Meet Our Team

The Aminya Academy Faculty


Managing Director

Teaching Specialties: Aromatherapy Foundations, Blending Principles, Infection Control, Clinic Orientation

Denise has been Managing Director of Aminya since 2004 and has had 26 years of nursing experience in Australia and overseas.

Denise is a qualified trainer and assessor with many years experience. 

Denise and her staff have been able to successfully incorporate aromatherapy, reflexology and massage with traditional medical treatments developing such programs in over 150 health facilities under her company, Lyndale Aromatherapy Pty Ltd, helping bridge the gap between allopathic medicine and natural therapies.

Denise was the instigator and crucial part of the team that developed the Advanced diploma of aromatic medicine, now being delivered exclusively as a skill set at Aminya Academy.


Teaching specialities: Diet and Nutrition 

Chamilka has been a Director of Aminya since April 2022. A qualified Kinesiologist, she is a member of IICT and ATMS, with degrees in Economics and Arts. Chamilka’s previous experience includes 10 years in the corporate sector, both public and private, including managerial positions. After leaving the coporate workforce in 2008, she ran her own businesses, including a Kinesiology practice since 2020. With her business experience alongside her passion for alternative medicine, she is keen to grow AMINYA’S reputation as one of the leading schools of Natural Therapy in Australia. 


Teaching specialities: Manage a Practice

Guy Nicholson has been a director of Aminya since 2022. He has an MBA and combines this with extensive corporate experience. With well over 30 years of business experience in the Public Service including senior executive roles for over 20 years, Guy’s leading contribution towards AMINYA is overseeing regulatory compliance and strategic financial planning, ensuring AMINYA remains a profitable entity while continuing to serve future generations of natural therapists. 


Teaching specialities: Product Making, Materia Aromatica, Engage with Health Professionals, Clinic Orientation

My first encounter with Aminya Natural Therapies was as a student of Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine.  I hold a Bachelor of Education and have a background in the Pharmaceutical Industry, so it was an easy merge to later join the Aminya Team as a teacher and course writer.  

I find it extremely rewarding to help new students navigate their way into the world of Natural Therapy.  It is an especially exciting time with the resurgence we are seeing in Australia and across the world towards incorporating Natural Therapies alongside mainstream medicine into our everyday lives. 

I look forward to welcoming more students into this growing field. 


Teaching Specialities: Reflexology 3-5, Advanced Product Making, Lymphatic Massage, Aromatherapy Massage

Over the last 15 years I have gained an extensive wealth of Knowledge and practical education in many fields within the Natural Therapy industry. Including Advanced Diploma of Aromatic Medicine, Diploma of Remedial Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Kinesiology. My specialised fields are Oncology Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Pregnancy Massage Practitioner. I am also a Reiki Master Teacher. My clinic ‘Edals Natural Therapy Center’ has been operating for over 15 years where I love supporting people to achieve optimum health and well-being

I have been teaching for over 8 years and I love to share my knowledge and experiences


Teaching Specialities: Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology, Structural Alignment, Musculoskeletal, Cross Fibre/Trigger Point, Remedial Massage, Massage for Athletes. 

My background is healthcare, as a Nurse, Massage Therapist, Chiropractor and educator. I have taught Massage students since 2001, for the last 12 years at Aminya.

I am passionate about teaching skills: touch; palpation, modern technique/clinical reasoning, and as much detail about conditions and diagnoses as possible in the time available.

Massage techniques are a mainstay of the clinical tools I’ve used for decades. With simple health promotion, these are powerful interventions to reduce pain, discomfort and increase function/wellness.

I like to walk the dog, ocean swim, cook for family/friends and have been a proficient volunteer Surf Lifesaver for 10 years.


Teaching Specialties: Product Making, Clinic and Dispensary

I have had 25 years’ experience in the beauty industry.  I now teach product making and dispensary for Aminya Natural Therapies Academy. 

I love teaching and sharing my extensive knowledge of Aromatherapy.  I am also a student liaison person for the Sunshine Coast campus and produce products which we sell at the college. (Beyond Body by Lyndale).


Teaching Specialties: Health Practice Marketing

I have a love of all things health, as well as marketing, and I’m a health writer and content creator. I assist students to develop their websites, social media and marketing collateral so they are ready to attract clients as soon as they are practicing their chosen modality.

I’ve been affiliated with Aminya Academy since 2008, and have taught the marketing component of Manage a Practice for 5 years. I am also a studying my Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy to support my 30 year love of using essential oils, and hope to practice in the future. 


Teaching Specialties: Materia Aromatica

My love for researching which was fostered while achieving my BA (Double Major in Ancient History) has led me down many paths, all increasing my understanding of the broad field of aromatics.  

I enjoy meeting new students and sharing my extensive knowledge in the field of Clinical Aromatherapy and other complementary Natural Therapies. 


I am the Administration Manager for AMINYA head office, looking after our campuses around Australia.

I have a degree in Business and Management and am a Reiki Master Teacher. I teach Usui and Seichim (Egyptian) Reiki courses.

My passion is natural therapies and I have worked for AMINYA since 2010. I enjoy getting to know new students and helping them on their study journey.


Our mascot Minya will greet you with enthusiasm and vigour. She loves to attend the Academy with her mum Denise, and enjoys attention.

When not on site she loves long walks, playing with her ball, plenty of cuddles, and words of appreciation.