Komyuniti Wellness Fitzroy Komyuniti Wellness Fitzroy

Daniel Ooi

Clinic Director

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Herbalist Fitzroy

The Practitioners

Daniel Ooi

For over 10 years, Daniel has developed his unique approach to health through practices in various locations around Melbourne. He views health as a holistic process, treating individuals as a whole rather than solely addressing problems as they arise.

In his practice at Komyuniti, Daniel helps individuals not only with acute pain and surface-level issues but also with deep-seated chronic conditions that impact both the mind and body. He is not clinical, cold, or boring. On the contrary, he is warm, nurturing, and strives to empower people to overcome their ailments. Daniel aims to enhance their understanding of the intricate interactions within the body, encouraging them to transform their perspective on themselves and their approach to health and well-being.

By combining traditional East Asian medicine with current evidence-based medical research, Daniel provides holistic treatment to his patients. His arsenal of techniques includes acupuncture, dry needling, moxibustion, herbal medicines, massage, neuro-emotional technique, and the Emmett technique. Daniel customises and adapts his approach to suit each individual’s needs, ensuring tailored and effective treatments.

Daniel possesses expertise in a wide range of acupuncture styles, such as Master Tung, Dr. Tan, Neoclassical, Kiiko, Japanese, dry needling, motor-point, laser, and electro acupuncture. With a focus on sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries, he approaches clients in a manner similar to a physical therapist, using acupuncture to restore the body’s biomechanics. Additionally, he can also apply a gentle Japanese approach when addressing internal diseases, ranging from stress and digestion to gynaecological ailments. This technique is particularly suitable for patients who are afraid of needles or sensitive to pain. The Japanese approach involves needling methods that range from pain-free to non-insertive and superficial insertion techniques. No matter your concerns about acupuncture, Daniel can provide a solution, offering an effective, relaxing, and therapeutic experience.

In his herbal prescriptions, Daniel follows the systematic approach of the Shang Han Lun and Jingui Yaolue, the original methods of traditional Chinese herbal medicine. By skill-fully diagnosing the pulse, he formulates decoctions that optimize the major body systems, including the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

If you’re interested in embarking on your health journey with Daniel, you can reach out to him via email or submit a booking enquiry. He will respond to you as soon as possible.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science – Acupuncture
Masters of Applied Science – Chinese Herbal Medicine

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

Shiro Akiyama

Registered Acupuncturist & Musculoskeletal Therapist

With a passion for holistic health, Shiro Akiyama has been dedicated to helping individuals achieve optimal well-being for over a decade. Based in Melbourne, Shiro has honed his expertise in various practices, combining traditional Chinese medicine techniques with modern approaches.

Shiro believes in treating the body, mind, and spirit as interconnected aspects of overall health. His warm and compassionate nature creates a nurturing environment where individuals can feel supported on their wellness journey. By understanding the complexities of the human body, Shiro empowers his clients to take charge of their health and make positive lifestyle changes.

Drawing upon his extensive knowledge and experience, Shiro offers a range of holistic therapies tailored to each individual’s needs. His skills encompass acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal remedies, massage, myotherapy, and acupuncture therapy. Shiro combines Chinese medicine principles with myotherapy techniques to provide comprehensive care and address both the physical and energetic aspects of health.

In acupuncture, Shiro specialises in various Chinese medicine techniques, including motor point and trigger point therapy, as well as dry needling and electroacupuncture. These approaches focus on precise needling techniques and gentle methods to address specific points and areas of the body for effective pain relief and enhanced healing.

Whether addressing physical discomfort or internal imbalances, Shiro’s treatments aim to restore harmony and promote natural healing processes. By combining traditional Chinese medicine wisdom with modern advancements, he provides comprehensive and effective care.

Shiro’s proficiency in acupuncture techniques allows him to provide gentle and effective treatments for those who may be sensitive to pain or apprehensive about needles. He employs a variety of needling methods, ranging from pain-free to non-insertive, ensuring a comfortable experience while achieving therapeutic outcomes.

In addition to his expertise in Chinese medicine and myotherapy, Shiro also integrates contemporary approaches and evidence-based research into his practice. By staying informed and continuously expanding his knowledge, he ensures that his clients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.

Shiro is passionate about supporting individuals on their wellness journeys, helping them navigate the complexities of their health and providing guidance towards long-lasting vitality. If you are ready to embark on a holistic approach to health and well-being, reach out to Shiro Akiyama to start your transformative journey today.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)
Bachelor of Health Science (Musculoskeletal Therapy)

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

Tiana Demetriou

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Herbalist

Tiana Demetriou is an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine herbalist (BHSc). She is inspired by Chinese medicine’s capacity to offer the body a system in which to unfold and restore. Through her own personal experience managing a chronic health condition, Tiana learned the value of using a multi-disciplinary approach to leverage the body’s intelligence. She brings an earnest drive and an empathic, dedicated approach to her clients.

In 2015, Tiana shifted her established sculptural and spatial art practice to focus on the body. Her creative background influences the way she practices; she sees Chinese medicine through a poetic lens and combines her intuition and adaptive skills to foster change. Tiana views each client interaction as an opportunity to create a new work guided by the individual’s internal and external landscape at a certain moment in time. Treatments are designed according to the needs of each client and their unique presentation at the time of treatment. This may include a combination of acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and massage.

Tiana has clinical experience with conditions such as musculoskeletal trauma and pain, autoimmune conditions, allergies, digestion, sleep, mental health, gynaecological issues, and skin issues. She uses a classical approach in both her acupuncture styles and herbal prescriptions. Tiana primarily works with classical styles of acupuncture from the Jeffrey Yuan lineage and prescribes formulas from the Shang Han Lun, Jingui Yaolue, and Eastern Han dynasty.

If you’d like to start your health journey with Tiana, please book online or send a booking enquiry, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science – Acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

Elissa Roy

Naturopathy & Nutrition

Elissa utilises her extensive knowledge of traditional and research-based Naturopathic medicine, along with functional pathology testing, to uncover the underlying factors contributing to disharmony in your body. She is passionate about educating and motivating her patients, equipping them with the necessary tools to restore balance to their bodies. Elissa employs evidence-based herbal and nutritional medicine to address the specific driving factors affecting each individual.

With her experience, Elissa specialises in treating both acute and chronic skin disorders by addressing internal drivers such as hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, allergies, and autoimmune conditions including thyroid disease. She is also skilled in addressing nervous system conditions such as anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and adrenal dysfunction. As Naturopathy is a broad modality, Elissa has expertise in treating a wide range of conditions and functions as a general practitioner.

Elissa develops personalised treatment plans tailored to each individual, taking into account lifestyle, dietary therapy, supplemental nutrition, and herbal medicine interventions. If further investigations are necessary, she will guide you towards high-quality functional testing options.

In addition, Elissa is currently pursuing a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at RMIT.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science – ( Naturopathy )

Professional Associations

Australian Natural Therapists Association ANTA

Junko (Ikuko) Hosoya

Remedial Massage & Shiatsu Therapist

Ikuko Hosoya, originally from Kyoto, has been practicing massage for over 18 years since 2005. For the past 8 years, she has been based in Melbourne, Australia. She has received training in various massage lineages, including Traditional Thai Yoga, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Hot Stone, Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal massage), Pregnancy, Ayurveda, and Shiatsu. Ikuko is a registered remedial massage therapist and a certified Shiatsu practitioner. Despite her small and petite stature, she possesses the experience and manual techniques to effectively address tight and sore muscles during her consultations.

If you are experiencing muscle tightness and soreness and are ready to embark on your healing journey with Ikuko, please reach out to her via email or submit a booking enquiry. She will respond to you as soon as possible.

Qualifications

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Jade Flint

Naturopathy & Nutrition

Jade’s naturopathic practice is informed by the perspective that each body is a unique and fluid form – constantly changing and evolving, shaped by an ongoing process of transformation. They embrace this perspective to see each individual as a whole, working to remove obstacles to fluidity and realign the body while raising awareness of the body’s needs.

Blending their knowledge of traditional naturopathic medicine and herbalism, which they acquired from their herbalist grandparents and growing up on an organic farm, with evidence-based research, Jade works with the innate intelligence of the body to restore harmony and balance to every body system. Through a collaborative approach that encourages the autonomy necessary for healing and growth, they practice with an understanding of both the internal and external factors that influence a person’s health. Jade applies a person-centered approach to uncover the underlying causes of dysfunction, tailoring individual treatments based on traditional and evidence-based naturopathic approaches such as food as medicine, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, and lifestyle techniques. Each treatment is designed to realign the body with its unique flow.

With their developed and refined practice, Jade is qualified to assist individuals at any point on their health journey, whether it involves acute issues or long-term health conditions. Jade’s particular interests lie in treating digestive issues, supporting the nervous system and mental health, restoring energy and vitality, boosting immune function, optimising skin health, and supporting hormonal and menstrual health. They approach these areas through an inclusive, empowering, and holistic lens.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science – ( Naturopathy )

Professional Association

Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA).

Jade Zoe Evans

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Herbalist

Jade is a passionate practitioner of Chinese Medicine whose journey began with cherished memories of her childhood experiences. Growing up, she fondly recalls accompanying her family to Chinese medicine practitioners and being captivated by the soothing aroma of Chinese herbs brewed by her mother at home. These early encounters sparked a reconnection with her family’s roots and cultural heritage, igniting a profound interest in holistic health.

Fuelling her curiosity, Jade delved into the study of Chinese Medicine, where she discovered her true calling. Driven by a deep respect for the millennia-old wisdom of Chinese medicine and its applicability in the modern world, she pursued a double degree in Health Sciences and Traditional Chinese Medicine at RMIT.

Eager to gain a comprehensive understanding of Chinese Medicine’s practical applications, Jade embarked on an internship at the prestigious China Medical University hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. During her time there, she witnessed the profound impact of Chinese Medicine as a respected and well-understood treatment within the public hospital system. Observing the treatment of various clinical conditions through both Western and Chinese medical perspectives further enriched her knowledge and expertise.

Today, Jade has honed her skills to treat a diverse range of conditions, with a special focus on women’s health, encompassing menstruation, fertility, and cosmetic acupuncture. Additionally, she has a keen interest in mental health and digestion, recognising the vital role these aspects play in overall well-being.

One of Jade’s greatest strengths lies in her warm and empathic nature, complemented by her down-to-earth personality. These qualities create a comforting and supportive environment for her patients, fostering a sense of trust and openness. Jade firmly believes in empowering and educating her patients, guiding them on their journey towards improved health and wellness.

Her treatments encompass a comprehensive array of modalities, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, Auricular acupuncture, and valuable lifestyle advice. By blending ancient wisdom with contemporary practices, Jade strives to provide holistic care that addresses the root causes of health issues.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science – Acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine

Professional Associations

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

 

Melissa Gadras

Remedial Massage

Melissa Gadras is an experienced relaxation massage therapist with a passion for promoting holistic well-being. With six years of dedicated practice, she has honed her skills and established herself as a trusted practitioner in the field. Melissa’s journey began when she qualified as a remedial massage therapist, providing her with a solid foundation in understanding the human body and its intricate mechanics.

Driven by a desire to offer her clients a comprehensive approach to relaxation and healing, Melissa has expanded her expertise to include various massage techniques. She has undergone specialised training in Thai massage, allowing her to incorporate the ancient wisdom of this therapeutic art into her sessions. Additionally, Melissa has mastered the techniques of shiatsu, Japanese facial massage, and cranial massage, bringing a diverse range of skills to her practice.

Melissa firmly believes in the principle that a relaxed body leads to a relaxed mind, ultimately paving the way to happiness. She understands that the stresses of modern life can take a toll on both the physical and mental well-being of individuals. Through her compassionate touch and intuitive understanding, Melissa aims to create a tranquil space where her clients can unwind, rejuvenate, and find inner peace.

  • Not able to provide private health rebates.

Qualifications

Certificate V in Remedial Massage – Melbourne

Certificate Kobido Face Massage – Melbourne

Certificate Thai Massage  – Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School

Zenthai Shiatsu  – Melbourne

 

Tarren Hehir

Remedial Massage

Tarren is an adept Remedial Massage Therapist who seamlessly blends holistic health and down-to-earth sensibility into each session. With a focus on calmness, meticulous restoration, attention to detail, and a harmonious flow in her massage approach, Tarren creates a personalized and comprehensive therapeutic experience.

Passionate about assisting individuals in reducing stress and achieving harmony of body, mind, and spirit, Tarren dedicates herself to settling nervous systems, alleviating aches, pain, and tension, and facilitating the release of fluid and toxins.

Tarren’s dedication to continuous learning mirrors her deep connection to the intricacies of the human body. In addition to mastering Remedial and Relaxation Massage, she has pursued advanced courses in:

  • Traditional Cupping
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage
  • Dry Body Brushing
  • Facial Cupping and Facial Gua Sha

Qualifications

Diploma of Remedial Massage

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