OUR PEOPLE

At the Wellington Apothecary we are an eclectic bunch of herbalists, naturopaths, nutritionists, anthropologists, massage therapists, holistic facialists, environmentalists, political ecologists, gardeners, researchers and manufacturers. All of which enriches our approach to understanding wellbeing, people and nature. The ancient history of herbal medicine and healing philosophy inform the basis of what we know about health and wellbeing, and the effects of plants on the human body and mind. We are interested in finding a holistic approach to health and wellbeing for both our people and our land. Join us.
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CHANTAL CROPP

CO-FOUNDER / ETHNOBOTANIST / YOGA TEACHER


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. 
LAURA JANSEN

CO-FOUNDER / STUDENT HERBALIST / STUDENT NATUROPATH


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. Laura is in the process of setting up a student Naturopathy clinic. More on this soon.
JEMMA SCOTT

CO-FOUNDER / HERBALIST / PHOTOGRAPHER


Jemma believes an epicurean lifestyle of simple living, wholesome food and shared knowledge is the key to cultivating lasting wellness. After growing up with severe eczema as a child and exploring many healing avenues, Jemma found her cure in plant medicine. She has spent the past 18 years immersed in natural health, culminating in the co-founding and continuing evolution of the Wellington Apothecary. Jemma's greatest pleasure is the alchemic experimentation involved in creating herbal medicine and sharing this knowledge and these rituals through teaching workshops and creating bespoke blends. Having recently completed a Diploma in Professional Photography, Jemma resides in beautiful Island Bay where she finds her balance in life through being a mum to her 5 year old son Hunter and by exploring moods and ideas through the lens.
RENEE WALLIS

SHOP MANAGER & SUSTAINABILITY ADVISER


Renee's ethos is that by nuturing the environment, we nurture ourselves. She is particularly interested in the human-nature connection, and how this connection can contribute to individial, community and societal well-being. She is also passionate about small, local and environmentally concious business as a vehicle for this. With an in-depth understanding of sustainable business and development, and an ecocentric approach, she is continuously researching and implementing various sustainability strategies for us. Find her in-store for a tea and chat about innovative ways we can continue to embody these values.
ABIGAIL SMITH

HEAD NATUROPATH


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


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.
STEPHANIE MALCOLM

HOLISTIC FACIALIST


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

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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