Dr Rachel Murphy
B. App Sc (Comp Med), M. Ost, M. CN, MOA
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)
Dr Melinda Millar
Naturopath B.H.Sc (Nat) Dip RM
Dr Chris Swale
Osteopath (B. Hlth. Sci/BB.App.Sci (Osteo)), Member of Osteopathy Australia
After 15 years working as a lawyer, corporate advisor and consultant, Chris decided to confront the many accumulated strains from this high-stress career and in the process ended up developing a passion for health and wellness. While living in London, he completed a number of qualifications including: Level 1 CHEK Practitioner, Exercise Coach, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Golf Performance Specialist and level 1 FMA Personal Training which provided a background in rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and lifestyle advice. Chris also worked at a renowned multi-disciplinary clinic in Marylebone helping clients recover from injury and coaching to improve their health and performance.
After returning to Australia, Chris completed his university studies in Osteopathy where he was also a practical and lectorial assistant and first year mentor. He has also continued to advance his knowledge and skills with a number of courses including introduction to Osteopathy in the cranial field, balanced ligamentous tension, dry needling and strength & conditioning for rehabilitation.
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 advice (including nutrition, hydration, movement and sleep) to help manage busy and active lifestyles.
Chris enjoys staying active by playing golf, tennis and strongman weight training classes, as well as enjoying music and comedy and he has a particular love of travel.
For clinic consultations with Dr. Chris Swale (Osteopath), please book online here, call (03) 98980222, or enquire via the contact page here.
Dr Bridget Pledge
Osteopath (B. Hlth. Sci/BB.App.Sci (Osteo)), Member of Osteopathy Australia
Bridget recently completed her final year of Osteopathic studies at RMIT University. In association with experience at the university student clinic, Bridget has further qualifications in Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping.
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.
Bridget has a keen interest in assisting with postural strains, headaches, sports and workplace injuries and hopes to further her knowledge in Women’s and Children’s health care. For bookings with Bridget please contact the clinic on (03) 9898 0222, or click the link for the bookings page.
Psychologist/ Family Therapist
Vanessa is a Psychologist and has been registered with the Psychology Board of Australia since 2002. She completed her Master of Clinical Family Therapy in 2006 and has been in Private Practice for many years working with individuals and families, presenting with a range of issues. (Holistic).
Vanessa specialises in the area of Eating Disorders and has worked in Private and Public Outpatient Eating Disorder Programs supporting children, adolescents, adults and families with a lived experience. She has also worked for the Department of Education and Training, Disability Client Services and Community Organisations.
Vanessa aims to provide a safe, supportive and empowering space for curiosity and reflection to occur, whilst working towards freedom and fulfilment. In doing so, she draws on evidence-based practice that meets individual and family needs. This may include Psycho-education, Family Based Therapy (FBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Relaxation Strategies, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy to attend to unmet emotional needs. Vanessa is trained in the Maudsley Model, which is a family based approach specifically designed to assist in the recovery of an eating disorder.
Vanessa believes it is important to work collaboratively with her clients and their treating team including Allied Health Professionals, Dietitians, Psychiatrists, General Practitioners and Paediatricians to ensure continuity and consistency of care.
Areas of support:
Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating
Obsessive compulsive behaviour
Family life cycle changes
School related issues
Loss and Grief
Confidence and self-esteem
Unmet emotional needs
Major Private Health Funds
Medicare: -Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), Eating Disorder Plan (EDP). A referral from a medical practitioner (GP) including an individual care plan is required to receive rebates from Medicare.
Theo Michelis is an experienced chiropractor and clinical consultant.
After graduating with a Master of Clinical Chiropractic from RMIT University, I began practice in regional Queensland, and has since serviced communities in New South Wales and Melbourne.
I believe that any clinician treating musculoskeletal injuries must take an individualized approach to patient care, providing the best care to patients to achieve the best results possible. In addition to treating spinal injuries, I have a clinical interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation.
In my spare time, I like spending time out in nature, visiting national parks, going for a quick run and cooking at home.