St. Kilda Osteopathy - Practitioner Profiles
At St Kilda Osteopathy we work together as a team and are all active members of Osteopathy Australia (formerly the Australian Osteopathic Association), and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA), Medicare and all Private Health Insurance Funds .
All practitioners attend Professional Development Courses and we support one another in looking after our patients by working together to ensure that each patient is cared for and managed to best suit their needs.
We have a wide network of expert health professionals who we work closely with to ensure you are cared for optimally.
Dr. Gaby Nowak - Osteopath and Pilates Instructor
Gaby is the director and principal osteopath at St Kilda Osteopathy. She is very passionate about Osteopathy and her approach to patient care and management of treatment, pain relief and musculoskeletal health reflects this.
Gaby’s academic and continual professional development qualifications include a Bachelor of Osteopathic Science and Bachelor of Applied Science from RMIT, Clinical Educator at Victoria University, training in Trigger Point Dry Needling for Pain Management and Sports Injury, Osteopathic management of thoracic, gastrointestinal, lower back and pelvic girdle pain. Gaby also has special skill and expertise in rehabilitation having completed an Advanced Pilates Teaching Certificate through the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA).
Gaby has vast experience in patient care using both “structural osteopathy” and “cranial osteopathy”, treating ALL ages from newborns to the elderly – and highly qualified in helping patients with conditions including:
- Complex musculoskeletal complaints with associated chronic pain
- Sports injuries and further rehabilitation and management of the injury
- Lower back and pelvic girdle pain including acute and chronic disc issues and sciatic related pain
- All hip pain and related complaints
- Pregnancy and postnatal care
- Treatment of newborn babies and children
- Neck pain and headaches
- Postural strains and core strength and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries
Gaby has a strong interest in postural health, rehabilitation and core strength. Her aim is to incorporate osteopathic treatment and Pilates to focus on rehabilitation, specific to pain, posture and sports related injuries, strains or enhancing performance.
Continual patient confidence, positive results and feedback and ongoing referrals, all complement Gaby’s approach to treatment and personalised and individualised patient care.
Dr. Catherine Curtain - Osteopath (currently on maternity leave)
Catherine completed her double degree in Osteopathy at Victoria University, with her successful Master’s degree investigating Patient Perceptions of Clinic Environments. Catherine has completed further qualifications in Trigger Point Dry Needling for Pain Management and Sports Injury, as well as Fundamentals of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.
Catherine particularly enjoys treating:
- Neck pain,
- All types of sporting injuries - especially dance related injuries
- Lower back pain and disc injuries
- Pregnancy related pain
As part of her osteopathic management of patients, Catherine advises her patients on their general health, nutrition, and exercise rehabilitation and strength.
Dr. John Hilditch - Osteopath
With over 30 years of “hands-on” manual therapy experience, John has a great understanding and appreciation of the body, and aims to optimise the health and well-being of all his patients. He is very passionate about osteopathy after selling his thriving engineering business to take on osteopathy as a new career. John gains great satisfaction from his work and enjoys treating patients of all ages.
John graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters of Health Science. John is also qualified and uses Neuromuscular Dry Needling and is a Level 2 sprint coach.
John has treated many amateur and professional athletes in varied sports; he has previously worked, and is currently involved with teams and individuals from local to international levels.
He is still very active in track and field athletics competing in both professional and Masters Athletics throughout Australia and overseas. He also coaches a group of track athletes both directly and through correspondence. John understands the demands placed on young athletes, elite athletes and all in between!!
John’s aims include passing on advice and knowledge to help all his patients understand the demands placed on their bodies and the best management for optimising their peak performance and activities of daily life.
Dr. Rebecca Prenc - Osteopath
Rebecca completed both her Bachelor of Clinical Sciences and Masters degree in Osteopathy at Victoria University, with her Masters investigating the awareness and attitudes of Maternal and Child Health Nurses to CAM therapies and Osteopathy.
Rebecca is qualified in Neuromuscular Dry Needling and has also completed a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Food Science and Nutrition from Deakin University.
Rebecca has extensive experience in helping her patients create a sense of wellbeing and incorporate a more active lifestyle to help reduce their pain, increase their muscle strength and stability.
Rebecca also has a special interest in treating and promoting health and wellbeing for the older population as well as providing a holistic approach to patient care for all individuals.
Dr. Claire Richardson - Osteopath
Claire loves what Osteopathy offers her patients and how it can help people of all different ages and backgrounds. Claire graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and a Masters of Osteopathy, with her thesis focusing on the effect of spinal manipulation on the nervous system. Claire also has a very active role in working with Osteopathy Australia and writes many blogs for wellbeing.com.au
Claire has also undertaken further study and training in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and for treatment and prevention of tendinopathies and in biomechanical assessment of athletes.
Claire welcomes treating a wide range of patients, from the young through to the elderly - including office workers, athletes, pregnant women and tradesmen. Claire enjoys treating all musculoskeletal ailments, from sports injuries to postural problems. In particular, Claire enjoys assisting in the treatment of all types of headaches, neck pain and TMJ (jaw) pain. Claire also has an interest in osteopathic treatment for improving symptoms associated with period pain, constipation, indigestion and asthma.
Claire employs a wide variety of techniques in her treatment, including soft tissue massage, dry needling, joint and muscle manipulation where appropriate, as well as gentler “indirect” treatment and myofascial release.
As part of her treatments, Claire advises on contributing lifestyle factors such as activity and diet which enables her patients to have an optimal and speedy recovery.
Here is a selection of some of the Blog's Claire has written!
What’s the difference between a sprain and a strain?
How do we prevent fractures in the elderly?
Want to get better more quickly? Here are your responsibilities.
How can you stop stiffness?
How, and why, do we feel pain?
Yoga or Pilates, which one is for you?
How do I get more Vitamin D – and why should I care?
Quarterzone? Cortisone? What is it anyway?
Does Hayfever or sinusitis get up your nose?
Three ergonomic mistakes that we all make
Plantar Fasciitis – a real pain in the foot!
Answers to 4 questions you’ve always had for your Osteopath (but have been too afraid to ask!)
Grinding, clenching and the ever frustrating TMJ
Dr. Catriona Bauld - Osteopath
Catriona appreciates the important relationship between the body’s structure and its function and how this aligns with the osteopathic philosophy. She is constantly fascinated by the body’s ability to heal itself, with the right guidance and treatment. She uses a wide range of techniques, tailoring treatment to your specific needs.
Catriona studied Osteopathic medicine for five years at Victoria University. This included a Masters Degree on the application of joint mobilisation. She has furthered her studies by completing a Myofascial Dry Needling which widely compliments Osteopathic treatment and is continually attending professional development courses.
Catriona has a particular interest in treating:
- All types of sports injuries – particularly dance related.
- Neck pain and Headaches
- Acute and Chronic Lower Back Pain
Catriona’s treatments use a whole-body and multi-faceted approach, not only focusing on muscles and joints in the area that pain may be present, but taking a truly holistic approach to treatment.
She has a passion for educating her patients and empowering them with the knowledge of anatomy and health. In turn, this enables a quicker recovery time.