat | Cert Herb | Cert Massage | MNZAMH

Sarka’s love of herbal medicine is evident through Sarka’s deep knowledge of herbs & nutrition which drew her towards training in a Certificate of Herbal Studies. This taught her how to grow, manufacture and apply herbal medicine. She followed this with a Diploma in Naturopathy allowing her to apply this knowledge to her patients health conditions alongside training in nutrition, mineral salts, aromatherapy, massage & other complementary therapies.

Background: Sarka’s foundation is in the sciences. Sarka believes that holistic treatment is the foundation of good health which she herself practices. Sarka’s personal experience with food allergies has taught her the power of good nutrition. She uses a variety of testing procedures to help people discover if allergies and intolerances may be contributing towards their ill health. As you journey down this path with her you will realise that when you eat well and apply good nutrition plus complementary therapies such as Herbal Medicine you too can experience good health.

Sarka specialises in:

  • Allergies – Hayfever, Food Intolerances & Sensitivities
  • Digestive Disorders & Complaints – IBS & IBD
  • Skin Disorders – Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Children’s Health – Ear infections, Eczema, Immunity
  • Pregnancy – Pre-conception & Breastfeeding issues
  • Stress – Anxiety, Depression & Insomnia
  • Musculo-skeletal Issues – Arthritis & Injuries
  • Fatigue – Chronic fatigue & Fibromyalgia
  • Working with your GP to wean off medications (antacids, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, sleeping pills and more).
  • Dietary & lifestyle changes including detoxification programmes

Her other passion and affinity is working with children and babies and their families to regain and maintain overall health and well being. She strongly believes that primarily many children’s ailments and chronic disorders are fully reversible. Her strong attention to detail, patience and persistence also helped those who sought help with very complex, stubborn and chronic disorders

Availability: Sarka is available for consultations every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and alternate weekends and you will find her at the Apothecary also on Wednesdays. She charges $110 per 60-90 minutes.

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Melody Mortiaux


Medical Herbalist | Naturopath | Yoga Teacher | Massage Therapist | BA Soc | B Nat Med | Cert Massage | 500 RYT | MNZAMH

After completing a certification in Sports Management and Exercise prescription at the New Zealand Institute of Sport, Melody then went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree at Canterbury University in Sociology before undertaking her degree in Natural Medicine at the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine. Deciding to travel for a few years Melody took off to the United kingdom and Europe to explore and discover new cultures and people. Upon living abroad Melody gained her yoga teacher training qualification in London 2014 and then in Italy 2016, adding this string to her bow. Melody brings a fresh approach to Naturopathy here at the Apothecary combining the best of her exercise and yoga skills with her herbal and nutritional knowledge and is able to advise and prescribe herbal, nutritional as well as exercise recommendations to her patients.

Background: With a background in exercise and sports, Melody includes nutrition, activity/exercise and lifestyle adjustments into her treatment plans as well as herbal medicine, believing that all of the systems in the body are inter-connected and that there is the element of mind and body to consider when looking at illness and disease.

Melody specialises in:

  • Women’s Health – PMS, Menopause & Hormone imbalance
  • Men’s Health – Fatigue, Prostate enlargement, Acne
  • Digestive complaints – Bloating & Irritable bowel
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Sleep & Insomnia
  • Stress & Fatigue
  • Immune system
  • Dietary & lifestyle changes including detoxification programmes

With this idea of wholeness Melody’s passion lies in helping to treat chronic ailments by looking at the relationship between different body systems and getting results by looking at the underlying factors contributing to the pathology. With the balancing of food, exercise and herbal medicine Melody looks at situations practically, and she helps patients look at their lives in a holistic manner. This is something that Melody is reminded of each day in her yoga practice also. Melody finds that people respond well to her friendly approach.

Availability: Melody is the Apothecary’s newest practitioner and charges $100 per 60-90 minutes. You can book in below or simply phone the store where you will find her Tuesday – Friday and every second weekend.

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Simone-Lena Andersen


Yoga Teacher | Massage Therapist | Dip Yoga 500+ hours | Cert Massage

Simone-Lena has been teaching Yoga and working within the Health and Wellness industry for the past 8 years. During this time she has been studying Yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga Psychology, Philosophy, Naturopathy, Massage, Pilates and Nutritional Medicine throughout Australia and New Zealand. In 2013, Simone Lena completed her Diploma of Yoga, a very comprehensive course that allowed her to delve much deeper into all aspects of yoga. She is now itching to complete the final year of her Naturopathy and Nutrition studies so she can expand her knowledge.

Background: She has worked with various athletes, injuries, medical conditions, and psychological concerns and is passionate about helping people fall in love with taking care of themselves.

Availability: Simone-Lena is our apprentice in training working at the Apothecary every weekend and helping us out on Tuesday’s. Come in and talk to her for great advice. Simone-Lena has a wealth of experience working for leaders in our field across Australia and New Zealand and will give you exceptional knowledge on nutrition, supplements and herbs and where appropriate will refer you onto one of our herbalists for a consultation if needed. Simone also blogs for the Apothecary and leads the social media campaign that we run, plus she helps organise Simone for speaking engagements out in the community.