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Welcome to the Urban Herbalist Integrative Wellness Clinic

We are a team of dedicated professionals working within a natural and integrative framework that have a strong commitment to helping you achieve your health goals.

We offer you: 
  • Naturopathy
  • Medical Herbalism
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Functional Testing – Fitgenes, DUTCH Hormone Testing, Food and Intolerance Testing and more 


We are based at Orakei Bay Village, 228 Orakei Road, Remuera. Our clinic is open 6 days per week, with free parking outside the clinic for 2 hours. We have a full dispensary, and offer functional testing services. Each practitioner is degree qualified and registered and we pride ourselves on practicing safely and effectively within our modalities.

For questions about consultations, or any advice, please email Joanna Vinsen, the Urban Herbalist Clinic director at

Alternatively, you can visit us in-store, or call us on 09 309 9120

About Our Team 

Our teams consists of naturopaths, medical herbalists and therapeutic massage therapists. We are also home to the Auckland Skin Clinic.

Joanna Vinsen (BNatMed, HbT, NMHNZ)
Naturopath & Medical Herbalist 

Joanna is the Urban Herbalist Clinic Director as well as a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist with a special interest in gut and mood disorders, particularly anxiety and depression. Joanna is also trained in
 Homeobotanical therapy & Colour therapy.

Brenda Brightwell (Dip.ThM, Level 6 Registered Massage Therapist)
Therapeutic Massage Therapist

After graduating from the NZ College of Massage in 1998, Brenda has seen first-hand how therapeutic massage can alleviate the powerful negative effects of stress, reduce muscle pain and promote good health in people of all ages and stages of life. Brenda takes a client-centered approach focusing on the unique needs of each individual client using Therapeutic and Remedial techniques  to assist in achieving optimum health.

Along with her wealth of life experience and knowledge, Brenda is excited to bring her passion for holistic health and well-being to the team at Urban Herbalist.

Debbie Walsh (BNatMed, DipNT, NMHNZ)
Registered Naturopath & Medical Herbalist, Skin Specialist

Debbie Walsh of Auckland Skin Clinic and the Urban Herbalist has trained with Professor Michael Tirant (Ph.D.) of the Psoriasis and Eczema Clinic in Australia, to give you access to his highly successful products and protocols. Debbie understands the frustration and embarrassment of dealing with a chronic skin condition. She suffered from psoriasis for 8 years before being introduced to Dr Tirant’s methods. As a Researcher, Qualified Naturopath and Medical Herbalist herself, Debbie had tried many methods to try and heal her skin, including some conventional medicines. Within three months of following Dr Tirant’s protocol her psoriasis went into remission.

Debbie keeps up-to-date with current research in functional medicine and customises treatment plans using Natural Medicine and Integrative Dermatology principles. She determines and treats the underlying cause of the skin condition, while also providing symptomatic relief, and using safe, non-toxic topical and oral treatments. She sees infants, children and adults with eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, miliaria, folliculitis and more.

Click here to book a consultation with Debbie from Auckland Skin Clinic, now running clinics at the Urban Herbalist on Mondays:

Khalid Ghanima (BPharm)

Store Owner and Director, Khalid has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and extensive knowledge on natural healthcare and the wide range of practitioner-only and other herbal and nutritional supplements available at the Urban Herbalist store. Come into the store for individualised advice or to discuss any health concerns with Khalid.

Outside of Auckland?

We also offer consultations via Skype - they are booked they same way as a normal booking, just mention that you would like have your consultation via Skype.


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