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Sam

Dr Samuel Garner, Chiropractor

Sam completed a Bachelor of Chiropractic and Bachelor of Science at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

He has since owned and run Practices in Western Australia, Scotland and London. On returning to Australia, Sam has taken his passion in chiropractic and wellness to Avalon Beach where he loves the active lifestyle and healthy habits of the locals.

While Sam has always worked as a family chiropractor, he retains a strong interest in postural correction, sports injuries and using chiropractic to maximise optimal performance.

Sam has furthered his passion for sport and chiropractic by continuing his professional development studying with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic. He has trained in the treatment of extremities including injuries of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand and has also become accredited in dry needling technique, which uses acupuncture needles to release muscular tension.

Sam and his team work closely with the Avalon community, contributing their services to:

  • Avalon Ocean Swim.
  • Newport to Avalon “Around the Bends” Swim.
  • Palm Beach to Whale Beach “Big Swim”.
  • Avalon Soccer Club.
  • Palm Beach Polo By The Sea.
  • Newport Pub2Pub Fun Run.

Sam works closely with the local business community currently holding the following position:

  • President, Avalon Palm Beach Business Chamber.

Sam enjoys exercising five days a week and places a large emphasis on healthy nutrition to maintain his healthy lifestyle, something that he also encourages in all his patients.

Joe

Mr Joe De Sensi, Dip Remedial Massage and Chiropractor's Assistant

Joe is a massage therapist, meditation teacher and Qigong practitioner practising with our dedicated team. Joe has worked as a massage therapist since 2006 and his treatment techniques are a combination of remedial, shiatsa, acupressure and sports massage.

He has specialised in head, neck, shoulder and upper back tension which is one of the key areas of his work. Joe's other area of work is for de-stressing with the use of relaxing blends of essential oils which is very popular with the busy and active types - a great treatment for assisting in unwinding and re-focusing.

With Joe's extensive experience in the treatment of the back and neck, Joe often works alongside Chiropractor, Sam Garner, to aid Chiropractic care with soft tissue therapies.

Before coming to Avalon Joe had the opportunity to spend two years in silent retreat in the Himalayas in Northern India where his practice of meditation was refined due to total immersion into his daily practice and the surrounding environment.

Meditation is a great life skill to learn because of its profound health benefits both mentally and physically.

Katinka

Ms Katinka Woodhouse, Dip Remedial Massage

Katinka has served the Avalon community for many years and is skilled in a diverse range of wellness services.

Whether you require a sports, remedial, pregnancy, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue massage or other forms of therapy, with Katinka's qualifications in remedial massage, reflexology and aromatherapy you can rest assured it will be a relaxing and therapeutic experience.

Katinka is covered by all health funds except Medibank and HCF.

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Mrs Gemma Newby, Practice Manager

Gemma grew up locally on the northern beaches and has spent a large portion of her life working on super yachts. Since returning to her home town of Avalon, Gemma enjoys spending time with her husband Greg and their three young children.

Gemma first discovered Chiropractic when her six year old son saw a chiropractor due to a sore neck and head. Gemma and her family now see the chiropractor regularly.

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Ms Tegan Selby, Practice Manager

Tegan joined the team in 2018, coming from a background of remedial massage, personal training. She is still practising as a yoga instructor and is passionate about all things health.

A lover of the outdoors lifestyle, you will find Tegan feeding the chickens at the Avalon Community Garden every Friday with her son, Finn.