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  • About Dr Alla

  • The Mind Behind MediMushrooms

    My name is Alla Kiroshka, but most people know me as Dr. Alla.

    I was born in Moldova, one of the ex-Soviet Union republics, now an independent country. As the daughter of medical doctors, the love for the world of medicine has been a part of my being from childhood.

    In 1983, I became a qualified Medical Doctor (M.D.) specialising in Facial-Reconstructive Surgery. Despite my love for surgery and my skill in the operating room, fate had other plans for me. After a good few years of being in practice, I developed an allergic condition that prevented me from continuing my career as a surgeon.

    Though I had access to the very best medical doctors and resources, traditional medicine failed me. No one could pinpoint what exactly I was allergic to and none of the conventional treatments were working.

    I became so ill that I spent most of my days in bed. I had tremendous difficulty walking and talking. It got to the point that I was finding it very hard to breathe. I could feel my life slowly slipping away from me.

    Then, a family friend - professor of medicine in China - learned of my condition and suggested that I try some medicinal mushrooms since traditional allergy treatments were not working for me. He recommended three varieties of medicinal mushrooms - Reishi, Maitake and Shiitake.

    Unfortunately, these products were not available in the Soviet Union, and it was not possible to obtain them via the usual channels during those Cold War days. So, our family friend devised an innovative way to get them to me.

    One day I received a package from him in the mail. It was a 500-page medical reference book. When I opened it, what I initially assumed to be dust flew out of the pages. However, I quickly realised that this was no ordinary 'dust' - it was the powdered version of the recommended mushrooms. No instructions had come with the powdered medicinal mushrooms. So, I devised my own dosages and began taking them.

    Within 2 or 3 days, I started seeing small improvements - my appetite and strength were returning. By day 10, I was up and about. The results I was experiencing were nothing short of miraculous! Each day the symptoms were diminishing and eventually were totally gone.

    Today, many years later, medicinal mushrooms are a regular part of my health regimen. The benefits are so great that I have no desire to stop taking them.

  • Helping Others
  • From Being Healed to Helping Others

  • Rather than return to the operating theatre, I decided to pursue another lifelong dream of mine - having my own business. In 1990, I started one of the first privately owned medical enterprises (i.e. clinics) in Moldova.

    In addition, while furthering my academic qualifications, I began my research on medicinal mushrooms. Unfortunately, political restrictions continued to prevent me from being able to import them and share them with others. This only fueled my desire to move to a country that allowed free trade.

    A few years later, an opportunity to do so presented itself. I immigrated to South Africa, where I lived for over 15 years in magnificent Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain. It was there that I was finally able to realize my desire to help others experience the healing effects of medicinal mushrooms.

    After much research, I started sourcing and importing the best quality of these medicinal mushrooms. That led to encapsulating, marketing and distributing of these fantastic products.

    And so MediMushrooms Centre was born!

    Before long I had a team of distributors in South Africa, and my MediMushrooms business flourished.

    As my knowledge and experience grew, I learned of other medicinal mushrooms that were as powerful and would compliment the ones that I was using already. My product range of medicinal mushroom supplements expanded to include two more, Lion's Mane and Cordyceps. You may read about each of these medicinal mushrooms, their properties and nutritional benefits on their respective pages.

    All MediMushrooms products are natural dietary supplements and are of the highest possible quality to ensure their potency to produce the best results.

    Over the years, I have done an in-depth review of over 1800 scientific research work done worldwide on these 5 medicinal mushrooms. On the Reference Works page you will find about 400 entries to these various studies.

    Using the knowledge I gained, I developed the MediMushrooms SYMPTOMS CHART so that people like you can use it as a guide to improving your overall health.

  • Move to NZ
  • A New Land Calls to Me

  • After a visit to New Zealand in 2006, I fell in love with this beautiful country. So, in 2007, I moved there with my family and brought over my MediMushrooms business.

    July 2008, I opened Organic Health Centre in Bishopdale, Christchurch where I offered health consultations and sold my line of natural health supplements based on medicinal mushrooms. I also started another range of natural dietary supplements.

    One year later, I moved my services to a more central location in City Centre, Christchurch. This new location was much more conducive to my vision of a one-stop, holistic approach to health. In addition to my services and products, Organic Health Centre had on-site specialists offering their services in the fields of Accupuncture, Bowen Therapy, Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Reiki.

    Over time, my Simplicity range expanded to include over 30 varieties of natural dietary supplements. The quality of each and every product is superb, and all products are TAPS approved.

    My business was booming in New Zealand and I wanted to give it my full attention. So, a few years ago, I sold the South African branch of MediMushrooms to Fran Fainman giving her the rights to manufacture, market and sell my MediMushrooms products in South Africa and Israel ONLY. However, to ensure that the high quality expected of my products continues to be upheld and to maintain a level of consistency, I was providing the raw materials and the formulation for each product.

    Well, this is now in the past. As of December 2017, I no longer supply Fran Fainman with the original MediMushrooms products. As result, I am not in position to guarantee the same high standard and consistency of the products she sells. The legal team is working on stopping Fainman from misrepresenting the MediMushrooms brand.

    Over the years, I have developed trusted relationships with my suppliers and I work closely with them to source top quality raw materials. The medicinal mushrooms in MediMushooms range of products are grown in their indigenous climate and have never been exposed to any harmful elements used to artificially enhance their growth. There has been no use of any pesticides or other harmful substances.

    Currently, my products are manufactured in New Zealand at certified manufacturing plants and I personally supervise all the steps of the production - from the supply of the raw mushrooms to delivering the end product to you.

    As people experienced the tremendous benefits of using my MediMushrooms supplements, they shared this with their family and friends. The clientele at MediMushrooms is growing at a steady rate and consists not only of New Zealanders but of people from all over the globe including Canada, U.S.A., U.K., France, Italy, and Holland.

  • Earthquake
  • Earthquake Forces Business Adaptation

  • Tragedy struck when Christchurch was rocked by two massive earthquakes. The first one, measuring 7.1, struck on 4th September 2010 and caused tremendous destruction but fortunately no deaths. The second one which followed six months later on 22nd February 2011 was more destructive and resulted in the death of 185 people.

    My business, Organic Health Centre, was housed in a building on 608 Colombo St in Christchurch and was severely damaged. Later it, along with many other buildings in that area, was completely demolished!

    This unexpected turn of events required me to adapt to the changing times. Up to that point, my business was primarily an offline one. Yes, I had a website up and running, but it was mainly for informational purposes. It had not been set up for selling my products. Now, with my storefront gone and the central city centre in ruins, I needed to start selling online. This I began to do in the latter part of 2011.

    Today, my business is primarily web-based and available 24-7 to people all around the world. I continue to offer health consultations free of charge. You are welcome to contact me by phone or email for a FREE phone or skype consultation. I will do my best to advice which dietary supplement would be best for you. If you choose to email me, please provide as much information as possible on your health issues. I answer all e-mails within 24 hours.

    If you prefer, you can review the Symptoms Chart to cross-reference your symptoms with the 5 varieties of medicinal mushroooms that are available through Medimushrooms and place your order right here on this website. I pride myself on being quick to deliver the product no matter where on the planet you are.

    I encourage you to browse the site to learn more about these remarkable mushrooms, and the benefits that my MediMushrooms products have to offer. Remember, your health and that of those you love should be of utmost importance.

    Best Wishes and Good Health,
    Dr. Alla

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Curriculum Vitae:


    1968 – 1978: Kishinev School (Moldova), Specialized in French as the leading language throughout the school education;

    1978 – 1983: University of Medicine of Moldova (Kishinev State Medical Institute). Diploma with Honours Distinction (No 960078);

    1985: University of Medicine of Moldova, Faculty for Physicians’ Advanced Training; Orthopaedic Stomatology;

    1988: University of Medicine of Moldova, Faculty for Physicians’ Advanced Training; Surgical Stomatology Position occupied at the time – Physician-Surgeon in Maxillary-Facial Surgery Department;

    1988 – 1990: Facial-Reconstructive Surgery Externship based at University of Medicine of Moldova and Clinical Hospital of Republic of Moldova;

    1990: Dnepropetrovsk Medical Institute (Ukraine), Faculty for Physicians’ Advanced Training; Reflexological therapeutics and Acupuncture;

    1990 – 1993: Post-Graduate at Scientific Surgical Centre of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Department of Experimental Surgery;

    Ph. D. Thesis: New Biological Dissolving Suture Material.


    1983 – 1986: Kirsovo District Hospital, Externship (Moldova);

    1986: Physician-Supervisor/Inspector of Medical Department of Moldova Rail-Way State Hospitals;

    1987: Facial-Reconstructive Surgeon at Kishinev Emergency Hospital;

    1988 – 1990: Facial-Reconstructive Surgeon at Republican Clinical Hospital of Moldova;

    1990 – 1993: Scientific Researcher in the field of Experimental Surgery at the Scientific Surgical Centre of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia;

    1993: Immigrated to South Africa, Cape Town;

    1993 – 1994: Medical consultant for L’Acquaria cc.

    1994 – 2007: Owned and successfully directed a few companies in a variety of fields: imports and exports, tourism, property development, manufacturing of dietary supplements. I am forever grateful to late Basil Smith, my best friend and partner in some of my businesses at the time, for the incredible support, encouragement and love; without his numerous sacrifices and unselfish dedication to me and my visions, none of my dreams would have been as rewarding;

    Founded and managed MediMushrooms Centre, division of SATL Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
    Company functions:
    Importing of superior quality raw material,
    Producing the end product – encapsulated medicinal mushrooms,
    Distributing countrywide (wholesale and retail),
    Marketing and Exporting.

    The years of efforts put into these various enterprises and the total dedication to achieve success have resulted in moving into the league of self-made multi-millionaires. The starting point was just $50 on the account. Can anyone else do the same? Sure can!

    2007: Immigrated to New Zealand; MediMushrooms Centre relocated to Christchurch, New Zealand;

    2008: Opened the 1st Retail Shop in Harewood Road, Bishopdale; trading as Organic Health Shop.

    2009: Opened 2nd Retail Shop at 608 Colombo Street, Christchurch - this has grown into Organic Health Centre, well on its way to become a franchise group. The MediMushrooms range and Dr Alla’s “Simplicity” range of dietary supplements as well as many other health related products were offerred in the retail section; Consulting rooms have been opened for a number of natural health specialists;

    4th September 2010: Business temporarily closed after the 7.1 earthquake caused serious damage to the building;

    November 2010 – February 2011: Partial access to the building; Repair work in progress; due date to re-open is set for Tuesday, 15th March 2011;

    22 February 2011: 6.3 earthquake completely destroys the facility and the business in the heart of Christchurch, the entire central part of Christchurch is Red Zoned; Organic Health Centre is permanently closed; the building was demolished among hundreds of others. Sad reality!

    March 2011 to Present: Due to the earthquakes, the structure of the business itself was forced to change; Dr Alla's MediMushrooms range of dietary supplements are sold primarily online. The consultations are available via emails, phone or Skype.


    Various methods of treatment in clinical Maxillary – Facial Surgery;

    Developing and perfecting methods of experimental surgery based on experimental laboratory of the University of Medicine of Moldova:

    • Replacement of sections of aorta, oesophagus, trachea, urethra and bladder;
    • Reconstruction of bone defects using biological tissue in transplantation.

    1. Kiroshka A.I., Popovich T.W. – Results of usage of formaldehyde treated allobrefo-bone for surgical treatment of parodontitis. In book: Formaldehyde treated allo- and xenogenic material in transplantology. “Stiintca”, Kishinev, 1986, p.p. 114-116.
    2. Kiroshka A.I. – Xenoplastic operation of oesophagus in experiment. In book: Medical treatment and rehabilitation of oncological patients. Kishinev, 1988, ed. 9, p.p. 214-216.
    3. Kiroshka A.I., Timish T.V. – Formaldehyde treated allo- and xenogenic material for plastic operations on oesophagus. In book: Actual problems of theoretical and clinical medicine, 1989.
    4. Kiroshka A.I., Titarev V.I. – Rare tumour – Malerbo-Shenante disease. In Journal “Zdravoochranenie”, 1990, ed. 1, p.22.
    5. Kiroshka A.I., Chirosca L.I. – The use of new biological suture material in experiment and clinic. In book: Functional reserves and adaptation. Kiev, 1990, p.p. 311-312.
    6. Currently working on the first book on Medicinal Mushrooms, their origins, history, health benefits and recommendations. Publication date is to be advised.

    Patent Name: Method for Producing Surgical Suture Material
    International Patent Classification (IPC), Reg. No: A61L17/00
    Publication: RU 2040276
    Date: 1995-07-25
    Inventor: Chirosca, Lyudmila Ivanovna
    Inventor: Kiroshka, Alla Igorevna

    Patent Name: Method of Preparation of Surgical Material
    International Patent Classification (IPC), Reg. No: A61L17/00
    Publication: MD 3677 G2
    Date: 2008-08-31
    Inventor: Chirosca, Lyudmila Ivanovna
    Inventor: Kiroshka, Alla Igorevna

    Trade Mark: Certificate of Trade Mark Registration No 781402


    2008: Copyright Certificate, International Patent of Invention - Method of Preparation of New Surgical Material.

    2009: Diploma and Silver Medal at International Exhibition "Info Invent", Moldova

    2010: Diploma of Exellency at International Exhibition "Pro Invent", Romania