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 an experienced General Practitioner and educator in the emerging field of Personalised Medicine.
He graduated from UNSW in 1998 with an MBBS & Medical Science degree. A generalist at heart, he spent a decade gaining wide experience in rural Australia. Eventually he took his stethoscope to Byron Bay where he settled, attaining RACGP Fellowship in 2009.
In 2011 he fell gravely ill. Despite his years of training and the world's best medical care, the cause of illness remained elusive. What followed was a journey of discovery into complex illness causation and a long road back to health.
Today he combines comprehensive patient assessment with cutting edge Functional Laboratory testing to uncover and address the root cause of disease. He lectures nationally and internationally to medical audiences interested in helping some of their most complex cases.
While remaining a committed generalist, Marcus has special interests in brain and gut disorders, fatigue and complex illness.
§ AFMCP; Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (IFM)
§ Primary Training, Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
§ Australasian College of Medical Nutrition (ACMN) - Whole Patient Assessment and Injectable Nutrients
§ Walsh Research Institute Practitioner Training (Biobalance) – advanced nutrient therapy protocols for mental health disorders
Clinical Support Staff
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.
Sandy has been working 25 years in general practice and 10 of those years in Integrative medicine as a receptionist. She has been a part of the local community all her life and has raised her family in the local hinterland. Sandy has excellent communication skills and her caring and nurturing nature puts you at ease the minute you enter the practice.