Our Team At Newtown
Dr Jennifer Lew
Varun (Peter) George
Dr Callum Forrest
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine
Dr Jennifer Lew
Jennifer has been a part of the inner West community for the past 8 years and loves the vibrancy, eclectic-ness and inclusiveness that the Newtown area embodies, often frequenting the local markets, café's and restaurants.
Jennifer is also heavily involved within the NSW Women's AFL community, which is predominantly based within the inner-west region. Jennifer has played for the past 6 years within her local club, represented and captained the Women's AFL NSW team, and had the luck of being drafted to play for the Melbourne Demons in the 2013 Inaugural Women's Team that played on the MCG.
Jennifer's love of Health, fitness and performance was instilled from a young age where she grew up in the small rural town of Coolah in Mid-North NSW. Jennifer had great success in Athletics, winning 5 National titles and later representing Australia over the longer distances.
Ultimately, it was a combination of a Medically based upbringing (both parents are GP's) and the desire to achieve peak performance that lead Jennifer to undertake a Bachelor's and Masters of Chiropractic at Macquarie University.
Jennifer believes that Chiropractic is about total health and Wellbeing. The benefits of Chiropractic span well beyond pain relief. Jennifer uses structural techniques such as Diversified, Gonstead and Thompson drop piece, alongside gentler techniques, such as SOT/Activator and soft tissue work. Functional, nutritional, lifestyle and ergonomic advice, are also integrated into your health care plan.
Jennifer is excited about joining the Health Space Newtown team and is looking forward to helping you return to your daily activities, achieving your goals and optimising your health.
Varun (Peter) George
Peter has recently arrived in Sydney by way of beautiful British Columbia, Canada, where he ran his chiropractic practice for 4 years. Ever passionate about movement and the human body, it has driven him to pursue a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in addition to his chiropractic qualification. When he's not studying movement, he's moving! Peter is a powerlifter and an avid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. His experience with strength and conditioning has given him the ability to transition his patients away from pain and towards functional, injury resistant strength.
His approach to care is built upon getting to the root of the pain or dysfunction, treating it, and providing you with the tools so you might play an active part in preventing (or managing) a reoccurence. His role in your health is not just as a healer - but as a guiding hand and educator.
Over the years, Peter has developed a wide range of therapeutic skills. He uses a blend of techniques including spinal manipulations, joint mobilisations, postural taping and kinesiotaping, trigger point therapy, and more. As well, he has previously trained in soft tissue treatment techniques known as Active Release technques. Peter is also a certified Functional Range Conditioning Specialist. This is a simple, yet highly effective, strategy to increase mobility and to create long-lasting improvements in joint and spinal pain. Everyone from Crossfit athletes and higher-level competitive athletes to the 'average Joe' have experienced tremendous success with the FRC system for persistent pains unresponsive to to any other treatment.
Peter is committed to treating you with the highest level of care possible. When the right treatments are combined with the right changes to your lifestyle, the result is much more than experiencing a lack of pain - it means experiencing a life of vitality and freedom.
Peter is available at the Newtown clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Dr Callum Forrest
Callum graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in the UK with a Masters of Chiropractic in 2011. Having practiced in the South of England for two years he and his girlfriend took the step of moving to Australia to further their careers in a country that has gained a reputation of being a world leader in Chiropractic care. Callum loves the diversity of living in the Inner West of Sydney, with his home in Pyrmont close to the clinic at Rozelle. He loves shopping in Balmain and training in Drummoyne.
Callum enjoys treating all ages of the public and has a special interest in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Callum has worked with Academy players from the England Premierships elite rugby clubs back home and enjoys working with the Balmain Soccer Club to help them achieve their goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
"Looking for the underlying cause of a patients problem is crucial in the prevention of long term re-occurrences. Too often in modern health care the symptoms are treated rather than the cause which will inevitably lead to re-occurrence and reduced function, a spiral I am passionate about preventing. This is where Chiropractic analysis and treatment stands head and shoulders above the rest."
Callum uses a variety of techniques to suit the client including manual techniques such as Diversified and Thompson drop piece with more gentler techniques such as mobilisations and activator. Callum incorporates soft tissue techniques with his treatments as well as nutritional and lifestyle advice.
Callum enjoys keeping fit and healthy and has played a high level of rugby in the UK for the past 6 years. His rugby highlight was representing Scotland U18's in the European Championship whilst at school. He also enjoys tennis, running and hitting a round of Golf although the latter is something he admits needs a lot of work. His passion and personal experience with sport means he has great insight and gets great long term results for all his clients.
Elio has been interested in health since an early age. He grew up in Colombia observing his father, a general practitioner, connect with clients by having the time to listen and understand each patient as an individual. From this Elio learnt that caring for each person should lay the foundations of a therapeutic relationship.
In 2008 Elio graduated as a Registered Nurse, since then he has been working at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, mainly in the area of Intensive Care. The years of work in critical area taught Elio that health preservation and quality of life should be priority in any health system. It was because of this that Elio was drawn towards the millenarian art of traditional Chinese Medicine and its associated philosophy of living; Chinese Medicine attempts to restore health by promoting good practices, encouraging physical and mental activity, and by finding balance using simple yet effective therapies.
After a mind-opening journey of discovery Elio completed his degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney in 2015. He has recently joined the Health Space Newtown crew, ready to be part of a multidisciplinary team to achieve wellbeing and promote health.
Elio believes in the power of good habits to maintain wellness; he meets his daily exercise regime by riding his bicycle to work through the leafy streets of Redfern and Erskineville. On his free time Elio clears his mind by taking pleasure in gardening and woodworking.
Having seen his hard working nursing colleagues suffer from a myriad of musculoskeletal complaints, anxiety and sleep disturbances, Elio has become interested in these areas as his main focus of practice using herbal medicines, acupuncture and associated techniques such as cupping, moxibustion, guasha and tuina massage.
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine
Laelia Douglas-Brown is a Chinese Medicine practitioner with a particular love & focus in using acupuncture to facilitate the healthiest possible version of yourself. This is done with the assistance of other modalities such as moxa (heat therapy), cupping, tuina (massage) & herbal medicine as needed.
Laelia believes that creating balance is vital in working towards your health goals! To facilitate this process, she will work with you in considering sustainable practices from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. Food and lifestyle recommendations are powerful healers in Chinese Medicine. All of these modalities combined will have you taking your health into your own hands at a pace you feel comfortable with.
Outside of the clinic room, a lifetime of rock-climbing has taken Laelia outdoors, overseas, and over the past few years consistently to national level competition. Laelia has ranked top 5 in Australia and she is currently on the Australian Climbing Team. This process has allowed her to appreciate the commitment required of an athlete or active person in maintaining performance throughout the year, even whilst managing injuries. Having managed her own injuries, she understands that physical demands placed upon the body are best supplemented with consistent bodywork and system support.
Beyond musculoskeletal conditions, she has particular interest in digestive issues (such as IBS), women’s health support, as well as areas of health that can so easily influence our day to day, such as stress, fatigue, emotional wellbeing and sleep concerns.
Laelia is a degree qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner who completed her 4 year B. Health Science (TCM) through the University of Technology in Sydney, followed by an internship in China at the Chengdu University of TCM, Sichuan Province. She is also a current member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).
Sonya is a passionate clinical nutritionist with over 9 years experience.
She loves helping people reach their health goals and has a particular interest in treating children with complex neuronal conditions, with a focus on epilepsy. This interest and passion for helping kids with special needs came from having experienced first hand her own daughter’s diagnosis with severe epilepsy and the path that has taken them along as a family.
It’s been challenging and overwhelming at times but they’ve seen amazing results from using food, vitamins and minerals alongside western allopathic medicines, all of which have contributed greatly to enhancing her quality of life.
Sonya’s other special interest is in helping mums who are feeling flat, run down and overwhelmed as she can relate to these woman. Her first go-to with any treatment plan is using food as medicine as she has seen profound results in changing the way we eat to enhance our overall health and wellbeing and symptom picture.
Sonya lives in the inner west and is excited to be working in her community. She also works as a practitioner educator for BioCeuticals, a leading practitioner-only supplement company which provides her with continuing and exciting education on a daily basis
Sonya can support conditions including but not limited to:
Gut health including bloating, constipation and diarrhoea for both adults and children
Neurological health including Epilepsy
General support and well-being for Mums (Dads) and Kids