Melinda has trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 13 years and worked in several multidisciplinary clinics across Sydney. During this time, she has seen her long-term clients through their life journeys, such as overcoming chronic health issues and the birth of many babies conceived naturally or through IVF.

Melinda uses a gentle and interactive approach and enjoys helping people from all walks of life with their various different ailments, from relieving muscle tension to regulating women’s menstrual cycles and preparing them for their first birth.

Having been blessed to experience two healthy pregnancies and natural births as an ‘older’ mum, Melinda has a special interest in women’s health, male and female fertility, pre-conception and IVF support, pregnancy and postpartum care, and paediatrics.

From her studies in psychology and ongoing concern for the high prevalence of mental health issues in society, she also has a special interest in helping people with psycho-emotional or stress disorders.

Melinda has continued to work at, and collaborate with, The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic (aka The Acupuncture IVF Support Clinic) since 2009 as a practitioner and a Clinic Manager. She also teaches acupuncture to undergraduate TCM students at the University of Technology Sydney.

Her breadth of training and colourful life experience brings a vast array of skills and knowledge to the Project Dao.

Relevant Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (University of Newcastle)
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Internship and Certificate in TCM (China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing)
  • Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist (CMR1710994) → link to
  • Member of the Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA 2549) → link to
  • Continual Professional Development
What brought you to the profession?

I studied psychology straight out of high school, but felt too inexperienced to be a psychologist at the time and found myself lost in the corporate world as a senior business analyst for several years.

Yearning to return to my core values of helping people at a deeper level, I joined Outward Bound Australia (OBA), a NFP organisation which specialises in personal development. This somewhat challenging yet life-changing experience cannot be summarised in a sentence, but it was during my time here that I discovered TCM – I read a newsletter about acupuncture and traditional Chinese medical theory, and it really resonated with me. I honestly had one of those ‘light bulb’ moments!

I decided to have my first acupuncture treatment and I was hooked. I loved how relaxed yet invigorated it made me feel, and I attended a workshop to learn more. I have continuously used TCM for all of my health problems since then, from acute cold symptoms to muscular aches, period pains, and throughout both of my pregnancies.

My experience and learnings from OBA gave me the courage to step outside my corporate comfort zone and finally follow my dream of helping people. I immediately went back to four years of full time undergraduate study and pursued my lifetime journey of TCM – and have never looked back.

What is it that sustains you?

My family. I have a very supportive partner and two beautiful young children. They make me want to push myself further to offer them the best life possible. I feel guilty every minute I am away from them working, but motivated by the fact that I am doing this for them. I also absolutely love what I do, and if I’m happy, then they are happy. My partner always says “happy wife = happy life”.

Where is your ideal holiday destination?

This is hard to answer. I have traveled all over the world and visited so many amazing places. I have backpacked, hiked, rock-climbed, camped, slept under the stars and lived it up in 5-star luxury. Now that I am a mother of two young children, all I want is a nice beach, sun and rest – and a nice cocktail too! If I were to travel without my children, I would fly to Paris in a heartbeat!