Nillumbik Osteopathic Health Centre is a dedicated osteopathic clinic based in Melbourne’s North Eastern suburb of Eltham. The clinic has been operating for more than 16 years and is affiliated with Dynamic Health Osteopathy in Greensborough.
Our team of highly trained osteopaths are all university qualified (completing a minimum of 5 years study) with extensive clinical experience. And being primary healthcare practitioners, our osteopaths are trained to recognise and diagnose conditions that require medical referral. As well as being government registered practitioners with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and members of Osteopathy Australia, all our practitioners are fully insured.
Lynda has been an osteopath in the local area for over 20 years after graduating from RMIT in 1993 and established Nillumbik Osteopathic Health Centre in its current location in 2001.
Lynda’s passion for Osteopathy, her depth of knowledge and clinical experience that she applies to every aspect of her clinical work may help patients achieve their full potential in health and recovery. Her comprehensive understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal system enables her to address many common and complex presenting conditions by looking not only at the area of complaint, but addressing the possible causative structures with a holistic approach to individual management.
Lynda has a clinical focus on paediatric management and supporting the mother-baby unit, both pre-and postnatal with every treatment having a strong emphasis on safety and comfort. Having active boys and being involved in sport herself, her caring approach in providing appropriate management, treatment and advice for sporting injuries in children through to adults can aid in the long-term recovery and rehabilitation from these conditions.
Lynda has previously been involved in teaching Osteopathy at an undergraduate level at RMIT University and Victoria University and is still actively involved in teaching with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation (SCTF) on post-graduate courses to the profession.
Lynda has spent many years attending post-graduate courses in Paediatrics, Biodynamics and Cranial Osteopathy to further develop her skills.
In her spare time, Lynda enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and getting away on family holidays.
Natasha has been practicing osteopathy since 1999 and became a principal osteopath and director at the Clinic in 2005. She has undertaken extensive training in osteopathy, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology in 1995 and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science) / Bachelor of Osteopathic Science in 1999.
Her keen interest in the osteopathic treatment of babies and children and pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, both pre and post natal, has lead her to complete various related post-graduate courses, including many Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation courses in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF), obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatric and breathing dysfunctions. Her training and vast clinical experience in the treatment of complex cases and chronic complaints saw Natasha lecturing in Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique at RMIT University from 2001 to 2011.
Natasha has a strong belief in the importance of communication – spending much time talking to all her patients, making sure they are well informed and active participants in their overall care. She feels her genuine concern and empathy for her patient’s wellbeing assists them to feel relaxed in her care.
She has a strong belief in working with other local allied health practitioners if required, to complement her patients’ management.
When she’s not caring for her patients, Natasha enjoys cooking, entertaining and relaxing with friends, camping and spending time with her husband and three children.
Heather graduated from Victoria University in 2001 and has been practicing osteopathy in Eltham for the last 16 years. She became a principal osteopath and director at the Clinic in 2012. Heather enjoys all aspects of osteopathic care and has a keen interest in the osteopathic treatment of children, pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, both pre and post natal, and the treatment of headaches and migraine.
After graduating from Victoria University in 2001, she has undertaken various post-graduate courses in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. She enjoys using this technique, along with all other aspects of osteopathic care in her day-to-day practice. Heather likes to use a holistic, empathetic approach to patient management by integrating osteopathic treatment along with advice on exercise, nutrition and mindfulness. Heather also enjoys mentoring newly qualified osteopaths within the clinic environment.
When not at work Heather loves spending time with her husband and three children and playing netball.
Kate has undertaken extensive training in osteopathy, completing a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) in 2004, a Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) in 2006 and a Graduate Certificate in Neonatal and Infant Paediatric Manual Therapy in 2011. She’s also completed post-graduate Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation courses in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF), Obstetric and Paediatric Osteopathy, the Biodynamic approach to OCF and DMA Clinical Pilates.
Kate enjoys working with children and babies, including newborns and using osteopathy to assist children with gait issues, sports injuries and musculoskeletal symptoms of respiratory complaints (75, 76, 113, 114, 115). As a student, Kate worked with children with special needs and was involved in aquatic education for infants, preschoolers and children with physical disabilities. Kate’s personal involvement in endurance sports in combination with her osteopathic training enables her to better help clients manage sporting injuries, training load, nutrition and rehabilitation.
After hours, Kate’s adventurous spirit and passion for life see her open-water swimming, cycling and trail running.
Rita graduated from Victoria University in 2001 as well as qualifying as a Clinical Pilates instructor through Dance Medicine Australia. She has combined her skills as an osteopath and pilates instructor to work in various practices in Melbourne and abroad in New Zealand.
Rita has also undertaken post-graduate training in Cranial Osteopathy and paediatrics. In recent times, Rita has completed a graduate certificate in neonatal and infant paediatric manual therapy. She has utilised these skills whilst volunteering in Cambodia and Northern Thailand to treat children in orphanages and ‘dump slums’. Rita was appointed Clinical Supervisor at RMIT’s Paediatric Clinic from 2010 to 2012, where she enjoyed imparting her knowledge to final year students.
She not only enjoys treating musculoskeletal issues in babies and children – she’s passionate about treating people from all walks of life. Rita is quite adventurous, and when opportunity presents, she loves nothing more than travelling overseas, and trying not only local food delicacies, but also participating in activities which take her out of her comfort zone.
Justine completed her Masters of Osteopathy at RMIT University with distinction and has completed post-graduate Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation courses in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and Paediatric Osteopathy. She also has a strong passion for further study.
She loves the challenge of treating a broad range of conditions and uses a wide variety of osteopathic techniques, tailoring treatment to each individual patient’s needs.
Justine relates well to people of all ages and is particularly interested in the treatment of the musculoskeletal aspects of headaches, sporting injuries, chronic pain, paediatrics, children’s growth complaints, teenagers and assisting women with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction throughout pregnancy.
A passionate Hawthorn supporter, Justine loves staying active in her spare time, as well as travelling, cooking and baking.
Danielle completed her osteopathic studies at RMIT University and has worked alongside orthopaedic surgeons in India – providing osteopathic management and treatment of patients (pre and post operative) for shoulders, knees and ankles, further developing her understanding of post surgery rehabilitation.
With a long history of playing a variety of sports including netball, football, swimming and basketball, she has seen and experienced a number of injuries. Having her sporting injuries successfully treated began her love for osteopathy.
Danielle is passionate and committed to her patients. She wishes to empower her patients to achieve their functional goals. She applies a holistic approach, tailoring the treatment and management to the needs of the individual, while using a wide variety of osteopathic techniques. She enjoys treating a variety of patients of all ages and presentations, particularly sporting injuries and women’s health.
Danielle has a strong interest in osteopathy for babies and children, which sees her wanting to continue further studies in this area in the near future.
When Danielle isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, keeping fit, heading to the beach and travelling overseas.
Andelys (otherwise known as Andy) completed her five years of Osteopathic training at Victoria University graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).
Andelys is a warm, friendly and enthusiastic member of the Nillumbik Osteopathic team and enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions. She uses a wide range of osteopathic techniques when she treats and selects these on an individual basis depending on patient preference and best patient care. Her previous study in occupational therapy has given her an appreciation of the importance to enable patients to engage in meaningful activities. Andelys strives to provide patients with a thorough understanding of their condition by ensuring patients are well informed of their proposed diagnosis, treatment and management plan.
Andelys also works as a swimming coach working with swimmers from junior to national level and as a sports trainer for a local women’s football team. Her previous experience working with the Australian Men’s Medical Football team as well as local football and swimming clubs has provided her with extensive knowledge with working with athletes at a variety of competitive levels.
Prior to studying Osteopathy, Andelys completed a Bachelor of Nutritional Science and a Bachelor of Health Science (focused on occupational therapy) at La Trobe University. Stemming from her previous studies in Nutrition, Andelys has a developing interest in treating the musculoskeletal components of gastrointestinal complaints and disorders.
After 10 years of working as a disability support worker, Andelys is also interested in treating the musculoskeletal components of a range of behavioural and physical disabilities. Andelys has also been involved with providing osteopathic care on a volunteer basis at indigenous Australian health functions as well as disadvantaged community groups. These experiences have given her an exposure towards a wide variety of health concerns and challenging lifestyle circumstances.
Andelys is extremely passionate towards promoting health and well-being and enjoys incorporating her knowledge gained from her many experiences to provide holistic patient care. She enjoys tailoring her treatment and management to suit each patient individually to ensure patients receive the care that is best for them.
When she’s not at work, Andelys enjoys socialising with friends, spending time with family and adventurous camping and travel experiences.
Stefanie has been practice manager and the friendly face of our clinic since 2002. Her warmth and caring nature help to make our patients feel at ease – a skill she’s been developing for more than 20 years working in the health industry.
But it’s not all strictly work for Stefanie. Travel, ballroom dancing, gardening, cooking, dining out and taking in a good movie also rate high on her agenda. And there’s nothing Stefanie loves more than spending time with her family.
Julie has worked on reception at our clinic since 2002. Julie enjoys providing quality customer service to all the patients ensuring they feel welcomed to the clinic. She also lives in Eltham and has been an active member of the local community for the last 26 years.
Eloise is a second year Osteopathy student currently studying at RMIT University. Eloise is enjoying seeing how a clinic works from the minute a patient walks through the door to the time they leave, and ensuring patients receive a warm welcome and a friendly goodbye.
Through visiting Osteopaths herself, Eloise found her fascination and love for helping people and treating the human body, and has enjoyed further learning from the team at the clinic.
When she’s not working at the clinic or attending university, Eloise enjoys spending time outside with her 2 dogs and leading an active and healthy lifestyle. She keeps herself busy with her love of sports, especially basketball, as well as water skiing and snowboarding.
Ally has recently successfully completed VCE and has a keen interest in health care. Ally has mainly focused on the sciences during her studies and is hoping to pursue a health-related career at Latrobe University this year.
Ally is looking forward to working with the team, ensuring patients are well looked after and learning how the clinic operates. Ally likes to go hiking and to the beach in her time outside of work and is passionate about helping others and supporting our community.
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