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Testimonials

  • On Sunday we bought De-Stuff for our 3 year old daughter who has struggled with a cold all week. After 2 doses of it, along with the Chesty formula, she slept so well that night and woke up looking and sounding so much better. Now almost 3 days later her cold is all but gone. I wish I had have found out about it sooner.
    – Bridgette Robinson
  • I'm not often inspired enough to go seek out a brand's Facebook page just to give them my positive feedback - in fact this is the first time ever. I just wanted to express how much I love the children's cough syrup, it's always worked wonders on my kids - it's now taken to the next level with the inclusion of the syringe which is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle - hurray! It's always been the bane of my mum-life trying to reach the medicine when the bottles have run low with syringes that aren't long enough - thank you!
    – Melissa White
  • Received a bottle of children's chest syrup to trial and what can I say it's magic in a bottle!! After a single dose they didn’t cough the whole night which meant a better sleep for everyone after two days they were so much better and they liked the taste which is great, can't wait to try more of your products
    – Daniella Bhagat
  • I brought a bottle of De-stuff for my 11 month old daughter yesterday who has had a runny nose for the last 5 days, I've been wiping her nose constantly but after 2 doses of De-stuff I've only had to wipe her nose twice today. I wish I'd known about this sooner. I will be using this straight away in the future
    – Melissa Bayne
  • Brought a bottle of children's chest syrup and it works like magic no more coughing during the night. Also my son loves the taste
    – Philippa Quigley
  • I love Kiwiherb! Finding something that worked so well, and was safe for my daughter when she was at an age where she couldn't have all other medicines, it was such a great help! And now I use nothing else
    – Alyssa Francis-King
  • Absolutely love baby balm. My 6 week old had flakey, dry skin and nothing I had tried was helping until I tried baby balm. Her skin is so much better. I can't believe how fast it worked. Thank you Kiwiherb!!!
    – Alex Lazzaro
  • My wife and I have been using this product for years and they are amazing and work fantastic!!! We have the all the children's stuff including the echinature, chest syrup, throats syrup and the De-stuff!!! Absolutely amazing products We love them
    – Craig Hume

Meet The Team

Phil Rasmussen 
Technical Director

Phil_3.jpgPhil is an experienced Medical Herbalist with a busy clinic in Auckland where he has practiced since 1995. Before pursuing herbal medicine he worked for more than ten years as a pharmacist, and undertook research on antidepressant drugs and serotonin for a Masters degree in Pharmacology. He is a regular lecturer at several naturopathic and herbal colleges, presented at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, and written extensively on herbal subjects for both practitioner and consumer publications, for many years. Phil is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy at the University of Auckland, and was Deputy Chair of the Interim Expert Advisory Committee on Complementary & Alternative Medicines (IEACCAM), established by the Australian and New Zealand governments between 2006 and 2008.

Phil founded Phytomed Medicinal Herbs Ltd in 1998 to produce high quality, NZ-made herbal medicines for health practitioners, and in 2000 the Kiwiherb brand was launched as the retail offering of Phytomed Medicinal Herbs. As well as providing leadership & governance in the business, Phil is passionate about research and heads the New Product Development team, creating premium formulations based on traditional evidence validated by good science. 

Clinton Rule
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Clinton joined the Phytomed team in February 2016. Clinton has a broad background with over 10 years’ experience in manufacturing operations, quality management, food safety compliance and auditing. His experience encompasses the Dairy, Food, Seafood, Herbicide and Polymer sectors. He has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Medicinal Chemistry. Clinton’s role at Phytomed of Operations Manager is a new role targeted to continue growth in Phytomed’s manufacturing scale and complexity.

Outside of work life he is a keen fisherman and active lobbyist for environmental protection, has a young family and is a former age group rugby and athletics representative.

Anne Kilford

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Quality Assurance Manager

Anne joined Phytomed in May 2016.  Anne has previous experience in various QC and QA roles in the dairy industry and more recently Production Management in pharmaceutical manufacturing.  She holds qualifications in Food Science, Quality Assurance and Business Administration.

Outside of work Anne enjoys the great outdoors, gardening, travel and spending time with friends and family.

Kevin E Lin
Production Operations Manager

Kevin_1.jpgKevin graduated in 1982 from School of Pharmacy, Shanghai Medical University (Pharmacy College of Fudan University) and was then employed as a Pharmaceutical Engineer at Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Industrial Research Institute. His work in the Institute focused on pharmaceutical technology and preparation research, and he was appointed as the General Manager of the Institute pharmaceutical manufactory for pretesting and production of different prescriptions developed by the Institute.   

Kevin immigrated in New Zealand in 1995 and joined Phytomed in 1998 as the first employee of the company. He has been instrumental in the development of many of the Kiwiherb products and plays an integral part in the day-to-day operation of the business.  In his current position he is in charge of the manufactory production of various Phytomed and Kiwiherb products, and is responsible for Research & Development activities associated with new product development. 

Trish Moy
Regulatory Affairs Manager

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Trish is a highly experienced Pharmacist who joined Phytomed in 2002 after both hospital and industry experience, as the company’s first Quality Assurance Manager, ensuring that all manufacturing processes were performed to the required high quality. She lead the company to attain its first MedSafe Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Good Manufacturing Practice Licence in 2007. Trish left the business to manage and develop the Oncology Pharmacy Department at the Auckland City Hospital Department of Pharmacy. She returned to Phytomed in 2016 as the company’s first Regulatory Affairs Manager. In her current role she is responsible for regulatory activities in both domestic and export markets.

Trish has NZ qualifications in pharmacy, herbal medicine and quality assurance.    

Suzy Walsh
Customer Service and Technical Officer

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 Suzy is originally from the UK and came to Auckland in 2015 to study a degree in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. Previously she worked in the financial services industry and chose to leave this lifestyle to follow her passion of helping people to improve their health.  Suzy joined Phytomed in January 2018 after completing her studies.

Outside of work Suzy enjoys spending time in nature and practising yoga and Reiki.  
 

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Toalima Ake
Customer Service Manager
 
Toalima has spent the last 9 years honing her customer service skills within the cinema industry before joining Phytomed. Becoming part of the Phytomed team is quite a change in direction for Toalima, but one she relishes. Determined to always have a ‘glass half full’ perspective in life, Toalima likes to approach her work in the same way by always having a sunny disposition. Outside of work, Toalima has a young family and is a big history buff as well as an avid foodie.

 

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Sales & Technical Coordinator
 

Rochelle’s interest in the Natural Health Industry began in 1998 when she studied Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Sivananda Hatha Yoga. She has always had an interest in nutrition, and is passionate about the importance of healthy eating for long term health and happiness. After years of practicing meditation, yoga and vegetarianism, Rochelle realised that she wanted help others live a healthy and happy life which lead to studying Natural Medicine. Once she graduated as a qualified Naturopath and Massage Therapist in 2011, she practiced in Christchurch until early 2015 where she moved to Auckland to join the Phytomed and Kiwiherb team.

Rochelle’s passion for helping people means she is naturally drawn to a role in customer service, and her life experiences have armed her with the confidence required to ensure our customers receive the quality customer service which compliments our premium products.  

Natalie Potter
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Natalie joined Phytomed in May 2017 in a role which can vary from sourcing and purchasing herbs and packaging, to planning production and the coordination of our imports and exports.  After working in histology laboratories both in NZ and the UK, Natalie returned to NZ in 2006 where she worked in procurement, supplier management and packaging coordination roles in the beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Natalie has qualifications in Medical Laboratory Science and Packaging Technology. 

When Natalie’s not at work she enjoys ocean swimming, photography and travelling. 

 

Nerena Morris
Territory Manager, West and North Auckland and Upper North Island

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Nerena graduated from the University of Auckland in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science, and then followed her studies with Medical Herbalism and Naturopathic qualifications, graduating in 1996 from South Pacific College. Since graduating, Nerena worked for 6 years as a technical consultant and sales representative for a highly respected Australasian supplement company. This enabled her to build wonderful relationships with practitioners and stores around New Zealand. She has also worked as a medical herbalist and naturopath in a clinic, giving her 17 years of experience with people and various conditions. 

Mother to three children, Nerena has an incredible passion for herbal medicine and helping others, and is a keen gardener in her spare time. Nerena is excited to be working with Kiwiherb in the customer services representative role servicing the needs of West and North Auckland and the Upper North Island. 

Trina Delis
South Island Territory Manager
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As a naturopath, Trina is passionate about helping people be the best they can be. She graduated from the Canterbury College of NaturalMedicine in 1995, after completing a 4 year full time Diploma of Naturopathy. Over the years she has experienced the transformative quality of herbal medicine, both in clinic and as territory manager for an esteemed company specialising in practitioner only products and functional testing.
 
She is an avid mother, yoga practitioner, runner, dog owner, gardener and cook. Her inspiration comes from a love of nature and she truly believes human beings are hard wired for herbal medicine.
 
 
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Sherri Seeley
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Territory Manager

 Sherri has always had a fascination & love of plants & has used herbs for family health for many years. While raising her two sons, she commenced home studies in herbal medicine & ran a small business creating herbal crafts, eventually moving into nutritional/natural health. She worked in this industry for 8years before graduating as a Medical Herbalist in early 2011.

Sherri has experience in health store, pharmacy, herbal dispensary, her own clinic & for the last 6yrs as a territory manager for a well respected integrative medicine company.  Sherri lives in the sunny Bay of Plenty, where she enjoys the beach & nearby native bush. She loves to read, cook, listen to music & is a keen gardener.

Sherri is proud to be a member of the team at Phytomed & Kiwiherb & excited about the future of herbal medicine in NZ. She looks forward to supporting stores & practitioners using Phytomed’s wonderful, ethical products in her region.

 
Ziba Mehta

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Marketing Coordinator

 Ziba joined Phytomed in December 2017 and works on helping her team make great marketing decisions. After having worked extensively in the banking and financial sector for the last four years, she decided to fuel her creativity with the field of marketing. What does she love about her work? Finding uncomplicated ways to grow the business while working on digital and social media platforms. Having graduated from University of Auckland (2017) with a Management and Marketing major, she is well-equipped to write content and apply innovative strategies to marketing plans. Outside of work, you will find Ziba hiking, travelling, reading or watching Netflix.