DR NADIA MERTENS (OSTEOPATH)
Since completing her Masters degree in Osteopathy, Nadia has worked in Australia and abroad, gaining experience treating and managing people with a wide variety of complaints. She has undergone postgraduate training with the Barral Institute in visceral manipulation,which highlights the health of organs and their relationships with the neuromusculoskeletal system. This connection has become a special interest when considering the multiple factors associated with often perceived simple conditions such as headaches, neck and back pain, shoulder pain, and sciatica, to name but a few.
Nadia uses a range of direct and indirect osteopathic approaches to assist the body re-establish a balanced state. These include muscle and fascial release techniques, joint mobility techniques, visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy.
Interests outside of work include travelling, rock climbing, swimming, yoga and cycling.
DR SWEATAL SHAH (OSTEOPATH)
B.SC. (HONS) OSTEO. MED, ND
Following her training at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London, Sweatal spent six years in Osteopathic practice as well as teaching at several prominent osteopathy colleges in the UK.
Having relocated with her family to Perth, Western Australia, Sweatal, who is also a qualified Naturopath, continues to work with a wide range of patients at her Joondalup practice.
Her highly personalised treatments combines structural and cranial techniques together with rehabilitation, exercise and nutrition.
Having had a previous career as a Montessori School Teacher and with two young children of her own, Sweatal has a special interest in the care and treatment of both pregnant women, post natal mothers, babies and children of all ages.
DR MATT RENSHAW (OSTEOPATH)
Matt grew up in the rural SW of Cornwall. He studied in the UK at Swansea University, where he completed his Integrated Masters Degree in Osteopathy (M.Ost). Matt worked in the UK before making the decision to immigrate to warmer shores – to pursue both Osteopathy and Lifeguarding.
Matt is committed to giving his patient’s what they need to get them back to what they love in life, whether that’s sports, work or just waking up pain free. Matt prides himself on his gentle but effective therapy and has a real passion for exercise and rehabilitation- which he will often incorporate into his management of your symptoms.
DR. SIOBHAN DORAN
M. OST, Dip CLINICAL PILATES
Originally from the west of Ireland, Siobhan graduated with a Masters of Osteopathy from the European School of Osteopathy in 2011 as the top clinical student of her class. She worked in busy clinics in both the UK and Ireland before relocating to Australia in 2014. She has qualified in myofascial dry needling and has also undertaken postgraduate training in visceral osteopathy with the Barral Institute. She has a Diploma in Clinical Pilates and a Certificate IV in Mat and Reformer Pilates from Breathe Education in Melbourne.
Siobhan has extensive experience in treating people from all ages and backgrounds, from elite athletes to expectant mums and babies.
She uses a range of structural and functional techniques including cranial and visceral osteopathy, muscle and fascial releases, soft tissue massage, HVLA and joint mobilisation.
Siobhan has taken a keen interest in Pain Management and is currently studying for a Masters in Clinical Pain Management with the University of Edinburgh.
NISHA ARIYARATNE (REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST)
Nisha obtained her Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2009, and since then has continued to expand on her bodywork techniques to include pregnancy massage, myofascial release, and Levels 1 & 2 of John Upleger’s Craniosacral Therapy. She continues to study Mind-body Medicine and flower-essences, and is working on completing her doula training, to provide pre and post-natal care and birth support.
A treatment with her may include deep tissue work, fascial release, trigger point therapy, basic cranio-sacral techniques, flower essence therapy, and hot stones.
Remedial massage works mainly with the soft tissues of the body, and works wonderfully on its own, or to compliment osteopathic work. Nisha has a passion for wellness, and sees massage and bodywork as a valuable part of your ongoing health and self-care regime.
DOMINIQUE MALLON (KINESIOLOGIST)
Dominique Mallon is the new Kinesiologist at West Coast Osteopathy. She has an Advanced
Diploma from O’Neill Kinesiology College (WA) and she loves being able to provide the best possible care for all her clients.
Dominique lives by the motto, ‘’a healthier happier you’’, she believes if you are happy, you are healthy and vice versa, so it is a priority for everyone to put their health and happiness first.
You do not need a referral from a GP unless your consultation is to be under a Medicare GP management plan or through the Department of Veteran Afairs.
For osteopaths to get the best picture of what is going on for your body, clothing that is functional and easily movable in is the best ﬁt. Jeans and tight restricting clothing may impact the treatment.
This depends on many varying factors – for example how long you have had the problem for, your health and your occupation.
Please bring in any medical scans or X-rays with you.
Partial rebates are available for members of Private Health Funds with ancillary or “extras” cover, but the amount of rebate and the conditions vary from insurer to insurer, so the details of your policy should be checked before your appointment.
It is generally safe to have osteopathic treatment during all stages of pregnancy. It is safe and gentle, and can give much relief to aches and pains related to the rapid changes of the body during this time.