About Desiree

Desiree De Spong was born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand and is in her second decade of working in complementary medicine and education. Initially trained in Zen Shiatsu, Desiree was introduced to Chapman Reflexes (an osteopathic view on lymphatics) while studying Ortho-Bionomy, this course lead her to a great interest in the lymphatic system.  After investing in the instrument the Lymphstar Pro®, she began a quest for knowledge that would take her around the world.  After travelling to the United States to train with Allen Mills at the Centre for Lymphatic Health, Santa Barbara, Desiree began to develop her proficiency in Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy.  Desiree returned to the US to study with Cory Carter from Alt Med Services, South Dakota.  She has also trained in Manual Lymphatic Drainage with Jill Griffiths from the Weller Institute in Australia and she is currently the only New Zealander who is American trained in this specialised modality.

Desiree has since developed a training program in Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy and has been an International Trainer for six years. This training is also NCBTMB approved in the United States of America.  Desiree runs training seminars in both the USA and New Zealand.

Desiree was awarded a research fellowship with Flinders University, Adelaide and completed a trial alongside Professor Neil Pillar, into the benefits of the mild frequency vibration to the chest, axilla and arm in patients with clinically diagnosed arm lymphoedema secondary to breast cancer surgery in November 2010.

Working in the lymphology field since 2004, Desiree has had the opportunity to work many health conditions and has had successful results treating health issues ranging from detoxification to auto-immune conditions and has been working alongside health professionals to promote this integrative modality which supports both medical and complimentary medicines.  Desiree is currently a trustee for the Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust.

Desiree is also a Director of the New Zealand Centre of Integrated Health along with her business partner John Renna. It was her passion to develop a Centre that had a collaboration of health care practitioners dedicated to integrating the highest standard of conventional, complementary and alternative medicine, nurturing intrinsic healing in the whole person, body, mind and spirit.  It is the Centre’s mission to serve, empower and partner with our patients and our community on the path to wellness, transformation and wholeness.  The Centre will serve as a model for the new paradigm of patient-centered health care dedicated to furthering evidenced based research and education in Integrative Medicine.  The Centre is based at Promed House, Suite 6, Cnr Edgecumbe/10th Avenue, Tauranga, New Zealand.

About Karen

634be2_6131e5101fa0415fac7018e3244272fe-mv1Karen has been a qualified Massage Therapist since 2002 when she gained a Diploma in the de Mousgraffe Method of Healing and body balancing therapy.  The de Mousgraffe method combines a range of techniques including massage, acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy.

In 2010 she began training in Lymphatic Enhancement Technology and is a certified practitioner in Level I, Level II and Lymphoedema certification.  Karen is dedicated to ongoing personal development and in 2016 completed a Certificate in Massage at Waikato Institute of Technology.  In 2017 she trained in Hot Stone Therapy and completed a Hot Stone Massage Training Course.

Karen is passionate about listening to her clients, guiding and supporting them towards optimal health, using her skills and knowledge to offer a unique treatment to suit each client’s individual needs.

About Michelle

634be2_f5f8370cf9af42b0ab08c3b21f9d098d-mv2Michelle has a background of 10 years of experience in physiotherapy but has chosen to follow her passion in massage. In addition to her Bachelor of Health Science – Physiotherapy, Michelle has completed additional massage specific training in Oncology. Michelle has completed both Oncology Module 1 and Module 2.  Michelle now assists at the trainings for both Oncology Massage Modules held at Waipuna Hospice.  

Michelle has provided Oncology Massage Services at the November 2016 CANlive Cancer Retreat in Wanaka which is run by Ian and Ruth Gawler from the Gawler Foundation, Australia as well as the Aratika Cancer Trust Retreats since May 2016.

Michelle not only brings her skills and knowledge but a passion to support and provide a holistic approach to her client’s life journey.