About Us
pin & tonic

Welcome to pin & tonic, a Natural Medicine, Nutrition and Acupuncture clinic. We are here to help resolve your current symptoms or long term health conditions.

pin & tonic is committed to your wellbeing and to nurturing you and your family at every stage of life. From preconception and pregnancy to childhood and adolescence then throughout your adult life, we offer you the best natural approach for your whole family.

We are highly qualified practitioners using evidence based complementary medicine to provide innovative and effective treatment.

Katy & Belinda

Katy Dyson
MAppSci (Acupuncture)
BNat (Naturopathy)
BSc (Psychology)
PostGradDip (Health Prom)
AHPRA registered

Belinda Matkovich
MAppSci (Acupuncture)
BHSc (Naturopathy)
BA (Psychology)
AHPRA registered

Katy Dyson and Belinda Matkovich are qualified Naturopaths and Acupuncturists holding university degrees in both the Science and Natural Medicine fields (WA and VIC). They are both passionate and dynamic practitioners who use their extensive skill set to comprehensively investigate the underlying causes of your health issues. They aim to improve and resolve current symptoms to help you feel better quickly while also having the intention of supporting your journey toward a lifetime of optimal health. Katy and Belinda look at each individual as being unique rather than simply a set of symptoms. Their approach aims to put together the pieces of your health puzzle to find a long term solution.

Katy and Belinda’s training is science-based therefore their approach to treatment is derived from clinical evidence while they are also talented in the art of holistic medicine. They have a broad knowledge of medical health issues and a balanced perspective on treatment with natural, nutritional and pharmaceutical medications. They also attend regular professional seminars and conferences around Australia to ensure their knowledge and treatment is based on the latest findings.

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KATY DYSON
BPhotography_Commercial Pin and Tonic0005Katy has had a diverse range of experience over the previous 15 years working in private practice with GP’s and psychologists (WA) and also as a practitioner consultant for one of Australia’s leading nutrition companies (WA & QLD). Initially after moving to Tasmania in 2006 she worked as a Chronic Disease Management Coordinator for a pharmaceutical company in a preventative healthcare role.

Katy then established her own business Tonic Inspired Health in 2007 which grew to be a multi disciplinary wellness centre having more than 5000 clients visit the clinic. Tonic Inspired Health has evolved and transformed over the previous 9 years into the recently rebranded “pin & tonic” in collaboration with Belinda Matkovich.

Katy also worked at ‘Nutrition for Life’ Diabetes & Health Research Centre. Here Katy provided innovative nutritional advice based on the latest scientific principles in managing diabetes and cardiometabolic health. In this role, Katy has also presented lectures in the community about the critical role of nutrition in our lives. Katy now also works for medical device company Medtronic as a clinical specialist in Diabetes insulin pump therapy, educating patients and practitioners using this technology.

Outside work her interests include outdoor activities, film and music, and caring for her three busy young children.

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BELINDA MATKOVICH
BPhotography_Commercial Pin and Tonic0003Belinda has worked in several clinical settings as a Naturopath and Remedial Massage Therapist since completing her bachelor degree in Melbourne in 2005. Her experience is diverse having worked in clinics in Melbourne, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, in Hobart and also in a previous Launceston based clinic. For several years Belinda also worked as a Family & Youth Support Worker in Melbourne, assisting clients with a wide variety of lifestyle & mental health issues.

Belinda has also been an elite athlete living and studying on a scholarship in the USA during the 1990’s. This experience has led her to have an interest in sports science and nutrition. She has had experience tailoring dietary plans for athletes and also has given group talks to athletes on sports nutrition. She has evolved her interest in this area to focus on the science of low carbohydrate diet and performance, which she has found to give outstanding results.

Outside her work Belinda is passionate about whole foods cooking with her Thermomix and is an experienced senior Thermomix demonstrator. She also enjoys quality leisure time with her young daughter.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

combining the art and science of modern and traditional medicine

The primary aim of Naturopathic medicine is addressing the underlying causes of illness, disease and debility and supporting the body’s natural healing processes.

Using nutritional advice and medical-standard herbal medicines and nutritional supplements we aim to resolve illness and optimise energy, health and wellness.

Naturopathy can be very successful either as a sole treatment or to complement conventional medical treatments. We will provide you with knowledge and tools to proactively take control of your long term health.

Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating health at important life stages and also addressing acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Digestive conditions including IBS, reflux, bloating, constipation, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis
  • Weight management
  • Stress and adrenal fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Women’s hormonal issues – endometriosis, PMS, period pain, PCOS, menopause
  • Men’s health issues – prostate conditions, infertility, andropause
  • Preconception, fertility, IVF support and pregnancy
  • Post natal and breast feeding issues
  • Babies and children’s health
  • Fatigue and chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia and sleep problems
  • Immune deficiency and autoimmunity
  • Respiratory conditions – hayfever, sinusitis, asthma, common coughs and colds
  • Inflammatory conditions – joint and muscle pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout
  • Skin conditions – dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne
  • Cancer and support with chemo and radiotherapy
  • Thyroid and metabolic issues
  • Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, fatique and chronic fatique syndrome
  • Cardiovascular conditions – high cholesterol, high blood pressure
  • Wellness and anti ageing medicine
  • Detoxification

In a Naturopathic consultation we will conduct a thorough assessment of your current health concerns, your medical history and a review of your diet and lifestyle

It may also include relevant tests for example:

  • Food allergy screening
  • Body composition and cellular health screening
  • Urine testing
  • Finger prick blood testing for glucose or cholesterol.
  • Candida blood testing
  • Helicobacter blood testing

We may also request other external pathology testing if required for example:

  • Salivary hormone analysis
  • Liver detoxification analysis
  • Gene testing (for lifestyle modifiable genes)
  • Stool analysis for testing specific bacteria and parasites
  • Cortisol and stress hormone testing
  • Coeliac gene testing

Based on gathered information, we will prescribe treatment involving dietary recommendations and relevant natural medications. We will treat you as an individual, not just a set of symptoms.

NUTRITION

Specialised nutrition and personalised diet therapy

We can educate you to adopt the most appropriate sustainable nutrition and dietary principles to help you achieve your body composition goals and manage any nutritionally based health conditions. Our priority is using food as medicine.

Weight Loss

Professional Weight Loss System

At pin and tonic we offer the “Shake it” professional weight loss system as one effective option available for you to help achieve your goals. This program is run only by practitioners and attracts health fund rebates. We help guide you to create and select the best real food choices and there is also an option of high quality shake or bar replacements if desired. For further information on the program please refer to the website www.shake-it.com.au.

We can support you with your diet for conditions and circumstances including:

  • Weight loss
  • Food allergy and intolerance
  • Diabetes and metabolic conditions
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Cancer
  • Coeliac
  • Crohn’s
  • IBS
  • PCOS
  • Sports performance
  • Pregnancy and Preconception

We can teach you about dietary paradigms including FODMAP, paleo, LCHF, low carb, whole30, GAPS, 5:2, professional detoxification, gluten/dairy free and other allergy specific diets.

ACUPUNCTURE

Effective for pain relief & restoring health

Acupuncture is a 3000 year old healing modality that has modern medical applications.

According to the World Health Organisation, acupuncture is an effective treatment for a large number of conditions as demonstrated in clinical trials including:

  • Back pain, neck pain and sciatica
  • Elbow, knee and shoulder pain
  • Sprains and sporting injuries
  • Facial, jaw and dental pain
  • Headache and migraine
  • Arthritis
  • Morning sickness, labour induction and breech correction
  • Hypertension and stroke
  • Adverse reactions to chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Hayfever and sinusitis
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Menstrual pain and disorders
  • Menopausal symtpoms
  • GIT disorders including IBS, gastritis, reflux

Acupuncture works by influencing blood flow and nerve pathways, reducing inflammation and pain, and restoring normal healthy function in the body. We may also use an electro machine to stimulate the needles to further reduce pain and may use another technique called cupping to relieve tension.

Understandably, some of you may be curious about the idea of using needles to reduce your pain and inflammation, and wonder what acupuncture feels like. The sensation of inserting super-fine acupuncture needles into specific sites on the body is very different to the discomfort of having a blood test or pricking your finger with a sewing needle! You may experience little or no sensation but it should not be painful for the duration of the treatment and most people find it very relaxing.

It is important to note that ‘dry needling’ is very different from acupuncture. Some practitioners may use this simplified technique alongside their other treatment modality. However a registered acupuncturist has spent several years studying the sophisticated principles of acupuncture, combining modern clinical applications with traditional methods that have stood the test of time.

Food Allergy / Intolerance screening

discover which foods are disrupting your health

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At pin & tonic we are able to conduct pathology testing for food allergies / intolerances. This enables us to accurately test for 59 different foods with only one finger prick of blood. The foods include a wide range of commonly consumed products including gluten, dairy, egg, other grains, proteins, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables. This procedure is suitable for both adults and children. Within 3 days we will generate a report which highlights specific foods disrupting your health rated on a scale according to severity.

Allergy identification can lead to a significant improvement in a variety of health conditions including

  • Digestive problems- bloating, IBS, flatulence, gastritis, colitis
  • Hayfever and sinusitis
  • Skin conditions- eczema, psoriasis, acne, hives, rosacea
  • Failure to thrive or poor appetite in children
  • Behavioural or mood issues
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Arthritis, muscle and joint pain

Feel well, vital and symptom-free after identifying problematic foods.

Body Composition & Cellular Health Analysis

assess your body composition and cellular health status

We use professional clinical tools that allow us to assess your body composition and cellular health status. The testing then enables us to generate a report which provides you with valuable information in helping you achieve your wellness goals.

This screening tool can support you to:

  • Manage your body composition effectively
  • Increase muscle tone & fitness
  • Improve energy and vitality levels
  • Support nutritional health
  • Prevent chronic disease associated with ageing
  • Recover from injury or illness
  • Monitor your progress over time

It is highly beneficial for:

  • Detoxification
  • Immunity
  • Pain relief
  • Assisting metabolism
  • Promoting weight loss

Specialised technology enable adjustable temperature to suit your comfort level. Generally they run slightly cooler than traditional saunas yet heat penetrates further into your body tissues. The infra-red waves are the same frequency as the fluid in our cells which enables toxins to be released and then excreted through our perspiration. It is a gentle dry warmth rather than a steam style sauna which is more therapeutic and leaves you feeling revitalised and energetic.

Dispensary

We have a comprehensive dispensary of medicine-grade practitioner nutraceuticals, vitamins, minerals, liquid herbs, supplements and protein powders. Our dispensary is open on our clinic days and we request that you ring in advance so we can allocate your requested items to ensure they are ready for collection when you arrive.

Get In Touch

Contact Us

236 Charles St Launceston 7250 | Tel. 03 6334 4223