Our Practitioners

Dr Trudy Matthews TCM


Trudy Matthews established Scarborough Traditional Acupuncture Clinic in 1991. The Principal practitioner, Trudy Matthews, began her career in healing in Sydney where she studied to become a Registered Nurse. She was drawn to other methods of healing through her own journey of healing and personal growth, and was fortunate to be living in Perth when Edith Cowan University created a Post Graduate course in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Trudy graduated from this course in 1991 after travelling to China to complete her internship at the Guanghou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Trudy is passionate and committed to her practice and after two decades is still humbled and inspired by the profound change and positive outcomes Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine creates for her clients.

Dr Holly Carruthers TCM


Holly’s focus areas in the clinic include Fertility, Pregnancy and Children’s Health.

These are areas of keen interest and clinical focus. She has completed intensive pediatric, obstetric and fertility courses throughout Australia and Indonesia to deepen her knowledge in both pediatric and maternal health.

Holly draws on 8 years of clinical experience from Melbourne and Perth, in addition to running her own practice in Southwest WA and becoming a mother of two beautiful girls.

Holly was introduced to Chinese Medicine at a young age, to help her overcome glandular fever and exercised-induced Chronic fatigue. By the age of 15 she knew Traditional Chinese Medicine was for her. Ever since this first encounter, her drive and thirst for knowledge means that she fuels this passion for health, with information relevant to her practice.

An enthusiastic and motivated woman, Holly empowers her clients to implement health and lifestyle changes as a means of achieving a healthier well-being. Her simple philosophy is grounded in promoting a life of health and balance. She encompasses many treatment tools and will help you to find the answers your looking for, while fostering education and positivity.

As a dedicated mother of two beautiful girls, Holly utilised acupuncture throughout her own pregnancy to control morning sickness, increase energy and calmness and finally to induce labour. She also uses her non-invasive needle free treatments to support her children to be as healthy as they can be.

Holly Carruthers holds a Bachelor Degree of Chinese Medicine in both Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs from Victoria University (Melbourne). She is a Registered Member of AHPRA, the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. She is also a professional member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

Dr Suzanne McDonald TCM


Suzanne McDonald is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine together with teaching classes in Kundalini Yoga. She was drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine whilst living in London and has studied in both the UK and Australia, graduating from the London Academy of Oriental Medicine (UK) with a Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in 1995, and achieving a Masters Degree of Health Science in Chinese Herbal Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney in 2004. Suzanne is AHPRA registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.

She is also a professional member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), the British Acupuncture Council (UK), and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (UK). For a number of years, she was also a lecturer in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies. Suzanne is a certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and teaching Kundalini Yoga since early 1998. She combines the wealth of knowledge within Traditional Chinese Medicine together with the compassionate, caring, intuition and awareness gained from her yogic practice to promote health and healing on all levels.

Dr Benjamin O’Brien TCM


Benjamin O’Brien comes from a long line of practitioners of both western and natural medicine. Ben completed a double degree in both acupuncture and nutritional medicine and is also qualified in both An Mo Tui Na (Chinese massage) and western Remedial massage. Part of Ben’s acupuncture training involved completing an internship in China at Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medical University in Nanning, Guangxi. Ben has personal experience in the healing capacity of acupuncture and continues to be inspired by what Chinese medicine offers to millions of people around the world. Ben’s other great passion involves using food as medicine for the incredible health benefits seen in both the short and long term for himself and his patients when the correct foods are regularly consumed. Ben will bring a variety of skills to Scarborough Traditional Acupuncture clinic and feels both extremely humbled and excited to be joining this incredible dynamic team of practitioners.

Dr Melanie Bastian TCM


Melanie Bastian began her Acupuncture studies at the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies in Western Australia. Inspired to get a degree in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine she relocated east to study and completed her four-year Bachelor degree in Chinese Medicine at the University of Technology in Sydney, graduating in 2007. Post-degree Melanie worked at Salt Clinic in Sydney, a multi-modality clinic that included Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

After a couple of years in practice, she started a contract as an Acupuncturist for Steiner Transocean – working on large cruise ships, travelling throughout the world for the next two and a half years. Now with a young family, she as settled back into the lovely lifestyle that Perth has to offer and joined Scarborough Traditional Acupuncture at the beginning of 2014. Melanie Bastian has been treating with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for over eight years and is trained to view the human being holistically, focusing on the root causes of a person’s disorder. Private practice has given Melanie a wealth of experience in effectively treating many different disorders using all facets of Chinese Medicine. Melanie has a special interest in male and female infertility and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. She has completed a specialist training course in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture with internationally renowned acupuncturist, Mary-Elizabeth Wakefield. Melanie believes that everyone has the ability to heal when given proper guidance and support.

Dr Ann Heitman TCM


Ann completed her 4 year bachelor’s degree in Health Science, majoring in acupuncture, at Endeavor College of Natural Health in Perth. Here she studied the various aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, cupping, guasha, tuina and patent herbs. Ann is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

Ann continues to expand her knowledge by regularly attending acupuncture seminars both in Australia and overseas. She is certified by Dr Soma Glick in shoni shin – a Japanese style of pediatric acupuncture where no needles are used and nothing actually penetrates the skin. She has also trained with world renowned acupuncturists Deborah Betts and Kirsten Wolfe in treating infertility and pregnancy related conditions, including morning sickness, preparing the body for the delivery of your baby and induction.

Since early 2008 Ann has been training in the Chinese internal martial arts system of qigong (qigong being the foundation for tai chi) and believes this practice to be essential to her practice of acupuncture.

Dr Lydia Kowaleff TCM


Lydia Kowaleff graduated from New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine, Christchurch in 2010.  Lydia has been working in Perth, Western Australia for the last 5 years gaining significant clinical experience.  She has an interest in treating all pain conditions, menstrual irregularities, respiratory disorders and womens’ health.  Lydia has extensive experience and particular interest in treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and Pain.  Lydia is constantly striving to advance her professional knowledge and develop her professional skills. Lydia is compassionate and caring practitioner and is a registered member of AACMA and AHPRA.

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