Dr Amanda Hannaford
MOst B App.Sc (Osteo) BA
Grad Cert App Acup
Amanda Hannaford achieved her Masters of Osteopathy in 2002, and has been in private practice in the Lane Cove and St Leonards areas for the past 12 years. She was a university lecturer in the UWS Masters program for 4 years, and has also been a registration board examiner. In addition she has a graduate diploma in Applied Acupuncture for Musculo-skeletal conditions.She specialises in treating the root cause of a patients problem, which is not necessarily where the patient is experiencing pain or symptoms. Finding the source and then correcting the issue can result in resolving the problem entirely, providing great relief and a wonderful improvement in a patients quality of life.
Amanda treats all manner of issues in this way, however she is best known for her ability to treat neck and back pain quickly, safely and with long lasting relief for her patients. She also specialises hip, shoulder and elbow pain, and recurrent foot and ankle pain.She has worked with elite athletes, dancers, young children, the elderly and everyone in between, as the principles of osteopathy remain the same – aiming to return the body to how it was designed to move in nature. This provides pain relief, freedom of movement, and a new lease on life.
Dr Sarah Lal
Sarah graduated with a Masters degree from the British School of Osteopathy in London. She moved to Australia in 2015 and practices in St Leonards and Sutherland. Sarah is known for her kind heart and empathetic nature; she believes in providing a safe space for patients to feel at ease during treatment. By getting to know her patients well, Sarah tries to identify causes of tensions and weakness, to then educate every person on their circumstance and how that may have lead to their ailments. Sarah believes that every person needs to understand their pain and to be pro-active in the healing process.
Hands-on techniques include a wide range from soft tissue massage and joint manipulation, to gentle fascial, cranial and visceral techniques. Sarah’s top priority in the first few sessions is to ensure pain reduction and to improve the body’s function, as well as teach you what you can do at home to help yourself and regain control over your body. Sarah has also completed the P-DTR (proprioceptive deep tendon reflex) foundation course, a functional neurology technique which helps to find and eliminate the root cause of a problem. Sarah endeavors to help anybody who walks through the door; a thorough assessment and Sarah’s attention to detail will ensure satisfying results and/or appropriate referrals to other healthcare professionals where required.
Dr Alex Douglas
Alex feels that every patient has a story and finding the root cause of their particular circumstance or injury is paramount to a quick prognosis and return to the things that they love to do.
Alex also holds a bachelor degree in Media & Cultural Studies from Macquarie University which has provided him with invaluable communication skills, assisting him in making meaningful connections with his patients. Alex has a strong interest in sports related injuries having competed at Nationals level in athletics and is a keen Rugby Union fan. Alex aims to improve his patient’s symptoms and increase their function in their daily life – whether they are an office worker, professional athlete, tradie or scuba diver!
Dr Kate Major
Kate also has extensive post-graduate training in the management and care of patients during pregnancy. She has a history of working in tandem with midwifery clinics in both New Zealand and Australia and often works alongside our pregnancy acupuncture team. Making pregnant women more comfortable and preparing their bodies for labour is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. Kate is also available on Saturdays, much to the delight of her patients.