Angie Savva WINS Practitioner of the Year at the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) Natural Medicine Awards 2019!
I was absolutely thrilled and incredibly humbled to receive the award of “Practitioner of the Year” at last Saturdays’ Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) Natural Medicine Awards 2019.
These awards were instigated in 2016 as a way to recognise the outstanding achivements of natural therapists demonstrating excellence in their field, as well as making significant contributions to the natural medicine profession.
ATMS is Australia’s natural leading natural medicine association, who have stated that ‘the calibre and volume of entries was impressive’, which makes me feel incredibly proud and privileged to be the recipient of this prestigious award.
The ATMS Natural Medicine Awards cover three categories – Practitioner of the Year, Student of the Year, and Clinic of the Year. There were four finalists in each category that had been flown in from all over Australia.
It was wonderful to be in the room with such an amazing group of passionate, dedicated natural health practitioners, and I was lucky enough to be seated with two inspiring Chinese Medicine practitioners who were fascinating to talk to. There were naturopaths, massage therapists, herbalists, nutritionists and many others in the room.
At the Awards Gala, we were lucky enough to have uplifting and inspirational speeches from Professor Stephen Myers, a highly respected academic and passionate advocate of complementary medicine, and honoured special guest Marcus Blackmore. There was a very positive energy in the room as we were all united by a common goal of raising the profile and standard of complementary medicine in Australia for the benefit of all Australians.
I was honoured just to be in the room and to be a finalist, but when it was revealed that I had indeed won the title of “Practitioner of the Year” it was so intensely exciting that I felt as though I was about to float up to the ceiling.
Walking up to the stage was a bit of a surreal experience as I couldn’t quite feel my legs. I think this photo of me receiving my award is hilarous as you can tell by the expression on my face that I can’t quite believe it is happening!
Even though I wasn’t expecting to win, I had prepared a speech just in case. I didn’t get the opportunity to read it on the night, which is most likely for the best as I probably would have cried! But I would like to publish it below to give recognition to some of the people who have made this win possible.
Thank you so much!
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