Meet your health team

Whoever you choose to work with, rest assured knowing we all share the same purpose: to bring you back to health.

Plus, we all regularly invest in professional development to enable us to provide you with the best care possible.

 

 
Anthony Rogan osteopath

Dr Anthony Rogan

Osteopath & Director of Eureka Osteo

"You might be surprised to know that I’m a trained nurse. However, I quickly became frustrated with what felt like “disease care” rather than “health care". But it wasn’t until I was treated for injuries from a variety of professionals and finally tried osteopathy - that I had my “Eureka” moment. The approach of osteo made complete sense to me!"

I love the diversity of people I have the privilege of meeting and treating. The challenge of determining how to best help each of our patients return to better health brings great variety and is very rewarding. My areas of special interest include neck pain, headaches and migraines, vertigo/dizziness, treating children, pregnancy related back pain, hip pain and people suffering chronic pain. Osteo has such a great variety of techniques and I have completed a lot of post-graduate training, particularly in Biodynamic Osteopathy. I am level 1 certified in the MAT assessment tool.

Through my own kids’ love for swimming, Eureka Osteo has been closely involved with the Ballarat Gold Swimming Club for several years now and I really enjoy getting to be part of the young local swimmers’ path to success.

I like to keep a good work/life balance, something I encourage our patients to do too! I love hitting the local trails on the mountain bike, cooking up a feast, music and of course, spending time with my family.

Megan May osteopath

Dr Megan May 

Osteopath & Director of Eureka Osteo

"A rowing injury as a teenager had me visit a variety of health professionals in search of answers. It was an Osteopath who was the first person to assess my whole body rather than just the site of my pain, and this was what set me on the path of studying Osteo."

I love the variety that my days bring. Having studied in a few different areas (including breastfeeding, pregnancy, paediatrics, sports injuries), means that i might treat a newborn, an athlete, and an elderly patient all in the one day! This also means using a wide variety of techniques to suit each patient. I am level 1 certified in the MAT assessment tool which enables me to collect some objective data about how you move and integrate this into your treatment plan.

Having worked as a footy trainer and rowing coach in my Uni days, I love treating athletes and helping them compete at the highest level. I have a particular soft spot for our local rowers! Finding out more about people’s jobs, hobbies and lives in general helps me to adapt my treatment and advice to each individual patient, something that gives me great satisfaction.

Outside of the clinic, I love a new challenge. This has seen me do plenty of travelling, hike the Kokoda Track (and return to PNG to volunteer with a medical team), run a few half marathons and a full marathon. My down time generally involves a good book and relaxing at Wye River.

Ginger Wollermann osteopath

Dr Ginger Wollermann

Osteopath

“I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time when choosing osteopathy as a career. The human body was always a strong interest of mine and I found it incredibly fascinating.”

Allied health was the field I wanted to be in, however coming from a small country town I had not heard of osteopathy. It was a careers advisor who recognised my interests and suggested osteopathy as a profession - I have not looked back since! Seeing people’s spirits lift is why I love my job. Patients stand prouder, smile bigger and walk stronger! It’s incredibly rewarding, and the gratitude patients show is phenomenal.

The job never plateaus, each day I am faced with something different, someone new and something challenging. Whether it is a netballer returning from an ankle injury, a tradesman having sleepless nights due to low back pain and everything in between, I endeavour to help. With an interest in paediatrics and gynaecology, I have attended several courses to deepen my skills and knowledge in these areas.

I love a weekend getaway; we are lucky to have such amazing destinations at our doorstep - Halls Gap, Wilsons Promontory, Lorne, Bondi Beach and Byron Bay just to name a few. Remaining fit, healthy and active is important to me. I particularly enjoy playing netball, walking Lake Wendouree with a friend or my puppy and the high intensity of a work out at the gym.

Melissa Wisbey osteopath

Dr Melissa Wisbey

Osteopath

"I really feel that Osteopathy found me. It’s a long story involving boxes of bananas, a shoulder injury, a health practitioner and my father. This led me to a conversation with an osteopathic student in 1996 and the path I continue to follow today."

Like meeting an old friend, I felt instantly and warmly embraced by the holistic nature of Osteopathy. With a philosophy honouring the triad of body, mind and spirit as a single unit of function, and emphasis on our inherent systems of self-regulation and healing, I felt inspired to study and learn, to dig and dream, so I could be of service through Osteopathy.

My osteopathic journey has been enriched over the last 13 years of post-graduate studies in Biodynamic Osteopathy. This is an extremely gentle approach, which treats your body as a whole, aiming to restore its natural state of alignment, ease and health. I love the Biodynamic way of working as it honours each individual’s unfolding at the perfect tempo; the order and priority of treatment being guided by the healing forces already present in the patient’s own body, which are always moving towards normal form and function. My standard appointment times are 45 minutes to allow time to achieve this.

My love of animals also led me to complete postgraduate study in Small Animal Osteopathy. This means I can support your pets to live healthily and happily too.I am currently making home visits to the small animals of Ballarat and surrounds. You can visit my website 4pawsosteopathy.com.au for more information.

James Lautier osteopath

Dr James Lautier

osteopath

"I love riding all types of bikes - BMX, mountain and road bikes so if you share my passion for bikes please tell me all about it!"

I was drawn to osteopathy in my late teenage years as I was entering the Junior Elite class in my BMX racing. Some of my injuries were starting to affect my training, so my dad took me to an osteopath who was able to ‘fix’ my issues. I was fascinated with how the body worked and how the osteopath treated my whole body and not just the area that was sore. That was the moment I knew osteopathy was something special and something I wanted to do with my life.

Throughout my time at Uni I was always motivated to expand my knowledge to give my patients the best care possible. I completed my Cert IV and Diploma of massage, attended courses for different technique styles, and completed a dry needling and cupping course. I am level 1 certified in the MAT assessment tool.

My passion lies with helping people, and my goal is to help people find the cause of their pain and get back to doing what they love doing. I have a special interest in working with athletes and the challenges their bodies face with the high physical demands of sport. I’m also interested in forearm and wrist pain as it has affected many of my family and friends and I’ve seen how debilitating it can be.

Outside of work I love riding all types of bikes, watching live music and spending time with family and friends. I have been racing BMX since I was 12 years old, competing at a national and international level, including 8 years racing in the Elite classes. I have also been a BMX coach since I was 16 and am currently involved in coaching for BMX Victoria.

Jacqui McDougall physiotherapist

Jacqui McDougall

Physio, Clinical exercise & Pilates Instructor

"Growing up on my family farm I was always very active and loved playing as much sport as much as absolutely possible. I had always dreamt of becoming a Physiotherapist due to my fascination with the anatomy of the human body and my want to help people in whatever way I could."

This is why I feel so lucky to be able to help people overcome their injuries, get back to their best and promote overall wellbeing through the use of Physiotherapy and Pilates.

Since graduating from Latrobe University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practise I have worked across a range of different areas including treating acute orthopaedic and post surgical patients in hospital, providing rehabilitation services as well as seeing a wide range of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries in private practice. I am level 1 certified in the MAT assessment tool which is an excellent way of collecting objective data and using current evidence to maximise your results.

I am very passionate about using Clinical Exercise to help my patients to move better, become stronger and achieve their goals. I think Pilates and Clinical Exercise are such powerful tools and love that they can be tailored to suit any injury, fitness level and person across all life stages.

I enjoy working with a wide range of patients in particular those who are rehabilitating from a sporting injury or post surgery and women along their pregnancy journey. In my spare time you can find me running with my dog Hugo, playing netball for my beloved home club of Tatyoon or in the Pilates studio practicing what I preach.

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Misty Glasson

Yoga Teacher

"I’ve been a dedicated yogi for over five years and completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with The Yoga Social!"

I enjoy sequencing my classes so that they are both fun and challenging but also giving my students plenty of options to go as far or deep into a pose as they feel their practice needs.

I love taking students through breathing exercises to calm the mind and also experimenting with ways to deepen asanas or assist in making them more accessible to all. This makes my classes perfect for beginner through to advanced students! I hope to see you on the mat.

 
 
Melissa Jones Pilates instructor

Melissa Jones

Pilates Instructor

"My first pilates session was at 11 years of age, at The Australian Ballet School to help with knee pain and alignment."

Pilates quickly became a part of my warm up routine, preparing my body for dance and crucial in rehabilitation from injuries, which have included stress fractures, bulged discs, SIJ and rotator cuff injuries. I am fascinated with anatomy, unraveling movement patterns within the body. I am known for my attention to detail and calm approach to pilates. I have spent years in the studio researching differing somatic practices, incorporating this knowledge into my sessions.

I gained a Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction (PITC) and a Bachelor of Dance, Honours (Victorian College of the Arts). I've enjoyed an extensive career as a professional dancer and teacher. recently performing in Melbourne's Dance Massive Festival (dancing on a skateboard), straight off the back of Opera Australia's ‘The Ring Cycle’.

My clients include professional dancers, circus artists, athletes, Australian Ballet School and VCA students, fellow pilates instructors and people from all walks of life. In 2016-2017 I was also a faculty member at National Pilates Training as a Student Clinic Supervisor and Assessor, mentoring future Pilates instructors.

An active member of Pilates Alliance Australasia, I regularly attend international movement research workshops. Recently to NYC with Julliard conditioning coach Irene Dowd.

 
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Gemma Treweek

pilates instructor

“I have been fanatical about health and well-being my whole life, and with physical activity being my passion it was a natural progression that I fell into the role of becoming a Pilates instructor.”

I completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin University in 2014 and Certificate IV in Clinical Pilates at Breathe Education in 2018. Coming from a background of medical administration in orthopaedic rehabilitation and oncology, I am a strong advocate for living an active lifestyle for longevity.

Growing up in Ballarat, my first taste of Pilates was through our school rowing program.  I remember how we all loved this different form of exercise and how difficult these “simple” movements could be, and I quickly became obsessed with this new challenge. It wasn’t until I moved to Melbourne many years later that I found my love for Pilates again with group reformer classes.

I love the holistic benefits of Pilates, from the strengthening and conditioning of the body, improved flexibility and balance, to the mental health benefits. Pilates has allowed me to feel strong and powerful, and helped me feel good about myself. I want to share this feeling with my clients.

I enjoy the creativity in creating new sequences for my clients and making every class a different experience. I aim to offer fun, strong and dynamic challenges, empowering my clients to be the best version of themselves, and leave feeling energised and eager to come back.

When I’m not bouncing around on a reformer you’ll find me out running, in a yoga class, planning my next overseas adventure, trying new brunch spots or relaxing on my parents farm with a good book and my cat Donny. 

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Dr Andrea Furness

CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

“Always in the back of my mind was a fascination with how Chinese medicine had so skilfully treated my injury and made a holistic picture of who I was. This was quite an amazing experience for a young person and the beginning of a natural journey into education about health and self.”

My life path from a Bachelor of Education lead me to a career in physical theatre and choreography until the birth of my first child. The life change of being a young mother and a busy free-lance performer lead me to a deep reassessment about what I wanted from life and for my family and so I returned to University to re-train. I completed my Bachelor of Health Science with Honours and was even able to spend time in clinical practice with the elder practitioner who had first treated me.

Having a continuity of allied health support throughout my life has influenced my clinical practice focus.  I am comfortable sharing patient focussed care with other practitioner modalities to support complex and chronic conditions. And I’m equally comfortable supporting my patients through life change and health challenges. I love the diversity of my days where I might be required to consider blood pathologies, deeply listen to a teenager’s message about their health, support an IVF transfer procedure and in the next treatment I may be customising a herbal formula that has a history of 600 years of clinical use.

Life is busy and my yoga and meditation hold me anchored for the challenges. I’ve had a clinic in Hepburn Springs for more than 20 years. I’m out in nature a lot planting a new garden to provide the plant materials for my traditional perfume distilling adventure. My mid-life crisis was learning to scuba dive with my kids, so hopefully you’ll find me making the time to explore and breathe in the ocean landscape at 20metres with my family.

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Lauren Garrett-Spence

Yoga Teacher

“Lauren found the practice of yoga as a sanctuary from the demands of the corporate profession and found that the practice supported and enabled her to navigate life, explore her truth and discover her inner potential.”

Lauren teaches Pre and Post-natal yoga, slow flow, yin and restorative practices, most recently at MAMA (Midwives and Mamas Australia) in Kensington. Over the past few years, due to family work commitments, Lauren has lived away from her family, recently in Shanghai where she gave birth to her daughter, and whilst Melbourne has been her ‘home’ for most of her life, she now resides at home in Ballarat.

Possessing a true passion for community, Lauren created a yoga and pregnancy support group for women birthing away from their home country in Shanghai. Her classes focus on building trust, connection and awareness within, and with baby, as both an anchor and inner strength that empowers, whilst nurtures, women in their transition of motherhood and change.

Having completed foundational training with Patrick Creelman, Pure Yoga Asia, Mindful Birth with Michelle Papa and Dr. Jean Byrne, Yin Yoga & Mindfulness with Sarah Owen and most recently commencing studies on the pathway to becoming a Yoga Therapist. Lauren is a Yoga teacher Mentor and Course Cordinator for Wisdom Yoga Institute in Melbourne yoga supporting teacher trainees as they find and share their light in foundational yoga studies.

Whilst juggling yoga and a corporate career in HR, you will most likely find Lauren having an adventure with her toddler; sipping on lattes and baby chinos or escaping in her latest read.

Erin Glass exercise physiologist

Erin Glass

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST

“I enjoy being active and maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. I wanted to take a career path where I could combine my love of exercise with my desire to help all people, no matter their age or ability to achieve their goals”

When I started University, I was completely unaware of what Exercise Physiology even was and had my eyes set on becoming a dietitian. As I continued to make my way through Uni I loved learning about the body. There are so many different conditions and injuries, and ways that exercise can help someone recover from injury, manage or relieve their pain, assist with completing tasks independently and achieve their goals. It’s a challenging yet extremely rewarding job and I love to watch people’s journey and see how much stronger, healthier and happier they are.

Since joining the team I completed level 1 certification in the MAT assessment tool. This enables me to measure your ability to move, determine areas that need to worked at, retest and check progress, helping you achieve your desired outcomes.

I love the variety that the job brings, as each day I see a range of different clients, with different conditions, different injuries and different needs and goals. I have worked with a big variety of people and populations including elite junior footballers and netballers, older adults recovering from surgery or with balance issues, kids with injuries, working mums and dads and people who just want to get moving and feel better. I love being able to find new ways to do things, one exercise that is perfect for one person may not be for someone else so getting creative and adapting to each client is a great learning experience.

I’m not one to sit still for too long and love to getaway, whether that’s heading home to see family in Yackandandah or travelling the countryside to catch up with friends. I particularly enjoy being outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and doing something active like going for a run, playing golf and netball, or talking the dogs for a walk.

 
Chris Hiscock remedial massage therapist

Chris Hiscock

REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST

"Massage therapy has provided me with the opportunity to combine my personal interests, knowledge and strengths into the ideal vocation . . . and it only took me until my mid-forties to figure that out!

My passions in life are long-distance running, permaculture, nutrition, meditation, life-long learning, and a system of beliefs anchored in the traditions of Taoism and Buddhism. All of these are of significant benefit to my practice and I draw on them whenever I can to provide a human systems approach to the care of my patients. This involves looking at the patient as a whole, identifying and addressing risk factors and protective factors, as well as educating and empowering the patient. This approach lends itself to truly transformative care.

Our bodies are designed to seek balance and wellness. We are biologically programmed to move toward what is known as homeostasis - a stable equilibrium of our various systems. This equilibrium is constantly disturbed by a wide range of factors including diet, lifestyle, posture, exercise, footwear, modes of transport, furniture, contagious diseases ... the list goes on. Massage therapy facilitates the circulation of blood and lymph which are at the forefront of your body's attempts to achieve homeostasis. It also increases the rate of waste elimination in the body and warms up soft tissues thus mobilising joints and increasing range of movement.

Away from work the majority of my time is occupied by my beautiful son Thomas and the endless joy, love and laughter that he provides. I do a bit of amateur acting with Ballarat National Theatre and some fairly amateur running with Ballarat’s famous Tann Clan. I’m a passionate supporter of Carlton (AFL), Liverpool (EPL) and Canberra (NRL).

 
Ellen O’Connell Pilates instructor

Ellen O’Connell

Pilates Instructor

"I love the way Pilates enables clients to take control of their body bringing it back into balance. It’s the perfect way to improve our posture and strengthen the body and mind."

I worked as a Remedial Massage Therapist where I found no matter how often people would have a massage, if they continued with there lifestyle then no amount of massage would fully bring their body back to balance.

I had dabbled in Pilates myself and loved the benefits of body awareness and strength it gave me. So after referring many clients to Pilates as a way of helping to correct and balance their bodies and seeing the difference it made, I decided to return to study and completed my Diploma in Pilates Instruction through National Pilates Instruction in Melbourne in 2014.

I have been teaching Pilates since and love watching the change in clients, from when they walk in the door to when the leave after a session feeling taller and stronger. The Pilates Method helps us maintain a healthy body, working all our joints through a full range of motion.

Outside of work and practising Pilates, I like to keep fit with running a few times a week. I love spending time with family and friends. Supporting our four kids with their sport, both football and netball and relaxing down the coast.

 
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Holly Dobbyn

INTERN OSTEOPATH - HOLLY WILL COMMENCE ON MONDAY 22ND JULY 2019 AND WILL BE CONSULTING ON MONDAY AFTERNOONS. APPOINTMENTS WITH INTERNS ARE SUPERVISED BY OUR SENIOR OSTEOPATHS AND OFFERED AT A REDUCED FEE.

“I have always wanted to be involved in the health field, mostly due to my active lifestyle and love of sprinting. It wasn’t until I discovered Osteopathy for the first time at a careers expo in year 12, where it really grabbed my attention.”

My favourite aspect of Osteopathy is the holistic approach of treatment: treating the whole person, rather than just the site of pain. I also love that through this approach to health, I’m able to work with patients to help improve their wellbeing.

Growing up in Ballarat, I appreciate the connections we make within our community. I enjoy meeting patients and learning about their lifestyles, and how I may be able help them. I really enjoy the variety of patients that a day’s treating provides and as I embark on my osteo career I am excited to be involved in this beyond the student clinic.

I’m a passionate runner, with athletics and sprinting a huge part of my life since the age of six. I have experienced the highs and low of being an elite athlete, including injury. My personal experience of rehab and goal setting to return to sport at a high level has fostered a strong desire to help injured athletes. I look forward to translating my knowledge and passion of running into my osteopathic practice. When I’m not training or competing you will find me brunching with friends, going for walks with my sausage dogs or catching up with friends in Melbourne.