There are seven registered osteopaths who practice at the Brunswick West Osteopathic Clinic and each has their own unique area of interest and focus. They are passionate about their occupation and take seriously their responsibilities to the patient. The practitioners have shown commitment to continued professional development by staying in touch with the latest clinical research and techniques.
After registering as an osteopath in 2003 Anna Merrett gained valuable experience working at several leading Melbourne osteopathic clinics. Prior to becoming an osteopath Anna worked as a massage therapist in a large Melbourne leisure center. This experience helped her to develop a finely tuned sense of touch which enables her to accurately assess, diagnose and treat the musculo-skeletal disorders that confront her each day. She enjoys treating the diverse range of conditions that present themselves at the Brunswick West Osteopathic Clinic. Anna finds it is a rewarding profession providing assistance and relief to those who have had difficulty in finding solutions to their problems.
Ben Guminski registered as an osteopath in 2002. His treatments are structurally orientated with a strong influence placed on exercise rehabilitation to gain maximum results. Ben also uses Dry needling as part of his treatment approach. Coming from a sporting background Ben has a keen interest in golf, running and keeping fit as well as the latest treatments to get you back on track. He has experience treating elite footballers, swimmers, golfers, runners, basketballers and more. Through treatment and rehabilitation Ben aims to restore and improve performance for both the elite athlete and the weekend warrior.
Leah Swindells ( Currently on maternity leave) registered as an Osteopath in 2007. Leah has been working full time at Brunswick West Osteopathic Clinic for several years now. Leah was a member of the Victorian Institute of Sport hockey programme for many years and through her participation in this sport rich environment, Leah gained valuable experience managing elite athletes. Leah is continually broadening her osteopathic scope and keeping up to date through participating in courses including: Matwork Pilates, Superficial Dry Needling, Patellofemoral Pain Rehabilitation, Taping and Obstetrics and Pain Management. Leah has as enthusiastic personality and enjoys a hands-on, structural approach while balancing treatment with post treatment care.
Adam Matthews completed his studies at RMIT University. He has played basketball, football, water polo, and competed in swimming throughout his life. Adam has a background in coaching basketball and being a trainer for local soccer and football clubs. From this, he has developed a keen interest in sports related injury and prevention; and places a strong importance on exercise rehabilitation. Adam enjoys using a wide range of techniques and management strategies to address a variety of postural, acute and chronic injuries.
Deanna Cooper is a qualified osteopath that enjoys treating babies and children of all ages, babies with plagiocephaly and digestive issues. She has a special interest in patient care while pregnant and postpartum postural problems, pelvic pain and instability and aims to guide patients throughout their pregnancies with education on posture, ergonomics and core stabilisation exercises to ensure the best possible outcomes for delivery and post partum. Deanna has an extensive background in clinical and studio Pilates after training in Australia and the U.K. Having worked extensively in orthopaedics and clinical hospital environments, Deanna has a passion in core strengthening and postural care. Deanna is currently studying a Masters in Women’s health with a focus on pregnancy, prenatal and post natal care and fertility.
Helina Vunderl- Messis has a passion for Osteopathy that is derived from her personal experience with soccer inflicted injuries. Since then, Helina has aspired to serve a meaningful purpose in people’s recovery from pain and/or functional incapacitites. Helina intends to achieve this by providing clinical excellence with whoever and whatever she treats. Some of Helina’s favourite conditions to treat include headaches, lower back and hip dysfunctions. Helina brings a diverse set of skills to Brunswick West Osteopathic Clinic including dry needling, joint manipulation, massage and exercise prescription.
Pamela Karahalios is a registered osteopath who graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy). Her interest in the human body and passion for osteopathy began following her experience with injury having grown up playing competitive basketball. Utilising a predominantly structural approach to treatment, Pamela has a real enthusiasm for helping her patients overcome their pain and return to the activities they love by incorporating a wide range of treatment techniques and management strategies which address all aspects of your health. Some of Pamela’s favourite conditions to treat include headaches, postural complaints and sporting injuries.
Natarsha Smith (CURRENTLY ON LEAVE) is a registered osteopath, graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clin. Sc.) and a Master of Health Science (Osteo.). Natarsha has undertaken multiple indirect technique courses to compliment her structural treatment approach for the best possible patient outcomes. Natarsha enjoys assisting people to overcome their pain via a patient centred, holistic approach encompassing all facets of your health including lifestyle factors. Her experience includes sports training, treating in multidisciplinary clinics as well as community health.
All of our osteopaths have completed a 5 year double degree at leading Australian universities, and all are registered with AHPRA.