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!
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!
Emma is a wonderful addition to our team and loves the fact that she can go to work and make a difference to someone’s life.
She loves to help others, give back and empower people to make positive changes as well as improve their symptoms, functionality and overall health.
Emma enjoys creating a supportive and empathetic space for people to heal and enjoys hearing client’s stories and experiences and finding out what they are passionate about. She aims to make everyone feel that they are heard, acknowledged and supported by their treatment process and believes that Osteopathy is so much more than hands on treatment.
Her favourite way to exercise is by being outdoors either walking, swimming in the ocean, running or bike riding and she loves to meditate and bushwalk. In her spare time she loves to walk on the beach with her dogs and loves to garden, cook and enjoy a good coffee!
Her favourite TV shows include Suits and Orange is the new black and musically she loves Sticky Fingers, Ocean Alley and Tash Sultana.
The thing that Emma wishes all of her patients did is to understand that a healthy body isn’t just about eating well and working out. It’s also about having a healthy mind!
Her favourite motto is “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency you have”.
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.
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!
Chris loves the fact that he gets to help people feel better and resolve issues of pain and discomfort with Remedial Massage. He also would like to think that every massage therapist gets to be known for their magic hands!
Chris truly enjoys working on his fitness and has been involved in CrossFit for several years now. He has found that strength training, particularly unilateral work is very important in supporting his role as a massage therapist.
He likes to watch sport – rugby league, rugby union and mixed martial arts and enjoys listening to podcasts whilst he drives. He is currently studying to be a Chiropractor at Macquarie University which takes up a lot of his spare time. Outside of University he enjoys spending time with loved ones and his dog.
If he could wish one thing it would be that people, in general, would understand that soft tissue maintenance is always beneficial, not just when something hurts!
His ideal getaway would be Las Vegas but closer to home Chris enjoys visiting some of the amazing camping destinations that NSW has to offer.
Chris’ favourite quote is – “Effort is a choice – Max El-Hag”.
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.
Her idea of travel would be anywhere as long as there is the sun, a beach and good food and her favourite quote is “The trouble with people at the moment is not that we aim high and fail but we aim low and succeed”.
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.
We are so excited to have Hannah join our incredibly gifted reception team. You will instantly feel welcomed and cared for by Hannah’s smile and gentle manner.
Hannah loves being a receptionist at Body of Life because it combines her love of people and healthcare.
She is currently studying Pilates as she really believes that this form of exercise can help people to avoid injuries and pain and they can then live their best life.
Hannah’s favourite way to exercise is doing cardio HIIT classes at her local gym and working on her strength in Pilates and dancing.
You can often hear her listening to Ed Sheeran when she is not dancing or doing Pilates and outside of these activities she loves to spend time with her family and watch movies.
Hannah’s favourite quote is ”What if I fall, but my darling what if you fly?”.