Dr Katrina Caine (Kate)
M.Health (Osteopathy) Victoria University
B.Sci (Clinical Sciences) Victoria University
B.App.Sci (Medical Laboratory Science) RMIT
Cert IV (Pilates) Breathe Education
Dip. Remedial Massage MIMT
Cert IV (Sports Massage) MIMT
I graduated as an Osteopath from VU with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and a Masters of Health (Osteopathy). Osteopathy is a 5 year qualification and a Board Certified profession. I also hold a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) from RMIT as well as qualifications in Pilates, Dry Needling, Sports Massage and Remedial Massage.
I taught anatomy to massage therapists for many years and now supervise anatomical dissections for Osteopathic students at Victoria University. I love to teach as it keeps my knowledge sharp, I enjoy watching student have their ‘lightbulb’ moments and because they always have a curly question to ask that makes me question what I know!
I started life as a medical scientist, working for 14 years in both Australia and the UK in areas ranging from Forensic to Veterinary pathology. I decided on a change of career and studied remedial and sports massage and ran my own soft tissue therapy practice in Essendon for 12 years before deciding to go back to study (again!) and join the wonderful world of Osteopathy.
I love practicing as an Osteopath in my local area and have been part of the Essendon/Moonee Ponds community for 20+years. I enjoy treating all types of people from the young to the young at heart using a variety of skills, a keen ear and a wide referral network to meet their needs.
I provide treatment and rehabilitation for all types musculoskeletal problems as well as many chronic conditions such as arthritis and back /neck /hip/ knee/ shoulder pain.
As an Osteopath, I can also work with conditions such as asthma, digestive and gynaecological issues by treating the tissues in and around these organs such as muscles, ligaments and fascia. Treatment may not be curative but can help with management of pain, discomfort and frequency/severity of symptoms.
Areas of Interest:
OK…self-confessed nerd alert coming up! I love to learn new things. I have a lifelong interest in Anatomy and Pathology (stemming from following my dad around who was a GP and my Mum who was a nurse) and I draw on this knowledge to help problem solve.
At the moment, I am developing my interests in functional rehabilitation, pelvic conditions, the gut/brain connection, inflammation, Clinical Pilates and Motor Control, Chronic Pain education and Neuroplasticity…..yes, definitely a nerd ☺
Outside of Osteopathy, I like to travel, read, cook, garden, get into or onto the water, do Pilates and be outdoors. Oh, and I like Gin!
Dr Matthew Hardwick
Registered Osteopath B.Sci (Clinical Science) M. Health (Osteopathy)
Matthew is a registered Osteopath who completed a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and a Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) at Victoria University. Before becoming an Osteopath, he worked in the corporate world, but decided upon a career change and followed his life-long passion for helping others. He chose Osteopathy as he was drawn to the holistic approach to the person and their complaint.
He has worked as a sports trainer in the VAFA, where the emphasis was on treating and managing both acute and long-term sporting injuries. With a structural based focus, he uses a variety of techniques to ensure the best outcomes for his patients.
Outside of the clinic he is kept busy with three young children, and is a keen North Melbourne supporter in the AFL.