Meet Our Osteopaths

We are open 6 days a week during and outside of business hours, so no matter your schedule someone will be available to see you. To make an appointment, please contact us.

Fremantle Osteopathic Clinic started in 1985 and moved to its current location in 2004. Over the years, we have grown and now have a number of experienced Osteopaths, all with varying special interests and approaches to treatment using osteopathy in Fremantle.

Our Practitioners

Dr Rhonda Chen D.O. (UK) Osteopath

Rhonda has been practising osteopathy since graduating from the European School of Osteopathy in the UK in 1983. After working in Wales for 2 years, she returned to Australia to practice Osteopathy in Perth. She is still excited about the potential and power of our simple approach to help the body access its deep innate healing processes.

Rhonda has had extensive post-graduate training including in Cranial Osteopathy with the Sutherland Cranial group, and Biodynamics of Osteopathy with Jim Jealous. Recently she has completed some training with the Barral Institute in Visceral Osteopathy, although there is always more to learn.

She uses a broad variety of approaches according to what will suit the patient including direct and indirect approaches that treat the fascia, muscle and joint release techniques, and cranial and visceral techniques.

She enjoys treating people of all ages and seeing the improvement in their health, with a particular interest and extensive experience with mothers, babies and older people. In her spare time, she is gardening in her jungle, reading and snorkelling.

Rhonda is currently at the clinic Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr Andrea Rowe (Osteopath)

B.A.App Sci (Clin Sci) B.A. Ost Sci

Andrea joined the clinic in 2005. She graduated from Osteopathy at RMIT University in Melbourne. Prior to these studies, she practiced for 5 years as a Naturopath using Herbal Medicine and Nutrition to help people find their optimum health. She enjoys how Osteopathy provides the tools to work with the health inherent in everybody in a gentle yet focused way. Andrea utilises a range of technique, both structural and indirect for people of all ages, to mobilise and allow a full breath through the body.

She also brings her experience of many years of yoga, meditation, gym exercise and breath awareness to her practice. She is passionate about people returning to their own vitality and being able to express it through easy movement.

She has a particular interest and extensive experience in working with expectant mothers, mothers, babies and children. Andrea has done training in Visceral Osteopathy and Dry Needling. The rest of her time is filled with noisy, delightful children, wholefood cooking, Pilates  and experimenting in the garden.

Andrea is consulting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the moment.

Dr Ilona McGavock (Osteopath)

B.AppSc, M.H.Sci, Ost

Ilona trained at Victoria University in Melbourne between 1994 and 1999. She has been practising as a registered osteopath ever since in Sydney and Perth, both north and south of the river. She has practised in the Fremantle area since 2000 in multidisciplinary and solely osteopathic clinics. Ilona is a member of the Australian Osteopathic Association and Yoga Australia.

Ilona has wide-ranging experience in treating all ages from newborn babies to the elderly, for various conditions with a variety of osteopathic modalities including manipulation, craniosacral osteopathy and visceral osteopathy.

As an osteopath, Ilona maintains post-graduate training in various fields such as Cranio-sacral osteopathy (or Osteopathy in the Cranial Field), visceral osteopathy, and the treatment of children and babies.

Ilona has always been compelled by the holistic nature of osteopathy, its core understanding that the body heals itself and the simple but profound idea of movement as an expression of health and life. She sees her role with clients as one of helping them reconnect with their self-healing and thereby reducing pain and improving quality of life.

Ilona has a strong interest in movement and meditation as a support for healing and has been practising yoga and qigong for many years. She is a qualified teacher of Calligraphy Health (a form of qigong) and runs classes in North Fremantle. She is also a qualified yoga teacher in the ISHTA lineage ( a vinyasa style of yoga) and teaches with Tamara Yoga in Bibra Lake and Fremantle.

At present, Ilona is available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Dr Julia Tyrrell (Osteopath)

Ba. App Sci (Clinical Science)/Ba. Osteopathic Science

Julia’s treatment style is based around restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. Initially identifying areas of concern then concentrating treatment on those affected muscles and joints.

To release muscle tension, Julia focuses on deep tissue techniques to unwind deep layers of muscle tension. This is done using a combination of techniques such as deep tissue massage, inhibition (holding the muscle) and stretching. To encourage movement in joints which are stiff and restricted Julia uses articulation techniques which take joints through their range of motion and improve movement at the affected joints. As an osteopath, Julia’s areas of interest are back, neck and hip pain, tension headache and sciatic pain.

To maintain the beneficial effects of Osteopathic treatment, Julia prescribes patients home exercises and techniques to help manage symptoms between Osteopathic appointments. She also has a strong interest in meditation and nutrition including nutrient-dense foods and food history.

Originally from Melbourne, Julia studied Osteopathy at RMIT. She is an experienced Osteopath having 10 years experience in practices across Melbourne and Perth. In 2011, Julia completed postgraduate studies gaining a Graduate Diploma of Management (Personal Injury) from Deakin University. She is a current member of Osteopathy Australia and registered Osteopath.

Julia consults every Thursday and Saturday, and fortnightly on Wednesday and Friday.

Dr Diego Franca (Osteopath)

B. Clin.Sci (Human Structures & Movement and Osteopathy) M. Ost. Med.

Diego uses a gentle yet firm approach with a strong interest in the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain using various osteopathic techniques and exercises prescription. Diego aims to treat the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. He has a particular interest and experience in shoulder pain, knee pain, acute and chronic back and neck pain, headaches, migraines, low back pain, sciatic pain and postural related pain.

Diego developed deep regard for the value of scientific research and critical thinking in clinical health care practice and has co-authored a journal article in chest wall mobility in people with respiratory disorders.

Treatment involves a patient-centred approach with manual and movement therapy. He may help people suffering from chronic, persistent musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. He also has a deep understanding of sports injury, with experience treating cyclists, runners, kayakers, swimmers and other sports-related conditions. Diego’s personal experience with a disc-related injury helps understanding and better treating the condition.

Diego has trained in Dry Needling. Diego is also an active member of the community, previously volunteering with Fremantle Sea Rescue group on a regular basis. Diego enjoys outdoor activities such as golf, cycling tennis and surfing.

Diego is available on every 2nd Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Dr Albert Bryson-Haynes (Osteopath)

B. Clin. Sci, M. Ost. Med, Dip. HE Adult Nursing (UK)

Albert completed a Masters degree in osteopathy at Southern Cross University. He practices using a variety of techniques to match the needs of each patient but has a particular interest in cranial osteopathy and indirect techniques. He has attended several master classes in Canberra focused on cranial osteopathy to learn more about the latest theory and practice from international practitioners.

Albert also has experience and qualifications in several other areas of health care. He qualified as a nurse within a large central London hospital and participated in a wide range of clinical practice.

He is also certified in massage therapy, trained in techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports massage. Albert enjoys playing soccer and has a keen interest in diet and nutrition.

Albert is available on most days of the week.

Dr David Bennett (Osteopath)

B Ec, App Sci, B. Ost Sci

David has been working in Western Australia again since returning from New Zealand.

His extensive training and experience with Cranial Osteopathy and Biodynamics of Osteopathy. He has a particular interest and extensive experience in the treatment of expectant women and mothers and babies

David is at the clinic Thursdays fortnightly.