Jacinta Crawley – Osteopath

Jacinta is a graduate from RMIT (formerly PIT) in the first years of formal Osteopathic university training in Australia. Jacinta completed her degree in 1993 before working in Sydney’s CBD and inner suburbs and then returning to her home town of Bendigo, Victoria. In 2004 Jacinta opened Bellarine Osteopathic Clinic in Ocean Grove, which operated until 2012 when the concept of Bellarine Allied Health Group was born.

Jacinta has a particular interest in anatomy which led her to become part of the teaching faculty at Deakin University’s postgraduate Medicine program from 2009 -2011.

In her Osteopathic work Jacinta sees people of all ages but particularly enjoys treating the elderly where the rewards can be so fulfilling. “Enabling someone to continue doing something they love, or just be a little more comfortable every day is great”.

Jacinta feels very lucky living and working in such a beautiful place. “I love that I know lots of my patients before I treat them, or their kids go to school with mine. I grew up in a big family in a small farming district, and while I don’t have that now, the Ocean Grove community is a great replacement!”

Jacinta is proud to have gathered such a great team of professionals under the umbrella of BAHG. While her background is in Osteopathy, Jacinta’s real satisfaction comes from finding the therapy, advice or exercise that works for every individual – a truly holistic approach that is Bellarine Allied Health Group.

Kate Whitford – Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor

Kate graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor in Health Science (Complementary Medicine) and Masters of Osteopathy. The combination of Kate’s love for sport and her own battles to overcome various injuries drives her interest in Osteopathy. Kate is originally from Gippsland but made the move to the coast in 2009. She enjoys surfing, running, golfing and generally living an active lifestyle.

Kate has previously worked with Melbourne AFL and athletics clubs and enjoys the challenge of helping people get back to sport and hobbies. Kate worked as a Remedial Massage Therapist for 4 years before graduating, giving her extensive experience in the treatment of soft tissue injuries and back pain.

Kate’s passion is in understanding the anatomy and fundamental biomechanics behind a person’s issue.  She uses a range of osteopathic techniques including soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, manipulation, dry needling, lifestyle/exercise advice, and rehabilitation. Kate enjoys treating all types of conditions – from foot pain to back pain and headaches.

Kate also holds a Clinical Pilates qualification with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. She is the founder of the Clinical Pilates program at Bellarine Allied Health Group and since it’s opening in August 2015 it has grown enormously. Kate enjoys the challenge of creating specific and individualised programs and teaching classes for people of all ages. Kate finds the combination of Osteopathy and Clinical Pilates provides a more holistic approach to client’s care and wellbeing.

Kate provides Osteopathy and Pilates instruction from BAHG Ocean Grove Tuesday -Thursday and Osteopathy only from BAHG Point Lonsdale at Point Lonsdale Medical Group *

* bookings for Point Lonsdale can be made by phoning 5258 0888

Molly Blanchonette – Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor

Molly graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and a Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy).  Her Master’s research project was based on Intrinsic Foot Muscle Strength. During her studies Molly completed an internship into Injury Prevention with Victoria Police and Workcover Insurer Gallagher Basset, as well as working as Head sports trainer at Torquay Football and Netball club.

Born and bred in Jan Juc, Molly has grown up with a passion for running and surf lifesaving. These interests led to her love for sport, which ultimately led to injuries! Those injuries exposed her to Osteopathic treatment and the beginning of her love for Osteopathy. Molly completed her Clinical Pilates training through the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute enjoys utilizing that knowledge in combination with osteopathy.

Molly is a passionate and enthusiastic Osteopath who enjoys treating patients of all ages. She has a particular interest in sports and spinal care, and encourages patients to take an active role in their health and treatment. She has also completed post-graduate training in Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping, which compliment her structural osteopathic approach.

bfm_BAHG_16022017 (6 of 23)Demi Donegan – Osteopath

Demi graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Complimentary Medicine) and a Bachelor of Health Science (Osteopathy). Originally from Bendigo, Demi has recently moved to enjoy the coastal lifestyle. Demi has always been fascinated by the human body and was drawn to Osteopathy because of its holistic approach to treatment and individualised patient care. Demi understands the importance of maintaining an optimal environment for the body to function and to prevent injuries.

Demi utilises a broad range of manual therapy techniques allowing her to tailor each consultation to specific patient needs. Demi believes in continuing to update her education to provide the best possible outcome for her patients. Demi has completed her Clinical Pilates training through the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute.

Outside of work, Demi enjoys going camping, running and exercise and spending time with her friends and family.