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Dr Lauren Surridge

Lauren is one of the owners of Balanced Life Health Care. Lauren has a bachelor degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine and has been practicing since 2008. Over the last 12 years Lauren has mentored under Melbourne’s best fertility & gynaecological Acupuncturists. She believes in an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to illness and wellness. By approaching illness using traditional wisdom of Chinese Medicine combined with the modern clinical researched approaches. Her areas of interest include;

  • Fertility & Gynaecology including conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, Painful periods, heavy periods, menopause
  • IVF support
  • Miscarriage & Pregnancy support
  • Chronic Pain management
  • Anxiety, stress & depression
  • Parasite elimination support
  • Chronic but undiagnosable health conditions

Lauren’s treatments involve;

  • Traditonal Acupuncture
  • Distal or Balance Acupuncture
  • Motor Point Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Cupping
  • Gua Sha
  • Integrative supplements

Dr Carleta Stan

Carleta Stan is a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner utilising Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Cupping therapy and Massgae, alongside her functional medicine knowledge to address a range of common (and not so common) health conditions. Her areas of interest include;


  • Gastrointestinal health; including food intolerance and allergies, IBS, Constipation, Diarrhoea
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Acute & Chronic pain
  • Mood disorders; including depression and anxiety
  • Women’s health


She believes that gut health is paramount to human health and by optimising it, patients can build a stronger immune system, re-balance hormones, resolve insomnia and settle anxiety. Carleta’s treatments include;

  • Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
  • Distal Acupuncture
  • Tung Acupuncture
  • Cupping
  • Gua Sha
  • Massage
  • Chinese Herbal medicine
  • Functional Medicine

Dr Tim Koo

Tim is a licensed practitioner, nationally board certified by AHPRA and member of AACMA.


Tim is a passionate acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist who strives to provide the best quality healthcare to his patients. He is fully registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and is an accredited member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).


He completed his double degree in Chinese Medicine and Health Science at RMIT University and spent his final semester at the Nanjing Jiangsu Provincial Hospital in China, where he completed his clinical internship. This experience has allowed Tim to look at your health concerns from several perspectives.


Tim is a caring professional who is driven by empathy and compassion, providing support to his patients to help them achieve optimal health and wellbeing. He believes in “treating the person, not the disease” and will individualise your treatment, based on your symptoms.


During consultations, Tim often uses a range of techniques to provide support to his patients including acupuncture, herbal medicine and cupping.

If you are interested in making an appointment with one of our team or would simply like to have a chat to see if Acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine might hep you ,

please feel free to contact us at the clinic on 03 8719 7373 or sends an email at [email protected] 

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