Hills District


I offer a range of functional testing which helps to uncover root causes of many symptoms. Pricing varies per test.

Leaky Gut Test

The Intestinal Permeability (IP) test, also referred to as a “leaky gut” test, is a precise and non-invasive method for assessing gastrointestinal mucosal integrity. Damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract (small and large intestine) is common in people with conditions such as food sensitivity and food allergy, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, coeliac disease and dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.


Coeliac Gene Test

Coeliac disease usually presents with gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, malabsorption, or weight loss, however Coeliac Disease can be difficult to recognise, particularly in patients that do not have a typical symptom picture. There is a great deal of variation in presenting symptoms and many cases can actually occur without obvious symptoms manifesting. Consequently HLA-DQ genotyping is considered the initial step in testing in patients at risk of CD.

Pyrrole Disorder

The condition Pyroluria may be a common undiagnosed feature of many emotional and behavioural disorders. Pyroluria is a condition which causes the body to over-produce a group of compounds known as kryptopyrroles. The measurement of urinary kryptopyrroles may be indicated for individuals with behavioural and emotional disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Pyroluria is a stress-related condition and when symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings, behavioural problems etc are brought on by stressors, testing for urinary kryptopyrroles should be considered. 

MTHFR Gene Test

The MTHFR gene, technically referred to as Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase, is a key enzyme required to metabolise homocysteine. Mutations of the MTHFR gene may cause elevated blood levels of homocysteine. High homocysteine levels in the blood have been associated with coronary artery disease, venous thrombosis & stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, neural tube defects, recurrent miscarriage, autism spectrum disorders, stillbirths, depression & other mood disorders.


Complete Thyroid Panel

CTP is a comprehensive assessment of thyroid function. It can distinguish between hypo and hyper thyroid conditions, as well as autoantibodies in autoimmune thyroid disease that may be present in apparently healthy euthyroid individuals. The CTP tests Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, and Thyroid Antibodies.


The GI Map

The GI map is a comprehensive stool analysis designed to positively identify common pathogens, and assess the most relevant dysbiotic bacteria/yeast/parasites. In addition, it evaluates important “keystone” species of bacteria, which allows assessment of the overall health of the microbiome.


Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is an analytical test that measures the mineral composition of hair. It is a safe and non-invasive test that reflects the level of nutrient and toxic elements in body tissue. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis provides valuable information on existing health conditions. Further, it helps with early detection and prevention of conditions, as mineral imbalances are often seen before symptoms occur.


HTMA can reveal mineral deficiencies and excess, heavy metal toxicity, metabolic rate, immune, mental health, nervous system imbalance, liver and kidney stress, diabetes and insulin resistance, energy levels and fatigue, cardiovascular health, adrenal and thyroid function.



I practice on Darug land and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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