Established by Dr George Stylian, Osteopath and Dr Dion Kulak, Osteopath and backed by an incredible team of support faculty, Northpoint Osteopathy offers real life education and experience for career osteopaths.
NORTHPOINT OSTEOPATHY FOUNDERS
Dr George Stylian, DO, GradCertOsteoPaed, Osteopath
Dr Dion Kulak, D.O., Grad. Dip. (Osteo) Paeds, Osteopath
After graduating in 1980, George returned to Sydney from London and started private practice and teaching undergraduate Osteopathy. In 1991 he became involved with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand (SCTF of ANZ an osteopathic educational organisation recognised by the Osteopathic profession worldwide) and after 5 years of further education in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field became a faculty member and later a board member. He's currently an Honorary Board member, still teaching Postgraduate Osteopathic Education and developing postgraduate courses.
George has been practising Osteopathy for more than 34 years specialising in all aspects of Osteopathic practice including Osteopathic Paediatrics. George uses a variety of gentle osteopathic approaches that helps release strains in the body and to allow the body's own potential to resolve the body’s traumas, stress and strains. These benefits can be achieved with very little risk of trauma to patients, both young and old. The benefits are longer lasting and in many cases permanent. The body is given a guiding hand to help it resolve the physical patterns that are formed by injury, disease and trauma.
George's qualifications in other modalities complement his osteopathic treatments, such as nutritional and dietary advice and good quality herbal and nutritional supplementation.
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Dion studied osteopathy at the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) UK, qualifying in 1985. Since then she has lectured in osteopathy first in England, then in New Zealand, Australia, and as a visiting lecturer in Germany. She also taught osteopathy at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and then at VUT (Victorian University of Technology).
She is a founding member of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand (SCTFANZ), and has been a contributor to the ‘Textbook of Pediatric Osteopathy” published in German and in English covering the chapter on the osteopathic examination and diagnosis of children. She is currently dividing her time between lecturing, research, and her private practice in Melbourne.
NORTHPOINT ASSISTANT FACULTY
Dr Shaun Hoult, BSc (Clin Sc), MHSc (Osteo)
Dr Rosalba Courtney ND, DO, PhD
Dr Julie Streckfuss BAppSc(Osteopathy),GradCertHigherEd
Shaun is a passionate osteopath, graduating from Victoria University in 2010. He is now based in Melbourne’s inner north.
From an early age, Shaun has had a mind intrigued with movement and the motion of matter. Having been raised in sign language along with an extensively active childhood, these visual and kinaesthetic experiences have supported Shaun in developing a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of the body. In addition, these traits have aided in providing great specificity in his treatments. His methods of thinking earned Shaun lecturing and tutoring positions within Victoria University’s Osteopathy Program, in both Biomechanics and fourth year (Indirect) Osteopathic Technique.
Whilst always keeping the whole in mind, he is fascinated in the mechanics and neural influences of the foot and lower limb in reducing postural strain as well as the integrity of the jaw and dental apparatus and the implication they have on overall health. He has a keen interest in addressing disturbances to the nervous system following incidences such as trauma, previous injury, toxicity, gut issues, surgery and dental procedures that if left unresolved can result in chronic pain and illness.
Starting his professional life working with Dion Kulak, he regards some of the greatest influences of his current practice having come from the teachings passed on by both her and George Stylian. An avid course attendee himself, Shaun believes strongly in learning from experience. He feels very honoured and privileged to be a part of this wonderful teaching faculty.
Dr Rosalba Courtney ND, DO, PhD is an osteopath and integrative medicine practitioner who has been working with, researching and writing about breathing dysfunction and breathing therapy for over 20 years.
Rosalba's PhD was on the topic of "Dysfunctional Breathing - It's Parameters, Relevance and Clinical Relevance". She has been in practice for over 35 years and currently combines practice, research and teaching.
Rosalba is an adjunct professional fellow in the osteopathic program at Southern Cross University and is involved in teaching master classes and mentoring post-graduate research students.
She has contributed several book chapters to the multidisciplinary text book "Recognising and Treating Breathing Disorders" and published 10 research papers on the topic of breathing dysfunction and breathing therapy.
Rosalba practices in Sydney, Australia at the Breath and Body Clinic where she integrates breathing therapies such as Buteyko Method, Breathing Biofeedback, Intermittent Hypoxic Therapy with nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, osteopathy and acupuncture.
Since graduating from RMIT in 1991, Julie has balanced her work in private practice with teaching undergraduate, masters and post-graduate students. She teaches advanced anatomy and osteopathic studies at Southern Cross University, and provides cadaver anatomy continuing education for allied and general practitioners under the auspices of the Australian Musculoskeletal Network (AMSN).
Julie has been an active faculty member of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand (SCTF of ANZ) since 1995, and was a board member for seven years from 2005 – 2012. She was also recently made a Fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (UK) and has taught at post-graduate level with the SCCO in London and Leeds.
Her passion for anatomy and appreciation for the human form and function lead Julie to become the recipient of both the Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Teaching in 2012, and the Australian Federal Office of Learning and Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning the following year.
With a strong interest in family practice over the past 25 years, Julie has worked within an interdisciplinary setting in women’s health, and currently runs her own private osteopathic practice near Byron Bay in northern New South Wales.
Julie aims to inspire patients and students to be active participants in health and knowledge, to foster a clear understanding and love for the science, art and practice of osteopathy.