Dr Karel Hromek
BMed BSc FACNEM FACRRM FINMA
Dr Karel Hromek is a Medical Practitioner in Ocean Shores NSW, who has long specialised in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (NEM) together with mind-body medicine / psychoneuroimmunology. His practice focuses on holistic medicine and embraces nutritional medicine, allergy/sensitivity, chelation therapy, injectable nutrient therapy, and environmental and gastrointestinal assessment.
Karel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1973, University of NSW, majoring in microbiology and ecology, and worked for the NSW Department of Agriculture as a research scientist on the far north coast of NSW, where he still lives. He bought a tropical fruit farm at Boogarem Falls, Mullumbimby, which he still owns today, turning it into an organic farm concentrating on avocados, lychees and mangoes. He built his own home and also a music studio where he is part of a rock and roll band, playing guitar and mandolin.
Karel completed his medical degree at the University of Newcastle where he met his future wife, Ann-Mary, who worked as a nurse at Royal Newcastle Hospital where he was an intern. Dr Hromek is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and also of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). He was granted an honorary fellowship of the Indian Nutritional Medical Association (INMA) for helping to bring NEM to India and is a current member of the INMA faculty.
Karel is a very popular, engaging lecturer and facilitator, who has taught NEM – especially chelation therapy and injectable nutrient therapies – to medical practitioners throughout Australia and New Zealand for over twenty years. He is a past-president of ACNEM and an integral member of their Education Committee.
In recent years, together with his wife Ann-Mary, Karel has helped set up NEM associations in India, Malaysia and Thailand, regularly teaching doctors in those countries. He is the author of three medical texts: “Injectable Nutrients”, “Handbook of Chelation Therapy” and “Nutrient Summaries” and has had many articles published in the field of NEM.
Dr Marcus Hewitson
MBBS B.Sc. FRACGP
Marcus is a General Practioner specialising in Personalised Medicine and individualised treatment protocols. He utilises a holistic approach incorporating western medical, nutritional/environmental and integrative principles.
He graduated from UNSW in 1998 with a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Science. After two years in the public system he traveled extensively. On his return he spent six years working in rural Australia in a variety of locum registrar positions including emergency medicine, general medicine, and cardiology. During a stint with the Royal Flying Doctor Service he was introduced to rural general practice. He relocated to Byron Bay, attaining Fellowship (RACGP) in 2009.
In 2011 his own illness experience led him deep into the world of Functional Medicine. He now combines comprehensive patient assessment with functional pathology testing to find and address the root cause of disease.
§ Primary Training, working towards Fellowship of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
§ Walsh Research Institute Practitioner Training (Biobalance) – advanced nutrient therapy protocols for mental health disorders
§ Australasian College of Medical Nutrition (ACMN) - Whole Patient Assessment and Injectable Nutrients
§ Translational Nutrigenomics (current)
While remaining a committed generalist, Marcus has special interests in wellness/preventative medicine, brain and gut disorders, and complex illness.
Clinical Support Staff
RN, ND, FACNEM (hon) , FINMA, MATMS
Ann-Mary Hromek completed her General Nursing training at Gosford District Hospital in 1984 then gained 12 years experience working in hospitals, private nursing, palliative care, as well as a stint in Saudi Arabia. She then went on to qualify as a Naturopath at Naturecare College, St Leonards, Sydney in 1996. Following this Ann-Mary completed a certificate in Female Sexual Health with NSW Family Planning in 1999. She is now commencing study at Newcastle University planning to complete a Medical Degree.
With twenty years experience in applying holistic therapies running a successful Nutritional Medical Centres in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and now moved to nearby Ocean Shores and continue to work part-time specializing in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.
Ann-Mary has a particular interest in female sexual health from menarche through to menopause. Also, from 1999 until the present she has run a busy intravenous therapies clinic utilizing chelation therapy and IV nutrient therapies, especially IV vitamin C.
Having been a presenter and an Education Committee member for ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine) for some time, by 2007 Ann-Mary accepted the role of Education Co-ordinator with ACNEM, where she is still an integral part of their education team and its many programs. This role has allowed her to develop and utilise considerable skills as integrative medicine program co-ordinator, group facilitator and lecturer.
Over the last ten years, Ann-Mary with husband Karel have travelled extensively in Thailand, Malaysia and India living their passion of Integrative medical education for doctors by supporting the development of integrative medical programs and colleges in those countries.
Ann-Mary also was involved with the fitness Industry completing her fitness leader training with Network Fitness in 1989. Ann-Mary specialized in Aquarobics and presented nationally and internationally, lecturing at conferences and also participating in the development of the Aquarobics manual for education purposes. She had a very successful aqua aerobics business in Hornsby Sydney from 1990 until she moved to Mullumbimby in 1996.
Lorelei’ s passion for working with people crystallised after volunteering with the Byron Youth Service in 2005 where she worked as a mentor for young people, liaising with local services and DOCS. Seeing a real need to develop her knowledge of Drug And Alcohol issues she began her training as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, moving into Life Line Counselling in Lismore.
Wanting to expand her skills further, Lorelei entered into the field of Nursing and graduated in 2007 from the Australian College of Nursing, where she worked in a range of settings such as Medical Emergency, Drug and Alcohol, Methadone Clinic, Paediatrics and Orthopaedics.
Over the last 5 years Lorelei has worked as an Integrative Health Nurse, running a busy IV clinic, specialising in intravenous nutrients and chelation therapy. She has worked in many areas from management and administration to practice nursing and women's health. She has undergone extensive training in injectable nutrients and has gone on to train nurses entering into Nutritional and Environmental Nursing. Lorelei also completed her Well Women's Screening Course with Family Planning NSW and offers her patients Well Women Health Checks, including Pap-smears and breast checks
Lorelei has a clear passion for supporting her patients and assisting them to reach their optimal health by creating a warm and friendly environment. Having a young child with allergies and exhausting the general medical system, she has had first hand experience in the benefits of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.