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M.H.Sc. [Osteo], B.Sc [Clin]
Marshall grew up in Country Victoria, studying and working in Melbourne for 8 years, before moving to Launceston in 2009 and loves what the Tasmanian lifestyle has to offer.
Marshall gets great satisfaction in improving the health and well-being of patients suffering from both acute and chronic pain, especially headache sufferers. Marshall’s ability to communicate with people and make sure there is an understanding of their condition is an asset to his treatment and its success.
Marshall’s love of all sports and his understanding of the biomechanics behind differing sporting techniques makes his approach to treating sporting athletes of all levels effective. He has a broad understanding of the common injuries associated with different sports, unfortunately by experiencing most first-hand! He has also undergone further training in treatment and management of tendon injuries.
Marshall uses a wide range of techniques, including soft tissue massage and stretching, trigger point dry needling, as well as gentle joint manipulation in addressing many of the structural problems that arise when people experience pain or discomfort. Most patients will be given stretches, strengthening exercises, or postural/ergonomic advice to provide long-term relief.
In 2014, Marshall completed a Certificate in Level 1 Rehabilitation in Pilates, and also further training with Polestar Pilates International in 2015 to aid his patients’ rehabilitation.
Marshall loves spending his time away from work with his family, especially playing at the park with his daughter and chocolate Labrador, “Bear”.
M.H.Sc. [Osteo], B.Sc [Clin]
Clinical Pilates Instructor
As an active, and very sporty teenager, Lizzie acquired various sports injuries. This lead her to seek attention and trial a whole range of health modalities and approaches. Osteopathy immediately impressed her with its holistic, hands on approach, knowledgeable practitioners and emphasis on considering the patient as a unique individual. Lizzie completed her Osteopathic qualifications at Victoria University in Melbourne in 2006.
Lizzie’s passion for Osteopathy stemmed from her desire to work with people and her interest in the science of the human body. She is a bubbly, enthusiastic Osteopath who always strives to get the best results for her patients. She incorporates a mainly structural approach with more gentle techniques when required. She is also trained in Advanced Dry Needling techniques and Cupping.
She takes a keen interest in common injuries and rehabilitation, incorporating the use of Clinical Pilates to complement her treatment. She has completed the Internationally recognised, Polestar Rehabilitation Clinical Pilates Certificate. Lizzie encourages patients to take an active role in their own health and wellbeing.
In recent years, she has developed a passion for the Osteopathic management and care in Pregnancy and enjoys assisting women throughout their pregnancy, giving strategies and exercises to use at home to reduce and relieve pregnancy related pain, instability and to prepare the body for labour. She has furthered her studies to include antenatal and postnatal Osteopathic Courses and additional Pregnancy Pilates courses.
When Lizzie isn’t at work you will find her chasing her busy toddler around, trying to squeeze in a Pilates or yoga class, baking something sweet or planning her next holiday.
Hayley graduated from the University of Western Sydney after completing her Masters in Osteopathy in 2002. After working in private practice she also returned to work with the University as a Clinician, helping train and educate the Osteopaths of the future.
Hayley has worked and provided locum support at a variety of clinics in Sydney, eventually setting up her own clinic in Pyrmont. After having children, she returned to raise her family in the Tasmanian lifestyle.
Hayley has a particular focus on treating headaches, neck and jaw problems. She has also done further study in the treatment of children and babies.
When she’s not at work, Hayley enjoys spending time in the garden and visiting the farm with her children.
Hayley is a member of Osteopathy Australia.
M.H.Sc.[Osteo] B.Sc. [Clin]
Grad. Cert. Infancy & Neonatal Manual Therapy
Madeleine completed her Bachelor of Clinical Sciences and Masters of Osteopathy at Victoria University in 2009. Having practiced as an Osteopath in Albury, Wodonga, Madeleine returned to her hometown, Launceston, in 2012 and is enjoying spending time with her family and friends.
Madeleine is a friendly and compassionate Osteopath who enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions using a variety of approaches. She enjoys getting to know each patient and working with them to develop a treatment plan specific to the individual. Madeleine believes that no one case is the same and that all aspects of their lifestyle need to be assessed to form a holistic treatment plan. Madeleine encourages patients to take an active role in their treatment and is continuously developing her interest in functional exercise rehabilitation.
Madeleine uses a wide range of techniques including soft tissue massage, stretching and manipulations. She has completed her level one in GEMt Dry Needling, as well as more gentle techniques with her qualifications in Sutherland Cranial Technique and Balancing Ligamentous Tension.
Madeleine also has a keen interest in treating infants and children and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Infant and Neonatal Manual Therapy. She enjoys using a gentle approach to help address issues such as feeding, irritability and developmental delays.
Outside of work Madeleine likes to keep active in the outdoors and enjoys camping, water sports and travelling.
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Osteopathic Science from RMIT Melbourne in 2001. Prior to moving to Tasmania, Sarah worked within a busy, multidisciplinary medical practice in Melbourne. She enjoys the diversity of clinical practice and uses gentle soft tissue, articulatory and positional release techniques to facilitate relief from a wide range of complaints, including headaches and migraines.
Sarah's desire to optimise the health and vitality of her patients and young family led her to pursue further study into the field of Naturopathy, and she graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) in 2017. Naturopathy is a holistic and integrated approach to healthcare, that places an emphasis on preventative care, encouraging healthy lifestyle changes to restore balance to the body, thereby promoting long lasting wellness. Sarah is excited to be able to offer Naturopathy as an adjunct to her Osteopathic consults, providing practical, individualised dietary and lifestyle advice to her patients. When necessary, Sarah also prescribes appropriate herbal and nutritional formulae to further enhance the body’s natural healing potential.
Sarah is committed to extending her knowledge with advances in her field. She regularly attends industry training and incorporates this knowledge into her patients’ treatment.
Sarah, originally from Tasmania, returned to her home state in 2014 to raise her four children in a country lifestyle closer to family. She enjoys travel, nature, music and has a keen interest in developing a sustainable lifestyle through growing her own food.
M.H.Sc. [Osteo], B.Sc [Clin]
Fiona completed her Bachelor degree in Clinical Science and Masters of Osteopathy at Victoria University in 2014. She is passionate about the broad scope of Osteopathy and believes that it allows her to treat patients holistically, using a broad range of techniques individualised to the patient.
Fiona enjoys treating, and assisting in improving the health of a wide variety of patients and uses techniques including soft tissue massage, stretching and joint mobilisation together with practical advice on rehabilitation and ergonomics. She also uses dry needling and musculoskeletal cupping and finds them a successful adjunct to her treatment.
Fiona enjoys treating older patients and has a focus in the prevention of injuries due to her previous work with medical and work-related research teams at the Monash University Department of Forensic Medicine over the past seven years.
Fiona loves travel and has participated in health programs internationally, having previously volunteered in both in Kenya and Nepal. She also undertook a placement in India at a sports medicine clinic in her final year of University, assisting with the treatment of non-surgical cases and rehabilitation of Orthopaedic surgeries.
Originally from the North West Coast, Fiona enjoys living in Launceston and exploring all Tasmania has to offer with her husband, toddler daughter and dog.
Originally from Launceston, Grace completed her studies at Southern Cross University in northern NSW, graduating with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters of Osteopathic Medicine.
Grace has always had a passion for health and maintaining an active lifestyle, participating in a wide variety of sporting activities throughout her life. Grace discovered the benefits of osteopathy whilst recovering from her own sporting injury in her early teens. She has since had an ongoing interest in the intricate balance of structure and function within the human body and resonates strongly with the wholistic approach of osteopathy.
With a love for travel, Grace undertook a placement during her final year of study at a number of clinics across India. During this time she worked closely with other osteopaths and physiotherapists, treating non-surgical patients as well as supporting the rehabilitation of orthopaedic surgeries.
Grace enjoys using a diverse range of direct and indirect techniques that are tailored to suit each individual and their own personal health goals. She strives to work closely with patients to develop an ongoing management plan as well as empowering patients in their own health journey.
When not in the Body Focus clinic, Grace loves adventure, enjoying the laid back Tassie lifestyle and frolicking in the ocean with family and friends.
B.Sc [Clin. Sc.], M.H.Sc [Osteo]
Katy graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and a Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy). She has always been interested in the structure and function of the human body but first became interested in Osteopathy after being successfully treated for her own musculoskeletal injuries.
Katy thrives on working with patients to individualise their care, achieve goals and motivate them to take part in their own health and wellbeing. She is also fully qualified in dry needling and cupping, to incorporate other tools into her care and provide holistic treatment.
Katy is passionate about the outdoors and loves to camp and hike in her spare time, previously working as a guide in Tasmania. Katy is excited about her return home to Tasmania to work at Bodyfocus and getting to spend more time with her family and friends.
Reid first discovered osteopathy as a teenager when he was treated for a basketball injury.
Having always thought he would become a vet, Reid changed his career path immediately as he was amazed at what an osteopath could do.
Reid studied for five years at Victoria University and completed his studies in 2018. During this time Reid was given the opportunity to complete an exchange in London where he gained exposure to treating patients of varying backgrounds, as well as conditions such as HIV.
Reid has treated people with neck pain, headaches and lower back pain and loves the challenge that each individual patient brings. His patients are encouraged and supported to make positive steps in their health and wellbeing.
Reid uses a range of soft tissue massage and stretching techniques, and has completed further training to implement dry needling in his consults. Reid will also use manipulation and movement to treat the joints and regain movement.
A well thought out treatment plan is the key to success of any condition in Reid’s eyes and most patients will leave with simple pieces of advice to implement in their daily routine in support of his treatments
Since moving home to North East Tasmania Reid has enjoyed reconnecting with family and friends. Reid likes to keep active through swimming, running, cycling or just hanging out with his dogs at the beach. He also enjoys switching off by reading and binge-watching Netflix.
Rachael has completed a Certificate III in Office Administration. She is the proud mother of ten year-old Ashton and enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. She is ready and willing to help guide your queries in the right direction and help in any way that she can.
Lauren has completed her training as a Pilates Matwork and Reformer Instructor with Studio Pilates International. Lauren was a dancer for 20 years and still does Ballet in her spare time. Pilates was made for dancers and so has done Pilates from a young age benefiting from the core principles; concentration, centering, control, breathing, precision and flow. Lauren understands the importance of proper posture and muscle recruitment when exercising and the benefits this provides in everyday life. She is also a competitive Powerlifter and knows the impact that high intensity training can have on your body. Lauren believes in Pilates as a form of stretching and strengthening for people from all backgrounds and exercise levels. So whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned athlete, Lauren will have you working hard in no time.
Having previously obtained qualifications in Accounting and also working currently as a Bookkeeper, Lauren really enjoys the shift from working at her computer to jumping into the Studio for a work out. Lauren loves baking in her spare time and hanging out with her nieces and nephews. Lauren is also the afternoon receptionist at Bodyfocus and is always ready to help in any way she can.
Leah has recently returned home to Launceston after living in Queensland for 8 years and has started at Bodyfocus as one of our Pilates Instructors.
Health and fitness is a strong passion of Leah’s and she discovered Pilates after being injured snowboarding. Leah has enjoyed studying and loves teaching clients both for the functional and aesthetic changes the Pilates method can bring to the human body. Commencing her Diploma of Pilates through National Pilates Training in Melbourne in 2018.
When not working in the mines or teaching Pilates Leah enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.