Our Practice

Dr Anthony Shapiro

Dr Anthony Shapiro

Family Dentist

Dr. Anthony Shapiro graduated from Johannesburg University in 1986, and moved to Sydney with his family in 1995, taking over the Avalon Wholistic Medical & Dental Centre from Dr Brian Tracey.

He is committed to the idea of creating a friendly welcoming Centre which embodies a commitment to professional excellence.

Since he began practising dentistry, Dr. Shapiro has actively pursued his many interests in continuing education. To use a small example, he has studied implants, sports dentistry, oral health, as well as continually investigating new products and advances in dentistry, of which there are many!

In recent times Anthony has introduced the popular Cerec machine to the practice, enabling patients to have crowns made onsite and conveniently fitted on the same day.

His main concern is ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care, so that they can have the best treatment available, and make educated choices about their dental care.

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Alecia Harrison

Alecia Harrison

Dental Nurse

We have three Kiwis at the Centre and Alecia is one of them!

Alecia has been Anthony’s full time dental nurse for well over two years, and has five years’ experience in dental surgeries, after previously working in health care.

Alecia loves people and brings a friendly smile to all the dental patients, regardless of age, and is happy to support anyone who might feel a little less confident about sitting in the dental chair.

Alecia is very fond of the Northern Beaches, but never forgets the All Blacks!


Dr Lorna Scott

Dr Lorna Scott

Integrative Medicine

Dr Lorna Scott graduated in Medicine from Sydney University in 1977. During more than 30 years in general practice she has used her studies in herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional medicine, meditation and psychological therapies to complement her medical practice.

Lorna uses a holistic and integrated approach using these modalities to treat chronic health problems. Her special interests are children’s health, digestive disorders, IBS and inflammatory bowel disease, migraine, women’s health and fertility. She assists cancer patients with an integrative approach when they are going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

I enjoy the challenge of assisting with most chronic health conditions, such as fibromyalgia, joint pain and auto-immune diseases.

With Practice Nurse Julia Alston, Lorna runs an intravenous vitamin C clinic for some chronic health disorders.

Lorna works in a team setting at Avalon Wholistic Medical & Dental Centre, so as to inter-refer to the Allied health practitioners onsite, and so that patients can have the totality of their healing experience under the one roof.


Julia Alston

Julia Alston

Practice Nurse

Julia has been Practice Nurse at the Centre for 5 years, and brings a wealth of experience to the Centre, having been a nurse for 20+ years. She is also qualified as a Child & Family Health Care Nurse.

Julia takes care of allergy tests, food intolerance testing, IV vitamin therapy, baby health care, breastfeeding issues, immunisations, health care checks, BP checks, wound care, pathology, pap smears and travel advice.


Simon Coate

Working hours

  • Mon: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Simon Coate

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Herbs

I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at University of Technology in Sydney and then followed with practical experience in Hangzhou Red Cross Hospital China.

In further studies I extended my knowledge with Japanese acupuncture, and I have a particular interest in the Classical Period of Chinese Herbal Medicine. I have also studied shiatsu, cranio-sacral therapy and Tuina body work, and I utilise all of these modalities within my treatments.

As a practitioner I am most interested in depth of therapeutic process and therefore treat only one patient at a time for one hour appointments. This allows for a more holistic approach, the space and time for therapeutic unfolding, quality of communication and understanding.

This approach is excellent at treating complex and chronic conditions where there are many overlaying factors at play. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, psycho-emotional issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hormonal issues such as infertility, menopausal symptoms, and menstrual cycle problems, and chronic digestive issues, auto immune and muscular/skeletal problems.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been in constant development for over two thousand years and offers a comprehensive, intelligent and safe paradigm of healthcare. It is gentle but effective and by utilising an extremely holistic view of the body it can offer insight that differs from Western or allopathic medicine.

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Francois Naef

Working hours

  • Tue: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Francois Naef

Osteopath

With previous experience in exercise prescription and rehabilitation, Francois offers treatments tailored to the needs of individual patients to help their recovery from pain or injury. While he treats a wide range of conditions, Francois has a special interest in sports injuries and their prevention.

As an osteopath (Master in Osteopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University) Francois treats the musculoskeletal systems using safe and gentle manual techniques with a wholistic approach. After a through history and clinical assessment is carried out, treatment techniques range from soft tissue treatment and stretching to joint mobilisation, and may include a lifestyle review and functional exercises.

Francois considers that an active collaboration between the patient and practitioner is the key to an effective treatment outcome.

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Karen Prowse

Karen Prowse

Clinical Psychologist

Karen has about 25 years’ experience working as a Clinical Psychologist. She has worked as a manager of mental health services at St Vincent’s Hospital and as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in NSW Health.

Her work has involved helping children, adolescents and adults who are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, or are experiencing sleep problems, trouble relaxing, work pressure or relationship difficulties.

Karen is experienced in using best practice strategies to achieve your goals sooner. Seeing her is a place you can go to look at your options and who you want to be, and what you want from your life. She will support you through times of change, to be the best you can be.

Karen lives and works locally and is familiar with the unique issues of living on the Northern Beaches.

Counselling.. you don’t need anything wrong with you to go to counselling.

Medicare rebates available. Seeing Karen gives you more money back from Medicare as she is registered as a specialist.

Private health insurance rebates too.

It is a safe confidential place to explore where you are now and what future you want.

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Kerrie Kiely

Working hours

  • Tue: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Or by arrangement

Kerrie Kiely

Reflexologist

Kerrie is passionate about Reflexology. This gentle non-invasive therapy promotes balance in the physical, mental, emotional and energetic levels of the body. Through stimulation toxins are released allowing the natural flow of energies to be restored.

Kerrie has worked professionally as a reflexologist for 10 years and has seen the many benefits possible. Reflexology complements other therapies.

Each relaxing one hour session begins with a soothing foot bath using essential oils, followed by gentle treatment of the reflexology points on the feet. The session is completed with an ancient toe balancing and a centring through the solar plexus.

The result is blissful!

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Helen Robinson

Working hours

  • Mon: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Private classes by arrangement

Helen Robinson

Remedial Yoga Therapist

In 1987 I discovered yoga after bouts of back problems. I loved the feeling of the postures in my body and centred presence in my mind and emotions. This began my discovery and learning about the powerful mechanics of mind, emotions, heart and soul.

My University years were in Bath, UK where I majored in nutrition before traveling from England to live in Australia. I completed a Diploma of Herbal Medicine in Sydney and followed my interest for some years.

In 2005 I completed my yoga teacher training with IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association), and have followed this passion since then.

I have been at the Centre for 5 years now, and offer individual or small classes which provide specialised care for individual conditions and requirements such as illness, accident recovery or chronic conditions. Or you may simply be looking for a gentler practice.

I love organic homemade muesli, peppermint raw dark chocolate, brown rice and seaweed, and comforting Chai tea. And yoga!


Lesley Gray

Working hours

  • Wed: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lesley Gray

Weight Management

Lesley has 30 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. Her wealth of practical experience enables her to create an individual regime for weight management for men and women of all ages, including pre and post natal women, using the Dietflex system.

Nutrition and sensible exercise are discussed fully in order to create a personal wholistic programme for each person, mindful of individual needs.

Each client is supported in a caring and encouraging way along the way to better health.

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Helen Tracey

Helen Tracey

Practice Manager

As Practice Manager at Avalon Wholistic Medical & Dental Centre, Helen’s role covers a great deal of ground, from all aspects of making sure the Centre is running optimally for patients, practitioners and staff, to wages and all the other myriad administrative details of a busy Centre.

Helen has been with the Centre since it was created in 1985, lives locally, and she is always willing to help with any matter. One of her main concerns is ensuring that everyone who visits the Centre feels that their needs have been seen to in a friendly and professional way. She is the perfect person to speak to regarding any issue, from compliments to complaints, and everything in between.

Helen is at the Centre Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. At other times you can leave a message on her desk, or with anyone at Reception, or you can email her at helen@avalonwholistic.com.au.


Sally Ash

Sally Ash

Receptionist

Sally Ash has a wealth of experience in medical reception up her sleeve and takes very good care of the reception desk as one of our Directors of First Impressions. She is always happy to help with enquiries, appointments, payments and accounts for all our practitioners, and admiring babies.

Sally lives locally and has been a part of the Centre since 2010. She is very capable of helping with any requests or concerns you may have about the Centre or any individual practitioners.

As well as that, Sally knows just about all there is to know about Avalon Wholistic Medical & Dental Centre. And if she doesn’t, she will find out for you!


Jessica Brennan

Jessica Brennan

Receptionist

Recently returned from maternity leave, we are all thrilled to welcome Jessica back! She has extensive reception and dental nursing experience, 8 of them with our Centre, and is well qualified to help with all aspects of keeping our Centre turning over smoothly and efficiently.

Jess lives locally with her family, and like all of our reception team, is always happy to help with enquiries, appointments, payments and accounts for all our practitioners, and admiring babies.

Jess knows just about all there is to know about Avalon Wholistic Medical & Dental Centre. And if she doesn’t know something, you can be sure she will find out for you!