DR. TESSA JONES; M.B. ChB, Dip Obst, M.A.C.A.M., F.A.C.N.E.M., F.R.N.Z.C.G.P, FABAARM
Dr. Jones graduated from Otago medical school in 1974 and while she was grateful for this training she felt there was too strong an emphasis on the use of pharmaceuticals. Subsequently she began a journey into functional medicine with postgraduate study in the mid-late 70’s. Early study included reading the books of Adele Davis, a popular nutritionist of the time. Dr. Jones considered that what we eat was a good place to begin learning about holistic health and she subsequently spent time living and studying on an organic farm in Kaikoura.
On having children, Dr. Jones became intensely interested in natural childbirth and was part of the early homebirth movement in New Zealand. She also took a particular interest in women’s health and was a founder of the first women’s health centre in Ponsonby Rd, Auckland. In the mid 80’s with a young family, Dr. Jones worked at Wellington Women’s Hospital as a Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1988 she began practicing obstetrics as a GP in Newtown, Wellington.
With 40+ years of experience, study and training, as well as memberships with various organizations, Dr. Jones is an extremely well qualified practitioner. She is a fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, having also lectured for them. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, a group of doctors dedicated to the application of science to the early detection, prevention and treatment of age related illness. Dr. Jones is on the Professional Standards Committee of the Australasian Academy of Anti-aging Medicine and serves as an examiner for this organization.