Meet our Celebrated Homeopaths

Life Members

Gwyneth Evans

Since 1987, when I began my homeopathy practice In Tawa, Wellington, I have continued study with many international teachers, in NZ and overseas. I enjoy teaching homeopathy at all levels. I founded and was Principal of Wellington College of Homeopathy for 22 years. My work as a Clinical Tutor for the College and Registration Assessor for NZ Council of Homeopaths has also enhanced my understanding of the healing process and its potential depth.


My personal spiritual path underpins my life and practice.

Mary Glaisyer

I graduated from the College of Homeopathy in London in 1986 and have been practising in Nelson since 1988. I have taught at several Homeopathic Colleges throughout New Zealand.  

 I offer consultations at my home clinic and via skype to anywhere in the world.  I offer treatment for the following conditions: childhood ailments, hormonal problems, anxiety, depression, insomnia, musculo-skeletal problems and gastro-intestinal issues. This is not an exhaustive list.

I was made an honorary life member of the NZCH in 2011. I have published two books, “ The Special Therapeutics of Bruce Barwell” and “ Homeopathy for Childbirth.”

Joan Goddard

Joan Goddard is a Registered Classical Homeopath with the New Zealand Council Of Homeopaths. She has earned a Diploma in Homeopathy from the Australasian College of Homeopathy, a Diploma in Homeopathy from the Wellington College of Homeopathy, a Post Graduate Diploma in Homeopathic Drug Transmission (India) and an Advanced Diploma in Homeopathy from the Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy. Other studies include: a Certificate in Adult Teaching, plus Training the Trainers’ course, Assessors and Moderators training, Bach flowers, New Zealand flower essences, moon essences, counselling skills, animal health, herbal medicines, vitamin therapy, allergies and diet modification and Reiki. “Homeopathy is more than a career,” says Joan. “It is an obsession and a passion in my life.” 

Ann Gulley

Ann Gulley, a registered nurse for 50 years and homeopath, has been driven in her pursuit of the advancement of homeopathy. 

After graduating in 1997 Ann stayed on as a tutor and went on to create the Anatomy and Physiology course. She then became the College’s Medical Science Coordinator, responsible for the overall A&P curriculum and writing all the exams. She returned to the books in 2001 to get an Advanced Diploma from the College. 

Ann also sat on the NZCH’s education sub committee and threw her energy into getting homeopathy to NZQA standards. She was also NZCH’s representative on the National Health Council. Six years on the NZCH Executive followed where Ann focused on policy standards, in particular the development of the complaints procedure and code of ethics. Ann wanted homeopaths to be professional and accountable. 

Susanna Shelton

I have been a homeopathic practitioner, educator and manager since the 1980s. My special area of practice has been peri natal homeopathy— helping pregnant women, midwives and newborns with homeopathic medicine. I’ve taught homeopathy professionally since 1991, predominantly in New Zealand, Australia but also in my native USA as well as Hong Kong, I provide supervision to senior colleagues and regulatory advice and mentoring to homeopathic businesses. I have a passion too, for the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices— especially great nutrition, yoga and meditation. I consider myself a lifelong learner and will continue to share my love and respect for homeopathy for many years to come.

Bruce Barwell

Born in 1941 in Taumarunui, NZ, Bruce’s first career path was in journalism, working in various newspapers around the country. In the late 1960’s while researching alternative medicine Bruce became very interested in Homeopathy. He travelled to India to study, training in hospitals and clinics before returning to Auckland in 1973 and establishing his practice in Vulcan Lane, where he devoted the rest of his life to helping his patients using a predominantly therapeutic methodology.

His immense curiosity and thirst for knowledge made Bruce a lifelong student of Homeopathic classical works, lesser-known writings, languages, faiths, nature and all things medicinal. His keen intellect and vast knowledge meant his lectures and written works were invaluable to those who followed him.

Bruce steadfastly believed that Homeopathy has as much right to be regarded as a science as any other branch of medicine and therefore should be treated as such. His concern regarding professional integrity led him to assist in the establishment of NZQA unit standards in Homeopathic education, the NZHS register of practitioners and the NZ Council of Homeopaths which amalgamated the existing registration bodies.

Bruce was the backbone of the NZ Homeopathic Society, becoming president in 1995 and was the editor of Homoeopathica, the Society’s magazine from 1997. Bruce held both these positions until he passed away in 2008.

Bruce’s philosophy and clinical knowledge has been collated and well written in Mary Glaisyer’s book- The Special Therapeutics of Bruce Barwell.

Farid Ahmed

Farid has lived in New Zealand for over 30years, works as a homeopath and is a senior leader at the Riccarton mosque.

Farid has attracted global attention for his remarkable and selfless action of proclaiming his forgiveness of the alleged killer.  He has travelled around the world speaking about love, acceptance and peace.

"Ahmed became a global voice of peace, love and forgiveness following the March 2019 massacre and has now been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to interfaith communities." (, Jan 2022)

“I want to understand the underpinnings of the universe.  Many years ago I saw the world as being like a vast clock face and knew that what we see is only the surface of things.  I was determined to find out what went on behind the clockface.  Homeopathy sits squarely at the crossroads between quantum science and mysticism.  It has taken me on an incredible journey which is far from over yet.” (Farid)

 Link to Farid's speech at the NZCH AGM 2020

Tineke Verkade

Tineke originally trained as a Registered Nurse, with qualifications in Nursing and Tutoring in Holland. On arriving in New Zealand she worked at the Waikato Hospital but her main interest was always in complementary therapies. While working, she studied at the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies and gained a Diploma in Naturopathy and Medical Herbalism. Concurrently, Tineke studied at the Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy in Tauranga, gaining her Diploma in Classical Homeopathy and then went on to complete an Advanced Diploma in Homeopathy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Complementary Medicine from Charles Sturt University. She managed all this while holding down a full time nursing job at Waikato Hospital and raising a family.

Tineke is a woman ahead of her time. She has always been passionate about organic farming and developed first-hand knowledge on her ten acre block. This genuine concern for the overall health of the land and animals became a driving force that lead her to develop her practice called Homeopathic Farm Support (HFS). When she started, her first enquiry was about milk fever in a dairy herd. A remedy and a good result meant enquiries from other farmers who were eager to give it a try started flooding in. Soon the word was spread through farming communities.

Due to requests from farmers, Tineke not only supplied remedies but developed educational programmes providing information, guidelines and support on the safe and effective use of Homeopathy. She developed a one-day homeopathic seminar for farmers and attended Field Days around the country to capture the interest of farmers nationwide.

She has written numerous books on animal homeopathy, including Homeopathic handbook for dairy farming, Homeopathy for horses, Alpaca, a homeopathic and natural approach and Homeopathy at home, for the lay-person, as she found once farmers could see it working on their animals, they would then try it on their families and themselves.

Tineke also taught at the Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy and took a straight forward approach to teaching upcoming animal homeopaths. ‘Keep it simple’ was her mantra. She also offered clinical training that included visits to organic farms, horse studs, goat farms, dairy farms and veterinary practices. Students loved her enthusiasm, down to earth practicality and sense of humour.

For those of us who were privileged to work alongside Tineke or be taught by her, she was an inspiration and in these times she can show all of us the way forward.