Alicia Grinter

An interview with our Acupuncturist & Nutritionist – Alicia

January 11, 2021

What made you decide to become a Acupuncturist and Nutritionist? 

My interest in how the body works, health and food was what made me begin studying Nutrition. I knew I wanted to help people.  Once I experienced the way Chinese Medicine worked for me personally, it sparked such an interest to learn more and I began my Masters in Acupuncture. 

I feel that both modalities complement each other really well.  



For those not familiar with Nutrition and Acupuncture can you describe what it is you do?

We aim to work on prevention over cure and to navigate balance (homeostasis) in the body.  In a consultation I ask many questions regarding the main reason for your visit, as well as looking at the whole body- things like digestion, energy, sleep and more. This helps me determine patterns and where we may be able to help things run more optimally.  

Often we’ll palpate different areas of your tummy and have a look at your tongue and pulse to form our diagnosis.  I always try to talk my patients through what it is I’m doing and what they can expect while we’re working together.  Depending on the case I often use gentle acupuncture, moxibustion (warming heat therapy), cupping, dietary suggestions and clinical strength supplements as part of the treatment. Patients report that the sessions are relaxing and enjoyable.



In Clinical practice is there any special area of interest you like to support patients to manage?


I enjoy helping women of all ages- hormonal balance, preconception, IVF support, pregnancy and postpartum health are rewarding areas of focus in clinic. And this is why I joined the team at Essendon Natural Health.

Digestive health is also something I enjoy helping people with.



What made you so passionate about supporting people in this area?


My passion for this area came from my own experiences.  There’s so much that can be done not only to support the health of women, but also that can impact the next generation. 

Modern life can be busy but I try to support people to become healthier, happier and to build optimal foundations to bring life into the world.



What are your personal interests outside of the clinic?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going out for dinner and cooking.  On my days off you’ll find me drinking coffee (one a day!), keeping up with my kids, stocking up at the farmers market or out shopping. 

Robert Gentile

B.C.M (Hons), C.Clin.Prac (China), C.Toyohari. Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Integrative Natural Medicine Practitioner.

Robert is a passionate and warm practitioner who has an extensive knowledge of integrative and functional natural medicine. He is down to earth and has an interest in organic foods, gardening and sustainable living. With over a decade of experience, he is renowned for being very thorough by both fellow practitioners and patients alike.