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, 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 15 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 available for appointments Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
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, Wednesday 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 Thursday.
Dr Nicholas Ibarra
Nick has always seen the importance of maintaining a happy healthy lifestyle. Being able to aid people to return to the things the love, whether it be a particular sport, work or family, brings him great fulfilment. Nick is passionate about the holistic approach that osteopathy provides and enjoys treating all patients alike.
As well as private practice, Nick also works in the aged care sector, so he sees the importance of patient education, rehabilitation and injury prevention. This has given Nick great experience in a wide range of injuries as well as the importance of education towards musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain.
Nick graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Master of Osteopathy as well as previously completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at La Trobe University. Further developing his skills, he has completed Myofascial Dry Needling and Sports taping courses. He uses a variety of hands-on osteopathic techniques such as; soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, stretching and dry needling.
Outside of the clinic, Nick has developed a keen interest in running, cycling, training in the gym and follows the Richmond Tigers.
Nick Is available for appointments Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Dr Justine Garnes
Justine has been helping people with Osteopathy since 2010 within hospitals, GP practices, Aged Care and in private practice.
After qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy with a Masters Degree, Justine decided to follow her interest in Clinical Pilates, to aid in the rehabilitation of her patients. Other post graduate technique qualifications she has attained include Myofascial Dry Needling, Cupping and Sports Massage, thereby finding the best approach for her patients.
Her areas of specific interest are headaches & jaw pain, sciatica, back & hip pain, work posture back issues and the ‘twisted pelvis’.
Justine is available for appointments Saturday.
Dr. Bridie Malone
Bridie completed a double degree of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy) at RMIT. She began seeing an osteopath in her teenage years and fell in love with what they do very quickly.
Bridie is passionate about working with patients of all ages to help them reach their goals and get them back to what they love doing. She has a love of sport, particularly basketball and AFL, and has an interest in treating sporting injuries as well as headaches, jaw pain and back pain.
She uses hands on techniques, including dry needling, as well as exercise and lifestyle advice to assist in pain management and prevention.
Bridie is available for appointments Tuesday and Friday.
Ms Amy Galbraith
Myotherapy and Remedial Massage
Amy is available for appointments Tuesday and Thursday.
Myotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist
Sarah Antoniou graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health with a Bachelor in Health Science (Myotherapy) degree.
Growing up Sarah was always fascinated by how the body works and its limitations, which she learnt through her many years competing in various sporting activities.
Following a family health crisis, Sarah was able to gain a unique perspective and understanding on how the body’s movement patterns can be drastically affected. This, along with her genuine caring nature sparked a drive in her to want to help change peoples lives and move past their physical limitations and pain.
Sarah enjoys treating a wide variety of complaints, with an interest in headaches and migraines, chronic pain, neurological symptoms and postural dysfunctions.
Sarah is currently on Maternity Leave.
Justin Balmes graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health with a Bachelor in Health Science (Myotherapy).
Justin developed an interest in human anatomy after discovering he has scoliosis. After personally experiencing the benefits of treatment and rehabilitation, he felt determined to learn how the body works, impart his knowledge to others, and help people understand their musculoskeletal condition.
During treatment, Justin will use a variety of manual therapy techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial dry needling and cupping to treat headache, chronic pain, neurological, postural, and other musculoskeletal complaints.
Justin is available for Myotherapy and Remedial Massage on Monday, Friday and Saturday