OUR PEOPLE

At the Wellington Apothecary we are an eclectic bunch of herbalists, naturopaths, nutritionists, anthropologists, massage therapists, holistic facialists, environmentalists, artists, yoginis, gardeners, researchers and manufacturers. All of which enriches our approach to understanding wellbeing, people and nature. The ancient art of herbal medicine and healing philosophy inform the basis of how we approach wellbeing. We are interested in exploring holistic and embodied ways of healing ourselves as individuals, our people as a collective and our environment as our home. Join us.
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CHANTAL CROPP
CO-FOUNDER / ETHNOBOTANIST / YOGA TEACHER
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Chantal is a herbalist and naturopath with an anthropological and yogic foundation. She offers you bespoke plant medicine, self care rituals and mindful inquiry into your innate ability to heal. Chantal is currently residing in the Coromandel region teaching yoga and offering the free practitioner advice service ASK CHANTAL. She also writes our online journal ARTICULATE to share holistic wellness tools and ethnobotanical insight with you. You can find out more about her here chantalcropp.com
LAURA JANSEN
CO-FOUNDER / STUDENT HERBALIST / STUDENT NATUROPATH
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Laura is a co-founder of the Wellington Apothecary and is completing the final stages of her level seven diploma in Health Science: Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Naturopathy. With an uncanny ability to absorb knowledge and an insatiable curiosity about almost everything, Laura is constantly researching and testing plant extracts and new ingredients on herself (and everyone else) ensuring all of our products are formulated to be as safe and effective as possible. Laura sees community connection, sustainability and transparency as crucial to our integrity as a business and plans to explore this through travel, stories and providing unique traditional holistic therapies.
JEMMA SCOTT
CO-FOUNDER / HERBALIST / PHOTOGRAPHER
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Jemma's greatest pleasure is the alchemic experimentation involved in creating herbal medicine, formulating bespoke skincare blends and sharing these rituals through collaborative workshops. After growing up with severe eczema as a child and exploring many healing avenues, Jemma found her cure in plant medicine and began her training in Herbalism. She has spent the past 18 years immersed in natural health, culminating in the co-founding and continuing evolution of the Wellington Apothecary. Join her in store to create your own skincare/perfumes/tea blends and more.

ABIGAIL SMITH
HEAD NATUROPATH
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Abigail believes that one of the greatest keys to optimal wellness is living in a way the body was intended for; eating delicious whole foods, contributing to a healthy community of family and friends, taking time to rest, being in awe of nature and having a meaningful work life. Her focus is on promoting a happier and healthier way of being through making achieveable and sustainable lifestyle and dietary changes. Utilising herbal tonic blends, nutritional supplements when needed and encouraging the inclusion of a predominantly wholefoods diet, Abigail tailors her advice specifically for you. Abigail is in store four days a week; Wednesday through Saturday and is available for free over the counter practitioner advice on these days.
KATHRYN SMILEY
HEAD MANUFACTURER
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Kathryn’s love for ritual, beauty and the handmade led her to join the Wellington Apothecary team as Head Manufacturer. A lifelong creative, she draws on her attention to detail and intuitive eye to lovingly produce the Wellington Apothecary product range. She enjoys a regular yoga practice blending mindfulness, movement, and wellness. A talented designer, she is also at home creating with sustainable textiles and exploring the alchemical processes of natural dying. Kathryn also has a love for learning and is endlessly enthusiastic about plant healing, philosophy, and holistic medicine.
JACQUELINE TRINH
ARTIST / APOTHECARIAN
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Jac recognises the importance of a balanced, holistic lifestyle and the significance the natural environment plays in our wellbeing. Drawing on wealth of knowledge from an international community she welcomes the opportunity to explore a sustainable and ecocentric approach to modern health. Beyond her passion for environmentally sustainable outcomes for wellbeing, Jac is a student of the Fine Arts, and explores the shifting landscapes of the human condition for inspiration in her work.

ALEXA BELAVSKIS
APOTHECARIAN / YOGA TEACHER
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Alexa's passion resides in connecting the dots to unlock the mysteries of our world. She is fascinated by the magic of the plant kingdom, the inner human landscape and the ancient teachings of the Mayans and the East. Her belief is that we each hold the key to a fulfilled and happy life, and her mission is to help you live it. Her love of knowledge and desire to be of service led Alexa to train as a yoga teacher in Nicaragua, study meditation and metaphysics in Guatemala, and immerse herself in the personal development world.

Her travelling adventures have brought her back to NZ where she is now exploring the connection and application of her studies to date with astrology and plant medicine in healing. She looks forward to sharing her practices at Wellington Apothecary as her journey unfolds.
STEPHANIE MALCOLM
HOLISTIC FACIALIST
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Stephanie is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Holistic Facialist. Her international career has spanned across more than a decade allowing her to work and learn from experts in the field of natural beauty, including the sought after Natural Lift Facial Massage technique; and more recently adding Integrative Nutrition Health Coach to her offerings, providing a uniquely effective inner and outer wellness approach to your health and beauty needs. ​
ELLE EASTWOOD
NATUROPATH
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Elle wholeheartedly believes in treating the body holistically. We are all a complex make up of our genetics, our family history, our diet & even our life experiences and sustainable health improvements can be reached when all these things are considered. Elle is passionate about merging traditional naturopathic knowledge with current scientific research to create treatment plans that are evidence based, as well as being realistic and practical to each client. Find out more...

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