Meet Michael, Beachside Osteo’s owner

Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science). Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) 

At first, I thought I wanted to be an electrician… I am the son of a mechanic and tradesman and liked tinkering and creating… I still do! My mum loved to make crafts that she sold at weekend markets. I learned to be entrepreneurial at her side, and also as my Pop’s assistant at his swap meet stalls selling vintage car manuals.

It was my family who suggested I help people with my hands, instead of cars and wires. I considered physiotherapy and occupational therapy, but they didn’t feel right. When I found Osteopathy everything clicked!

I completed a five-year double degree in Osteopathy in 2006. While I studied, I was hands on from day one… I started treating players at local footy clubs under the guidance of other Osteopaths and I also started my own business as a remedial masseuse. In March 2007 I started Beachside Osteopathic & Sports Therapy. The business grew quickly and on 14th May 2012 I opened the existing clinic at 4 White Street, Mordialloc after an extensive renovation.

In March 2007 I started Beachside Osteopathic & Sports Therapy. The business grew quickly and on 14th May 2012 I opened the existing clinic at 4 White Street, Mordialloc after an extensive renovation.

My Osteo Blueprint

An osteopath has to think outside of the box… use problem-solving skills… and put everything together to find the best solution for a patient. Every client is unique, and I enjoy helping all my patients get back to the activities they love as quickly as possible and not let injury/pain become a barrier. I use techniques that are always safe, comfortable and controlled. Consent and feedback are always obtained to make sure patients do not experience unnecessary discomfort throughout treatment.

I use thorough assessment to ensure I use techniques that are appropriate, comfortable and controlled. Consent and feedback are always obtained to make sure patients do not experience unnecessary discomfort throughout treatment.

Underlying chronic restrictions which cause recurrent acute or chronic problems (such as migraines/headaches, shoulder, and back pain), are often very stubborn…  patients may have resorted to putting up with it… or rely on medication. These restrictions usually require firmer techniques to loosen up the muscles and joints, as well as better patient education. I firmly believe in the power of educating patients on their injury, advising on correct ergonomics, technique and retraining the body to improve strength and stability of the affected area.

I firmly believe in the power of educating patients on their injury, advising on correct ergonomics, technique and retraining the body to improve strength and stability of the affected area(s).

I have a particular speciality and extensive experience in sports injuries. Having been involved in Aussie Rules, lifesaving and gymnastics myself, I recognise the importance of being able to get athletes back to training and competition as quickly as possible. I treat athletes competing at state, national and international levels to care for their bodies and stay injury free.

Career Highlights

  • Over ten years of experience in the Sports Medicine field providing medical care for athletes as well as training and coordinating medical staff for local sporting clubs.
  • Travelling with the Mordialloc Lifesaving Surfboat Crew as they competed in the George Bass Surfboat Race from Bateman’s Bay to Eden.
  • Rewarding seven years of dedication to my clients and the clinic, taking my first holiday and heading back to Europe for the first time in 17 years… Seeing my best mate get married in Ireland, reunite with my Italian family members and build ties with Osteopaths in Milan.
  • Travelling with clients competing in national comps around Australia… which I’m always excited to do more of.
  • Owning Beachside Osteo for almost ten years and getting to meet, inspire and help thousands of clients get back to doing what they love, pain-free.

How I practise what I preach…

Life can be demanding… There will always be times where you let time for yourself and your own health slip away… This is something I know all too well, getting absorbed in my passions and losing time for the other important aspects of life.

I also know balance is important and this means periods of neglect should never be more than a short-term strategy… I am very good at deciding when it is time for change and implementing that change effectively and immediately…

I love to cook… more so create… I find inspiration in ingredients NOT recipes.

I love to explore movement… I don’t like to be confined to standard exercises… gymnastics has become my latest passion providing a whole new set of exciting movement challenges.

I love being outdoors… particularly near water, whether it be the ocean, bay or river… surfing, lifesaving or camping is where you’ll find me if not at work.

Above all… I LOVE TO INSPIRE PEOPLE… sometimes this can be done through advice, but other times you also need to lead the way and show how it is done!

 

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