Anna is working Saturday mornings only until December 2019.
B.App.Sc.(comp. med.), M.Ost., Member of AOA.
I first became interested in osteopathy after witnessing my father’s pins and needles in his hands going away after a few osteopathic treatments, and I saw him regain mobility in his shoulders after being told that the loss of movement was due to age and should be accepted. All this without the use of any drugs or injections. I was astounded by those results and I started looking up osteopathy on the internet and did some reading. I was pleasantly surprised by how useful osteopathy is for musculoskeletal pains and chronic pain.
I was impressed with the philosophy behind osteopathy, mainly that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, and how it can naturally help the very young to the very old. I was then determined to go overseas to train myself to become an osteopath and embark on a rewarding career.
Educational development and work
As there was no osteopathic course in Mauritius, I moved to Melbourne to study. Unfortunately, I had no science background, so I enrolled in a foundation studies course in science before getting into the osteopathic degree. On completion of my Masters in osteopathy degree (with distinction), I decided to move to Brisbane for its climate, which is similar to my hometown. I got the best of both worlds at the Brisbane Osteopathic Centre, practicing cranial osteopathy and lots of sunshine.
During my study at university, I worked as a sports trainer for my local football club and I have seen many ankle, shoulder, knee and wrist injuries. This has given me a strong grounding in taping and treating sports injuries and associated pain. I believe in lifelong learning and I will continue to further my studies by attending Biodynamics of Osteopathy in the Cranial field courses, attending workshops, watching webinars on women’s health, doing online musculoskeletal and general health modules, and reading up on various osteopathic books. In July 2013, I gave a presentation to the Friends of the Birth Centre on Osteopathy for babies and children. In March 2015, I attended a workshop at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, covering antenatal, neonatal and postnatal education. This increased my knowledge of the maternal care pregnant women require, and the aftercare for the new mum and baby.
I have a special interest in treating:
- pelvic instability with pregnancy, sacroiliac joint pain and inflammation
- back pain and sciatica
- babies and children’s musculoskeletal problems
- sports injuries involving shoulders, knees, hips or ankles
- back and neck pain
- postural problems and period pain
Over 50% of our patients are under two years old, and I’ve been enjoying that aspect in my career as I always had an interest in paediatrics. Due to the gentle nature of biodynamic osteopathy, it is an ideal treatment for babies and children where we can help in having a positive impact on their musculoskeletal health. It is most satisfying seeing babies able to turn their heads to both sides or moving freer. Being more comfortable in their own bodies also has flow-on effects on their general well-being (and the family!).
Another interest of mine is in the management of sacroiliac joint pain in pregnancy. I find it most rewarding seeing a pregnant woman able to manage her back pain and enjoy her pregnancy. Osteopathic treatment can start at any time during pregnancy.
Outside of pregnancy, I also see many patients with back pain and headaches. Whether it’s acute, that means when it happened a few days ago, or chronic, which is pain that is lasting over 3 months, osteopathic treatment can help manage the muscle tightness, decrease the pain and improve movement.
I will generally go through a comprehensive case history and discuss the possible triggers of pain. I will then take a holistic approach and look at the musculoskeletal strain patterns that could lead to tension in the upper back, neck, jaw, head or pelvis. It is important to not only look at the source of pain but look at the whole body and inform the patient how the body can function better.
I like to complement my treatment with stretches and a strengthening program. Stretching and strengthening help to relieve muscle tension and aid the body in retaining the benefits of osteopathic treatment for longer. I also enjoy working with other allied health practitioners within a multidisciplinary team.
I am fluent in English and French.
Doctors Referral (Medicare CDM) and DVA
I regularly receive referrals from Medical practitioners (G.P’s) as part of Medicare’s chronic disease management plan. As a government registered practitioner I am also able to accept both Gold and White card holders for the DVA.