Mary Martin, Australia
“I meet many couples who have been given the label of “infertile”. However what we discover together is that most women and men are not infertile but “subfertile” meaning that they are steps away from finding out the root causes of their individual fertility challenges. By breaking down and investigating underlying causes or imbalances we can bring the body back into health to support conception and full term pregnancy”
Mary Martin is a naturopath specializing in women’s and men’s reproductive health assisting couples to successfully prepare for conception and pregnancy through natural and or assisted reproduction methods.
Mary’s compassionate, professional and holistic approach takes into consideration all aspects of each member of the couple’s health on a physical and emotional level. Her systematic approach has been a welcome relief to those in need of an achievable step-by-step program to follow for significantly increasing the chances of conception success.
In her experience, she observes that couples who commit to improving their overall and reproductive health prior to conception not only significantly increase their chances of successful conception, but also go on to give their unborn child the best possible genetic inheritance; the gift of vibrant health and vitality.
Vanessa Lamaro, Australia
“Infertility is your body’s way of telling you something is out of balance in your body, your environment or your life. It is our job and our absolute passion to help you work out what that something is, to assist you to change it and to guide you towards a healthy, full-term pregnancy.”
Hello! I am Vanessa Lamaro, a Naturopath passionate about helping people achieve freedom from their health complaints. It is my personal goal with each and every patient, to assist and empower them to attain optimal vitality, health and happiness.
In my clinic I treat a wide variety of complaints but my specialty is in assisting men and women of all ages with hormonal and reproductive issues. This specialty and passion is also of course what led Mary and I to create The Baby Builders!
I have personally used Naturopathic medicine to overcome my own fertility issues. Doctors had told me that I could never get pregnant naturally with my diagnosis of PCOS and at most 4 periods a year… but my ten-year-old daughter and six-year-old son are testament to the power of these strategies.
I firmly believe that with the right support and advice, as well as a positive attitude and a willingness to work towards your goals, you can overcome your own fertility challenges and have the vitality, health, happiness and children you truly desire.
Dr Jessica Sangiuliano, Canada
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. It is my passion to assist you and your partner on this journey… to identify external and internal imbalances, correct underlying deficiencies through nutrition, herbs and supplementation, and ultimately create an environmental optimal for a healthy conception, pregnancy and birth. It is incredible to see how couples transform emotionally and physically along this journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and parent-hood. It all starts with trust, and giving your body the tools it needs to heal.”
Dr. Jessica Sangiuliano is a Naturopathic Doctor and Birth Doula based in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Dr. Jessica specializes in Women’s Health, Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth, and Pediatrics, and has successfully counseled individuals and couples with fertility concerns on how to dramatically improve conception rates with naturopathic therapies alone or in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. Dr. Jessica’s compassionate approach, attention to detail, as well as combining standard medical diagnostics with a holistic approach to treatment, has her one of the most sought out Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario. Taking your health into her hands, Dr. Jessica creates a safe healing space as she guides you along this journey to a successful pregnancy and ultimately, a baby in your arms.
Dr. Jessica teaches a Naturopathic Doula Course in Ontario, fundraises for numerous children’s charities, and speaks regularly on Fertility Topics such as PCOS, Fibroids, Sperm Count and Mobility, Hormones, Endometriosis and Ovarian Cysts. She has also published articles for various natural health journals across North America.
Amy Morris, South Africa
“Never underestimate what the power of eating and living in the way that nature intended us to, can do to improve your health and fertility. If we had not swayed decades ago, and had simply refused to let toxic chemicals ever be sprayed onto food crops, that then make their way into water supplies that we drink from, and didn’t further exacerbate the issue by taking in even more chemicals from personal care products – then I strongly believe we would not have so many people struggling to conceive today.”
Amy Morris has been a qualified natural nutritionist since 2010, and now combines her health consulting work alongside being a specialist natural health writer / content creator and a new mum.
What sparked Amy’s interest in helping couples fall pregnant the natural way was due to having endometriosis herself, and being told she only had a 50% chance of falling pregnant naturally. Although there were many challenges with this painful condition, Amy threw every shred of knowledge she had acquired on her natural nutritionists course and came out on top! As she was able to ditch all the medication she was given one year into treating her condition the natural nutrition way, and went onto conceive easily, giving birth to a healthy baby boy in 2014.
This is why Amy’s approach to addressing your natural fertility needs will take into account not just the physical needs your body has (i.e. correcting deficiencies, treating environmental toxic overload, balancing hormones, pH and hydration levels, and creating a balanced and happy microbiome), but also your needs on a mental level too. As she knows full well from personal experience just how much the mind affects the health of the body, and vice versa, and how stress will shut the body down on a cellular level if present, and not prioritize fertility until it is resolved.
Together, Amy helps her clients to formulate a realistic diet and lifestyle fertility plan that addresses all types of stress that will help both partners go on to maximize their chances of having a healthy child. By actioning this plan and throwing yourself into it wholeheartedly, you will also go on to give your baby the healthiest start in life and will have helped to lay the right health foundations for him or her to be able to enjoy great health long into adulthood.
Dr Ryan Shelton, USA
“The surges of great hope and anticipation are countered by pitfalls of mourning and absence. You consider that giving up would potentially result in more immediate happiness than persisting. Because hope and courage are renewable human instincts, you tell yourself just a bit more struggling and your dream will come true. Then, one day, persistence suddenly blossoms into a miracle and your life changes forever.”
Dr. W. Ryan Shelton is a licensed Naturopathic Physician with extensive experience in fertility and family planning. Dr. Shelton obtained his Bachelors and Masters at the University of Kansas and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle Washington. After his educational career Dr. Shelton opened a successful clinic is the Kansas City area specializing in natural medicine, family planning, pediatrics and fertility. In 2009 Dr. Shelton moved to San Diego California to continue to practice but through the field of Tele-Medicine, where he successfully started multiple online medical consulting companies.
While in San Diego Dr. Shelton met his future wife, Andrea. Andrea had been married before and tried, unsuccessfully, for three years to conceive a child. Entering into the relationship, she was convinced she was unable to conceive. Dr. Shelton and Andrea became pregnant within two years of being together, through a healthier gluten free diet, a less stressful life and work environment, acupuncture and a few other natural remedies. Together they set their minds and hearts in the right direction and are expecting their first baby together in March of 2014.
Dr. Shelton is thrilled to bring his knowledge and experience to The Baby Builders Team and looks forward to helping you and your partner experience the miracle of conception as well.
Dr Adam Sandford, USA
Dr Adam Sandford is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor in Manhattan Beach, California. As a primary care physician, his practice also has a special emphasis on sexual and reproductive support, men’s health, bioidentical and thyroid hormone replacement, as well as advanced treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic pain.
Dr Sandford was led to Naturopathic Medicine following a personal experience of declining health, significant high blood pressure and reproductive difficulties that were associated with the lifestyle and stresses that came with a decade long career as a program manager in software development at Microsoft. In working with a naturopathic medical doctor, over time he experienced complete recovery of his concerns and an improvement in general health and fitness that he had never previously known.
Seeing the tremendous impact that focused lifestyle changes and specific supplementation can have in one person’s life led him to transition from technology to pursuing a bachelors in Human Nutrition from Bastyr University and his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from NCNM, the oldest nationally accredited Naturopathic medical university in North America.
His approach towards medicine is that all medical tools are valid and have their place, be it diet or drugs, exercise or surgery – the Art of medicine for the naturopathic medical doctor is working with the patient to help select the approach that is most right for them, for who they are today and who they want to be tomorrow.
Kimberly Kushner, Indonesia
“The human body is incredible. It houses an innate intelligence which if supported correctly, is more than able to create, sustain and grow, and ultimately, birth new life. All things internal and external to our bodies have the potential to either support or disrupt the fine balance which is required for successful conception, a healthy pregnancy and birth.”
Kimberly Kushner is a sought after naturopath and nutritionist based in Melbourne, Australia. She has a keen interest in female reproductive issues, digestive health, detoxification and immunity. Kimberly has experienced a myriad of health obstacles on her own journey, including endometriosis which she has been dealing with for many years. Because of this, she truly understands the impact that female health issues can have on day-to-day life, both physically and mentally. She is also very aware of how these particular issues can be a platform and influence other health conditions, and infertility.
Kimberly formulates individualised treatment protocols based on your specific health goals. She emphasises the importance of food as medicine, therefore dietary therapy is a large part of her treatments. In conjunction with diet, Kimberly utilises herbal and nutritional medicines to rectify deficiencies, balance hormones, optimise reproductive function, aid with stress, increase energy, improve digestion and more. There is an aspect of holistic counseling in consultations, because Kimberly’s philosophy on health revolves around the fact that underlying a majority of physical ailments, are emotional imbalances. She is also able to create personalised flower essence remedies to fit your current emotional state to aim to bring this aspect of health into balance.
Kimberly is a passionate and compassionate health practitioner who is keen to educate and empower you to reach your health goals. She will provide you with realistic and doable advice, and will support you along the way. She will continue to monitor how you are coping with the treatment and will modify aspects if necessary.
Meah Robertson, Australia
“I’m passionate about helping people at all ages & stages create a life you truly want with health & happiness. When on the fertility journey and experiencing issues excellent support can make a world of difference. I believe it’s really important to investigate the causes that are underlying fertility issues both physically and emotionally. I find it so rewarding to see couples & individuals learn, develop, and transform out of their current phase and into being wonderful parents.”
Meah Robertson is an experienced Naturopathic Physician and has been specialising in women’s health & fertility in clinical practice since 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy. Meah has previously worked at one of Australia’s busiest & highly regarded fertility clinics based on the Gold Coast. Trained and employed there for 5 years, she specialised in fertility utilising herbal medicine and helping countless couples on their fertility journey. Along with the Baby Builders, Meah works in the field of integrative medicine in clinic alongside integrative doctors, combining knowledge and resources giving excellent outcomes. Meah’s history in Natural Health started at an early age as her mother is a Nutritionist and her father is a holistic Chiropractor. Helping people is very much an ingrained family tradition. Born & raised in the tropical town of Cairns, North Queensland Meah moved to the Gold Coast in 2002. Meah’s interest in fertility & reproductive health was sparked when she started a family and went through her own reproductive issues associated with miscarriage. After overcoming this she now combines her passion for Naturopathy with family life, being a mother of 2 beautiful girls.
Michelle Edwards, Australia
Michelle is an Adelaide based Naturopath, Herbalist and Nutritional Medicine practitioner, specializing in women’s reproductive health and fertility since 1997.
She has had a life long interest in health and healing – first with animals, eventually moving to humans! Her grandmother was a ‘green thumb’ with a keen interest in plants and herbs and their healing potential, and her Aunt was a Naturopath for many years.
Michelle has a strong interest in women’s health and fertility that started when she was in the college student clinic, treating a patient who had been trying to conceive for 11 years. She had been diagnosed with PCOS, endometriosis and fibroids! After a few months on herbs and nutrients, she conceived naturally and later gave birth to a healthy little girl. From that moment on, she was hooked!
Nearly 17 years later, She is still passionate about all things health and fertility. Her particular passions are preconception nutrition (epigenetics), helping couples achieve optimal health prior to conception, male factor infertility (low sperm count, motility & morphology issues), thyroid health, PCOS, and genetic influences on fertility, especially MTHFR and pyrrole disorder.
No stranger to reproductive problems, after the premature birth of her eldest child, Michelle developed a severe infection that resulted in her going into premature menopause. Despite undergoing extensive fertility treatments, Michelle & her husband were unable to conceive. They decided to adopt and now have 3 wonderful children.
She has qualifications in Naturopathy (BHSc), Homoeopathy (Adv Dip), Herbal Medicine (Adv Dip), Nutritional Medicine (Epigenetics, Nutrigenomics) and is currently completing double Masters – Women’s Health; Reproductive Endocrinology.