Meet your greatest supporters

Our team of functional medicine practitioners and health coaches work together to support our patients on their wellness journey. Our collaborative model is an industry first and the reason our patients achieve such remarkable results. When you start a program with Melbourne Functional Medicine, you’ll be supported by the people below.

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Jabe Brown,

Founder & Functional Medicine Practitioner

Jabe holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and a Masters in Science, Human Nutrition, and Functional Medicine. His special areas of interest are in treating complex conditions of the gut, fatigue and adrenal conditions, autoimmunity, and health optimisation.

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Rebecca Hughes,

Functional Medicine Practitioner

Rebecca is committed to high quality, results-driven health care to her patients. She brings a wealth of clinical experience to the treatment of a range of health conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, period pain, PMS, menopause, thyroid conditions, IBS and metabolic conditions.

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Mark Payne,

Functional Medicine Practitioner

Mark has 30 years of experience as a clinical health professional, and describes himself as a generalist with a particular interest in helping those with cardiometabolic conditions, stress related disorders, and immune disorders achieve a high level of health and wellbeing.

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Jessica Cairns,

Health Coach

Jessica’s journey into the health industry started in her late 20s, when she experienced digestive, weight and mental health challenges. After solving her health problems through nutrition and lifestyle practices like exercise and mindfulness, a drive to help others reclaim their health was born.

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Bee Pennington,

Health Coach

At age 33, Bee was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, an autoimmune disease. This led her to study clinical nutrition, holistic lifestyle coaching and personal training. Your life will be so much better with Bee in your corner as your health coach (this is what our patients say all the time!).

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Charlene Harvey,

Health Coach

Charlene is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach with a passion for helping both children and adults improve their health and wellbeing. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Clinical Nutrition) at Torrens University.

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Liv Brown,

Health Coach

After spending 15 years in corporate life as a senior marketer it was stress-triggered health challenges, family priorities and a yearning for change that led her to leave her job, driven by a desire to heal herself and help others in a more profound way using her lived experience.

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Melissa Smith,

Marketing & Communications Manager

Prior to her career as a naturopath, nutritional therapist and health coach, Melissa worked in brand agencies helping big brands share their message. She now combines her love for health and marketing in her mission to help us share our message out into the world.

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Courtney Tanner,

Practice Manager

Courtney joined our team at the end of 2018 and is referred to in-house as the 'ninja of operations'. Originally studying Naturopathy, Courtney left her studies to further her career in the health industry and now works full time as our Clinic Manager as well as heading the clinic support team and overseeing patient experience.

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Fiona Knaggs,

Content Creator

Fiona loves helping others to feel organised, calm and supported. She believes knowledge is power and thrives on organising and sharing information to support our patients to achieve better health. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to health and understanding an individual’s personal situation is paramount to the implementation of preventative strategies and health care solutions.‍

Jabe Brown, Founder & Functional Medicine Practitioner

Jabe holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and a Masters in Science, Human Nutrition, and Functional Medicine. His special areas of interest are in treating complex conditions of the gut, fatigue and adrenal conditions, autoimmunity, and health optimisation.

Rebecca Hughes
Functional Medicine Practitioner

Rebecca is committed to high quality, results-driven health care to her patients. She brings a wealth of clinical experience to the treatment of a range of health conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, period pain, PMS, menopause, thyroid conditions, IBS and metabolic conditions.

Julie Surname
Functional Medicine
Practitioner

Rebecca is committed to high quality, results-driven health care to her patients. She brings a wealth of clinical experience to the treatment of a range of health conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, period pain, PMS, menopause, thyroid conditions, IBS and metabolic conditions.

Jessica Cairns
Health Coach

Jessica’s journey into the health industry started in her late 20s, when she experienced digestive, weight and mental health challenges. After solving her health problems through nutrition and lifestyle practices like exercise and mindfulness, a drive to help others reclaim their health was born.

Bee Pennington
Health Coach

At age 33, Bee was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, an autoimmune disease. This led her to study clinical nutrition, holistic lifestyle coaching and personal training. Your life will be so much better with Bee in your corner as your health coach (this is what our patients say all the time!).

Charlene Harvey
Health Coach

Charlene is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach with a passion for helping both children and adults improve their health and wellbeing. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Clinical Nutrition) at Torrens University.

Liv Brown
Health Coach

Replace with Liv’s bio intro. Jabe holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and a Masters in Science, Human Nutrition, and Functional Medicine. His special areas of interest are in treating complex conditions of the gut.

Melissa Smith
Marketing & Communications Manager

Prior to her career as a naturopath, nutritional therapist and health coach, Melissa worked in brand agencies helping big brands share their message. She now combines her love for health and marketing in her mission to help us share our message out into the world.

Courtney Tanner
Practice Manager

Courtney is referred to in-house as the ‘ninja of operations’. Originally studying teaching, Courtney couldn’t get away from her passion for all things nature/natural and so transitioned across to study a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Naturopathy) which she is currently completing.

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