In 2012 I was at a critical point in my pursuit of motherhood. I had been advised that I would never fall pregnant naturally, due to a very small number of eggs despite my youngish age of 32. Additionally, I had a low level of the relevant hormones required to fully mature any eggs I did have, up to the point that fertilisation could actually occur. I had never, ever fallen pregnant, despite trying for 5 years. I was a stranger in a new city and did not know where to start. A friend connected me with Angela, who changed our lives. Angela used empirical evidence to get to know my body, through blood work and other medical information. Sitting down with my husband, she created an approach that honed in on both of our needs. She connected us with the best IVF doctor in Sydney and promised she wouldn't rest until I was holding a baby in my arms. I could have cried with gratitude. I fell pregnant off the first cycle of the 1st egg I was able to have harvested, off the highest dose of hormones available to me. My son is now 3.5. My IVF specialist was wary when I mentioned my dream for two children. He said he would try 3 times for me. That it was unlikely. My husband and I followed his guidelines to wean my son at 6 months, and start the IVF protocol at 8 months. I had been under Angela's care this entire time. She made sure I had enough milk for my son, and nutrients for my body to recover quickly enough to fall pregnant a second time.
This time I retrieved 2 eggs, and both fertilised. Both eggs were perfect and on the first cycle my second darling boy was conceived and arrived healthy and happy in May 2015. I have no doubt that my family was created because of Angela's experience and wisdom. She takes a holistic partnership based approach that allows for medicine to exist with natural therapies. She is kind and smart and one of those women that you feel blessed to have on your team. I highly recommend her.
After 15 years battling debilitating digestive issues - and many wrong diagnoses - I was lucky enough to be introduced to the incredible Angela. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, and her amazing ability to mix homeopathic and modern medicine, we quickly established the cause and worked to eliminate the issues while also rebuilding my gut and getting my health back on track. Angela has been my number 1 'go to' person since then whether it's immune related, hormonal or a deficiency of some sort. I literally could not recommend Angela more - she is a ray of sunshine & her holistic approach to health is incredibly effective.
Our family first started seeing Angela when our 20 year old daughter, Kelly, who had been suffering numerous health problems for 4 years was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and then a few months later, ulcerative colitis. In the 4 years prior to Kelly seeing Angela, Kelly had seen several doctors, specialists and other naturopaths but unfortunately had not had many health improvements. It wasn't until she saw Angela and got a true understanding of how she could treat and manage all of these issues in the best possible natural way.
Both myself and my husband also now see Angela. I finally have my fibroids under control and have avoided having a hysterectomy due to Angela's treatment plan. My husband luckily has never had any major health issues but wants to make sure by seeing Angela and following basic health principles and taking the right balance of supplements that he will stay on top of his health as he goes into his fifties and continues in a high stressed job.
Angela is easy to talk to and has a real empathy for what one is going through. Her knowledge of natural remedies is amazing and her treatment plans are well explained and written out for one to follow. Angela always has appointments available and being able to have Skype appointments is so convenient.
I would highly recommend Angela to anyone who is interested in using naturopathy for their improved health. Without Angela we would be lost, especially as parents we want the best possible treatment not only for ourselves but even more so for our kids and Angela has been there for us and I know will continue to be a part of all of our health journeys.
Kevin, Marlene and Kelly
I was fortunate to meet beautiful Angela about 5 years ago. At the time, I had a toddler and a business about to launch and I was completely wiped out. Through her nurturing mix of eastern and western medicines, Angela helped me treat my complete Adrenal Fatigue, get my menstrual cycle back on track and begin to feel like the best version of myself. Several months after beginning treatment with Angela, I ended up falling pregnant naturally with my second child which came as a rather big shock since I underwent several rounds of IVF to conceive the first time. Again, Angela through her warm and nurturing ways helped me through my pregnancy, kept me thriving and healthy while my business began to take off and truly enabled me to be my healthiest and most happy self.
I adore Angela and her warm, gentle but effective methods and I continue to recommend her to all my friends even while I now live in Australia.
Founder of The Nook
That little bottle of magic you mixed up for my cold is amazing! I went downhill on Friday and managed to get 3 doses in, felt like crap that night and went to bed at 8pm. Woke up the next morning feeling fantastic. Amazing stuff! Thank you! x
From the bottom of my heart...thank God the world has beautiful and intelligent souls like you. Over the last few years I have become very disheartened and frustrated by the medical world, but within just 2 appointments, I feel supported, hopeful and heard. I feel so lucky to have been led to you, thank you.
Thank you so much for assisting us through IVF, we feel you had a huge contribution to making our baby. Our hearts areso full of love and happiness and we are so thankful we found you!
Angela Hywood is a very talented naturopathic clinician with an amazing CV, providing a holistic care especially in the areas of women's health, fertility and pregnancy.
I started seeing Mel three years ago as a ‘desperate dieter’. In the 10 years prior, I had tried almost every diet and exercise regime possible to achieve weight loss and I’d constantly compare myself to others who didn’t have to scrutinise every calorie.
In working with Mel, I learnt that the absence of results wasn’t from my lack of trying and validation of this alone was golden! Mel coordinated tests to understand my needs and implemented key hormonal support and lifestyle changes. We learnt as we went by listening to my body and the results it generated. I won’t lie – it was hard to let go of control at times, but the journey was so much more than physical!
Success wasn’t achieved overnight. But more importantly, I no longer wanted overnight success because I understood the changes I needed to make - and why. In partnership with Mel I was able to achieve healthy weight loss, address my PCOS and fertility conditions and finally understand the importance of showing myself kindness!
Mel’s passion is contagious and I am so glad that I found her!
Melissa is so kind and understanding and has a great wealth of knowledge in holistic medicine. She runs the appropriate tests when needed and has really helped me with any health challenge over the years. I trust her advice and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to better their wellbeing!
I highly recommend the beautiful Melissa. Whenever I fall off the train tracks, she puts me back on course. Caring and practical in her approach, she empowers you to achieve success in mind and body – I can’t live without this woman.
I cannot emphasise enough how much Melissa has helped and improved my health! Her passion and will to help is amazing. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease a while ago and before my diagnosis I had been sick my whole life. Even on a gluten-free diet I was struggling with many health issues. Over time, Melissa was able to greatly improve my well being and conducted herself professionally and with empathy. She changed my life!
Mel really listens and seeks to understand your needs and provides targeted individual solutions, taking into account your lifestyle and circumstances.