Dr Sarah Lal
Osteopath and Counsellor
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 Francois Naef
Francois is a fully qualified, registered and experienced osteopath with a Master of Osteopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences. With previous experience in exercise prescription and rehabilitation, Francois offers treatments tailored to the needs of individual patients to help their recovery from pain or injury. While he treats a wide range of conditions, Francois has a special interest in sports injuries and their prevention. Francois treats the musculoskeletal systems using safe and gentle manual techniques with a wholistic approach.
After a through history and clinical assessment is carried out, treatment techniques range from soft tissue treatment and stretching to joint mobilisation, and may include a lifestyle review and functional exercises. Francois considers that an active collaboration between the patient and practitioner is the key to an effective treatment outcome.
Alongside osteopathic training, Francois uses his extensive previous experience in athlete training to provide his patients with a personalised health care.
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, injury 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 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 22 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. She also teaches osteopaths in Australia and overseas about caring for breast cancer patients.
Amanda currently divides her time between Restore, the Northern Beaches Breast Clinic and The Centre for Wellbeing at the Mater Hospital. As a breast cancer patient herself she has chosen to devote her practice to caring for these special patients.
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, capsular contraction, 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 Elizabeth Howard
Advanced Pain Management Osteopath
BAppSc(Clin Sc) BOst Sc MScMEd (PainMgt)
Elizabeth is an osteopath with 25 years’ experience in the treatment and management pain. She has a special interest in holistic pain education, breast pain, pudendal neuralgia, pelvic gridle pain and pregnancy-related pain.
Liz graduated in Melbourne in 1996 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science) and a Bachelor of Osteopathic Science. Since her Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) (2015 USYD) she assists Prof Vancaillie with his pelvic pain practice. Liz was awarded the title Advanced Pain Management Osteopath by Osteopathy Australia in 2020. Her passion is to help create greater awareness of pelvic pain and conservative options to treat it. She does this via teaching practitioners throughout Australia and more recently Ireland and Sweden.
Her roles include osteopathic care, pain education for all Professor Vancaillie’s pain patients, programming sacral neuromodulation and facilitating group education for pelvic pain. Liz was integral to helping manage the women suffering with pelvic pain after mesh surgery for prolapse or incontinence. Liz also has a special interest in caring for patients post breast cancer surgery.
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.
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 maximise his patient’s fertility outcomes and share the joy of the success of a healthy pregnancy.
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.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
Shira discovered the healing beauty of reflexology during her own health and cancer journey, a modality that helped her to facilitate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. This personal path ignited her passion to help others with the after effects of cancer and other health issues.
Shira has advanced training in reflexology from the Australia School of Relfexology and RLD, which is the application of reflexology for lymphatic drainage through the UK Sally Kay Method program. For more on this program click here.
Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive, complimentary therapy based on the principle that different points on the feet correspond with certain areas of the body. RLD is a reflexology technique which stimulates the lymphatic reflexes on the feet to improve the flow of the lymphatic system in the body. Shira has a particular interest in caring for cancer patients with lymphoedema, or any swelling or oedema. She also works with our womens’ health team in caring for patients with hormonal imbalances, menopause, headaches and pain.
Lisa is our senior receptionist in charge or running our reception team. Lisa is an experienced administrator of allied health clinics and is a warm and supportive presence, helping to keep the Restore machine running smoothly. She divides her time between Restore and CancerFit in St Leonards.
Dharma is one of our newest additions to the Restore family. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University. Dharma has a passion for travelling, theatre, crafting and going to the beach. Dharma is at Restore on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Lola is our receptionist on Tuesdays. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Sydney university. Lola loves any kind of sport or fitness, as well as travelling and spending time with friends.