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Clinicians

Kristina Bannister

Musculoskeletal Therapist

Kristina’s interest in health and fitness led her along the pathway of natural health, Completing a Bachelor of Health Science Myotherapy (Musculoskeletal Therapy) at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Kristina also holds a Certificate IV in Personal Training. Whilst living a healthy, active lifestyle she has a special interest in cycling, and adrenaline related sports. Kristina believes in a hands-on treatment approach and client education is the key to correctly treating the root cause of musculoskeletal complaints. Kristina believes education is the key to improving her client’s physical health and preventing further injuries. She takes a holistic approach to treatment, looking at not only the muscular structures, but also addressing the neurological and joint components as well as correcting posture.

Common Conditions Treated

  • Headaches
  •  Neck pain and stiffness
  • Shoulder pain and misalignment
  • Low back pain and stiffness
  • Conditions of the hip
  • Sciatic pain
  • Knee Pain

Special Interests in Treating

  • Functional impairments of nerve
  • Cervical conditions including migraines/headaches
  • Shoulder and knee conditions
  • Sporting injuries and rehabilitation

Amanda Wright

Remedial Massage Therapist

Amanda is a qualified remedial massage therapist with specialist skills including Dry Needling, Rock tape and Heated Stone massage. Amanda is also currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Amanda integrates modern and traditional into her practices to treat the individual. Amanda’s interest is finding the best treatment that works for the individual with the understanding from personal history the frustrations of chronic pain from injury. Her interests involve training dogs and study (can’t possibly fit anything else in), and is at best when working to iron out kinks, and working with other practitioners to provide the best treatment for the individual.

Tanzia Butterfield

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Dietetics, 1992, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Post-graduate diploma in Dietetics, 1994, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Master of Dietetics, 2007, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Trained in the Family Partnerships Model of Care, Flinders Model for Chronic Disease Management, Motivational Interviewing
  • Qualified facilitator for the following group programs:
  • MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It),
  • Triple P (parenting groups program),
  • PEACH (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health).
  • Co-authored and published a recipe book, 2006: Sustained Energy for Kids, ISBN 978-0624043232
  • Has appeared on national television shows and featured on local radio shows as a guest speaker, presented at various food shows/symposiums/conferences/campaigns, developed and implemented a nutrition education program over 3 years at numerous primary schools and regularly wrote feature articles for monthly journals/magazines.

  Aim and approach: My aim is to:

  • help you achieve your goals by making gradual, sustainable changes,
  • improve critical thinking and skill development to facilitate the voluntary adoption of eating- and other food-related behaviours,
  • and empower you with “how to” strategies to help turn knowledge into practice.

My approach is to help you identify areas for improvement and guide you through:

  • adopting eating patterns to achieve specific outcomes,
  • modifying your favourite recipes/dishes to meet certain calorie and nutrient guidelines,
  • choosing brands or specific types of foods to improve metabolic efficiency,
  • strategies to increase your feeling of fullness,
  • how to get the most volume for the least calories,
  • meal- and menu planning within your calorie and nutrient budget,
  • dealing with triggers for overeating or unhelpful choices,
  • aspects of mindful eating,
  • and effective self monitoring.

Fran Deveer

Kinesiology

Fran is a trained Kinesiologist with over 18 years’ experience. She continuously was brought back to kinesiology in search for optimum health. Her main focus in the kinesiology arena is emotional health. Fran is focused on making treatments individual and following the emotional pathway of each client. She mixes both science and art to help the patient direct their feelings and life. She loves to uncover clients stories and help guide them on their own path to optimum health. Her treatment process is non-invasive, open and comfortable.

Ashton Verrier

Personal Trainer

Ashton is the director of Utile Functional Health. He found his passion for health and fitness approximately 9 years ago, this started with callisthenics training in his garage with homemade weights and equipment. This progressed to traditional body building training at a traditional gym until he found CrossFit around 2014. It was shortly after this that he obtained his CrossFit level 1 training certification and since then he has completed his Cert III and Cert IV of Fitness (personal training). Since then Ashton has been training friends and himself on and off in different styles whenever time would permit around work. He has worked in several different industries in his life time but always came back to fitness, and finally given the opportunity to pursue a career in his passion for fitness he jumped at it. Ashton aims to provide strength and conditioning training to any person of all ages and fitness levels. He believes in thorough testing and tracking so that results can be easily observed, and injuries can be avoided or compensated for. Injury is an avoidable consequence of fitness training. Ashton participates in triathlons, obstacle course races, horse riding, long-distance bike rides, weights training, skydiving, and any exciting fitness event that comes his way.