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 ow

n 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 ‘ch

allenging 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)

HOURS:

 

MONDAY  7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
TUESDAY 7.30 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
THURSDAY 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.

HOURS:

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

DR Jonathan Moore – Chiropractor

 

Dr Jonathan studied Chiropractic at Macquarie University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree, followed by a Masters in Chiropractic, in 1999.

His interest in the impacts of stress on health, paediatrics and neurodevelopment of children has led him to continue his education in this field. This has included completing training in Torque Release Technique (TRT), Sacro-Occipital Technic (SOT), Neuro-Impulse Protocol (NIP), Applied Kinesiology (AK) and Retained Neonatal Reflexes (RNR) protocols. In addition to these, in 2013, he became the first Chiropractor in Australia to be certified as a Craniosacral Therapist (CST), trained through the Upledger Institute.

In 2015, Dr Jonathan was certified as a ’Master Coach’ and developed an online coaching business. This accolade has allowed Dr Jonathan to speak on many topics including “Brain Hypertrophy & Neurological Maladaptation”, which was broadcast to an audience of over 200,000 listeners.

In 2009-11 Jonathan and the late Sue Larter (Behavioural Optometrist) co-developed a school-based program for teachers called Empowered Education.

Dr Jonathan has worked both in the Hills area for many years, but also in Griffith, country NSW. He has owned and run a successful Chiropractic practice, and continues to contribute to the Chiropractic profession.

He is excited to join the Essential Health team, and to work alongside a team of great practitioners and amazing support staff.

HOURS:

 

MONDAY 9.00 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 6.00PM
WENESDAY 9.00 – 12.00PM 3.00 – 7.00PM
FRIDAY 9.00 – 11.00AM
SATURDAY 8.00 – 12.00PM (FORTNIGHTLY)

 

DR Clara Loh – Chiropractor

 

Dr Clara studied Chiropractic in Macquarie university where she acquired her Bachelors in Chiropractic Science and then followed by her Masters in Chiropractic Science in 2006. 

Her passion lies in helping families from the young to the elderly. She has furthered her studies in Sacro Occipital Technique and also obtained Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP). All these helping her to expand her professional ability in adjusting techniques, evaluation and assessment of different stages of development: from pregnancy, birth, infancy throughout childhood.

Her introduction to Chiropractic was through her mother who had a condition which the medical doctors told her that the only solution was surgery but with chiropractic help she has avoided going under the knife and now 20+ years later has not suffered debilitating back pain like she had then. From this, Dr Clara knew that helping people achieve their wellness and health goals required a wholistic and full body approach.

Dr Clara is a mum of 3 young children so family wellness care is definitely top priority for her family and wanting to helping others achieve the same. She and her family are new to the hills area but she was previously helping others for the last 10+years in Western Sydney.

Dr Clara is very excited with this new chapter of her professional career and hope to touch many lives with love together with the team at Essential Health Chiropractic.

HOURS:

 

MONDAY 11.00 – 12.00PM 12.00 – 2.30PM
WEDNESDAY 9.00 – 12.00PM 12.00 – 3.00PM
THURSDAY 11.00 – 12.00PM 12.00 – 2.30PM
SATURDAY 8.00 – 12.00PM (FORTNIGHTLY) 12.00 – 3.00PM (FORTNIGHTLY)

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. ”