Williamstown Health + Lifestyle owner Cliff Butler treats everyone from the robust Tradie whose body takes a daily beating, to the new Mum rediscovering her strength and the older patient who wants to get back into life full throttle. “I treat them all with passion, enthusiasm and consideration” Cliff says. “My patients may vary but one thing remains the same; they are ready to make a change to their lifestyle and reap the benefits of treatment.” Cliff is dedicated to sharing his vast knowledge with clients. “Whatever program we work on is guaranteed to be deeply considered and individually tailored.”
Osteopath Yuma Hemphill is the testament to the depth of care patients feel with the right health expert by their side. Those in his care are quick to point out that they can tell him anything that is going on in their life, feedback he never takes for granted. “The solid relationships I form with my patients motivate me to always ensure the best level of care through a range of different modalities.” For Yuma, allowing patients to take control of their health goals by giving them the tools to do so is the reward.
Alex D’Agostin’s path to Osteopathy was set early. As a competitive runner in her teens, Alex’s many injuries made her a regular on the treatment table. “I made it my mission to choose a profession that helped people achieve their goals and overcome injury like I had,” she says. This early insight makes Alex the perfect choice to treat newborns, babies and children. “I once got told I was better than Santa Clause,” Alex recalls. “If that is not a compliment I don’t know what is!”
The Williamstown Health + Lifestyle team offer a support system to take patients not only through their ailments, “but also their lives,” says Osteopath, Leisa Barber. With a passion for the symbiotic and positive relationship the body and mind have, Leisa has embarked on a Bachelor’s of Psychology to better her knowledge and further share that with patients. “I want to enrich people’s wellbeing, enabling them to fully engage and relish in every aspect of their lives,” she says.
“Knowledge is power” Osteopath Tim Ischia believes. Tim – a self-described ‘deep thinker’ – is personally invested in discovering more about pain and uncovering the best results for all his patients. Beyond each visit, Tim works with patients to establish and resolve work and lifestyle factors that contribute to their ailments. ”Going above and beyond our clients needs is simply what we do here.”
Osteopath Loren Gribble knows that pain can be a frightening experience. “Having the support of someone who can listen and educate you makes a world of difference,” she says. The healing process takes time, so to prevent an injury returning, a combination of hands on treatment is essential, she adds. “Working with a multidisciplinary team means we can achieve great things together. Not everyone will respond to one treatment, so having many options is a huge benefit for patients.”
During his time as an Osteopath, Declan Clifford has witnessed the power of complementary approaches to the mind and body. “We are always enthusiastic about how we can come together as health professionals to achieve the ultimate goal with each individual.” They put their health in our hands, so we have to do everything we can to help them,” he says. Each day brings with it a problem to be solved, adds Declan, “so I strive to deliver the solution through listening and lifestyle plans,” he says.
Osteopath Chris Bell practices what he preaches, prioritizing a healthy lifestyle outside of work. This enables Chris to deliver an honest, genuine and informed mindset to each patient and a realistic plan for treatment. Chris’s passionate approach towards the human body means that those in his hands learn how to physically and mentally lead a better life. “My clients leave the consultation educated and empowered” he says. “I think that’s pretty cool!”
For Physiotherapist Rachel Hunt, “building rapport and empathy is the core of my profession and personality,’” she explains. Rachel strives to empower clients with a better understanding and optimism about their health and treatment plan. She does this through working with her colleagues to target each aspect of rehabilitation to ensure each patient discovers the right fit of complimentary disciplines for them.
Having worked in an office job, Myotherapist Stuart Wright understands how important an active lifestyle and positive habits are on the body. This personal knowledge, together with his Personal Training qualification, makes Stuart a popular choice with patients who want to better their lifestyle. “I know how important the relationship between a patient and therapist can be,” Stuart says. “I feel privileged to be in a position to assist my clients towards leading fuller lives.”
Remedial Therapist, Sarah Zanette is on a mission. “I want to help people feel educated about their bodies,” she says. “The greatest client result is not only improved function but boosted body confidence and understanding.” Sarah strives to see patients pain-free, but an additional benefit is when they become proactive about their own lifestyle to ensure this into the future. “It’s a new lease on life for them. It’s amazing to see!”
Myotherapist Carlin Roche treats each patient with deep intuition, communicating with them through each stage of treatment. “The patient that benefits most is the one who understands what’s happening with their own body and is involved in the treatment process,” he says. “I learn from them as much as they learn from me.” A nasty back injury in his youth almost lead to spinal surgery for Carlin ignited his passion for helping others in similar situations. “Patients have told me I’ve changed their life. That is a real honour.”
Pilates Instructor Angela Mamalis is constantly seeking patient feedback and looking for changes and improvements in how they feel, hold themselves and function in their lives. Angela views each Pilate’s class as strengthening a partnership that betters and bolsters a happy, active lifestyle. “We are a health and lifestyle community within the Williamstown community,” she says. “I am so committed and passionate about health and wellness and the people we treat.”
Pilates Instructor, Brooke Gittings is more than passionate about what she does, she describes her approach as ‘obsessive.’ “Getting people up and back into a life they love armed with a better physical understanding is my daily goal.” Brooke’s strengths with patients include a resilient and empathetic approach, and the ability to listen. “I am here to help with lifelong solutions,” she says. “You can’t fit that into one meeting with someone, so my work always goes well above and beyond.”
Pilates Instructor, Camile Rey is continually challenging her beliefs and knowledge about the body and mind to best benefit her clients. Currently studying her Bachelor of Exercise Science, she is consistently committed to strengthening patients mentally and physically. “I want to deliver treatment that makes my patients forget what it is like to be injured or have restricted movement,” she says. “I aim to empower them to take charge of their journey and wellbeing in a way they never thought possible.”