Meet the team
Karen Shaw – Osteopath and Principal PractitionerB.App.Sc(Clinical.Sc) B.Osteopathic.Sc.
After completing her osteopathic studies at RMIT University in 1995, Karen commenced practice in both Ballarat and Montmorency allowing her to provide treatment to a wide range of patients from many varied backgrounds. After 10 years working in a multidisciplinary environment, Karen opened Lower Plenty Osteopathy in 2005.
Karen has been an active member of the Australian Osteopathic Association having been a member of the Victorian committee, organizing seminar programs for osteopathic ongoing professional development.
She uses a wide variety of osteopathic techniques, enabling her to tailor her treatments to suit the individual requirements of each and every patient. This has resulted in Karen providing the osteopathic care to many families, from infants to grandparents.
Karen loves spending time with her two beautiful children and catching up with family and friends.
Alana Smarrelli – OsteopathB.AppSc(CompMed).M Ost
Alana graduated from 5 years of osteopathic study from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine) and a Masters in Osteopathy. She has completed many post graduate studies including courses in cranial Osteopathy.
Alana treats complaints of the whole body from head to toe, and all ages from babies to the elderly and everyone in-between.
She has particular interest in women’s health, children and the physical effects of stress and emotion. Alana will assess and treat patterns within the body in relation to your pain or discomfort using techniques specifically chosen for your needs.
In her spare time Alana enjoys reading, keeping fit and healthy, attending group meditation classes and enjoying Melbourne’s finest coffee with friends.
Tara Herbert – OsteopathB.Health.Sc.B.App.Sc(Osteopathy)
Tara completed her Osteopathic studies at RMIT University. Having worked in the health and fitness industry for many years and undertaking previous studies in nutrition, she has a keen interest in the holistic approach to patient’s health and wellbeing and loves that Osteopathy allows her to approach each patient with this in mind. Tara is an experienced pilates instructor having studied with Polestar Pilates Australia, completing the Rehabilitative Clinical Pilates series and utilizes this as a means to assist patients with self-management techniques and injury prevention.
Tara uses a range of techniques but has a particular interest in fascia and its role in long-term postural strains and chronic conditions. She is passionate about expanding her knowledge about treatment and management techniques to improve patient outcomes and loves the dynamic challenges that osteopathy offers.
Jessica Jackman – OsteopathB.AppSc(CompMed).M Ost
Jessica graduated from RMIT University, Bundoora following completion of a 3 year Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (Applied Science) and a 2 year Master of Osteopathy. During her time at university, Jessica studied with Polestar Pilates Australia completing the Rehabilitive Clinical Pilates series. She also worked in a private sports hospital in India, where she was exposed to a range of sports injuries particularly in the shoulder and knee regions.
Jessica has a keen interest in pregnancy and rehabilitation within osteopathy and is passionate about expanding her knowledge regarding current techniques and improving individual patient outcomes. She enjoys the dynamic challenges osteopathy provides and particularly enjoys the opportunities to interact with people from all walks of life.
Yiing Chen – OsteopathB.AppSc(CompMed).M Ost
Yiing graduated from RMIT university with her masters thesis on common paediatric conditions. Since graduating, Yiing has completed further studies into the management and treatment of children.
She has a passion for helping people and is committed to educating and helping her patients understand their condition and how to best manage it. She has a keen interest in the treatment of chronic conditions, in particular chronic low back, neck and shoulder pain experienced by many desk workers and labourers.
Yiings direct yet gentle approach to treatment is suitable for people of all ages. Yiing regularly attends seminars to expand on her knowledge and skills to ensure she provides the most up to date and comprehensive treatments for her patients.
Bradley Robinson – OsteopathB.App.Sc(Clinical Sc) B.Osteo.Sc. B.App.Sc (Human Mvmt)
Brad completed a degree in Human Movement before graduating from RMIT University with a double degree in Osteopathic Science and Applied Science (Clinical Science) in 2004.
He worked in private clinics in the city centre and the suburbs of Melbourne before spending 2007-08 in Norway. Whilst in Norway he took the opportunity to travel a little, learn new approaches to patient care and lectured technique at the School of Osteopathy in Oslo.
Brad treats a broad range of conditions and uses a wide variety of osteopathic techniques, tailoring treatment to the individual patient’s needs. He relates well to people of all ages and provides a consistently high level of care in a comfortable treatment environment. Brad aims to help his patients to function as effectively as they are able in their day to day lives.
Brad enjoys spending his free time with his family. He enjoys exercise and various sports and is currently competing in track and field athletics.
Megan Carruthers – Clinical MyotherapistB.Health Sc(Clinical Myotherapy)
Meg completed her 3 year Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy) at the Southern School of Natural Therapies and is qualified to treat a vast variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Meg takes an individualised, holistic approach to patient care.
She uses a variety of techniques including soft tissue therapy, dry needling, functional movement, postural education, corrective exercise, muscle energy techniques and the Mc Kenzie method to alleviate pain and help restore function and wellbeing. Her areas of special interest are pain management and treating the musculoskeletal issues arising from scoliosis.
During the past 12 months, Meg has worked under physiotherapists with the FC11 elite soccer-training program at Melbourne University, treating a wide variety of conditions and acute injuries.
Away from work, Meg is a keen gardener and cook and loves spending time with her husband and daughter