What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of hands-on treatment that can help to restore physical mobility, balance and function to your body’s skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues.
Osteopathy aims to reduce or eliminate your pain and discomfort without drugs or surgery.
Our Osteopaths are highly trained, registered practitioners of osteopathy. They’re qualified to diagnose and treat you and will refer you to other health professionals if needs be.
How does osteopathy work?
Osteopathy restores your well-being by ensuring your physical body is in balance.
Our Osteopaths investigate everything that may be causing your pain—be it injury, lifestyle, work stress or posture.
We then create a tailor-made treatment plan for you.
We use physical touch, manipulation, gentle stretching and massage to mobilise your joints and relieve your muscle tension. We help restore blood and nerve function to your affected soft tissue, promoting your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
If required, we also explain how correct posture and appropriate exercise may help prevent further symptoms.
We include evidence-based medical and complementary therapies if we believe they’ll be beneficial to you. We’ll also refer you to medical specialists if necessary.
Osteopathy restores your well-being by ensuring your physical body is in balance
What happens at Well Adjusted Osteopathy?
You’re welcome to call us before making an appointment to see if we’re a good fit. We’ll talk about your aches and pains and tell you about the osteopathic treatments we offer.
At your appointment we’ll talk in-depth then physically examine you and interpret any medical records you might bring.
We’ll suggest the best treatments to suit your condition, concerns and sensitivities. If appropriate, we may refer you to other health professionals.
We focus on more than helping to relieve your pain. We also begin rebuilding your confidence from your very first appointment. By working with you and keeping you fully informed, our aim is to get you comfortable and back in control as quickly as possible.
Your treatment might be one-off or a combination of treatments over time. Alison or Tom will advise and guide you according to your medical needs and budget.
Our Osteopaths are qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions that cause discomfort or pain. They each trained for at least four years at university and have all undertaken additional training courses. Our Osteopaths are required to meet strict criteria for professional development and Codes of Practice every year to remain registered AHPRA practitioners.
Who are our Osteopaths?
Dr Alison Simmons (Osteopath)
Before becoming an Osteopath, Alison had a successful but unsatisfying career in London’s finance and banking sector, where work-life stress was rife. The connection between health, stress and pain couldn’t be ignored. Alison changed career directions in 1999 and found her purpose as an Osteopath.
Alison worked in a number of UK osteopathy practices and ran her own clinic before moving to Canberra in 2012 where she established Well Adjusted Osteopathy. With over 15 years of experience and a Princess Anne Award for Professional Capability under her belt, Alison is our team leader.
By combining evidence-based techniques (such as muscle energy techniques, massage, joint mobilisation, cranial osteopathy, vibrational medicine and dry needling) Alison delivers holistic treatment with strong medical backing to assist in improving your pain and mobility problems.
Through Well Adjusted Osteopathy, Alison now enjoys her dream career—helping to transform her patients’ lives while raising her two daughters.
• Bachelor of Osteopathy, University of Osteopathy
• British Medical Acupuncture Society qualified Western Medical Acupuncturist
• Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy
• OldPain2Go® Certified Practitioner
• Princess Anne Award for Professional Capability
• Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registered
• Osteopathy Australia member
Dr Tom Eastman (Osteopath)
Tom’s our fitness nut. Before becoming an Osteopath, he worked in multiple gyms and coached CrossFit® and weightlifting. He knows how easily you can injure, distress or strain your body, no matter how fit you are.
Tom managed his own osteopathy clinic in the south of England before joining Well Adjusted Osteopathy in 2019.
Tom enjoys prescribing rehabilitation exercises, especially for injuries related to fitness or lack of it. As well as being an awesome Osteopath and fitness trainer, Tom brings the perfect low-impact exercise (Pilates matwork) to patients whose weak posture is causing back or other pain.
He’s also qualified in dry needling techniques.
When he’s not CrossFit® training, cycling, swimming or playing golf, he’s walking his dog in the mountains.
• Diploma of Osteopathy, British College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Bachelor of Science Osteopathy (Hons), British College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Qualified Pilates matwork teacher
• Trained in dry needling, taping and remedial massage
• AHPRA registered
• Osteopathy Australia member
Dr Nia May (Osteopath)
If we could sum up Nia’s focus in one word it would be ‘movement’.
To Nia, movement is a way to celebrate what our bodies can do. With a strong focus on creating individually tailored treatments using evidence-based practises, Nia’s objective is to improve your life by helping you move better and feel better.
The most recent addition to our team, Nia brings Pilates, obstetric Pilates, sports massage and a passion for all things outdoorsy to Well Adjusted Osteopathy.
After taking the scenic route via London, Yorkshire and Melbourne, Nia’s delighted to have our beautiful mountain trails, rock climbs, snowfields, bushwalks and cycleways on her doorstep. Along the way she accrued an impressive list of qualifications and experience while promoting lasting recovery in her patients. Not one to limit herself, she’s also a keen yoga and Pilates enthusiast.
Whether your goal is to recover from injury, comfortably reach the end of your street, or summit Camels Hump, Nia’s ready and qualified to help you enhance your well-being, movement and pain management.
- Masters of Osteopathy, University College of Osteopathy
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Psychology and English Literature, University of Manchester
- Trained in pregnancy (ante-natal and post-natal) osteopathy
- Trained in sports massage and dry needling, British Medical Acupuncture society, UK
- Qualified Pilates mat work, studio (clinical) Pilates, ante- and post-natal Pilates instructor, Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI)
- AHPRA registered
Dr Nick Beram (Osteopath)
It says a lot about Nick that he saw the light and recently moved his young family from Sydney to Canberra.
That’s not the only thing that impressed us about Nick. He also embodies the calibre of Osteopaths we love having on our Well Adjusted team.
Nick complements our team in every way: highly qualified, proven track-record as a clinical therapist, wholistic-focused, dedicated, flexible and adaptable. Being 100% guaranteed family-friendly as well, he’s our kind of Osteopath.
Nick’s been a physical therapist since 1999. Initially a certified massage therapist, Nick then qualified as an Osteopath. He’s spent the last 15 years as a practising Osteopath, primarily from his private practice in Lower North Shore Sydney.
Nick’s focus is on personalisation. He’s successfully treated labourers to office workers, pregnant women, seniors, athletes and others experiencing nagging to chronic pain.
How will Nick help you? Nick first ‘finds the person within the patient’ to fully identify the cause of your pain or discomfort. He then provides a truly considered, individualised, professional treatment plan to help relieve your pain and ultimately give your body the best opportunity to rehabilitate and restore itself.
He might not know it yet, but we expect our beautiful Canberra region will have a similar therapeutic effect on Nick and his loved ones.
- Diploma of Health Science (Massage Therapy), Meadowbank TAFE
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathic Studies), University of Western Sydney
- Master of Osteopathy, University of Western Sydney
- AHPRA registered
- Osteopathy Australia member
Dr Patricia Ortiz (Osteopath)
Voce gostaria que a sua Osteopata falasse Portugues?
Le piacerebbe che la sua Osteopata parlasse in Italiano?
Ti-ar place ca osteopatul taul sa-iti vorbeasca in limba Romana?
We can do that!*
At Well Adjusted Osteopathy, we’re known for going the extra distance for our patients. However, our Osteopath Patricia takes it to another level.
Not only is Patricia a university-trained, accredited and skilled Osteopath treating a wide variety of conditions, she also speaks four languages, including English. If your first language is Portuguese, Italian or Romanian, Patricia can quickly assess your physical condition by discussing it in any of these languages.
In addition to offering more familiar osteopathic treatments, Patricia has an interest in understanding how emotions, trauma and stress can affect the body and generate physical problems that may appear years later. To augment her understanding, she’s currently studying a Master’s Degree in Counselling.
Patricia’s life-long interest in health and healing ensures you feel understood and supported. With Patricia as your go-to practitioner, you’re in warm, compassionate and safe hands.
- Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), Southern Cross University, New South Wales
- Master of Osteopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University, New South Wales
- Bachelor of Business Management, Escola de Engenharia de Piracicaba, Brazil
- Master’s Degree in Counselling, University of Canberra, ACT (current study)
- AHPRA registered
- Osteopathy Australia member
[*general translation: Would you like your Osteopath to speak to you in Portuguese, Italian or Romanian?]
Who is our massage therapist?
Zara Blazsanyik (Remedial Massage Therapist)
Zara brings so much more than remedial massage to our team.
After taking the scenic route from Melbourne via Darwin, Zara arrived in Canberra in 2014 where she set about power-boosting her original therapist qualifications.
As well as a Diploma of Remedial Massage, Zara now boasts two degrees (Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, and Bachelor of Human Nutrition) plus a work-in-progress master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
In Zara’s care, you benefit from a wealth of knowledge and experience that exceeds expectations. Her experience in multidisciplinary health clinics and five-star day spas ensures you feel like a spoilt celebrity while benefitting from her exceptional health care.
If that isn’t enough, in addition to improving your muscular function, pain relief and stress reduction, Zara provides exceptional pregnancy and post-partum care, herself having recently returned from maternity leave. And when you need an exercise or nutritional plan, Zara’s an expert.
Zara is an accredited remedial massage provider. You may make a claim through your private health fund if your policy covers remedial massage.
- Diploma of Remedial Massage, Kangan Institute
- Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Canberra
- Bachelor of Human Nutrition, University of Canberra
- Massage and Myotherapy Australia member