Kristen grew up in remote country Victoria in a wood cabin designed by her architect father. Miles from anywhere in the Australian bush, it was here that Kristen’s mother taught her to sew – a skill she used to begin a fashion career at the age of 13, in Melbourne’s Greville St, Prahran. 20 years later, Kristen had her own brand of womens apparel, and 2 gorgeous little girls.
When Kristen’s third child was born, she and her husband were devastated to find that he had Down syndrome. Faced with the traditional bleak prospects for her new baby’s diagnosis, Kristen embarked on intensive research of natural therapies and implemented many of them with her son.
“When Gryffin was born there was no treatment plan offered for him; So I searched for available therapies for maximising his development potential, and was amazed by what I discovered. The past 3 years have been by far the most challenging of my life, but we now watch Gryffin blossom into something more than we dared to hope for in the early days, and I am compelled to share this knowledge.”
Having found that her newly-acquired knowledge applies to all children, she embarked on a new career – as an Author & Natural Health Advocate. Her first book, Naturally Better, was published in 2010 and has sold in over 30 countries worldwide.
In 2011, Kristen founded Street Organics, an organic foodstore which now has cafes in both Melbourne (Australia) and Auckland (New Zealand).
Later in 2011, together with a friend – Sarah Delarue, Kristen founded Grow Foundation – a not for profit organisation established to support families of children with special needs, in their quest to follow the path outlined in Naturally Better.
Success stories from parents following this path are many and often mind-blowing.
Kristen, her husband Joseph and their three children live in Melbourne.
“Kristen, before your recent email, I had only known of you as a wonderful designer, (and boy have I missed your clothes! ), and now I hear that you are an amazing mother, humanitarian, researcher, and educator. I can not wait to read your book. I am so happy for you and your family and little Gryffin, that you and your husband have given all within your power to make your precious angel achieve more than his expected potential. He certainly came to the right family.’ Carly Owen