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.
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
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 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
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
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.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners
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
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
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 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 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 DwyerLeah 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 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 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.
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!