Victoria McLelland – Osteopath
Bachelor of Biomedical Science 2000
Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) 2003
Masters of Osteopathy 2005
Member of Osteopathy Australia
Victoria is situated within the rooms of My Own Midwife gc. Ashmore and operates an Osteopathic clinic for the whole family, with a special interest in newborns, infants, children and pregnancy. She is available by appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.
An Osteopathic treatment has a professional focus on conditions that affect the neuro-musculoskeletal system (ie the body) and the management of pain. 1
During a consultation a physical assessment and detailed case history will help to formulate a treatment plan. This is reasonably easy if your older and can communicate the where’s and how’s of your pain.
But what of a newborn? Mother’s instinct will often tell you that something doesn’t quite feel right. If your local GP or paediatrician has cleared the child of any sinister reason for the painful response; other than rest and the limited use of analgesics such as Panadol, an Osteopathic treatment may help to manage some of their pains. Newborns and infants can express this as irritable behaviours, excessive crying and perceivable discomfort such as grimacing and tense posture. 2
This is usually due to time spent in NICU, surgery or from a traumatic birth.
During treatment the role of the Osteopath is to identify and normalise any strained patterns in the body’s tissues 1 using hands-on manual therapy suitable to the age group. As per Osteopathy Australia’s position statement, there is no “cracking” techniques performed on children under the age of 7 years, instead gentler articulations and slow rhythmic movements are used to help ease strains, including cranial techniques.
Victoria works within a multidisciplinary network that includes midwives, lactation consultants, child health care nurses, dentists, doctors and other health care providers; to ensure the best possible outcome for the health of you and your child.
For further information please refer to the website:
or phone the clinic number on (07) 55 944525 sms 0432 262 163
1.Osteopathy Australia Position Statement: osteopathic treatment for babies, infants and young children. www.osteopathy.org.au
2. Hodgkinson.K et al (1994) Measuring pain in neonates: evaluating an instrument and developing a common language. The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. Vol.12, No1pp17-22
Meaghan Amor – Pregancy Massage Therapist
For over 20 years Meaghan has been working with women in the alternative health industry.
We are very pleased to have her join us at our new Burleigh Heads clinic. Her extensive Aromatherapy knowledge coupled with her healing hands creates for a beautiful pregnancy massage adored by many over the years.
Meaghan also uses Reflexology,the ancient healing modality performed on our feet to regain balance, to treat the many common ailments pregnancy, birth preparation & the post natal period can invite.
“Massaging & supporting women during pregnancy & after birth comes naturally to me. It is a time of wonder & amazement, but it can also induce fear & worry. All pregnant women deserve support & healing so they can create the birth they desire & really relax & enjoy the early post natal time.” ~ Meaghan Amor
Treating each women holistically is how my clients continue to regain balance, self awareness & joy in their lives.
Your Birth day is an experience that you will remember every day of your life for the rest of your life ….together we can create an amazing day for you & your family.
Meaghan is taking bookings now for our Burleigh Heads clinic.
She looks forward to working with each & everyone of you to make your pregnancy & birth journey all the more memorable….
More information can be found by clicking the link below:
Meaghan Amor …Cert Arom MT Reflexologist Doula …( Birth Support Person)
Shona Cassels – Lactation Consultant – Burleigh Practice
“I am an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). An IBCLC is the only internationally certified health care professional in the clinical management of breastfeeding and human lactation. This means I am a specialist in lactation management and breastfeeding, with the skills and knowledge to assist with all breastfeeding problems.
My passion is supporting women to breastfeed. I strongly feel that parents and parents-to-be deserve the best evidence-based information about breastfeeding, together with skilled and nurturing support, to reach their own breastfeeding goals. I also recognise the importance of collaborating with other health professionals to meet a family’s needs. I enjoy providing support, options and practical solutions, to help mums have the best possible breastfeeding experience with their babies.”
Amanda Bude – Midwife
Amanda Bude is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with 20 years experience in Antenatal, Postnatal and Birth care and Reproductive Health. The impending arrival of her first child, led her into further studies of Natural Childbirth Education, and the arrival of her twins into her passion SLEEP! Living and working on the Gold Coast, her business Groovy Babies combines working with families for HypnoBirthing Childbirth Preparation Classes, Maternity and Child Sleep and Settling Consultancy, and Baby Massage Classes.
Amanda will be running classes at our Ashmore practice.
Jean Lightbody – Clinical Psychologist
- Bachelor Science (Psychology), University Southern Queensland 2003
- Bachelor Psychology with Honours (first class), Griffith University 2004
- Doctor Psychology (Clinical) Candidate, Griffith University (2009 to present, clinical training completed 2011)
- Cognitive therapy for antenatal therapy
- Threat interpretation bias in young people with OCD and their mothers
- Context-mediated recovery of extinguished operant behaviour in humans
I believe parenting is the most important, challenging and rewarding role that a woman can have. It has therefore been my pleasure over the past ten years to work in a variety of roles with families and children around parenting informed by an attachment theory framework. Roles have included training child-care workers to work from a “primary caregiving model” to enhance their relationships with the child, co-developing a course on enhancing attachment and bonding in mothers and babies, and have worked in Queensland Health at the Child Development and Behaviour Service assisting parents of children from 0-5 with developmental concerns where I developed a group program for parents of children with ADHD. More recently my work in private practice has been in psychological care of women in the perinatal period, working with young people at headspace, and running a private hospital day program for women with borderline personality disorder. I have clinical training and experience treating a range of disorders across the lifespan (e.g. depression, generalised anxiety, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder – including birth trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder and personality disorders).
My favourite way to spend time when I’m not working is being with my family. I have four grown children and four beautiful grandchildren. I enjoying long walks, playing cards and table tennis, playing with my grandchildren, and travelling with my husband when we get the chance.