Ava Ruth Baker

Dr Ava Ruth Baker: MB ChB Dip  Health Sci (Mental Health):


I am an anthroposophic GP specialising in autism spectrum and related conditions, now based on the Kapiti Coast after many years working in Bay of Plenty and Christchurch.  My background includes forty years of general practice with specific training in anthroposophical and other holistic approaches to medicine, mental health and the autism spectrum. I have worked as school doctor at Steiner Schools in Bay of Plenty and Christchurch, and as medical officer for Hohepa Canterbury.

Due to commitments to family, writing projects, autism support groups and clinics elsewhere in NZ, my clinical work in Kapiti and Lower Hutt is part-time, and clients who see me should remain enrolled with their regular general practice.


I can offer:

         for chronic physical and mental health conditions:  a holistic overview, second opinion or in some cases ongoing sessions that may include biography work, cognitive therapy or autogenic training

         for autism and related developmental conditions (any age): assessment and diagnosis, strategies for autistic individuals  and their support persons, ‘translating’ between autistic and neurotypical perspectives, presentations and workshops (see


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