About

Sandee Lippiatt (she/her)

Sandee Lippiatt is the owner and senior practitioner of Margaret River Acupuncture. Entering her third decade of practice, Sandee opens up the healing potential of the individual with Acupuncture, massage, cupping, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, qigong, Western and Chinese herbal medicine, Sho Ni Shin, dietary and lifestyle advice.

Sandee graduated with a Diploma of Herbal Medicine and a Graduate Diploma in Acupuncture (TCM) at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine and during that time was mentored by Master Andrew Tem-Foo Lim. In 2004, Sandee travelled to China where she attended workshops on Chinese Orthopaedic Medicine, Qigong and Acupotomy. One of her best experiences was in the specialist clinics of Longhua Hospital Shanghai University of TCM treating hundreds of patients each day which exposed her to many Chinese Medicine diagnoses and treatment methods.

Sandee practises and teaches Qi Gong, which assists her to be in touch with her own Qi (energy) and that of her patients.  She is a Master Ziran Qigong Instructor and trains under the guidance of Master Liu Deming (5th generation of the Ziranmen lineage). 

Sandee has a special interest in women’s health, natural fertility, pregnancy and post natal care. She is a “Fertile Life Method Practitioner” trained by Kirsten Wolfe who continues to be a mentor in fertility, IVF support and pregnancy care.  In 2013 she studied Sho Ni Shin for children and Obstetrics/ Gynaecology with Dr Soma Devi and is currently undertaking mentorship in Classical Chinese medicine.

Sandee is professionally registered with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), the Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (FCMA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Bridie Ritchie (she/her)

Bridie was born on Wadawurrung Country to a mum who immigrated from Scotland in the 70s and a dad from the western districts of Victoria with early settler ancestry. She found Chinese Medicine in her late 20’s while suffering from burn out from starting and growing her first business. A wild and weird array of symptoms had her searching for answers at a local Chinese Medicine clinic. Over a series of treatments, she learned how her symptoms were connected and was guided back to balance with herbs and acupuncture. Despite the taste of her herbal formula, she was hooked. 

Completing a five-year double degree at RMIT has given Bridie a firm grounding in western health science as well as Chinese medicine theory and practise; spanning the classics to modern application (with a strong focus on evidence-based training). She did 18 months of supervised clinical practise at the RMIT Student health clinic and was lucky to complete her final placement at Jiangsu Hospital of Chinese medicine in Nanjing, China. Throughout her final year of study, she worked for Dr Peter Gigante of East West Therapies, which expanded her herbal knowledge and sparked her interest in working with children. 

Alongside paediatrics, Bridie is interested in chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, and reproductive health. Bridie has experience treating trans and non-binary patients undergoing hormone replacement therapy and is very interested in further exploring how Chinese medicine can support and assist essential gender affirming healthcare. Above all, Bridie believes in Chinese medicine’s power as a general practise, so loves to work with folks of all ages to maintain general health, whether that involves treating colds and flus, musculoskeletal aches and pains, UTI’s, skin conditions, gastrointestinal issues or mental health support. 

Bridie is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA). She has a diploma in remedial massage, and has completed various yoga teacher trainings, including yin, ashtanga, trauma informed practise and community yoga. Outside of the clinic Bridie makes pottery and recharges in nature- she usually has a long-distance hike in some stage of planning.