OUR BYRON & BALLINA TEAM
Retrain Health was created with the goal of providing personalised health care to the Byron Bay, Ballina and Northern Rivers community.
Our qualified, registered practitioners offer personalised treatments, incorporating the latest in evidence based practice, in a friendly, welcoming, professional environment.
Osteopaths & Physiotherapists
Steve completed his Bachelor of Clinical Science and Masters of Osteopathy in 2015 at Victoria University in Melbourne. In addition, Steve has training in functional medicine (Institute of Functional Medicine), nutrition (Precision Nutrition), dry needling, functional rehabilitation exercises (Gray Institute) and mental health first aid.
Steve has had experience running his own clinic as well as working in other private practices across Melbourne. This also included spending two years working at various aged care facilities across Victoria.
Steve has a holistic approach to Osteopathy where he uses the knowledge of functional medicine to further help guide his patients to better health. Being very active himself, Steve love to help patients return from sporting injuries and get back to the sport they love.
Steve has a hands-on approach for treatment, incorporating massage, myo-fascial release, stretching, dry needling, joint articulation, joint manipulation and rehabilitation exercises.
In Steve’s spare time he loves to go skateboarding, hiking, swimming at the beach, working out in the gym, listening to podcasts and travelling.
Dr Christina Joseph completed her Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy), at Victoria University, in Melbourne.
Christina believes that to truly and effectively address an injury, it is important to find, understand and treat the root cause of the pain.
Christina uses several treatment styles in her approach, including massage, stretching, mobilisation, joint manipulation, as well as a selection of more gentle techniques, which are ideal for treating children, and supporting women during and after pregnancy.
Christina is also a qualified dry needling practitioner, has 6 years experience working as a sports trainer, has her Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Cert IV in Leadership and Management and is a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
Christina can now be found back in Byron, between treatment rooms, as well as behind the scenes, putting her leadership and management skills to good use, helping to mentor and develop our talented team.
Practice principal Dr Nicholas Re (B.Sc, B.Ap.Sc, M.Ost.Med) is a fully qualified and registered Osteopath, University Lecturer, Personal trainer (cert IV fitness) and First Aid/Mental Health First Aid trainer (cert IV Training & Assessment).
Nick completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in physiology and pharmacology, in Melbourne. Then spent two years working in the UK and Middle East as a psychological profiler.
Following this, Nick returned to his studies, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine.
Nick has worked as a fitness, performance and injury consultant to a number of sporting teams including AFL, Basketball & Cirque Du Soleil.
Nick created Retrain Health to fill a need in the Northern Rivers for accessible, personalised, health care that caters to the needs of the local community.
Nick is currently the Practice Principal at Retrain Health. Is the CEO of Corporate Healthcare, and is employed by the NSW Ministry of Health on the Health Professional Council Authority.
Jethro Hedstrom completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Perth's Curtin University, graduating on the Vice Chancellor's list in 2015.
After working in his home town of Margaret River in WA, he gained overseas experience working in England's public health system and completing a variety of professional development courses in London.
Jethro enjoys assessing and treating the wide variety of factors which can contribute to someone's pain and dysfunction, and embraces a person centred approach to Physiotherapy- focusing on the whole body and the whole person.
He uses manual therapy, mobilisation with movement techniques, soft tissue massage and dry needling in combination with precise and targeted exercise therapy.
Jethro has a special interest in managing persistent lower back pain and loves helping people trust their body and get back into their life. He is a member of Australia's Pain Revolution Program, attending monthly meetings on how to best translate the latest research to help people with chronic pain.
In his spare time, Jethro loves surfing and hydrofoiling, and exploring up and down the east coast.
Dr Stina Wangqvist (B.Clin.Sc, M.Ost.Med) completed her Bachelor of Clinical Science and Masters of Osteopathic Medicine, at Southern Cross University, in Lismore.
Stina is passionate about inspiring people to lead a healthier life and she has been working actively as a yoga therapist, facilitator and yoga teacher trainer since 2006.
Stina believes that breath and movement are essential components for optimal health, and that the aim of osteopathic treatment is to support the bodies self-regulatory and self-healing mechanisms.
Stina has a particular interest in movement, breath work, sports related pain, pregnancy and chronic conditions.
Stina uses a variety of techniques including massage, articulation, mobilisation, manipulation, dry needling, and stretching.
Stina is a mother of two children and can relate to all the challenges that comes with family life. When she is not in the clinic, she loves to get artistic with brushes and paint, to practice on her yoga mat, and to get out with family and friends.
REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST
Leire is a fully qualified and private health fund eligible remedial massage therapist.
Leire is passionate about holistic health and encourages her patients to strive for optimal wellbeing. She believes massage to be an essential tool for mind-body intervention and achieves this by using a variety of massage techniques including Remedial, Hot Stone, Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Myofacial, Lymphatic and Trigger Point Release.
In her spare time, Leire is working on her Advanced Diploma in Ayurveda, taking sunrise walks along the beach, hiking around Byron, or dancing and cooking with friends.
Mikaela is a business management graduate with a major in environmental management and sustainability.
Mikaela has a passion for health and well-being recently completing a yoga teacher training course and is also currently studying osteopathy.
Understanding and managing health and well being is important to Mikaela and something she is especially interested in and passionate about.
Mikaela is a highly qualified, talented member of our team, she is also the face of our business so if you have any questions she is more than happy to assist.
Jess is a Ballina local, who grew up spending time down at Lighthouse Beach.
She is currently completing her TAFE Certificate III Business Administration, studying a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of International Relations and Government.
Jess has a keen interest in travel and enjoys experiencing differing cultures. She lists Paris as a personal favorite destination.
Jess enjoys being creative and when she is not in the clinic she can be found expressing herself through painting and sketching.
Jess has an attention to detail which drives her to offer the best possible service for patients.
Jess' advice for any visitors to the area wanting to truly experience Byron, is to immerse yourself in the community by visiting the local markets.