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Bryan Carver, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture, Diploma Applied Science in Naturopathy, Diploma of Remedial Therapies, "Ashtanga" Yoga Teacher

Bryan started in the Natural Therapy field in 1992. His career began with a Diploma in Remedial Therapy but his passion was ignited and he continued his studies, gaining a Diploma in Naturopathy specialising in nutrition, homeopathy, and iridology and completed honours in Herbal Medicine. He followed this with a Graduate Diploma in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and completed a teacher-trainer course in Ashtanga Yoga to better assist his patients with their muscular skeletal injuries. He also had the honour of working alongside his mentor, George Papas for 2 years and learning about the art of Osteopathy.


Anne Marie Gallagher

Doctor of Chiropractic
Palmer Chiropractic, USA

 


Dr Chandramohan Nagendran, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Chiropractic Science.

Dr Chandramohan Nagendran is from Malaysia and he moved to Perth, Western Australia in the year 2013, upon obtaining his permanent residence. Chandramohan, better known as Chandra recently graduated from Murdoch University with a degree in Chiropractic Science and has now joined the Chiropractic department at Thrive Wellness Centre. He strongly believes individuals can benefit more with a non-invasive method of treatment as well as in a holistic approach towards healthy living. He always had a special interest working with musculoskeletal injuries as he has sporting background. He will always do his very best when it comes to ensuring the patient gets the best care possible and he focuses all his energy into helping the patient improve and live pain free.

He has many things that he is passionate about such as soccer/futsal (indoor soccer). He has been playing the sport since he was 8 years old and has always wanted to do something related to sports and health, hence why he chose Chiropractic. Chandra keeps pushing himself to stay fit with regular sessions at the gym, about 4-5 times a week. Music has always been a passion for him, from the age of 5 years old, as he plays the Indian flute. He has also done some volunteer work at Annalakshmi Riverside Restaurant and at the Swan Festival of Lights event every year.

Initial appointments with him will be 45 minutes, which includes a full history and physical examination, as well as treatment. Every follow up appointment will be 30 minutes. Some of my treatments include spinal manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue therapy, massage, rehabilitation exercises as well as general health advice.


Rachael Farrell BSC ExRehab ESSA AEP Exercise Physiologist

Rachael is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who started her degree in Sport Science at ECU in 1997.  She then moved to California USA in 1999 on a basketball scholarship and then to Kentucky completing a Human Movement and Athletic Training degree while continuing her college basketball before returning to Australia and completing her sports Science degree in 2003.  Rachael then moved to Kalgoorlie offering health promotion and risk management to mine sites.  She then commenced work in workers compensation managing the return to work programmes of varied workers and businesses and pre-employment screening.  Rachael continued this work and working with pre and post natal fitness through the birth and early life of her two sons.

In 2015 Rachael returned to study to complete a postgraduate degree in exercise rehabilitation completing hours with the spinal cord clinic and cardiovascular clients.  In 2016 she commenced in aged care as a program coordinator with in home care packages, focussed on keeping seniors living productively in their own home for longer and out of aged care facilities.  Rachael’s focus is on providing practical solutions to exercise with focus on movement and maintaining and/or improving activities of daily living and helping you to become the best person you can be and loving the body you live in.


Chanti Slade, BSc (Occupational Therapy)

Chanti graduated from Curtin University in 1999 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She treats soft tissue with your occupation, sport and self care tasks in mind. Using a combination of myofascial release, trigger point, active release, lymphoedema drainage and kinesio taping she will be focused on getting you back to, or keeping you doing what you love.
She is interested in treating chronic pain, assisting you post injury and surgery, helping you manage your lymphoedema, headaches/migraines and occupational issues.
She is a keen horse rider and archer, at times combining the 2 passions together she loves teaching horse archery with her family.


Caitlin Schipp – Master of Dietetics, BSc Nutrition

Caitlin Schipp – Master of Dietetics, BSc Nutrition

 

Caitlin is a passionate dietitian who enjoys working closely with people to improve their general health and wellbeing, and those with more specific medical concerns requiring nutritional support. Caitlin’s interest in nutrition was sparked at a young age when her father and sister were diagnosed with Coeliac Disease requiring a strict gluten free diet. This first-hand experience has given Caitlin an in-depth understanding of the impact that diet can have on everyday life.

 

Caitlin graduated from her Bachelor of Science majoring in Nutrition in 2016 and went on to complete her Master of Dietetics in 2018. Throughout her master’s degree, Caitlin completed over 825 hours of placement, providing group and individualised care in both community and clinical settings such as Royal Perth Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, St John of God Subiaco and Joondalup Health Campus. During this time Caitlin consulted patients with a wide range of condition including: diabetes, weight loss, malnutrition, diverticulitis, gastrointestinal disorders and assisting patients with side effects of cancer treatments affecting their food intake.

 

Caitlin’s vast experiences and love for health has seen her passion for helping others grow. In 2018 Caitlin submitted a poster presentation to the Dietitian Australia Association annual conference and the 2018 Dietary Intake Conference in London, based on ways to improve dietary assessment.


Auri Ballantyne, Dip Remedial Massage

Auri is a Remedial Massage Therapist and Dedicated Yoga Teacher. Yoga came first for Auri, completing her 2 year teaching apprenticeship in March 2015. This lead to deeper inquiry of the physical body and the way injury and strains develop, which saw her complete her Cert IV in Swedish and Sport massage and her Diploma of Remedial Massage.

Auri offers a Vinyasa class which combines philosophy, self study and mindful awareness of breath with flowing dynamic and static postures that support the bodies natural ability to build strength and flexibility.

Her remedial treatments are tailored to the individual and combine deep tissue works, myofascial release and trigger point therapy with gentle mobilisations and stretches developed from both her remedial and yoga qualifications.


Dev Bhagani Dip Remeidal Massage

Dev has been amplifying his knowledge within the health and fitness industry since it piqued his interest back in 2013. Through a network of professional athletes traversing multiple sports, his interest became a way of life. During his training with Thrive he was able to experience the therapeutical benefits of Remedial Therapy and put these into practice. Dev has an earnest attitude and also began researching exercise biomechanics and the various modalities of Remedial Therapy to help further flourish his skills.

He graduated with a Diploma of Remedial Massage and as a Sports Trainer in 2018. With these qualifications, along with years of self-study; and as a former benefactor of Remedial Massage himself, he can tailor individual treatment plans to encourage healthy movement after addressing your pain and dysfunction.

He is well conversant in various techniques including Deep Tissue, Trigger-point Release, Myofascial Cupping and Exercise Rehab. To evolve his treatments and boost client results he will be pursuing qualifications that enable him to incorporate Dry Needling and RockTape.


Jaimee Gebbetis, Dip Remedial Massage

Jaimee has always been interested in body mechanics and the way we move. From a young age watching family play rugby and playing sport herself she developed a passion and saw the benefits and impact of what massage has on the body. Completing a Certificate 4 in Massage Therapy and a Diploma in Remedial Massage Jaimee is able to apply her skills and knowledge gained through massage to help treat body dysfunction.
By using techniques such as Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release, Mobilisations Triggerpoint and Muscle Energy Techniques to restore movement with the body, Jaimee will leave you feeling fabulous.


Gosia Kowalska, Dip Remedial Massage

Gosia completed her Physiotherapy studies in 2010 and spent multiple years working in clinics across the US and UK, building her experience in the Complementary Medicine field. During this time she expanded her repertoire by studying Reflexology, Pilates, Remedial Massage and more.

She’s well versed in Aromatherapy, Cellulite/Detox Cupping and Deep Tissue, Bamboo, Thai, Infant and Pregnancy massage. She successfully combines her modalities to provide a more holistic diagnosis and design an appropriate treatment plan to effectively manage pain and fatigue, relieve muscular and myofascial tension, lower stress, boost wellbeing and improve posture.


Jana Wilson - Dip Remedial Massage


Loula Athanasiadis Dip Remedial Massage

Influenced and inspired by her grandmother’s healing hands, Loula’s passion for massage began at a young age, and giving massages became one of Loula’s hobbies long before she realised it could become a career. She undertook her Certificate IV in Relaxation Massage followed by the Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2008 and began a rewarding career as a remedial therapist in a wide variety of clinical settings. Through intensive self-study, mentorship and training from experts in the field, Loula has widely expanded her knowledge and refined her skills in working with the body.

She is highly skilled in a variety of myofascial, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and joint mobilisation techniques, and may include the use of tools such as hot rocks and fascia ‘combs’ such as the FasciaBlasterT to enhance gains in rehabilitation, overall range of movement and pain reduction. Loula’s intuitive, thorough and patient touch will ensure you have the best possible healing experience tailored to your individual needs, and leaving you feeling like a whole new person.


Melissa Simpson - Remedial Massage Therapist

 

Introduce a new massage team member : Thursday evenings and Sundays.

Melissa has been working in the health industry alongside physiotherapist since she completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2010. Melissa has had the opportunity to work with a variety of patients over the past 9 years and expand her knowledge to be able to treat patients from headaches to shoulder reconstructions. Her main interests have been to work extensively with a number of number of different athletes.

Melissa Is well skilled in a variety of different techniques such as Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Release, Dry Needling and Joint Mobilisation.

 


Tom McKenna, Yoga Instructor

With a background in martial arts Tom was introduced to yoga in 1997. Over the last 18 years Tom has practiced with a host of internationally renowned teachers in Australia and overseas and in 2013 he set out on the path to become a teacher completing his Ashtanga Teacher Training. His classes provide students with the opportunity to explore a range of yoga styles from dynamic Vinyasa classes to deeply relaxing and stress releasing Yin and Restorative classes.


Aileen Emery, Yoga Instructor

Aileen is a level 2 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia and a qualified Dru Yoga teacher. Whilst teaching Satyananda-inspired Hatha yoga Aileen’s own practice continued to be heavily influenced by Dru Yoga and in 2013 Aileen completed a 3 year Dru Yoga Teaching Diploma and is now a teacher on the Dru Yoga course in Perth. Aileen has a passion for teaching yoga and loves seeing not only the physical changes in her students but also seeing them creating a deeper understanding of themselves.


Michelle Drage - Reflexologist

Michelle was born an raised in Perth and is married with 3 children.

 

Not too long ago members of Michelle’s family including her husband Mark developed advanced cancer. She saw the benefits of natural therapies offered through the hospital helped combat the side effects of the cancer treatments, such as fatigue, nausea, join pain, constipation etc.  At that time, Michelle took on the responsibility of managing the complementary therapies during her husband’s medical treatments.

 

After her husband began to recover Michelle decided to do a Clinical Certificate In Reflexology at the Perth School of Reflexology and is now a member of the Reflexology Association of Australia. Some of the real benefits  she has seen with clients include:

  • Improved gut health, relieving symptoms of IBS
  • Help with anxiety related issues and calming the mind
  • Balancing the body systems
  • Hormonal balance
  • Stress reduction
  • Increased focus

Much of Michelle’s time is still spent bringing up children and managing the home,  she also really enjoys travelling and meditation.


Lawrence Gleich - Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalist

Lawrence is a registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist who has been in private practice for 19 years , servicing the community and assisting with a wide range of health conditions. Since completing his undergraduate degree in 2000 he has travelled to China for clinical placement and worked with doctors in both acupuncture and herbal medicine clinics. He has also been involved in both teaching and clinic supervision roles in Australia during his career. Over the last 10 years he has focused on treating clients and sharping his skills by learning a number of different acupuncture systems that focus on pain and recently completing further undergraduate education in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine.

 

Utilising his vast array of different acupuncture techniques, Lawrence is able to adapt his acupuncture to treat a variety of different conditions. From applying Tung acupuncture for relief of acute strong pain or using The Balance method for dealing with stress and sleep disorders there are many conditions that acupuncture now has strong evidence for treating. Lawrence is also trained in techniques adapted from Japanese Acupuncture that are gentle enough for children to be also treated.

 

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat many internal conditions and Lawrence has applied this system in treating a vast array of conditions during his many years of practice. Using granulated Chinese Herbs for easier patient compliance he uses herbal medicine in the treatment of digestive, skin, urinary and gynaecological conditions. In 2018 Lawrence completed studies in Classical Chinese Medicine as a graduate of the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine (ICEAM). This is a family lineage system that uses a highly developed pulse diagnosis method for selection of classical chinese medicine formulas in the treatment of disease.

 

Registration and Association

Registered with AHPRA for Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and as a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, Registration Number: CMR0001733145

Member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Musculoskeletal Therapy)

Advanced Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Diploma of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

Certificate of Clinical Internship (HangZhou, China)

Diplomat of Canonical Chinese Medicine training (ICEAM)


Tracy Gaibisso - Naturopath

Tracy has been in clinical practice as a herbalist and Naturopath since 2002 with a special interest in Pre-Conception, fertility, Womens hormones and reproductive health. As a regular speaker around endometriosis one of her passions is looking for ways to improve quality of life for women suffering the devastating effects of this disease.

 

She is a well respected industry speaker and established workshop facilitator, speaking both Nationally and internationally in addition to lecturing at one of Perths Naturopathic Colleges.

 

She offers couples the BEYOND FERTILITY ™ program to assist in achieving optimal outcomes for a healthy pregnancy and birth and works in collaboration or independently of other assisted reproductive techniques.

 

In her down time she is a self confessed foodie and animal lover and you will often find her concocting recipes with medicinal herbs into teas, elixirs, vinegars, smoothies, oils and poultices and researching ways of resurrecting ancient healing knowledge into modern practice.


Christine Venosi - Kinesilogy

Christine Venosi Registered specialised Kinesiology Practitioner ( Advanced Diploma) Aromatouch therapist,cert III Education Support. AKA ID 2591907

 

Christine first experienced the healing powers of kinesiology when her now adult daughter was just three years old. Her daughter was born prematurely and had some ongoing health issues,   after a few sessions with a kinesiologist the results were very impressive.

Christine was always very interested and intrigued with the unique way in which kinesiology worked and how it continually produced outstanding results for herself and her children.

She began her kinesiology studies in 2006 and has continued to work and expand her knowledge and qualifications this field Areas that kinesiology can assist with are Emotional issues Stress and anxiety Learning enhancement Hormone issues Digestive problems.

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