International Women’s Day:
Empowering Women in Healthcare

Melissa McDonald Naturopath

Happy International Women’s Day! Today, we’re celebrating the accomplishments of women around the world and in our practice at Central Coast Spinal Care Centre. To celebrate, we have interviewed two inspiring women of our practice, Dr Lotte Hansen (Chiropractor), and Melissa McDonald (Naturopath). Both of these wonderful women are making a positive impact in healthcare, whose passion for holistic well-being has positively influenced many lives.

Dr Lotte Hansen – Chiropractor


How did you get into Chiropractic?

I discovered chiropractic and loved its philosophy of helping the body restore itself. It’s practical and can be done anywhere with just a table, a phone, and a lightbulb.

I chose to study at AECC in England because of its international recognition, opening doors for me to work outside Denmark. After graduating, I opened a clinic in Scotland and also served patients in the Shetland Islands weekly. Traveling and seeing the world suited me well.

Did you know any health professionals or someone in your family who was a chiropractor?

I always felt from a young age, that I needed to explore the world beyond Denmark, where I grew up. Being a stay-at-home mum wasn’t enough for me. My godmother was Flight Attendant, and I always admired how her job took her to see the whole world, so I wanted something that gave me the freedom to explore.

How do you balance self care and caring for others?

I have always loved water, and wanted to live near water. In Denmark, there is a lot of water, and I could not see myself living somewhere in a desert. So, I came to Australia, which is 50% desert, but also an island.
I immediately joined the rowing club straightaway. That’s how I met my husband. We were always entering into different races and I would spend all my time outside work doing water sports and that’s continued until now although it has evolved into a big sailboat.

I’ve heard that your sailing has cost you a few phones.

Unfortunately, I have now lost three phones to the bottom of Lake Macquarie.

What advice would you give to other women aspiring to enter or excel in the field of Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a great profession for both men and woman. Being a woman should not hold you back at all. Some health professions seem to be more male dominated because of strength, but I don’t think strength is an important factor in Chiropractic. Big or small, woman or man, it’s really about technique and nothing to do with physical size.

Some people find a female chiropractor less frightening to see. One patient told me he said he reckoned we would do less damage, but really all chiropractors should be gentle and understanding, respectful of women, and so I don’t feel like men or women give a better treatment or have more empathy for others, because I think we all can.

I love how we can all, men and women, find our little groove, because chiropractic is such a broad spectrum of things. We all have different things that we are interested in. Once you’ve done your training you go out there and follow your heart, and what you do continuously evolves and changes and improves. Chiropractic is a growing type of profession. Things are always changing, and you never need to be stuck doing the same thing day in and day out. There’s always something to learn. You can change the direction of what do as new ideas and techniques come to you. It’s a profession for a lifetime.

To find out more about our Chiropractor Dr Lotte Hansen, click here.

Melissa McDonald – Naturopath

How did you get into Naturopathy?

After high school, my best friend and I at the time, explored all facets of healthy eating and wellness. We both decided to stop eating meat and become predominately plant-based. Through this, we both started studying Nutritional Medicine together.

After the first semester, my grandparents became very unwell, so I decided to put my studies on hold and move to New Zealand to care for them. Not knowing how stressful this decision would be for a 20 year old, I found out the hard way… My health started to deteriorate quickly, in which I experienced severe cystic acne, poor gut health and anxiety.

I would pop into the local health food store on Saturday morning in Auckland, and met a Naturopath who cured all my ailments with this disgusting liquid (herbal medicine) and new this was my destiny. As soon as I came back to Australia, I changed degrees from Nutrition to Naturopathy.