Fusion Natural Health Clinic has been helping the Wanaka and surrounding communities to achieve great health and wellness for over 5 years. Originally founded by Wanaka local, Nikki Potts, a fully qualified naturopath with over ten years experience in the health industry. The clinic is now in the very capable hands of naturopath Michelle Jutzi, while Nikki is on maternity leave until 2020.
“Naturopathy is progressing and developing in a way that truly excites me. Having the knowledge and understanding to apply natural medicine to my clients lives and see outstanding results is for ever rewarding. Acting as a teacher, I help my clients to understand what is going on with in their bodies and provide the knowledge and tools needed to aid the process of recovery and change”.
Naturopath, Nutritionist, Medical Herbalist
BNat. BClinSciNut. DipRM.
Hi, I am Michelle and I am trained as a Naturopath and Nutritionist, as well as being a massage therapist and certified yoga teacher.
This combination allows me to have a broad perspective in my approach to health, viewing the body from a biochemical and structural perspective. I feel the key to optimal wellbeing lies simply in moderation and balance. When the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes are balanced they can work in harmony giving the body the best opportunity to thrive.
Whether it is an ongoing or recent health issue, with or without a preceding diagnosis, I can support you by facilitating the bodies innate capacity and desire to move towards wellness. During consultations I will interpret symptoms and emotional components, assess genetic tendencies, use physical examination skills and interpret blood results to gain a holistic picture of your presentation.
I offer precision with my scientific background in combination with an intuitive approach cultivated by my yoga practice of over 14 years. When developing a treatment plan I will utilise the diet, herbs, supplements, massage, yoga and breathing techniques which are specifically tailored to your individual health needs.
I completed my degrees; a Bachelor of Naturopathy and Bachelor of Clinical Science with a Nutrition major; in Australia, at Southern Cross University. It was in my final year of study when I also completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage. Since then it has brought me great joy in sharing the knowledge I accumulated, and continue to cultivate.
I began by practicing in Byron Bay (NSW) for a few years before finding my way to Wanaka. My clinical experience ranges from working in a herbal dispensary where I provided over the counter treatment and offered full consultations as well as made the herbal medicine I recommend; from tinctures to creams to poultices to teas. I then also worked in an interdisciplinary clinic along side doctors, psychologists, osteopaths, acupuncturists and many more alternative therapists. It was here that I used food as medicine and cooked for the chronically ill patients who came to stay at the retreat. Both these experiences reiterated my desire to be connected to the grass roots approach of natural medicine by keeping it in its most natural and unadulterated state.
I am known for my broad, holistic approach, stepping back and seeing the full picture to any health concerns. By creating breadth in perspective it then allows me to hone in on specific details and the finer details associated to the case. I take into consideration the patient in their entirety and their immediate environment, from which I recommend a treatment plan shaped to cultivate wellness for the individual but also with the most ethical approach in relation to the welfare of the environment. Connection and care for nature is apart of a holistic health care plan.
Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, Adv. Dip. Nat, MNZAMH
Hi, I am Nikki and I am a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist based in Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand.
My passion for natural health started at a young age and lead me to study personal training and nutrition. I enjoyed helping my clients find the best way for them to move and nourish their mind and body. From here I moved into the natural health industry and gained my naturopathic qualification through the Australasian College of Natural Therapies. I am registered with the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists and have been involved in the natural health industry for over 10 years. My experience and training allows me to assess your health with a scientific and intuitive perspective. I utilise nutrition and herbal medicine to correct any imbalance with the understanding that the body is integrated and should not be treated in isolation.
I believe that everyone has the right to feel balanced and nourished in all aspects of their live, I definitely do not believe in fad diets and quick fix scams. The way you eat, think, breathe and move everyday has an impact on your health and with the correct advice and support you can achieve optimal health in all of these areas.
I specialize in fertility and reproductive health and I have helped many women conceive and carry a healthy baby. I can help to address barriers to optimal hormonal health and I treat conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS and anovulatory cycles, fibroids and PMS.
Most of my work is centered on improving the integrity of the gastrointestinal track and treating uncomfortable conditions such as bloating, excess flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea along with diagnosed crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and IBS. Gut integrity can set the base for your overall health and is an extremely important area of treatment with any autoimmune disease; I regularly treat those with thyroid autoimmunity such as Hashimotos and Graves and have experience with supporting people with Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus or SLE.
Fatigue is unfortunately an all too familiar complaint in today’s world of being everything to everyone. Diet and lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on your energy levels so I look into your diet in great detail so I can detect any nutrient deficiencies. I also assess your health for other conditions that can contribute to fatigue and low energy levels.
Stress, anxiety and depression can affect different people in many different ways. Did you know that many of your relaxing and calming neurotransmitters are produced in the gastrointestinal track? Therefore these conditions may improve with assessment and treatment of gastrointestinal health and supporting a good balance of bacteria. Herbal medicine is also fantastic for working on the nervous system.
Cardiovascular disease is a lifestyle disease so it makes sense to treat it using diet and lifestyle! Living in central Otago I see plenty of allergies such as hay fever, eczema, dermatitis and food intolerances so this is also an area that I can help with.
Often many of these conditions that I mention are all interlinked and for this reason I treat the body, mind and soul as a whole. I don’t believe in unnecessary use of supplements but I do believe in a targeted approach to address your health and wellness goals. I believe in providing you with the knowledge and tools needed so you can make the changes to your diet and lifestyle that will have a positive impact on your health.
So if I sound like the right person to help you then please get in touch or you can book an appointment online.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Work With Us
While enjoying and successfully treating in many areas of health, we are passionate about:
- Women’s hormonal health – Poly cystic ovarian syndrome, PMS, endometriosis, fibroids & menopause
- Fertility and pre conception care
- Thyroid disorders
- Digestive issues such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, bloating & altered bowel habits
- Weight management
- Fatigue, CFS & Fibromyalgia
- Low immunity & acute or chronic illness
- Depression and anxiety
- Healthy ageing and cardiovascular health – High blood pressure, elevated cholesterol
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine and remains the most widely used system in the world today. talk to us about how we can create an individualised treatment plan for you to get you to your best health.
Healing the Natural Way
Given the correct environment, we have an innate ability to self heal. Naturopathy is based on six philosophies that guide the therapeutic methods and modalities.
- First do no harm
- The healing power of nature
- Discover and treat the cause, not just the effect
- Treat the whole person
- The physician is a teacher
- Prevention is the best “cure”
Nikki would love to talk with you more about Naturopathy and discover how it can benefit your health. Contact Fusion natural Health Clinic today, and arrange a time to prioritise your well-being.
Read what some of Nikki's Clients have to say.
I am still preaching how amazing / life changing your work is - it really is, I am still sticking to the diet as much as I can and have now really integrated meditation, yoga and mindfulness into my daily life so not only have you fixed my gut you've helped to fix my anxiety too! You have no idea how thankful I am for your incredible work!
Nikki was recommended to me by a friend to see in Wanaka regarding my ongoing illnesses. I booked into see her about 2 years ago and have been seeing her ever since. My first appointment was very thorough and I came away from the appointment with a fresh outlook on my health and also a positive one. Nikki was amazing. She listened to all of my history and took thorough notes and records. She also worked in with an integrative GP that I see also and never made me feel that I needed to choose one or the other. She looked at my current medications and gave her views and ideas on what I could do to improve my health. She researched well into my case and this has been ongoing right throughout my time seeing her. She has picked up on a number of things that my GP hadn't and improved my health and well being immensely. Last year it came time for my husband and I to leave beautiful Wanaka to move to the North Island and I was worried that I was going to leave my case and improved health behind and have to start again with yet again someone else. However Nikki was only too happy to continue on with my health journey via Skype and email. It has been awesome, her regular contact and fast response to any questions or postage of supplements has been amazing and I will continue on my health Journey with Nikki as I have found someone finally who listens, acts, who is very knowledgeable and someone who I feel very comfortable with. Thanks for all you do for me Nikki.
Nikki has been a tremendous help in getting my health back on track. She had been recommended to me many times, and I can see why. Nikki is very thorough and professional, she is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to listen and to educate. Our appointments were always followed up with an email of what we’d discussed, including a treatment plan, nutrition and exercise guidelines. I’ve had great results with Nikki and would highly recommend Fusion Natural Health Clinic to anyone wanting to improve their health.