Dr Amanda Hannaford
MOst B App.Sc (Osteo) BA
Grad Cert App Acup
Amanda Hannaford achieved her Masters of Osteopathy in 2002, and has been in private practice in the Lane Cove and St Leonards areas for the past 15 years. She was a university lecturer in the UWS Masters program for 4 years, and has also been a Registration Board examiner. In addition she has a graduate diploma in Applied Acupuncture for Musculo-skeletal conditions.
She specialises in treating the root cause of a patients problem, which is not necessarily where the patient is experiencing pain or symptoms. Finding the source and then correcting the issue may result in resolving the problem entirely, providing great relief and a wonderful improvement in a patients quality of life.
Amanda treats all manner of issues in this way, however she is best known for her ability to treat neck and back pain quickly, with care, and with long lasting relief for her patients. She also regularly looks after patients with hip, shoulder and elbow pain, and recurrent foot and ankle pain.
She has worked with elite athletes, dancers, young children, the elderly and everyone in between, as the principles of osteopathy remain the same – aiming to return the body to how it was designed to move in nature. This provides pain relief, freedom of movement, and a new lease on life.
Dr Brad Timberlake
BAppSci (Human Biology) MOst
Brad holds a Master of Osteopathy from Unitec Institute of Technology, and has been in practice in New Zealand and Australia for many years. Due to his long standing interest in sports and fitness, he also carries a Diploma in Fitness Training. Previous to this Brad was an operational medic in the New Zealand Army. This background has given Brad unique experience in treating pain and injury quickly and effectively, and he brings that fantastic skill set to Restore.
Brad treats a wide variety of conditions ranging from sudden injuries to those involving long-term pain and disability. He has a particular interest in shoulder, neck and lower back pain but is in no way restricted to these areas. Brad believes that the cause of pain and dysfunction may not be limited to a single area of the body and strives to find the root of his clients problems. Brad is primarily a structural Osteopath that uses soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and joint manipulation to achieve results. He regularly combines his Osteopathic treatments with individualised stretching and strengthening programmes, rehabilitation programs and helpful ergonomic advice.
Dr Alexia Burgess
MOst (UK) BA
Alexia is a very experienced osteopath, having practiced in clinics in both the UK and Australia. She graduated with a Masters in Osteopathy from the prestigious British School of Osteopathy in London. Her training involved all aspects of osteopathy, including cranio-sacral, functional and visceral techniques, as well as firm manipulative techniques for use when appropriate.
She is renowned for her treatment of neck, back and hip/pelvis pain so commonly seen in everyday practice. She is also accomplished at dealing with issues from knee pain, shoulder pain to headaches and planter fasciitis, working to get her patients out of discomfort and back to normal function as quickly as possible. In her practice she regularly cares from all members of the family, from children (5 years +) to professional athletes.
Finally, Alexia is also particularly interested in the mind-body connection and the impact this has on a patient’s presenting problem, including stress and its influence on chronic pain presentations. Helping to address the psychological and social influences in our lives that may be holding us back from full recovery has seen her witness remarkable improvements in those with long term pain.
Dr Vanessa Fisher
Vanessa is a graduate of the British School of Osteopathy (BSO), London, UK. After graduating with distinction, her skills as a clinical practitioner were considered in such high esteem by the BSO that she was invited to lecture there, which she did for 3 years prior to migrating to Australia. She has over 7 year’s clinical experience as an Osteopath, treating a range of patients from babies to adults, using a combination of structural, functional and cranial osteopathic techniques, ultrasound and myofascial needling.
In recent years, she has developed a special interest in the benefits of osteopathy for solving problems associated with pregnancy, babies and young children. As an ex-professional dancer who discovered the benefits of osteopathy after suffering an injury, Vanessa has a special association with performers and athletes and leading their rehabilitation.
Women’s health is a key area of interest, specifically helping women who wish to fall pregnant. Osteopathic treatment may help to create the optimum environment within the body to maximise a woman’s health for conception. Vanessa has helped many women during pregnancy, assisting with the postural adaptations within the spine and pelvis, preparing the body for labour and postpartum symptoms.
First and foremost, Vanessa is a passionate and dedicated practitioner, committed to delivering the best form of recovery and advice to all patients.
Dr Tom Kelton
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine
BHthSc (Chin. Med)
Tom Kelton very experienced Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner who is renown for his work here are Restore as an individual and in teamwork with the osteopathic practitioners.
He holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Certificates III and IV in Fitness (TAFE) and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Tom is also a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).
He is proficient in acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, Chinese massage and cupping (Tui Na). He has particular interest in treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, sport rehabilitation, and acute/chronic pain. He also is renown for his success with patients dealing with fatigue, arthritis, skin problems, sinus and respiratory problems, digestive disorders, headaches and migraines, chronic diseases, stress, depression and insomnia.
Perhaps Toms greatest focus over time however has been womens health. Centred in St Leonards we are in the fertility and pregnancy hub of Sydney, looking after patients in local IVF clinics, and pregnant women being cared for through Royal North Shore, the Mater, and North Shore Private Hospitals. Acupuncture is a fundamental part of a healthy fertility program as it can assist a healthy pregnancy. Tom works with patients undergoing IVF treatment every day at Restore, and we share the joy of the success of a healthy pregnancy.
Tom first developed an interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine through his practice of Chinese kung fu. Chinese Medicine and Chinese kung fu share philosophies of balance, harmony and respect for the self and the natural world. Tom incorporates these complementary principles in his treatments to promote healthy and balanced lifestyles. Tom draws on Chinese Medicine’s holistic approach to treating disease, focusing on both addressing the cause and treating the symptoms of a disease or condition. Tom finds this framework of treating to be the most effective and has fine tuned his skills on numerous trips to China, visiting Chinese Medicine Hospitals.
Whatever the condition, Tom addresses a patients individual needs and goals, and develops a treatment plan to provide them with the best possible support on their road to recovery.
Dr Kate Levett PhD
Japanese and Chinese Acupuncture
PhD, MPH, BEd, Adv.Dip.App.Sci (Acup), Grad.Cert.Jap.Acup.
Research Fellow Uni Notre Dame, WSU.
Kate is a renowned practitioner and researcher of Japanese and Chinese Acupuncture, as well as a birth educator, researcher and teacher. She is also the mother of three beautiful girls.
Kate is particularly interested in women’s health, including adolescent hormonal changes, fertility, pregnancy and menopause. Acupuncture is a fundamental part of a healthy fertility and pregnancy program. Kate enjoys working with patients to support their fertility and hormone regulation. At Restore we share the joy of the success of a healthy pregnancy.
She also has an interest in sleeping issues, diabetes, gestational diabetes, and other pregnancy related conditions such as morning sickness, pelvic pain, reflux, breech presentation, blood pressure, fluid retention and musculo-skeletal issues. Kate successfully treats mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression and sees a huge benefit for women and their families. She believes that acupuncture is extremely effective for hormonal balancing within the body to help a large number of health issues that women in particular face.
She has completed her PhD at the National Institute for Complementary Medicine Research (NICM) at Western Sydney University (WSU). The topic of the research was investigating an antenatal education course incorporating complementary medicines for pain relief in labour and birth for first time mothers. Recently published in the prestigious British Medical Journal Open, her research was so groundbreaking it was front page news in the Sydney Morning Herald. She was interviewed on ABC radio and on The Conversation. She continues to tutor and lecture at WSU and is on staff as a researcher at Notre Dame University, Faculty of Medicine.
Kate has had over 15 years’ experience in acupuncture practice, education and research, with a particular interest in the eastern philosophical ideas of health and wellbeing. She has strong expertise in evidence based practice, and the implementation and analysis of research. She has built a strong business and research career in acupuncture and complementary medicines research.
At Restore, Kate combines her understanding of acupuncture practice and research, education and women’s health to design effective treatment strategies for your health and wellness.
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Herbalist
Adv.Dip of TCM B Com, Dip of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Sally Gole, is an accredited acupuncturist and a leading expert in the field of women’s integrative health. With over a decade of experience Sally is considered one of Sydney’s fertility and women’s health acupuncture specialists. Sally gained an Advanced Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) from the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and went on to complete a three month internship at the distinguished Nanjing University Hospital in China.
Sally is passionate about women’s health and strongly believes that TCM can play an important role in treating many conditions that contribute to infertility, miscarriage, anxiety and chronic illness. She has a special interest in helping patients with digestive and thyroid disorders as well as autoimmune diseases. She also has extensive knowledge of working with patients who suffer from endometriosis, PCOS, natural killer cells and hormonal imbalances such as PMS and irregular cycles.
Furthermore, Sally loves to work closely with women throughout each trimester of pregnancy and often with families conceiving their first, second and third child. During this intimate process she develop strong relationships with her patients and ultimately becomes an integral part of the journey. She has extensive knowledge of IVF processes and how she can assist her patients to maximize their fertility outcomes and has worked extensively with patients who are doing egg donor cycles both here and overseas.
Sally uses an integrated and wholistic approach to treating her patients and each treatment is individualised to her patient’s needs. Her treatment protocols include Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese herbal remedies, Nutritional counselling, Lifestyle shifts, Naturopathic supplementation, Relaxation techniques and other natural tools
As men are just as integral to the fertility journey, Sally is also keen to work with men to improve their fertility parameters and has significant experience in treating male infertility. Sally is a registered member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, Australia’s main regulatory body for the safe practice of traditional acupuncture and is registered with all the major health funds.
Alexandra Carey Hoppe
Remedial Massage Therapist
& Osteopathic Assistant
After completing her ballet training in NYC and Maryland, USA, Alexandra started her professional life as a contemporary dancer in and around Switzerland. Ten years later Alexandra, her French husband and their baby boy returned to Sydney where their second son was born and a career change was envisioned.
Alexandra completed her Certificate IV in remedial massage at the NSW School of Massage in Sydney. At Restore Health & Wellness she offers massage in remedial, sports and rehabilitation and enjoys working with injuries and injury prevention. She is particularly revered in the dance community for her understanding of a dancers body and its particular needs. She has also worked alongside Amanda for several years and patients often remark that she is the best massage therapist they have ever encountered – very firm when necessary or gentle when appropriate, and naturally intuitive.
Alex hopes to continue developing herself as a health practitioner and after achieving a High Distinction average in Science at RMIT University, she is now undertaking a Medical Science degree at Macquarie University.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Dipl. Rem Massage
Nathalie completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at the NSW School of Massage. She also obtained further training and practised in the fields of Sports, Pregnancy, Kahuna and Hahana Hot Stone massage. She worked in a busy clinic in the Sydney CBD for over 9 years before joining Restore 3 years ago, where she is now a valuable member of our team and much loved by her patients.
Nathalie enjoys practicing at Restore Wellness on Thursdays and Saturdays and is always popular and busy. She is known for her ability to provide either a very firm, deep tissue, remedial massage, or a gentle relaxing massage, entirely dependant on the wishes of her patient. Other forms of massage she offers are Hot Stone Massage, and Lymphatic Drainage Massage. In her remedial massages, she likes to blend the different techniques she learned throughout her career to treat your soft tissue injuries and aches and pains, while also aiming to provide a relaxing experience. Whether it be sports injury prevention and treatment, bad posture, pain and stress arising from sitting long hours at a desk or discomforts associated with pregnancy or caring for your littles ones, Nathalie may be able to assist you.
Nathalie is a member of ATMS and a provider with all health funds, with most claims available on the spot through HICAPS.
The efficient Emma runs the St Leonards practice like a well oiled machine and is available Monday to Thursday to offer any assistance. She is able to answer any questions you may have about either the St Leonards or Newport clinics and our many practitioners. Unable to find an appointment with online booking that suits your needs ? Not sure who is the right person for you? Then don’t hesitate to call Emma and have a chat.
Sandra is on duty on Thursdays and Fridays at the St Leonards clinic. With 30 years experience as medical secretary to Dr Ken Crichton, Sports Medicine Physician, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the practice. Sandra is here to assist you with any questions you may have about practitioners, modalities or suitability of the practice to meet your needs.