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Adam Beckman – Osteopath

Adam completed his Masters in Osteopathy at Victoria University and has been working in Croydon since 2009. He took over the practice at the end of 2010 and rebranded the business to Healing Hands Osteopathy.

Adam loves being an osteopath. He gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing the relief patients get after a treatment and enjoys finding strategies to overcome, manage and prevent people’s injuries. He has an easy-going nature and always puts his patients’ comfort and needs before anything else.

Adam has a passion for human movement and educating patients on postural awareness. He strongly encourages a healthy, active lifestyle, and believes that many of the issues he treats can be minimised by applying this philosophy. He has a strong focus on educating patients how they can use their bodies better. This gives patients insight into why they are getting their pain, and what they can do to prevent their pain altogether.

Adam uses a gentle, structural approach to his treatment. He is careful to explain what he is trying to achieve at every stage of the treatment and will adapt the techniques he uses to ensure every patient is comfortable throughout. He also runs clinical pilates classes which are focussed on postural awareness and correct muscle activation. This compliments the “hands-on” work to ensure patients not only get symptomatic relief but are actually improving the underlying cause of their pain.

When not at work, Adam loves spending time with his wife and 2 young boys. He has a 3 year old and a 1 year old who keep him on his toes and ensure that life never has a dull moment. Adam’s other passion is running. He tries to run at least 4 times per week and loves competing in various fun runs around Melbourne.

Jesse Butcher – Osteopath

Graduating from RMIT University with a double bachelor degree in Health Science and Applied Science (Osteopathy), Jesse uses a structural approach to treatment and looks at the impact that exercise, supplementation, diet, posture, the workplace and other lifestyle factors can have on his patient’s recovery and pain management.

Playing representative football from a young age, Jesse was exposed to the benefits of Osteopathy through his own injuries as a young athlete, which ultimately led him to pursue a career in Osteopathy.
His major interests lie in sport rehabilitation, exercise prescription/modification and enjoys helping to educate patients about their pain and injury so that patients can play a more active role in their recovery process.

Jesse has undertaken extensive training in dry needling and cupping. He often will use this as an adjunct to his treatments if required to help patients suffering headaches, migraines, muscle strains, joint sprains and general muscle aches.

Jesse is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, he continues to play senior football and enjoys challenging himself with anything physical.

Jesse is with us most days during the week and is registered with all major healthcare providers.

Emily Whittaker – Osteopath

Emily’s passion for Osteopathy began from an interest in how the body works and its ability to heal. Emily has been a passionate dancer for 24 years and therefore has a good understanding of how the body moves and functions.

Emily graduated from Deakin University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. Whilst completing this degree Emily worked as a sports trainer at a VFL club which allowed her to see lots of sporting injuries and work with elite athletes.

In 2018 Emily completed a Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) at RMIT. Emily has also completed postgraduate courses in Dry needling and myofascial cupping. In her last year at RMIT Emily was lucky enough to travel to India for 4 weeks and treat in 2 orthopedic hospitals, co-treating with highly regarded doctors and surgeons.

Outside of the clinic, Emily loves to dance, her favourite style being ballet, in which she also teaches. Emily also loves travelling, going to the footy, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Liam Martin – Osteopath

Throughout Liam’s life he has always been actively involved in numerous sports and has a passion for Science and the human body. This interest ultimately led Liam to pursue a career as an Osteopath.

Liam has completed a double degree in Health Science & Applied Sciences (Osteopathy) at RMIT University. Whilst at University he had a keen interest in Sports Medicine and working with athletes. He has experience dealing with acute sports injuries as a sports trainer for Mooroolbark Football Club and has experience as a strength and fitness coach with local netball clubs. Liam has also completed a Sports Medicine internship with RMIT Sports Academy.

Liam enjoys treating patients from all different ages and backgrounds. During consultations he utilises numerous hands-on techniques as well as adjunctive therapies, such as dry needling, to provide patients with personally tailored treatment and exercise programs.
Liam provides a holistic approach to each consultation, looking at how the injury affects the patient in many facets of their life, both physically and mentally. The overall goal of his treatment plan is to educate the patient on their injury and provide positive long term health outcomes.

Outside of the clinic, you will often find Liam lifting weights, surfing, swimming, playing drums, and going to gigs with friends.

Kerrie de Kusel – Massage Therapist

Kerrie joined the Healing Hands team in May 2014. She has been qualified as a Remedial Massage Therapist since 2011. She also holds accreditation as a Certified Remedial Specialist with Massage and Myotherapy Australia along with accreditation as a Practitioner of Pregnancy with Pregnancy Massage Australia.

Her goal is simple – to achieve a better state of well being for her clients. Kerrie is committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives whether that is unwinding from the everyday stresses of life making expectant mothers journey through pregnancy a little more comfortable,  or addressing the recovery and prevention of soft tissue injuries.

Kerrie strives to really get to know people and why they are seeking a massage. Helping them to understand not only how and why their muscles and tendons do what they do but also the overall benefits of massage whether that be Remedial or Pregnancy.

So whether you have never had a massage before and not sure what to expect; suffer from stress and tiredness, are pregnant or suffer from a chronic soft tissue injury then Kerrie will be able to assist.

Kerrie’s spare time is taken up with gardening, bush walking, reading and house renovations.

Matt Campbell– Osteopath

Matt has spent the last 2 years based in British Columbia, Canada. After working as a sports trainer and massage therapist, Matt realised that Osteopathy’s key principles matched his lifestyle and beliefs. Matt has worked comprehensively with people of all ages and backgrounds including a variety of sports teams, weekend warriors, Cross-fit fanatics, rock climbers, first time snowboarders, and elite skiers. Matt uses a broad range of techniques from HVLA, articulation, massage, muscle energy techniques, cranio-sacral therapy and exercise prescription. He particularly enjoys educating clients about the origins of their pain, giving them a better understanding of how to return to optimal function whilst improving daily life.

Matt has travelled around the world, working with the Australian Beach Handball team, various soccer teams, and with Kronum teams. More recently, he continued his passion for adventure sports, completing his Level 2 Snowboarding Instructor certification. With his experience of pushing himself to the limit, Matt understands the physical limitations of the body and the effects of pushing too far. We’re excited that Matt will be joining Healing Hands FTG in November 2022.

Michelle Brazier – Osteopath

Michelle Brazier (Osteopath) graduated from Victoria University in 2011, completing a degree in Clinical Sciences and a Masters of Osteopathy. During her five years of study, she gained valuable experience working as an accredited sports trainer for a number of local AFL clubs.In addition, Michelle has completed postgraduate courses in dry needling (Manual Medicine Australasia) and kinesiology taping (Rocktape Australia) – both of which are great conjunctive therapies to Osteopathy.

She has a particular interest in the treatment of headaches, disc injuries and posture-related pain. Michelle is a passionate, committed and dedicated Osteopath who offers a caring and customized treatment approach for each individual patient. She loves working with clients from all walks of life – from office workers, trade workers and athletes, to children and retirees. She endeavors to get people back to what they love doing most – be that pottering around the home and garden, or returning to sport.

Emma Pattison – Massage Therapist

Emma specialises in remedial massage for sufferers of back, neck, shoulder and head ache pain. With ten years of experience working in Osteopathic Clinics, she have treated many conditions and complaints. Much of her current work revolves around restoring postural balance especially for clients who are performing repetitive activities during their day e.g. working on computers, mums nursing babies, construction work, hairdressing. She particularly enjoys treating backs, necks and shoulders to relieve headaches and improve mobility. In all treatments, she attempt to re balance tissue within the body to return the natural state of equilibrium. This global approach helps to ensure her treatments are beneficial every time.

She also work with athletes from various sports who have been injured, are managing chronic injuries, or include regular massage to help maintain peak physical condition. These treatments may include Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Dry Needling, Sports massage techniques as well as Muscle Energy Technique and passive stretching.

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Kate Betlinski – Osteopath

Kate completed her Masters in Osteopathy at RMIT and first began working at Healing Hands Osteopathy in 2018.

 She is a passionate, caring osteopath who uses a variety of techniques to ensure the best possible result for her patients. Kate has also done extensive training in dry needling and is looking to extend her knowledge in clinical pilates.

We were sad to have Kate leave us in 2022 to pursue a career change but couldn’t be happier to have her back in 2023! Her bubbly energy lights up the clinic and she had many excited patients awaiting her return!

When not at work, Kate loves playing music and in particular likes to sing. She is a fan of playing board games and goes scuba diving when she finds the time.

Kirsten Chambers – Osteopath

Kirsten graduated from RMIT with a double bachelor degree in Health Science and Applied Science (Osteopathy). Originally wanting a career as a Paramedic, Kirsten discovered Osteopathy when being treated by a family friend. Kirsten immediately fell in love with the practice, principles and philosophy of Osteopathy.

Kirsten has been a competitive Irish Dancer for the last 16 years and experienced many injuries in both her solo and team career. This experience has given her insight into why dancing injuries occur, and how to best prevent and manage these injuries when they do occur.

Kirsten also works locally as an NDIS support worker. She predominately works with non-verbal children and young adults with Autism, Severe Cerebral Palsy and Mental Health Disorders. Kirsten hopes that sometime in the future she will be able to converge a pathway between Disability and Osteopathic care.

Kirsten loves being able to give back to the community and improving individuals’ functional capacity. Whether working as an Osteo or as an NDIS support worker, she enjoys making a difference in people’s lives and helping her patients achieve more, move better and have less pain.

 

Amelia Sloan – Osteopath

 

Amelia studied at Victoria University and completed a Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy) and a Master of Health Science (Osteopathy). Through sporting injuries as a teenager playing Netball, she found her passion for healthcare and helping others. During her time at Uni, she worked as a Sports trainer for local football clubs, giving her additional experience with injury assessment, tapping and rehabilitation programs.

She loves using her skills to help a wide variety of patients, including kids and teens, adults and senior members of the community. Conditions that she enjoys treating include; neck and back pain, headaches, TMJ pain, pregnancy related pain, breast feeding related conditions, and kids/teens sporting injuries. Amelia has further training in Lactation Osteopathy, which can assist in conditions such as Mastitis, Blocked ducts and Engorgement.

In her spare time, she likes to garden, read, travel, go for walks and stretch out with some yoga.

Jackie Taylor – Receptionist

Jackie grew up in the Yarra Valley after emigrating from the UK as a child. She and her husband raised their three children in Lilydale.

Throughout her working life, Jackie has specialised in Event and Administration Management. She is a people person who enjoys communicating with clients and making a difference.

At home, Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two beloved grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, travelling and walking her two very pampered pooches. Jackie is thrilled to be a part of the team at Healing Hands and looks forward to meeting you soon.

 

Jane Alderson – Receptionist

Jane has lived in Croydon for over 30 years. She fell in love with the area and has watched it grow into a vibrant community full of cafes and restaurants to which he attends frequently. She is married with two adult children who also live and work in the area.

Jane has a background in Human Resources and Receptionist/Administration roles. She is passionate about customer service and building strong relationships with her team.

When she is not working, she loves to walk her dogs, read, garden, do Pilates, and holidays with family and friends. She is also very passionate about health and wellness and forever creating yummy vegan food.

 

Kelly Keen – Receptionist

Our new staff will be joining us in January 2024. 

Alanah Peverelle – Receptionist

Our new staff will be joining us in January 2024.

Would you like to get more out of your Osteopathic treatments?

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