denise hales



I started my career as a registered nurse in 1970, specialising in Paediatrics. My passion for providing high quality health care led me to study naturopathy. After completing my bachelor degree, my focus and passion led me to concentrate on the GUT and BRAIN connection. 

I combine laboratory testing to help identify what may be contributing to a client’s underlying health issue. Specific tests can result in a faster successful treatment outcome. For example, breath testing to diagnose Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) or a variety of non-invasive tests to evaluate specific gastrointestinal imbalances and assess digestive health and function; food allergies and hypersensitivities or hormone testing.

I have been lecturing at Endeavour College Natural Health since 2012, and I also supervise student clinics, and mentor naturopathic or nutrition students in my private clinic; which I find extremely rewarding.

So my mission is to restore your gut microbiome to a more natural state to help maintain good health. 

Recently I have been working with a UK company known as BIOME RESTORATION. They provide HDC, a higher organism (a helminth) which helps complete your intestinal ecosystem and provides diversity that probiotics alone cannot. I have been using HDC therapy, in combination with diet and lifestyle changes, to improve food allergies and intolerances, immunity and gut health.


There have been numerous studies in recent years that have demonstrated that there is a connection between the GUT and the BRAIN. Our gut has been described as the “second brain”; this means the gut can upset the brain, just as the brain can upset the gut.


Gut Flora (gut micobiome)
There are billions of bacteria that colonise our gut, and more than 400 of these species have been identified. The micobiome is responsible for its involvement in metabolism, nutrition, physiological, and immune function. Imbalance of the normal gut microbiota have been linked with gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Small intestinal Bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Intestinal Dysbiosis
An imbalance of bacteria is known as Intestinal dysbiosis (an overgrowth of unwanted/bad bacteria in the gut). This may also result in an array of behavioural symptoms, along with digestive disturbances, skin rashes, poor immunity, fatigue, joint pains and auto-immunity.

Leaky Gut (gut permeability) 
Leaky gut can allow undigested food proteins, to move into the blood stream where they are then able to cross the blood brain barrier and can affect behaviour, in certain individuals.

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) IBS and SIBO can be very debilitating, and are increasingly common problems in the community. It is likely that 60-80% of IBS is due to SIBO

Symptoms can include:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Bloating, abdominal pain, cramping
  • Reflux, frequent burping
  • Diarrhoea, constipation
  • Food intolerances, malnutrition
  • Joint pain, headaches, fatigue
  • Stress, anxiety, brain fog, depression
  • Chronic infections or immune dysregulation

pproximately 85% of the body’s serotonin is manufactured in the gut to help control intestinal movements. Serotonin regulates our mood, appetite, sleep, and muscle contraction. It also plays a role in some cognitive functions, including in memory and learning.

So if you have any of these symptoms, it is time to Heal the Gut First, if not the rest of the healing process will be more complicated and less effective. 

Please feel free to contact me with any queries you have regarding this topic.





As a qualified naturopath I have a passion for evidence based medicine and helping people achieve optimal health and continued wellbeing. My love and passion for nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and education is what continually drives me to become a better naturopath.

I studied for 4 years to obtain a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Naturopathy through Endeavour College of Natural Health, Brisbane campus. I also stays continually up to date with the latest in scientific research through seminars and conferences ensuring the best possible treatment for my patients.

My own personal health journey has contributed to making me a dedicated health practitioner. In 2013 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and experienced first hand how frightening and confusing it can be to take your health into your own hands. I had to regain my health and become an active participant in my own healing journey.  My diagnosis and life experiences have taught me that wellbeing is both scientific and individual. Each person is unique and requires individual care. 

As a holistic practitioner my aim is to work with you as we uncover the underlying cause of your condition, while encouraging the healthiest version of you. I incorporate the use of herbal medicine, nutritional therapies, dietary modification and functional testing to achieve optimal results for each of my patients. Your individualised consultation will provide a comprehensive assessment of your primary health concern, diet and lifestyle, family history and any other contributing factors.

While I enjoy treating a wide variety of health conditions, my clinical practice has lead me to developed a particular interest in thyroid health, hormones, digestive health and skin conditions.





My mission to make a positive difference in this world starts with helping everyday individuals live a happier, healthier life through individualised, holistic treatment with the gifts that nature provides. 

I have always had a natural interest for health and wellbeing. As a child, I played games where I was a healer and mixed herbs to give to my patients. My innate passion for herbal and nutritional medicine further developed through my own personal journey battling illness. I gained a deeper understanding of how metabolic conditions can affect an individual physically and emotionally. During my studies, I began my own path to wellness. I discovered the power of natural medicine as I eventually found my way to health. This experience has forever reassured me that significant, meaningful changes can happen through the healing power of nature.

My particular clinical interests are diabetes, metabolic disorders, female reproductive health and fertility. I have treated patients with a variety of conditions including fertility and menstrual disorders such as PCOS, endometriosis and ovarian cysts, skin conditions, mental health disorders, recurrent headache, obesity and weight gain, autoimmune conditions and so on.

My patients have benefitted from individualised treatment plans including herbal and nutritional medicines, dietary and lifestyle advice.

My evidence based approach to herbal and nutritional medicine incorporates traditional knowledge and current scientific research; formulating a holistic treatment strategy that is integrative to modern medicine. 

Each patient is individual; we do not all fit into a box. Your story is unique and I believe in working together, we can find your healing path to wellness.