Our Team

At Newtown Acupuncture Centre, we pride ourselves on working as a team. Patients have the option of selecting one practitioner for all their treatments, or they can see a number of different practitioners based on skills, timing, or simply preference. This way, our patients benefit from our team approach.

 

NOTE: When booking a treatment or practitioner online, you must select one treatment at a time. 

Xiao was born in China, where he completed his initial training in Traditional Chinese medicine and pharmacology. He then moved to NZ to study nursing and spent 10 years working in this field in NZ, including post-graduate studies in mental health nursing. Xiao then went on to do a health science degree in Acupuncture through the NZSATCM. 

He works alongside Debra Betts at the NAC community pregnancy clinic on Thursday mornings, and enjoys being part of women's pregnancy journey's. 

Xiao's  Availability

Monday 12pm-5pm

Tuesday 11am - 4pm

Wednesday 12pm-6pm

Thursday 11am - 4pm

Fan Xiao Meng  (Shao)

Acupuncturist, Martial Arts Instructor, Registered Nurse.

BHSc Acupuncture, PGCert Nursing (MENH), Diploma TCM and Pharmacology (China) member Acupuncture NZ, ACC Registered 

Email: xiao@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Laura has been practicing acupuncture for 10 years and has a strong interest in both internal health conditions as well as chronic and acute musculo-skeletal issues and pain management. 

 

Laura also belongs to the acupuncture group AMH -Acupuncture for Mental Health which advocates for acupuncture and Chinese herbal supplements as a safe and effective option to support those with anxiety, depression and mood related disorders.  

Laura's Availability

Tuesday 1pm-7pm 

Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm

Thursday 12pm-7pm

Friday 9.30am-5.30pm

Saturday 10am-3.30pm 

* on leave from 23rd Nov

Laura Callaghan

Acupuncturist

Managing Director NAC

BHSc Acupuncture, Dip. Tuina, Dip. Qigong/Taichi. Member Acupuncture NZ, Acupuncture for Mental Health (AMH) ACC registered, Evergreen Herbal Specialist

Email: laura@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Hernan was introduced to Chinese medicine through his extensive training in martial arts. A number of his teachers were Chinese doctors, who taught him massage and acupuncture techniques to overcome injuries. Hernan's passion led him to practice modern Wushu (Olympic Chinese martial arts), traditional Wushu (Hung Gar, Tsun Chiao, etc), Taichi, Hapkido, western boxing and more extensively traditional Shaolin Kung Fu for over 16 years.

 

Hernan has a great massage repertoire, skilled at both relaxation and stress relief, as well as strong techniques for the more deep tissue and sports focused clients. 

As well a all these skills, Hernan is a registered lawyer in his home country of Chile, where he studied extensively for 8 years in a competitive university. All these experiences have given Hernan a deep understanding of both mental and physical stress on the body. 

Hernan Rojas Nazar

Massage Therapist

Kickboxing

Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor 

Certificates in Deep tissue, Lymphatic, Decontraction, Relaxation and Weight Reduction massages. Reiki practitioner. 

Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor

Registered lawyer (Chile) 

Email: hernan@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Hernan's Massage Availability

Tuesday 1pm-6.30pm

Wednesday 9.30am- 3.30pm

Thursday 9.30am-6.30pm

Saturday 10am-3.30pm

Hernan's Martial Arts Classes 

Tuesday

Adults Shaolin Kung Fu 7pm-8.30pm

Wednesday

Kids Kung Fu Class 4.30pm-5.30pm

* Held at Newtown Community Centre 

Thursday

Adults Adults Kick boxing/ Sanda Class 7pm-8.30pm

Kate spent a year living in China, which deepened her interest in Chinese culture and ignited her passion to learn more. She went on to train at the College of integrated Chinese Medicine in the UK where she received her Bachelor of Science in Acupuncture.

 

Her background as a professional dancer and yoga teacher means she has first-hand experience of the mechanics of the body. Having experienced many injuries herself, she can also empathize with the struggles involved when the body is out of balance and not functioning as it should be. Kate is passionate about both the physical and emotional benefits of acupuncture and welcomes patients looking to understand their health better.

Kate also has a strong interest in supporting pregnanct women, and can be found at the NAC community pregnancy clinic on Tuesday's. 

 

Kate Marley 

Acupuncturist

BSc (Hons) Acupuncture

Email: kate@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Kate's  Availability

Tuesday 11.30am-7pm

Thursday 12pm-7pm

Friday 9.30am-5.30pm

Saturday 10am-3.30pm

 

Edmund studied extensively through the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, obtaining his bachelor degree, and then his masters. After 7 years of university training, he then worked for  a number of years at The Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Shanghai YueYang Hosptial of Intergrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine.

Fortunately, Edmund and his wife then decided to move to New Zealand, where he took up private practice as well as lecturing for the NZ School of Acupuncture and TCM.

Edmund brings with him a wealth of knowledge, and his kind and sincere manner makes him an excellent practitioner. 

Edmund Peng Liu
Acupuncturist, Tuina Massage Therapist
Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine
Lecturer at NZ School of Acupuncture & TCM
Email: contact@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Edmund's availability

Sunday's 9.30am- 5.30pm

* on leave 28th Nov - 8th Feb 2020

 

Debra Betts  
Acupuncturist (PhD)

Debra is the author of “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” published in 2006 and translated into German and French. With a nursing background she completed her acupuncture training in 1989. Her interest in pregnancy led to setting up acupuncture and acupressure courses for midwives and her booklet on acupressure use in labour. Debra has published numerous journal articles relating to acupuncture use in pregnancy and lectures internationally on the use of maternity acupuncture and acupressure.

In 2008 Debra founded a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic that provides free acupuncture treatment during pregnancy and more recently in 2014 she completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage.

Debra is the lead practitioner for the maternity community clinic' based at Newtown Acupuncture on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8am-11am. To find out more go here

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