By Design Holistic Health – Our Team

Integrative GP – Osteopaths – Naturopaths – Psychologists

Remedial Massage – Well Being Massage

Dr. Jess White (Osteopath)

Jess graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

From a young age, Jess has had a keen interest in all things health and sport related. After seeking treatment for her own sporting injuries, Jess was drawn to Osteopathy because of the profession’s holistic philosophy and patient-centred approach.

During her Osteopathic studies, Jess volunteered at a number of not-for-profit community clinics, where she worked alongside other health professionals, providing treatment and education for people who were experiencing homelessness or disadvantage. This experienced further enhanced her belief in the importance of an individually tailored approach to treatment.

Jess has also gained significant experience with acute injury management and treatment in both junior and senior athletes, having worked as a Sports Trainer for the Eastern Football League and at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Jess is a strong advocate for empowering her patients to take an active approach in their own health and enjoys combing hands-on treatment with exercise rehabilitation where appropriate.

Dr. Samara Melder (Osteopath)

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, particularly, 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 (Osteopath)

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. Natalie Barton (Integrative GP)

With Dr. Natalie Barton joining the BDHH team in 2019, with her Integrative approach to medicine, blending the best of Western Medicine, with nutritional and environmental medicine, her approach to all members of the family’s medical needs is comprehensive and holistic. Natalie has 15 years experience as a GP and having seen her daughter get well with Nutrition Medicine, where conventional medicine could not, she broadened her scope of practice to include this holistic approach to being a doctor.

Natalie’s daughter is now well, and what she learned in the journey towards better health for her family radically changed the way she views illness, and the way in which she wants to practice medicine. Natalie still follows a Western medical model of health-care, however appreciates that dietary and environmental factors fundamentally impact on our physical and mental health, and that optimising our nutrition and lifestyle can greatly improve our health and wellbeing. Dr. Natalie Barton works collaboratively with patients and takes the time to address as many of these underlying factors as possible.

Natalie and her family live in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne and enjoy family time together, eating nutritious meals and living a balanced life.

Kat Cunningham (Psychologist)

Kat is a Registered Psychologist, practising in psychotherapy since 2006. Her style is authentic, warm and straightforward and she places great importance on making sure her clients feel heard and understood. Therapy is a very personal process, so Kat will work collaboratively with you to make the choices and changes that are right for you.

Mindfulness practices can be powerful promoters of healing and change, and Kat has a personal and professional interest in fostering mindful awareness. She also values the health and mood benefits of being in nature. A keen gardener and bush-walker herself, she loves to work with her clients outside – you might prefer walk-and-talk therapy, or to find somewhere quiet in nature to sit and chat.

Kat is also a mum to three primary-school aged children, which has given her lived experience of the challenges of pregnancy, and the joy and chaos of parenting! On this journey, she developed an interest in gentle parenting practices (from infancy onward) that are grounded in the latest research on early brain development.

Dr. Jonathan Baker (Osteopath)

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.  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 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.

Along with his wife and 3 children, Jonathan lives in Montrose and is involved in his local church (Discovery Church), enjoys running, gardening and 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 (Osteopath)

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. James Wake (Osteopath)

James graduated from RMIT in 2019 with a double degree in Health Science and Applied Science (Osteopathy) having previously completed a Masters degree of Occupational Therapy from LaTrobe university in 2014.James’ passion for Osteopathy stems from his love of sport, fitness and nutrition.

He is passionate about helping people in need and providing a holistic approach to health and well being. James enjoys treating a wide range of sports and occupational injuries such as sprains and strains, lower back issues, neck complaints, headaches and chronic conditions. He particularly loves the diversity that comes with working as an Osteopath and takes pride in working alongside patients, encouraging them to take an active role in their recovery process.

James draws on a wide variety of treatment methods and is passionate about tailoring an individual treatment and management plan for each of his unique patient’s needs.When James isn’t in the clinic he works for his local church running the youth and young adult community programs, he enjoys playing basketball, heading down to the beach for a surf and spending time with his wife and puppy.

Katie Kuivisto (Naturopath)

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.

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

Dr. Tim Howden (Naturopathic Medicine)

Tim Howden
Tim Howden is a degree qualified Natural Medicine Doctor ND BHSc MCMA with over 12 years clinical experience.  He is able to draw on his time working with GPs, pharmacists and allied health practitioners to provide  the most effective care in evidence-based Natural Medicine.  Tim uses the best therapeutic grade Herbal & Nutritional Medicines and will help you improve your diet so that your body can begin to recover.  He has expert knowledge in treating an array of chronic illness in children and adults and is committed to getting lasting results for his patients. Tim’s special interest areas are in paediatrics and family care and men’s health and digestive issues.

Tim’s interests outside of the clinic involve their hobby farm up the bush, taking time with family and appreciating a holistic and healthy Yarra Valley lifestyle.

Jo Matthews | Prescription Exercise as Medicine

Jo has completed Masters of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation from Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, from Deakin University. Therefore, able to hold the dual accreditations of Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) and is a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSAM).

Jo believes in a whole person approach to treatment, looking at the physical, mental and social factors that influence health. Jo uses a range of strength and rehabilitation techniques to help her clients achieve their goals. She has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal conditions, prevention/management of chronic conditions and strength & conditioning. In her spare time, Jo enjoys tennis, pilates and swimming. Her background in state level swimming led her to become an Exercise Physiologist, after sustaining multiple injuries and seeing the benefits first-hand, of how an Exercise Physiologist can assist with injuries and chronic conditions.

Jo believes in an individualised approach to exercise prescription and loves to see her clients achieve their goals.

Adam Hart (Remedial Massage Therapist)

Adam has worked in the Mooroolbark and Lilydale area for 9 years now as a Remedial Massage Therapist and has been involved in the local community in sports and family activities. He has a holistic approach to massage and utilises a broad range of techniques and modalities to ensure your muscular health. Adam is well-travelled having experienced different cultures and occupations. Adam has a great sense of humour and professionalism to complement his remedial massage therapy. Adam and his young family live locally in Mooroolbark, where he enjoys the occasional game of golf – or something that resembles golf.

Shauni (Myotherapy Therapist)

Shauni has vast experience in carrying out injury assessment and prevention through her work as a Myotherapist and sports trainer. Her passion is working with patients to get them back into action, enabling them to thrive in their everyday lives.
From a young age, Shauni has always had an interest in the human body and it’s anatomy. It’s like a puzzle that she gets to solve every day! She loves taking on new challenges and enjoys being pushed to think outside the box, testing new research and ideas.
Shauni is also the Head Sports Trainer at the Croydon Football Club, where she has had the opportunity to carry out injury assessment and prevention, pre and post-game rubdowns, sport taping and first responder to any injuries on the field. Shauni thoroughly enjoys looking after the team and working alongside the football club.
Outside of work Shauni enjoys trying new sports, traveling, hiking and finding new adventures.

Dr. Rebecca Feakes (Osteopath)

Dr Rebecca Feakes Rebecca graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Osteopathy. During her early years, Rebecca frequently accompanied her father to receive frequent osteopathic treatments. She was intrigued by the holistic, caring, and empathetic nature of the profession and was amazed at the success osteopathy had in helping her father. It was this experience that ignited her passion to help people and began her on her osteopathic journey.

Rebecca is highly motivated to help her patients achieve their health goals through holistic, osteopathic care. During university,Rebecca worked at several community clinics across the Yarra Valley and participated in a student exchange to the University College of Osteopathy in London. These experiences have led Rebecca to love treating all types of conditions with a particular interest in pregnancy-related conditions, headaches, lower back pain, osteoarthritis and shoulder pain.Outside of the clinic, you will find Rebecca keeping fit at pole dancing and aerial silks. She is constantly pushing her body to the extremes as she hangs upside down, flips and back bends into positions.

Having done many performances and competitions, Rebecca is continually pushing herself to become a stronger athlete. When she is not doing pole or silks, you will find her somewhere in the gym, lifting weights, stretching, or participating in a Pilates class.

 

Dr. Danielle Taumoefolau (Osteopath)

Danielle graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Applied Science in Osteopathy.With a passion for the human body and its diversity, Danielle utilises scientifically validated, evidence-based treatments whilst incorporating a biopsychosocial approach to solve her patients’ health conditions. Danielle has an exclusive interest in chronic pain management and the rehabilitation of return to sport and work-related injuries.

Volunteering her time with the Kilsyth Cobras Women’s NBL1 Basketball and the Croydon Rangers Gridiron teams whilst running a busy household and practising as an Osteopath, Danielle is compassionate in her approach and takes great pride and enthusiasm within the ability to assist her patients on their journey to recovery. Away from the clinic, Danielle loves attending art exhibitions, spending quality time with her family, reading and exploring the Yarra Valley.

 

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.

Lisa Eno (Maravelis) is your listening ears and guiding voice through life’s challenges. Lisa has a vast and diverse experience as a Counsellor and 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.