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Wellwest - Osteopath West Auckland

Our small team of Wellwest Osteopaths are dedicated health professionals who are all fully registered and an endorsed ACC Providers.

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Nick Karuna

Nick Karuna

Director, Wellwest, Wellbaby, Wellacupuncture & Wellrehab. 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

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.

Landi Engelbrecht

Landi Engelbrecht

Registered Osteopath

M.Ost, B.AppSci, PG. Cert Health Sciences, OCNZ & ACC Registered

Landi is enthusiastic about osteopathy and delights in the opportunity it provides to assist individuals with their health needs. She has a particular interest and passion in working with babies and has done training in the area. Along with using a variety of techniques during treatment she enjoys interacting with clients to gain an understanding of their holistic presentation. Her communication skills also enable her to interact with people of all ages and walks of life. To see what patients have said about their treatment experiences see testimonials.

Previously from Tauranga Landi loves the outdoors, spending time in the garden and exploring new places around New Zealand. She cherishes time with family and friends and likes being involved in organized events. Landi's desire to learn and assist people has led her to helping out recreation athletes at various marathons and trail walker events.

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'.

Houman

Houman Haddadi

Registered Osteopath

PG. Cert (WMA), M.Ost, B.AppSci, OCNZ, OSNZ & ACC Registered

Houman is an osteopath and medical acupuncturist with a great interest in functional movement and performance. He offers assistance to a wide range of patients, including athletes, office workers and older adults. He provides strategies to reduce the risk of any potential injuries, and offers various techniques to suit each individual for acute and chronic conditions. Houman became an osteopathy enthusiast when he acknowledged the role of the musculoskeletal system in developing and treating health conditions. He uses his holistic osteopathic and acupuncture approach to identify and address the main contributing factor(s) to each patient's presenting complaint including life style, occupation, physiological and psychological elements. He believes improvement in musculoskeletal system can have a large positive impact on other body systems.

Houman moved to New Zealand in 2004 to study health science. He is also a qualified chef/barista and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities with friends and exploring beautiful sceneries around Auckland. Houman maintains a healthy lifestyle by a balanced diet and regular exercise. He plays soccer twice a week and is a passionate supporter of the All Blacks.

Louise Swainson

Louise Swainson

Receptionist / Manager

Louise is very friendly and easy going and has a background in Early Childhood Education and Nannying. Combined with her strong organisational and office administration skills, being on the front desk at Wellwest is the perfect place for her. Helping others, especially Mums and Bubs, is what Louise loves to do. She spent a brief stint living overseas in Australia, and has travelled to the States, but New Zealand is home and where she wants to be.

When not at work Louise is spending quality time with friends and family, cooking up a storm and a mess in the kitchen, or up-cycling old furniture to look like new again. She is an active relaxer, always with a project or plan in mind to do.

Where is Wellwest?

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