Our Practitioners

DR NADIA MERTENS

B.Sci.(Clin.Sci.), M.H.Sci.(Osteo.)

Nadia is currently on maternity leave until further notice.

I am an osteopath and I would not dream of doing anything else. It brings me much joy and satisfaction helping people move and feel better, assisting them to identify the causes of their complaint and work towards resolving these with the ultimate goal of improving their quality of life.

My healthy appetite to continually grow and develop as a practitioner has guided me to train in visceral manipulation with the Barral Institute. The past few years this path has formed the cornerstone of my professional development, largely influencing the way that I work.

In addition to visceral manipulation, other osteopathic techniques I employ include myofascial release, counterstrain, functional release, joint mobilisation, and craniosacral therapy. By combining osteopathic treatment with healthy lifestyle choices, together we can work towards you living a healthy, active, pain free and enjoyable life.

Outside of osteopathy I am an instructor for RockTape Australia; I love travelling, rock climbing, swimming, and spending quality time with my expanding family.

DR ELLEN BLACK

B.H.Sci., B.App.Sci.(Osteo.)

My love for Osteopathy began after injuring myself when I was younger competing in gymnastics. I loved the hands-on holistic approach of osteopathic treatment. I completed my osteopathic training at RMIT in Melbourne and have since made the move to Perth.

I have a passion for health and enjoy working with my patients to encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices in combination with Osteopathic treatment to achieve their health goals. I enjoy using techniques such as myofascial release, osteopathic manipulation, and joint mobilisation.

Outside of osteopathy, I continue to train gymnastics and enjoy going for runs in new places.

 

DR DAVID BENNETT

B.App.Sc.(Clin.Sc.), B.Ost.Sc.

I am inspired when very gentle Osteopathic treatments elicit much larger responses deep within a patient’s own body.  When this happens, a patient’s body has become more active and empowered within a self-healing process.  If the equivalent of a gentle whisper was to help someone remember their health within, and their body felt more alive and vibrant as a consequence - this would be my preferred treatment method.  For me the gentler the better.

Over the past 20 years of Osteopathic practice, I’ve had a natural affinity for the Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathic treatment method.  This is a quiet bioenergetic approach, which utilises subtle sensing/listening - with little to no external force.   Treatments involve resolving any history of trauma being held deep within the body tissues.  Trauma resolution is achieved through increasing internal awareness, interconnectedness, and the re-synchronisation of structure and function.   Greater awareness allows for the tissue memory of past traumas to arise and resolve through the body’s own self-regulating and self-healing capacity.  This self-healing principle is at the heart of Osteopathic Medicine.

Occasionally a firmer treatment approach is required.  In this case, I use an anti-gravitational structural method.  Treatments aim at creating more open mechanical space and vertical height within the entire body (from the head to feet).  Structural treatments will predominantly utilise articulation, myofascial release, long-axis impulse release, spinal and joint manipulation.

DR JAYMEE HOWELL

B.Clin.Sci., M.Ost.Med.

I have always had an invested interested in optimal health and how that is different for each individual. This intrigue began when I was child and evolved into completing my bachelor’s degree and Masters in Osteopathic Medicine. This passionate interest and vast study of the human body led to me lecturing in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Osteopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University as well as assisting in teaching courses for qualified osteopaths. Safe to say I love empowering and sharing knowledge.

Your appointment will comprise of a physical assessment including orthopaedic assessments to understand your unique issues and then a hands-on treatment. The treatment is aimed to address the cause of your problem, not merely treating the symptoms. My treatment style ranges from gentle to firm techniques and is individualised to each person.  Techniques I use include balanced ligamentous tension, stretching, muscle activation, cranial, soft tissue massage, visceral manipulation, joint and spinal manipulation, dry needling and kinesiology taping.

Outside of osteopathy I love anything creative - painting, resin work, woodwork, refurbishing furniture and macrame just to name a few. Otherwise you will find me walking my two dogs, in the gym or catching up with friends.