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Committee Members

Amanda Owen – President

Amanda graduated from the Australian College of Natural Medicine (Camberwell) in 2003 and is passionate about the philosophy of naturopathy and the connection between mind and body.  She am also very interested in the sociology of health and illness and the impact political decisions and media coverage have on the perception of the naturopathic profession.  She looks forward to a time when there is a greater recognition and understanding of naturopaths role in ‘dis-ease’ prevention, health education and the management of chronic conditions.  She’s passionate about diet, nutrition and herbal medicine and believes education is at the foundation of empowering individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices.  In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, gardening and spending time with family and friends.


Maria Bergamin – Vice President/Treasurer

Maria has been a member of the ANPA since 1996.  She studied Naturopathy at The Australian College of Natural Medicine (Camberwell Campus) and graduated in 1996.  She continued studies in homoeopathy and the Vega method of diagnosis. Her main modality in clinic is homoeopathy. Maria’s passion is vibrational medicine as its ability in dealing with dis-ease is truly remarkable.  She would dearly love to see a bigger focus on vibrational medicine and low potency homoeopathic prescribing in the naturopathic industry and hopes that by being on the committee she may just be the person who sees this form of prescribing and treatment brought out into the community more.

Debbie Lam – Secretary

Debbie graduated from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) in April 2016, with Advanced Diplomas in Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney. Stemming from personal experience, Debbie has a particular interest in atopy (hyper allergic conditions) and skin conditions including eczema and acne. She is intrigued by the connection between mental and physical health and enjoys the process of listening to, and working, with clients. She is enthusiastic about food, particularly the eating part, and is very happy nosing around produce markets and experimenting with ingredients. Debbie has lived in South East Asia for nearly ten years and experienced distance running, dragon boat racing, scuba diving and plenty of amazing South East Asian cuisine.  In Australia, Debbie has been employed in both the private and public sectors. Her work experience has given her the confidence to represent herself and the ANPA as necessary and successfully deliver on projects. Debbie is currently establishing her business/practice so hopes to be a voice for other ANPA graduates who are at this stage of their career.


Marta Browne – Ordinary Member / Immediate Past President (2020)

Marta is an integrative naturopath and psychotherapist drawing on conventional and natural health sciences to assess, treat and offer preventative strategies for her clients. She enjoys working with a team that may include GP’s, specialists, physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians and other health professionals. Marta uses herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle strategies in her clinic. Marta originally trained in microbiology and parasitology at the University of Queensland (UQ) and focused on tropical health. She also studied psychology (UQ) and practice management (UNE), before pursuing natural medicine through AIAS. Marta has a special interest in managing mental health relating to addiction, past trauma and violence, and has focused on providing holistic care for vulnerable women.  Marta plans to continue to contribute to the efficient and smooth running of the ANPA with her extensive professional knowledge and administrative skills for the benefit of ANPA members.


Theresa Stevenson – Ordinary Member

Theresa completed her Bachelor of Science (naturopathy) at Endeavour College of Natural Health in 2016. She joined ANPA as a student as she wanted to be involved with an association that was devoted purely to naturopaths and naturopathic issues. Prior to naturopathy, she had an accomplished career in retail management and this has given her the experience to operate her own clinical practice successfully.  Her passions have always been involved in and around natural health and now she is privileged to be able to use her skills to help others with their health and life wellness through naturopathic principals and practices.

Janet Haworth – Ordinary Member

Janet Haworth trained as a naturopath at Southern Cross University in Lismore and graduated with a Bachelor of Naturopathy in April 2003 after working as an RN since 1992.  Janet has a Graduate Diploma in Health as well as a Masters in Nursing.  After practicing in Brisbane, Darwin Janet took a break from practice and moved to the Sunshine Coast QLD after her son was born in 2008.  She then returned to naturopathic practice in 2016. Janet’s vision for naturopathy is that we are the first line health stop for individuals.  If we all went to naturopaths routinely we would certainly influence the chronic disease landscape substantially. Janet believes social change is required in order to change the belief system of ‘disease treatment’ to ‘disease prevention’.  This begins with naturopaths as individuals teaching society and other health professionals of our role in health management and disease prevention. Janet uses herbal and nutritional medicine, lifestyle counselling, flower essences, homeopathy and a Bio Impedance Analysis Machine for body composition analysis in her practice. Janet loves nature and tries to get out amongst it as often as possible by going camping.  She is an active member of the community, and you will often find her at the farmers market or at the gym.

Alexandra Preston – Ordinary Member

Alexandra Preston is a degree-qualified naturopath on the Gold Coast.  She has always been passionate about healing and soon learnt the power of natural healing modalities such as naturopathy.  ​She sees clients with a range of health issues, however her biggest interests as a naturopath are anti-aging and longevity, and health issues related to fatigue, weight and female reproductive health. She wants to help promote Naturopathy as an effective system of healthcare and preserve our unique traditions.

patricia-oakleyPatricia Rae Oakley – Ordinary Member / ANPA Administration

Patricia graduated from the Australian College of Natural Medicine in Camberwell in 1997 with a Diploma of Naturopathy. Patricia has been an ANPA member since 1997. She enjoys working with people and has many years retail experience in health food stores. She also had a home based naturopathy practice. Patricia is excited to be supporting members in the ANPA office. She also participates as an ANPA committee member. As a new member of the admin team Patricia has many skills that will assist raising awareness for the profession. She likes using vibrational therapies, herbal medicine, nutrition from foods and other targeted nutritional supplements. When she is not having fun in the ANPA office, she likes spending time with her four lovely grandchildren. She also enjoys travel, ancient temples, different healing methods, gardening, the beach, cooking and meditation.

Linda-Mandelt Linda Mandelt – ANPA Administration

Linda has been the ANPA administrator for over a decade. She works with the ANPA committee, the general membership, as well as the public. She like communicating with people and enjoys her work supporting the ANPA.  She maintains and oversees the day to day functions and smooth running of the ANPA office. She is in the office three days per week and is kept very busy.  She covers a range of tasks, including answering emails and telephone calls, maintaining ANPA membership records, preparing regular submissions to health insurance companies, ANPA bookkeeping and banking, enrolling new members, preparing and distributing committee reports for meetings, taking minutes, preparing mailings and liaising with advertisers.

Committee Structure

The ANPA is a democratic organisation with a committee formed from its membership.
Committee members are elected each year and any Naturopath with at least 2 years of membership may stand for election as an Ordinary member.

The hierarchy of authority within the ANPA is as follows: