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Our Philosophy

At its core Osteopathy is based on a set of principles, rather than specific techniques or protocols. Osteopathy began in the late 1800’s with an American physician and surgeon named Andrew Taylor Still in Kirksville, Missouri. After the death of his wife and 4 of his children, Still was disillusioned with the allopathic medical system. Medicines were often ineffective and occasionally harmful, with unsanitary surgical practices often resulting in widespread infection and death. Still turned his attention to human anatomy to explore the relationship between structure and function of the body. He concluded that treating the musculoskeletal system supports the body’s inherent healing mechanisms, therefore avoiding treatments he felt offered greater risk than reward. Still developed the concept of the “osteopathic lesion”, where tension within the tissues impacted fluid movement. Increasing fluid movement allows the tissues to have the best environment for optimal function.  While allopathic medicine has significantly improved since the 1800s, for musculoskeletal complaints, many treatments still look to relieve the symptoms rather than treat the cause of pain and stiffness. At Complete Health Osteopathy we are committed to using the most effective and up to date techniques, guided by the principles of Osteopathy, to determine the underlying reason for your pain and provide meaningful change.

“To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” – A.T. Still MD, DO Philosophy of Osteopathy

“Any variation from the health has a cause, and the cause has a location.  It is the business of the osteopath to locate and remove it (the cause), doing away with disease and getting health instead.” – A. T. Still MD, DO, Osteopathy Research and Practice

“You begin with anatomy, and you end with anatomy, a knowledge of anatomy is all you want or need.” – A.T. Still MD DO Philosophy of Osteopathy

Dr Syed Hussain (Osteopath)

Dr Jonathan Booth (Osteopath)

Dr Syed studied Osteopathy at RMIT. In 2013, after watching a video of Brian Tuckey (founder of FCS) treating tremors of a patient, he started to look for Counterstrain training. That was a life changing moment and FCS-training has become part of a life long journey of continuous education. Syed undertook the first course in FCS (Lymphatics & Venous) with Timothy Hodges and has since studied the full curriculum of FCS courses with Brian and Tim. Dr Syed is very passionate about FCS and has begun sharing the technique with his fellow Australian Osteopaths so they too can bring this powerful technique into their clinics and be part of changing the lives of their patients. In 2022, under the direct supervision of Timothy Hodges (Founder of Counterstrain Academy), Counterstrain Academy Melbourne has officially started to operate and run Academy Courses.

Dr Jonathan discovered osteopathy following a significant back and knee injury incurred while snowboarding. He was drawn to the ethos that underpins osteopathic practice and aligns his approach to treatment with a genuine drive to work with people to achieve their health goals. Jonathan has a keen interest in anatomy and biomechanics and strives to implement the most up to date and effective treatment technique available – namely Fascial Counterstrain (FCS). Jonathan has studied FCS extensively under his mentor, Dr Syed Hussain (Osteopath), Dr Adam Vounoridis (Osteopath) as well as Brian Tuckey (PT) (founder and developer of FCS) and his colleagues Tim Hodges (LMT) (founder of The Counterstrain Academy) and Greg Zadow (DPT).

Jonathan enjoys travel, trying new food and experiencing different cultures, and still has a deep affinity for mountains and snow.

Dr Chris Callipari (Osteopath)

Mr Yihong Liu (TY) (RMT) (MT)

Dr Chris is a fully qualified osteopath who graduated from RMIT with a Bachelors of Health Sciences and Applied Science (Osteopathy,) with distinction. Since working in private practice he has found his passion pursuing Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) undertaking a considerable amount of extra study since graduating. Early in Chris’ career, he sought to find a way to work with the body beyond just the musculoskeletal system to bring a more holistic approach to his care, and found FCS. Since then it has strengthened Chris’ ability to work alongside the body, to help restore normal bodily functioning in the gentlest way possible.

Chris emphasises the importance of working within a team and helps co-ordinate multidisciplinary care when required to help you achieve your goals. Chris values the importance of educating patients about their body and complaint, so that they can make more informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.

Before studying to be an osteopath Chris wanted to pursue a career in fine art illustration, still drawing on the side in his down time. Outside the clinic Chris is a budding new plant parent looking after his ever-growing collection of plants, relaxing with a video game or out trying new food places with friends.

Chris is an Osteopathy Australia member and an AHPRA registered practitioner.

Mr. Yihong (Ty) is a Counterstrain trained manual therapist as well as head coach of Monash Powerlifting. His first encounter with an osteopathic approach to treatment was when his teacher Dr. Huan Tran (D.O) treated his debilitating lower back disc herniation and severe spinal movement restrictions with Fascial Counterstrain, since then Ty has been a firm believer and later, student and practitioner of the amazing, sophisticated and gentle technique after his first Fascial Counterstrain course in 2021. Ty has since trained and/or learned in person from some of the best practitioners in the Counterstrain world such as Brian Tuckey (FCS originator), Tim Hodges (Counterstrain Academy Director), Dr. Syed (D.O), Dr. Adam (D.O), Dr. Huan (D.O) and Greg Zadow (PT).