Encore Health is a platform developed by Family Wellness Group director, Dr Rachel Murphy.It is a hub of highly useful and informative information for both parents and other health practitioners.

Suite 1/619 Canterbury Rd,
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

(03) 9898 0222

Dr. Rachel Murphy

Dr. Rachel Murphy

Osteopath, Clinical Nutritionist B.App.Sc.(Comp Med), M.Ost, M.CN, MOA Member of Osteopathy Australia

In addition to being director of the Family Wellness Group in Surrey Hills, Rachel operates her Health Education business, Encore Health both at the Family Wellness Group clinic and externally in the community whereby she conducts Medical Wellness and Lifestyle Education seminar presentations, and interactive workshops in schools. Rachel is a lecturer in Health Sciences at RMIT University and is proud to mentor the associate practitioners at her clinic and tuition groups, being a strong advocate for supporting the development and experience of future health professional to benefit the greater community. In clinical practice, Rachel continues to pursue her passion for treating infants and children as well as assisting pregnancy care with pre and postnatal support for women. Rachel has a strong belief that family environment and society play a crucial role in health, particularly for children, and therefore treatment management must also include advice on exercise and nutrition, ergonomics, stretching, rehabilitation and lifestyle modifications. Rachel is a published author in the International Journal of Medical Sciences and American Medical Journal- Science Publications, continuing now to contribute to conference presentations with other health professionals internationally, including teaching roles in different subject areas of healthcare education. With her vast geographical clinical experience, Rachel has observed directly how lifestyle impacts physical health, in both prevention and recovery of illness for all ages, and feels honoured to support children and adults around the globe in the quest for greater health, happiness & fulfillment. Rachel has been very fortunate to travel to the USA regularly to learn from Dr. James Jealous D.O, founder of the Biodynamic approach to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, where she has completed the 9-year post-graduate academic program, as well as the 3 year Paediatric focused course. Rachel continues to gain experience and mentoring by Dr. Jealous and his teaching faculty, taking part in continued education, having immense respect and honour for the international senior mentors she is privileged to learn from. For clinic consultations with Dr. Rachel Murphy (Osteopath, Clinical Nutritionist), please book online here, call (03) 98980222, or enquire via the contact page here.

Dr Bonnie Maplestone

Dr Bonnie Maplestone

Osteopathy Associate Practitioner & Yoga Instructor

Bonnie has recently welcomed her new baby Tristan and is currently taking leave. We will let you know when Bonnie is available for consultations again.

Dr Bonnie Maplestone recently completed her studies as an Osteopath at RMIT, studying a Bachelor of Health/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) at RMIT University.

Bonnie is passionate about people and their lifestyle influences on physical health. With every patient she assists, Bonnie strongly endeavours to understand the individual person, and help them achieve their goals of improved health and wellbeing, including increased health and energy, decreased pain or other points of focus.

As well as being a qualified Osteopath, Bonnie is a Yoga Teacher with an Advanced diploma of yoga teacher training from the CAE in Melbourne. Bonnie has over twelve years of Yoga teaching experience and enjoys the benefits of her Yoga training and how this influences and assists with her Osteopathy. Bonnie is keen to integrate both Osteopathic treatment and Yoga together to benefit patients.

Bonnie believes that it is not just one therapy technique or yoga pose that will fix everyone, that as each body is different and each person is different. Bonnie has, therefore, sort out a range of different techniques and options to utilise during treatment, including Soft Tissue techniques, Joint Mobilisation techniques, Dry needling, Cupping, many styles of Yoga, as well as Stretching therapy for rehabilitation and maintenance of optimal physical health.

For clinic consultations with Dr. Bonnie Russell (Osteopath, Yoga Teacher), please book online here, call (03) 9898 0222, or enquire via the contact page here.

Dr Melinda Millar

Dr Melinda Millar

Clinical Psychologist

BA, Grad Dip Adol & Child Psych, D Psych, MAPS
As a clinical Child, Adolescent and Family Psychologist with over 20 years experience, Melinda is passionate about helping young people and their families achieve better emotional and mental health. In her clinical work, Melinda draws on a range of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness and psycho-education with individuals, families and groups.
Melinda provides psychological services for children, adolescents and their families for a wide range of issues including:
– Anxiety and phobias
– Depression
– Low self-esteem
– School refusal
– Social difficulties
– Behavioural problems
– Self harm
– Grief and loss
– Adjustment to parental separation and divorce
– Eating difficulties
– Sleep disorders
– Anger management problems
Melinda completed her doctoral thesis in the area of school refusal, and has worked successfully with many school-refusing children and their families.
Her background experience is in community, educational and private mental health settings, including the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash Medical Centre; Mental Health Services for Kids and Youth at the Royal Children’s Hospital; Melbourne Girls’ College, Albert Road Centre for Health, Surrey Hills Medical Centre, and now at the Family Wellness Group .
As a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association, Melinda is committed to the ethical standards of these associations and ensures the highest standard of confidentiality and professional practice is maintained.
Pam Murphy

Pam Murphy

Naturopath B.H.Sc (Nat) Dip RM

Pam is an experienced Naturopath who consults from the Family Wellness Group as well operating her own private practice on the surf coast of Victoria, Green Oaks Natural Medicine.
Having grown up in rural Victoria where local medical services were limited, Pam learnt the value of natural remedies and the many benefits of home-grown foods prepared fresh for optimal health throughout life. Having since raised her family, Pam adapted these natural health philosophies and further enhanced these ideals and practices, leading to the completion of Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) degree.  Pam continues to build upon her quest for families to learn about traditional natural medicine through fresh foods and healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a common-sense approach to health and wellness, whilst integrating and adapting modern techniques and newly researched discoveries to improve health and quality of life at every stage of life.
Aligned with the core principles of Naturopathy, Pam adapts a holistic individualized treatment approach facilitating the body’s innate ability to heal itself given adequate support, with dietary recommendations, herbal remedies, and nutritional supplementation where required to restore balance when nutritional deficiencies are present.     
Pam can assist with a broad range of conditions with a particular interest in:
·      –  Women’s health & hormonal support
·      –  Children’s health and development
·       – Digestive disturbances                         
·       – Detoxification assistance
·       – Stress management
·      –  Immune & energy support                                                               
·       – Sleep dysfunction
·       – Weight loss and management        
– Other services:
Integrative Pathology Testing: Hormonal function, Thyroid, Stool Analysis (CDSA), Food allergy and sensitivity testing, liver detox profile, inflammation investigations and treatment, heavy metal analysis and nutrition education.

2018 Intern Team

Intern Osteopathic Practitioners

Below is a list of our 2018 Interns at the Family Wellness Group.

Osteopathic practitioners available for treatment consultations at a reduced fee. Clinical placement includes treatment consultations in addition to RMIT University student clinic hours, mentorship for advanced learning opportunities and clinical supervision by Dr Rachel Murphy (Osteopath, Clinical Nutritionist).

Intern - Bridget Pledge

Intern - Bridget Pledge

Osteopathy Intern

Bridget is currently completing her final year of Osteopathic studies at RMIT University. In association with experience at the university student clinic, she is undertaking clinical placement at the Family Wellness Group, receiving mentorship and clinical supervision with Dr Rachel Murphy. Bridget has excelled in her participation with Dr Rachel Murphy’s Advanced Tuition Group, with further development in clinical practice theory and treatment skills.

Bridget has always lead a very active lifestyle and from a young age has been passionate about health and wellbeing. Bridget’s interest in sports, particularly hockey, continuing as a senior player as well as coaching junior and senior age groups, allows her to gain a greater understanding of the steps each individual needs to be guided towards optimal health. Through coaching and leadership within the hockey community Bridget has a high level of communication and training skills that she enjoys utilising with her patients.

Intern - Layne Shepard

Intern - Layne Shepard

Osteopathy Intern

Layne is currently undertaking a clinical internship with Dr Rachel Murphy at the Family Wellness Group while completing her final year of study to become a qualified Osteopath, studying a Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy) at RMIT University.

Layne is committed to treating every patient individually to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation from injury. She believes education is paramount and encourages her patients to take an active role in learning ways to optimise their wellbeing.

Layne currently works with Richmond Football Club as a Massage Therapist and Sports Trainer for both the AFL, and VFL Women’s teams, having further education in Myofasical Cupping and Dry Needling.

In her spare time, Layne enjoys going to the gym and riding her horse, King. She has a strong interest in gym training, participating in bodybuilding competitions, and has competed in equestrian events since childhood.

Intern - Chris Swale

Intern - Chris Swale

Osteopathy Intern

Chris is delighted to be undertaking his clinical placement internship with Dr Rachel Murphy at the Family Wellness Group while completing his final year of Bachelor of Health/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) at RMIT.

After 15 years working in legal and corporate finance consulting, Chris decided to follow his passion for health and wellness. After returning from time living in London, he completed a number of qualifications including

  • Level 1 CHEK Practitioner
  • Exercise Coach
  • Holistic Lifestyle Coach
  • Golf Performance Specialist
  • Level 1 FMA Personal Training

These qualifications provided a background in rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and lifestyle advice.

In addition to his university studies, Chris has completed a number of related courses including introductions to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and Balanced Ligamentous Tension.

Chris enjoys working with each patient to determine the root cause of any problem and to deliver the most effective combination of hands on therapy, rehabilitation and lifestyle changes (including nutrition, hydration, movement and sleep) to help manage busy lifestyles.

Chris enjoys staying active by playing golf, tennis and strongman weight training classes, as well as music, comedy and travel.

Intern - Ellie Sweeney

Intern - Ellie Sweeney

Osteopathy Intern

Ellie is in her final year of Osteopathy at RMIT University. Ellie has senior level Sports Trainer experience at Mountain District Netball Association (MDNA), Elwood Soccer Club and Balwyn Football Club. She has also worked as part of the medical team at Australian University Games, treating athletes suffering from a range of injuries.

Ellie is passionate about helping individuals achieve optimal health and improve quality of life by using a holistic approach to treatment. Previously she has gained extensive clinical experience working in an administrative role at Boroondara Osteopathy. Ellie utilises a wide range of osteopathic techniques tailored to each individual.

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