Meet the Team
Robin qualified as an Osteopath Practitioner from the British School of Osteopathy in 1988. He has worked in Private Practice since, having his own practice in London and Newcastle upon Tyne, England before coming to New Zealand and settling here with his wife Julia and two children.
Robin spent some years at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London, hands on in an apprentice-like role, gaining experience. He has a special osteopathic interest in treating babies, children of all ages and pregnant women, apart from general osteopathic practice. Robin is a member of the Sutherland Cranial College (MSCC) in England having completed the Post Graduate Programme in 2008.
Luke graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2013 with a Masters Degree in Osteopathy, focused in biomechanics, evidence based care and clinical diagnosis. Shortly after, he moved to New Zealand for its warmer climate and relaxed lifestyle. He began working in Whangarei for over a year, before joining the team at the Waikato Osteopathic Centre.
Luke has experience treating people of all ages, from babies to the elderly and everyone in-between, using a unique approach for every patient and their presentation. Treatment techniques vary from structural techniques involving muscle energy and soft tissue techniques, mobilization and manipulation, to more functional, cranial and visceral Osteopathic techniques.
The aim of Osteopathic treatment is to promote the optimum function of the body; pain in one area may be caused by a dysfunction elsewhere, so it is important to consider the whole person in the context of their pain. Resolving pain and regaining normal movement are the first priority before stabilising and strengthening the area through rehabilitative exercise and treatment. In his spare time Luke plays American football and enjoys training at the gym, as well as trying to stand up on his surfboard! Luke leads an active lifestyle, and is particularly interested in treating sporting injuries and providing rehabilitative care following trauma.
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 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 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 mom to two kids.Jenny’s expertise include gynaecological issues, digestive disorders, chronic pain, sleep disorders and children’s health (frequent colds, diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, etc.)She is excited to start working again by sharing her passion to help others together with this team.Jenny speaks Chinese Mandarin, English and some Russian.
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 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 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.