MOst (Honours), BAppSci HB
Osteopathy first sparked my interest following the birth of my eldest child 20 years ago. My daughter and I both benefited greatly from having osteopathic treatment, seeing huge improvements in our health and well-being. From that experience I was inspired to pursue a career in osteopathy, and in particular to support new mums and babies. For me, osteopathy has the perfect balance between a firm grounding in science and a respect for the less tangible aspects that contribute to the wellness of an individual.
I studied part-time whilst my daughter was small, so in the end took 8 years to complete my Bachelors and Masters degrees and fulfill my goal of becoming an osteopath. I trained at Unitec in Auckland, receiving several awards for academic excellence and achievement, and I graduated with honors in 2009. My Masters research explored the effects of cranial osteopathy on the nervous system. Since graduating, the majority of my professional training has focused on obstetrics and pediatrics, as well as both cranial and biodynamic cranial osteopathy. I’ve also been involved with the organisation of many osteopathic courses covering musculo-skeletal and visceral osteopathy.
For the past 5 years, the primary focus of my practice has been mothers, babies and children. I feel very privileged to work with new families at such a special and crucial time of their lives. I love being able to be involved through the various stages; from treating the mum during pregnancy, the new baby, then the child as they grow and develop. I whole-heartedly believe that osteopathic treatment through these various stages sets the individual up for lifelong health and well-being.