Meet the Team

Robin Watkins

Osteopath


Robin qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1988. He has had a varied career in Osteopathy, working with all age groups, but notably spent some years working at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London in the 1990s so that he can apply his skill in treating babies and children. All Osteopaths in New Zealand are required to complete courses aimed at the professional ability to treat children from 0-18 years of age which Robin has completed.

Robin is both a Member and now Fellow with the Sutherland Cranial College in England- this College specializes in teaching Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, a very subtle approach which engages the natural forces of healing within all human beings.

He can apply himself to relatively complex cases, particularly complex injuries, including head injuries affecting all age groups.

Luke Ranson

Osteopath


Luke graduated from Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Osteopathy, before moving to New Zealand to start his Osteopathic Career. The focus of Luke’s study was on biomechanics, clinical diagnosis and evidence-based care which he applies to diagnose and treat each individual patient with respect to their specific pain or discomfort.

Luke treats adolescents and adults, favouring Osteopathic ‘structural techniques’ which include neuromuscular stretches, massage techniques, joint articulation and spinal manipulation. The aim of Osteopathic treatment is to promote the optimum function of the body so it is able to effectively heal itself. It is an incredibly rewarding profession, helping people get back to what they used to be able to do, whether it’s enjoying sport or getting back to work.

In his spare time Luke enjoys playing Lacrosse through summer and Snowboarding in the winter, leading an active lifestyle including going to the gym and working outside.

Deb’s Attard-Manche

Osteopath


Deborah was born in Malta and raised in Malta, England and Germany. She moved to New Zealand 14 years ago where she found Raglan and has been there ever since. In her past life she was a bilingual secretary and a massage therapist before continuing into Osteopathy. She graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathy and for the last 20 years she has worked in complementary medicine.

After working for some time in Auckland she set up her own clinic in 2008 in a beautiful restored villa in Frankton called Karioi Osteopaths. This clinic has now merged with the Waikato Osteopathic Centre which allows her to focus on her true passion as a practitioner. Deborah's preferred treatment modality is as a Biodynamic Cranial Osteopath. By palpating the head, lower back or any part of the anatomy she can feel the rhythmic impulses, motion and breathing of the musculoskeletal system, bones, ligaments, organs etc.

These maintain a balance and integrity of health throughout the body. I am a bit like the conductor of an Orchestra, when something is out of tune, I help to fine tune it". "When I place my hands on a patient I have a "living picture" of the patients' anatomy in my mind. I can then discern normal from abnormal - or out of tune and I facilitate the patient to find their well being".

Deborah wanted to be an Osteopath from a young age as she was lucky enough to have experienced its potential and holistic benefits. "I see Osteopathy as a total system of healthcare which looks at the whole person's health. We listen to their life story - the way they choose to live, think, behave, nourish themselves and why they have come in for a treatment."

I really enjoy working with Women's health, mothers, babies, children and Corporate women. I am optimistic and full of life! I love walking on the beach and in the bush daily with my animals and friends in Raglan.

Armen Aghuzumtsyan

Acupuncturist


Armen studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China for 10 years, graduating from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Medicine Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina Massage. After that, he returned with his former classmate/new wife back to his homeland of Armenia and graduated from a 2-year course in Applied Psychology, his second passion since teenagerhood. In 2015, after working and traveling the world for a few years, he and his young family migrated to New Zealand. After living in Whangarei for 3 years Armen and his young family with 2 kids decided to settle down in Hamilton.

Armen has a vast clinical experience in treating patients of all ages both sedentary and sporting. He treated professional sportsmen and world-class chess players for 5 years, with his most notable achievement being the successful implementation of Acupuncture and physician’s responsibilities for Armenia’s National Men’s Chess Team, who he supported in winning the World Team Championship in 2011 and Chess Olympiad in 2012. Armen also has a valuable experience in treating numerous conditions from Inner Medicine, namely psychosomatic disorders, by combining his knowledge of both Eastern and Western psychologies.

Acupuncture, being one of the key practices of TCM, is an ancient art of helping the body heal itself by stimulating it with special acupuncture needles. Armen, like many practitioners today, believes in the holistic approach when it comes to health and well-being. He looks to do more than just reduce symptoms when providing treatment and has a passion for helping patients restore their health by looking into diet, exercise, lifestyle habits, as well as mental and emotional triggers. Armen is therefore excited about working together with his new team of health enthusiasts...

Jenny Ai

Acupuncturist


Jenny studied Chinese Medicine for 8 years, graduating from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Acupuncture and a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine Formulae (Herbology). She underwent extensive practice for over 2 years at Beijing Guanganmen Hospital, Beijing Huguosi Hospital and Guoyitang.

Before graduating, Jenny married her long-time classmate Armen and together they moved to Armenia where she worked as an Acupuncturist for 4 years, while also teaching Chinese medicine to medical students. After moving to New Zealand in the fall of 2015 she dedicated all of her time to being a full-time mum to two kids.

Jenny’s is passionate about helping others improve their health and well-being through Acupuncture treatment. Her areas of expertise include pregnancy related pain, obstetrics & gynaecological issues including menopause, digestive disorders, chronic pain, sleep disorders, hayfever and children’s health (frequent colds, diarrhoea, indigestion, constipation, etc.). Jenny speaks English, Chinese Mandarin and some Russian.

Jenny于2001-2009年就读于北京中医药大学,获得了针灸学士学位和方剂硕士学位。曾在北京广安门医院,北京护国寺医院和中医药大学国医堂接受了超过2年的临床实践。 2001-2005年在亚美尼亚生活并从事针灸治疗。2015年定居新西兰。她很高兴再次开始工作,通过与团队一起帮助更多的人重获健康。 Jenny专长妇科病、孕期不适、产后诸病、更年期综合征等;消化系统疾病;呼吸及过敏性疾病;各种慢性疼痛、劳损;睡眠障碍等。

Kseniya Salostiy

Osteopath


Kseniya began her healthcare career in her home country of Russia, working as a general and paediatric surgeon in the emergency department. Her interest in a holistic approach to healthcare took her to India where she studied hatha-yoga with a special interest in perinatal and child yoga. It was on this journey that she first discovered Osteopathy and is delighted to be a part of the team at Waikato Osteo after attaining a Masters in Osteopathy with 1st class honours at the European School of Osteopathy (UK).

Kseniya is trained in general osteopathic practice and rehabilitation, but her real passion lies in specialised clinical areas: supporting fertility; women’s health; treating pregnant women; patients suffering with headaches and those with jaw related pain. Kseniya has a love for paediatric osteopathy, working with babies and their parents to assist in their wellbeing in the early stages of life.

Arriving in New Zealand and exploring all it has to offer with her camera in hand is a dream come true for Kseniya who has taken up surfing at the world-famous surf beach of Manu Bay in Raglan.

Lyn McKenzie

Receptionist


Lyn joined the Waikato Osteopathic Centre in June 2014 as the afternoon part-time Receptionist/ Practice Manager. She comes to us after a career spanning 25 years as Business Manager with the Ebbett Waikato Group and brings with her a wealth of experience. Lyn shares this position with Rachel our other great receptionist. She finds this role is varied and interesting, keeping her very much on her toes and loves continuing to meet and help people from all walks of life.

Outside the clinic she spends time on their ten acre block with her husband, horses, sheep and chickens. She has been developing her lovely garden for the last 15 years from which she derives a great deal of pleasure, along with having time to go walking with friends and also the gym to keep fit for another of her passions, waterskiing. She has her own boat and love nothing better than a day spent with family and friends on one of our lovely Waikato lakes.

Rachel Holland

Receptionist


Rachel grew up in the 1960’s and 70’s in a caring loving family in rural New Zealand. As an adult she moved overseas to live and work, recently for a major Dental chain in Australia. During her time overseas she had amazing experiences with many cultures and people.

In 2017 Rachel returned home to NZ and start working at Waikato Osteopath Centre and has been a great addition ever since. The positive vision she has for the future of WOC has come from the warmth and friendly manner of all our patients and practitioners, and her naturally friendly manner and great outlook.

Rachel is looking forward to the pleasure catching up with you all at WOC.