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Our Practitioners

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All of our practitioners are qualified and registered professionals who are committed to continuing professional development.

We strive to be better to ensure that we provide you with the best, most up to date, professional service possible – we know you’d expect nothing less!

Osteopathy

Deborah J. Ryan

B.Sc (Osteopathy)

Debbie qualified in 1994 from the British School Of Osteopathy (London), she knew at the age of 14 that she wanted to be an osteopath, and she’s been passionate from that time in how osteopathy can support people to achieve their optimum wellness. She has worked in private practice throughout her career; but she also volunteered for 3 years at the Immune Development Trust (London) where she gained valuable insight, knowledge and experience in supporting people with immune conditions, which continues to be a passion in Debbie’s private practice today.

Since 1996, Debbie has been treating solely using the gentle cranial osteopathy techniques, completing numerous and extensive courses both in the UK and NZ. She has completed all IX phases of the specialised Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy training, and incorporates all this knowledge in her practice.

Being a busy wife and mum with 3 teenage children, she has recently developed a special interest in supporting women to build and maintain healthy boundaries around their well being and stress management. However, Debbie enjoys the diversity of working in a family orientated practice, and treating newborns remains a special part of her practice.

Outside of osteopathy, Debbie enjoys spending time being creative in her studio and garden; and spending time in nature.

Jeremy Ryan

B.Sc (Osteopathy) Hons

Jerry qualified from the British School of Osteopathy (London) in 1995. After qualifying he worked in private practice for 3 years. He then worked full time for a year at the internationally known Osteopathic Centre for Children in Harley Street, London. Whilst there he gained invaluable experience in the treatment of children including preterm babies still in their incubators, children with cerebral palsy, autism and congenital conditions.

Jerry has studied extensively postgraduate training in both the UK and NZ. Jerry uses biodynamic cranial osteopathic techniques to support the body to return to health. He especially loves supporting babies and children to reach their full potential.

In his spare time, jerry enjoys working out, yoga, gardening, walking and he also volunteers for Upper Hutt Community Rescue.

Eugene Middleton

B.Sc (Osteopathy) Hons

Eugene has been practicing in New Zealand since graduating from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 1995

He enjoys general Osteopathic work, treating all age groups, using a variety of Cranial, Functional, Visceral and Structural approaches and exercise and stretches depending on what seems most appropriate for the patient.

Regular postgraduate study helps keep those skills fresh, currently he’s working on a FIFA football medicine diploma.

Since being a student and working at the BSO children’s clinic he’s been interested in treating children, and likes working in an integrated way with Midwives and Lactation Consultants for best outcomes.

He is also interested in the long term effects of stress in relation to breathing and digestion.

He is married with a young family and lives in the sunny Hutt Valley. When time allows he loves to play guitar and fish, not necessarily at the same time.

Markos Pantelides

M. (Osteopathy). B.AppSci

Markos qualified with a Masters of Osteopathy from Unitec NZ in 2009 and since then has worked in the Wellington region, spending years as part of the multidisciplinary team at Wellington Osteopaths, and then working with the Royal NZ Ballet.

Now living in Lower Hutt with a young family Markos loves being part of the Twig Centre team, and while he has a particularly affinity for treating newborns and children, he enjoys treating all age groups right through to the elderly. Markos incorporates a mixture of gentle cranial style osteopathic techniques and structural osteopathic techniques into his treatments depending on what is most suitable for the individual patient. He believes that patient education and self-management play a large role in achieving fast and lasting outcomes and so will often prescribe appropriate stretches or exercises to his patients as well as try to help them achieve better postural awareness.

Markos undertakes regular ongoing training both within NZ and abroad and in his spare time outside of family and work commitments likes to spend time on his surfboard or mountain bike.

Ritisha Mistry

(BAppSC[HB]) (MOst)

Ritisha studied at Unitec graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology and a Master of Osteopathy in 2013. With a competitive sporting background in touch rugby and netball, Ritisha is a firm believer in the value of exercise and stretching to maintain treatment benefits and prevent future injuries.

In 2015 Ritisha completed further study at the NZ Institute of Health and Fitness to qualify with a certificate in personal training (level 4) and a certificate in fitness (level 3). Ritisha utilises a variety of osteopathic techniques including structural, functional, visceral and cranial to ensure patients receive an individualised treatment approach to suits their own body’s’  requirements. Her treatments are focussed on restoring movement, increasing function and reducing pain in order to improve quality of life and get patients back to doing the things they love.

Ritisha has a passion for treating athletes and pregnant women and is continuing to develop her skills in the paediatric field to work with babies and young children.

Homeopathy

Nicki Walker

B.Soc.Sci, Dip.Hom, RCHom

NEW TESTING and TREATMENT PROCESS – Assessing health at a celluar level.

As a Homeopath, there are times where I feel additional support at a cellular health level is required. I have recently completed an intensive ‘pratitioner only’ training program to allow me to assess how patients are at this level. This process will add value to what homeopathy achieves especially where patients are doing well and want to do even better – losing weight for example.

Also, you may be aware of friends or family where homeopathy is not for them, but would like to make positive steps to improving their health. This aproach may suit them better. Read in detail here at our site under BIA TEST.

Nicki is now in her 13th year of practice having qualified in 1998, after 4 years of professional training with the Wellington College of Homeopathy. Nicki is registered with the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths (NZCH) and was an executive Board member for 5 years.

She is actively involved in the development of the profession in her capacity as lecturer at the Wellington College of Homeopathy for the last 8 years.

Previous study in physiotherapy together with her bachelor of Social Sciences Degree from Waikato University adds to her skill as a homeopath.

Nicki has a particular passion for working with the myriad of health issues facing families. These can range from teething pain, colic and eczema in babies to repeated infections in children as well as social issues, fears and anxieties across the board, through to more chronic issues such as stress and fatigue and depression in adults.