Elevate Your Wellness Journey with Charmaine D’s Holistic Approach

Elevate Your Wellness Journey with Charmaine D’s Holistic Approach

Welcome to a holistic approach to health and well-being that embraces all stages of your life, from birth through to the golden years. As a dedicated naturopath and health coach, my mission is to empower you to take control of your health, understand your body and support you on your journey towards optimal wellness. Let’s explore how I can do this.

Comprehensive health care for all ages

From the hormonal rollercoaster of puberty to the wisdom of old age, I am here to support you every step of the way. Whether you are a teenager struggling with acne, a young adult navigating fertility challenges, or a mature individual living with hormonal imbalances, I can offer a comprehensive range of services, tailored to meet your unique needs.


Embracing diversity and inclusivity

In my practice and throughout my years of experience, I have worked with individuals from all walks of life, creating a safe, inclusive space where every person feels heard and supported. I understand the nuances of sexuality and strive to provide guidance and acceptance for individuals exploring their identities or facing challenges that may be related to sexual health.


Pregnancy and postpartum support

Bringing new life into the world is a miraculous journey, and I am here to support you during this transformative period. Whether you seek guidance on prenatal nutrition, hormonal balance during pregnancy, lactation support, or navigating the emotional and physical changes of postpartum, I am here to provide compassionate care and expertise, every step of the way.


Holistic wellness approach

Health is not just the absence of disease but a state of harmony between mind, body and spirit. Through personalised nutrition plans, lifestyle modifications, and natural health techniques, I help you achieve balance and vitality at every stage of life. Together, we can optimise your sleep, manage stress, and cultivate healthy habits that support your well-being. This is done through the holistic lens, understanding the many connected, moving parts that create a balanced state. I first begin by diving into the ‘why you?’ of the problem, going back along your timeline to understand the factors that lead you to where you are today. It is through this journey that we will find the answers to your health.


Specialised expertise in hormonal health

Hormones play a vital role in our overall health, influencing everything from mood to metabolism. With my specialised knowledge and years of expertise in hormonal health, I address conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), histamine issues, mast cell activation syndrome, autoimmune disorders, and genetic predispositions with a holistic approach that aims to restore balance and vitality for good.

Empowerment through education

Education is key to taking charge of your health journey. I don’t just treat the symptoms; I empower you with knowledge, understanding and support so you can make informed decisions about your health. Working alongside one another, we will develop a personalised treatment plan, explore natural remedies and work collaboratively to enhance your well-being.

Unlocking nature’s health power with herbal expertise

I am a dedicated naturopath with a a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Naturopathy and Herbalism, as well as a qualified herbalist and I therefore bring a deep understanding of the healing properties of botanical remedies to enhance your health. At my clinic, I offer a comprehensive herbal pharmacy with over 150 

different herbs available in liquid form, allowing me to create bespoke formulations tailored to address your unique health concerns.

Herbal formulations

Harnessing the therapeutic potential of botanical medicine, I craft personalised herbal formulations that target a wide range of health issues in a single formula. Whether you see relief from digestive disturbances, hormonal imbalances, immune system support, or stress management, I can create custom herbal blends to address your specific needs and promote healing from within. 

I also recognise that individual preferences vary, therefore, I also provide powdered forms of herbs in tablet and capsule formats for those with taste sensitivities or specific dietary requirements. This versatility ensures that you can comfortably incorporate the healing power of herbs into your wellness routine, making natural remedies accessible and convenient for all individuals.


Customised skin and body therapies

With over three decades of experience as a skin and body therapist, I bring a wealth of expertise in enhancing not just your internal health, but also your external radiance. My bespoke programs are meticulously crafted to address your unique skin and body needs, utilising specialised equipment and techniques honed over years of practice. Whether you are seeking rejuvenation, anti-aging solutions, acne management, or relaxation, my customised programs are designed to nurture your skin and body internally and externally.


Innovative plant stem cell skincare range

Combining my knowledge on natural remedies and skin therapies, I have developed a chemical-free skincare range infused with the power of plant stem cell ingredients. These advanced formulations harness the natural regenerative properties of plants to promote healthy, glowing skin without harsh chemicals or synthetic additives. 


At the intersection of naturopathy and skin and body therapies lies a harmonious blend of internal and external wellness. By incorporating my holistic approach to health with specialised skin and body treatments and plant stem cell skincare, you can achieve a holistic transformation that nurtures your entire being. Embark on a transformative journey that transcends conventional boundaries and embraces the connection between your inner vitality and external radiance. Through a fusion of naturopathy, skin and body therapies, and plant stem cell skincare, you can unlock the full spectrum of your well-being and radiate beauty and health from within. 

Ready to experience the harmonious synergy of internal and external wellness?

Contact me today, Charmaine D, to discover how my integrated approach can help you achieve holistic transformation from the inside out.
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Transfollicular Penetration

Transfollicular Penetration

“Unlocking the Secrets of Plant Stem Cell Skincare: The Cell Defence Revolution”


Plant stem cells in skincare have begun to surge in popularity due to its overwhelmingly positive results, and Cell Defence is at the forefront of this new technology. Thoughtfully curated by Naturopath, Charmaine D, alongside the brains of a brilliant man, Cell Defence is a high performing, botanically based skin care program, formulated with an understanding and belief of the concepts that plant ingredients are safer, gentler and better for human health than synthetic chemicals. By using her knowledge as a naturopath and her 25 years of working in the skin industry, Charmaine D created a skincare range that utilisted the plants natural abilities to work synergistically alongside our own skin to create a harmony that chemical-based products can’t.


Plant stem cells are generated in the meristems of plants and are available first hand if the live plant is damaged. Amazingly, like human stem cells, plant stem cells have the ability to self-heal.  By using plant stem cells synergistically with many other ingredients, we can give your skin the 3 R’s; repair, rebalance and restore. Through modern stem cell science, infused with the ancient wisdom of phytotherapy, we are able to deliver the highest level of plant essences in a truly pure skin care experience.


One of the challenges within the cosmetic industry is how to deliver these plant cells into the skin for optimal benefits. Although one cannot claim that ‘transfollicular penetration’ is effective, Cell Defence has introduced a groundbreaking program which involves tapping the skin to enhance the absorption of these stem cells in the hair follicles and skin, promoting better penetration and efficacy.


The essential cells responsible for all epidermal cell renewal over your lifetime are the stem cells found deep within your hair follicles. These follicles may be large or small and are often known at the skin’s surface as ‘pores’. These pores are the mouth of the vital reservoirs of regenerative life for your skin and the opening to the larger and more complex pilosebaceous organ known simply as the follicle. Like a sponge, the face and scalp skin has more follicle penetrations (pores) than the entire body of skin; with an average of 800 follicles per cm2 (approximately 900,000 tiny follicle organs). Nestled deep in these crucibles, the stem cells are responsible for skin renewal, skin pigmentation, skin rejuvenation and wound healing. This is why penetrating these follicles is an effective approach to proper absorption of plant stem cell skincare.


Additionally, the molecular structure of the product is also of importance. The finer the molecular structure, the more success you will have with penetrating the skin. It is therefore important to note that if these plant stem cells were in a cream-based product, as opposed to Cell Defence’s serum-based formula, then their ability to penetrate would be drastically reduced.  The Cell Defence skincare range, plus the mode in which Charmaine D applies it – through oxygen-based tapping – allows for optimal transfollicular penetration, and therefore optimal benefits.


Many ancient practices recognised the benefits of plants in skincare. Plant stem cells, especially those derived from lilac, have recently gained more attention for their remarkable properties. These stem cells have the potential to regulate telomere length, promote skin cell renewal and enhance the skin’s defence mechanisms against sun and ageing damage. The challenge, however, is in delivering the benefits through topical administration due to the skin’s natural barrier functions. As the body’s largest organ, the skin acts as a shield against external factors. Traditionally, it was believed that percutaneous absorption occurred primarily through the stratum corneum, however, recent research is emphasising the importance of hair follicles as potential pathways for penetration.


The tapping technique introduced by Cell Defence takes into account the imperfections within the skin, including hair follicles, sweat glands and microlesions into the interfollicular layer. These imperfections can act as vertical pathways for percutaneous absorption, allowing for transfollicular delivery. Research is showing us that various body regions exhibit differences in hair follicle size and density, providing unique opportunities for follicular penetration. By utilising the tapping technique, we aim to leverage these variations, enhancing the absorption of plant stem cells into the skin.


Stem cells from both plants, animals or humans, play a crucial role in regeneration processes. While human stem cells are challenging and expensive to source, plant stem cells offer a rich source of antioxidants and amino acids, and are more easily available. Although unable to cure skin diseases, plant stem cells have demonstrated an ability to reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, prevent wrinkles, and protect the skin from environmental factors. Maintaining an overall high-level of skin health and vibrance. 


Cell Defence has an extensive range of plant stem cells available, such as lilac, argan, apple and gotu kola, all of which provide diverse benefits. These clinically tested stem cells have shown improvements in skin tone, hydration, and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.


As we age, our skin cells age with us, leading to signs of ageing like dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Plant stem cells, with their ability to self-renew, and resist ageing processes, offer us a promising solution. They contain up to 1,000 times the antioxidants found in other botanical extracts, promoting collagen synthesis, cell renewal and reducing photoageing. 


The current research into plant-derived stem cell extracts indicates there is potential for a replacement of damaged skin cells, rather than just a repair. Ongoing research continues to explore the efficacy of many plant stem cell extracts and sparks our hope for the future of plant stem cell technology. 


Cell Defence’s tapping technique represents a significant step forward in the efficacy and healing potential of plant stem cells in skincare. By providing a holistic approach to skincare, addressing the challenges of penetration and harnessing the potential of these remarkable botanical extracts, Charmaine D hopes to assist people with their skin health and vibrancy.


As the skincare industry continues to evolve, staying informed about the latest advancements in plant-derived stem cell research is crucial for making optimal treatment choices. And this is a promise made by Charmaine D of Cell Defence that she will continue to search and learn in order to stay at the forefront of the plant stem cell skincare revolution. For more information, head over to celldefence.com.au or make a consultation with Naturopath Charmaine D to be guided through a bespoke skincare regime for you and how her tapping technique and optimise the potential of your skin health.

Demystifying Detox: Naturopath’s Guide to Safe and Effective Cleansing

Demystifying Detox: Naturopath’s Guide to Safe and Effective Cleansing

As the New Year approaches and detox programs gain popularity, it is crucial to approach this journey with due caution and comprehensive understanding.

As a naturopath in Australia, I have witnessed the risks associated with hasty detox efforts. This is particularly true for individuals managing histamine intolerance, skin conditions and autoimmune issues linked to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) or mould toxicity.

Let’s now deepen our understanding by exploring the intricacies of detoxification. Moreover, let’s uncover why consulting a naturopath, like myself, is integral for a safe and effective cleanse.

1.         Mould Toxicity: Unveiling the Root Trigger

The primary root trigger I consistently observe in my clinic is Mould Toxicity. Mould not only poses a challenge for detoxification; it also intertwines with issues like Histamine Intolerance and MCAS. Lowering the toxic load and aiding the body in safely removing mould toxins are key components in addressing these complex conditions.

2.         The Three Phases of Detox: A Brief Overview

Understanding the three phases of detoxification is crucial for embarking on a safe and effective cleansing journey. These phases unfold in the liver, where toxins undergo processes to become water-soluble and safely exit the body. However, for those with MCAS and Mould Toxicity, navigating these phases requires precision to prevent exacerbating existing issues.

3.         Histamine Intolerance: Unravelling the Complexities

Histamine, a mediator in the neuro-immuno-endocrine system, plays a vital role in various physiological mechanisms. Histamine intolerance, distinct from allergy, involves an excessive accumulation of histamine due to an imbalance between intake and elimination. Recognising histamine intoxication symptoms and addressing underlying causes are pivotal in the treatment process.

4.         Causes of Histamine Intolerance: A Holistic View

Histamine intolerance often stems from underlying factors such as viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites, an unbalanced microbiome, stagnant liver, low bile production and insufficient stomach acid. Addressing these root causes is essential for resolving histamine intolerance and preventing its recurrence.

5.      Five Steps to Address Histamine Intolerance

  1. Avoid Excess Dietary Histamine: Temporarily eliminate high histamine foods and stabilise mast cells.
  2. Rebalance Microbiome: Strategically address gut dysbiosis—an imbalance in the microbial community within the human body, particularly in the digestive system—prior to anti-microbial therapy to avoid excessive histamine release.
  3. Target Underlying Infections: Utilise comprehensive testing to identify and clear underlying infections, including viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi.
  4. Assess Liver Function: Tailor liver optimisation strategies based on individual factors like toxin exposure and lifestyle.
  5. Support Immune System: Strengthen the immune system through repletion of essential vitamins and minerals for lasting recovery.

6.         Detoxification Mistakes and Precision Detox

Detoxification mistakes can lead to severe consequences; especially for those with sensitivities. Precision detoxification is vital for individuals with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance.

Personalised approaches; avoiding common pitfalls such as detoxing metals before addressing mould toxins; and utilising the right strategies can make a significant difference in the healing journey.

7.         Conclusion

As the New Year beckons, the allure of detox programs intensifies. To safeguard your well-being, consider consulting with a naturopath, like myself, Charmaine D, WITH expertise in histamine intolerance, skin conditions and autoimmune issues.

Navigating the detox maze requires precision; a meticulously tailored approach ensures that your journey is both effective and safe.

8.         Cautionary Measures

Embarking on a detox journey?

First and foremost, guarantee its safety and effectiveness by consulting with a naturopath.

Additionally, recognise that addressing mould toxicity and histamine intolerance requires a precisely designed strategy to prevent potential setbacks.

Navigating the Path to Wellness: A Naturopathic Perspective on Detoxification   

Navigating the Path to Wellness: A Naturopathic Perspective on Detoxification   


In a world saturated with detox fads, it is crucial to appreciate and be reminded of the body’s remarkable, natural detoxification capabilities.  Join us on a journey to unravel the truth and discover the art of nourishing the body from within. 

  1. Understanding the Intricacies of Natural Detox  

Existing within us is a system comprising the gut, liver and kidneys; a complex system that works tirelessly to naturally detoxify. The liver, kidneys and gut are instrumental in eliminating toxins, displaying the remarkable efficiency of our internal detox mechanisms. 

In the realm of wellness, certain fasting practices can be beneficial. Nevertheless, it is essential to embark on them at optimal times to make the most of their benefits. A fasting protocol that is making you feel significantly worse, indicates that there could be an underlying problem.  This signals the need for an evaluation to ensure your body can handle detoxification at that point in time.  

The liver plays a crucial role in overseeing three essential phases of detoxification; particularly significant for individuals contending with challenges such as mould detoxification. Errors frequently occur when these phases lack sufficient support; particularly when addressing sensitivities.  

Rather than delving into common detox pitfalls, let’s pause for a moment and redirect our focus to exploring the three essential phases of toxin detoxification.  

It is crucial to grasp that Phases 1 and 2 unfold within the liver, while in Phase 3, toxins migrate from the liver before being expelled from the body. 

In Phase 1, the liver renders toxins more water-soluble, making them ready for elimination. However, this process generates damaging free radicals, paving the way for Phase 2 to intervene.  

Phase 2 involves making these intermediate toxins less harmful through conjugation, a process that “packages up” toxins for safe removal. 

Phase 3 marks the exit of packaged toxins from the liver. The toxins can either enter the bloodstream or exit through the gallbladder with bile, eventually being expelled from the body.  

When these three phases encounter impediments, often exacerbated by mould and other toxins, a downward spiral ensues, impacting overall health. 

  1. Embracing the Merit of a Naturopath’s Proficiency 

As a naturopath treating patients with diverse underlying conditions, my approach involves tailoring treatments to individual needs. Rather than applying blanket protocols, I address biochemical and physiological impediments such as viral infections, gastrointestinal dysbiosis, food allergies and vitamin deficiencies. 

  1. The Pitfalls of Do It Yourself (DIY) Treatment Plans 

Crafting a personalised treatment plan is crucial, as a one-size-fits-all approach seldom works for complex cases. Online information overload may lead well-informed individuals to concoct DIY plans, relying on research-backed interventions. However, not all interventions suitable on paper translate effectively to individual cases. 

  1. Functional Medicine for Detox Support  

Seeking a practitioner trained in Functional Medicine is paramount for effective detox support. The treatment plan should adapt to evolving patient needs, akin to peeling back layers of an onion. Health is not universally restored through extreme measures like water fasts; instead, it requires a nuanced, personalised approach. 

  1. Nourishing vs. Detoxing 

Amidst the clamour of detox trends, the emphasis should shift towards nourishment. Extreme detox measures can disrupt the delicate balance, especially for those with overburdened detoxification organs. While intermittent fasting can be beneficial, prolonged water and juice fasts may not suit everyone. 

  1. Understanding Toxin Load 

The body detoxifies through five crucial organs—liver, kidneys, intestines, skin and lungs. 

A high toxin load, prevalent in today’s lifestyle, poses health risks. Chemical toxins from various sources, including mould, can overwhelm detox pathways, contributing to symptoms like fatigue, brain fog and sensitivities. 

  1. Detoxification Challenges with Mould Exposure 

Mould toxins, or mycotoxins, can impede detox pathways, triggering conditions like Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Modern living exposes individuals to high levels of mould, intensifying detox challenges. Understanding these complexities is vital for effective detox support. 

  1. Healthy Habits for Detox Support 

Incorporating lifestyle and dietary habits that promote overall well-being is essential. A balanced diet, hydration and adequate sleep serve as allies in supporting the body’s natural detox processes. 

  1. Cautionary Notes 

Aggressive detox methods pose risks and may harm rather than help. Approach detox with caution, seeking professional advice for a personalised care plan. 

  1. Conclusion 

Our bodies are marvels of natural detoxification.  

Let’s shift our focus from quick fixes to a holistic approach that prioritises nourishment. 

Embrace a lifestyle aligned with your body’s rhythm for well-being and harmony. 

Remember, the journey to optimal health is a marathon, not a sprint.  

Consult with Charmaine D for personalised guidance, ensuring your well-being journey is as unique as you are. 

“Caution: Support, not Detox. Book a Consult with Charmaine D to ensure safe and effective well-being strategies.” 

Cell Defence Skincare and Tapping

Cell Defence Skincare and Tapping

Naturopath and skin expert, Charmaine D, has formulated a skincare line called Cell Defence. Cell Defence is a high performing, botanically based skincare program formulated with an understanding and belief of the concept that plant ingredients are far safer, gentler and better for human health than synthetic chemicals. It was this belief that initiated the formulation of Cell Defence and for it to be crafted from the infusion of all things pure in plant chemistry. A chemical free product prepared in line with the Do No Harm guidelines of a Naturopath. Treat the cause don’t band-aid the issue. The major differentiation of this skincare line is its combination of pure, active ingredients which are jam-packed into every formulation. Each preparation is synergistically combined to work together in harmony with your own skin. When purchasing a skincare product individuals need to be confident in the knowledge that the product’s ingredients will work harmoniously with their skin’s requirements. With this in mind, Cell Defence is backed by a Naturopath that has had her own skincare clinic for over 25 years.

Although always beneficial, how we apply the products onto our skin may have the ability to increase the benefits. For example, after cleansing your face with the Hibiscus Flower Foaming Cleansing Gel, and toning your face with the Skin Saviour Toner, applying the next product; Lilac Rebalancing Plant Stem Cell Serum through gentle tapping may increase the product’s benefits, and may ensure the skin absorbs it more thoroughly, allowing for penetration at a cellular level.

Tapping is more commonly associated with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping, and used for emotional release and energy rebalancing. Under the belief that energy and emotions can become trapped and stagnant in the face. This treatment has been used on people suffering with anxiety and is similarly associated with acupressure and massage.

Therefore, tapping of a plant-based, healing product into the skin on our face may not only provide benefits from the botanically-based skincare, but also provide a relaxing routine, and potential emotional release.

Performing any routine mindfully, ensuring all action is rooted in grace and self-care, can significantly increase it’s benefits, from eating mindfully, to moving our body mindfully. It is therefore plausible that applying our skincare mindfully and with grace can transform the usually rushed, mundane chore, to a time of self-care and meditation.

Though EFT has trigger points and correct methods, tapping product into your skin does not need to be so strict. For a brief introduction to tapping, see the video of a Cell Defence customer tapping her serum into her skin. With no right or wrong way, just ensure to tap gently. This customer is a long-term client of Naturopath, Charmaine D, and has been suffering from histamine and hormone-induced acne. By utilising these botanically-based, gentle skincare products, she has found an increase in skin health and moisture-retention, as well as scar reducing and soothing. She also states the process of tapping her products every morning and evening has created a mindful ritual that resets her headspace. She also states that the tapping may be helping her circulation and prevent stagnation to her lymphatic system (see lymphatic blog).

For acne healing and lowering histamines it is recommended by Charmaine D to use the Lilac Rebalancing Serum for the full face. For a boost under the eyes, it is recommended to use the Saffron Eye Firming Serum. All of the Cell Defence serums benefit from being tapped into the skin gently and with care.

For more information on the skincare program or Charmaine D’s naturopathic and skincare expertise, book a consultation online to begin your journey to healing and oneness.


Before and after lymphatic drainage and how it changed my life.

Before and after lymphatic drainage and how it changed my life.


Here you can see two photos of me, taken a year or so apart. The first photo was before I even knew what  a lymphatic treatment was, while the second photo was a few months into my treatment.

My whole life I have been called “baby face”. I have always been self-conscious about the roundness of my face, desperate for the cheekbones and contouring I saw on so many women around me. It didn’t matter how much I exercised, what weight I was or what food I consumed, my face stayed round. The best way to describe how it looked and felt is swollen, my face was swollen. I didn’t understand why and I definitely didn’t know there was anything I could do about it. Until I met naturopath Charmaine D. I went to Charmaine for hormonal support transitioning off the pill, but where I’ve ended up is far beyond what I could’ve imagined.

Charmaine noticed instantly that my face was rounder than what my body’s build allowed and suggested we begin lymphatic treatment. For this treatment to start, I needed to really understand what it was I was dealing with and why.

What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system is a drainage network that removes cellular debris, large proteins, foreign bodies, bacteria, viruses, toxins and excess fluid from our organs and vessels. Our lymph nodes act as ‘purification centres’ and is where the lymph fluid moves through. Its primary function is to protect our body from illness and accumulated waste. The lymphatic system circulates lymph throughout the body, approximately 1.5 to 2 litres. When activated efficiently, this can increase to 10-30 litres per day. As the lymphatic system is not connected to the heart, it cannot rely on the heart pumping to circulate, but rather other methods such as muscle contraction. There are many reasons why the lymph vessels or lymph nodes become clogged or stagnant such as stress, illness, emotional shock, dehydration and lack of physical activity. When this stagnation occurs, it can result in fluid retention and swelling.

This fluid retention and swelling is what was wrong with my face. Due to constant illness as a child, my immune system and lymphatic system could never rest and recover, always being in the fight or flight mode, trying to protect me. This caused many issues, mainly fatigue and lymphostasis. In order for my lymphatic system above my heart to work properly, that stagnant fluid needed to be drained and my lymph nodes needed to relax.

This was done both externally and internally with herbs and lymphatic pumping. Charmaine D used botanical herbs that internally aid the drainage of the lymph nodes. This ensured that from the inside out, my lymphatic system was getting the support and drainage it needed. Externally, Charmaine was using a mechanical lymphatic drainage pumping machine, engineered in South Australia. It works similarly to Chinese cupping in that it mechanically massages the lymph nodes to stimulate the deep and superficial lymphatic vessels, which in turn promotes drainage and aids in stagnation. Unlike Chinese cupping, it does not cause bruising, but rather utilises strong puffs of air to stimulate that lymphatic massage.

Charmaine D performed this drainage treatment on half of my face for the first time and asked me to cup both sides to feel the difference, and after only one treatment there was a drastic difference. Fast forward two years later and with a few months of internal herbal treatment, as well as consistent lymphatic drainage pumping, my face is now the shape and size it should be, with no swelling. More than how it looks, however, I also have more energy, am less likely to feel fatigued, and don’t get sick as often.

Through Charmaine’s extensive knowledge on skin and naturopathy, she was able to heal me from the inside, as well as the outside, in a way that utilises natural products and doesn’t cause more harm in the process. For anyone who is concerned about their lymphatic system, for the face or entire body, I highly recommend reaching out to Charmaine D for a consultation.