Senior Academic Staff

Dr Melisa Rangitakatu

Director of Education and Program Leader, Health Sciences

Dr Melisa Rangitakatu is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and has been actively involved in Holistic Nursing in the United States and Australia. She has taught in Master’s and undergraduate nursing programs in California, Hawai’i and Queensland and has practiced as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner across the spectrum of acute critical care, neurology and primary care.

Dr Melisa is recognised as an international expert in Women’s Mental Health,  serving as an expert reviewer for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. She was nominated by her U.S. peers to the National Society of Leadership and Success, and has served across numerous committees for the advancement of nursing, research and complementary health. Dr Melisa has been a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Australian College of Nursing, Australian Hypnotherapists Association and is a credentialed Family Nurse Practitioner through the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Based on the Melbourne campus, Dr Melisa joined Endeavour in July 2014 as the Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences before becoming the Program Leader of Health Sciences, and she took up the role of Director of Education in May 2016. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Master of Science Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Hawai’i Pacific University in addition to her undergraduate nursing degree and studies in psychology and healing touch.

Lynette Campbell

Associate Program Leader, Social Sciences

Lynette Campbell joined Endeavour College of Natural Health in November 2009 as a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences, becoming Associate Program Leader in 2013. Lynette has worked extensively in various Australian tertiary institutions, teaching students in a diversity of discipline areas including education, nursing, social work and psychology. Prior to joining the College, she worked at the University of South Australia where she helped pioneer projects in the online delivery of subject materials and developed a plagiarism workshop, was part of the Curriculum Design and Approval Committees team, and developed strategies to enhance student transition to university life, with the development and implementation of a Student Mentor Program.

Lynette has extensive experience in the development of curriculum materials and has received both teaching grants and awards for her work in this area. She enjoys developing, designing and delivering stimulating learning materials to engage students in an experiential learning process. Lynette’s qualifications include a Master of Arts Psychology (Research), Bachelor of Arts (History & Psychology), Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Psychology, and a Diploma of Education (Teaching) from the University of Adelaide, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Practice from the University of South Australia. Lynette is based on Endeavour's Melbourne campus.

Greg Cope

Associate Program Leader Homeopathy / Complementary Medicine

Greg Cope is a graduate of Endeavour College of Natural Health, having completed Bachelor of Health Science (Homeopathy) and Advanced Diplomas in both Homeopathy and Acupuncture before entering clinical practice in 2003. Greg was initially attracted to homeopathy due to a particular interest in the treatment of children, and he considers family focussed practice to be an integral part of a thriving natural medicine career. Over his 10 years of clinical experience he has developed specific interest in the treatment of childhood asthma, anxiety disorders, and chronic conditions, particularly enjoying successful outcomes with clients who have given up hope of improvement. Greg has worked in a range of clinical environments, including homeopathic focussed and multimodality clinics.

An experienced lecturer in undergraduate homeopathic education across Australia, Greg has also worked extensively within the profession. He has worked as the Development Coordinator for a European-based company specialising in the publication and integration into practice of research and clinical tools for homeopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners. Greg has served on committee for the Australian Homeopathic Association, including two years as their National President and media spokesperson. He has continued his education with postgraduate study in the areas of counselling and education, having completed a Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Leadership) at the University of Queensland and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Health Professional Education at Griffith University. Greg has been published in texts and journals, and presented at conferences and seminars within Australia. He is based on Endeavour's Brisbane campus.

Kathleen Daniel

National Educational Pathways Manager

Kathleen is a trained naturopath, homeopath, and remedial therapist and holds a Bachelor Health Science from University of New England. Kathleen is the former CEO and Director of Education at New South Wales School of Natural Medicine, with qualifications as Lead Auditor in Quality Management System with SAI Global.

With over 40 years’ experience in the education industry and more than ten years of clinical experience as a practitioner, Kathleen brings to Endeavour a passion and understanding of the education system and the Natural Health industry.

Sandy Davidson

Program Leader, Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine

Sandy Davidson is a Naturopath and Registered Nutritionist and holds a Master of Public Health (University of Sydney). She is currently enrolled in a PhD at University of Technology Sydney investigating the role of naturopathic and nutritional medicine in integrative oncology. Her career spans 18 years in both clinical practice and the provision of naturopathic and nutritional medicine education in Sydney. Her clinical experience commenced when she joined Sydney Natural Medical Centre working with medical practitioners with a strong focus on cancer care.   

Throughout her career she has undertaken pro bono work in a variety of hospital settings and in the not-for-profit sector, where she provided nutritional advice to a variety of cancer support groups. She was also the nutrition spokesperson for Multiple Sclerosis Limited at their client centred wellness days for several years. More recently she delivered an evidence-based presentation to cancer patients on the role of complementary medicine in cancer care at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. She presented at the NHAA 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine in 2015 on the ‘influence of the oral microbiome on pregnancy and infant outcomes’, and is currently undertaking research on ‘parental attitudes and information sources examining the utilisation of complementary medicine for children’.  Sandy is committed to fostering an integrated health care system that is patient-centred, provides efficacious therapies and is cost-effective through strengthening the legitimacy of naturopathy and nutritional medicine. She is based on Endeavour's Sydney campus.

Christine Ruzic

National Librarian

Christine Ruzic has work in education and libraries in Australia and the UK. Responsibilities have covered strategic management, national and state projects, management of small and large teams, as well as teaching at school, college and university levels.

As an early adopter of new technologies, Christine has maximised the use of web technologies in her work, creating webpages, designing e-learning materials, managing online learning centres and promoting the integration of learning technologies within business, teaching and library environments.

Christine has demonstrated leadership skills, is a team player and a motivator. An ongoing interest in staff development has led to innovation solutions and projects attracting external funding and recognition by peers.

Dr David Schievenin

Program Leader (Acting), Chinese Medicine

Dr David Schievenin holds a Master of Health Science (Acupuncture) completed at University of Western Sydney and a B.A. of Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture & Herbs) from Victoria University, completing an internship at the Jinan University Hospital of TCM, Shandong, China in 2006. He has been in practice in an owner-operated clinic for over 15 years, treating a variety of complaints including musculoskeletal, neurological, fertility, gynaecological, digestive and internal medicine.

Dr David began lecturing at Endeavour College of Natural Health in 2009 before transitioning into the Senior Lecturer role, moving into the Program Leader role in late 2014. With AHPRA/CMBA registration, he is also a member of ATMS and has presented at the 2015 AACMA national conference. Currently he is in the process of finalising papers for publication in the field of musculo-skeletal/neurological and fertility conditions and is preparing to commence a professional doctorate in the field of education. Dr David is based on Endeavour's Adelaide campus.

Sue Sharpe

Associate Program Leader, Myotherapy

Sue Sharpe is a registered Occupational Therapist and member of Occupational Therapy Australia with 10 years’ experience as a practitioner. Having worked across several areas of Occupational Therapy including paediatrics, soft tissue therapy and mental health, she has a broad range of clinical experiences to draw on from both hospital and private practice settings. Sue is passionate about undergraduate health education, and has taught at various institutions across both Australia and the United Kingdom. She joined Endeavour in 2009 and has since taught in both the Bioscience and Myotherapy departments. Her particular area of interest is in first year engagement and retention. She seeks to foster a student-centric environment where students are assisted to build strategies for success.

Sue holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Curtin University; Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy), Curtin University; Bachelor of Business Administration, Curtin University, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is due for completion of a Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) at Edith Cowan University in 2016 and is an invited member of the Australian chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society for academic excellence in this field of study. Sue is based on the Melbourne campus.

David Stelfox

Associate Program Leader, Naturopathic Medicine

David Stelfox is a natural medicine practitioner and educator with more than 25 years’ experience. He holds qualifications in the disciplines of Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Remedial Therapies, and his clinical background includes the establishment and management of one of Melbourne’s first multimodality integrated health care clinics. David joined Endeavour in 1994 (then the Australian College of Natural Medicine) as the inaugural Principal of the College’s Melbourne campus and was closely involved in the curriculum development and accreditation of the first Bachelor of Health Science programs (Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Homeopathy) for the College. As an educator, David has lectured in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at other tertiary institutions, including the Melbourne College of Naturopathy, South Australian Health Education Centre and Victoria University. He presents regularly at professional conferences and has co-authored a foundational textbook used in natural health colleges nationally and internationally.

As an Executive Director of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society between 1991 and 2014, David chaired the Educational Standards Committee and was the Chair of the Community Services and Health’s Industry Reference Group for Complementary and Alternative Health, which in 2002 and 2007 established national education and training standards for twelve natural health disciplines. David is a member of the Australasian Lifestyle Medicine Association and has a particular interest in the impact of lifestyle on health and disease. He is based on Endeavour's Adelaide campus.