Dr Rick Schlederer, Principal Chiropractor

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At the age of 14 years, after having his first Chiropractic treatment, Dr Rick was inspired and realised he had found his true calling in life. He was amazed by the results and how good he felt afterwards and believed that this was an amazing gift that must be shared.

Dr Rick graduated from Macquarie University with a Science degree in 1996 and followed on to achieve his Masters of Chiropractic in 1998.

Achieving one of the highest Certified N.E.T practitioner status along with training both in Australia and the USA. Dr Rick’s cutting edge techniques provide the highest quality of treatments delivered with a gentle, calm and efficient approach.

Dr Rick’s expertise has been shared with patients from all backgrounds including celebrities, professional sports people, individuals and families.

"Your health is the most important asset you possess and we understand that it is a team effort to achieve Better Balance". - Dr Rick Schlederer (Principal Chiropractor)

 

De-Anne Joseph, Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy & NLP

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For over 10 years De-Anne has been transforming people’s lives with results focused therapy which is the foundation to De-Anne’s work. As a holistic practitioner absolutely everything in your life is taken into consideration such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, hydration, self talk, relationships,  (with self and others), digestion, hormones, muscles, joints, meridians, chakras and your energy field and anything else that makes you….. you. Her purpose is to support you in your journey so you can enjoy optimal health, abundance a better quality of life and help you tap into and unleash your potential.

Her passion and focus is in the area of stress management, anxiety, trauma release, chronic pain, sabotage clearing and habit release work, which supports clients to break those habits clients want to let go of but can’t seem to master on their own.

As a working mother of two children she understands the importance of nurturing sustainable vital healthy lifestyle, supporting you to reduce anxiety and stress, whilst improving energy levels, motivation and inspiration.

Previous to her career in health & wellness De-Anne worked for 15 years in the busy and often stressful corporate Marketing and Advertising world with large corporations in Australia and in the UK for brands such as Audi, Network Ten & Visa.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Kinesiology, Diploma of Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy and a Cert IV in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultancy. She is also a Master Practitioner in NLP, and holds qualifications Time Line Therapy®, EFT and Auriculotherapy. De-Anne believes regular training and education is essential to stay on top of the latest research and modalities in the health and wellness arena.

De-Anne is currently a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS), Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA) and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT).

 

Dr Marcus Chidiac, Chiropractor

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Dr Marcus is a Chiropractor who believes in an evidence-based approach to care. A firm advocate of the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle, Dr Marcus wants to empower YOU to live a life that nourishes both your body and mind.

Dr Marcus’ focus is to empower each and every patient with realistic conversations about the reality of their musculoskeletal symptoms and to educate patients on how to optimise their body.

With a passion and extensive knowledge in both pain neurophysiology and sleep disorders/physiology, his philosophy is centred taking into account ALL lifestyle factors, movement/mobility, nutrition, and exercise. Optimising the aforementioned factors are at the core of his approach.

An avid kickboxer and strength training enthusiast, he’s well equipped to personally cater exercise and nutrition protocol to each patient, addressing flaws in your current training regime that would otherwise impede you from accessing your full athletic potential and recovery.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic from Macquarie University, Dr Marcus is frequently moving his skills forward as a health care professional so as to manage his patients in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Diana Nguyen, Remedial Massage Therapist, Shamanic Healer

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Diana Nguyen is a remedial massage therapist and shaman who takes a holistic approach when treating her clients which incorporates the physical, mental and the spiritual aspects of a person.

As part of her transition from her previous life as a corporate lawyer to a practitioner of alternative health therapies, Diana had to undergo a lot of inner transformation which included confronting her limiting thought patterns and beliefs, as well as soul searching to figure out what her actual purpose and passion was. It was through this process that she discovered that there were so many layers to the human body and the soul, and that a holistic approach was the best way to achieve and live and healthy and fulfilled life.

Diana’s focus when treating a client is to determine the underlying root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms, as she believes that when the root cause has been eliminated, true transformation can take place. The underlying root causes of the problem may be physical, but may also stem from limiting thoughts and beliefs or karmic/ancestral patterns, etc.

A session with Diana may include healing the inner child, guided meditations/visualisations, trauma/shock resolution, identifying the origin of certain thought patterns and beliefs, upgrading your chakras, reprogramming your DNA, sound healing, cutting cords or just hands-on therapy like massage and myofascial release.

Diana provides the following services:

  • Massage Therapy (remedial, sports or relaxation)

  • Intuitive Massage (massage therapy combined with energy healing)

  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy;

  • Energy Healing; and

  • Shamanic Healing.

Diana holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage, Diploma of Energy Healing and Shamanic Practitioner certification, and has experience massaging the Roosters, Tigers, Panthers and Titans NRL teams and the Geelong AFL team. She is currently completing her Diploma of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and due to graduate in February 2020.

Outside of work, Diana enjoys looking after herself via yoga, meditation, going for walks in nature, taking spin classes and cooking food which is nutritious for her body. She also enjoys watching sport like cricket, F1 and NBA and playing with her cat at home.

Anne Reilly, Counsellor

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Anne is a counsellor who specialises in relationships working with couples and families.  She has worked extensively with couples for 8 years in Sydney and in the UK.  Anne understands that relationships are complicated and can be affected by changes in life circumstances, such as having children; changing careers; a family member becoming sick; or sometimes it’s just because the spark dies out.  When life is so busy and pressured, the relationship takes the stress and partners become distant and withdrawn from each other creating feelings of loneliness and sometimes anger and frustration.  

Anne has a calm and compassionate approach and knows that couples often keep their problems private which can exacerbate the problem over time.  Partners can have feelings of shame or embarrassment for their difficulties which enhances feelings of anxiety when thinking about talking to someone about their complaints. 

Having worked with many couples, Anne has a natural ability for easing the clients initial worries about coming to Counselling.  Anne knows that clients need to feel heard, understood and safe.  Her gentle enquiry into the problem allows each person to learn more about themselves and each other and a focus takes shape with new goals for the couple to work towards.  Ultimately, Anne wants each partner to have a deeper understanding about themselves and each other and to leave the counselling process with confidence for being better at communicating, listening and connecting. 

If parents decide they want to end their relationship, Anne can support couples to separate so their children and their wellbeing are kept as the focus. Separation doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience for children and Anne can support the family with advice and techniques for parenting after separation and managing the grief and loss for the whole family. Whilst Anne specialises in Couple and Family work she also works with individuals.  

When booking your first appointment you get a free 15 minute phone consultation with Anne so she can get an idea of the problem and you can ask her any questions you might have about the counselling process.

Robyn Spillane, Naturopath

Optimum Health’s director, naturopath, educator and columnist, Robyn Spillane, employs a gentle but disciplined manner to quickly identify the most effective approach to a client’s wellbeing. Drawing from her multi-disciplinary background, she treats the whole person, not just the symptoms and her experience includes the areas of;

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  • Anxiety/depression

  • Fatigue

  • Digestive problems

  • Inflammatory conditions e.g. arthritis

  • Weight control

  • Fertility

In over 25 years as a naturopath, Robyn has worked alongside top industry professionals, and has taught many of today’s practising naturopaths during her time at Sydney’s leading Natural Therapy College. Her qualifications include diplomas of Nutrition, Herbal Botanical Medicine, Iridology, live blood analysis and she is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (A.T.M.S).

Robyn's approach:

  • Correct diagnosis is critical for effective healing.

  • Treatments are individual and work holistically with the body’s own healing process, over time.

  • Best results are achieved when clients are ready to take responsibility for their own health.

  • Traditional and complementary medicine work hand in hand.

An initial consultation involves taking a detailed case history, covering the body, the emotions, lifestyle information and habits. This part of the consultation allows the client to become involved in their own healing process.


Robyn’s compassionate and gentle nature helps the client ease into the necessary lifestyle changes with support and encouragement, to achieve the best possible results. Also, as part of the initial consultation, the client may be given a customised diet plan to follow, which is reviewed every two weeks. During this time, clients will notice significant changes and are usually excited to continue on the road to well being.

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Siobhan Parekh, Reception

Siobhan has recently joined the Better Balance Chiropractic Team. With a strong interest in Health from both a physical and mental aspect, BBC seemed like the perfect choice.

Born and raised in Perth, Siobhan has spent the last few years living in Melbourne before recently moving back to Sydney.
Besides her passion for health and wellness, Siobhan loves fashion, getting outdoors and spending time with the people she loves.
 

Isabella Demetriou, Reception

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Isabella has joined the team at Better Balance Chiropractic after spending the past couple of years working in hospitality. With a keen interest in helping others to achieve their best self, working with the team at BBC was a natural progression in her journey. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Business at U.T.S with a major in marketing and sub-major in sports management. When she’s not studying, Isabella loves to spend time with family and friends - while keeping active and fit through netball competition.