Sharon Erdrich Naturopath
Registered Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, Gastrointestinal Consultant, Functional Medicine Specialist, Registered Nurse
Sharon Erdrich is one of New Zealand’s leading natural healthcare professionals. With over 30 years experience, she offers health and nutritional expertise to students of nutrition and naturopathy, health professionals as well as to private clients.
Her wide range of experience means she is well placed to support you to achieve your health goals.
Sharon is a New Zealand Registered Nurse, Registered Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Holistic Nutritional Consultant with a busy practice in Auckland. Sharon has a Master of Health Science (Hons) from the University of Auckland, specialising in nutrition. Her thesis was a dietary study, investigating the role of nutrition in men with prostate cancer, from which two papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals:
1. An Investigation into the Association between DNA Damage and Dietary Fatty Acid in Men with Prostate Cancer
2. A pilot study to investigate if New Zealand men with prostate cancer benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet
Sharon also developed a collection of recipes for promoting dietary change for men with prostate cancer, which is available FREE from the University of Auckland’s website.
Sharon has developed a strong interest in digestive health over the years, which ultimately resulted in intense exploration of the causes and consequences of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and the subsequent establishment of SiBOtest.NZ.
In addition to her busy natural health clinic in Mt Albert, she is a popular public speaker and lead tutor at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, where she teaches in the Bachelor of Naturopathic & Herbal Medicine.
With an abundance of naturopathic and nutritional knowledge, accumulated over years of working with an inquiring mind in both alternative and conventional medical systems, Sharon is able to support people with an extremely wide range of health conditions. This includes gut imbalances, stress, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, problems associated with mood and sleep, as well as weight management – particularly for the benefit in preventing diabetes and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and much more.
How Sharon Works
Sharon Erdrich uses a personalised approach to your health concern. Her preferred modes of working with clients to support the return to good health, and the maintenance thereof, are Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Therapy. Where necessary, she may recommend advanced pathology or functional medicine testing to identify abnormal metabolism and imbalances. These aid in ensuring things move in the right direction for your treatment. Tools used include functional nutritional screening, DNA testing, hydrogen-methane breath testing, salivary/urinary hormones, allergy , mineral and/or toxin testing. These are all examples of Functional Testing; using science to aid addressing your health challenges by establishing underlying predispositions or imbalances. This enables more accurate targeting of appropriate therapies for each individual.
Sharon’s journey into natural medicine began in 1979, when as a student nurse she realised that sick people, treated with conventional medicine, didn’t really get better. They just got well enough to function, or be discharged from hospital until the next health crisis. A driving desire to help people correct the underlying causes of their ill-health fuelled her quest for an in-depth understanding of many aspects of natural health care.
Sharon trained at Greenlane Hospital in Auckland and her subsequent career as a Registered Nurse was very broad. Over the course of her nursing career she gained experience in Cardiology, Intensive Care, Paediatrics, Oncology, District Nursing, General Practice, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Medicine, Geriatrics and Surgery. This gave her a diverse and deep understanding of a large range of health challenges that people face. Sharon has held nursing positions in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom as well as in New Zealand. In an interval between health-orientated pursuits, Sharon studied with the Royal NZ Horticultural Society – achieving papers (with distinction) in the National Diploma in Horticulture, testimony to her love of plants.
Sharon is an experienced lecturer and accomplished presenter with a number of public speaking engagements. She has taught at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Auckland since 2003, inspiring students in a range of topics, on the Bachelor of Nursing at Unitec for 3 years and in 2009 the New Zealand College of Massage engaged her to develop and deliver courses for the Bachelor of Health Studies program.
Rich Earth is her own range of carefully selected organic and wild Essential Oils and hand-made Natural Skin Care Products. Sharon offers a crafting workshop for those interested in learning to make their own natural skin care products – simply get at least six like-minded people together and a workshop will be arranged for your group. Contact us here to request a booking.
Professional memberships include: NZ Association of Medical Herbalists, the NZ Society of Naturopaths, of which she is the vice-president, the NZ Register of Holistic Aromatherapists, a member of the Clinical Nutrition Association and an associate member of the Nutrition Society of NZ.. She also maintains a current nursing practising certificate.
PG Dip HSc (Merit) University of Auckland
PG Cert HSc (Nutrition) University of Auckland
ND (Hons) Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Dip Med Herb., Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Dip Aromatherapy, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Cert Massage, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Certified Metabolic Typing® Advisor (HealthExcel)
Ultra Lite Weight Management Consultant
Cert QRA Practitioner
Advanced PSYCH-K® Facilitator (Australia)
Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA) Cambridge
National Certificate in Adult Education (NCAE)
- Master of Health Science – Honours (2015)
- Top Naturopathic Student (2005)
- Best Research Paper (2005) “Alternative Therapies for Hypercholesterolaemia – A Comparative Review” in 2003
- Finalist: Health Practitioner of the Year (2008), NZ Health Industry Awards
Public engagements have included:
2016: Keynote speaker, Combined Naturopathic Conference, Auckland NZ.
2015: Guest speaker, NZ Society of Naturopaths
2014: Poster presentation NZ Society for Oncology Conference
2010: NZ National Hepatitis Conference: “Complementary Therapies for Hepatitis C”
2009: NZ AIMA Conference: “The Metabolic Syndrome”
2008: NZ Register of Aromatherapists Annual Conference 2008, “Stress & Aromatherapy“,
2009: (Sept) Breakfast TV, discussing The Science of Smell.
2008: Invited speaker at The Gluten Free Food & Allergy Expo – ” The implications of food allergies for long-term health ”
2008: Nutrition advisor to the TV Program “What’s Really in our Food”
Sharon loves researching and writing about health. Two publications ensuing from her thesis are available in peer-reviewed journals:
- A pilot study to investigate if New Zealand men with prostate cancer benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet
- An Investigation into the Association between DNA Damage and Dietary Fatty Acid in Men with Prostate Cancer
Other articles available include:
Sharon Erdrich Naturopath
My 8 year old son had digestive issues since birth and over the years I had taken him to see numerous specialists and health practitioners – all to no avail. That is until we started seeing Sharon about a year ago who correctly diagnosed my son’s problem as SIBO and then spent the next 12 months treating him gently but effectively with herbs and other naturopathic medicine. 12 months on and my son is off all medicine’s, eats a normal diet and has normal digestive health. As a mother this means the world to me! Thank you so much for all your help Sharon – you’re amazing!Jodi Donovan