Our multidisciplinary team align education, in-clinic and at-home support to build a holistic treatment regime that will see our patients living their most enriched lives.
Holistic Bodyworks offers patients in the South East of Melbourne a treatment facility where they can feel nurtured, respected, and supported through their recovery from illness or injury. Our uplifting space offers Osteopathy, Myotherapy, Remedial Massage, Naturopathy, and Clinical Pilates for those seeking holistic injury management and optimal health.
Dr Nicola Shelton
Nicola knows first-hand the human body’s ability to heal and rejuvenate with the right form of treatment, following her 9-year career as a gymnast. It was this experience that led Nicola to explore the science of Osteopathy – completing a double-degree of Clinical Science and Master of Health Science at Victoria University, and later, studies in Clinical Pilates with a particular focus on antenatal and post-natal conditioning.
Today, Nicola has a solid 14 years’ clinical experience treating complaints ranging from headaches to debilitating sporting, workplace (such as disc sprains and postural problems), and age-related injuries or conditions. Nicola has a strong belief in education and rehabilitation to prevent further injuries, so she will provide a detailed explanation of the disease process, and incorporate both in-clinic and at-home Clinical Pilates exercises into the treatment plan.
Nicola is currently on Maternity Leave and will return in 2020.
Dr Jessie Wood
Jessie was first introduced to osteopathy as a teenager after sustaining a back injury, and she has been hooked ever since. Jessie graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters in Health Science. Since graduating she has gained considerable experience, working as an Osteopath in Melbourne for 12 years.
Jessie has a passion for understanding the human body, and she loves the problem-solving nature of being an osteopath. She believes that every body is unique, and as such, every treatment is unique, making osteopathic practice both challenging and immensely rewarding.
Jessie has a particular interest in treating women during pregnancy and beyond, as well as their babies and children. She loves being part of this special journey, giving therapeutic relief as well as advice and support for self-care.
Jessie also loves to treat neck and back pain, headaches and jaw pain, and she has a wealth of personal experience to draw from when treating her patients, making her an empathetic and considerate practitioner.
Jessie is available for appointments on Monday and Thursday.
Dr Emily Mason
Emily has always valued the benefits, both physically and mentally, of having a fit and active lifestyle. This led her to study Osteopathy, as it focuses on the person as a whole, and how the body can self heal with movement and the assistance of Osteopathic treatment.
Emily graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Osteopathy. She broadened her scope of treatment, through the completion of dry needling and rehabilitative Clinical Pilates.
Her passion for Osteopathy allowed her to travel to India in 2014 and 2015 to work as an Osteopath at a sports medicine hospital. This experience allowed her to further develop her skills in pre and post-operative treatment and rehabilitation. She has also developed a keen interest in treating neck pain, headaches and postural complaints.
She believes the opportunity to be involved with other health professionals and a part of the educational process that helps patients take back control of their health, is a privilege.
Emily is available for appointments Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Dr Jacqueline Roy
For Jacqueline, a love of sport sparked a desire to learn about human movement and all its complexities. She developed her hands-on approach from coaching rowing, teaching swimming, and working in local football clubs, all while studying Osteopathy.
Jacqueline graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy). Eager to continue her education, Jacqueline has expanded her knowledge with training in office and workplace ergonomics.
She is passionate about educating patients and integrating self-care into her management of pain relief. She holds a particular interest in treating women during and after pregnancy, assisting women with their rapidly changing bodies to best support new life.
Jacqueline is available for appointments Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Dr. Belicia Ralph
After sustaining an ankle injury at a young age, Belicia was introduced to Osteopathy and has been interested in how the human body works ever since. She graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy).
Belicia has since broadened her scope of practice by completing a course in dry needling and balance ligamentous techniques. She has a particular interest in treating headaches and sports injuries.
Belicia believes strongly in working together with the patient and other health practitioners, if needed, in order to provide the patient with the best care and guidance to achieve their goals.
Belicia is available for appointments Monday and Friday.
Ms Alana Shaw
Myotherapy and Remedial Massage
With an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy and a Diploma of Remedial Massage, Alana utilises an extensive range of techniques to assess, treat and rehabilitate a variety of conditions and injuries.
Sport has always been an important part of Alana’s life, starting at the age of 5 she has been involved in Calisthenics, Netball, Tennis, Pilates and Yoga. All of which have taught her about the body’s limitations and the need for an active approach to healing.
Alana has a passion for strength and movement, healthy living and a desire to educate others on how to over come their limitations, pain and dysfunction. In a treatment with Alana you will receive a range of manual therapy techniques, movement and strength exercises as well as education to improve function, reduce pain and prevent injury.
Alana is available for appointments Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Ms Magdalene Nowakowski
Magdalene completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) in Melbourne. In her final year, research into the effect of Kava on stress, anxiety, insomnia and adrenal disorders, sparked within her, a keen interest in the use of herbal medicines on some mental health conditions.
Since then, her interests have grown to include cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, such as hypertension and metabolic syndrome. Through naturopathy, Magdalene supports patients suffering a variety of conditions, often in conjunction with the other professions offered within the practice.
Magda is available for appointments Thursday.