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Testimonials from Karen's clients


Dear Karen,

As a Mum of three girls and Midwife to many I want to express my sincerest gratitude for your care and support. My family is blessed with a Naturopath who not only has a fundamental knowledge, but also a holistic approach when helping us and others. I also appreciate your kindness and honesty which allows your clients to find and follow their own paths. I can have peace of mind when our children are sick, or when I have a question related to my care for women and families as an Independent Midwife, as we know you are on our side to support us to support our bodies and souls to heal and recover.

With blessings from Anne Endres


Our whole family has been helped by Karen and I find it hard to put into words all the help she has provided us. Her knowledge is phenomenal, as is her ability to piece all the complex bits of the puzzle together. I firstly contacted Karen to see if she could help with our daughter’s gut & reflux problems. Under the advice of a paediatric gastroenterologist we were giving our daughter a very high dose of reflux medication that really didn’t seem to be helping. We also had no understanding of why this was happening. Our sleep was very poor, the stress of the whole family very high, with no signs of changing.

So with “nothing to lose” I called Karen. She explained all about the digestive system & why on our current course things weren’t getting any better. After a few weeks of treatment & just some simple changes, it became very clear that our daughters gut was far less irritated, the reflux symptoms decreased (this translated into some beautiful sleep for us all) & we now no longer give her any medication. Any parent will understand how precious sleep is & we have a lot to thank Karen for. Not only does she have the knowledge to deal with complex cases but she has a gift of listening & asking in-depth questions that I have not experienced with any other practitioner.

Brooke Copland, Sydney


At age 46, after laparoscopic surgery to remove an ovarian cyst, I awoke to the news “your insides are a mess, riddled with endometriosis & scar tissue”. A full hysterectomy was recommended! Not sure I was ready to part with those “bits” & terrified of the severity of instant menopause, I knew I needed to find a good naturopath. I found Karen actually through her website & was drawn by her special interest in women’s health. I’ve never looked back & remain delighted with my choice to work with Karen. Using herbal medicine, nutritional advise & professional nutritional supplements, Karen helped me turn my health around. I’m now aged 50 & enjoying my best health ever. My endometriosis is successfully managed & with all my “bits” intact I can look forward to a normal & hopefully easy menopause.
Thanks Karen!

Anita Hyslop, Coolum Beach


Having Karen as my Naturopath through my IVF journey has been wonderful. Her knowledge, genuine interest and caring nature have made an otherwise stressful time, less so. I have always felt that Karen supported my choices, whilst encouraging and educating me with further options to increase my health and wellbeing.
On occasion due to work or other commitments when I haven't been able to see Karen, she has made herself available at all times and offered support via phone or email which has been invaluable. It is a privilege having someone with such passion and knowledge look after you. My health and lifestyle continue to improve with Karen's assistance.

Kate, Noosa Heads


My health has been suffering for the past two years. I have been in and out of hospital, seen countless doctors all over the world each checking in their specific area that they specialize in. After checking those specific organs, they send me on my way with my bill of good health, yet still I cannot seem to get through the day without dizziness, exhaustion, nausea, or pain.

After finding Karen, for the first time in what seems like forever, I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. She waded through copious amounts of information and scenarios and managed to start me on a path to wellness. Countless people have suggested I try meditation, but that was where the advice ended and I just could not bring myself to do it. Karen not only put me in touch with great information, her words are still what get me through my meditation today. Through this and Karen’s recommended supplements, I feel like I am getting my life back. THANK YOU KAREN!

Leigh Ann Sample, Kenilworth


I have been treated by Karen for many years and she is a wonderful naturopath. She has supported me through the pregnancy of my daughter and journey to motherhood. She helped support my body before conceiving to get it ready to have a baby, throughout the pregnancy and also postnatally. She has given me a wealth of information, helped guide me through making informed decisions and provided me with emotional support. I had difficulty breastfeeding and Karen was able to encourage the flow of my breastmilk and was a key resource in helping my daughter and I have a wonderful breastfeeding journey. Thank you Karen for all your support, no doubt you will continue to support my health and my family’s for many years to come.

Melissa Hately, Alexandra Hills


Karen has been our family Naturopath for over 5 years now.
These are some things my girls have said about Karen;
We like Karen because she is gentle & quiet. She talks to us & not just mummy.”
“I feel comfortable around Karen & she listens to me.”
“Now mum can bake "yummy" gluten free muffins!”

These are some words I would use to describe Karen;
Caring, gentle, approachable, patient, well informed & educated.

Her beautiful herbs & knowledgeable advice have helped to guide our family to better health over the years. In fact my girls have hardly had a runny nose over the last 2 years!

Tamara, Anastasia, Angelique & Arabella Ford
Tinbeerwah,  QLD


To me Karen is an absolute angel!

I highly recommend Karen to anyone who is going through the whole 'roller coaster' journey of IVF. After years of trying for a baby naturally, and nothing happing (I did not have a period for over a year) my partner and I decided to take some action. Both being in our 20's we didn't assume we would have any trouble in conceiving. Long story short we ended up going through 4years of IVF, after going through two different gynecologists,( I had a very high reading with my FSH which was heading towards an early menopause) I was willing to give anything a go to receive my dream of becoming a mum this is when I came across Karen.

It was so lovely to actually have someone that actually listened to me, it was in 2010 when we decided we would give IVF one last go before having a break. Karen put me on a super tonic which I call her 'magic potion' and after a few weeks in taking this my FSH levels dropped dramatically and this was my lucky month. I finally saw those two bright pink lines on a pregnancy test and realised my dream had finally came true. I continued to see Karen throughout my pregnancy and took herbs to help with my pregnancy and labour. With her support, I ended up having a wonderful pregnancy, an amazing labour and was blessed with one perfect little boy.

I always feel so positive every time I leave Karen's rooms, I'm so glad that I found her I can never thank her enough for my positive out come!

Megan Wolarczuk, Mount Coolum


I have always been a fit and healthy person but after the traumatic birth of my first child and constant feelings of tiredness, recurring chest infections and pleurisy I decided enough was enough! I had been to a couple of GP's, none of which seemed to listen or wanted to help. I had tried different antiobiotics amongst other things but was feeling worse, not better. This wasn't how life was supposed to be. I needed answers and started asking around about alternative therapies. My friend suggested I see a naturopath and Karen's name came up and was highly recommended.

Karen's holistic approach to life was just what I had been waiting for. On my very first visit to the practice she made me feel at ease, listened to what I had to say and immediately put a plan into action. For the first time in years I felt confident I was going to get my health and my life back. Over the past two years with a combination of herb tonics, vitamins and Karen's support and advice, Karen has given me the tools I need to tackle my physical and emotional issues.

Gone are the chest infections, pleurisy and the tired old me. I am in better shape now than I have ever been. I have recently given birth to my second beautiful daughter with a carefree pregnancy and a wonderful, easy labour. Karen has had such a positive influence on me since I began seeing her, I feel truly blessed to have her in my life.

Alicia Smith, Cooroibah


Being a nurse I have a medical background, and was always skeptical of any alternative therapy that didn't involve a GP and a script pad. However after many months of vague symptoms including nausea, bloating and fatigue, I found myself doing the rounds of GPs trying to find one that would listen to me for longer than 15 minutes. I found myself taking pill after pill with no relief from my symptoms.

My girlfriend had suggested for some time that I see her naturopath, who she swore would listen to me! So finally feeling desperate I made an appointment with Karen, with very little faith that she would be able to help me - no one else had been able to!

Sitting in Karen's room at the clinic I recited my long and convoluted history. What a relief! She was the first person who listened to my whole history (the GPs could only focus on one system at a time). Her knowledge blew me away. As I am a nurse I could see that Karen knew her anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. She explained everything to me including her reasonings. She gave me a plan to follow, as well as a herbal tonic. A month later I was feeling on top of the world! My symptoms had gone! 

I found Karen extremely approachable. I lived 2 1/2 hours away, She was willing to treat then follow up with email or phone calls. She would send my tonics via the mail. I always felt that I was her number one concern. We were sad to see move up north - but our loss is your gain!

Jo Smith, 
Longford VIC.


I had the pleasure of attending Karen’s ‘Pregnancy and Herbs’ talk. It was a very informative talk and just at the right level for us to understand without being Naturopaths ourselves, and enough to make it a really valuable resource. We had time to discuss issues and ask lots of questions, which made the talk engaging and interesting. I can only highly recommend any future talks and workshops.

Pernille Powell, Doula, Noosa Heads


I attended Karen McElroy’s "Natural Health for Babies and Children" workshop in 2011 and was impressed with her easygoing, informative style and her wealth of knowledge. Karen's insights into natural medicine from both a preventative approach and a perspective of professional treatment instilled me with confidence that should my baby need any assistance, I will know where to turn. Thanks again Karen!

Zoe Dodds, Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Black Mountain


Dear Karen
Here is a picture of my gorgeous boy Dane – who is now 4 months old! I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your amazing help in creating this little ‘miracle’. We are all loving it and so happy to have this little guy in our life! Thanks again and take care.

Ros Young, Sydney


For over ten years Karen has been my naturopath and the first point of contact when I, or my young family, have sought advice and treatment for various health issues as well as pre conception care. Karen is such a skilled and knowledgeable naturopath and health professional. She is easy to talk to, accessible and positive in her approach to dealing with a range of health issues. After moving from Melbourne to Newcastle a couple of years ago I found it difficult to find a practitioner of the same quality and have continued my contact with Karen via phone consultations and email. Each time that I have spoken with Karen I am always left feeling positive and in control of my health and her recommended tonics and supplements have always been successful. Karen’s move to Noosa will not deter me from remaining a client – She is just too good! Now I am living in Brisbane, it will be worth the trip up to see her!

Kim Rayner, Brisbane


Karen is a wonderful naturopath - she is caring, empathetic, knowledgeable and thorough. Karen's approach is holistic - she addresses both emotional and physical issues and how they impact on one another. Her use of flower essences reflects this approach. Seeing Karen over the past five years has had such a huge and positive impact on my health and the way I live my life. Karen's advice, suggestions and support regarding a range of issues such as diet, pregnancy and dealing with stress and anxiety have been invaluable, so much so that I can't let her go - I am remaining a client via telephone from Melbourne!

Fiona Miles 
Richmond, Victoria


After having our first baby at 40 years of age I we were keen to have a second baby quickly. After two miscarriages which happened early in both pregnancies a friend from my local play group suggested that I see Karen. After a few months of treatment we tried again and two cycles later I was pregnant again. I continued to see Karen and enjoyed a healthy pregnancy and straight forward delivery. We now have a daughter and son. Our daughter has also visited Karen for help with her asthma. I have recommended Karen to others, some have visited her and experienced great results. At 41 years of age I felt that IVF was not an option for me so to have help in a non-invasive and inexpensive way suited us. We feel that our family is now complete. Also continuing with supplements helps me keep on top of doing everyday activities and breast feeding.

Tracey Henderson 
Thornbury, Vic


I began seeing Karen in 2003 at Ruth Trickey’s clinic, Melbourne Holistic Health Group.  I was interested in doing preconception care and getting treatment for my PCOS so that I could achieve a healthy pregnancy.  Karen was very sensitive to my needs and very quickly identified and treated other health concerns which I didn’t even know I had.  It was pointed out to me that I had a tendency to get hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) which gave me anxiety and depression. 

After adjusting my eating and taking supplements I felt great.  It is a real testament to Karen’s holistic approach that she was able to get at fundamental health problems which were hidden to me.  The eating plan and supplements also helped my PCOS and with the help of herbs I was able to regulate my menstrual cycle and achieve a very normal and healthy pregnancy.  Karen taught me about natural fertility and how to know when I am at my most fertile, so it only took 4 menstrual cycles to get pregnant and I actually knew the exact day that I fell pregnant! 

After the birth of my baby daughter Karen cared for my mine and my baby’s health needs.  I attended Karen’s natural medicine course for babies and children, which was great and gave me confidence in my early days of parenting.  I knew that I could phone or email Karen at anytime and she would not mind.  I felt very supported.  Karen has a wealth of knowledge about women’s, children’s and family medicine.  We were very lucky to have her care for us and I can highly recommend her. 

Suzanne Vermes  Ballarat, Vic


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To me Karen is an absolute angel! I highly recommend Karen to anyone who is going through the whole ‘roller coaster’ journey of IVF. It was so lovely to actually have someone that actually listened to me, it was in 2010 when we decided we would give IVF one last go before having a break. Karen put me on a super tonic which I call her ‘magic potion’ and after a few weeks in taking this my FSH levels dropped dramatically and this was my lucky month and my dream had finally came true. I always feel so positive every time I leave Karen’s rooms, I’m so glad that I found her I can never thank her enough for my positive out come!
Megan Wolarczuk
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