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.
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.
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.
Catherine Spiteri – OsteopathB.App.Sc(Comp Med), M.Osteo
Catherine graduated from RMIT with her osteopathic double degree in 2008 and has worked predominantly in Melbourne’s north east since. She has completed further studies in the fields of paediatrics, biodynamics and ergonomics.
Catherine enjoys treating people of all ages including young children, adults and the elderly. Whilst her treatment approach is predominantly indirect, Catherine also uses the more direct approaches including soft tissue massage, articulation and stretching. Catherine believes the body has great ability to heal itself however that it may need a helping hand from time to time.
Outside of work, Catherine enjoys spending time having family fun with her children, gardening when Melbournes weather pemits and a good game of cricket.
Monique Finnigan – OsteopathB.Hlth.Sc.B.App.Sci (Osteo)
Monique graduated from RMIT university with a double bachelor degree of health science and applied science (Osteopathy). Monique enjoys using a variety of hands on osteopathic techniques to assist with muscle and joint pain, restriction or discomfort. Myofascial release, gentle mobilisations and trigger point therapy are just a few of the techniques she commonly uses along with postural re-education, stretching and strengthening exercises.
Monique is currently completing her Clinical Pilates certificate with the Australian Physotherapy and Pilates Institute. This has given her valuable skills in rehabilitating common conditions such as lower back pain, neck sprains and strains, as well as sporting injuries. She enjoys treating people from all walks of life but has gained particular interest in working with aging populations with chronic pain and osteoarthritis. Monique maintains current knowledge of health research through continued personal development so that she can provide the best of care for her patients.
In her spare time, you might catch Monique camping out by the coast, practicing some hula hooping tricks or meeting up for coffee with friends.
Thomas Blake – OsteopathB.Hlth.Sc.B.App.Sci (Osteo)
Thomas grew up in Melbourne’s North East suburbs playing high-level football and basketball for local clubs.
For as long as he could remember, Tom was fascinated by anatomy/biology; which led him towards Osteopathy as a career choice. Additionally, he’d witnessed his teammates struggling with ongoing injuries, who sought relief from Osteopaths and thus returned to sport pain free. These experiences inspired him to study Osteopathy, so that he too could help people reach their full potential and improve the quality of their lives.
He is passionate about working with his patients to help them reach their treatment and rehabilitation goals, so they can enjoy their daily activities such as gardening, walking or golf, without the aches and pains, or to help them achieve their exercise goals at gym/pilates.
Tom’s treatment directive revolves around patient education and understanding, which will enable his patients to better understand their musculoskeletal conditions, and further their ability to help improve their overall level of health. He adopts a wide range of osteopathic techniques and enjoys treating people of all age groups. He is also qualified to perform dry needling and myofascial cupping.
Tom’s hobbies include: football, gym and generally staying active. Tom currently plays football for Lower Plenty football club in the NFNL.
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