Dr Amanda Hannaford
Breast Care Osteopath
MOst B AppSc (Osteo) BA(AS)
Dip Applied Acupuncture
Amanda is the founder and Director of Restore Health & Wellness. She achieved her Masters of Osteopathy in 2002 and has been in private practice in the Lane Cove and St Leonards areas for the past 20 years. She also completed a graduate diploma in Applied Acupuncture in 2004. Amanda was a university lecturer in the UWS Masters Degree program for 4 years and has been a Registration Board examiner.
Amanda currently divides her time between Restore, the Northern Beaches Breast Clinic and The Centre for Wellbeing at the Mater Hospital.
Amanda regularly assists her patients with the lumpy breast tissue, scarring, induration, and fat necrosis which may result from surgery and radiotherapy. Other issues such as rippling of implants, breast pain and numbness are addressed, and gentle abdominal massage may offer welcome relief for nausea and constipation in chemotherapy patients. This nurturing and compassionate care helps patients to heal and feel more positive about their body during this challenging time.
Dr Alex Douglas
Alex Douglas is an experienced, resourceful and caring osteopath. He regularly treats patients with a variety of presentations, however is particularly known for his work with acute and chronic neck, shoulder and back pain as well as knee and/or hip pain.
Alex enjoys finding the root cause of patients particular circumstance or injury, and helping them to return to their normal active lives as quickly as possible.
Alex holds a double Bachelor degree majoring in Osteopathy from RMIT, Melbourne. Alex treats his patients with a current evidence based approach, drawing on traditional Osteopathic principles and techniques and also incorporating the use of Dry Needling into his practice where appropriate. Alex uses both a direct approach utilising soft tissue massage and joint manipulation and an indirect approach using gentle cranial techniques. He has found that combining different modalities of treatment is beneficial to the overall outcome for his patients.
Alex treats all manner of issues in this way, however he is best known for his ability to treat neck and back pain quickly, with care, and with long lasting relief for his patients. He also regularly looks after patients with hip, shoulder and elbow pain, and recurrent foot and ankle pain. He has worked with elite athletes, dancers, office workers, 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 Alexandra Wahby
MHSc BSc (Osteo)
Alexandra is a caring and compassionate osteopath who completed her Bachelor of Health Science and Masters Degree at Victoria University. Alexandra adopts a holistic and evidence-based approach to osteopathy, assessing the whole body and its relationship to the specific area of pain or dysfunction.
Alexandra enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints with a particular interest in chronic pain, identifying psychosocial factors that may be contributing to the patients complaint. She uses a wide range of osteopathic techniques combined with ‘dry needling’ and ‘cupping’, exercise prescription, ergonomic advice and lifestyle modifications. She places high emphasis on patient education, empowering patients to make changes to their own health and wellbeing which they can incorporate into their busy lives.
Alexandra also has a passion for sport having played netball at a high level. She enjoys working with athletes amateur or professional to assist their bodies to adapt to their given sport. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and remaining active with gym, scenic walks and pilates.
Dr Sarah Lal
Sarah is known for her kind heart and empathetic nature; she provides a safe space for patients to feel at ease during treatment. With particular interest and post-graduate training in pregnancy, she thoroughly enjoys taking care of expecting parents by providing pain relief and comfort. Sarah is interested in getting to know every individual well. This helps her to identify causes of tension and weakness, as well as psychosocial factors that may contribute to the physical body. Sarah believes that every person needs to understand their pain and to be proactive in the healing process.
Sarah graduated with a Masters degree from the British School of Osteopathy in London before moving to Australia in 2015. She is now studying a postgraduate degree in counselling to support patients mentally as well as physically.
Hands-on techniques include a wide range from soft tissue massage and joint manipulation, to gentle fascial, cranial and visceral techniques. Sarah’s top priority in the first few sessions is to ensure pain reduction and to improve the body’s function, as well as help you to understand what you can do at home to help yourself.
Dr Kate Major
MOst BAppSci (Human Biology)
Kate holds a Master of Osteopathy from UIT in Auckland, and has practiced for many years in both New Zealand and Australia. She combines her accomplished manual therapy skills with exercise prescription in order to encourage her patients to return to full function as soon as possible. Kate believes that when we injure ourselves or have ongoing or debilitating pain we tend to lose our confidence in our body and its ability to perform certain tasks. She loves helping clients regain that confidence and get back into activities they once enjoyed or never had the courage to try. Kate uses this approach to address neck and back pain, hip and pelvis dysfunctions, and recovery from sports injuries.
Kate also has extensive post-graduate training in the management and care of patients during pregnancy. She has a history of working in tandem with midwifery clinics in both New Zealand and Australia and often works alongside our pregnancy acupuncture team. Making pregnant women more comfortable and preparing their bodies for labour is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job.
Dr Tom Kelton
BHthSc (Chin. Med)
Tom believes acupuncture is a fundamental part of a healthy fertility & pregnancy program. Whether it is egg collection, IVF transfers , pregnancy support & labour induction or undergoing natural conception, Tom works closely with doctors, midwives and doulas to maximize his patient’s fertility outcomes and share the joy of the success of a healthy pregnancy.
Dr Sally Gole
Chinese Medicine Herbalist
Adv.Dip of TCM B Com
Dip of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Sally Gole is an accredited acupuncturist renowned for her work in the field of women’s integrative health. With over a decade of experience Sally is considered one of Sydney’s leading fertility and women’s health acupuncturists. 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, immune compromise, anxiety and chronic illness. 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.
Sally has extensive knowledge of IVF processes and how she can assist her patients to potentially maximise their fertility outcomes.
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 support 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.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Dipl. Rem Massage
Morena graduated in Italy in 2011 as a remedial massage therapist.
Morena gives both mental and physical benefits to people by reducing daily stress and/or pain due to sports, work, or injuries combining several techniques in a single treatment making each massage unique and tailored. Morena will endeavour to improve your range of motion, relieving accumulated stress, and working on the muscle groups to relieve tension.
Morena uses the following techniques in her treatments; Pregnancy specific, Swedish, Remedial, Trigger point, Myofascial Release, Sports, Lymphatic Drainage, Cranio-sacral, and Thai techniques of massage.
Morena is a member of AMT and a provider with all health funds, with most claims available through HICAPS.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Dipl. Rem Massage
Nathalie completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage over 15 years ago. She also obtained further training in the fields of Sports, Pregnancy, Kahuna and Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
Nathalie practiced in a busy clinic in the Sydney CBD for 10 years before joining Restore 8 years ago, where she is now a valuable member of our team and much loved by her patients. She is often booked well in advance with a significant waitlist.
Nathalie 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. She is also renowned for her work with oncology and post-surgical patients with Lymphatic Drainage Massage. This allows patients with lymphedema to achieve relief from their symptoms and improve their immunity and general quality of life.
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 through HICAPS.
Our practice is run like a well-oiled machine by the amazing Emma. She has been the practice manager since we opened and she is available to answer all you questions large and small.
Emma is the ideal person to offer advice if you are not sure which practitioner may best suit your needs and preferences. She is also the person to contact for any administrative issues regarding Restore. She is available Monday – Friday. Call her for a chat!
Alex is our receptionist on Thursday mornings and Saturdays and is a much loved member of our team. She is currently in 3rd year of her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. Alex loves being outdoors, healthy eating and enjoys travelling, meeting new people and learning new things.