Meet The Founder

Meet The Founder

Apr 27, 2021Pip Summerville

Hi, hello, G'day, Pip here!

With everything that has happened in the last 12 months or so I thought it was time to take a step back, introduce myself and share my story about what lead me to building Tonik.

Fun fact: I am a (relatively) new mum with another on route. I have been navigating the haze that is a working mum's life balance. By no means do I have it down pat but that's all part of the fun, isn’t it?!



Growing up, I was no stranger to the health and wellness world - my father was a pharmacist (yep, that’s Glenn!) and I was a professional rower. I was surrounded by all thing’s health and for the most part, I had no issue with it.

Over time, I struggled to balance being an athlete and a health advocate and it took its toll, eventually I developed not-so-healthy habits. 

I knew there was a gap in my knowledge, but it was only when I started experimenting with natural supplements that things clicked. But there was a problem: it seemed there was a lot of misinformation around the health and alternative medicine products I was exploring. Every bottle on the shelf fell short; they had too many ingredients I didn't need, or not enough of the nutrients I did. 

Then Glenn introduced me to Apple Cider Vinegar. My mind, my body, my whole world changed — I was hooked. From then on, I was never without a bottle of ACV by my side! 

For a short while, it was bliss. Until one day, I flew open my suitcase to reveal a huge ACV leakage. Gross. I’d also noticed my tooth enamel had started to erode, not to mention the foul taste and daily struggle of taking a shot of ACV and so — despite feeling the best I ever had — I began to doubt my beloved ACV. 

I knew there had to be a better way, so I called Glenn. “Where can I get this stuff in capsules?” His answer? Nowhere. So, I decided to do something about it.

Not long after, we started working together to create the world’s first organic, natural Apple Cider Vinegar capsule with 'the mother', which was soon followed by our other remedies: Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Oil and Turmeric. Together, a line-up of pure health and wellness — and a habit I’m more than happy to have.

When I launched Tonik all I truly wanted was to help others, so they had the knowledge they needed to feel good, and to know “health” is subjective and isn’t about how you look, but how you feel.

It can be difficult as a wellness brand to distinguish yourself from the usual “health hacks” and “quick fixes” that people so often buy in to. But that’s not what I want Tonik to be at all. Because I know what it’s like to be the person on the other side of it all. 

So, I’ve made it Tonik’s responsibility and goal to educate and help others find helpful information around supplements and health that is not misguided or contains any hidden agendas. Just honest, transparent, information for real people who just wanna’ feel good.

Have you tried Tonik yet? I hope you enjoy the Tonik range as much as I do!

Get popp'n!

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