About Our Practitioners

Linda Back

Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist

Certified Metabolic Balance Coach

"I've always had a keen interest in nutrition and natural health.  Every aspect of our life depends on our health, and if our health suffers then so does our ability to enjoy life to the full.  I've been so lucky to be able to get my own health back on track following a diagnosis of severe endometriosis, which was the spark that created the flame that is now my passion - helping people get well again.  

I love studying and learning, which is why I hold a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) degree from Charles Sturt University, which was an upgrade to my Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy (2012).  I also hold Advanced Diplomas in Nutritional Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine, as well as a Diploma of Remedial Massage.

One of the great things about natural medicine and nutrition in the 21st century is the sheer amount of knowledge that we are gaining on how these areas can impact the human body and mind.   Making sure that my patients receive safe, reliable and practical advice for their health is absolutely paramount to me.   I make it a priority to regularly attend industry seminars in order to expand my knowledge, so that ultimately, my patients can receive the best care.  In 2018 I trained in 'Vitae Mosaic' Naturopathic Functional Medicine - a technique that helps me find effective solutions for people who suffer from complex and/or chronic health conditions, which are only becoming more common in our society.   In 2020 I completed additional training to become a certified Metabolic Balance coach and offer personalised nutrition programs.  I also experienced great results from the program on a personal level (you can read about my journey here).  And I am a member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) who make sure practitioners meet strict education, ethical and practice standards.

In July 2021 I was awarded the 'No. 2 Metabolic Balance Clinic in Australia' award!

In my spare time I REALLY enjoy growing veggies in my home garden, cooking, stretching out with a good yoga class, or curling up with a good book (preferably accompanied by a nice glass of wine)."

Melissa Cook


Certified Metabolic Balance Coach

"After 10 years in the airline industry, I took a leap of faith and chose to follow my passion with food as medicine in studying Nutritional Medicine. My love for food started very young and by the time I reached adolescence. I was very overweight which progressed to my teenage years. I endured immense teasing and being ridiculed by other children which I now look at as a blessing as this has led me to find my passion in weight loss and self- love. To me, these both go hand in hand.

Studying my Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine at AIAS (Australian Institute of Applied Science) then upgrading to a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) at Laureate University in Brisbane, was the best decision I have made thus far as it has changed my life in more ways imaginable.

For 2 years I worked for Weight Watchers as a Wellness Coach running workshops each week which I loved as I enjoyed seeing the very real difference in people's lives. I personally understand what it is like to have excess weight and how it affects our whole outlook on ourselves and our lives.  

My passions outside my career are hiking, creating and baking healthy treats, a good almond milk flat white (extra hot), RPM bike classes, learning meditation, listening to podcasts of self-development and nutrition.

I completed the training to become a Metabolic Balance Coach which is so exciting as well as experiencing the program myself.  I am a member of the Australian Natural Therapist's Association, which you can be rest assured guarantees practitioners meeting strict ethical and practice standards."