Our Practitioners

Our team of expert Practitioners are all passionate about optimising natural fertility, increasing IVF success rates and supporting women through all stages of their life cycle.


We are Registered with the Chinese Medicicine Registration Board of Australia and have studied in both Australia and China completing a Bch App Sc(Chinese Med) and Bch App Sc (Human Biology) at RMIT University.


RMIT is the WHO (World Health Organisation) collaborative centre for research and development in Chinese Medicine.

Emma Vanheems

Dr Emma Vanheems is the Founder and Principal of Elsternwick Acupuncture. She is a Registered Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Nutritional & Functional Medicine Practitioner & Fertility Coach.


​Dr Emma has worked in Bayside for over 15 years, growing Elsternwick Acupuncture into a busy and respected Integrative Women’s Health Clinic in Bayside, Melbourne.


She is passionate about educating and supporting women and couples on their health and fertility journey, always striving to achieve the best outcome and providing a safe place where her patients feel supported and confident under her care. Emma believes that optimal health and wellbeing are achieved through a holistic approach to health and will often work in collaboration with other health care professionals to provide you the best care.


Dr Emma has studied extensively in both Australia and China completing a 5-year double degree (RMIT), Clinical Internship (Jiangsu Provincial Hospital, China) and further post-graduate studies in Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). She has a unique concurrent background in pharmaceuticals which drives her passion for learning and research, ensuring her patients are provided with the most up-to-date, innovative, and evidence-based treatment.


Dr Emma enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with her husband Liam and two spirited children Isla and Hudson!

Catherine Farchione

Dr Catherine Farchione is our Senior Integrative Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Nutritionist, and Fertility Coach.


Dr Catherine has 15+ years of experience and is dedicated to providing her patients with a holistic and gentle approach to health. She is passionate about women’s health and fertility and has accumulated many years of experience using acupuncture and herbal medicine successfully.


At a young age, Dr Catherine turned to Chinese Medicine for a health issue she wanted to treat naturally. Her interest in Chinese Medicine grew through her continued experience of the benefits, and combined with her passion for helping others, she decided to pursue it as a career. In her many years of experience, she has developed a special interest in women’s health issues from period pain to fertility and pregnancy support.


Dr Catherine has studied in both Australia and China completing a Bch App Sc (Chinese Med) and Bch App Sc (Human Biology). She has also completed post-graduate studies in Nutrition (AIF).


Dr Catherine enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with her husband Lucas and two daughters.

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