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BAPPSCI (COMP MED), MASTERS (OSTEO)
Carmen is the proud co-director of Sound Osteopathy. She completed her Masters of Osteopathy in 2010 at RMIT University. And after working with some incredible practitioners, took the leap and started Sound in 2016.
Carmen loves to utilise her expertise and knowledge of how the body can function at it’s best. So it’s no surprise that she finds Osteopathy to be the perfect match for musicians, performers and artists.
Another passion is working with the LGBTIQ+ community. Something she’s very proud of is how Sound has developed to become a place where sexuality and gender diverse people can be themselves. As sadly, this isn’t the case in many healthcare areas.
Carmen’s treatment style varies depending on what her patient needs. She can be gentle or strong/firm, whatever works best for the person. She’ll use a combination of massage, myofacial release, joint mobilisation, stretching, taping and lots of education. Most importantly, she will listen to what you need and make sure it’s appropriate and comfortable for the individual. Along with hands-on work, she’ll always take the time to provide advice and management tips beyond your appointment.
Outside of the clinic you’ll find Carmen with her gorgeous bub Elliott (photo requests are always welcome), wife Aimee or getting her much needed daily coffee fix.
BAPPSCI (COMP MED), MASTERS (OSTEO)
Rachel Gray is an experienced, RMIT University-trained Osteopath who graduated in 2010. She’s also the co-director of Sound Osteopathy.
Rachel cut her teeth working with some of Australia’s most well regarded osteopathic practitioners. Because of this, she believes in a tailored, patient -centric approach to healthcare. Enjoying the diversity of the practice, Rachel enjoys treating a wide range of complex conditions and patients.
Her approach and style includes a well-rounded mix of hands-on techniques, in combination with education, exercise programming, breathing retraining and pain management advice. Her treatment of musicians and love of biomechanics of the body led her to take a particular interest in the treatment of dysfunctional breathing patterns, having trained with Dr Rosalba Courtney’s Integrative Breathing Therapy courses in 2018 and 2019.
She applies this knowledge in all her treatments but also offers specific breathing assessments for those wanting help with management of breathing issues related to music (posture, wind instruments, singers), dysfunctional breathing, chronic sinus issues/congestion, and stress related breathing disorders. She is currently completing her certification to become an Integrative Breathing Therapy Practitioner Level 1 (2022).
As a keen hockey player in her spare time, Rachel also loves treating hockey players, runners and has just completed a lower limb biomechanics course with Mentorship of Movement and is a certified MoM Practitioner (2022). She is constantly learning about new injuries by trying them out on herself.
Be sure to keep an eye out for official clinic dog Kirby, Rachel’s pup, who sometimes makes an appearance at SO headquarters.
BSC (CLIN SC), MASTERS HSC (OSTEO)
Kathryn graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) in 2018. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in dance in 2011. Kathryn has been dancing most of her life and has a great passion for the human body and movement, and it was this passion that led her down the path to osteopathy.
She knows first-hand the demand placed on dancers’ bodies and while she enjoys treating all types of performance artists, she has a particularly keen interest in helping dancers perform at their peak. Having also worked as a general practice osteopath, Kathryn also has experience treating the day-to-day injuries of desk-based workers, weekend warriors and everything in between.
Kathryn’s treatment style utilises a combination of hands-on techniques as well as rehabilitative exercises and advice, and sometimes dry needling if required. All techniques used are patient-centred and tailored to an individual’s needs/preferences.
When not at the clinic, you’ll find Kathryn at a local gig, dancing the night away at a soul night, watching movies with her kitty, Jemima, or demonstrating her extreme love for picnics on a rug in a grassy park.
BHSC, BAPPSC (OSTEO)
Julian graduated from RMIT in 2018, and has been immersed in the healthcare field ever since as both a practitioner and advocate. Drawing on a wealth of experience training healthcare workers across Victoria in transgender and gender diverse health, they are particularly interested in making osteopathy a safe space for LGBTIQA+ and other marginalised people through a trauma-informed, person-centred, affirming approach.
Julian’s approach to hands-on treatment is to meet each patient where they are, using a wide variety of techniques to find what’s best for each individual and their unique health goals. Julian uses massage, active stretching, joint mobilisation, and tailored exercise programs to help with both chronic pain and acute injuries.
They have a particular interest in postural strength to build the confidence to do whatever brings you joy in life. With a background teaching university anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience, Julian enjoys sharing their knowledge to help people feel empowered and actively engaged in their healthcare.
Julian has strong connections to the local music and arts industry, with many friends and loved ones being DJs, musicians, radio hosts, and artists. Gigs and clubs have long been safe-havens for LGBTIQA+ people to come together, celebrate and build our communities, and we’re humbled to be able to support this industry at Sound Osteo.
Outside of their clinical work, Julian is a keen trans health advocate and activist. In their downtime they love looking for tawny frogmouths along the Merri Merri, walking their giant goofy dog Lenny, and getting out of the city for hikes and other adventures.