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
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 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 Melinda Millar
Naturopath B.H.Sc (Nat) Dip RM
Dr Chris Swale
Chris is a qualified Osteopath and Associate at Family Wellness Group.
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
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.
Dr Layne Shepard
Layne graduated from RMIT University studying a Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy).
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 Myofascial 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.