Body@Boronia founder, Yvette Copling is passionate about people leading healthy lives in well-functioning bodies.
Yvette’s interest in myotherapy was sparked by her need to understand the complexities and workings of the human body, particularly as she was playing netball at State League level. Her interest led to an Advanced Diploma of Applied Science – Myotherapy from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1997.
Following graduation, Yvette was privileged to work alongside various practitioners at the Boronia Medical Centre. After 9 years at a private room within the clinic, and a strong client base, Yvette toyed with the idea of her own practice.
Working alongside like-minded health practitioners such as osteopaths, and with an ever-growing client base, Yvette was inspired to set up her own team of health professionals.
“I was getting fantastic results with patients, but I didn’t want to burn myself out because I thoroughly enjoyed helping. This spurred the thought that I can’t just help people on my own, it takes a team to work together. I felt that I found my calling as a practitioner and wanted to help in the long term. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”
Body@Boronia was born in XXXX. Yvette was able to consult other practitioners (with patient approval) within the clinic, and, also refer internally if she thought others could help.
Yvette treats various injuries and aches and is continually researching and updating her knowledge of the body. She treats a range of clients, from children to the elderly, from people who struggle to get out of bed to elite athletes. Yvette has a special interest in hip rehabilitation, and particularly enjoys working with her patients with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
“I love being able to look at a person’s circumstances, and with an in-depth knowledge of their history, pain and experience, to nut out the best form of treatment. I love working out the ‘architecture’ of what is actually happening in the person’s body and figuring out the ‘why’ of this pain.”
Yvette understands the importance of having a healthy, functioning body and mind, to be able to lead a productive life.
As well as working alongside the dedicated Body@Boronia team, Yvette practised karate for more than 20 years, including instructing adults and children. She also spends family time with husband Dave, and children, Jordan and Finn doing various activities such as camping, bush walking, bike riding, kids’ sports, and playing with their dogs. Yvette also has a love of horses and music.
Yvette has been a member of MAA (Myotherapy Association of Australia), formally IRMA (Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia), since 1998. From 1999 to 2004, she was on the Board of IRMA.
After being taken to an osteopath for a neck injury as a 6-year-old, Sarah was fascinated by this method of treatment. Her interest in osteopathy as a manual therapy for pain relief, was further sparked when she listened to passionate students at a university open day.
Sarah played various sports as a teenager and was actively involved in diving at the Victorian Institute of Sport. Her involvement in sports naturally progressed to an interest in treating sports injuries, and the complexities involved.
Sarah graduated with her Bachelor of Applied Science (complementary medicine – osteopathy stream) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2005 then obtained her Masters of Osteopathy in 2007.
During her studies, Sarah developed an interest in treating older clients. She enjoys assisting clients to find relief from head, neck and shoulder injuries. Sarah has a special interest in assessing and treating clients with Bengin Proxysmal Positional Vertigo, a debilitating condition.
Sarah studied Myofascial Dry Needling at an Osteopathy Australia-endorsed course to broaden her treatment options and gain better outcomes for her clients. Dry Needling can be combined with soft tissue and joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques and stretching.
Surrounded by various friends and family whom were starting or expanding their families, Sarah developed an interest treating women and their children. Sarah has completed several Osteopathy Australia-endorsed courses focused on treating pregnant and post-partum women, babies and children.
Sarah continues to improve her knowledge and skill set, attending various seminars offered by Osteopathy Australia, of which she is a member.
With strong ties to the community – having grown up in Boronia – Sarah is connected to many local GPs, helping provide a better holistic approach to individualised care.
Sarah’s interest in animals also led her to complete a postgraduate in Canine Osteopathy. She used her skills to treat her rottweiler, Stella, including during the dog’s knee surgery rehabilitation.
Even at a young age Sarah loved to give neck massages to family members, and soon became sought after during family gatherings. While accompanying her mother to an osteopathy appointment, Sarah (then 13) was intrigued how the practitioner could trace her mother’s leg injury pain based on a simple assessment. Inspired, Sarah then investigated Osteopathy as a career pathway, becoming enamoured with the various treatment modalities that could be applied.
Sarah graduated with her Bachelor of Science (Health Science) from Victoria University in 2016, then obtained her Masters of Osteopathy in 2018.
At university Sarah was selected for an exchange program with the University College of Osteopathy in London. During this one-month placement, Sarah treated clients full-time, and learnt from various lecturers, honing her skills to become an osteopath.
Over time Sarah has developed a love of treating jaw pain and headaches in their various forms, ranging from tension headaches to migraines, and sinus related pressures. Sarah also has a special interest in treating through the abdominal organs and is undertaking further study to assist with issues such as constipation.
Sarah studied Myofascial Dry Needling at Manual Medicine Australia in an Osteopathy Australia-endorsed course to broaden her treatment options and gain better outcomes for her clients. Dry Needling can be combined with soft tissue and joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques and stretching.
Sarah aspires to continue improving her knowledge and skill set, attending various seminars offered by Osteopathy Australia, of which she is a member, and keeping up to date with evidence-based medicine through various journal articles.
Outside of work Sarah is a geek at heart, enjoying playing board and console games while sipping her drink of choice: a chai latte. When not gaming, she is often found reading various novels, watching anime or walking around her local Upwey area.
Nick’s career in osteopathy started later in life, after numerous years working as a carpenter. A work injury from by a 5-tonne excavator meant chronic pain for Nick.
After enduring six months of pain, and minimal results with various practitioners, Nick visited an osteopath. Within a few short months, Nick was back on his feet and walking around. Nick’s treatment with an osteopath enabled him to cease pain medication and return to work.
Nick’s experience with his osteopath inspired him to change careers.
“Since then, I have not looked back. The idea of helping people deal with life-altering pain is still one of the most rewarding careers that I could hope for.”
Ensuring that his clients are informed about their condition, and how they can be part of the improvement and/or management of their health, is a crucial part of Nick’s patient-centred care approach.
Treating chronic conditions is a focus area for Nick. Living with a foot injury, Nick finds it extra rewarding when he can assist clients with lower limb issues.
Nick graduated with his Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) from Southern Cross University in 2017, then obtained his Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) in 2019. He is a member of Osteopathy Australia
Nick is also studying podiatry. Future study plans include myofascial dry needling, and other courses to help Nick give the best care to his patients.
Nick’s interests include rowing, sailing, and cooking. Nick crewed a Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, pitching in with steering, trimming the sails, and making coffees. He also prepared meals before departing Sydney, so that the crew did not have to live off pies and 2-minute noodles.
He loves spending time with his dog, Luna. Read more about Luna and her special qualities as a therapy dog-in-training.
Elissa Robbins completed her Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT University and is a member of Myotherapy Association Australia. Whilst studying, Elissa gained experience treating members of The Australian Ballet, National Institute of Circus Arts and Australian Basketball College.
A whiplash injury at a young age led to Elissa’s passion to help others and learn more about the body.
Since graduating in 2016, Elissa has been working as a myotherapist. During this time, she treated players with the Knox Football Club for a season.
Elissa is passionate about helping people with chronic illness. She added to her knowledge and skills base, completing oncology massage courses (OM1 and OM2).
Elissa also completed a lymphatic drainage course (part A) allowing her to treat clients with lymphoedema.
Outside of work, Elissa enjoys participating in sporting events, playing with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.
Susanne assists clients with their rehabilitation from pain and injury, toward improved physical health. She uses a combination of soft tissue, neurological and mobilisation techniques that help realign the skeleton and improve biomechanics.
Susanne uses her Bachelor of Health Science (Musculoskeletal Therapy) training to assist clients with conditions such as sciatic pain, carpel tunnel, and tennis elbow.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle technique used to support the lymphatic system so it can function effectively and improve immune health. MLD may be used on patients with acne, anxiety, bronchitis, tonsillitis, chronic fatigue, headache, irritable bowel syndrome, lethargy, migraine, fibromyalgia, persistent swelling, post-surgery swelling, sinusitis, treated cancer (may be modified to suit lymph node status) and palliative care.
Studies have shown MLD may have a positive effect on neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis.
Trained in fascial release and Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Susanne uses this knowledge to help treat injury, and a variety of conditions; and support patients in recovery from surgery.
Susanne is a Lymphoedema Practitioner, treating patients with all grades of lymphoedema, a condition that results in abnormal accumulation of water and proteins within the tissues. Currently, there is no cure but may be managed using Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT) which combines the Casely-Smith method of manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy (bandaging &/or compression garments), decongestive exercises and skin care.
Patients with fibromyalgia may be treated with fascial release and MLD techniques.
Susanne is also a certified Oncology Massage therapist. Oncology massage is considered a medically safe and gentle form of massage. It is designed to assist the body to cope with the symptoms of cancer, and the side effects of cancer treatment such as pain, fatigue, nausea, constipation and anxiety. Oncology massage may also encourage the body to produce platelets and white blood cells.
Before joining the Body@Boronia team in 2016, Susanne worked in sports and multi-disciplinary clinics for six years in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Susanne enjoys dancing, walking, reading, and spending time with family, friends and her pets.
Trang graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters in Podiatric Practice in 2014 and since has worked across several private practices. Trang has also obtained accreditation in Dry Needling, Shockwave therapy, and Comprehensive Sports Taping to assist in the management of lower limb injuries.
Enjoying all aspects of podiatry, Trang has a strong interest in managing musculoskeletal conditions and sporting injuries stemming from lower limb biomechanical issues and utilising soft tissue release techniques and orthotic therapy to help her clients return to their activities as soon as possible.
Trang also volunteers at Oxfam Trailwalker events, therefore is knowledgeable in blister prevention and footwear selection.
Providing podiatry treatments for all ages – from children through to the elderly – Trang thoroughly enjoys working closely with her clients to help achieve their goals.
“To me, mobility is important as it allows us to do the things that we enjoy. If I can play a part in maintaining mobility and get my clients back on their feet (literally!), then I feel I have contributed in helping.”
When Trang isn’t busy looking after her clients, you will likely see her trekking. She particularly enjoyed her 16-day hike to Annapurna I Base Camp in Nepal.
Elaria initially studied Electronic Engineering at university. Observing her sister, a podiatrist, treat clients, she was inspired to forge a new career path. She graduated from Latrobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Podiatric Practice.
She has been fortunate to treat various podiatry aspects during her placements, including people with diabetes and other high-risk patients, charcot foot, and wounds. Elaria also worked with an orthopaedic surgeon. She also learned about the biomechanical aspect of podiatry, including observing the National Rugby League’s female players receive injury treatment.
Elaria loves treating patients in all aspects of podiatry, however she has a
keen interest in lower limb injuries.
“I broke quite a few bones in my body when I was a child, and, also because I love sports, I find it fascinating how the anatomy of the lower limb works. I completed additional studies in dry needling and shockwave therapy in order to provide patients with alternative treatment options for lower limb injuries.”
Elaria is keen to expand her knowledge with various treatments by attending seminars. A foot mobilisation course is her next focus study area.
After work you will find Elaria playing sports or spectating at an event. She captains her basketball team, the Bulleen Boomers. Every year she attends as much of the Australian Open as possible.
A fluent Arabic speaker, Elaria is happy to support podiatry clients who need technical details explained in their mother tongue.
As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), Madeleine helps people alleviate pain, manage long-term health issues, and strengthen their bodies. She creates tailor-made programs for her diverse range of clients; helping them improve their quality of life and achieve desired health, fitness and rehabilitation goals.
“I work with people wishing to manage their back or neck pain, improve their posture, sort out that niggly injury so that they can get back to playing sport or running around with the kids, get back to exercise following pregnancy, improve their strength and balance to have the confidence to walk outdoors, or simply include more physical activity in their lives for general health and well-being without causing injury.”
Since 2008, Madeleine has undertaken various roles in the health and rehabilitation industry. She has developed skills and knowledge to support clients with exercise and lifestyle programs for the prevention and management of chronic conditions and injuries. Madeleine enjoys using corrective exercises for faulty posture and body mechanics and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.
‘I believe that exercise is medicine and I’m passionate about assisting my clients to undertake the correct type of exercise for their individual concerns so that they achieve their desired health, wellbeing and fitness goals.’
Her desire to play every sport growing up, is what ultimately lead Madeleine to a career as an Exercise Physiologist. It was this love of sport that sparked her interest in the human body, how it works and how to make it function as optimally as possible.
Madeleine completed a Bachelor of Human Movement at the University of Tasmania in 2006 and in order to pursue her interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation, went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation at the University of Ballarat (now Federation University) in 2007. She is also a Pilates Instructor (mat and equipment).
Madeleine believes in continual learning and is looking to study women’s health.
Madeleine stays active with Pilates, netball, hiking and sailing. She spends most weekends sailing on Port Phillip Bay and has competed at State, National and World Championship levels. Madeleine loves travelling, dining out and socialising with friends.
Leanne is one of Body@Boronia’s long-serving team members, helping to keep the administrative side of the business moving, as well as greeting people at reception, and advising new clients about the various therapies available.
Prior to commencing at Body@Boronia in 2007, Leanne worked in the banking industry, then did bookkeeping. She loves being outdoors and encouraging people to enjoy exercising. Leanne’s formal involvement in health came about when her Step into Life personal trainer was seeking ‘older’ trainers. Whilst studying to become a Personal Trainer, Leanne took on a receptionist role at Body@Boronia.
Leanne completed a Diploma of Fitness in 2010 and Cycling Australia’s Learn to Ride course (to teach older adults) on her journey to become a Personal Trainer.
Leanne’s interest in health, sport and fitness started at an early age.
“It didn’t matter what it was at school, I would always be the first to fill in for teams or play, whether it was netball, basketball, hockey, running, baseball or swimming.”
She played netball from the age of 8, until a full knee reconstruction in 1997 slowed her down.
Leanne took up touch rugby, cycling and triathlons when living in New Zealand in 2005-6.
Interests out of work include Leanne’s personal training business, bike riding, hiking, walking her golden retriever ZEP and camping.
Since 2016, Dione’s distinctive Irish accent has greeted Body@Boronia clients making phone bookings or checking in for appointments. Her administration training helps keep the Body@Boronia clinic running smoothly. She loves meeting and chatting with clients and is happy to help in any way.
Dione holds a Certificate 5 in Bookkeeping and Accounting.
Outside of work, Dione enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves to get away by the sea, particularly enjoying long walks along the beach. Dione also enjoys travelling overseas to visit family members.
Frequent visits to an osteopath during high school sparked Krita’s interest in the holistic approach that the practitioners take to treating the human body. Krita’s seven years of calisthenics also triggered a fascination in human movement.
Krita gained clinical experience during her studies, assisting Mordialloc Football Club players deal with sprains, strains, and injuries. She provided first aid, taping, and hands-on therapy to players.
During her studies, Krita developed an interest in paediatrics and pregnancy-related care. However, she enjoys treating a variety of conditions, especially patients with neck pain or headaches as a migraine sufferer, Krita experienced much relief from osteopathic treatments.
Krita completed her Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy) in 2018, and a Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)* at Victoria University. She will complete Myofascial Dry Needling training through an Osteopathy Australia-endorsed course to broaden her skillset. She also aims to complete further studies in the treatment of pregnant and post-partum women, children, and babies.
Krita grew up in Croydon Hills and enjoys giving back to the local community. She enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and friends, and listening to true-crime podcasts in her spare time.
*Krita was due to graduate in June 2020 but ceremonies have been postponed until September 2020 due to Covid-19.
Body@Boronia offers a discounted rate to clients who book with Krita. This special rate cannot be claimed through private health insurance, Medicare, TAC, Workcover, or Department of Veterans Affairs.
True to her heritage, Luna has always been up for an adventure. Sometimes the adventure has not gone so well, particularly when she was a pup. Just ask the 12 starfish that ended up in her stomach after a day at the beach. Now, with a bit of life experience under her fur, the more mature Alaskan Malamute is more cautious with her adventures.
A trip to Bunnings is one of her favourite activities, especially on a warmer day when her guardian, Nick Tisch is tasked with pushing her around in a trolley.
Life is not all fun and (ball) games for Luna. Born in Oakley, Victoria; Luna was born into an average-size family with 5 siblings. Her serious-yet-caring side led her to study to be a therapy dog. When qualified, Luna will help patients feel at ease during treatments. When not in a treatment room being petted, she will with reception staff greeting new patients.
An active girl, Luna loves a trip to the park, enjoying time with anyone who will play. Tug of war is a fun activity, as is digging in the garden. Eating, sleeping, eating, and then more eating are popular activities. Fish, bones, and chicken necks are favourites. Howling for her breakfast is common.
Despite needing a great deal of exercise, Luna does enjoy some quiet time. She is not a big watcher of TV however she enjoys the occasional David Attenborough documentary. She watches with Nick, often barking at the screen, and is visibly upset when episodes end.
True to her snow dog heritage, Luna’s favourite movie is Togo, based on the true story of 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs set in Alaska in 1925. The heroic teams transported diphtheria antitoxin across 1,000+ kilometres in 5 days to save a small town from a potential epidemic.
Other treasured movies include Best in Show, Cats & Dogs, Isle of Dogs, Marley & Me, and 101 Dalmatians. Luna listens to a variety of music genres, with favoured songs including Cat Stevens’ I Love My Dog, and Florence + the Machine’s Dog Days are Over.
Luna’s favourite musical is Cats.
Despite being a courageous breed Luna dislikes having a bath and fears the rubbish truck.