Our practitioners

Here at Torquay Chinese Medicine, our practitioners are fully registered with AHPRA in the areas of both Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

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Dr Frances Nininahazwe

Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist

BAppSc(ChinMed) BAppSc(HumBiol) RMIT

10 yrs+ experience

Clinical internship, Jiangsu Provincial Hospital, Nanjing CHINA



About Frances

'As a practitioner, Frances has adopted a holistic approach to health - recognising that health care is not simply just about patients taking medicine and receiving medical treatments, but also about the relationship each patient has with their own body: the food they ingest, the environment they live in, and the relationships they have with the people around them.  During treatments, Frances often explains the underlying Chinese Medicine diagnosis to the patient so that they can begin to understand and manage their own health in their day-to-day life.'

She gained her valuable learning experience by undertaking a double degree in Chinese Medicine and Human Biology at RMIT University, graduating in 2007 With Distinction. You can read more about this university course here.  As part of her university studies, she also completed a half year clinical internship at Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.

She is also co-ordinator of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Acupuncture Project at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray.  As a result, she has acquired experience treating conditions related to patients who have an asylum seeker status, and a special interest in treating conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and poor sleep quality.

Frances also has particular interest in treating cases of women's hormonal imbalances and infertility - combining Chinese herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese dietary therapy, and lifestyle advice according to each individual case.  She also frequently employs acupuncture as a conjunct supportive therapy for patients undergoing IVF and western medical fertility treatments.  For more information about how Frances might be able to help you with fertility & preconception care, please click here.

Away from the clinic, Frances is a mum, a soccer player, loves gardening, and regularly practises yoga.  She is passionate about natural health and living and has the strong belief that, in relation to the human body and our ever changing environment, health practitioners should be forever open to learning.

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Dr Samuel Dudgeon

Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist

MAppSc(ChinHerbMed), BHlthSc(Acu), Dip RM TTM, REF, Cert. Astrology, Chinese Astrology

15 yrs+ clinical experience (inc. 8 yrs+ Acupuncture) 

Clinical internships:

2009    Liaoning University of TCM, Shen Yang CHINA

2008    Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medical University, Nanning CHINA

About Samuel

Samuel Dudgeon is one of Melbourne’s most renowned Acupuncturists with over 15 years of clinical experience. He holds numerous tertiary qualifications in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Health Science from Australia as well as internships in China.

He has been serving the community of Warrandyte and surrounds for over 6 years, and is now extending his practice to the people of the Surf Coast.  Many of his patients travel far and wide to see him, and seek his support for serious and difficult health conditions, pain and also cancer.  Many of Samuel’s patients are surprised at how few treatments are needed, though this always depends on the person and condition.

With Samuel having not only read and researched most modalities of natural medicine, but also extensively of ancient Chinese classical medicine, you can ensure that you will receive the best treatment and advice available to support you. Most importantly his understanding of health is holistic; he has an authentic understanding of the psyche, and how stress and the mind impact disease and illness.

Samuel is a most revered speaker and regularly holds seminars around the country for fellow practitioners with Acuneeds Australia. He is also highly sought out for Chinese and Planetary Astrology consultations, and will be teaching these disciplines in the near future.

A professional, caring and passionate practitioner, Samuel will work with you to support alleviating pain and presenting issues at the surface while addressing the root causes internally. He always aims to empower his patients to manage their own condition and best attain optimum wellbeing on their own.

Treatments with Samuel

An initial consultation involves a thorough health history analysis, and radial pulse analysis which Samuel has mastered. Depending on his diagnosis, Samuel uses Tung, Ba Gua, Moxa and Gua Sha techniques. Herbs are an essential part of recovery and will be prescribed if needed. Supplements and tissue salts may also be required. An excellent Acupuncturist, you can look forward to a strong treatment or a most gentle solution for those with hesitation about needles.