Lilydale Osteopath – Our Team

Dr. Samara Melder

Dr. Samara Melder

Samara joined the team at By Design Holistic Health in 2014 and as an Osteopath she assesses patients using a structural (muscle and joint medicine) approach. Samara is keenly interested in amateur (and professional) sporting injuries, particulary, dance, gymnastics, running and athletic endevours. Her interest in Pilates and Yoga for rehabilitation and overall health are a passion of hers.

Samara utilises her diagnostic and treatment skills in sports injury management, acute spinal/limb pain syndromes and rehabilitation. Samara integrates Rehabilitation Pilates, offering one-on-one rehabilitation sessions for spinal injuries, along with individualised and specific strengthening and toning exercise programs for the prevention of problems.

Samara has a history in top-level dancing and has completed a half marathon – 21kms!. She has spent most of her years growing up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne with her mum and brother and also has a keen interest in nutritional health and exercise prescription.

Dr. David Salisbury

David completed his osteopathic studies at RMIT University in 2010, with his Masters thesis investigating the effects of pelvic function on hamstring muscle strength. Having suffered from a major back injury as a teenager, he is passionate about correct injury treatment and rehabilitation, especially with lower back pain.

David also has a particular interest in the effects of workplace and lifestyle factors on people’s complaints. He has completed a Certificate in Global Posturology, allowing him to assess and fit insoles that assist with better posture and lower limb function.

Outside of work David has enjoyed playing a variety of sports including basketball, indoor soccer, tennis, mixed netball, running and inline skating. He now gets the majority of his exercise from chasing his daughter and son around the house! He and his wife live in Boronia and are expecting their third soon.

David is passionate about helping people from all walks of life achieve better health and has found the successful Osteopathic treatment of patients a very rewarding experience. He treat people of all ages, from infants through to seniors.

Dr. Jonathan Baker

Jonathan began his Osteopathic practice in 2003 with a vision to create a holistic health centre that cares for the whole person – body, mind, soul and spirit. In 2018, this vision has been realised with the opening of the new premise in Hardy St, Lilydale.  Jonathan’s approach works from the inside-out and the outside-in, utilising Osteoapthic hands-on techniques and Nutritional Medicine/health coaching advice, sometimes involving gene profiling.  Jonathan is deeply passionate about his own health and will apply that passion to your health too.

Jonathan’s experience with the benefits of Osteopathy was watching his dad recover from many work-induced injuries that really only an Osteo was able to fix. At the end of year 12, Jonathan almost went into an Architecture degree, changing at the last minute to science and then onto RMIT’s 5 year course.

Jonathan’s expertise also branches into Nutritional Medicine/Health Coaching, where he has enjoyed the rewarding benefits of helping frustrated, but motivated people to simplify their lives, find purpose and activate their health potential. More information can be found at

Along with his wife and 3 children, Jonathan lives in Montrose and is involved in his local church (Discovery Church), enjoys running, riding, gardening, golf at Gardiner’s Run Golf Course and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the Dandenongs, while living a healthy and simplified life.

Dr. Jasmine Frichitthavong

Jasmine grew up with a strong passion for improving the health and well-being of others, as well as having a great fascination of the biomechanics of the human body – this led to her discovery and passion for Osteopathy. Since graduating from RMIT University with distinction, Jasmine has been gaining valuable clinical experience while practicing in established clinics in Melbourne.

During her time in university, Jasmine worked as a sports trainer where she worked closely with internationally renowned sports doctors and physiotherapists. This allowed Jasmine to gain extensive knowledge on modern treatments and rehabilitation of sporting injuries.

Jasmine is very passionate about the osteopathic approach to health, and believes that good fitness, nutrition and overall lifestyle are essential to good well-being. With a wide range of techniques, including dry needling, Jasmine strives to provide osteopathic treatments with the combination of traditional osteopathic methods and the latest clinical evidence.

In her spare time Jasmine enjoys reading and spending time with her dog, Tiger. She can also be found exploring Melbourne’s restaurants and cafés in search of the best chai latté.

Dr. Annelise Tchea

Annelise graduated from RMIT University after completing a double degree in Health Science and Applied Science (Osteopathy).

During her osteopathic studies, she volunteered at an orthopaedic hospital in India, where she worked alongside renowned surgeons and physiotherapists to provide treatment for pre-and post-operative patients, as well as non-surgical referrals.

Her experience with injury treatment and management has been established through involvement as a Sports Trainer for the Eastern Football League, Victorian Amateur Football Association, and Mountain District Netball Association.

Annelise treats a variety of musculoskeletal complaints by applying techniques tailored to each individual. She has completed additional training in Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping, which she integrates into osteopathic treatments where appropriate. Annelise has a strong focus on educating her patients and encourages them to play an active role in managing their own health. She will often recommend rehabilitation exercises as well as ergonomic and lifestyle changes.

In her spare time, Annelise enjoys spending time with family and friends. You can often find her learning a new song on the ukulele or out and about with her dog Piper.

Katie Kuivisto

One of the newest additions to the team is Katie, who moved to Melbourne after completing her studies in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicine at WEA Hunter in Newcastle. Keen to start clinical practice, she recently joined BDHH whilst also deciding to further her education at Southern School of Natural Therapies.

Already completing a degree in International Poverty and Development Studies, Katie has a real desire to help people in a very tangible way and she has found that Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine is her avenue of doing so.

Katie is passionate about treating the whole individual and not just the symptoms but also the cause. She believes that it is her task as a practitioner to encourage the body’s own natural healing processes to not only focus on present health conditions but also to focus on preventing disease.

She is passionate about helping people on their journey to living optimally and getting the most out of life! Katie’s special interest is in digestive health as there is such an important connection between the gut and overall wellbeing, both physical and mental. Weight loss is another interest and she aims to empower you through education and accountability to reach your own health goals.

Finally, seeing first-hand the effects of inflammation on the body with her grandma suffering from polymyalgia, Katie has a passion for treating general pain and inflammation as well as fatigue which she knows from personal experience, can be quite debilitating to everyday life!

Katie likes to be active and over the years has played a variety of sports including indoor soccer, badminton, volleyball and table tennis. She loves to travel as well as go for a hike or explore the outdoors in her swag. Otherwise, she can be found enjoying a night in reading a book or involved in an activity at her local church.

Katie Kuivisto

Lisa Maravelis

Lisa is a counsellor who has over 25 years’ experience supporting children, young people, individuals and families. She has worked in schools as a counsellor supporting students, parents and teachers, as well as pioneering programs for primary and secondary students. She assisted and advocated for homeless and disadvantaged children, young people and families when she was a caseworker in the community sector.

Lisa’s counselling reflects warmth and empathy with each person she works with on their therapeutic journey. She is client focused and passionate about encouraging and developing the potential in each person she counsels, empowering them to be the best they can be.

Lisa is also the co-author of the picture storybook series for young children, ‘When I’m Shining with Light’. These books form part of the Kids Light Up © project, a forum for educational information which teaches resilience as its foundational basis. Kids Light Up © specifically emphasises positive values and qualities so children can thrive. Lisa is married and has an amazing son. She intimately understands the joys and challenges of raising a child on the Autism Spectrum.


Debbie Jones

Debbie is a registered, experienced and qualified counsellor and psychotherapist who runs Prospect Counselling. She lives and works in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs; my consulting rooms located in Victoria, Australia at By Design Holistic Health, Lilydale. For those who can’t make it to my consulting rooms, I also provide e-counselling via Skype.

I have a Bachelor of Counselling and Diploma in Community Work, and over 15 years experience as a counsellor, supporting couples and individuals who have gone through, or are going through, difficult times and challenges. I have worked in a variety of settings as a counsellor. This includes working in a crisis support services; an employee assistance program; secondary school setting with adolescents, parents and staff; employment agencies; in a counselling support service; and now in private practice.

Towards Holistic Health! Our Story…

By Design Holistic Health, Osteopathy and Nutritional Medicine Health Coaching, established in the Yarra Valley in 2003, welcomes all people, where your health is our specialty.

Our Osteopaths Samara, David, Jonathan, Jasmine, Annelise and Sheree – when she is in the country, are willing to chat with you about any muscle, joint or other health problem. David, who joined us in 2010 is dedicated to listening to you and finding health with direct, hands-on techniques, while incorporating postural, workplace, exercise and lifestyle advice. David advises the use of Posture Control Insoles for all posture related issues.

Sheree is an experienced Osteopath (2008) with her friendly approach to your health and correct diagnosis of your health issue, will take you towards your BEST health. Sheree’s application of hands-on treatments will ensure your body is in the best possible hands. Sheree’s focus is family muscle and joitn therapy, with her techniques suitable for mums, dads, bubs, kids and adolescents.

Samara, joined our clinic in 2014 with a passion for rehabilitative medicine, burgeoned from her own success story from a serious disc injury as a teenager. Samara brings fresh enthusiasm and a creative passion for seeing sports people, of all ages, amateur or professional, reach their maximum potential.

Jonathan, who established the business in 2003, works as an Osteopath and Nutrition Medicine Health Coach offering a diverse service in spinal and joint manipulative therapy, nutritional medicine therapy and gene profiling health programs.  Jonathan is intuitive, switched on, practices what he preaches and listens intently to each person he works with.

Jasmine specialises in Dry Needling and Annelise brings an Osteopathic enthusiasm towards soft tissue injuries of many different kinds.

Katie, our Naturopath, will be your advocate and help to empower you to optimal health, in gut health issues, fatigue, inflammation and weight loss goals.

Debbie and Lisa, our Counsellors, are your listening ears and guiding voices through life’s challenges. They are very qualified to care for your emotional, mental and life situation needs.

Our Osteopaths practice with these thoughts in mind:

  • The idea of “by design” recognises that we have been created with a purpose in mind, relating to our physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
  • The principle of “holistic” encompasses the many facets of health that make up who we are, placing the person as priority, the sanctity of human life as paramount and our overall health is a function of many inter-related bodily workings.
  • Our Holistic Health Osteopathic Medicine beliefs:
    • The body is a unit. All parts are connected and operate in unison under optimal conditions.
    • Structure and function are inter-related.  When structure is aligned, the body’s amazing system can function properly, while a malfunctioning body part will create structural changes.  Both must be treated to obtain health.
    • The body’s cells tend towards self-healing when given the appropriate food/nutrition, adequate oxygen, regular exercise and anti-stress regimes.  Oh, good genetics help too.
  • Therefore the use of Osteopathic ‘hands-on’ therapies in conjunction with physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual advice given in a practitioner-patient consultation must be governed by the above principles to see the best health possible achieved.