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Our Team

Our talented people with expert advice to help you provide the best diagnosis for your patients

We are proud of our team in functional pathology, from a broad range of backgrounds and extensive knowledge base, we operate with passion and enthusiasm to our referrers and patients. We are here to ensure that you have the resources and knowledge to help you provide the best service to your patients through accurate results, diagnosis and targeted treatment programs.


Pese Fainberg

BSc. (Chemistry & Physiology), Bachelor of Health Sciences

Naturopath/Technical Advisor

Pese first started with ARL Functional Pathology, as it was back then, in 2007. Since then, Pese has remained an integral part of the team through two changes in ownership. Pese continues to bring an exceptional level of expertise in the interpretation and selection of tests for our practitioners. In this way, Pese is able to pursue her interest in research and her commitment to education in this exciting field. As Complimentary Medicine becomes an ever more important tool in achieving and maintaining health and wellbeing, Pese will continue to bring the latest developments to our team and our clients.

Kirstie McLaren

B.AppSc Med.Lab Science, Grad Dip HSM

Functional Laboratory Operations Manager

Kirstie studied a ‘Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science’. Over her 20+ year career she has worked in small country labs and large city labs, in both the public & private sectors. She has knowledge & experience across several pathology disciplines. Her laboratory career has been punctuated by short stints as an Environmental Health Officer & small business proprietor, whilst having an interest in laboratory efficiency, management and Lean processes.


Sophiia Knights

Functional Pathology Development Officer

Sophiia has been with Australian Clinical Labs Functional Pathology since 2017. With a working background in customer service and management, and an educational background in Psychology, Sophiia is able to apply herself and past knowledge into a passion for Functional Pathology testing and complete patient and practitioner care. Sophiia is eager to expand her knowledge and expertise in Functional Pathology and enjoys working in the team to provide paramount service to everyone.