Nicola Dean       

Medical Herbalist & Naturopath, B.Arts, ND, Dip Herb.Med, PGDip Herb Med.

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Nicola is a longstanding member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH), achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree (Otago), Diploma in Naturopathy and Diploma of Clinical Herbal Medicine at the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine. Under the supervision and mentorship of Peter Kearns, Valmai Becker and Colleen Anstey, she has practiced, tutored and been involved in course development at the college.

Nicola was Training and Technical Manager for Thompson Nutrition, roles which included product development, technical research and delivering nationwide seminars to health stores, pharmacy’s and medical professionals. She has lectured to students at universities, been involved in NZQA approved course development and written articles for local and overseas industry journals.

Nicola also runs a busy clinic in a Psychotherapy practice, while helping her husband operate four Health 2000 stores in the Otago region.


A ‘bespoke’ mentoring system for NZ Medical Herbalists

Nicola is currently studying towards a MSc Herbal Medicine and is undertaking research into professional development, specifically looking at the processes involved in developing a ‘bespoke’ mentoring system for NZ Medical Herbalists and Naturopaths.

Nicola will give an overview of the current literature on mentorship in healthcare and discuss the preliminary findings of her dissertation survey sent to English-speaking Naturopath and Herbal Medicine Professional Associations exploring current best practice, including obstacles to success. She is particularly interested in the unique opportunities and challenges of a NZ based mentoring programme. It is hoped that survey findings may help to identify optimal mentoring processes within the profession that could inform the development of a robust mentoring programme.