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The Angea Team

We’re a team of professionals with a clear and thorough understanding of Western medicine, the IVF process, natural fertility, women’s health and more.

We meet each of our clients exactly where they are, providing authentic, actionable and aligned advice to support you. We are honored to serve in this capacity and can’t wait to welcome you into our community.
Amanda Waaldyk

Amanda Waaldyk

Founder & Principal Practitioner

Carolyn Butler

Carolyn Butler

Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Lauren Pegoli

Lauren Pegoli

Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Business Manager

Bella Rothel

Bella Rothel

Wellness Concierge & Marketing Coordinator

Amanda Waaldyk

Our bodies have an innate wisdom that we have shut down over the years and disconnected from. Through the consistent pursuit of improvement, we’ve tried to alter our bodies to fit an ideal of perfection. Through our work together, you’ll begin to understand and connect to the inner wisdom and landscape of your body.

Dr Amanda Waaldyk is the founder and director of Angea Women’s Health clinic, an integrative Chinese medicine practice with a focus on fertility, female endocrinology and supporting Woman through every phase of life. Amanda’s approach is soul meets science, guiding her patients to ultimate health with a whole body system.

It wasn’t until Amanda struggled to conceive that it became her mission to educate and empower women to understand how their bodies and hormones communicate. Women’s health is an intricate matrix that starts with our menstrual cycle. We inhabit a world that’s traditionally valued masculine traits – logic, science, hard work – and haven’t made space for our feminine energy to flourish.

And so Angea Women’s Clinic was born, first as a fertility centre, and now as a safe haven and resource for women all of life stages.

Amanda is a registered Doctor of Chinese Medicine, yoga & meditation teacher and energy healer. Amanda empowers and educates her clients to reconnect with their inherent body wisdom, navigate their way back to balance (naturally) and live the happiest and most thriving version of their lives.

Carolyn Butler

A fertility journey is not just for those who wish to be a parent. The beauty of fertility is that it is an insight into the health of the body and the mind. Carolyn works to bring these two oft-separated elements of ourselves together using Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and associated techniques.

She has worked with several leading mentors over the years to hone her craft, most recently working with a physician in Nanjing, China. His gentle nature and simple answers cemented what many of her teachers in Australia had counseled: that the beauty of Chinese medicine lies in its simplicity. Carolyn brings this simplicity into practice with her patients, blending it with a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

Discussions of endometriosis and other chronic conditions that disproportionately affect women with few answers bring on passionate collegial discussions with other health professionals. This has led to a strong interest in the intricacies of endometriosis particularly, which she continues to investigate.

And yes, ‘women’s health’ refers to more than your menstrual health or fertility! Your general and mental health is on her mind. Carolyn prides herself at being a welcoming practitioner and is respectful of age, faith, nationality and gender diversity.

She is nationally registered with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an acupuncturist and herbalist and is a member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

Lauren Pegoli

The path back to health is unique and nuanced. Taking action and making necessary changes for your wellbeing can be daunting but as poet David Whyte says so eloquently, “the price of your vitality is the sum of your fears.”

Lauren is a Chinese Medicine acupuncturist and herbalist with a passion for mental health and emotional well-being, women’s health, digestive issues and nutrition.She is especially interested in creating a safe space for clients to slow down, relax and re-connect with themselves.

Lauren places importance on the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient: her treatment style delves beyond superficial symptoms, factoring in all aspects of lifestyle in order to decipher the root cause of the patients disease.

The healing road can be laden with uncertainty and false promises which is why fleshing out clear treatment plans and estimated measurable outcomes is fundamental to Lauren’s treatments. She is informed by current evidence and makes use of all appropriate therapies (eastern and western) available.

In 2019, Lauren spent two life-changing months with the Acupuncture Relief Project in Nepal where she volunteered as a primary health care provider working in community clinics. She offered over 400 treatments and received invaluable training with orthopaedic specialist, Andrew Schlabach (Lac EAMP).

Currently registered with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and covered by most private healthcare providers.

Michelle Smith

A yogi, Chinese medicine student and ex-corporate marketer, Michelle joins Angea as part-business manager, part-yoga teacher and part-Chinese medicine assistant.

Michelle’s journey to Chinese medicine began in 2016 when at 26 years of age she was diagnosed with the Epstein Barr Virus and journeyed through 9 months of recovery from adrenal and chronic fatigue. While living in the Middle East at the time, Michelle decided to move back to Australia to study Chinese medicine with the hope to one day be able to support other women struggling through menstrual and autoimmune conditions.

When Michelle isn’t cupping patients you can find her teaching yoga or qigong in one of Melbourne’s yoga studios or with her head in a Chinese medicine textbook. Michelle is currently completing her studies in Chinese medicine and will be commencing her practice at the end of 2021.

Bella Rothel

Bella is Angea’s resident Ayurveda expert: her journey into natural health began at a young age during a serendipitous union with a naturopath and has now evolved simply to how she engages with the world.

Bella is co-host of The Lady Palace podcast where she delves into women’s health topics and unpacks conversations long considered taboo or unspoken. A natural presenter, Bella also manages all of Angea’s marketing and community activities.

When Bella isn’t welcoming you warmly at Angea, you can find her taking long walks (literally) along the beach listening to the latest health podcasts or at the local yoga studio with a celery juice in hand. Bella is currently completing her studies in Ayurvedic medicine.