Western Region Health Practioners
Western Region Health Practioners

Our Practitioners

Meet our staff

Jade Harries (Osteopath) - Owner & Director
B.Sci (Clin Sci), MHS (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

I am the Owner and Director of Western Region Health, an Osteopath and Mother of a gorgeous 2 year old daughter and another on the way.  I started the Clinic as a very naïve 22 year old and have watched it grow over the last 16 years to become what it is today.  Over this time I have learnt so much, met so many amazing families, supported wonderful local sporting clubs and businesses; and grown from a single small dwelling into two locations and a Pilates studio. 

At Western Region Health we have solidified many important relationships with Medical and Allied Health Practitioners giving us the deserving reputation we have within the community.  I love Osteopathy because it allows me to explore and enhance people’s lives, along with the ability to work alongside an incredible team of support staff. 

As you will discover at Western Region Health, our Osteopathic approach involves a thorough case history, examination and assessment, hands on manual therapy and education in a caring and professional environment. I am passionate about our core values and the culture of our team, focussing predominantly on a mission statement that we are all proud of.

I completed my Master of Osteopathy at Victoria University and since graduating in 2002 I have studied many post-graduate courses including, Osteopathy in the field of Paediatrics, Visceral Techniques, Advanced Manipulation, Injury Management, Sports Taping and Leadership. In 2016 I also completed three years of study in studio and clinical Pilates and rehabilitation to complete my internationally recognised Pilates diploma.

I have also been lucky enough to lecture at both Victoria University and RMIT, helped establish the 5th year internship program and have just been nominated for an Alumni award in Outstanding Service.

I have always been interested in the circle of life, especially the anatomy and physiology of pregnant women. I love nothing more than to assist a Mother as the body transforms throughout her pregnancy journey. Even more rewarding is to then assess the babies themselves on their arrival. I often find that problems we face in adulthood have stemmed from childhood issues that were not appropriately addressed, so to educate parents and children as they develop is extremely important.

I look forward to meeting you or answering any further question you may have regarding your health, and wellbeing of your whole family.

 

Michael Mannix (Osteopath) - Senior Clinician
B.Sci (Clin Sci), MHS (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

Michael studied Osteopathy at Victoria University where he obtained his qualifications. Michael has been involved in many sports including football, basketball and swimming which are where he was first exposed to osteopathy and his passion has grown from since. As a current local footballer he is still exposed to many injuries involving his team mates (and hopefully not his own), including both acute and chronic problems, as well as the rehabilitation of these grievances.

Aside from sporting mishaps Michael enjoys treating chronic, long standing problems where he can provide relief to those who have struggled for extended periods of time. Additionally he has a keen interest in neck pain and associated headaches. Above all Michael feels that communication between practitioner and patient is imperative and goes a long way to helping ease the patients’ pain and increase their understanding.

With 3 young children of his own Michael is quite busy and understands the need for a balanced lifestyle. He uses this knowledge to work with patients to provide a treatment plan that suits them best.

Shona Hunt (Osteopath) - Senior Osteopath
B.App.Sc(CompMed) MOsteo - Member Osteopathy Australia

**CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE**

Shona graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Osteopathy. Shona has been practicing as an Osteopath at Western Region Health since 2009

Shona has completed further study in Paediatrics, Clinical Pilates, Dry Needling, Taping and Shockwave Therapy.

Shona’s passion for Osteopathy is finding the underlying cause of pain and dysfunction and seeing her patients get back to doing the things in life they enjoy. She tailors her treatment and management plan to the individual and encourages her patents to take an active role in their recovery.

Shona loves treating women throughout all stages of pregnancy and in the post-natal period, babies and children. She also enjoys helping those suffering with hip, knee, foot, shoulder and jaw complaints.

Outside of Osteopathy Shona enjoys spending time with her husband David and one year old daughter Harriet, running, gym, travelling and trying out new cafes around Melbourne

 

Eressea Cross (Osteopath) - Senior Osteopath
B.App.Sc(CompMed) MOsteo

Eressea graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine) in 2007 and a Masters of Osteopathy in 2009. Prior to this, she completed a Certificate IV in Massage. After graduating, Eressea worked as an Osteopath in Whittlesea and in Canterbury, before settling in at WRH in 2012. 

 Eressea treats every patient as an individual, tailoring specific treatment and management plans. Eressea loves the diverse range of techniques that Osteopathy has to offer and always aims to treat the body as a whole working unit, rather than just focusing on the pain. She uses this approach during treatment to address the underlying causes of the problem to prevent re-occurrence.

Eressea is passionate about education, and believes strongly that educating people about their body provides more opportunity for her patients to manage their own health effectively. She particularly enjoys treating chronic conditions such as long standing headaches and neck pain, along with an interest in treating babies and young children.

Eressea has also completed her Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and is a Lecturer in Osteopathy at Victoria University. She supervises in the Osteopathic teaching clinic, along with teaching across first and fifth year subjects. She is also part of osteopathic curriculum design and is planning to contribute to osteopathic research in the future. 

When she is not at work, you'll find Ress spending time with her family, reading a good book, listening to her favorite comedy podcasts and drinking great coffee in Melbourne. 

Tegan Smith (Osteopath) - Senior Osteopath and Pilates Manager
B.App.Sc(Comp Med) MOsteo

Tegan graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine) and a Masters in Osteopathy.

Before joining the team at Western Region Osteopathy, she worked in Beumaris and South Yarra

Tegan is a friendly and compassionate Osteopath who enjoys treating patients of all ages, and a wide range of injuries. She has a special interest in neck pain, back pain and headaches. She treats all patients as an individual, and adjusts her treatments according to her patient's requirements.

Through many years of experience as a professional athlete, Tegan has developed a great knowledge of sporting injuries and rehabilitation. She enjoys treating all sporting injuries, and helping patients perform at their best.

In the future Tegan wants to study Animal Osteopathy, where she will be able to help cats, dogs and horses with musculoskeletal injuries.

Breanna Wright (Osteopath) - Senior Osteopath
B.Sci (Clin Sci), MHS (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

Brea graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and a Master of Health Science (Osteopathy). Brea spent time working at clinics in Geelong, Werribee and Anglesea before joining the WRH team in 2014.

Brea’s Master’s thesis investigated the role of pain in relation to pelvic and lumbar movement in women. As a result, she is interested in and enjoys treating conditions in all aspects of women’s health including pregnancy and related post-partum pelvic pain. Brea has completed further study in musculoskeletal dry needling, visceral technique, ergonomic assessment and set-up, advanced spinal manipulation, obstetric care and functional assessment for strength and conditioning.

Brea is passionate about Osteopathy and understands that education and communication is the key in enabling her patients to understand the cause of their pain and equipping them with the tools to actively reduce and eliminate it.  Brea enjoys treating many musculoskeletal conditions, from sports injuries to postural problems. In particular, she enjoys assisting in the treatment of all types of headaches, neck pain and TMJ (jaw) pain.

Brea is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and is a sessional staff member in the Osteopathic course at Victoria University.She assists in the teaching of Osteopathic technique and is a clinical educator. 

Outside of work, you will find Brea playing social netball, searching for the best smashed avocado on toast in Melbourne (add halloumi and bacon please!) and following the mighty Collingwood Magpies.

Basil Remboulis (Osteopath) - Senior Osteopath
B.Sci (Clin Sci), MHS (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

Basil completed his Osteopathic qualifications at Victoria University. He has also completed courses in Rock Taping and Dry Needling.

Basil’s initial interest in Osteopathy started with his love of sport and finding a way to manage his own sporting injuries. Having this experience, he now has a keen interest in treating these types of injuries himself.

In addition to treating the weekend sporting warrior, he also enjoys helping with chronic conditions such as back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Along with hands on treatment, Basil believes that patient education is a key part of the rehabilitation process. He believes this understanding and knowledge is what helps a patient to take an active role in their recovery. Knowing “what it is” and “how it works” gives the patient the best chance to help themselves.

Away from work, Basil enjoys an active lifestyle. You will usually find him playing sport, at the gym, walking his dog or heading down to the beach.

Cherie Holland (Osteopath)
B.App.Sc(CompMed) MOsteo

Cherie graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Science) and a Masters of Osteopathy.  Cherie joined the WRH team in 2013 after working in Newcastle and Albury treating a wide range of patients from newborns to adults. 

Cherie has completed further study in Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Visceral, Dry Needling, Advanced Taping, Strength & Conditioning, Shockwave therapy and completed a Diploma of Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Method in 2015.

Cherie has been a ‘Mentor in Training’ and ‘Mentor’ of Polestar Pilates since December 2015 and regularly assists with course weekends, check offs and examination preparation for students.

With a strong focus in paediatrics and women’s health; Cherie enjoys treating a wide range of injuries. Her love for Osteopathy began as child due to her own inability to sit still and resulting injuries. With a background of every dance style imaginable, Cherie understands the effects an active childhood can have on your body.

If she wasn’t busy enough, Cherie has recently began a Health Management Internship and is currently halfway through a Masters of Health Administration. She is available on Saturdays to treat those pesky annoying niggles with her standard coffee in hand and stream of chatter!

 

Camille Powell (Osteopath)
B.Sci (Clin Sci), MHS (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

Camille graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters of Osteopathy. Camille completed her master’s project on chronic pain and is currently hoping to have her study on chronic pain published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

Camille is passionate about Osteopathy and uses a wide range of techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, dry needling and stretching to help her patients achieve the best results. Camille believes that tailoring treatment and management plans to individual needs is imperative in achieving optimal results.

Camille also has a keen interest in sport, having played netball for a number of years at a variety of levels she has been exposed to a range of sporting injuries. This has led her to develop a keen interest for rehabilitation and has undertaken further study in clinical pilates to further her knowledge in this area.

Outside of Osteopathy Camille can be found at Melbourne’s fresh food markets, looking for new and exciting recipes or hunting down Melbourne’s best restaurants. She also enjoys going to down to the coast and hometown Geelong to visit family and friends.

Jack Williams (Osteopath)
B.Sci (Clin Sci), MHS (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

Jack completed his Bachelor of Clinical Science and Masters of Osteopathic Science at Victoria University at the end of 2012. After graduating Jack worked at Osteopathic Clinics in Anglesea and Ocean Grove until he made the move to Western Region Health in 2015. 

Jack's greatest satisfaction comes from helping people return to the activities they love; whether it's footy on a Saturday, a sewing group or just pruning the roses. Jack has also trained through the Australia Physiotherapy Pilates Institute to become a Clinical Pilates Instructor. He has been running group and one-on-one Pilates classes at Western Region Health since 2016. Jack's Pilates training has furthered his ability to get his patient's from the treatment room back to their activity of choice.

On the weekend, Jack enjoys surfing (and stacking) on the Great Ocean Road. He is also a keen runner

 

Daniel Cabai (Osteopath)
B.Sci (Clin Sci), MHS (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

Daniel graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Health Science in Osteopathy. His first experience with the profession began in his teens, attending regular osteopathic consultations for various injuries he received playing basketball.

Growing up Daniel has always had a keen interest in the human body, and particularly anatomy. This guides his treatments to try find the source of an individual’s pain, rather than just treating the symptoms. He enjoys treating a wide range of conditions and uses his own interest in strength and conditioning to best assist patients with their management and rehabilitation. 

Daniel treats a range of both acute and chronic injuries, with a variety of techniques, including soft tissue, myofascial and articulation. Outside of work he doesn’t take himself too seriously and you’ll most likely find him watching live music, at the gym or at any kind of sporting event.

 

 

Callum Traynor (Osteopath)
Double Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy)

Callum graduated RMIT University with a double bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy). Since enrolling in Osteopathy his passion for helping people recover from their injuries and ailments has only grown stronger.

Callum has always had a passion for both helping people and sport, combining the two through surf life-saving and sports training for high level men’s and woman’s sport including AFL for over 5 years. These roles in the community have given Callum experience in a wide range of acute and chronic injuries. 

As an Osteopath, Callum believes that involving the patient in the treatment and an active recovery is essential for getting the patient back to the activities that they love. Callum has a keen interest in neck pain and associated headaches as well as a wide variety of sporting injuries. When Callum is not at work he likes to stay active by playing sport, hiking, hitting the gym or heading down to the beach.

 

Kelly Coppola (Osteopath)
Double Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

Kelly's passion for Osteopathy began whilst growing up in an active family where she was exposed to injuries sustained by her friends and family who were playing competitive sports. Kelly gained her Osteopathic qualifications from RMIT University.

Kelly has maintained an interest in the treatment and management of sporting injuries and is especially passionate about working with her patients towards injury prevention to allow them to continue what they enjoy doing most.

Additionally, Kelly enjoys treating acute and chronic conditions which arise from a postural nature and uses her knowledge and advice to work towards pain relief and prevent re-aggravation. Kelly also encourages her patients to take an active role in their rehabilitation and recovery. 

Kelly enjoys keeping active and can be found in the gym or taking her dog for walks. She also enjoys warm weather and makes the most out of it by going to the beach or the pool for a swim. 

Jarryd Crisp (Osteopath)
Double Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy)

​Jarryd graduated from RMIT University, and has also completed a bachelor of health science degree at La Trobe University. He has a keen interest in sport and posture- related injuries. Jarryd loves to emphasise the importance of communication, and encourages the patient to be actively involved in their road to recovery through stretching and strength- based exercises. When he is not at work, Jarryd loves to keep active, and plays Cricket for Coburg in the Victorian Sub-district Cricket Association.

Marc Weir (Osteopath)
B.Sci (Clin Sci), MHS (Osteopathy) - Member Osteopathy Australia

 

 

Marc completed his studies at Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and Master of Health Science (Osteopathy). His passion for health began at a young age growing up in country Victoria, watching his Father practice remedial massage, and from him learnt of Osteopathy. This passion grew after being treated by a local Osteopath for jaw issues caused by an odd habit playing drums, and it became his mission to move to Melbourne to pursue his ambitions.

Marc likes to explore the bigger picture when it comes to assessment and treatment of his patients, his attention to detail and holistic approach ensure that his patients receive the best care possible. During his final year of study Marc received a scholarship to study at the British School of Osteopathy, where he was exposed to the various specialist clinics including symptomatic treatment of HIV/AIDs patients, children and patients with disabilities. This experience allowed Marc to develop new skills and grow as a practitioner.

In his spare time, Marc enjoys staying active by going to the gym and going to the MCG to support his love-hate relationship with the Melbourne Demons. 

Emma Dunster (Osteopath)
Double Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy)

Emma completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) at RMIT in 2013, followed by a double Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy) at RMIT.

After gaining valuable experience as a sports trainer, over 6 years at VFL and local levels, Emma has a keen interest in the treatment and management of injuries due to sport. She also enjoys working with her patients to develop individual treatment and rehabilitation plans to prevent further or recurrent injury. Emma takes great pride in watching her patients return to partcipating in all of the activities that they enjoy doing. 

Emma is a firm believer in education and communication and strives to minimise the time that her patients are forced to miss out on the activities that they love.

Outside of Western Region Health, Emma loves to stay active, by going to the gym, or playing footy in a local women’s league, seeing live music and whenever she can she is watching her beloved Western Bulldogs.

Sonya Galenson (Osteopath)
B.App.Sc(CompMed) MOsteo - Member Osteopathy Australia

 Sonya’s early passion for anatomy and the biomechanics of the body has lead her through a career working as an Osteopath alongside GPs, physiotherapists, psychologists, podiatrists, pilates/yoga and personal trainers. Having worked both in Melbourne and Adelaide she loves treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions from work related strains, spinal pain to gym and sports injuries.

 
Since returning to Melbourne in 2014 an interest in women’s heath, pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain issues has seen Sonya reach out for more understanding in this complex area. Travelling to the US to complete studies in pelvic floor rehabilitation, working at Inform Physiotherapy (Women’s and Men’s Health) in Melbourne and studying Acupuncture at RMIT has solidified her passion in this field and she never stops learning!
 
Sonya has an understanding, supportive and practical approach to her treatment. She is a firm believer that everyone is different, and she tailors her plan for each and every individual.

Rebecca Barry - Remedial Massage
Diploma of Remedial Massage

Rebecca completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at Sage Institute of Massage.

Rebecca’s passion is to work with her clients to help them be balanced in body, mind and spirit. She loves helping people become pain free and improve their range of motion by using a holistic approach when assessing and treating to get the best result for her clients.

Rebecca can use a range of massage techniques for treating muscle dysfunction and the types of massage she provides are Remedial, Sports, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Relaxation, Myofascial cupping, Hot Stones, Pregnancy.

Massage treatments have the benefits of reducing muscle pain, stress, anxiety and enhancing a calm mind, they also improve circulation, posture and joint flexibility.

Rebecca believes developing an excellent rapport with her clients is very important in helping work together to achieve optimal health whether the treatment be for relaxation or an injury.

 

 

Dr Jade Harries (Osteopath)

Dr Michael Mannix (Osteopath)

Dr Shona Hunt (Osteopath)

Dr Eressea Cross (Osteopath)

Dr Tegan Smith (Osteopath)

Dr Breanna Wright (Osteopath)

Dr Basil Remboulis (Osteopath)

Dr Cherie Holland (Osteopath)

Dr Camille Powell (Osteopath)

Dr Jack Williams (Osteopath)

Dr Daniel Cabai (Osteopath)

Dr Callum Traynor (Osteopath)

Dr Kelly Coppola (Osteopath)

Dr Jarryd Crisp (Osteopath)

Dr Marc Weir (Osteopath)

Dr Emma Dunster (Osteopath)

Dr Sonya Galenson (Osteopath)

Rebecca Barry

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