The osteopaths at the West End Osteopathic Clinic, Brisbane, have differing areas of interest. They are all government registered and members of the Australian Osteopathic Association, which stipulates best practice requirements for continuing professional development. They are also involved in regular in-house peer support meetings which provide further opportunity for all practitioners to keep informed of the latest medical developments or different ideas on complex problems.
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Dr. Sara Jane Hammond
B.Sc. (Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc. (Osteopathy)
Sara Jane practices both structurally and cranially and has a particular interest in treating patients throughout and beyond pregnancy as well as treating children. Sara Jane has a passion for learning about people, not just their bodies. Understanding the individual, their lifestyle, the way their mind works and how they cope in their environment, to her is as important as understanding the way their body functions. She believes this is the essence of what enables a truly holistic approach to healthcare.
Sara Jane is registered with AHPRA and is a member of Osteopathy Australia and the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy and has completed various professional development courses on breastfeeding, paediatrics, cranial osteopathy and biodynamics.
Dr. Samuel Edwards
Samuel is an Osteopath who is a good listener and has a nurturing character. He enjoys helping people on their journey to health and spends a large part of his day treating neck pain, headaches, pelvic imbalances and disc-related lower back pain.
Samuel’s key focus is managing and reducing pain, along with improving joint, muscle and nerve function. Samuel uses firm Osteopathic techniques without too much force and on occasion can use joint manipulation. Samuel likes to ensure the bones and ligaments and all the other body systems work well relative to each other. This allows the body to be in a state of harmony, giving optimal performance and focus to power through the day, no matter what the activity.
Samuel’s motivation comes from seeing his patients happy and functioning well.
Dr. Rachel Meikle
Rachel studied Osteopathy at RMIT university in Melbourne, and graduated in 2010. With a background of yoga teaching and competitive gymnastics, Rachel is an experienced practitioner who enjoys treating a diverse range of patients from Obstetric and paediatric through to sports injuries and stress/anxiety related mechanical pain. With a strong focus on holistic treatment, Rachel incorporates mindfulness into her treatments and places strong emphasis on patient education.
Being passionate about ongoing learning, she has lectured at both Victoria University and RMIT and completed ongoing professional development courses in the areas of sports rehabilitation, Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and Pediatric and Obstetric osteopathy. With a special interest in Paediatric and Obstetrics Rachel also teaches Birth education classes, having completed birth education training at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. The classes integrate breathing, bodywork and movement to help give women skills to optimise the physiological process of birth. Head to www.birthandbeyond.com.au for more information. Rachel has recently arrived in Brisbane after more than ten years in Melbourne and looks forward to the outdoors lifestyle and exploring Brisbane and surrounds.
Dr. Karen Snowling
Karen hails from England and completed her Osteopathic education at the British School of Osteopathy in London. Since then she has spent her time being a locum Osteopath and team Osteopath for a soccer club. The warm weather and sunny skies of Brisbane caught her fancy and Karen now calls Queensland home. Having spent a few years developing a solid grasp of general practice, Karen has found she enjoys the benefits she can bring to patients with long term pain, such as those with arthritis or repetitive strain symptoms.
Karen is currently focusing her continual professional development on paediatric Osteopathy. In her free time Karen enjoys running and is looking forward to many Australian adventures.
Dr. Ben White
Ben grew up in Suffolk, England, and studied osteopathy and sports massage therapy in London. He discovered the profession after receiving treatment for an injury to his back while playing soccer. The treatment he received encouraged him to explore osteopathy as a profession. With his general practice experience of the past two years in England, he is keen on exploring the similarities and differences that an Australian population will provide.
Ben is particularly keen on the treatment of lower limb pain and injuries and determining the cause through thorough biomechanical analysis.
Ben has a long history playing sport, particularly soccer, which he has been involved in since the age of seven and is looking forward to continuing this in Australia, as well as discovering his new country.
Dr Mark Kelly
Mark graduated from RMIT in Melbourne, and began his Osteopathy practice in regional NSW (Orange) in 1998. In 2002 he joined the West End Osteopathic team and has strived to develop a general/family based practice that has a focus on back problems, neck pain and headaches. It also includes interests and experiences with the treatment and management of sporting injuries, obstetric patients and children.
Mark’s clinical knowledge and his developing understandings has made him passionate about patient education regarding rehabilitation from injury, but more importantly about, reducing the risk of injury and decreasing mechanical stresses on the body from habits and/or behaviours.
Mark is also enthusiastic about the promotion of Osteopathy as a safe, effective, regulated complementary health modality having been Deputy Chairperson of the Queensland’s Osteopaths’ Board for a number of years and a member of the Australian Osteopathic Association.
Outside work, Mark enjoys spending time with his own young family, and is an avid sports fan and participant.
Dr Natalie Rutsche
Natalie has worked in Brisbane since 2000, treating patients primarily suffering from repetitive strain injuries and ailments resulting from workplace ergonomic stresses. These include neck pain and headaches, dizziness, pain and tension between the shoulder blades and pain extending into the arms. Natalie can advise on ergonomics of your posture or workplace.
Natalie has a sporting history in gymnastics, having competed nationally and also coached after her early retirement due to injury. Years later, the recurring pain from the injury resulted in the discovery of how Osteopathy can help back pain.
Natalie is also a Board member of the Osteopathy Board of Australia