Tasha Jennings - Natural Fertility Specialist

Tasha Jennings ND – Founder

Tasha Jennings is a qualified Naturopath with over 15 years experience in clinical practice. product and program development, writing, training and presenting.  Tasha is an expert contributor to major media publications including the Herald Sun and New Idea as well parenting magazines, websites including Mouth of Mum’s and The Bub Hub, and medical journals.  She has presented on TV shows such as the Kerry Anne Morning Show, has been a keynote speaker at the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo’s as well as running large and small scale presentations and trainings for IVF specialists, nurses and other medical professionals.

Tasha is also author of The Vitamins Guide (2013) and The Fertility Diet (2015).

Tasha is the Managing Director of Zycia, which means ‘life’ and specialises in providing premium nutrition for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Tasha is also the founder of Conceive Baby, which was born from her desire to help others conceive and carry healthy babies after her own fertility struggles.

Although her proudest achievement, is as Mum to her 2 young children and she is passionate about helping others achieve that same dream.

Dr Joseph Sgroi - IVF and Fertility Specialist

Dr Joseph Sgroi

MBBS (Monash) FRANZCOG

Joseph is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Epworth Freemasons providing care to patients in the areas of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Fertility Preservation and IVF.

Graduating from medicine at Monash University in 1998 (MBBS), he then went on to complete 3 years of physician training at The Alfred Hospital. During this time Joseph and his wife had their first child. This life changing, led Joseph to pursue a career specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology.

After obtaining a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Joseph undertook formal training at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility Preservation.

Joseph has served as a Director of The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and a medical representative on multiple Commonwealth Government Advisory Committees. In addition he has sought to improve the education and training of junior doctors as Chair of the Federal AMA Council for Doctors in Training and was appointed to The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Training and Assessment Committee.

Joseph continues to mentor future generations of doctors in his role as Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The Royal Women’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne.

Joseph is continually updating his knowledge with evidenced based medical research that improves outcomes for his patients.

Dr Alex Polyakov - Fertility Specialist

Dr Alex Polyakov

MBBS FRANZCOG, MClinEpid, MReproMed, GradCertEBM

Dr Alex Polyakov is a Fertility Specialist, and a Consultant Obstetrician and a Gynaecologist at Epworth Freemasons, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Frances Perry House, Royal Women’s Hospital and Melbourne IVF.

Specialist in all aspects of male and female infertility evaluation and treatment, Alex has special interest in areas including anovulatory disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, age-related infertility and endometriosis.

Moreover, Alex holds a Graduate Certificate in Evidence-based Medicine from Monash University, Masters of Clinical Epidemiology/Biostatistics from the University of Newcastle, and Masters of Reproductive Medicine from the University of NSW. He regularly contributes to scholarly research papers as an expert biostatistician.

Dr Polyakov is a fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FRANZCOG). He is a member of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and the Australasian Gynecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society (AGES).

Cath Corcoran - Fertility Psychologist

Cath Corcoran

Cath is a successful Conception & Fertility Specialist and Perinatal, Birth & Postnatal Consultant. She is an experienced Psychologist in both clinical & counselling settings. After 15 years as a psychologist within psychiatric settings working for major hospitals rurally and for The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne; in addition private practice, Cath has been called to exclusively work with and has a passion to assist couples wanting to have children. She works with females, males and couples who are trying to conceive. Both in conjunction with IVF or looking to start a family and have been trying naturally. Her work is not limited to those who have never conceived, many women she sees have experienced miscarriages and/or have already had a child and may be finding it difficult to conceive or carry another child. Cath breathes fresh air into any presenting issues with her therapeutic approach and holistic view when working with people. She is a firm believer in the mind-body connection and treating the body as a whole not as isolated systems. As a psychologist, she feels her role is to help people find their own answers within themselves; inspiring and supporting them to make shifts, to change and to transform.

Cath has a passion for working with preconception, conception and fertility/infertility. Although her work also includes but is not limited to:
secondary infertility, assisted reproduction/IVF, grief, miscarriage, stillbirth loss, termination, preparation for childbirth, birth trauma, female reproductive issues, anxiety & depression {perinatal/postnatal}, parent-infant relationship difficulties, couples/relationship & family difficulties in the context of fertility or newborn/infant arrival.

Dr David Knight

MBBS MD MRM FRANZCOG CMan MASRM

Dr Knight is a Medical Director, Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Demeter Fertility. With a history of innovation, he is a pioneer of Mild Ovarian Stimulation in Australia and one of Australia’s most experienced fertility specialists.

He achieved the first Australian pregnancy using the new Double Stimulation approach, and has developed the Over40s Program, an extension of his two decades of work with dietary and supplements effects on human reproduction. Committed to a patient-centred approach, he’s a leader of a state-of-the-art clinic that continually strives to maximise patient well-being. Dr Knight is proud of the IVF success rates that he and the Demeter Fertility team are able to achieve, especially for those women over 40!

Sonya Jessup IVF and Fertility Specialist Demeter Fertility

Dr Sonya Jessup

BHB MBChB MRM FRANZCOG

Dr Jessup is an experienced Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist at Demeter Fertility, who has studied and worked in Reproductive Medicine for the past decade.

She provides a thorough and personalised assessment of a patient’s situation and can quickly organise and perform any procedures, tests or surgery they may need.

Dr Jessup has been through IVF herself and works to create a happy, low stress, sustainable approach to fertility treatments. Dr Jessup’s IVF success rates are significantly above the national average.

Dr Natasha Andreadis

Dr Andreadis is a Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist in Sydney, Australia. She has also trained in genetics, nutrition and health coaching. She is an Expert on Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar 8 week Program.

Natasha is experienced in managing a wide range of fertility issues such as endometriosis, ovulation issues, miscarriage, unexplained infertility and PCOS.

She is expert at fertility treatments such as IVF, IUI and genetic testing of embryos and is a practitioner with Genea, World Leaders in Fertility.

Natasha believes that food is medicine and enjoys lifestyle coaching women and couples who are trying to conceive.

In order to help boost natural fertility, she advises on pre-pregnancy diet, which may vary depending on a patient’s medical condition and genetic make-up.

Dr Andreadis has a YouTube channel –DR Tash TV, where she highlights the importance of diet, lifestyle, nutrition and environment when trying for a baby.

Angela Hywood - Natural Conception and Fertility Specialist

Angela Hywood

Naturopath/Natural Fertility Specialist/International Speaker

Angela is an experienced naturopathic clinician with over 20 years of clinical experience. She runs a busy clinic in Perth Western Australia, specialising in integrative endocrinology, fertility and women’s health.

Prior to Angela’s career in naturopathy, she studied at the School of Pharmacy, Curtin University of Technology.

Angela practiced at the world-renowned Jocelyn Centre of Natural Fertility Management, Australia’s first specialist practice in the area of Preconception Health Care & Fertility Management and has really dedicated her career to fertility and women’s health practice.  With her uniquely integrative approach she has assisted many of couples overcome their fertility obstacles and fulfil their dream of becoming parents.

Angela has a passion for helping couples become parents and seeing healthy families thrive. She is a mother of 2 little ones herself, with children very similar ages to my own at 2 & 3 and a half, both carefully and consciously planned and both naturally conceived (after 40).

Angela has also just completed a chapter on miscarriage for a medical text book.

In addition to her practice and education roles, Angela is a well-known featured speaker at complementary and integrative medicine conferences internationally.

Gina Fox - Natural Fertility Specialist

Gina Fox

Gina is a naturopath with over 12 years’ experience. She trained under Francesca Naish (author of Better Babies) and is currently undertaking a Masters in Reproductive Medicine. As well as being an experienced clinician at Fertile Ground Health Group, she is a writer, speaker, naturopathic lecturer and student clinic supervisor.

Gina is highly skilled in providing naturopathic care for women’s health issues, pre-conception health, infertility, IVF support, pregnancy care and through menopause. She treats a wide range of issues including recurrent miscarriage, thyroid, auto-immune antibodies and she has seen good results working with men to improve sperm quality. Her professional approach involves working in collaboration with doctors and specialists to create an effective co-ordinated treatment.

Her own meditation practice led her to become a meditation instructor and co-develop the Be Fertile series of guided relaxation CDs for women around conception, IVF and pregnancy support.

Amanda Waaldyk

Amanda is a renowned Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture located in Melbourne. Amanda is the founder and Director of Angea Acupuncture and Yoga. She specializes in fertility, helping thousands of women achieve their dreams of pregnancy through the Angea Method and Fertility Yoga.

Amanda has worked and studied internationally with some of the best fertility experts in both Chinese Medicine and Yoga.

She has created successful online yoga courses, is an author, blogger and a proud mother of two.

Amanda’s vision is to create a worldwide community where women can join together to share and connect and know they are not alone in this journey.

Professor Marie Claudill

Dr Marie Claudill received her PhD degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida in 1997. Shorty thereafter she became and Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Food Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona University in Southern California where she served for 10 years. Professor Claudill joined the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University in August 2007 as an Associate Professor of Human and Molecular Nutrition and was promoted to full Professor in May 2012.

Professor Claudill is internationally recognized for her work on folate and choline and the intake levels of these nutrients required to promote human health. She has published over 100 papers, reviews or chapters in this area and is frequently an invited speaker on topics related to methyl nutrients, one carbon metabolism and nutritional genonomics.

Carolyn Ledowsky

Carolyn Ledowsky is a MTHFR expert and founder of MTHFR Support Australia, a clinic dedicated to supporting those with MTHFR and methylation related disturbances. She holds a Bachelor of Herbal Medicine, Bachelor of Naturopathy and Diploma of Nutrition, having also studied courses in genetics at Duke University and The University of Maryland.

She is a regular speaker at MTHFR events and provides both patient and practitioner training through her many webinars, presentations and on-line learning environments. You can join one of her weekly ‘MTHFR in Preconception’ webinars here.

Carolyn now see’s patients with MTHFR mutations and/or associated methylation disturbances, which then go on to affect fertility, thyroid, adrenals, hormones, detoxification, energy and neurotransmitters. Her expertise is in understanding these highly complex biochemical pathways, and how individual genetic presentations give rise to dysfunction her main focus.

Dr Kelly Ann

B.HSci(Chiro) M.ClinChiro

I’m Kelly and I’ll be sharing stories about egg donation. I have been an egg donor, cycling regularly over the last 15 years. It’s been a crazy experience and I’m happy to share some stories with you, while increasing awareness about egg donation in Australia.

I did all my donations with the same FS, through the same clinic, in the same State. It’s important to be aware that there are different laws in each state and different guidelines in each clinic. Whether you’re a recipient or a donor, there are plenty of options so make sure you find the right match for you. There are also online forums available to help you with information, support and possibly some match-making too.

Professionally, I’m a registered and practicing chiropractor. I treat general ailments like neuromusculoskeletal related issues. In my personal time I like swimming and gardening and I watch a lot of sports with my turtle, Allan.

“It’s not about what it is. It’s about what it can become”

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Rebecca Winkler - Natural Fertility Specialist

Rebecca Winkler

Rebecca Winkler is a qualified Naturopath and GAPS practitioner with 11 years of clinical experience, a busy mum to her 2 beautiful sons aged 2.5 and 5. Bec lives with her family at Bells Beach on the surf coast in Victoria and runs her busy clinical practice, Tree of Life Natural Health and Fertility in Jan Juc.

She is (self confessed!) food obsessed and strongly believes in the power of food as medicine. She combines her passion for food, nutrition, diet and herbal medicine into her practice and helps many couples navigate their fertility, preconception and pregnancy journeys. Bec loves nothing more than helping couples conceive, supporting them throughout pregnancy then nourishing and supporting them as a family unit thereafter. She loves helping babies and children.

Her style is very patient focused, individualised with an emphasis on combining medical and naturopathic considerations.

She lives, breathes and exudes passion for all things natural. If she is not with patients, you will find her knee deep in the kitchen or hands deep in the garden!

Tony Chiodo

Wellness Chef/ Food Coach/Author

Tony Chiodo is the creator of a unique style of wellness cuisine. He delivers heartfelt, soulful food through his programs, retreats and internationally acclaimed cookbooks.

The unique flavour of Tony’s food, blends his French culinary training, with an Italian heritage and Asian techniques. Chiodo’s is real world food with a sound ideological base. He delivers his brand of “whole”foods with infectious enthusiasm and a holistic approach to what we eat.

Tony Chiodo can sometimes be found transforming Corporations, one mouthful at a time, through his wellness presentations and corporate canteen menu designs. Here, he also offers chefs and cooks his unique “vital chef” wholefoods nutrition and lifestyle education program.

Trained and practiced in more than a hundred dietary theories, studied a variety of lifestyle coaching methods and certified from the Kushi Institute (USA) and Institute for Integrative Nutrition (USA)

His recipes have appeared in Vogue Entertaining and Travel, Vogue Living and Australian Gourmet Traveler, The Age Vegetarian Cookbook, The Age Seafood Cookbook and his first cookbook ‘Eating Well’. His new book “Feel Good Food” was released in 2011.

Tony’s approach brings some true and lasting change, together with a good dose of nourishment!

Melissa Lee

Senior Family Lawyer/Reproductive and Surrogacy Lawyer

Melissa is a Senior Family Lawyer who has extensive experience in all aspects of family law for married and de facto couples of the opposite or same sex. This includes in the area of surrogacy and related reproductive legal matters, a highly specialised niche area of practice.

In preference to adoption, surrogacy is increasingly becoming a very real option for those who suffer from infertility and want a family of their own.

Melissa prides herself on providing her clients with personalised, expert legal advice and a service which is as much about process as outcome. She aims to demystify legal issues and give her clients a real understanding about their legal options and their implications. She has a professional connection with a highly reputable surrogacy agency in Russia and can assist clients in the important information gathering process.

Melissa is passionate about sharing legal information with those who suffer from infertility so they are empowered to make the best, most well informed decisions for themselves and their families.

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