Vanessa Goldsmith Naturopath
Adv Dip of Naturopathy ANPA 16/0821
I qualified as a naturopath in 2003. There was no real catalyst for me choosing that pathway. I was just drawn to it and decided that was my next chapter. I’ve been very lucky. I haven’t had any major health issues. People who knew me in my teens and twenties will know of my battle with terrible acne. I often wonder how that time in my life would have been if I knew then what I know now about nutrition and skin health. To this day, I can tell how well I’ve been eating, how stressed I’ve been. If I’ve been drinking too much wine, and if I’ve been consistent with my skincare regime (thank you Eco By Sonya skincare) by how good or bad my skin is looking. I moved to Albury Wodonga in 2001. Since then, the minor sinus/hayfever issues I had in Melbourne have become more challenging. I’m a work in progress with this. Diet plays a big part and I’m sometimes my own worst enemy here. Knowing what to do and doing it are two very different things! As a naturopath, I pride myself on being realistic. I live my life by the 80/20 rule. If I’m good 80% of the time, the 20% doesn’t matter, within reason of course. Of late I’ve been thinking about what my specialty should be. I love so many things about naturopathy that it’s hard to choose. At the moment I’m really loving learning more and more about the endocrine system (hormones). I also love the gut health movement and all the new information coming out about the link between gut health and mental health. Ultimately, it feels my heart with joy to help guide people on their health journey, no matter what their issues and challenges are.