Practitioners and Therapists

All of the practitioners and therapists at Ryde Natural Health Clinic are independent entities, but they share space, facilities, services, support and knowledge to offer their patients consistent, affordable and informed health care.

  • Osteopaths

    Dr. Evan Marnezos

    After experiencing chronic back pain during high school, Evan was introduced to Osteopathy and was impressed by the results and the holistic nature of the treatment. From this experience he decided to pursue a career in osteopathy and enrolled into the Bachelor of Clinical Science (Osteopathy), and went on to complete a Masters of Osteopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University in Lismore.

    Evan is passionate about treating athletes and has actively competed in powerlifting during his studies. Evan is eager to share the benefits of osteopathic treatment to people who are interested in their health and fitness and has a broad knowledge of pain and injuries in athletes, although is open to treating people from all walks of life.

    Evan adapts his technique to cater for his patient’s needs and is well equipped to assist those experiencing neck, back or joint pain!

    Dr Kristopher Sanford

    Osteopath Dr Kris Sanford Kristopher is a young and passionate osteopath from Melbourne, completing his Osteopathic degree at RMIT University, Victoria. With a keen interest in sport and active lifestyles, Kristopher worked throughout his university degree as a head sports trainer for a Premier League soccer club, as well as multiple AFL clubs and university teams.

    At the beginning of 2015 Kristopher travelled to Mumbai to work at a very well-known and progressive orthopaedic hospital where he used Osteopathy to aid in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients requiring orthopaedic surgery.

    He is passionate about treating people that are actively involved in their health and fitness, and strongly believes that everyone should be able to enjoy their exercise, be it professional or social, pain free.

    Dr. Kuan Ng

    Osteopath Dr. Kuan Ng Osteopath Dr Kuan Ng grew up in Malaysia in the town of Ipoh 200km north of Kuala Lumpur, however has lived with his wife and son in Australia since immigrating here in 1981.

    Since his early years Kuan has practised Ru Yi Bagua (‘Roo-Yee-Baa-Gwa’) – an ancient Chinese art that emphasises the role of body equilibrium, balance, fluid movements, and clarity of mind in a person’s health and wellness, and acknowledges the link between a healthy mind, body and spirit.

    Through Ru Yi Bagua, Kuan has successfully treated people for postural pain and musculoskeletal conditions for over 30 years.

    Dr Wei ‘David’ Tai

    Osteopath Dr Wei 'David' Tai Having completed the 3 year undergraduate and 2 years Master of Osteopathy at Southern Cross University, David is a registered Osteopath in Australia, and in addition he’s also a registered neurological physiotherapist in Taiwan.

    Using a range of soft tissue techniques, dry needling, joint mobilisation, spinal adjustment techniques and physiotherapy skills from the past, David is passionate about helping people ease their symptoms from neck, back or joint pain faster, while addressing the underlying cause of their pain.

    He is also SIRA accredited and able to assist with Workers compensation, CTP and DVA claims.

    He’s also working in our sister clinic in Macquarie Park, Back to Active Sports and Spinal 

    David is also fluent in Taiwanese and Mandarin.

    Dr Kevin Finnan

    Osteopath Dr. Kevin Finnan After suffering from chronic back pain for years on end, Kevin discovered Osteopathy, which successfully assisted him in managing his pain. Impressed with the results of his treatment, Kevin enrolled into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) and continued to complete a Masters of Osteopathy at University of Western Sydney.

    Kevin utilises a variety of hands on osteopathic techniques and offers a personalised treatment that is structured to assist you in reaching your own health goals. In addition to his roles at RNHC, Kevin currently tutors human anatomy, physiology and neuroscience to a variety of health and medical programs at the University of Western Sydney.

    Kevin is the principal Osteopath and a director of RNHC. His vision is to bring the knowledge and skills of osteopathic treatment to the people of Ryde.

  • Chiropractors

    Dr. Johanna McFadgen

    Chiropractor Dr. Johanna McFadgen Johanna graduated from Macquarie University in 2005, after completing 5 years of study for her Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Masters of Chiropractic degrees. She is registered with the AHPRA and is a member of the Chiropractors & Osteopathic Association of Australia. She has also continued her chiropractic education with further studies in acupuncture, pediatrics and pregnancy care.

    Johanna’s philosophy focuses on gentle chiropractic care for all ages. With a highly adaptable approach, she is able to treat a wide variety of patients and conditions.

    With 3 children herself, Johanna has a real passion for helping children and families get their health back on track with chiropractic care.

    Dr. Angelo Marketos

    Chiropractor Dr. Angelo Marketos Angelo utilises a gentle and conservative chiropractic treatment approach for pain associated with a busy lifestyle, such as back pain and headaches.

    He is registered with the NSW Chiropractors Registration Board and is a member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia. He has completed both a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science & Master of Chiropractic, within which Angelo undertook and successfully completed research into the effects of Chiropractic treatment on neck pain, back pain and balance.

    Angelo focuses on pain relief and rehabilitation especially in desk workers, students and labourers.

    Dr. Coco Ho

    Chiropractor Dr. Coco Ho Having experienced chronic back pain from a young age, Coco was introduced to the benefits of chiropractic treatments early in life, and it was from this experience that lead her to applying for, enrolling in, and eventually completing the 5 year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science & Master of Chiropractic program at Sydney’s Macquaire University.

    Coco provides chiropractic care to adults of all ages. She is able to easily adapt her technique to treat a wide range of conditions to meet her patient’s needs.

    Coco is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

    Dr. Scott ‘Hung Jae’ Lee

    North Ryde Chiropractor Scott Lee is at Ryde Natural Health Clinic Scott completed his Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. During his study, he was awarded numerous academic awards including Macquarie University Academic Excellence Award and Chiropractic Student of the Year (Dux).

    Scott has extensive experience in managing various conditions including lower back pain, neck pain, headache and sports injuries. He thoroughly enjoys caring for patients of all ages and provides optimal care to maintain a healthy life.

    In conjunction with thorough history taking, Scott utilises the Gonstead Chiropractic System to enhance his diagnose and to provide a tailored treatment for each patient.

    Scott strongly believes that right chiropractic adjustment can correct dysfunction, improve the condition and enhance the body’s ability to repair and heal itself naturally.

    In addition to working as a chiropractor, Scott also tutors both undergraduate and postgraduate chiropractic students at Macquarie University.

    Scott is fluent in both English and Korean.

  • Physiotherapists

     

    Elizabeth Rigg (née Katalinic)

    Physiotherapist Elizabeth Rigg
    Elizabeth or simply ‘Liz’ is an experienced Physio with a wealth of knowledge. Her warm and welcoming manner makes it hard to get to see Liz, but call us we might be able to squeeze you in….
    Liz’s Special Interest areas are:
    – Pre/ Post Natal care
    – Pelvic Floor
    – Knee Injuries

    Liz enjoys spending her free time playing with her daughter, who is extremely cute!!

    Claudia O’Shea

    North Ryde Physiotherapist Claudia O'Shea Claudia is a passionate and dedicated Physiotherapist who is committed to uncovering the root causes of pain, building genuine connections with her patients, and creating tailored treatment plans. She is a strong believer in comprehensive treatment to optimise your outcomes, integrating movement analysis, manual therapy, and strength training

    Specialties:
    • Movement Analysis
    • Lower Back Pain
    • Strength and conditioning
    • Sports performance

    With extensive experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and competitive powerlifter, Claudia is passionate about understanding and optimising human movement. Whether it’s recovering from an injury, optimising sports performance, improving mobility or enhancing your overall well-being long-term, Claudia is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals

    James Cooper

    Physiotherapist in North Ryde James Cooper James has a passion for treating musculoskeletal conditions throughout the body, with a keen focus on bringing the best of both worlds: hands on treatment with effective movement.

    While studying his Bachelor of Physiotherapy James also gained invaluable experience within both the public and private sector treating cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions.

    When not on the rock climbing wall, James can be found jogging around his local streets of North Ryde or reading in his hammock.

    Christine Berzekian

    Physiotherapist Christine Berezekian

    Christine holds a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing an undergraduate degree in Exercise & Sport Science at the University of Technology Sydney. 

     
    She is passionate about Physiotherapy and has a keen interest in rehabilitating all types of musculoskeletal injuries, particularly neck, back and joint pain management. She has an extensive background of exercise rehabilitation and uses these skills to help transition her patients from the acute phase to safely returning to full function. Complementing this with her manual handling skills allows her to effectively help patients overcome pain, and work on preventing further exacerbations. 
     
    Outside of work, Christine loves playing football, enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family and friends. She is actively engaged in her church and is always up for a challenge!

    Catherine ‘Cat’ Miller

    Growing up competing at elite levels of running and following her fair share of injuries, Cat quickly developed an appreciation and interest in sporting injuries and rehabilitation. This led her to undertake a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from ACU.

    Cat has a special interest in:

    · Sports Injuries

    · Ankle Biomechanics, and

    · Knee Injuries

    Cat is a bubbly and vibrant person who focuses on helping patients achieve their goals whether those entail returning to sports or performing daily routines pain-free. She believes in providing personalised and evidence-based care to each of her patients to optimize their recovery. With her friendly and approachable nature, Cat makes it a priority to build strong relationships with her patients and ensure their overall well-being.

    Outside of work you can find Cat out finding the best new running routes, at the gym or spending time with family and friends.

     

    Scott Lyon

    Physiotherapist Yonit Nahmias

    Scott’s passion for Physiotherapy began while he was working as a CrossFit trainer, teaching members safe and functional movements, and promoting an active lifestyle. In order to pursue his passion, Scott packed up his belongings, left North Queensland and made his way to Sydney.

     

    Scott has amazing abilities in:
    – Fitness Training injuries
    – Ankles

    – Exercised based treatment

    Scott can most often be found in the CrossFit gym, hiking along trails rarely travelled and volunteering with the State Emergency Service.

    Alex Donald

    Physiotherapist Alex Donald As one of Australia’s leading Physiotherapists, Alex has advanced the profession with special interests in the treatment of headaches, chronic foot pain and orthotics.

    Having trained many elite athletes, weekend warriors, and beginners over a wide variety of sports, Alex has been uniquely placed to train Physiotherapists in how to best treat everyone at every level.

    Working closely with Olympic Physiotherapists, he has gained valuable experience and has treated a number of elite athletes through both Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates.

    Dominic Fitzgerald

    Physio Dom Fitzgerald Dom holds a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree and is an experienced Physiotherapist. Dom has a passion for rehabilitation, whether it be acute sporting injuries or chronic illness. Over the years he has developed an interest in treating shoulders, back and knees, along with a special interest in rheumatology, an area he has practiced in for nearly three years.

    Prior to working as a physiotherapist Dom spent five years as an exercise physiologist. He enjoys combining hands on manual therapy with exercise prescription in his treatment approach. After sustaining numerous injuries over the years he understand the importance of effective and efficient rehabilitation.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners

    Dr. Kuo Jen (Hank) Chen

    Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner Dr. Kuo Jen (Hank) Chen Having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine) at the University of Western Sydney, followed by a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a PhD in Nanjing, China, Dr Kuo Jen ‘Hank’ Chen is not only an experienced and accomplished practitioner, but he has a deep passion for the profession.

    While patients have sought out Hank’s assistance to treat and manage the symptoms of a range of conditions, he has a keen interest in working with patients with issues related to pain, stress, digestion, fatigue, women’s health and infertility* (both male and female).

    Dr Julia Oh

    Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner Julia Oh Julia is a bright and caring Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner who has a particular interest in working with patients with issues related to Women’s Health and Infertility* (both male and female), pain, stress, digestion and fatigue.

    Currently completing her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, Julia supports and contributes to the Chinese Medicine profession’s move towards evidence-based treatments through rigorous research and clinical trials.

    *There is some research evidence that Chinese medicine treatment may assist in supporting specific fertility treatments such as IVF, and there is also broad agreement by Chinese medicine practitioners and other health practitioners about acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for IVF.

    There is continuing research on how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment. Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as a supplementary treatment that may assist with IVF. Consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

    Dr Anthony Keating

    North Ryde Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalist Dr Anthony Keating Anthony Keating B.H.Sc, (UTS, Sydney) is a registered Acupuncturist with over 12 years of clinical experience.

    Anthony’s treats patients with a wide variety of medical conditions and has a special interest and a lot of experience in the following areas.

    • Pain management and Injury recovery
    • Mental Health
    • Oncology/ Chemo Support
    • Immune Function Support
    • Pregnancy, IVF and Labour

    Anthony is dedicated practitioner who is known to be supportive and attentive to clients needs. The acupuncture treatments seem to allow the patient to draw on the bodies own resources for healing and self repair. Often the patient will report feeling centred and deeply relaxed post treatment and this feeling can remain with them for several days after.

    In his practice, Anthony draws from his unique clinical and cultural experiences during 18 months living and working in China and South Korea. It was these countries where he did intern-ships in both public and private hospitals settings.

    Outside of his work Anthony is a proud father, plays sports like Brazilian Jujitsu, enjoys cooking and music, as well as meditating regularly.

  • Remedial Massage Therapists:

    Mustafa Yildirim

    Mustafa is a Physiotherapist from Turkey and Remedial Massage Therapist in Australia, with extensive experience in shoulder injury management and post-op rehab, and will be working at Ryde Natural Health Clinic as a Remedial Massage Therapist while working towards being recognised as a Physio in Australia.

    Anna Kaminski

    Anna Kaminski is a fully qualified Remedial Massage Therapist with over 15 years of experience. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in a variety of massage styles, including relaxation, remedial, sports, and deep tissue massage, as well as pregnancy and postnatal massage.

    Anna firmly believes that massage plays a vital role in assisting with pain management and for injury recovery. She has worked with people of all ages and professions, and has gained knowledge in the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

    Menelik ‘Ben’ Haylemariam

    Originally from Ethiopia, Menelik or as he is better known in the clinic- ‘Ben’ has been living in Sydney since 2010.

    After completing his nursing qualification in Tasmania and working in the industry for several years, Ben looked for a change of pace but to remain in a in a role that would utilise his knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and bioscience. This lead him to completing his formal remedial massage qualifications.

    Ben’s nursing background, combined with his passion for the massage profession has provided him with the ability to confidently treat muscular issues through remedial massage therapy, and he is happy to adapt his style to suit his clients needs,  be it for sports, deep tissue, or relaxation.

    Leah Dwyer

    Remedial Massage Therapist Leah Dwyer
    Leah is originally from Toronto, Canada but made Sydney her home in 1997. She has been a Remedial Massage Therapist for over 10 years and is covered by all the health care funds.

    Leah provides remedial, relaxation for stress relief, pregnancy, and gentle massage for clients of all ages- including the elderly and children. Due to her own chronic pain condition, Leah has a keen interest in chronic pain management and has dedicated her career to helping people manage chronic pain and chronic conditions.

    Leah is committed to furthering the field of massage therapy and most recently was the only NSW massage therapist on the 9 member committee to revise and update the national Diploma of Remedial Massage completed in 2021.
    When not working she can be found sea kayaking or surf skiing on Middle Harbour. Motion is lotion!

    Jacky Bramley

    Remedial Massage Therapist Jacky Bramley Jacky has been practicing Remedial Massage for over 15 years. Her passion, intuition, confidence and experience are easy to see when you get a massage from her.

    Jacky is a very warm, happy and approachable person who utilises her natural hands-on therapy to benefit you both physically and psychologically. Jacky listens to your needs to ensure her massage sessions are effective in assisting you reach your well-being goals.

    She comes from a strong sporting family of athletes, and has developed her skill set in Remedial and Sports massage to help recovery. This reduces muscular and joint pain while improving your general wellness. You will be amazed at who Jacky has massaged in the world of elite Athletes and sports teams.

    Tom Clarke

    North Ryde Remedial Massage Therapist Tom Clarke

    Tom has been active and involved in fitness since playing field hockey as a child. His philosophy is ‘take care of your overall health and the rest takes care of itself’. Massage became very important and effective in his rehabilitation after suffering a number of sports injuries from running and martial arts. Tom does weight training 5 days per week, Hapkido martial arts 3 days per week, and practises yoga and callisthenics daily, so by the end of the week, he loves to get a great massage.

    Tom believes in helping others achieve their health and fitness goals, which is why he has chosen massage as his career. He strongly promotes the idea that we can improve our lives so much by simply looking after our bodies through a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, adequate sleep and regular massages. After a great massage, clients are better able to get back to their daily activities, whether that be sports or life in general, with greater range of movement, less muscular pain and feeling better overall.

  • Practice Manager

    Ashley Harrop

    Ashley is a valued member here at Ryde Natural Health Clinic. Having completed her Diploma of practice management and business administration, Ashley makes sure everything in the clinic is running smoothly, from reception to all the behind the scenes admin!