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2018 Intern Team

Intern Osteopathic Practitioners

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

Osteopathic practitioners are 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).

To book consultation with one of our Osteopathy Interns, please book online here, call (03) 9898 0222, or enquire via the contact page here.

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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