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Meet the Team

Bryan Carver, Graduate Clinical Acupuncturist, Naturopath, Remedial Massage 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.


Dr Daniel Grey - Chiropractor

From a young age, Dr Dan has always had a keen interest in healthcare. This interest eventually led him to becoming a chiropractor. Dr Dan graduated with high distinction following 5 years of study from Murdoch University; throughout this time further developing his passion for patient centred, non-invasive management of a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

Dr Dan understands the frustration of dealing with pain and the functional limitations that come from injury, having experienced numerous sporting related injuries himself. Dr Dan incorporates a number of different techniques into his treatments, utilising both firm and gentle chiropractic adjustment techniques, massage/trigger point therapy, dry needling, Kinesiotaping and rehabilitation exercises.

Dr Dan treats patients of all ages and backgrounds, tailoring his treatment to your individual needs.


Anne Marie Gallagher ,Chiropractor, Palmer Chiropractic, USA

Anne Marie graduated from Palmer Chiropractic Iowa in 1988. She has practiced in the Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Perth, Pilbara and in New York. She takes a full spine evidence-based approach when treating her patients. She utilizes a variety of techniques to re-establish and maintain optimal structural function and stability of the spine and pelvis.  She specializes in:

Isometric muscle resistance testing to assist with functional assessment and relaxation

Myofascial and motion release techniques

Trigger point therapy to assist in delivering adjustments with lasting results

 


Dr Jezz Foo - Chiropractor


Melanie Mcauliffe- Physiotherapist

Melanie is a Physiotherapist who has moved with her family to Perth from Cairns.

Closing her 2 clinics in Cairns to make the move over was a  difficult decision but has made room in her life for a PHD and working at Thrive.

Specialising in sports injuries and pain management she treats using hands on techniques such as massage, mobilisation and dry needling along with exercise prescription that is tailored to your needs, ability, and lifestyle.

Melanie has abundant experience in
Surgical+ Fitness+ Athroplasty
Arthritis + Neurological + Spinal
WorkCover + QComp                             Enhanced primary care plans and will work closely with your doctor


Rachael Farrell 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.


Nicole Rumsey - Dietitian

‘Nicole has been an Accredited Practising Dietitian for over 10 years, working in a variety of settings including tertiary hospitals, country health and private practice.

Nicole previously owned a private practice business before starting a family, and has joined Thrive to get back to what she loves: assisting clients in improving their lifestyle so that they feel better physically and mentally.

Nicole understands life’s daily struggles in trying to be a healthier person, and aims to work with the client to achieve realistic health goals and adopt a positive relationship with food.

Nicole has a passion for sport of all kinds and has also completed further studies in Diabetes Education. More recently, Nicole has worked with small groups of clients to offer nutrition advice in a supportive group environment and would like to grow this aspect of nutrition education further.’


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.


Sam Bibard- Remedial Therapist

 

An ex-high level gymnast, Sam has always had a passion for sports and physical health. After suffering numerous injuries himself, he has developed an interest in anatomy and sports medicine which has led him to study a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2019, specialising as a Sport Trainer and Functional Movement Therapist.

Driven by his passion, he engages in various sporting events around Perth throughout the year to develop his ability to treat athletes from all backgrounds, gaining additional experience while extending his understanding of body mechanics and pain reduction. He also engages in extensive training, mentorship and self-study in a bid to further refine his skills.

He is highly skilled in various techniques including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Release, Myofascial Release and Muscle Energy.

A father of two boys, Sam is patient, empathetic and intuitive. He has the ability to adapt his touch and tailor his treatments to meet the clients’ needs by addressing the injury or dysfunction to encourage healthy movement.


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.

 


Liam Harding - Remedial Massage Therapist


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.

Fears and phobias

and many more.


Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Yoga became a choice of life when May Lin experienced freedom from chronic pain whilst practicing yoga. With this inspiration, she completed her initiation into yoga teaching in the Indian Himalayas in 2011.

 

May Lin has been guided by Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh, a compassionate and gifted teacher who was fortunate to learn under Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar directly.

 

May Lin works with her students to reach the core of the subject and with an eye for detail and alertness, she guides them in awakening to their true potential to heal.

 

Learn with May Lin to experience a healthy flowing body, clarity of mind, restful sleep and a renewed enthusiasm for life.


Sue Byrne

Sue Byrne is a yoga teacher with 18 years of yoga experience, 12 of those years has been as a teacher with her own business as well as corporate classes, private classes and now online with Zoom From a background of chronic back pain, childhood trauma, depression and anxiety.
She has been able to lean into a more fulfilling lifestyle with the help of Yoga, Meditation and the breathwork called Pranayama Sue has practiced many styles of yoga.
First instance starting with Iyengar Yoga at King St Perth many years ago then drifting into Ashtanga Yoga, but now her practice and teaching is more in line with all bodies in what is called a Hatha Yoga Flow which will help to calm the mind and find strength with the body.

 

Yoga is not the Cure-All but with practice and patience it goes a long way with helping to calm the body and mind.

 

Sue’s classes are designed around all bodies/……….Beginners being her specialty


Sue Barbour

Sue is a Hatha Yoga and Meditation Teacher in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – teaching an authentic meditative style of Yoga.
After 15 years practicing Yoga, Sue had the calling to deepen her practices in Yoga and Meditation and began her ongoing studies at Swami Rama Ashram in Rishikesh, India.
Sue has a passion for healthy living and teaching people to learn to connect with their inner qualities through the practice of Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama and Relaxation.
With regular yoga practice we learn to free our minds and bodies from the stress and busyness of life which so often leads to health problems.
Nurturing of the self if so essential for a long, happy, healthy life.