Having worked closely with Dr Hawrelak for over 20 years, Dawn is experienced in working within his paradigm of care.
Dawn is a Senior Partner and Mentor in the Gastrointestinal Fellowship Program. Dawn has worked closely with Dr Jason Hawrelak for over twenty years and possesses intimate knowledge of his treatment approach. Dawn is highly skilled and has extensive experience working in the area of thyroid health, gastrointestinal health, female reproductory health, and with infant and toddler gastrointestinal issues and allergy. She has many years experience in microbiome manipulation for health optimisation.
Dawn regularly presents at both international conferences and national events for health professionals. She has written two textbook chapters for the recently published and widely-acclaimed textbook Advanced Clinical Naturopathic Medicine (2020) including one chapter on Breastfeeding and one on Infancy. She was invited to contribute five modules to the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) functional medicine training programs in 2022-23, presenting topics including The Preconception Microbiome; The Infant Microbiome; Pregnancy Nutrition; and Prevention of Allergy and Treatment of Paediatric Eczema. Other areas on which Dawn has presented include: Colic, Reflux and Blood in Infant Stool; The Breastmilk Microbiome; and Mastitis, Low Supply and Introducing Complementary Foods to Infants.
Dawn appreciates the profound impact that food and lifestyle medicine can have, and finds it a privilege to work with people to bring these changes into their lives.
After completing her Bachelor degree in 2002, Dawn went on to obtain First Class Honours for the clinical research she undertook in the area of Herb-Drug interactions. Her work published in this area is commonly cited in the literature. Dawn was awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the National Herbalist Association of Australia for her contribution to the field of herbal medicine in Australia. She currently teaches two units on Evidence Based Complementary Medicine and The University of Tasmania.
Dawn works with people using a practical approach and by adapting treatment to individual needs. She appreciates the profound impact that food and lifestyle medicine can have, and finds it a privilege to work with people to bring these changes into their lives. Dawn also draws on herbal medicine and nutritional supplements as aids for restoring balance and she seeks to uncover and address the underlying factors that challenge health, rather than just addressing the symptoms that present.
In her work with infants, Dawn is passionate about working gently and safely. Where possible, Dawn works with a restorative approach through the mother, focusing on nutritional repletion, microbiome manipulation, and herbal medicine supports. She sees the health of the infant and parents as intrinsically related.