The Path to Naturopathy
Rebecca Lang

Hello, my name is Rebecca Lang BHSc (Comp Med); Adv Dip Nat; Adv Dip Ntn: Adv Dip West. Herb

I grew up in Perth, not far out of Fremantle.  I always felt a little bit different to everyone else as a child, I was very sensitive and seemed to feel things deeply.  I soon learnt not to watch scary movies or even watch the news.

I was quite unwell as a child and always struggled with digestive issues and basically didn’t like food.

Before I even finished high school I had an interest in Naturopathy, but it was not covered under HECS and the course had to be paid for upfront.

My first job when finishing year 12 was at a doctor’s surgery where I worked alongside the doctor assisting with procedures and clinical duties.  I loved helping people.

At 18 I was offered work in Port Hedland in WA, working in financial planning, taxation and bookkeeping.  I started this work initially hoping I could save the money to pay for my Naturopathy studies. During this time I did my Reiki 1, 2 and Masters courses, massage courses and every spiritual development workshop I could access.

Five years later I moved back to Perth. I was married and had a baby and while he was 6 weeks old, I did an exam towards a Diploma in Financial Planning and was continuing my studies in this area.  I soon realised I did not want to waste my time studying something I didn’t love and started my Naturopathy course, saving up for and studying one subject at a time.

Rebecca and Tyrone

My son had many digestive issues and food intolerances, which increased my interest in Nutrition.  The doctors advised to give him Nurofen, I took him off gluten and saw immediate improvements.

I was studying Advance Diplomas in Nutritional Medicine, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. I also wanted to do a Bachelor in Health Science (Complementary Medicine) but this was not available in WA so my family and I moved to Qld 4 hours North of Brisbane to Bargara.  A beautiful spot on the beach.

I decided I wanted experience in the medical industry so left the financial planning and taxation industry to work at a private hospital.

Working on the wards gave me patient contact and understanding and the theatre bookings helped me to understand procedures and I was lucky enough to stand in on some surgeries and hold a gallbladder or a thyroid etc.

I then worked for a couple of different surgeons and an Audiologist which greatly enhanced my knowledge.

This was all done while also studying full time externally and attending University Of New England NSW twice a year for lectures and lab work, and also Health Schools Australia at the Gold Coast twice a year for lectures and lab work.  That was my annual leave for those years.

I also did go half way into a Bachelor of Nursing during this time but then decided I couldn’t do it all, and I was not going to be able to take instructions from a doctor.

While studying I was soon lead back into taxation and opened my own bookkeeping business which gave me more flexibility with hours, so I could also get some work and experience at a health food shop and allow time to do clinical hours over a 2 year period with an amazing Naturopath who was about to retire.  During this time I did a Diploma of Urine Biochemistry under my Mentor Naturopath.

In October 2008 I finally completed my studies and on the day of my graduation I did not attend but instead started consulting.

With a clinic built on the side of my house in the last year of study I was excited to begin.  And basically 10 years later I am still loving being a Naturopath. The clinical research and experience I have received over 10 years has taught me so much, on top of my studies and my time working in the medical industry.  I also worked for 2 years, 1 or 2 days a week in pharmacy, as a naturopath to enhance my pharmaceutical understanding and knowledge.

I had planned on moving back to Perth once my studies were complete but my life did not lead me that way.  Although in 2013 I did spend a year in Perth after the house and clinic were hit by a tornado and had to be rebuilt.  During this time I still ran my clinic in Bargara as well as one in Perth.

I am passionate about educating people about how Naturopaths can assist in improving people’s health along with empowering people to learn about their own health requirements.

I am also a strongly motivated teacher and believe by helping other Naturopaths and writing I am able to help even more people.

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