Our dedicated team of health professionals provide multidisciplinary health care services and education to individuals, families and communities. We value professionalism and excellence, and our team are all members of their respective professional association and are committed to continuing their professional development in addition to compulsary requirements.
Together our team are passionate about inspiring, equipping and supporting you to live your healthiest and best life.
Click on the photos below to meet our team.
Dr Kristy Buist is a Founding Director and Principal Osteopath at Body of Life Health Centre.
She has always genuinely wanted to help people live their healthiest life, and this led to her discovery and love of Osteopathy. Kristy has extensive experience treating elite athletes from various sporting codes and loves to see her clients perform their best at all times.
She is well known at the clinic for her diagnostic skills, guiding her clients with the best management plan and her strong hands! Kristy will ask the tough questions and enquire about obstacles because she sees the potential in each of her clients to live a healthy and fulfilling life. She loves to educate and inform you so that know how to move forward.
Kristy seems to have more hours in each day and days in the week than the rest of us! She is a mother of two boys, is busy studying nutrition through Changing Habits, trains at Cross Fit regularly and still manages to socialise, cook from scratch at home and run the business.
She really is a superstar!
Dr Melanie Woollam is a founding Director and Principal Osteopath at Body of Life Health Centre. She has been providing Osteopathy care for individuals and families on the northern beaches for over ten years and is known at the clinic for her ability to coach people towards a healthy lifestyle. She walks the walk and practices what she preaches when it comes to healthy living!
Melanie decided to study Osteopathy because it encapsulated everything she is interested in – people, health, anatomy, exercise, sport and nutrition. Her aim is to see her clients live full, complete and healthy lives. This passion has led her to study wellness coaching to be better equipped to help people make the changes they want to make to live their healthiest and best life. Watch this space!
In her spare time Melanie teaches dry needling, runs workshops and seminars on healthy living, sits on tribunals for the profession and is an active member at C3Ryde.
Melanie is a mother of two young children who loves to cook, potter in her vegetable garden, surf, swim or grab the TRX for a quick workout in between loads of washing!
Alex is a registered Osteopath and has been a valuable part of the team at Body of Life for over six years. She has always been interested in the body and the way it works. Alex suffered from headaches when she was young and she always thought there had to be a better way to explain and manage the pain. This led her to discover Osteopathy.
Alex is passionate about helping people to understand their condition or pain in order to move forward and enjoy life again. She is a brilliant communicator and is best known at the clinic for saying ‘Welcome to the torture chamber’ and having the treatment room with the most laughter!
In her spare time, she is at the gym, playing netball, spending time with friends or travelling overseas (when we let her go on holidays)!
Alex enjoys treating people of all ages, from all walks of life, with a wide variety of injuries and conditions.
Mia is a registered Osteopath who has been at Body of Life for four years. Mia derives great satisfaction from her role as an Osteopath by teaching people about their pain and showing them how to take control of it again. She brings extensive experience from her 11 years in practice since graduating from the British School of Osteopathy in London.
Mia has a special interest in treating women before, during and after pregnancy and in treating infants and children and is well known at the clinic for her sense of humour and having the room with the most toys.
If you are planning a special night out, ask Mia for recommendations on restaurants and bars around Sydney. She loves fine food and good wine and is currently studying wine via the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) in her spare time.
She loves to travel and when she’s not heading home to the UK to visit family she will either be on a beach soaking up the Vitamin D or travelling somewhere new and fitting in as much as possible!
Natasha Grabham is a Registered Psychologist who is professional, experienced, respectful and caring. She has extensive experience in working with adult psychiatric illness and childhood/adolescent developmental and psychological disorders. In addition to private practice, Natasha works for a private psychiatric facility at St John of God Health Care, Richmond where she is the Deputy Director of Allied Health and a Senior Psychologist.
Natasha is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society and is an approved counsellor for Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS), WorkCover NSW, and Garrison Health Services (ADF).
Natasha is a registered treatment provider for Medicare and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.
At Body of Life Health Centre, she sees individuals and couples for a wide range of mental health difficulties including trauma, depression, loss & grief, self esteem, personality disorders, interpersonal issues, relationship issues and older age psychology.
She also performs standardised psychometric evaluation of intellectual ability for children 6 -16 years of age. Natasha draws from her experience of various evidence-based therapeutic modalities and approaches to tailor treatment plans to individual needs.
Natasha offers a warm and respectful approach. She will ensure that you feel heard and acknowledged, with the ultimate aim of supporting your journey to improve your wellbeing and quality of life.
Kate is a Kiwi and recently decided to come to our wonderful country to expand her horizons. She loves Sydney life, particularly being able to explore our wonderful city and discover beaches where she can indulge her love of Scuba Diving and keeping active. She absolutely loves high energy activity and you will often find her in the gym but she also loves discovering new cafes and restaurants so has a balanced approach to her life!
In her capacity as an Osteopath Kate believes that when we injure ourselves or have ongoing or debilitating pain we tend to lose our confidence in our bodies and our ability to perform certain tasks. She loves helping clients regain that confidence in their bodies and get back into activities they once enjoyed or helping them to perform new activities that they never thought that they would! Kate always encourages her patients to move and keep active because the simple impact of an exercise or stretch can make recovery time so much shorter.
Her favourite motto is “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt. Something we should all do!
Riya loves her job as a Chiropractor because she really enjoys seeing the changes in her patients as they progress through treatment, particularly when these changes may be something small like being able to tie their shoe laces again, or being able to brush their hair without any pain.
Riya enjoys going to the gym up to 4 times a week and on the days where she has a little more time she tries to incorporate a jog in the park near her house or she likes to do a little gentle yoga in her backyard. In the evenings she likes watching her favourite TV shows are Suits and Grey’s Anatomy and really enjoys trying new recipes pushing her outside of her comfort zone even if they are a disaster!
Her ideal getaway is sitting on the beautiful beaches of Santorini, which was the most exciting part of her honeymoon!
Her favourite quote is ‘The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate’ – Oprah Winfrey.
Dr James Sklar-Chik joins Body of Life from sunny South Africa and brings along 12 years of experience in all things sport, medicine and Chiropractic spine care.
His first love is sport. As a professional rugby player with the Sharks and Golden Lions he learned hard work, discipline and a life of fitness and training. Three knee surgeries ended that journey. During this tough time as a patient experiencing multiple surgeries, months of rehab and musculoskeletal pain he found a new passion…people, health and wellness solutions and Chiropractic.
He owned and ran a successful private practice at Life Hospital in Johannesburg and was team doctor for a high school and semi-professional club rugby team for four years before emigrating with his wife to Sydney.
James loves to be out and about in beautiful Sydney walking 18 holes of golf, running Spit to Manly, crossfit, surfing, cycling, lifting heavy things at the gym and enjoying some sideline rugby spectating.
Chiropractic manual therapy, allows your body to use its own healing ability correctly and effectively. Creating healthy balance for a physically fit future.
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~Thomas A. Edison
Joy is a lovely addition to our team at Body of Life Health Centre providing Remedial Massage, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Joy has an absolute passion for helping people and is well experienced and qualified as an AHPRA registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and AMT registered Massage Therapist.
Her favourite way to exercise is by line dancing and if that is to her favourite Country music she is really happy. Joy also has a great sense of humour enjoying Everybody Loves Raymond and loves to relax whilst listening to music and reading. Her ideal getaway is of course China!
Joy had the excitement of being part of the Olympic Massage team at the Hombebush Aquatic Centre and Olympic Village in the 2000 Olympics and really enjoyed being part of the team.
At Body of Life Health Centre, she prides herself on her professional standards and is particularly interested in Frozen Shoulder, Stress and Anxiety, Back Pain, Headaches, Menopause and Chronic Fatigue.
Danielle absolutely loves being a Remedial Massage Therapist and believes her role is to assist and ‘educate’ clients to be fully aware of the need to care for ones well-being holistically (mentally, psychologically, physically).
Danielle encourages clients to learn to let go & relax during a therapy session and by doing this knows that they will gain the most from it. She loves meeting new clients and learning about them, understanding them, respecting them and helping them.
Danielle’s favourite ways to exercise include dancing, swimming and beach walking whilst listening to the surf. She is not into reality TV at all but loves her music and you will often find her listening to an eclectic mix of Pop, Fusion, Jazz, Blues or Indy! She also loves loves singing, reading, meditating, watching a movie or catching up with friends.
Danielle wants her clients to know that she loves, believes in and is passionate & genuinely cares about her job and her favourite quote’s reflect this : Never say never…
Life is an adventure, dare it…Life is a journey not a destination…Decision in a heartbeat… Learn from yesterday, live for today…Remember we are all but travellers here…Find happiness in making others happy…Be eager in your desires but humbly patient in the accomplishments…
Her ideal getaway would be travelling along the coast of Australia or flying or cruising to any awesome destination!
Sharon is a fantastic addition to our team and absolutely loves making a positive difference to peoples health and well being.
Sharon has a great sense of humour and a huge commitment to achieving results for her clients. Partnering with them she supports them while they make the necessary changes to their lifestyle and makes sure she empowers them by sharing recent and relevant research.
Her favourite way to exercise is either by completing some outdoor training, participating in a Pilates class or walking the dog either with or without her children. In Summer she loves to swim in the ocean too.
Her favourite TV shows include Game of Thrones and House of Cards and musically she loves ABBA, U2 (she is Irish afterall!) and Adele.
The thing that Sharon wishes all of her patients did was to recognise that even the smallest change can make a difference to your health.
Her favourite motto is “Keep it simple and believe in yourself”.
Karyn joined Body of Life on a temporary basis to help out the reception team one day a week for a while and then we found we could not let her go! She loves helping people which is why she started her career in nursing and midwifery. Karyn knows a lot about a lot of things from her impressive career as a nurse, midwife and business analyst combined with her love of science and medical documentaries.
We love having Karyn on our team because her motto is ‘If you’re going to do it, do it properly’ and she is an absolute dynamo in the clinic!
When she is not with us at Body of Life she loves caring for her grandchildren, spending time with family or friends, sewing, cooking or enjoying the Australian countryside.
Lia is a lovely and valuable membert of our friendly and helpful receptionist team. You will be greeted by her stella smile and be put right at ease with her bubbly and fun personality.
Lia is currently in her second year of Nursing at Australian Catholic University and really enjoys the juggle of balancing work, study, catching up with friends and working out at the gym.
She loves people and it is her desire to help people that makes her such an asset to the team at Body of Life Health Centre. Lia lives everyday to the fullest and will jump at any new opportunity which has led to her new found love for the snow!
Meg joined Body of Life recently and is a lovely new addition to our team. She loves being the first point of contact for the business and thrives on the interaction with our clients and of course enjoys looking after our practitioners too!
When she is not at work Meg spends her time running after her two sons and being very creative in her studio at home where she does some amazing paper cutting and other craft activities. She also loves to be nature and enjoys bush walking and swimming in the ocean as well as some Pilates to keep fit.
Her favourite music is anything 80’s and she loves watching Sir David Attenborough on TV in her spare time in the evenings. Travel wise Meg would give anything to visit India and spend time buying fabric and jewellery.
Meg’s would love all of our patients to “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and “Sort your body pains out while they are a mole hill don’t wait until they become mountains”.
Her favourite quote is “quality not quantity”.