ATMS Board Nominations
Donna Ciccia has worked in many areas of the natural health industry including private practice, retail, training, marketing, management and wholesale since her graduation in Classical Homeopathy and Nutrition.
Donna is the Co-founder and Board Director of Endometriosis Australia, a charity founded in 2012. Donna volunteers full-time as Operational Director and in this role has acquired a diverse set of skills and achievements.
Donna has experience in NFP governance and works with many State and Federal Government departments including the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission. Her establishment of the Ambassador Program for Endometriosis Australia has led to the development of the ‘Friends of Endometriosis Parliamentary Committee, a Federal bipartisan approach to ending the silence on endometriosis. Donna has been invited to speak on medical, research and public discussion panels.
Donna’s work in the development of the Endometriosis Australia Research Grants Program has come to fruition with the first grants being awarded in 2017. Donna has established a successful national awareness, fundraising and educational series of events that has helped end the silence for 600,000 women in Australia.
Donna’s passion and commitment to health and Board experience, would be a valuable contribution to the ongoing success of ATMS.
Kathy Cooper has been a practitioner for almost 20 years, holding professional qualifications in reflexology, massage therapy, sports therapies, nutritional medicine, and natural fertility management.
Prior to venturing into the field of natural medicine, Kathy worked in the corporate sector for around 15 years– starting as an executive personal assistant, working her way up to management with responsibility for 24 staff and pre-press production of 26 publications. Kathy also has qualifications and extensive work experience in public relations, marketing, advertising, business administration and management.
Kathy is passionate about mentoring students, graduates, and other practitioners to be their best. Kathy is also passionate about ensuring a safe future for all-natural therapies under a co-regulatory model, and promoting research into the safety and efficacy of natural therapies and natural medicines. Kathy is not afraid to approach and engage politicians, government agencies, and heads of large practitioner product companies to this end and has gained favourable support from these sources.
Kathy is known for her direct, honest, no-nonsense approach and will work hard to progress the natural therapies industry to a position where it is more widely accepted by all and to get greater recognition for the skills of all ATMS members.
Jacqueline is a qualified Naturopath nurturing over a decade of experience in the Natural Health industry.
During her career in Natural therapies, Jacqueline has acquired a wide range of skills in the areas of clinical practice, lecturing, community projects, business development and practitioner consultation.
Jacqueline has developed high level interpersonal skills through actively taking opportunities to meet and deal directly with the Medical and Traditional medicine community and has been successful in introducing CAM to 5 hospitals within NSW. Professionals Jacqueline has worked with and brought together within the industry include Naturopaths, Nutritionists, Oncologists, Rheumatologists, Haematologists, Urologists and Gynaecologists.
Jacqueline is continuing this passion, currently liaising with NSW Health for healthy food initiatives within the hospital system.
She continues to regularly liaise with local and international practitioners, fostering ongoing education, and thoroughly enjoys sharing pioneering research as well as cultivating traditional knowledge within the industry.
I have been in practice for 30 years as a naturopath and homeopath. In that time, there has been huge development of the complementary medicine professions with real opportunities for practitioners like ourselves to contribute to healthcare in the Australian community. We have given clinic hours to many students who are now successful practitioners.
However, in the past few years there have been some deeply concerning trends in government behaviour towards regulating complementary medicine, leaving me with real concerns about the impact this may have on our practice in the future. I would like to contribute to supporting our profession to ensure its resilience to withstand the repeated serious attacks on our credibility. It is for this reason that I am nominating for a position on the ATMS board. All Boards regularly need fresh blood and ideas.
I am the author of 3 practitioner books and I mentor practitioners in mineral analysis and heavy metal detoxification. I have given practitioner seminars in Australia, also New Zealand, Indonesia and Japan, as well as webinars across Australia and overseas. I am a regular contributor to the ATMS Journal. I was one of the early members of the ATMS and new its founder, Dorothy Hall.
Sandra Grace is a leader in natural medicine education and research who has worked tirelessly to promote natural medicine and its practitioners. This has been demonstrated by her service on the ATMS Board and its committees, and by her record of service on many external advisory committees. She is committed to ensuring the highest standards of natural medicine education. She has an outstanding research record in natural medicine, including investigating the natural medicine workforce, its contribution to the health of the Australian community, and integrative medicine. Sandra established ATMS’ Research Committee and was its inaugural chair. She also initiated the ATMS grants scheme in 2015.
Sandra’s current leadership roles include Vice-President of ATMS, Editor of JATMS and Director of Research in the School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University. She has been in private practice for 30 years as an osteopath and chiropractor. She supports ATMS’ mission through her contributions to quality review of educational curriculum, her ability to horizon-scan and make recommendations that can secure a flourishing future for ATMS’ members, her contributions to expanding the research-base of natural medicine, and her ability to engage with those who make a difference – policy-makers, health funds, and government agencies.
Aqua is committed to upholding the values of the natural medicine profession whilst recognising that regulatory, political, and social change requires our profession to be dynamic, flexible and responsive. Her strength is in building bridges of understanding between diverse social groups. This has merit in her clinical work, and in representing the ATMS should she be elected to join the Board. A co-operative team member, she recognises the value of holding a vision, yet working collaboratively for the greater good.
Aqua is a qualified naturopath, Dorothy Hall trained herbalist, massage therapist, and counsellor who has been in practice since 1992. When working with clients Aqua uses a person-centred approach that engages with multiple dimensions of wellness. This includes the interface between biology, environment, individual perception, and culture. She teaches at the Academy of Complementary Health in Newcastle, and also tutors in health sociology on a casual basis at the University of Newcastle. Currently she is completing a doctoral thesis on the role of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Australian health care. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Australian Traditional Medicine Society Practitioner of the Year award for her contribution to the natural medicine profession.
As an ATMS board member, my role would be to support members in operating as successful practitioners and enabling them to continue practising with the freedom that they currently enjoy.
My ATMS membership spans 30 consecutive years. During this time, I have practiced as a naturopath, homoeopath, herbalist and hypnotherapist in clinics both in Sydney and on the Central Coast of NSW. I have also mentored many graduates who have gone on to become successful practitioners themselves.
I am passionate about my work and about the vital role that a strong professional association has in developing a healthy complementary medicine sector both now and into the future.
ATMS has a long history of effectively supporting its members and ensuring that their qualifications are of the highest professional standard. This, in turn, provides a reliable register of practitioners in a range of therapeutic modalities that the public can confidently access.
Throughout my career I have watched the complementary health care industry grow and I recognise the diverse vocation opportunities that it offers. As an ATMS board member, I look forward to contributing to our industry’s further growth and development.
I’m a naturopath, homeopath, herbalist, nutritionist and massage therapist, with 33 years of experience in these areas. I’ve had successful clinical practices in Sydney, and done teaching and research within the Medical Faculty at Sydney University. I was the Expert Advisor on Homeopathy to the Federal Government, was a member of several TGA committees, and have been an advisor to the South Australian Coroner and the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission. I’m currently a Vice-President of ATMS, have chaired the ATMS Strategic Planning Group since its inception and I’m very active on most ATMS committees. I’ve written 5 books related to complementary medicine, written articles in every edition of the ATMS Journal for over 2 decades and co-authored scientific papers on the use of herbal medicine and homeopathy. I’ve taught homeopathy, nutrition and massage at institutions around Australia and in the USA. I currently work as a naturopath in South Australia, teach at two of the largest complementary medicine education institutions in this country and I’m a volunteer fire fighter with the South Australian Country Fire Service. I’m absolutely dedicated to the success of our profession and the clinical and professional success and happiness of those who practice it.
My purpose is to elevate natural health care in its many forms assisting nourish members livelihoods. This genuine sustained care I have acquired over decades of industry involvement. My quintessential experience includes ATMS President, Vice President, Treasurer and Life Membership (1999). Moving the industry forward is affirmed by my passion, untiring genuine belief and depth of understanding of your modalities and the part they play in Australian health care. As founder/owner of a massage college and wellness centre, both established 30 years, my extensive industry experience is distinctive.
I take great pride in the 1000’s of practitioners trained at my college and the many members from all modalities who continue to attend my workshops. I have represented ATMS nationally and internationally and continue to work within the industry on a daily basis.
Currently our industry’s existence is under considerable challenge. My concern is significant and action is required. I offer my determination, strength, foresight and innovation to shepherd ATMS and the industry forward in a productive collaborative manner. I am grounded, sensible and prudent in my perspective. Thirty years experience has been my teacher, my mentors include ATMS founder Dorothy Hall and Hall of Fame recipient Denis Stewart.
For the past 20 years, my studies and work have ranged from business, fitness instructor, massage, acupuncture, environmental toxicology, dental toxicology, pathology and biochemistry nutrition. Currently studying Biomedical Science.
I am the founder of the Gold Coast Anti Ageing & Wellbeing Centre and Institute of Metabolic Syndrome & Research (non-for-profit organisation). The focus of my work has been improving oral health by working alongside biological dentists and providing seminars/programs on metabolic syndrome disorders.
The future of natural therapies is to build a strong uniting front, as we offer the only way out to the dilemma of the sickness industry. I truly believe ATMS is creating a pathway that will support us for the future and embracing the new technologies will keep us a step ahead. Well thought out decisions will eliminate mistakes and working as a team will produce the results ATMS is working towards.
My strong desire is to bring my experiences to ATMS and succeed in their endeavours. With my core values of being honest, working with integrity for the members of ATMS and having a gung-ho attitude, I am definitely up for the challenge for creating change.
I am an experienced and successful business consultant, remedial massage practitioner and a homoeopath. I have broad experience in assisting small businesses to reach their full potential, and in the past 3 years as President and Director on the Board of the ATMS, I have brought that experience to the Society. I have an engaging, collaborative and motivational style that promotes teamwork and I have successfully delivered improvements across the ATMS. My years of experience in education for natural medicine allow me to understand and promote the importance of education across our industry. I have a strong passion for all modalities of natural medicine, since I am a bodyworker and an ingestive practitioner, and I will leverage that passion and my knowledge to lobby government and health fund providers for natural medicine as a whole. Our industry and professionals are at a crossroad and the next few years will be instrumental in shaping the future for us all, it is imperative that the Board consists of members, like myself, who are willing to take time out to work for the Society and the membership.
Rebecca Tolhurst (BHSci (Chin. Med), BHSci (TCM)) has been practicing Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture since graduating from Victoria University of Technology in 2006, when she first joined ATMS. She has moderated forums in social media pertaining to her profession for several years and has built a wide network of colleagues with whom she regularly communicates. Her additional experience extends to communications and research in natural medicine manufacturing, and volunteering at community health clinics for general TCM practice and acupuncture detox for addiction. She has mentored numerous junior practitioners and students during her career, and worked collaboratively with other modalities. Currently studying a Master of Public Health by research at Latrobe University, Rebecca’s focus is on health equity, and bringing natural therapies to a larger audience through community engagement.
I envision that ATMS members can become part of a powerful and professional lobby force that will influence government policy, media reporting and support research that align with natural medicine philosophies. We have been suppressed for generations and have not had the opportunity to be a powerful voice to stand up to the damaging bias toward natural medicine and its traditions. Natural medicine practitioners are proudly safe and the Australian public agrees through its support. We must protect ourselves against interest lobby groups that want to separate our modalities into reductionist compartments and who claim we are dangerous. We need informed legal advice and media and political lobbyists to act on our behalf. The ATMS position statement on supporting co-regulation aligns with my vision and beliefs. We have a great opportunity to build a strong, united, public and political identity if we all work toward this vision together- all modalities under one powerful umbrella. This can help our businesses thrive, protect our modalities, build our professional public and political image, and protect our right to practice under our terms. I believe I have the experience, political relationships and negotiation skills to help provide these changes as an ATMS Director.
I have been an ATMS member since 1996 when I first qualified as a Remedial Massage Therapist. I went on to complete a Diploma of Naturopathy (HSA) in 2000 and a Bachelor of Health Science 2002. I operated my own practice from 1999 to 2010 Energised Health at Miami on the Gold Coast. During this time, I worked with various other practitioners including an Integrated Medicine GP, an acupuncturists, a Medical Herbalist, and more…. In 2010, I moved my practice to Burleigh Heads Physiotherapy where currently work alongside various allied health professionals.
I believe we as natural therapists need to work together to support each other in a harmonious environment in which our varied strengths and modalities may shine. I believe we need a strong, politically effective voice to allow our professions to grow and be supported and respected by the broader community. I believe in safe practice methods, Excellence in education and practice. ATMS supports a broad diversity of practitioners which allows the public an excellent vehicle for seeking suitably qualified practitioners in many fields.