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Lainey Acupuncture
Lainey Smallwood Pedley

Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist & Registered Midwife

Lainey  is the business director of Family Tree Acupuncture, a registered Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist, a midwife and nurse. Her motivation is to assist women and their families to achieve optimal mental and physical health.

Lainey has a Masters in Applied Science (Acupuncture) and presently undertaking a Masters in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She uses an integrated approach with her patients’ other health and medical practitioners. Both Western and Chinese medicine have their strengths. At Family Tree it is believed that an integrated, multi-disciplinary treatment approach ensures each individual receives the best possible outcome for their health.

She confidently supports the needs of all men, women and children throughout the ages, using acupuncture and Chinese medicine therapies to successfully treat many areas of internal medicine, muscular and mental health concerns.

Lainey’s acupuncture technique is gentle and effective and may incorporate cupping, moxibustion (heat therapy), dietary therapy and lifestyle advice to restore the body to a state of good health. Distal Needling Acupuncture therapy allows Lainey to relieve chronic or unresolved painful syndromes, whether muscular, gynaecological or physiological.

Women’s health issues are one of her many interests. She uses Chinese Medicine to help couples through the challenges of infertility and provides natural fertility and IVF support. Her emphasis is on preconception and pregnancy care; vital to a healthy mum and baby. Of course Lainey manages all pregnancy related conditions, postpartum and breastfeeding issues.

She has worked as a remedial massage therapist on elite athletes working toward Commonwealth and Olympic level competition and although works as an acupuncturist can provide remedial relief from pain and rehabilitation from sports injuries.

As a speaker at three large tertiary hospitals, she provides excellence in education to midwives and practitioners alike. She runs Birthing Workshops and has been Calmbith practitioner since the programmes inception in 2004. She has extensive experience working with women whose pregnancies are considered high risk and has a close rapport with a number of obstetricians who find her work invaluable to their own practice.

She is registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (AHPRA), is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) and is also a member of the Golden Key International Honours society for academic excellence.

She is registered with major health funds enabling her patients to access private health insurance rebates not only for acupuncture but her birthing workshops as well.

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Vimala Kumar

Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Registered Nurse

Vimala is a registered Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist & herbalist. She is a registered nurse who has completed a degree in psychology. She has extensive experience with patients suffering from anxiety, depression and pain conditions, whether acute or chronic. Her motivation is to assist her patients in achieving relief, functional recovery, optimal mental and physical health.

As a doctor of Chinese medicine she provides care to all. With her nursing  skills it goes without saying that Vimala sees many patients from all genders and ages who may attend for pain management, hormonal balance or any number of internal medicine issues, including respiratory, digestive and gynaecological complaints.

Vimala  studied acupuncture and oriental medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture, which is the oldest institute of Chinese medicine in the United States.

She trained in both Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture styles, as well as Chinese herbal medicine. Upon graduation, she continued her studies and completed a residency in Acupuncture at the Boston Medical Centre adding advanced post graduate herbal training there under the tutelage of Dr. Tao Xie.

In 2010, she proceeded to practice in Boston and later in Chennai India where she worked in both private practice and for a not-for-profit charity organisation in a medical dispensary and as a staff acupuncturist. Vimala established a close rapport and integrated approach alongside the medical doctors and physical therapists in order to formulate the best treatment for patients. She has completed a degree in Psychology and Masters of Nursing at the University of Melbourne.

Her most recent employment in Melbourne saw her working with sports injury and pain related cases. Her years as a practitioner has enabled her to assist those of all ages, including children in many areas of health imbalance and is excited to commence her new adventure here at Family Tree and Lotus.

She is registered with the Chinese medicine board of Australia (AHPRA), and is a member of the Australian and Chinese medicine Association (AACMA). Vimala is registered with major health funds enabling you to access private health insurance rebates for Acupuncture and herbal medicine consults.


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