Riverland Professionals Series – Michelle Harris

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. This is the next in a series of blog posts dedicated to professionals around the Riverland, whose skills and qualifications complement services received at Santosha.

For our next profile, I am pleased to introduce Michelle Harris. Michelle is a passionate, degree qualified Naturopath with 10 years experience in the natural health industry.  She has spent time working for one of the industry’s most respected health companies, where she gained an up to date and broad knowledge base in the Natural Medicine field.

In the last few years Michelle has been following her passion, practicing in a busy naturopathic clinic treating a variety of clientele of varying ages with a variety of health conditions and backgrounds.

She has a special interest and understanding in women’s hormonal health and the associated issues including adrenal gland stress, mood problems, thyroid gland imbalances, fertility planning and overcoming fertility challenges, as well as healthy weight management. Having experienced health challenges in this area herself, Michelle understands first hand that it can be confusing and often difficult identifying the underlying problem and knowing where to start your treatment.

Michelle also has broad experience in uncovering and treating various complaints including;

  • Digestive issues (IBS, Reflux, Food Allergies and Intolerance’s, Coeliac Disease )
  • Fatigue, stress and ‘burnout’
  • Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis)

Michelle’s philosophy is to help you uncover and understand the ‘root cause’ behind your health issue’s whilst keeping in mind your goals and limitations. She incorporates blood testing and functional pathology testing together with nutritional, herbal and lifestyle interventions to provide a holistic treatment plan for her patients.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

Before I even get to work I always start my day with some sort of movement, whether it’s walking with my cocker spaniel Charlie, riding, running a gym session or simply doing some yoga and stretching.  It’s the best way to prepare my mind a body before my work day so I can be fully present with my patients.  A lot of my work is done behind the scenes on my days away from clinic or before and after clinic as I research and plan patient’s treatment programs.

How did you become interested in Natural Medicine?

From a young age I suffered with chronic and quite debilitating skin issues and digestive complaints which flared up especially during year 12 studies.  I wasn’t offered any relief except steroidal creams and the pill from the medical profession and my family had always utilised Natural Medicine so it was an area we started to investigate to get to the root cause.  I started studying and soon started to uncover some underlying causes.  I gradually found relief after some hard work investigating different areas.

As I become a young adult I also started to experience some hormonal imbalances, which affected me in various ways as I worked in a fast past, stressful job.  This lead me down the path to find harmony and balance and once again uncover more about myself and my health that needed correcting.

It’s fair to say I can relate to a lot of you and understand how hard it can sometimes be.

What is your biggest life achievement?

It’s great to achieve awards and study, however, my biggest achievement has been able to help others like myself as well as my family with their health journeys.

I have lots of goals for the future, and I believe they will come when the time is right.

What is one thing you can help clients with (that the general population may not realise)?

All health complaints whether its cardiovascular disease, mood problems, fertility challenges or digestive issues all have an ‘underlying cause’.  I can help you to find this and restore harmony in the body.

Where are you located?

During the week currently at Riverland Natural Health, 44 East Terrace, Loxton.

You can call the clinic on 85844868

Also Saturdays at Aloe Health in Adelaide http://aloehealth.com.au/about-us/

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I’m a fairly simple person, I don’t need a lot of things to keep me happy, just family, friends, animals and healthy food.

Being a country girl (growing up in Loxton) I love being outdoors and spending time with my loved ones (including our beautiful dogs). I love cooking and creating healthy alternatives to share with patients.  Cooking is like therapy for me. I also love being active, in the last few years hiking adventures with my husband have become a regular love.


If you’d like to learn more about Michelle, benefit from her health tips, recipe inspiration and lifestyle advice, you can follow her on Instagram or Facebook under Michelle Harris: Naturopath.

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Riverland Professionals Series – Georgia Tzanavaras

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. This is the first in a series of blog posts dedicated to professionals around the Riverland, whose skills and qualifications complement services received at Santosha.

For our first profile, I am pleased to introduce Georgia Tzanavaras, remedial massage therapist, Pilates instructor and tennis coach. Georgia is the owner of Wellness Pilates in Renmark. She has an amazing knowledge of the human body, how it works and how to get the most out of it.


What is your profession? What areas do you have qualifications and training in? 

I currently teach Physical Education and Pilates Movement and I am a Remedial Massage therapist. I hold a Master Trainer Certification with Australian Institute of Fitness and I am a Certified Tennis Coach (Club Professional) with Tennis Australia. I am also registered with the Teachers Registration Board in SA.

At a very young age my passion for Exercise and Sport led me to decide that I would like to follow a career that involves movement and teach sport. I studied Sports Science and Physical Education at the Kapodestrian University of Athens and specialised in Tennis.

I worked for several years overseas with schools, sporting clubs and gyms before I came to Australia. By that time movement through the Pilates Method and it’s benefits for athletes and for general wellbeing had already been in my thoughts. I was introduced to the Pilates world overseas via seminars.

When I came to Australia I decided to study Pilates through the Pilates Method Association (APMA) and I currently hold a Diploma in Pilates Movement Therapy. I started my own Pilates Practice in 2006 whilst I was working part time for the Education Department.

Ever since my passion for my practice grew and I dedicated more time in educating my clients about the benefits of Pilates Movement. I decided to extend my clinical knowledge to a “hands on” through Massage Therapy to further assist people with chronic pain and I studied Remedial Massage therapy.

I was rewarded with the Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2012 and I have combined Pilates and Remedial Massage in my Practice ever since.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I teach Pilates at my Practice “Wellness Pilates” in a small or bigger group classes and I see clients in between classes for Remedial Massage Therapy.

 

What is your biggest life achievement?

My biggest achievement is growing my family in Australia. I have two beautiful daughters, Maria and Yianna that fill my life with joy every day.

At a younger age, I played Volley ball at professional level (overseas) and reached the National level as a Tennis Player.

What is one thing you can help clients with (that the general population may not realise)?

I can help people with emotional and physical pain through Pilates breathing and exercise as well Massage Therapy. My main goal is to help people take their Wellbeing in their own hands.

Where are you located?

I am located in 53 James Ave Renmark, near the public library on the river front. All information is also available through my website: www.wellnesspilates.com.au

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy walking at the beach and spending quality time with my family.

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Background Concepts and Dynamics of NET

Have you experienced NET? Have you tried to explain it to a friend…”you hold your arm up and they say words and I don’t know, it just makes me feel better.
Here is a great video explaining the concepts of NET. So if you’ve been wondering what it’s all about and how it works, or experienced the positive effects and would like to know more…take a look here!

Summary

  • Founded by Dr Scott Walker and co-deveoped by Dr Deb Walker
  • Taught for the first time in May 1988
  • There are currently over 8000 practitioner who use this technique
  • “NET is a tool that can help improve many behavioural and physical conditions using a methodology of finding and removing neurological imbalances, related to the physiology if unresolved stress.”
  • “Neuro-Emotional Complex: A subjective mal-adaption syndrome adopted by the human organism in response to a real or perceived threat.”
  • NEC’s are the patients emotional reality. Think about how you feel after a nightmare, you wake up with a racing heart, but the dream isn’t real. You are still having a physiological response.
  • After we process an emotional experience, its normal for the body to come back into balance. This does not always happen.
  • Muscles that are previously ‘strong’ will test weak when saying a non-congruent statement. This has been scientifically validated by Dr Daniel Monti.*
  • We are NOT talking to the body, asking the body questions or predicting the future!

 

Published research about NET

A pilot randomized controlled trial comparing the efficacy of exercise, spinal manipulation, and neuro emotional technique for the treatment of pregnancy-related low back pain
Caroline Peterson, DC, PhD, MPH, LDM, Mitchell Haas, DC, MA and W. Thomas Gregory, MD
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 2012 20:18

A case series evaluating the accuracy of manual muscle testing for predicting fetal sex
Kristopher B. Peterson, DC, Caroline D. Peterson, DC, PhD, MPH, CPM
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2012 11, 1-6

The influence of a biopsychosocial-based treatment approach to primary overt hypothyroidism: a protocol for a pilot study
Benjamin T. Brown, Rod Bonello, Henry Pollard, Petra Graham
Trials 2010, 11:106 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-11-106

A retrospective analysis of self-reported symptoms from 761 consecutive patients presenting to a Neuro Emotional Technique chiropractic clinic.
Bablis P. et al.
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2009 doi:10.1016/j.ctc[2009.02.005

A randomised controlled trial of the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) for childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a protocol.
Fay Karpouzis, Henry Pollard, Rod Bonello
Trials 2009, 10:6 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-10-6

The Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine Principles in Chiropractic Technique
Bejamin T. Brown, Rod Benello, and Henry Pollard
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2008; 38: 18-26

Treating Spider Phobia Using Neuro Emotional Technique: Findings from a Pilot Study
Anne M. Jensen, Adaikalavan Ramasamy
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Volume 15, Number 12, 2009, pp. 1363–1374 DOI: 10.1089=acm.2008.0595

Anxiety & Depression Profile of 188 Consecutive New Patients Presenting to a Neuro Emotional Technique Practitioner
Peter Bablis, Henry Pollard
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Volume 14, Number 9, 2008, DOI:10.1089/acm.2007.0805

Separation anxiety disorder in a 13-year-old boy managed by the Neuro Emotional Technique as a biopsychosocial intervention.
Fay Karpouzis, Grad Dip Chiro, DO, Henry Pollard, PhD, Rod Bonello, MHA
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008, 7, 101-106

Neuro Emotional Technique for the treatment of trigger point sensitivity in chronic neck pain sufferers: A controlled clinical trial.
Henry P. Pollard , Peter Bablis, and Rod Bonello.
Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2008, 16:4

Short Term Correlates of the Neuro Emotional Technique for Cancer-Related Traumatic Stress Symptoms: A Pilot Case Series
Daniel A. Monti, Marie E. Stoner, Gail Zivin and Martha Schlesinger
Journal of Cancer Survivorship (2007) 1: 161-166

The Organization of The Stress Response and its Relevance to Chiropractors: A Commentary
Katie Hardy & Henry Pollard
Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2006 14:25.

Can the Ileocecal Valve Point Predict Low Back Pain Using Manual Muscle Testing?
Henry P. Pollard, Peter Bablis, and Rod Bonello
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2006 36: 58-62.

Commentary: The Ileocecal Valve Point and Muscle Testing: A Possible Mechanism of Action 
Pollard H., Bablis P., Bonello R.
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2006; 36:122-6

Biopsychosocial Model of Pain and Its Relevance to Chiropractors
Henry P. Pollard, Katie E. Hardy, Deborah Curtin
Chiropractic Journal of Australia vol 36 Number 3, Sept. 2006

Resolution of Anovulation Infertility Using Neuro Emotional Technique: A Report of 3 Cases
Bablis P., Pollard H., and Monti D.
Chiropractic Journal ofAustralia SPR 2006 (5:1): 13-26.

Two Reports of Resolution of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome-Induced Anovulation in Females Receiving Neuro Emotional Technique
Peter Bablis, Henry Pollard, and Andrew McHardy
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2006 36: 2-8.

Reflections on The Type “O” Disorder
Pollard H.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2005; 28: 547.e1-547.e9.

The Biopsychosocial Model and Hypothyroidism
Benjamin T. Brown*, Rod Bonello and Henry Pollard
Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2005, 13:5 doi:10.1186/1746-1340-13-5

Are Chronic Low Back Pain Outcomes improved with Co-Management of Concurrent Depression?
Middleton P., Pollard H. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2005; 13: 8.

Practitioner Perceptions of Emotions associated with Pain: A Survey
Walker S., Bablis P., Pollard H., McHardy A.
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2005 Mar; 4(1): 11-8.

Interexaminer Reliability Of The Deltoid And Psoas Muscle Test
Henry Pollard, DC, PhD, Bronwyn Lakay, MChiro, Frances Tucker, MChiro, Brett Watson, MChiro, and Peter Bablis, DC
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2005 Jan;28(1):52-6

Hypothyroidism: A New Model for Conservative Management in Two Cases
Peter Bablis and Henry Pollard
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2004; 34: 11-18

The Somatovisceral Reflex: How Important for the “Type O” Condition?
Henry Pollard DC, PhD
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2004; 34: 93-102.

*Scientific Validation of the Mind/Body Paradigm & Muscle Testing
Daniel A. Monti, John Sinnott, Marc Marchese, Elsabeth J. S. Kunkle and Jeffrey M. Greeson
Perceptual and Motor Skills 1999, 88, 1019-1028.

The Effects of Spinal Manipulation on the Intensity of Emotional Arousal in Phobic Subjects Exposed to a Threat Stimulus: A Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Trial
Kristopher B. Peterson, D.C.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1997; 20: 602-6

A preliminary inquiry into manual muscle testing response in phobic and control subjects exposed to threatening stimuli.
Kristopher B. Peterson, D.C.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1996:19(5):310-6

Two Cases of Spinal Manipulation Performed while the Patient Contemplated an Associated Stress Event: The Effect of the Manipulation/Contemplation on Serum Cholesterol Levels in Hypercholesterolemic Subjects
Kristopher B. Peterson, D.C.
Chiropractic Technique 1995;7 55-59.

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