ATMS announce finalists of the 2021 Natural Medicine Awards

ATMS extends a huge congratulations to all the finalists in our annual Natural Medicine Awards!


Twelve finalists have been selected for Practitioner of the Year, Clinic of the Year and Student of the Year. All nominees demonstrated excellence in their contributions to their professions, industry, and overall commitment to the advancement of the health of the Australian community.


Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner, on Saturday, 4 December 2021 at Olio Kensington Street Restaurant.  


Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions tickets are only available to finalists and their community.


Special thanks to everyone who entered or nominated in the awards. We had an impressive volume of entrants this year, and we applaud the efforts of every single entrant for their contribution to natural medicine in Australia.


We are thrilled to introduce the 2021 finalists for the ATMS Natural Medicine Awards!

Meet your Practitioner of the Year finalists:

Angela Maree Smith
Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic

Angela has been practicing Naturopathy in Melbourne for over a decade. She is passionate about fusing bio medical science and diagnostic testing with nature’s herbs and nutrients to restore health and wellness to the body. Angela has a balanced approach to life, she loves to cook using food as medicine, educating clients on how to eat and exercise for wellness yet still maintain the joy and satisfaction that we love about food and living.


Angela is also passionate about educating people on nutrition and natural medicine for a wide variety focus groups, including anxiety, fertility, IVF and children’s health.

Brittany Darling
Nutritionist and Herbalist
Whole Food Healing

Brittany Darling is an accredited nutritionist and herbalist with over 8 years’ experience. She runs workshops, develops products, collaborates with brands and is an expert contributor in the media across multiple publications including The Grace Tales, One Fine Baby, Sporteluxe, Body and Soul, Gourmet Traveller + more. 


Over the past 8 years, Brittany has seen a range of different clients and conditions. Since becoming a mum, she has turned her focus to paediatric nutrition, as well as preconception, fertility optimisation, IVF support, pregnancy, lactations and post-natal nutrition. 

Patricia Collins

Elder Herbalist, author, teacher and home healer

Total Health and Education Centre

I’m often called the Weed lady due to my love of using weeds to help heal. I have written eight books on weeds, herbs and natives and practical ways of using them.  I also love teaching, doing talks and lectures and have been doing this through TAFE, Outreach WEA and privately for the past thirty years.


24 years ago we opened up the Total Health and Education Centre so I could practice as a Herbalist and a place to display and sell my wide range of herbal products.  I have taught thousands of students and they along with customers and clients buy my products.  We have also got a thriving mail business.


THE Centre is home to many Practitioners and also to my staff who work to help the people of the Upper Hunter and further afield.


Personally, I qualified in 1989 as a Herbalist and have done further courses to qualify as an Iridologist, Reflexologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist.  I am a Board member of Estuary Learning and a Vice President and Treasurer for Indigenous Plants for Health Association.  I live with my husband on a bush block surrounded by Wollemi National Park at Martindale near Denman.  I have two children and two gorgeous grand daughters.

Rowena Jayne
Naturopath and Nutritionist
Rowena Jayne Health and Wellness

Rowena Jayne is a best-selling Author, Retreat & Womens Circle Facilitator, a Neuro Emotional Technique practitioner, Naturopath, Nutritionist, International Yoga Instructor and Plant Food Chef. Rowena has also studied Ayurvedic Medicine, Permaculture, Quantum Energetics and more.


She believes in combining all her skills, training and 22 years of experience into incredible healing retreats, one to one consultations, Womens Circle & healing workshops to offer a truly well-rounded experience to propel her client’s lives forward in BIG ways. Her personal experience battling mental and physical health issues inspired her to help other women who were facing similar challenges.

Meet the finalists for Clinic of the Year:

Chris & Filly Functional Medicine

Chris and Filly Functional Medicine was founded by husband-and-wife Chris and Filipa. The business is built around using nutrition and Functional Medicine to end burnout in parents & biz owners, by boosting their energy levels, mood or manage gut health issues to improve their overall health and wellbeing.


With a vision to forge a thriving tribe of high-achieving POWER PARENTS…not just in Australia, but around the world, Chris & Filly Functional Medicine, combines functional medicine lab testing, nutritional supplements, diet, lifestyle and mindset coaching to manage daily stresses and gets to the root cause of health issues.

Hälsa Health, led by Senior Naturopath and owner Jennifer Ward, is based in Surry Hills and looks at health holistically – going beyond food and exercise, Hälsa Health is passionate about health being a way of life with no right or wrong way to heal. The team support their clients to develop new habits that support a simpler, more enjoyable way of healthy living.


Hälsa Health’s goal is not to change client’s but to help them work through what they’re struggling with so they can experience life with more ease, clarity and simplicity. The team believe in supporting patients through their health journey by taking a balanced individualised approach.

Maternal Instincts Massage

The Maternal Instincts Massage clinic in Sylvania Waters opened its doors in June 2019. Owner and licensed massage therapist, Angela Delauney has a long history of specialty pregnancy therapy in The Shire with a number of other local establishments in Sutherland, Sylvania and Miranda.


Maternal Instincts is a prenatal and postnatal massage therapy service, that truly understands the specific treatments that expectant and new mothers need. From regular massage to remedial treatments, rejuvenation is the primary goal.

Performance in Health Wellbeing Clinic

Performance in Health Wellbeing Clinic is dedicated to providing naturopathic support to individuals who want to thrive in all areas of life. Led by Founder, Tanya Edwards, the team have a tailored results-based holistic health and wellness approach to treatments. Their ongoing “coach” style support means client’s health is fast-tracked for success.


Their holistic approach to naturopath services means they encourage clients to make small changes every single day, towards better health.  Along with Naturopath services, Performance in Health Wellbeing Clinic also offers support with Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Food Allergies & Intolerances support and lifestyle coaching.

Meet your student finalists:

Emily Fidirikkos
Torrens University, QLD

Emily studied a Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition) at Torrens University in Queensland. During her time at student clinic, she was able to bring a number of clients and produced great results for each of them. She participated in various on campus activities such as nutrition workshops and had a cooking segment that was run live across the campus.


Emily is passionate about providing people with expert knowledge to heal their bodies and optimise their health, using food as medicine!

Kylie is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Clinical Nutrition and Advanced Diploma of Clinical Naturopathy at Nature Care College. Kylie is dedicated to her studies and practice, and always strives to provide the highest level of care for her clients.


She is bold in her functional testing and spends time researching the results so she can provide well-rounded information to her clients.

Felix studied a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He was Chairperson for the Student Representative Group for two and half years where he was responsible for advocating for students on campus.


Felix has shown great commitment to his clients aiming to provide them with the highest level of care to ensure their ailments are managed effectively.

Heather Kereopa
O’Neill College

Heather will complete her Advanced Diploma of Kinesiology at the end of 2021. She runs a successful Clinic at her house, Beyond Bliss Kinesiology, and has a loyal client base. Heather always goes above and beyond in preparing for client sessions to ensure she is able to provide the highest level of care by understanding exactly what they need. Heather is highly dedicated to learning all she can about kinesiology which is allows her to provide highly positive changes to her clients.

A big thank you to all those who nominated and applied for the awards in 2021.

Congratulations to all our finalists and best of luck!