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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Dr Nika Hrastosvek

Working hours

Fridays 12noon-5pm

Dr Nika Hrastosvek

Family Dentist

Nika graduated from Dental Medicine in 2009 and traded European snowy mountains for sunny Sydney beaches. She has been practicing on the Northern Beaches since gaining her Australian Dental Council certification in 2013.

She is passionate about dentistry and staying up to date with the latest advancements such as clear aligners, anti-snoring devices and aesthetic dentistry.

She is a big advocate of prevention and proper hygiene as the pillars for long term dental and general health.

Outside her professional activities, Nika is a mother, a surf lifesaver and enthusiastic home cook.


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.

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

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.


Dr Jasmina Dedic-Hagan

Working hours

Tuesdays 7.30am-3pm Wednesdays 7.30am-3pm Friday 10am-6pm

Dr Jasmina Dedic-Hagan

Functional Medicine

Jasmina is a medical doctor with particular interest in Functional Medicine, a science-based approach that seeks to understand the root cause of illness. She focuses on the biochemically unique aspects of each patient and then tailors individual interventions to restore health. Jasmina has completed her training with the prestigious Institute of Functional Medicine in the US and is in her final year of the RACGP training.

Prior to her medical training, Jasmina completed a PhD in Molecular Biology, publishing her work on the genetics of cardiovascular disease and the regulation of gene expression. She is now applying her knowledge of genetics and biochemistry to target issues such as autoimmune disease, hormone imbalance, fertility, weight management, cardiovascular disease and mental health. This experience is rare amongst doctors but is important given the increasing relevance of personalised genetic testing in the understanding of chronic disease.

Research shows that lifestyle is a major contributor to the risk of chronic illness. Jasmina offers evidence-based nutrition, exercise and stress management advice. She is aware that applying this advice in real life can be very challenging and has teamed up with our practice nurse, Caroline, to offer you a personalised support, every step of the way.

Jasmina believes that patient education and empowerment are critical to long-term health. Her extensive teaching experience allows her to translate complex science into a language that patients understand and can engage with. Jasmina is planning some exciting workshops that will help you re-energise and connect with your community.

Jasmina is a mother of 3 young boys, understands the challenges of modern families and enjoys supporting them on their journey. She was once an elite alpine skier and is passionate about sports-related nutrition, fitness and outdoor activities. Jasmina can often be seen on tennis courts, mountain bike riding with her 3 young boys or enjoying a yoga class.


Caroline Lodge

Caroline Lodge

Practice Nurse

Caroline has been our Practice Nurse since November 2017, and a nurse for 22 years. She has extensive experience in mother and baby care in the UK, and enjoys meeting young families as well as our elders. Currently training as a health coach, Caroline will be helping patients implement their personalised nutrition, fitness and lifestyle management of health and chronic illness. Caroline arrived in Australia in 2017 and luckily chose to join our Centre!


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

  • Mon 9.00am -6.00pm
  • Tue: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thurs: 2:00pm - 6:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00am - 6:00 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

I have been practising yoga for 25 years and teaching since 2002. When I discovered yoga in my 20’s it was the joyous effects of deep mindfulness that occurred while stretching and strengthening my body that ignited a life long passion for this art form.

I have studied Ki Yoga, Shiatsu and Whole Food as Medicine in Sydney under Master Teacher Jack Marshall. These systems are based on the Japanese meridian system and seasonal cycles. I later studied a more traditional yoga system at the Sivananda Ashram in Himalayas, India, making a deeper connection with the power of the breath, mantra and meditation.

Here at the centre I work with individuals of all levels and ages, both one-to-one and in small groups. These classes provide specialised care for individual conditions and requirements such as illness, accident recovery or chronic conditions. Or simply for those liking a gentler guided practice.

I love nothing more than the opportunity to share the joy and clarity that yoga brings.


Lesley Gray

Working hours

  • Wed: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 right person to speak to regarding any issue, from compliments to complaints, and everything in between.

Helen is at the Centre Thursdays and Fridays. 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.


Jessica Gouldthorpe

Jessica Gouldthorpe

Practice Manager

Jess has extensive reception and dental nursing experience, and is well qualified to help with all aspects of keeping our Centre turning over smoothly and efficiently. In fact she is so good at it that she will be taking over the Practice Manager role in 2018! As Co-Practice Manager at Avalon Wholistic Medical & Dental Centre, Jess’s’s role covers all aspects of making sure the Centre is running optimally for patients, practitioners and staff. To that end, she is one of the people you can approach if you have any issues about anything to do with the Centre.

Jess lives locally with her family, and like all of our 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.


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!


Nici Treadwell

Nici Treadwell

Receptionist

In 2016 we were lucky to welcome Nici to the Centre. She has a wealth of previous wholistic centre reception experience and dare I say she is another kiwi, that makes 3! Nici goes out of her way to be a knowledgeable compassionate member of our team, and will be happy to help you with any queries. An accomplished artist, Nici is also an animal lover with a beautiful dog.


Bellinda Taylor

Bellinda Taylor

Receptionist

Another local, Bellinda has been with us for several years and worked some years ago in the Centre as a previous chiropractor’s receptionist. With a young family, Bellinda works part time, lives locally, and has a thorough knowledge of how the Centre works, so feel free to ask her anything. If she doesn’t know, she will find out for you.


Annette Silsby

Annette Silsby

Receptionist

Annette is the newest member of our team but comes highly qualified with 5 years of medical reception experience. She is now enjoying expanding her skills to include all of the Centre’s various practitioners. A local, Annette is studying naturopathy, so we feel lucky to have her with us. While she may not know everything about us yet, Annette is a very fast learner! What she does not know yet, she soon will.