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Sunrise over Mountains

Nau mai, haere mai.

Ko Maungatere te maunga
Ko Rakahuri te awa
Ko Tūāhuriri te tangata
Ko Tuahiwi te marae
Ko Ngāi Tūāhuriri te hapū
Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi
Ko Deborah Brunt tōku ingoa.

Meet Dr Deb Brunt

Dr Deb developed an interest in human health during her childhood, as she spent most summers visiting her sister who was repeatedly hospitalised with asthma. She became interested in nutrition, the human body and its function, and how the environment around us influences health, which led her to study medicine at University of Auckland.

She has worked in regional New South Wales, Australia, Hamilton, Blenheim and for the past 8 years in Ōtepoti | Dunedin, Aotearoa | New Zealand. Working in NSW in an integrative medicine general practice introduced Dr Deborah to a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing. This approach focused on the whole-person and how food, movement, relationships, sexual health, stress and sleep contribute to health and illness, rather than focusing on diseases and systems as separate entities. 


Medical training, caring for patients and raising a family, have been challenging but joyful experiences that necessitated constant care for creating balance and boundaries to ensure her own health to prevent burnout. 


Dr Deborah currently practices Lifestyle and Integrative Medicine in New Zealand in-person in Ōtepoti Dunedin and via remote consultation. Having worked in General Practice for over 10 years she has a broad base of clinical and interpersonal skills. She is passionate about empowering and supporting women and their whanau to have optimal health so they can thrive. 

Dr Deborah is Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine with the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice. She completed a Masters degree in Maternal and Infant Nutrition at University of Auckland, which has fueled her ongoing interest in the way food influences so much of human health including the gut microbiome, mood, and chronic inflammation. Her qualifications and ongoing training enable her to incorporate the insights of both conventional and evidence-based nutrition and integrative medicine to support the total wellness of each client.

She also holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Human Biology and Diploma in Paediatrics - from the University of Auckland. She has a passion for growth and development, enjoys reading newly published medical research around nutrition, gut microbiome, exercise and finding ways to implement these into her clinical practice.

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Special Interests

Sexual Health

  • Low sexual desire

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Low arousal, orgasm

  • Pain with sex

  • Improving sexual and intimate communication

  • Consent, boundaries

  • Feelings of anxiety, fear or shame related to sex.

  • Issues around cultural, religious, societal views of sex.

Women's Health

  • Endometriosis

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

  • Fertility

  • Perinatal Health

  • Perimenopause

  • Menopause

  • Hormonal Health

Chronic Illness

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Long Covid

  • Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

  • Dysautonomia

  • Trauma-related physical symptoms

  • Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Axis Dysfunction (Adrenal Fatigue)

Metabolic Health

  • Diabetes

  • Heart Disease

  • High Blood Pressure

Qualifications and Publications


Formal Qualifications

Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (IBLM)

International Board of Lifestyle Medicine – 2022


Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (ASLM)

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine – 2022


Fellowship Royal New Zealand College of General Practice – FRNZCGP

Royal New Zealand College of General Practice – 2021


Diploma in Paediatrics – DipPaeds

University of Auckland, 2010  


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – MBCHB

University of Auckland, 2008


Masters Degree in Health Science – MHSc

By thesis: ‘Dietary patterns and iron deficiency in New Zealand children aged 6-23 months.’ University of Auckland, 2006


Bachelor of Human Biology – BHB

University of Auckland, 2003

Further Training

  • Breast Microbiome and Glycobiome,

  • Integrative management of diabetes,

  • Plant-based nutrition,

  • ACNEM primary courses,

  • ACNEM Gastrointestinal health,

  • ACNEM Women's Health,

  • AASECT 15 hours training in Essentials of Sex Therapy.

  • Good Fellow Unit, University of Auckland, Sexuality and Intimacy Training

  • ACNEM Menopause Health

I also regularly attend menopause, sexual health and integrative medicine conferences and keep up to date through peer review, webinars, and other online training.


Professional Affiliations

  • Medical Council of NZ

  • Fellow of Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

  • Australasian Menopause Society

  • Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine

  • Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

  • New Zealand Pain Society

  • New Zealand Sexual Health Society

  • Ora Taiao NZ Climate and Health Council

  • NZ Endo


DR Brunt, CC Grant, CR Wall, PW Reed Interaction Between Risk Factors For Iron Deficiency In Young Children. Nutrition & Dietetics 2012;69 (4), 285-292

Wall CR, Brunt DR, Grant CC. Ethnic Variance In Iron Status: Is It Related To Dietary Intake?. Public Health Nutr. 2009;12(9):1413-1421. 

Grant CC, Wall CR, Brunt D, Crengle S, Scragg R. Population Prevalence And Risk Factors For Iron Deficiency in Auckland, New Zealand. J Paediatr Child Health. 2007;43(7-8):532-538. 

Davis P, Lay-Yee R, Dyall L, Briant R, Sporle A, Brunt D et al. Quality Of Hospital Care For Māori Patients In New Zealand: Retrospective Cross-Sectional Assessment. Lancet. 2006;367(9526):1920-1925. 


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