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Wellwest - Osteopath West Auckland

Our small team of Wellwest Osteopaths are dedicated health professionals who are all fully registered and are endorsed ACC Providers. Our Senior Osteopaths have 10 or more years' experience in the area of musculoskeletal care.

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Nick Karuna

Nick Karuna

Director, Wellwest, Wellbaby, Wellacupuncture & Wellrehab. Senior Registered Osteopath and Medical Acupuncturist.

PG. Cert (WMA), M.Ost, B.AppSci, BA.Hons, CIM.Dip OCNZ & ACC Registered

Nick is the director of Wellwest. He has over 10 years experience as a clinician and utilises osteopathy and acupuncture as well as sports and rehab exercise prescription in his treatment of patients. He is registered as a medical acupuncturist with the New Zealand Blood Register, which ensures safe and professional clinical practices. Nick is passionate about sports training, osteopathy and acupuncture and enjoys treating patients from all walks of life, ranging from sports people to trades people. He has also undertaken training in paediatrics, obstetrics and cranial osteopathic therapy and enjoys treating children and pregnant women.

After studying osteopathy and gaining experience working for several other practices in 2007 he founded Wellwest Ltd in West Auckland. To see what patients have to say about their treatment experiences see testimonials.

Originally from England, Nick worked in London before moving to New Zealand to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and a better way of life. Happily married and a caring father he enjoys spending time with his two young daughters and son. In his precious spare time he enjoys kite-surfing, wind-surfing, paddle boarding, surfing and riding bikes.

Felice Karuna

Felice Karuna

Director, Wellwest, Wellbaby, Wellacupuncture & Wellrehab. Registered Osteopath

M.Ost, B.AppSci, OCNZ & ACC Registered

Felice is the director of Wellbaby. She is a registered osteopath and as an area of special interest has undertaken training in paediatrics, obstetrics and breast feeding related issues. Felice is passionate and enthusiastic about supporting parents and as a mother of three children she fully appreciates the importance of caring for mothers, babies and children of all ages. She has been working in the area form many years and has considerable knowledge and experience to draw upon.

Felice is also passionate about Pilates and Yoga and has undertaken Polestar Pilates training to be able to offer this to patients. This awareness and understanding is great when speaking to women about core strength and wellbeing after giving birth. To see what patients have said about their treatment experiences see testimonials.

When not caring for others she enjoys life's simple pleasures such as playing in her garden, reading good books, being with her family and making craft for her children.

Matiu Taingahue

Matiu Taingahue

Senior Registered Osteopath

M.Ost, Physed (BPhEd) Physed (MPhEd) OCNZ & ACC Registered

Matiu is a registered osteopath and also has a degree (BPhEd) and master's degree (MPhEd) in physical education; majoring in biomechanics, exercise physiology and exercise prescription. He has been involved in the field of athletic training and rehabilitation for over 15 years. During this time he has lectured and worked with professional sports teams, athletes, and national academies of sport in New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, and Qatar.

Matiu's passion is 'movement' whether it is on the sports field or in everyday activities. His ability to combine osteopathic therapy and physical training knowledge to treat his patients means they receive good advice and care. To see what patients have said about their treatment experiences see testimonials.

He lives with his wife and three children in the Waitakere ranges and enjoys spending as much time as possible doing anything active in the outdoors with them.

Helen Frederikson

Helen Frederikson

Registered Osteopath

M.Ost, B.AppSci, OCNZ & ACC Registered

Helen has a very welcoming and approachable manner and always has a smile for everyone. Helen was drawn to osteopathy because she has always had a passion to help people and to work with her hands. Helen enjoys the variety of general family practice, helping people from 0 to 100 years old with all sorts of conditions. Having completed her Masters thesis in osteopathic treatment for jaw pain, she has a special interest in helping those suffering from jaw pain, headaches and neck pain, but she is interested in treating a broad range of conditions with a variety of techniques. She also believes that everyone is different and therefore assesses the patient and tailors treatment according to the individual. To see what patients have said about their treatment experiences see testimonials.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys keeping fit by activities such as swimming and tramping, trying to keep a healthy balance between it all. She says the most fantastic thing about osteopathy is that 'small amount of treatment can make such huge differences to people's lives'.

Jade Segur

Jade Segur

Registered Osteopath

M.Ost, OCNZ & ACC Registered

Jade is a welcoming and cheerful osteopath. Having studied in the UK she was trained in various different approaches including cranial and visceral. Although Jade is very keen to use said techniques she also enjoys the typical massage and manipulation approach. She enjoys treating patients from all different backgrounds and ages. She believes that one must not stay focused on the area of pain but rather look at the body as a whole and treat it accordingly. Jade understands that patients may have different preferences when it comes to the type of treatment they receive. She is happy to respect that choice.

Originally from France, Jade has come to New Zealand for a breath of fresh air. She spends her free time exploring Auckland and surrounding areas to learn about the local culture.

Nina Sanson

Nina Sanson

Registered Osteopath

M.Ost, B.AppSci, OCNZ, OSNZ & ACC Registered

Nina is a warm and caring practitioner. She often uses a mixed treatment style, using both direct structural techniques as well as more gentle functional and cranial techniques. Nina enjoys working with people from all walks of life and all ages, though her key areas of interest include osteopathy for babies and children, and for women's health.

Her masters research project explored the relationship between people's pain experience and their behavioural tendencies. This research adds to her practice, as she considers different ways in which pain can impact people's daily lives and how this can be minimised by considering different approaches to daily activities.

When not working, Nina enjoys exploring outdoors, being curled up with a good book and a cup of tea! Recently she has been volunteering at our local Riding for the Disabled too.

Belinda Dyer

Belinda Dyer

Registered Osteopath

M.Ost, B.AppSci, OCNZ & ACC Registered

Throughout her life, Belinda has gained a passion for sport injuries and rehabilitation. Belinda has played numerous sports and has received great success using osteopathic care for sports injuries. It is this that has drawn her to help others. This interest has provided her with the opportunity of working with the NRL Warriors through massage as well as currently working alongside a city local Rugby League team as their on-field Osteopath.

Belinda utilises a logical approach to osteopathic care, and not only provides 'hands-on' treatment, but also offers advice and education specific to each person.

She looks forward to helping people of all ages and loves to build a collaborative relationship with them in order to help them live a better quality of life.

Wendy Taylor

Wendy Taylor

Receptionist / Manager

Wendy enjoys people, being a down to earth and genuine person, she gets satisfaction when helping others and is thrilled to be part of the Wellwest team.

Wendy's working background is customer service, reception and administration a varied range of industries. Though health and wellbeing is the common theme in her work history.

Wendy loves life with her amazing husband and their two teenage sons in the beautiful west. She is fortunate to have her all closest friends near and fills her tank by surrounding herself with trees and nature and her loved ones as often as she can. Her other pleasures are writing, listening to music and being outside.

Where is Wellwest?

Our Auckland Osteopaths are located at Wellwest, 31 Lincoln Road in Henderson, Waitakere, West Auckland. Call 838 0631