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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De-Anne is extremely passionate about holistic health and wellbeing working with her clients to link the emotional, physical and biochemical elements into alignment. This allows the body to powerfully renew and function at it’s optimal level for increased energy and self-healing. She is a practitioner and Educator of PKP Kinesiology, a practitioner in Hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy®, Ayurveda and Auriculotherapy.

De-Anne has particular interest in working within the area of Stress management, Sabotage, Limiting decision and beliefs, Quit Smoking, Weight loss and Personal performance.

As a working mother of two children she understands the vital importance of support in helping reduce anxiety and stress, whilst improving energy levels, motivation and inspiration.

Her purpose is to support you in your journey so you can enjoy optimal health, abundance and a better quality of life. To be a catalyst and help you tap into and unleash your potential.

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.

De-Anne is at Better Balance Chiropractic (Double Bay) on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday's 11am – 7pm. Bookings can be made for either 1.5 hr or 1 hr sessions depending on what is required. Health fund rebates for Kinesiology may also apply.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Kinesiology (PKP)
  • Accredited Instructor Foundation Principles of PKP Kinesiology and Kinesiology for High-level Wellness & Vitality
  • Certificate Hypnosis
  • Master Practitioner & Coach of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming NLP & Neurological Re-patterning
  • Time Line Therapy®
  • Certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Certificate IV Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation
  • Touch for Health Certificates I - IV
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage & Certificate Sports Massage & Trigger Point Therapy
  • Certified Resonate Essences Practitioner
  • Certificate Auriculotherapy
  • Certified Infant Massage Instructor
  • Bachelor of Business (Queensland University of Technology)

Memberships/Associations

  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
  • International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)

 

Dr Marcus Chidiac, Chiropractor

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With a high level professional sporting and fitness background, including Tennis and Martial Arts, Marcus always had a longing to understand the human body and more importantly, what makes an individual more prone to good (or bad) health. 

Having experienced years of recurrent injuries through a long history of sports, the “why” and “how” as to the bodies dysfunction is what inspired Marcus to develop knowledge to help others in this field. Marcus went on to complete his Bachelor of Chiropractic Sciences and soon after graduated with a Master of Chiropractic from Macquarie University. 

Over the course of the program, he learnt that a career in Chiropractic meant that he could put to use his desire to help people move and feel better, the two factors Marcus feels are the cornerstone for a healthy lifestyle.

Marcus’ main focus within Better Balance Chiropractic is to empower each individual at the practice to regain control over their health and functioning. The way he achieves this is by taking into account the patients functional movement patterns, level of fitness and physical stressors and addressing these factors through Chiropractic Manual Therapy, rehabilitation and through the important process of neuromuscular re-education. 

Excited and passionate about moving his skills forward as a health care professional, Marcus is always broadening  his expertise so as to manage his patients in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

 

Diana Nguyen, Remedial Massage Therapist

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Diana Nguyen is a remedial massage therapist and energy healer. She has recently worked in the corporate world as a generalist commercial lawyer, with experience in private practice and head of legal for Australia and New Zealand in a global IT company.

After a number of years in this profession, Diana realised that she needed to do something more in her life – ever since she was a child she had always wanted to do something that really benefited people, and working in corporate didn’t have the effect that she had expected.

Throughout her corporate career, Diana experienced a lot of stress which eventually manifested itself in her physical body and as a result, she became an avid client of kinesiology, remedial massage and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Natural therapies changed Diana’s way of thinking about life and it is a passion that she now wishes to bring to clients – to empower them to live the life they deserve.

Each massage session with Diana is unique as she tunes into the requirements of the client’s body, mind and spirit. Diana’s main focus in working with people is to really understand the underlying cause of the pain or issue that her client is experiencing. She incorporates a variety of massage techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and positional release therapy.  

Diana holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy, certifications in Reiki I & II, Seichim Master and CST 1 & 2 (with Patricia Farnsworth). She is currently studying the Diploma of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Roger Gilchrist and the Diploma of Energy Healing at the Awareness Institute. Diana also has experience massaging the Roosters NRL team.

In her personal life, Diana likes to keep fit by heading to the gym, doing yoga and meditation. She is also an avid sports fan and likes to watch a range of sports from cricket, AFL to Formula 1.

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.

Sami Bloom, Nutritionist 

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Sami Bloom is a clinical nutritionist, yoga teacher, accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society & the creative mind behind Health & Bloom. Her own health complications prompted her to make positive life changes, revitalising her health & leading to a drastic career change from the corporate world to Nutritional Medicine. Sami specialises in plant-based nutrition, drawing upon both science and holistic principles to treat each individual case in a way that is effective, sustainable and enjoyable. Her philosophy is deeply rooted in whole food, plant-based nutrition and using food as the wonderful medicine that it is!

Health & Bloom is a consulting practice & holistic online space encouraging you to make conscious, informed decisions with your best interests in mind. Sami believes good health is all encompassing – food, mindset, movement, relationships – & wants to showcase not only how rewarding a healthy lifestyle is but also how achievable, enjoyable & seamless it can be. 

When we feel fantastic, it becomes easy & natural to continue healthy habits & form long-lasting, sustainable lifestyle patterns.” - Sami Bloom (Nutritionist)

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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Sarah McLean, Business and Practice Manager

Sarah has been having Chiropractic adjustments for over 10 years and has a strong belief in the physical, emotional and spiritual connection which is what drew her to start working at Better Balance Chiropractic. 

After 5 years working in Marketing, Sarah's own health experience, along with her passion and interest in health and wellness has led her to enter this industry. She is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Besides her passion for health and wellness, Sarah loves to travel and enjoys the beach, bush walks and quality time spent with the people she loves. 
 

Anett Gallagher, Reception

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Anett spent the past few years in corporate working long hours, highly stressed and eating a poor diet. Turning to natural therapies to start healing, this sparked an interest in learning and a deep desire to help others.  She is currently studying a BHSc in Naturopathy and Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy. When she’s not studying, Anett loves to cook, visit the farmers markets, practice yoga and travel.