Our Team

Your Chiropractors

Your Chiropractors at Essential Health Chiropractic are committed to provide an enjoyable, vibrant and relaxing atmosphere to cater for all different ages. With our fun kids area, our educational tools, our friendly staff and professional Chiropractic doctors, we aim to create the right environment to promote wellbeing. We are passionate about serving the community and helping to create happier and healthier  individuals.

Dr. Gerald Vargas – Chiropractor

Dr. Gerald, the principal and founding Chiropractor at Essential Health Chiropractic brings his knowledge and passion for functional and integrative Chiropractic care to assist individuals to function at their very best. His motivation and drive to further Chiropractic and natural medicine came from his own health challenges early in life. At 16 years of age, he was diagnosed with a severe inflammatory disorder of the bowel, called Crohn’s disease.

This spurred his own search for solutions to regain his health, which he found through Chiropractic. His passion for working with children and patients with ‘challenging health issues‘ inspires him to continue to do what he does.

Dr. Gerald studied at Sydney University where he obtained his Bachelor of Medical Science Degree. He then went on to receive his Masters of Chiropractic from Macquarie University graduating in 1998.

Following his Chiropractic studies, he then continued his education with training in Acupuncture and Biomesotherapy. In 2003, he travelled to the U.S. to undergo further studies and examination to receive certification in Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET).

During 2006,  he was awarded Advanced Certification in Sacro-Occipital Technic (SOT). He also became certified in the Webster’s Technique, which is a technique which may be helpful for pregnant women throughout pregnancy.

In 2008, Dr. Gerald was awarded by the board of SOTO-Australasia the title of “Certified Craniopath” which is a rare and distinguished honour.

He currently serves on the board of examiners for SOTO-Australasia and is a past-President for the organisation. He is on the teaching committee as a “Primary Educator” for SOTO-Australasia, teaching SOT to Chiropractors both locally and internationally. Gerald is also a regular speaker at SORSI (Sacro-Occipital Research Symposium International) in the USA at their annual international conference. He is also a regular examiner at the International Certification examinations in San Diego for Neuro-emotional Technique (NET)


TUESDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
THURSDAY  7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
FRIDAY 3.00 – 7.00PM


WEDNESDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM  3.00 – 7.00PM
FRIDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM
SATURDAY 9.30 – 1.30PM

Dr. Alyx Grabasch – Chiropractor

Dr Alyx earned a double degree in Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Clinical Chiropractic degree at RMIT University, Melbourne. She has achieved academic excellence by graduating with distinction as one of the “top students” in her class. Alyx is originally from the country town of Bendigo, Victoria.

Dr. Alyx has a long association with Chiropractic and was first adjusted very early in life, by her aunt, whom is also a chiropractor. Dr Alyx developed a scoliotic curve heading into adolescence which lead to some severe ramifications for her. Dr Alyx found relief in Chiropractic care.

This blessing would later prove to be her source of inspiration to help others. 

Dr Alyx has gained her basic training in Sacro-occipital Technique (SOT) and has completed extra studies in NET (Neuro-emotional Technique), A.K (Applied Kinesiology) and Activator Methods.

Dr Alyx keeps abreast of the latest research and development in Chiropractic, healthcare and nutrition by attending numerous post-graduate seminars throughout the year. 

Her commitment to improving and positively shaping the lives of those around her sparked her involvement with two international Chiropractic missions to Cambodia and the Philippines. She served poverty-stricken communities filled with children and families, overcoming cultural and language barriers, to bring Chiropractic care to those who would normally be without . She was grateful to be involved with these community projects, giving her an opportunity to witness first-hand the benefit of providing such care.

Dr Alyx feels blessed and excited to work with such a highly dedicated and professional team who are focussed on improving the lives of every person who visits the centre. Dr Alyx is committed to provide the very best care that she can in a loving, professional and dedicated manner. She welcomes patients from birth to all ages as she believes Chiropractic care may help many people reach their full health potential. 


TUESDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
THURSDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
SATURDAY 7.30 – 1.00PM

Dr Terri Soper – Chiropractor

Dr. Terri studied at Macquarie University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science in 2008 and obtained a Master of Chiropractic in 2010. Following graduation, Dr. Terri was interested to explore Chiropractic as a holistic profession; incorporating the physical, emotional, chemical & nutritional aspects of health.  This decision resulted in her furthering her professional education in Sacro-Occipital Technic (SOT), Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Life Coaching, Timeline Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP).

From a young age, Dr. Terri was curious and fascinated with human physiology. In particular, the human body and the way it appeared to function effortlessly in an balanced environment.

Dr Terri has always had a strong desire to be part of a profession that positively contributes to the health and wellbeing of people. Being a mum of two infants, Dr. Terri is very passionate about Family Health and Wellness.

Having invested over 6 years of her career working on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, she is excited to be back home in The Hills District. Having been born and raised in the Hills, she is committed to positively contribute to the on-going health of the community.

Dr Terri is focussed on patient centred care. This involves holistic treatment, education and empowering each person to achieve their health goals in an honest, caring and professional manner.


MONDAY 3.00 – 7.00PM
WEDNESDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
FRIDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
SATURDAY 8.00 – 12.00PM


Dr Timay Ozkose – Chiropractor

Dr Timay graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelors of Chiropractic Science and a Masters of Chiropractic. Timay will be furthering his education with Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) and Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT).

Back in 2011, Timay was attending UTS as an Engineer and working part time as a bartender/ waiter when he slipped & fell on a wet surface. After 8 months of constant pain and medication, difficulty sitting down & moving around, a family friend of Timay’s; who was an intern of Chiropractic at the time; offered to treat him. After feeling immediate relief, Timay decided that this is what he is meant to be doing, changed his University major as soon as he was able to.

The power of hands to change a person’s outlook on the future is what Timay wants to provide to others. “I’ve seen many injuries in the labouring area such as low back pain, headaches, wrists, hands and feet. The effect it can have to their lives can be detrimental be it money, or time that is lost. The idea that you could help a person of any age, function better, and help them have a better outlook on the future is what inspired me to be a chiropractor.”

“The ability for me to put myself in someone else’s shoes and understand their pain, helps me do what’s best for you and makes me work even harder to bring the best of what we have as chiropractors to the table. To help change someone’s life for the better is one of life’s greatest gifts”.

“There are many chiropractic practices in Australia but what made me want to be a part of the Essential health team was their commitment and professional attitude towards helping people. Having seen other practices and working in another practice for a short time. I’ve never seen such a high level of consistent  effort the entire team shows in addressing healthcare to all ages.”


WEDNESDAY 3.00 – 7.00PM
THURSDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
SATURDAY 9.00 – 12.00PM


TUESDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM  3.00 – 7.00PM
FRIDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM  3.00 – 7.00PM

Dr Melanie Unsworth – Chiropractor


Dr Melanie studied at the University of New South Wales where she obtained her Bachelor of Science. She then went on to receive her Masters of Chiropractic from Macquarie University in 1999.

Dr Melanie continued to further her studies at a post graduate level, obtaining Advanced Certification in Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT) as well as Certification in Applied Kinesiology (AK) & Retained Neonatal Reflexes (RNR). Dr Melanie has also in recent years been awarded her Diplomate of Chiropractic Paediatrics, a rare honour. She has also completed studies in Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) & Activator Methods. Dr Melanie is currently in her final year of her Naturopathic & Nutrition studies to further enhance her passion in natural health.

Dr Melanie is currently a table educator for SOTO Australasia & has has previously been an examiner for SOT.

Dr Melanie was introduced to chiropractic as a child when out of desperation, her parents turned to their local chiropractor to assist in the care of her chronically ill mother when the medical system told her their was nothing else they could do. The change in her mothers health was nothing short of amazing & as a result her entire family started care. Her parents embraced the chiropractic lifestyle & Melanie’s passion for chiropractic was born.

As a mother of five, stepmother of two & grandmother of two, Dr Melanie has a passion for family wellness care. Having lived in the Hills for over 20 years & raised her family here, Dr Melanie loves being able to assist other members of this great community to achieve their health goals & their goals for their family. Being entrusted to care for a child is such an honour that I appreciate daily.

Dr Melanie is thrilled to be working with the team at Essential Health Chiropractic to enable her to continue to provide with love, dedication & passion, the very best of health care to those in The Hills.


TUESDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
THURSDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
FRIDAY 9.00 – 12.00PM
SATURDAY 8.30 – 12.00PM

Dr Joshua Kassis – Chiropractor


Dr Joshua, one of our newest members of our team, graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelors of Chiropractic Science and a Masters of Chiropractic. He has involved with Chiropractic from an early age, with his family supporting Chiropractic practices.

DR Joshua has completed training in SOT (Sacro-Occipital Technic) and NET (Neuro – emotional technique) as a Chiropractic student, and brings a passion and excitement to helping families and individuals.

As a competitive athlete for most of his youth, playing representative soccer, he learnt the value of teamwork, dedication and hardwork. “These values are an early age, have helped me to perform under pressure and do what was required and give my best to my team. As a Chiropractor, this will help me to give my best to my patients.”

“I feel very honoured to be part of this wonderful practice and look forward to learning and helping many patients.”


MONDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
TUESDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM
THURSDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
FRIDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM
SATURDAY 9.00 – 12.00PM


Our Management staff & Assistants

Greta Vargas – Operations Manager


Greta brings with her a wealth of experience, spanning 25 years including, insurance law, risk management and compliance. Her background in the corporate world has served her well, bringing an innate ability to streamline systems, increase effective productivity and motivate the CA’s . All the while, remaining relatable to the patients in the clinic, particularly the families. Being a mother or four, ranging from 13 years to 6 years, and having a very strong interest in wellness care, with it being an integral part of her family’s life. This together with a keen interest in Essential Oils makes her a perfect advocate for our practise – with her ‘walking the walk’.

Greta is Operations Manager for Essential Health Chiropractic and has been spearheading the establishment of our second practice in Kellyville. Her aim is to make your experience at Essential Health second to none.

Samantha Little – Chiropractic Assistant


Samantha is thrilled to be a part of Essential Health Chiropractic. She is excited to meet all the patients and families, and learn more about how Chiropractic supports and fosters great health and vitality. This combined with a unique team, makes coming to work fun and rewarding for Samantha.

Samantha is committed to helping the patients of the office, making their time enjoyable, relaxing and memorable. Seeing the kids coming in and watching their grow and transformation is inspiring for her.

Samantha is excited to be part of the events team working to put together our seminars and programs.  Stay tuned.. This will be part of our educational series for our patients of the centre and the Chiropractic profession.

In her spare time, Samantha loves to dance, which she has been doing since she was 2 years old. This is how she unwinds and expresses herself. Samantha also loves teaching kids to dance, watching them build and develop in confidence. Seeing kids reach their potential and thrive brings her much satisfaction


Claudia Bredenkamp – Chiropractic Assistant


Claudia is delighted to be part of the Essential Health Team and to be meeting all of our wonderful patients. She has always appreciated meeting new people and assisting in making their lives more enjoyable wherever possible. Claudia loves to assist parents wherever possible when they come to visit us, whether it be playing with the kids, or holding baby so mum can relax.

Claudia was born in South Africa and has lived in several countries growing up. She enjoys traveling and discovering new places. She has encountered  people from all different walks of life, and always enjoys hearing their stories.

Claudia is currently completing her Advanced Diploma at Hillsong College, where she appreciates serving on the Events Team, especially for special events. In her spare time, Claudia is always up for finding a new beach or coffee shop.

Andreea Apostoaei – Chiropractic Assistant

Andreea initially moved to Australia to study leadership and development from Canada, together with her husband and have lived here for 3 years.

They have found life long friends, making Australia home for both of them. She is passionate about seeing people succeed and building long lasting relationships along the way. I have a European background and lived in Canada for several years, which gave her a broad understanding of culture and personality. Both of which she enjoys working at Essential Health.

She loves the idea of bringing joy to the team, as well as commitment to making the work place as efficient as possible. “I think that the smooth running of things is a win for both CA’s and Chiro’s and I enjoy seeing how different people can work together to achieve a common goal: to make the patients feel relaxed, and have an enjoyable experience while providing excellent service.”

The thing that she regards the most in working with the team is the day-by-day celebrations of small wins that are so important for the culture of our team.

“When a patient is looked out for, when a child makes progress because of their treatment or a family is feeling comfortable in recommending our services to their loved ones, shows me that this team not only cares about results, but about people. ” “This, in my opinion, is a winning team which prioritizes each individual. ”