Dr Michelle Russell
Michelle originates from Perth, Western Australia. She has worked in the health care industry since 1997, after completing her Bachelor of Nursing in 1996. In 2002 Michelle decided to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to further her desire and ability to help others in a more holistic manner.
Michelle has been practising for over 16 years and is a registered member of the Australia Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), registered member of AACMA, the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.
Michelle is an experienced practitioner who is passionate and committed to caring for the health needs of women, with a special interest in fertility and pregnancy. She has completed specialist interstate training courses in fertility and women’s health and recently attended the Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr Ian Russell
Ian originates from the West Coast of Scotland, moving to London in 1991 to train as a Registered Nurse. Ian lived and worked in London for 6 years before embarking on a year long trip to Australia. Ian travelled around Australia working as a nurse in remote areas as well as the cities until deciding to settle in Perth.
Shortly after arriving in Perth, Ian became ill with Chronic Fatigue due to a viral throat infection. Ian sought out Chinese Medicine after many ineffectual attempts by Western Medicine to improve his health. During his recovery, Ian came to understand the effectiveness of the Chinese system of health care. Feeling frustrated by Ian's perceived limitations of Western Medicine to truly help the patients he looked after in hospital, he decided to train in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Ian trained for three years at the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies, graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine. On conclusion of the course, Ian was offered the opportunity to work with and learn from a well respected, experienced practitioner of Chinese Medicine. Ian worked with his mentor for 3 years before making the decision to start his own business with his wife Michelle. Ian has completed the necessary exams to register with AACMA, the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.
Ian is a skilled practitioner in treating a variety of men and women's health problems. He has a special interest in men's health and is committed to helping men address their health problems, using his unique combination of Western and Chinese Medicine knowledge.
Dr Michelle Whitaker
Hypnobirthing Australia™ Childbirth Educator
Born and raised in Perth, Michelle has over 16 years’ experience in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Michelle is also a Certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ Childbirth Educator and facilitates classes in the Perth Hills area and at East Meets West.
Michelle trained with Ian and Michelle Russell at the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies and successfully operated her own practice, Evolution Chinese Medicine, in Greenwood, prior to taking maternity leave in 2012. She then took up practice at East Meets West in 2013.
A registered practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), she has completed specialist training seminars interstate in both women’s health (fertility and pregnancy) and children’s health.
An experienced practitioner in all areas of health care, Michelle is particularly passionate about supporting women with fertility, pregnancy and postpartum issues.