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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.

Dr Ronald Ng

General Practitioner – English & Cantonese

MBBS (London), BSc (London), MRCPCH (UK), MRCPsych (UK), DRCOG (UK), LMCHK

Special Interests: Men’s Health, Child Health, Mental Health, Anti-Aging, Sexual Health.

‘Dr Ron’ was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He received his medical degree from the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He then practiced medicine in the UK’s major cities, namely London and Manchester.

He has had specialty training in the UK in both Psychiatry and Paediatrics, passing the exams to gain Membership status with both the Royal Colleges of Psychiatry (MRCPsych) and Child Health (MRCPCH).

Dr Ron moved to Hong Kong in 2015 with his young family. He shortly gained his Hong Kong Medical License (LMCHK) and is now a fully fledged General Practitioner. Prior to joining us, he worked at one of Hong Kong’s leading Sexual Health Clinics, gaining expertise in managing sexually transmitted diseases and sexual dysfunction. He complimented this by gaining a Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DRCOG) in the process.

Dr Ron also has interests in Anti-Ageing, Integrative Medicine and Dermatology – particularly the roles of Hormone Imbalance, Vitamin Therapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).

Before his medical career, Dr Ron came from a background in technology. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering (MEng), Website Architecture (MA) and Radiological Sciences (BSc). He also has corporate experience having worked for major institutions in Banking, E-Commerce and the Civil Service. Dr Ron’s diverse background and skills mean he can offer true holistic care to his patients and relate to the fast moving, international lifestyle that many in Hong Kong have.

Exercise and being active in the community is important to Dr Ron. He has served as Chair of Governors at his local Primary School and was a Crowd Doctor (and Opening Ceremony Performer) at the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. In his spare time he enjoys tennis, winter sports and has completed numerous marathons across the world.

Ronald Ng

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’.

Shannon Chabaud

Nurse Manager

Shannon studied Nursing in Wollongong, Australia, graduating in 1996. She got her initial nursing experience in Sydney’s Hornsby Hospital where she worked on an Orthopaedic/ Surgical ward. After two years there, she spent a further two years in the Spinal Unit at the Royal Ryde Rehabilitation centre. She then moved to Sydney’s prestigious teaching hospital, The Royal North Shore, where she worked in the Emergency room.

Shannon has also worked in two rural Hospitals, Pambula and Bega Hospital in NSW. This necessitated her becoming a ‘jack of all trades’, doing everything from assisting midwives to deliver babies to working in the trauma room stabilizing and evacuating major road accident victims. She also worked at the Cairns Base Hospital in a similar role.

After some time off, she began work in Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital filling in on the Nurse Bank in various wards, including Emergency, Cardio/Thoracic and the HIV unit.

The past few years she has worked with Dr. Salmond, sharing her interest in Anti-Ageing and Optimal Wellness. She has since supplemented her expertise with extensive knowledge of vitamin and detox programs, anti-aging therapies and current weight management options.