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Our Team

Dr Nichola Salmond

Registered Hong Kong Practitioner
General Practitioner
MBChB (Glasgow), Dip Derm Sc (Cardiff)
Integrative Family Physician, Dermatology and Aesthetics

Dr. Salmond obtained her medical degree at Glasgow University, Scotland, in 1986 followed by four years of General Practice and vocational training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Accident & Emergency and Psychiatry. She has a postgraduate certificate in General Practice from the Royal College of General Practitioners UK.

Dr. Salmond moved to Hong Kong in 1992. She worked as an Honorary Lecturer in General Practice at Hong Kong University until 1996 during which time she studied for and received a diploma in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

For the past 19 years Dr Salmond has worked in private practice in Hong Kong as a family physician. She is experience in all areas of family medicine and enjoys providing holistic health care for the whole family from infants onwards. Her special clinical interests include Women’s health, hormone dysfunction and weight issues, Adolescent health and Paediatrics.

Dr. Salmond also has an interest in clinical and aesthetic Dermatology and after a years study attained a Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University in 2012. She can deal with all dermatological conditions, perform mole checks and mole removal for biopsy. She also performs procedures such as Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers and can advise on topical anti-ageing skin care.

Dr Salmond completed the American Board Certification in anti-ageing medicine in 2013, gaining advanced knowledge about optimal well being and the extension of a healthy lifespan.

Dr Salmond holds a certificate of advanced family planning and is experience in insertion of Intra Uterine Contraceptive Devices.

Dr. Salmond’s interests include hiking and trail running and she has completed several ultramarathons. She is also interested in reading, skiing, cooking and travel.

Cristina Tahoces

Holistic Nutritionist (DHN, RNCP, RONP)

HBA (Canada), MBA (Canada), Diploma in Holistic Nutrition (Canada)

Cristina Tahoces obtained her nutrition diploma with the Edison Institute of Nutrition and is a Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner and Registered Orthomolecular Nutritional Practitioner with the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants.

She specializes in digestive health, metabolic balancing and post-natal recovery, creating tailor-made nutritional plans to address the unique needs of her clients.  Cristina zones in on nutritional deficiencies and digestive imbalances to address the root cause of her client’s symptoms.  As a result, she has been able to help clients use nutrition to help with many common health problems ranging from bloating, eczema, anxiety, low immunity & energy, Type 2 diabetes, PMS, allergies and auto-immune conditions.  Weight loss and healthy weight maintenance are welcome side-effects enjoyed by many of Cristina’s clients.

Prior to joining the team at Optimal Family Health, Cristina began her nutrition career owning Thrive Nutrition Practice, a private nutrition consultancy that has a global clientele across four continents.

She is a sought-after professional speaker for Hong Kong’s health & wellness conferences; and speaks frequently at schools, Chambers of Commerce, Consular Offices, private clubs and corporate health & wellness events.

Cristina has lived in Hong Kong for over 11 years and has two children in primary school, one of whom has yet to try a blueberry.  Even nutritionists have picky eaters!

Lesley Lewis


BSc Public Administration, MEd Psychology, MEd Cross-Cultural Psychology

Lesley Lewis has counseled and coached individuals, couples and families for several decades. Her keen interest along with a sensitive and humanistic approach to people of all ages are key ingredients to her therapeutic and advising styles.

Ms. Lewis examines the circumstances and situations of people to assist them through the different processes to create effective results.

Her success in counseling, coaching and cross cultural areas has made Ms. Lewis a frequent speaker in the global arena.


CBT – Cognitive Behavorial Therapy




Family Dynamics

Expatriate Issues


Stress Management


Third Cultured Kids/Adult Third Cultured Kids

Justine Grier

Justine Grier has over a decade’s experience in the health and skincare industry. Justine qualified as an Aesthetician in Sydney Australia and has furthered her education as a Corneotherapist, becoming a member of the International Association for Applied Corneotherapy. Focusing on both internal and external skin care, Justine customises skin care programmes designed to address clients specific needs, cellular skin structure, and function. Justine finds great satisfaction in remedying the most basic or challenging skin conditions, and providing her clients with results-driven solutions for their happier, healthier, glowing skin. Hence earning the name the ‘skin whisperer’.

Florence Fatialofa


Florence’s passion and interest for the health & beauty industry stemmed from growing up watching her mother’s industry success as an accomplished holistic therapist and Aesthetician with her own thriving business.

Inspired to follow a similar path, Florence went on to study at Champneys College in the United Kingdom, one of the world’s most prestigious and well-recognized health and beauty institutes; she qualified in 2007 with her diploma in Aesthetics & Body Therapies.

An opportunity to work in Hong Kong saw Florence move to Asia in 2007 and start her career working as a Skincare Therapist in the most esteemed and well recognized Spas and Treatment centre’s in the city.

Alongside maintaining a thriving client base, Florence’s expertise were recognized and saw her progress as a certified educational trainer & ambassador for several premium, internationally recognized brands. This advancement required Florence to travel and coach her knowledge to students all over South-East Asia independently managing and conducting industry events and workshops.

Florence’s’ expertise is ever evolving and developing through advanced therapy research, certificates and awards; her approach to continuous improvement ensures she is always ahead of the curve in skincare advancements.

Florence’s Mission –

“I work closely and dedicatedly alongside every client to develop scientifically tailored and proven skincare plans, I value and support each unique journey with the view to educate, equip and ultimately achieve optimum results so every client can he happy and more confident in their skin”