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. He enjoys finding the root cause of a 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 also holds a Bachelor degree in Media & Cultural Studies from Macquarie University which has provided him with invaluable communication skills, assisting him in making meaningful connections with his patients. Alex has a strong interest in sports related injuries having competed at Nationals level in athletics and is a keen Rugby Union fan. Alex aims to improve his patient’s symptoms and increase their function in their daily life – whether they are an office worker, professional athlete, tradie or scuba diver!
Dr Sarah Lal
Sarah graduated with a Masters degree from the British School of Osteopathy in London. She moved to Australia in 2015 and practices in St Leonards and Sutherland. Sarah is known for her kind heart and empathetic nature; she believes in providing a safe space for patients to feel at ease during treatment. By getting to know her patients well, Sarah tries to identify causes of tensions and weakness, to then educate every person on their circumstance and how that may have lead to their ailments. Sarah believes that every person needs to understand their pain and to be pro-active in the healing process.
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 teach you what you can do at home to help yourself and regain control over your body. Sarah has also completed the P-DTR (proprioceptive deep tendon reflex) foundation course, a functional neurology technique which helps to find and eliminate the root cause of a problem. Sarah endeavors to help anybody who walks through the door; a thorough assessment and Sarah’s attention to detail will ensure satisfying results and/or appropriate referrals to other healthcare professionals where required.
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. Kate is also available on Saturdays, much to the delight of her patients.
Dr Amanda Hannaford
MOst B App.Sc (Osteo) BA(AS)
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 18 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 is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Acupuncture at RMIT.
Amanda 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 Tom Kelton
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine
BHthSc (Chin. Med)
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Herbalist
Adv.Dip of TCM B Com
Dip of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Sally Gole, is an accredited acupuncturist and 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 has also gained a reputation for her work assisting oncology patients through their treatment journey, and was selected to complete the Post Graduate Oncology Acupuncture Hospital Training Program under Dr Byeongsang Oh at the Mater Hospital in Sydney. Dr. Oh is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and a Research Fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School.
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 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 potentially maximize their fertility outcomes. She has also 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 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.
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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. She worked in a busy clinic in the Sydney CBD for 10 years before joining Restore 5 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. 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 the clinic first opened and she is available to answer all you questions large and small. She 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. Call her for a chat: she loves a chat!
We are all kept in line by Sandra our super efficient receptionist. As secretary to Dr Ken Crichton Sports Physician for over 30 years she is an expert in the efficient running of health practices. She also assists us in liasing with specialists and their staff as she has long term established relationships with renown clinicians. She also fusses over us like a mother hen which we love.