About Our Team
Meet the faculty.
I completed my undergraduate training at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and subsequently served as a member of the BSO’s Board of Governors and also as a councillor of the General Council of Registered Osteopaths (now a statutory body called the General Osteopathic Council). I moved to Australia in 1983 and served as a part-time lecturer from the commencement in 1985 of Australia’s first undergraduate University-based osteopathic program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology until 1995.
I am a founder member of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand and continue to teach post-graduate programs. In 1993, I pioneered the first Osteopathic Paediatrics degree in Australia leading to a Master’s degree.
I am passionate about helping babies to resolve the biomechanical effects that so frequently result from the birth process. I am keen to support the development of appropriate gait or walking pattern. I also recognise that dental occlusion (the way the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches work together) can, when dysfunctional, have distant and widespread effects. I also intermittently run a two-week intensive program for children with learning difficulties.
I have long held an interest in the use of sound therapy, therapeutically designed pulsed electro-magnetic fields and intermittent hypoxic therapy.
I currently practice from Canberra Osteopathic Centre http://canberraosteopath.com.au
I trained in England, returning to New Zealand in 1986 to a profession still in its infancy. The small number of osteopaths and consequent few opportunities for continuing education precipitated the first of my many sojourns to the United States of America for further training In Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF).
These journeys and the need to provide appropriate training in OCF in Australasia prompted the establishment of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand (SCTF of ANZ) of which I was a founding member and within which I continue to teach. My postgraduate studies also involved doing Graduate Diploma in Osteopathic Paediatrics through RMIT in Melbourne.
My clinical interests are definitely orientated to the beginning stages of life – from conception through pregnancy to childbirth and infancy to childhood – and the various challenges associated with these stages. Osteopathy has been a blessing in my life – It has fed my mind, my soul and my family! It has been a privilege to work with the people of Auckland these past 28 years and to share a big part of me with all those whom I have seen, a sharing I trust will continue.
I practice from Stillpoint Osteopathic Medicine Centre, Auckland http://www.stillpointosteo.co.nz
I graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1992 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Osteopathic Paediatrics atRMIT in 1996.
During my undergraduate studies at RMIT I was introduced to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF). This sparked a yearning to continue exploring this area of osteopathy and have continued throughout my career to do postgraduate studies in OCF.
Since 1998 I have been involved as a faculty member of the SCTF of ANZ. Teaching is an incredible challenge for me, in contributing to the profession it also helps me to keep learning, thinking and progressing in my work.
Pili currently practices from Stillpoint Osteopathic Medicine Centre, Auckland http://www.stillpointosteo.co.nz
Prue enjoys dividing her time between working in private practice and tutoring on a number of post-graduate osteopathic programs, including the Rule of the Artery Program and as an assistant tutor for the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation. She completed her undergraduate training and Masters project at RMIT University in 2007. Prue is committed to further osteopathic education, completing a Graduate Certificate in Neonatal and Paediatric Manual Therapy at Victoria University in 2012. This has enhanced her skills in the assessment and treatment of babies and children.
She has worked in a number of clinics in eastern Melbourne since returning from working in Auckland, New Zealand and now feels at home living in the Yarra Valley and working at Koru Natural Therapies. More information can be found at www.korunaturaltherapies.com.au
Prue enjoys spending time with her family including her 2 dogs Falko and Saphie, hiking, scuba diving, travelling and practising her German language skills.
BSc(HM) DipED(Sec) BAppSc(Osteo)
Michael finished a degree in Human Movement and Psychology at Melbourne University and then taught Secondary School for 4 years. At 27 he went back to RMIT for 5 years to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science in Osteopathy. He's been in practice since 1992. He is fascinated by Embryology and Osteopathy. Michael has been studying with a shy genius called Dr Brian Freeman. With his help, he has started to understand living anatomy. Michael has run several marathons, cycled all over Victoria and bush walked regularly in paradise (aka Wilson's Promentory). His passions are the ocean, great friends and being of Italian stock, loves good food and wine.
Michael currently practises from Eastern Suburbs Osteopathy in Bondi Junction, Sydney Australia http://esosteopathy.com.au/about-us/our-people/
B.Sc (Clin Sci) M.H.Sc (Ost)
I am an osteopath and the mother of two girls. I love Osteopathy because it allows me to explore and enhance wellbeing. Many people in our society misunderstand the difference between the health model and the disease model of treatment.
The model commonly represented by western medicine focuses on disease identification and treatment based on the symptomatology. We are lucky to have the luxury of balancing our treatment decisions in our society with two strong models serving a different purpose but complimenting the other. Osteopathy promotes good health and general wellbeing in a preventative sense, however I find that my long-term patients also allow themselves to feel better than healthy. This is when the osteopathic model really shines, allowing true health exploration. Many of my patients report that the treatment works as much on their sense of wellbeing as on the individual aches and pains they present with.
To treat one part of the body in isolation ignores the inherent ability of the patient to find homeostasis and in doing so return to health. Due to this you won’t find me offering to treat lists of conditions. You will however find that I’ll assess the whole person and treat them using an osteopathic approach. Osteopathy offers the chance for patients to learn about their own unique responses to the world and how these responses have affected their life. During this exploration the patient may then learn to respond to the environment with more ease and confidence. An example of this is by them becoming aware of their postural and breathing responses to stressful situations. The end result could be that they have more awareness to the way their body responds or they may even decide they no longer need to be exposed to the stressful parts of their environment at all. As you’ll discover at Atrium Osteopathy the osteopathic approach involves a thorough case history, examination and assessment, hands on manual therapy and education in a supportive and nurturing environment. More information can be found at http://osteopathmelbourne.net/elissa-o-brien
I studied at Victoria University and since graduating I’ve studied many post-graduate courses including, Osteopathy in the Cranial Field Fundamentals, The Face, Paediatrics (conception to one year), Visceral Techniques and the Rule of the Artery (heart and blood flow dynamics). I have also been lucky enough to lecture at the universities, at private teaching faculties and to present at international conferences. I’ve lectured about ‘the osteopathic approach to tongue tie’ and ‘stress and the mother-baby dyad’ to osteopaths and other health professionals.
Cate graduated from RMIT’s 5 year program in 1995 with a double degree in Osteopathic and Clinical Sciences. She completed her first fundamentals cranial course that same year. Since that time she has completed a graduate certificate in Neonatal and Infant Paediatrics and numerous post graduate courses, run by the SCTF of ANZ, ARCOM and Biodynamics. She began her working career in a paediatric based practice in Katoomba. After 7 years of being mentored by experienced practitioners in country NSW, she moved to Sydney where she ran 2 successful practices in Glebe and Roseville. During this time she sat on the Ethics, and then the CPD committees for the Australian Osteopathic Association. She moved to Canberra after her children were born, and began working in Maxwell Fraval’s practice in 2011, and is still enjoying his mentorship. Cate is SCTF of ANZ faculty, and vice-president, and well as ARCOM faculty, and has taught throughout Australia, and in the United States. When Cate’s not working, she’s spending time with her 2 children, cooking and trying to keep up with her very social husband. Cate can be found at http://canberraosteopath.com.au/