Our Team At Oatley
Dr Keiran Shanahan
Dr Ryan Day
Dr Prudence Crichton-Browne
Dr Amy Steed
Herbalist & Iridologist
Christina Chia Lougheed
Remedial Massage and Myofacial Therapist
Dr Keiran Shanahan
Keiran has practiced as a chiropractor for over 22 years. His introduction to the profession began when he heard a chiropractor speak at a Year 12 Careers Day and was intrigued to learn about the nervous system’s primacy in controlling and organising health. Later when he visited the chiropractor’s practice he mentioned an annoying chronic skin infection that had resisted every treatment his doctor gave him. The chiropractor ignored the skin, but knowing which nerves supplied that area, went straight to the corresponding level of the spine. After his second adjustment the chronic infection that had been steadily worsening over many months cleared up completely. The bleeding and weeping stopped and fresh skin regrew in less than two weeks. Now he was thoroughly captivated and knew that he would go on to study chiropractic.
Whilst Keiran loves a number of different techniques he likes to focus on gentle approaches which target the nervous system’s response. He has studied various chiropractic techniques including Thompson Technique, SOT, Applied Kinesiology (AK), Chiropractic Biophysics, Torque Release Technique and his favourite which is Activator Methods. He has a keen interest in helping patients understand their own stress physiology and how they might engage in ways to harness healthier responses.
Keiran is married to one of Australia’s favourite children’s authors, Lisa Shanahan and together they have three awesome boys: Bryn, Riley and Rohan. Keiran is a keen kitesurfer who often sneaks down to Botany Bay in his lunch breaks on windy days. He is an overly excited spectator at Bryn’s soccer games, loves his weekly date-night with his wife, finds all his boys incredibly interesting, humourous and engaging, is way too fond of coffee and dining out, is an enthusiastic member of his church and is passionate about life-long learning.
Keiran has further qualifications in Chiropractic Paediatrics (RMIT), counselling (St Mark’s and Institute of Emotionally Focused Therapy) has studied theology (Morling) and is also embarking on a Masters degree in Education (UWS). He doesn’t own a television and wonders when in the world he would have the time for it anyway.
Dr Ryan Day
Ryan graduated as a chiropractor from Macquarie University in 2005, and since that time has practiced in various locations around Sydney and regional NSW. He is very excited about being a part of Health Space Oatley, working alongside such a great team and getting to know the community in such a beautiful part of Sydney.
Ryan was first introduced to chiropractic through family friends when he was in high school. His first chiropractic adjustments were life-changing for him. Thanks to chiropractic care, and some simple lifestyle changes, Ryan's chronic daily headaches came to an end and his immune system grew stronger. This allowed him to fully re-engage with his schooling and sports activities, greatly improving his quality of life. These days, Ryan's passion is to share the chiropractic message and lifestyle with anyone who is looking for natural ways to experience better health, more energy and greater balance for themselves and their family members.
Ryan predominantly uses gentle chiropractic adjustment techniques that support the body's own healing processes by reducing tension and interference in the nervous system. Most people find these adjustments to be very relaxing and often experience dramatic changes during their chiropractic care.
Ryan is very committed to his professional development, attending seminars regularly so he can provide the best possible care and advice to his clients. He has engaged in a number of post-graduate training programs, including Torque Release Technique ('TRT' - a gentle, instrument-based approach to adjustments) and Neuro-Impulse Protocol ('NIP' - another gentle approach to adjustments, developed by Kiro Kids). He is also qualified as a Webster Technique practitioner for pregnancy.
Ryan has a keen interest in paediatric chiropractic, having cared for many younger patients, including babies and children, using the gentle and safe techniques mentioned above. He is passionate about seeing children live to their fullest health potential.
Ryan does occasionally apply gentle drop-piece style adjustments, as well as manual adjusting techniques where appropriate, and will discuss with each client if they have specific individual preferences regarding their chiropractic care.
Ryan has been living in Sydney's Sutherland Shire with his family for the past 6 years. In his spare time, he is an enthusiastic studio musician and songwriter. Ryan also loves keeping active, playing basketball weekly and running regularly. He is very enthusiastic about great coffee and spending time at the beach.
Dr Prudence Crichton-Browne
Prudence graduated with a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic from Macquarie University in 2013.
Having grown up in Oatley it only felt natural to return to Oatley to raise her family. Having a young family keeps Prudence active and outdoors enjoying all the parks and walking tracks this leafy suburb has to offer.
With a focus on providing quality care to people of all ages using a variety of gentle techniques including manual adjustments, mobilisations, soft tissue methods, activator and rehabilitation to provide a complete treatment for each individual patient. Prudence has an emphasis on work related posture and injuries, management of headache, migraine and chronic neck pain along with a growing interest in woman’s health and pregnancy care.
Prudence believes movement is the key to optimal body function and living pain free. She will address and diagnose your symptoms and tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Prudence is committed to keeping up to date with the the latest research to ensure each patient receives the best possible care.
A registered member of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Chiropractic Association of Australia (CAA).
Dr Amy Steed
Amy completed her undergraduate and Masters Degree of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. Amy has lived in the St. George area her entire life and is passionate about helping people of all ages to achieve their health goals through natural approaches, exercise and nutrition.
Amy’s involvement in numerous sporting activities from a young age has helped her to understand what an important role chiropractic plays in helping people function to the best of their abilities. Amy’s first chiropractor from the age of 7 was Keiran Shanahan who she now works alongside at Health Space Oatley.
Amy has participated in a number of sports including swimming where she competed at state and national levels as well as competing internationally in Japan in 2005. She has also performed at state levels for athletics, cross-country and triathlons. Amy has taught children and adults to swim in the St. George area since 2007.
Amy incorporates chiropractic, soft tissue, dry needling and rehabilitation into her consultations. She also uses manual chiropractic techniques as well as a variety of gentler approaches such as Thompson drop piece and activator. Amy has had further education in dry needling, rock taping and the Webster technique for pregnancy. Amy is excited to further her education and focus on athletes and pediatrics in the near future.
Amy is committed to her ongoing education and attends regular seminars, she also makes sure she is up to date with the latest evidence based care. Amy has also been a member of the Chiropractic Association of Australia for a number of years.
Hong is a passionate Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner who has completed his degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. He is highly motivated and inspired to see people get well. It stems from a deep love of learning, growing and helping people with his knowledge and sense of humour. His jokes are so bad that you might actually find them funny!
Volunteering for the Acupuncture Relief Project in Nepal in 2017 was one of the most intense and humbling experiences of his life. During that time, Hong had the opportunity to meet many wonderful, genuinely loving and amazing people who are in need of critical care. He treated complicated conditions including the improvement of stroke symptoms, Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis) symptoms, severe musculoskeletal pain, hypertension and many chronic digestive complaints.
Hong also has a keen interest in cancer treatment and was involved with the Acupuncture Cancer Research program developed between the University of Technology, Sydney and Concord Hospital in 2016. He supported cancer patients before and during cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, as well as, patients who have completed their cancer treatment. He has found acupuncture to be a highly effective modality in managing many cancer pain symptoms and treatment side effects.
Prior to becoming an Acupuncturist, Hong spent 13 years working as a counsellor and has a degree in Psychology (UNSW). He is passionate about supporting people through their mental and emotional difficulties. He has also incorporated many Chinese Medicine principles to effectively support stress, anxiety, depressed mood, insomnia and other related symptoms.
Hong is driven and focused on alleviating pain anywhere in the body as pain can have such a debilitating effect in people’s lives. He specialises in the use of Balance Method Acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture, Cupping Therapy, Auricular (Ear) Seed Therapy and Herbal Medicine.
Hong grew up aspiring to be a professional tennis player but at age 14 realised it was too competitive for his calm, easy going nature. Now he enjoys playing soccer socially in the local competition. Be warned that Hong plays the guitar and loves to sing but he doesn’t guarantee the quality!
Herbalist & Iridologist
Evie has been a Herbalist and Iridologist since 2005. Her passion for Natural Medicine was sparked during completion of her Bachelor of Science Degree at UNSW, where the intricacies and complexity of the working of the Human Body were truly awe-inspiring.
She went on to complete a further Advanced Diploma in Herbal Medicine, with Dorothy Hall - one of the founders of the ATMS in Australia, and a revered figure in the professional field. She also has travelled to the Amazon, Peru, and Fiji, to participate in tours to learn about native medicinal plants and their uses. It was fascinating to see the locals’ extensive knowledge of these medicinal plants – knowledge that has been tried, tested, and passed down for generations.
Despite Herbal Medicine being a practice that goes back generations, Evie values the scientific aspect also, and stays current with her study of clinical research trials in the industry, so she can offer the most effective yet gentle treatments.
Evie’s is a busy mum of two active young boys, and has experienced how effective natural remedies can be in treating childhood ailments.
As hobbies, Evie loves the outdoors – Bushwalking, Cycling with her boys, and Horseriding are some pasttimes. She has been a piano player for over 35 years. She teaches piano to a small handful of students, to share her hobby and foster her creative side. For Evie, music is a soothing and relaxing pastime.
Ann previously worked in the fashion industry for many years before making a career change to massage therapy. Her first memory is sitting in her initial anatomy and physiology class and thinking to herself ‘what is the tutor talking about?’ She knew however that massage therapy was where she wanted to be.
Ann attended the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland, where she completed a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage Therapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Therapy. She moved to Sydney in 2004 where she worked in the Sutherland Shire for five years before moving to the Oatley clinic in 2014.
Ann is excited to expand her knowledge on massage modalities into areas such as reflexology, KINESIO taping and dry needling. She has a special interest in trigger point therapy, cranial and myofacial techniques. Her goal is to assist and educate her clients to achieve an optimal quality of body awareness and health, accomplished through the teamwork of the client and therapist.
She loves the challenges that arise in her job, observing the ups and downs and overall positive progress of her clients towards optimal health. Reaching these goals is what she finds the most rewarding part of her work. She looks forward to welcoming you into the Oatley clinic and helping you to reach your health goals through massage therapy.
Christina Chia Lougheed
Remedial Massage and Myofacial Therapist
Christina Chia Lougheed was born in Singapore and migrated to Australia in 1996.
Being part of a family who are qualified professional practitioners in Western and Traditional medicine influenced Christina to study at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine for a period of four years and practiced at the ‘Tui Na’ Hospital in Shanghai.
Christina also studied at the Australian School of Remedial Therapies graduating as a qualified Remedial and Myofascial Therapist specializing in deep tissue massage, sport massage, lymphatic drainage, pregnancy massage, trigger point massage, cupping and ear candle.
She brings to the practice a sound understanding and experience in Chinese Medicine together with an enthusiasm and compassion to help those in the community to achieve their health goals. She finds it gratifying to see she has effectively treated and helped clients make a real difference in their pain management and overall well-being and recovery.
Mike is an accountant turned Sports and Scenar therapist.
After a lifetime of playing and being involved in sport and having suffered numerous injuries over that time, Mike became interested in the healing and rehabilitation side of these injuries. This led to Mike reinventing himself with a Diploma of Sports Therapies. When the Scenar Therapeutic device was introduced into Australia 13 years ago he took a gamble and decided to get involved with its use despite being virtually unknown.
He has completed all the levels of learning as well as advanced courses run every three years by Dr. Gerd Raetzel, a medical practitioner and chiropractor from Germany. One of his first clients, a chiropractor from Cronulla was so amazed at the treatment she obtained that she jumped on board and offered Mike a place in her practise. Since then the use of the device has spread too many sporting identities and institutions. It is currently being used by all the players at the Parramatta Rugby League Club.
Scenar works by prompting the bodies’ nervous system response. It seeks to help the body to regain homeostasis by locating, measuring and treating problem areas. It transmits electrical impulses through the skin to the nervous system, stimulating the body’s own natural response processes. The device is used on most types of pain problems particularly musculoskeletal or soft tissue disorder or injuries. Whilst the device is being used in part by many practitioners in conjunction with their particular modality, Mike has embraced Scenar as his main method of treatment, which over the past 10 years has resulted in an amazing success rate for acute and chronic problems which have been unable to be resolved with other methods of treatment.
In has spare time, Mike enjoys nothing more than being on the golf course.
Nikki has been involved in customer service all her life. She has a strong passion for helping and supporting people. She is a friendly and welcoming CA who loves seeing people achieve their best health results from their chiropractic care.
Her hobbies include scrapbooking, ceramics, reading, spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.