Nicola is a fully qualified osteopath registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Complimentary Medicine) in 2009 and a Masters of Osteopathy in 2011. She is a member of Osteopathy Australia.
Nicola is drawn to osteopathy by its holistic philosophy and gentle hands on approach. She values the large range of techniques available to osteopaths that enable her to care for clients of all ages and treat a wide variety of conditions. She has a particular interest in women’s health, particularly pregnancy and post-natal care, and has undertaken post graduate study in the fields of obstetrics, paediatrics, osteopathy in the cranial field, visceral manipulation and anatomy trains in motion.
Nicola has a passion for caring for and empowering the ‘whole person’ by providing integrated health care with other medical and allied health practitioners. Nicola believes that good health is a daily practice for which each individual is responsible. As a health practitioner, her role is to guide, facilitate and educate, ultimately empowering clients towards greater health. Her approach to healthcare strives to be holistic and take into consideration all factors that affect health.
Matt is a fully qualified Osteopath, registered with the Australian Healthcare Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Matt graduated from Victoria University in 2011.
After working for two years in Melbourne’s CBD, and having been raised on a farm, Matt moved back to country Victoria where he resides with his wife and daughter - usually! In 2021, Matt and his family are travelling throughout WA. Matt has taken a temporary position at Arise Osteopathy to assist Nicola during her maternity leave.
Matt’s original interest in osteopathy was its capacity to assist such a broad range of people and help them improve their health. He continues to enjoy all osteopathy has to offer after nearly ten years of practice. Over time, movement itself has become a passion for Matt. He enjoys teaching people, through osteopathy, about the importance of diverse and robust movement in the modern world, which has become ever more sedentary.
Matt has participated extensively in post-grad courses and workshops for rehabilitation and postural retraining, in particular centring around Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS). This observational model uses the natural movement program inherent in all people, as babies and toddlers, and applies this to adults to recreate ideal postural patterns.
The DNS model also empowers people to take control of their own health and well-being, which helps shift away from constant reliance on healthcare practitioners. It also fits with Matt’s philosophy that although it is often difficult, people are responsible for their own health, and need to work constantly at maintaining good health using every tool available to them: movement, nutrition, hydration, sleep hygiene, understanding toxicity, and nurturing strong relationships along with social and cultural traditions.