Osteopathy is a ‘hands on’ approach to health care especially for musculoskeletal complaints.  It recognises the important link between the structures of the body, the skeleton, muscles, joints, nerves and circulation and how it works and feels.

Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, our Osteopaths are able to identify important types of dysfunction in your body.  Techniques like soft tissue massage, mobilisation, manipulation, stretching and dry needling as well as subtle and gentle ‘indirect’ techniques are some of the many tools we use to make it safe and effective for you and your family.

Additionally we also take the time to help you understand your injury or complaint and view it in the context of your whole body. The aim is to provide relief from your pain and also help you to understand why it occurred and how to prevent it from recurring.

This might include the provision of exercises (stretching, strengthening, neuromobilisation, balance or sport specific), postural retraining, advice on work ergonomics, stress management and correct lifting techniques.  In addition we also work with your GP and other health professionals if required to ensure you are on your road to recovery and your healthiest and best life.

Body of Life Health Centre is equipped to look after babies and toddlers, school age children, hard working university students, athletes (including our weekend warriors), mums and dads as well as those older and wiser.  So regardless of age we can help you!

Our Osteopaths are registered with AHPRA, members of Osteopathy Australia, qualified in dry needling and are committed to their ongoing professional education.

Osteopaths in Australia are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and Osteopathic techniques.  Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans.  Also Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.

To answer more of your questions about Osteopathy visit FAQ here.

Meet our Osteopaths

  • Dr Kirsten Hannan (Osteopath)
    Dr Kirsten Hannan (Osteopath)
    B.App. Sc. (Osteo). M. Ost Member OA
Dr Kirsten Hannan (Osteopath)
B.App. Sc. (Osteo). M. Ost Member OA

Kirsten is a fantastic addition to the team at Body of Life, with over 15 years of clinical practice experience spanning Singapore and Australia. She graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2004 with a Masters of Osteopathy.

Kirsten offers osteopathic health care for the whole family and is passionate about helping people. She believes that educating you about why you (or your little ones) have pain, why it’s happening where it is and why now, is integral to finding immediate relief and lasting recovery. With skilled, hands-on assessment and treatment and a caring attitude, she is here to help you.

Kirsten has a particular interest in pregnancy and postpartum care and working with babies and children of all ages. She is also a registered International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), integrating the very best of bodywork and evidence-based lactation care and support to help mums overcome any obstacles and reach their breastfeeding goals, whatever they may be.

In her spare time, Kirsten loves pilates and swimming, but her main exercise comes in the form of kid-wrangling!  She loves spending time with her family, along with reading and listening to podcasts.

  • Dr Stacey Lapham (Osteopath)
    Dr Stacey Lapham (Osteopath)
    B.HSc. B.App. Sc. (Osteo). M. Ost Member OA
Dr Stacey Lapham (Osteopath)
B.HSc. B.App. Sc. (Osteo). M. Ost Member OA

Stacey graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Masters of Osteopathy in 2006 and since then has gained registration as an Osteopath in both Australia and the UK.

Stacey has practised in multidisciplinary clinics across Sydney and London over the past decade. While in London Stacey tutored in Anatomy in the wet labs of London’s St George’s University Hospital working with cross-sectional cadaveric specimens, gaining invaluable knowledge of the connections of the human body.

Stacey was an elite athlete for over 25 years winning multiple State, National and International titles in Athletics, Cross Country and Touch football over her sporting career. It was through her love of sport and her own injuries that lead her to study the human body. Through this, and her knowledge and experience as an Osteopath she came to recognise the connection between mind and body and the important relationship they play in accurately diagnosing and treating conditions.

Stacey believes in getting to the root cause of the problem. Her thorough consultations and holistic approach to treatments help patients to understand the cause of their problem, and how to manage this for long term benefits.

With her caring nature, Stacey has been dedicated to providing her patients with Osteopathic care and has developed a great level of rapport with her patients over the years.

Stacey enjoys treating all conditions including work-related postural pain, sports-related injuries, neck and back pain, joint pain and headaches. Stacey uses a wide range of techniques to help her patients return to good health and improve their quality of life. She also practices trigger point dry needling and is a certified mat Pilates instructor.


  • Dr Durkashini Jegatheesan (Osteopath)
    Dr Durkashini Jegatheesan (Osteopath)
    BSc (Clinical Sci) MHSc (Osteopathy)
Dr Durkashini Jegatheesan (Osteopath)
BSc (Clinical Sci) MHSc (Osteopathy)

As an Osteopath, Durka love’s treating holistically and collaboratively working with patients to better manage their pain and restore their function so that they can return to their daily activities.  She adopts a predominantly structural approach when treating clients but has a passion for treating head, neck and TMJ. This stems from her prior background as a Dental Therapist and Hygienist.

The one thing she wishes all of her patients knew is that Osteopathy uses a holistic approach and that sometimes areas of concern may not always be the source of pain.

Durka enjoys going for a run and attending the gym and her favorite TV shows would be The Good Doctor and Suits. Basically anything medical, action, drama or comedy based and her favorite music would be RnB, hip hop and pop.  Durka is also a movie buff – loves going to the cinema and baking – cakes, desserts, anything sweet really!

In her spare time she is focused on her 2 very active boys (aged 3yrs and 5 yrs old) otherwise, she loves catching up with friends over a coffee/lunch.

Her ideal getaway is somewhere where she can put her feet up and read a book, but she also loves exploring new cities on foot. To date The Maldives and Peru (Trekking through the Amazon rainforest were by far her favorite destinations) followed closely by Amsterdam where she lived for 6 months.

Her favorite quote is: “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver” – Mahatma Gandi

  • Dr Mark Deaves (Osteopath)
    Dr Mark Deaves (Osteopath)
    B.App. Sc. (Osteo). M. Ost Member OA
Dr Mark Deaves (Osteopath)
B.App. Sc. (Osteo). M. Ost Member OA

Attaining peak physical performance in sport, as well as life, with minimal intervention has always been a core focus for Mark. Before becoming a well regarded Osteopathic practitioners Mark served as a Navy Clearance Diver in the Australian Defence Forces, as well as a personal trainer and senior lecturer in the fitness industry.
Mark’s extensive training as well as past experience enables him to achieve excellent results with his patients in reducing pain, postural correction, injury rehabilitation and prevention as well as improved biomechanics.
Mark’s treatments combine the following:
• Soft tissue therapy and Joint mobilisation
• Manipulation and Dry needling
• Cranial therapy
• Postural retraining
• Exercise rehabilitation programs
• Sports taping and ergonomics education for work and home
Mark loves helping people reach their peak performance, but be aware, he has really bad Dad jokes ?

To book an appointment with an Osteopath call 02 9453 3046 or book online here

FAQ – Osteopaths & Chiropractors

What will happen during the first visit?
Your osteopath or chiropractor will ask you a range of questions about your complaint and general health. They will then perform an assessment and provide you with an explanation of what may be going on. They will suggest a plan of action for how to manage the complaint, prevent further recurrences and how to help you live your healthiest and best life. They will then usually provide some ‘hands on’ treatment and recommend when you return for your next session.
How long will it take?
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill in some paperwork and allow up to one hour for your initial visit.
What should I bring?
Please bring any relevant previous scans (xrays, CT scans or MRIs) and your health insurance card if you would like to claim on the spot with our HICAPS facility.
What should I wear?
We often require you to change into a provided gown with your underwear or you may choose to wear a loose fitting pair of shorts. We will ensure you are warm and comfortable.
How many consultations are usually required?
There is no set answer as every person is different and every complaint presents slightly differently. For most complaints three or four visits are sufficient to reduce pain, improve mobility, provide education and give advice on reducing aggravating factors and improve overall health and well-being.
For more chronic conditions, complex injuries or where pre-existing health issues determine a slower healing time, perhaps more treatment will be required.
Will I require ongoing treatment?
For most people, once the injury has healed or the health complaint improved no ongoing treatment is required. However we live in a less than ideal world. Our lives are often either sedentary or the complete opposite; there are physical and emotional demands that exceed our body’s capacity. Therefore a ‘tune up’ or ‘check up’ is a great way to maintain good health. The frequency of these ‘tune-ups’ will depend on a number of factors and can be discussed with your osteopath or chiropractor. There is no obligation for ongoing treatment.
Will I need to have scans?
Generally no. However, if there is a concern about your complaint or more information is required to make a diagnosis, then sometimes you will be advised to have further imaging. Your osteopath or chiropractor may be able to provide you with a referral, however sometimes you will need to see your GP to obtain further tests, imaging or referral to a specialist.
Is Osteopathy and chiropractic covered by private health insurance?
Yes, if you have Extras cover, however the rebate will depend on the type of cover and the fund you are with. Bring your private health fund card and we can process your health fund payment at the time of consultation with HICAPS.
Do you treat Work Cover Injuries?
Yes. You will need to see your doctor and have Osteopathy or Chiropratic stated as part of your management/treatment on your Work Cover Medical Certificate. Please speak to your GP or call us to find out more information.
Do you treat Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries?
Yes. You will need to see your doctor, register the claim and have Osteopathy or Chiropratic stated as part of your management/treatment plan. Please speak to your GP or call us to find out more information.
Do you treat Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) patients?
Yes. You will need a referral from you doctor. Treatment is entirely covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. You will need to bring your DVA card with you for osteopathic or chiropractic treatment.
Is Osteopathy or Chiropractic covered by Medicare?
Not generally, however there is a government initiative called the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program. This allows someone with chronic pain or a chronic condition to have five (5) osteopathic, chiropractic, or other approved allied health service consultations a year when referred by their doctor. A Medicare rebate covers some (but not all) of the fee. Please speak to your GP or call us to see if you might be eligible.

Body of Life Health Centre is a provider of excellence in health services and education,
servicing the Northern Beaches and North Shore.

We exist to equip you to live your healthiest and best life. We are a multidisciplinary team of health practitioners that provide a range of services to you, your family and the local community.

Book in to see an Osteopath, Psychologist, Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist or Dr of Chinese Medicine with us because we can support you to make the changes you need to feel your best!

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