Our Team

Our Team

Osteopathic Team

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Dr Ngaire McKay

Osteopath

Dr Ngaire McKay is an Osteopath and our practice principle. Ngaire has completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Clinical science), and Masters of Osteopathy at Victoria University. Since graduating, Ngaire has worked in a number of clinics throughout Melbourne, as well as spending 4 years in the regional town of Shepparton. After identifying a need for quality healthcare in Caroline Springs, Ngaire opened take2health in 2007.

Ngaire has completed a number of post-graduate courses including paediatrics, obstetrics and clinical pilates. She has further qualifications in rehabilitation pilates, osteopathy in the cranial field and is a qualified infant massage instructor. Much of Ngaire’s career has been spent treating women pre-conception, pregnant women, children and infants. Ngaire has a strong interest in preconception health, and enjoys being able to help women feel empowered throughout their pregnancy. She used to love nothing more than treating a mum pre-conception and throughout the pregnancy and then treating the baby once he/she is born.

With a high level of interest and knowledge in paediatrics, Ngaire now spends most of her consultation time treating infants and children. She has a passion for children’s health, not only in terms of musculoskeletal health but also in relation to childhood development. Ngaire has a particular interest in infant and child nutrition, and often incorporates nutritional education as part of her osteopathic care.

Ngaire treats children with the care and respect that every child deserves. She takes the time to ensure that the baby/ child is comfortable with treatment and communicates with both parent and child throughout the consultation. She views her role, not only as providing competent hands on treatment to the child but also in providing support, education and understanding to the parent or caregiver. She takes the time within a consultation to listen to the parent and will work with them to achieve the best possible outcome for their child.

Outside of take2health, Ngaire loves nothing more than spending time with her gorgeous 4 year old daughter (and her husband!), travelling, quality time with friends and family plus she follows the football, being an avid Demons supporter.

* Appointments with Ngaire cannot be booked online, please contact reception to make an appointment.

** Please note appointments with Ngaire are unavailable as she is currently on long service leave.

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Dr Julia McManus

Osteopath

Julia is a qualified Osteopath, who has completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Osteopathy at Victoria University. She is also one of our Pilates instructors, having completed further study in Clinical Pilates. She has a keen interest in rehabilitation, strengthening and injury prevention for all types of conditions.

Others areas of interest include children and adolescent conditions, pregnancy, postural and occupational strain and sporting injuries. Julia’s approach to treatment is individual for every patient as she recognises that everyone is different and can respond differently to treatment.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys being active: playing netball and doing Pilates classes each week, socialising with friends and going to the football to cheer on North Melbourne.

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Dr Jessica Tehan

Osteopath

Jessica graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (complementary medicine) and a Master’s of Osteopathy.

Whilst completing her studies Jessica worked as a sport trainer for a number of years allowing her to gain further insight into sporting injuries.

Jessica has a keen interest in paediatric and obstetric osteopathy and enjoys applying her further studies in pilates and infant massage to allow patients to have an active role in their health and the health of their families.

Jessica has a gentle and caring approach to the treatment and care of her patients and enjoys working towards achieving long term goals and benefits.

Outside of osteopathy, Jessica enjoys participating in regular pilates and yoga classes, plays netball and loves to snowboard. Jessica also has over ten years experience as a dancer.

Jessica  has just returned from maternity leave and adds to her osteopathic skills with the knowledge of raising her gorgeous 1 year old daughter.

Dr Saxon Woodroffe

Osteopath

Saxon completed his Bachelor of Clinical Science and Masters of Osteopathic Science at Victoria University.  Originally he first became interested in Osteopathy after seeking advice for a sporting injury of his own sustained whilst playing Australian Rules football.  From this experience his interest and passion for the profession grew and prompted him to undertake the studies to gain his qualifications.

Saxon still plays football along with now coaching his local u18’s side also. In the off season he loves staying active including running, swimming, and is always up for a physical challenge, having competed in triathlons and the Tough Mudder several times in the past.  When he isn’t exercising he enjoys the sunshine, escaping to the beach when he can.

Due to always being involved in sport, Saxon has seen his fair share of injuries and now working in a clinical setting he enjoys helping those people who sustain injuries get back to the activities they love best be it having a kick of local footy, dancing, a round of golf, running or the boot camp enthusiast.

Aside from sporting injuries Saxon also has a keen interest in, and commonly treats acute and long standing chronic conditions, including headaches, neck pain, and lower back pain, as well as seeing numerous pregnant women who come to the clinic, helping them deal with the various issues that occur as their body changes throughout the pregnancy.

Using a range of osteopathic manual techniques combined with exercise and lifestyle advice, he believes that good communication and patient education are paramount in helping improve the patient’s complaint, encouraging active recovery and increasing their understanding to prevent further re-injury from occurring in the future.

Dr Mary Tassoulas

Osteopath

Mary has completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Osteopathy at Victoria University. Mary’s passion for health and the human body began at an early age, so it’s no wonder that she fell in love with Osteopathy and what it has to offer.

Mary enjoys treating a variety of different conditions, particularly posture and occupation related complaints. She is passionate about supporting her patients by finding the right tools for their individual needs. She incorporates rehabilitation and lifestyle adjustments to help achieve their health goals.

Mary has further training in Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping which, she uses to compliment her hands on Osteopathic treatments. She is also currently completing further studies in Clinical Pilates.

As an ambassador for lifestyle balance, when she’s not in clinic, you can find Mary enjoying her weekend brunches, riding her bike or curled up with a good book.

Dr Rhiannon Gatt

Osteopath

Rhiannon has completed a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and a Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) at Victoria University. Her passion for health and anatomy lead her to the osteopathic profession. With a passion for constantly expanding her knowledge, Rhiannon has also completed further training in taping, dry needling and cupping, and is currently completing her Clinical Pilates training.

Rhiannon enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions but has a particular interest in postural strains, including neck and low back pain, as well as conditions of the knee. She often incorporates rehabilitation exercises into her treatments, as she firmly believes that this is important for the long-term benefit of the patient.

Outside of osteopathy, Rhiannon loves hiking, working out to good music, watching movies and shopping.

Myotherapy & Remedial Massage

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Tanya Todd

Myotherapist

Tanya began working at take2health in 2010 and has a strong following among our clients. Despite previously having a career in the corporate world, both managing and owning various companies and travelling around the world, Tanya realised her passion was in fact for health. Having completed her Certificate 4 in massage therapy, Tanya then went on to complete her Remedial Massage degree, followed by a degree in Myotherapy.

She now juggles her time between working as a Myotherapist and Remedial Massage therapist at take2health and completing post graduate studies in physiotherapy.

Though time is limited these days, Tanya still enjoys getting out for a regular bike ride, and continues to train as a power lifter.

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Trish Muscat

Remedial Massage

Trish completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at the Australian College of Natural Medicine back in 2006.

She is a highly dedicated and qualified Remedial Massage Therapist who uses a variation of tools during her treatments and strives to eliminate your pain and discomfort. Trish is a strong believer in treating the body holistically and tries to identify the cause of the symptom rather than simply giving you initial pain relief.

As a Remedial Therapist, Trish is able to offer effective clinical treatments by conducting comprehensive assessments and assigning personalised treatment plans. She uses a range of techniques in her treatments including, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, cupping, dry needling, passive stretching, trigger point therapy and aromatherapy for the purpose of relaxation, healing, rehabilitation and sports injury treatment.  As a mum herself, Trish has a keen interest in helping mums feel more comfortable throughout their pregnancies with the use of pregnancy massage techniques.

In her spare time Trish loves being in the great outdoors, whether it is camping for the weekend or simply walking the dogs in the park. She also loves any opportunity to travel and discover different countries and cultures.

Trish is available for appointments on Monday and Thursday’s including evenings and will soon be available on Saturdays.

Musculoskeletal Therapy Team

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Kesh Bassi

Musculoskeletal Therapist

Kesh believes in a holistic approach to treatment. He feels it is important to assess and treat the underlying cause of movement pain and dysfunction in order to minimise the risk of musculoskeletal injury. Poor posture, poor movement habits and improper training techniques over time, may all contribute to musculoskeletal pain.

Through working in education, Kesh has learned the value of knowledge…it truly is power! Thus, a key focus of Kesh is to educate his patients on how they can get the best out of their bodies and ultimately, understand their own bodies in order to create a self-awareness to best look after themselves physically. This is vital for patients leading active lifestyles as incorrect training methods may cause injury and pain over time.

Reception Team

Angela Tuddenham

Receptionist

Angela is a busy mum of 2 daughters. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending her time socialising with family and friends, and travelling.  After working in the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 20 years, Angela is enjoying the change of pace and the social interactions that come with the job.