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Meet Our Essendon Chiropractors

Dr Christopher Vandeloo, BSc (Biomed), B. Comp Med (Chiro), M. Clinical Chiropractic (RMIT)dr-vandeloo

Before becoming a chiropractor, Dr Chris worked as a medical scientist for five years. Through his research he developed a very outcome based, research driven perspective on healthcare. Growing up, he experienced various orthopaedic conditions and injuries during his childhood that ultimately lead him to pursue the chiropractic profession. After graduating from Essendon’s own St Bernard’s school in 2003, Dr Chris went on to complete both Bachelor degrees and his Masters at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 2012 after a stint in country Victoria, he came back to his own hometown to practice. Read More…

A Unique Perspective on Patient Care

Through chiropractic care, Dr Chris’ passion for helping people achieve their optimum health is evident. Being a chiropractor allows him to look over the entire body of his patients through care of the spine. Dr Chris has post graduate qualifications, memberships and professional development recognitions include

  • The Chiropractors Association of Australia
  • The Chiropractors Association of Victoria
  • Sports Medicine Australia
  • Registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia
  • Medicare locals Melbourne
  • Post graduate education in Diabetes Care & Chronic Disease Management 2012
  • Accredited Footlevelers Spinal stabilisation practitioner 2013
  • Accredited Applied Kinesiology Practitioner 2013
  • Accredited Sacro-occipital technique practitioner 2014
  • Scoliosis bracing and management of Adolescent disorders 2014
  • Paediatric Chiropractic Certificate 2015
  • Dry Needling and musculoskeletal acupuncture Certification 2015
  • Sport Medicine Australia Certification in Sports Injury Management 2015
  • Sports Medicine Australia level 2 trainer 2012-2017

He has undertaken further training in Scoliosis rehabilitation, correction and management with St George Private Hospital of Sydney Scoliosis and bracing technicians. With a focus on holistic Chiropractic care, maintaining spinal health and strength and conditioning, Dr Chris incorporates physical exercises into his clinical practice as a way to help his patients be involved throughout their own recovery.

Personal Highlights and Interests

Some of Dr Chris’ favourite experiences in patient care have included his work with Crown Casino in Melbourne and his work with Australian Rules Footballers and other athletes. In his spare time, he writes for the Victoria Chiropractic Magazine and works with several sporting clubs in the area, such as EDFL Football, the Doutta Stars and Glenroy Football Club. He also enjoys strength training himself multiple times a week.

Dr James Tran, MS, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dr Tran began his health practitioner career as a trained Naturopath before furthering his training in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from RMIT. He also incorporates Tibetan medicine and dietary advice to help our patients promote a healthy body-mind balance. Some of the areas where Dr Tran focuses his training and skills are in the management of conditions like arthritis, chronic neck pain, migraines, menopause, fatigue, hay fever and fertility support.Read More…

Professional Qualifications and Registrations

  • Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) – RMIT
  • Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) – RMIT
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) – ACNT & UNE
  • Graduate Diploma (Acupuncture) – RMIT
  • Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy – ACNT
  • Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine – ACNT
  • Registered Chinese medicine practitioner with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA)
  • Registered acupuncturist with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA)
  • Member of Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)
  • Member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
  • Registered practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

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Dr Andrew Lawrence DC, B.Pharmacy, Master Chiropractic (USA)Dr-Andrew-Lawrence

Dr Andrew Lawrence was a pharmacist before becoming a chiropractor. His brother was a chiropractor and realising that he wanted a more fulfilling career, Dr. Andrew decided to look into chiropractic college. “I loved chiropractic from the first moment and have loved it ever since,” explains Dr Andrew. The idea of sharing a health system based on the body’s natural function with his community is what inspires him to practice chiropractic. Dr Andrew is a chiropractor with a special interest in family chiropractic and health promotion, and he makes it a personal goal to remind people that chiropractic has a role to play in their health care.Read More…

An Education in Chiropractic

Dr Andrew attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in the U.S graduating in 1980. While there, he immersed himself in learning about the chiropractic philosophy. These all-encompassing principles view health care in a comprehensive way. Over his years in practice and through ongoing education programs, he has gained a deeper understanding of the mind body connection and the importance of an integrated approach to health. Although he believes that we need crisis and emergency care, he also feels that we need the health prevention and wellness care chiropractic brings. Dr Andrew has been a Director several times (and a previous President 5 times) on the Board of the Chiropractors Association of Australia.

Outside of the Practice

Married with four children, Dr Andrew loves the water and tinkering around with electronics in his spare time. He is also a passionate advocate for the environment. Dr Andrew lectures to students in chiropractic at RMIT Bundoora.

Dr Rebecca Said (Chiropractor)Dr Rebecca Said

Dr Rebecca graduated from RMIT University with a Distinction in Masters of Clinical Chiropractic. She is passionate about working with individuals to reach their optimal health potentials through Chiropractic care. Dr Rebecca has done post graduate education in sports science, rehabilitation and paediatric orthopedic conditions. Rebecca also works with local football clubs as a Sports Trainer and in her spare time, stays active by playing soccer and a regular training routine.

Dr Rebecca enjoys helping people achieve their ideal body weight and ideal physical health goals. Dr Rebecca has many years of experience training for fitness competitions and training athletes to improve their performance.

Dr Rosie Sadegh (Chiropractor)Dr Rosie Sadegh

Dr Sadegh graduated with a bachelor or Occupational therapy and practiced in her home town in iran before moving to australia to study Chiropractic. Rosie has completed further training in Laser soft tissue and skin repair techniques as well as sports injury management. Dr Sadegh is currently undertaking further study in paediatric chiropractic. In her free time Dr Sadegh loves shopping, exercising and maintaining a high level of fitness.

Ms Stella Dichiera (Clinical Hypnotherapist)
Stella Dichiera photo

Stella Dichiera is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and is a member of the Australian Association of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (AACHP). She is also an Accredited Supervisor.

Stella is passionate about empowering people to make changes and enhance their lives. She believes there needs to be more education and awareness of hypnotherapy as a valid method to achieve this.

Hypnotherapy is like ‘flicking a switch in the brain’ and changes can be made instantly for a wide variety of conditions. It is as simple as communicating with your subconscious mind to negotiate rapid and permanent changes through the power of suggestion.

Stella specialises in Weight Loss and uses the latest program from the UK developed by Shiela Granger called Virtual Gastric Banding.

This is a process where the client imagines their stomach to be much smaller and will automatically reduce their portion sizes and will be encouraged to exercise. This is in conjunction with listening daily to a supporting hypnotherapy CD.

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Ms Marilyn Firth (Naturopath)

Marilyn, our Naturopath works one on one with clients in a very down to earth and practical manner. She is experienced in treating a wide variety of health issues ranging from preventative medicine through to long-standing chronic illness. Drawing on a vast array of modalities, She is trained in Herbal medicine, Nutrition, Iridology, Flower Essence Therapy, Diet and Lifestyle Strategies, Stress management, Yoga and was a Counsellor for Australia’s Breastfeeding Association for many years.

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Ms Grace Arrowsmith (Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy)Grace-Arrowsmith

Grace graduated from the southern school of natural therapies and hit the ground running! She has experience in providing highly effective oil massage, sports massage and deep tissue release procedures. Passionate about cycling and art, she believes one of her strongest attributes is her ability to provide a hygienic and thorough service.

Grace goes above and beyond to make sure her clients get a great hands on service as well as a pristine environment to relax and enjoy their treatments. You can be sure you will get professionalism and the appropriate hands on care each and everytime you are treated at our practice.

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Our Chiropractic Assistants

Ms Kerry Stacey

Ms Kerry Stacey

Mrs Abbey Vandeloo

Mrs Abbey Vandeloo

Colette Raffoul

Ms Colette Raffoul

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