Osteopaths & Massage Therapists
Dr Glen Bales- B.App.Sci (Osteopathy)
Glen began his osteopathic career in 1990 and opened the MVO clinic in 1996. His penchant for rib and related shoulder and neck conditions sees him heavily booked and provides him opportunities to teach other qualified osteopaths. Glen is generous with his knowledge and experience and takes pride in fostering the careers of younger osteopaths through hosting seminars, observation opportunities and working closely with the staff of MVO.
Glen’s reputation for excellence in osteopathic treatment is well established across Melbourne, Victoria and interstate. Old, chronic, “I’ve tried everyone and everything” conditions give him the challenge he enjoys.
Glen treats babies, children and expectant mothers on Thursdays.
Dr Natalie Cross – (Osteopath) BApp.Sc.( ClinSc., B. Osteo.Sc)
Natalie graduated from the five year double degree Osteopathic program at RMIT in 2004.
Natalie joined Moonee Valley Osteopathy in June 2008 after working at other Melbourne clinics and in the UK. Natalie has a particular interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of hip injuries, rib injuries and pregnancy related issues. She treats children and is currently undertaking her Masters in Manual Therapy Paediatrics. Natalie also has her certificate in Dry Needling.
Natalie promotes a “whole body” approach to health and has a keen interest in reading, travelling and keeping fit.
Dr Gabrielle Cresp – B.Sc (Clin.Sc) M.H.Sc (Osteopathy)
Gabby joined Moonee Valley Osteopathy after graduating from Victoria University with her Masters of Health Science in 2012. She enjoys getting to know new patients and treating a range of complaints, from acute ankle injuries to rib dysfunction. Since joining Moonee Valley Osteopathy, Gabby has developed an interest in treating women through their pregnancy as well as teenagers and children.
Gabby enjoys keeping active and is a keen field hockey player at Essendon Hockey Club. She understands and recognizes the importance of sport and physical activity in our lives and this helps her to tailor management plans to help keep patients active. Gabby is also trained in both dry needling and cupping.
Dr Troy Toby – B.App Sci, M. Osteo, M. TCM (Acu.)
Troy has been in practice since 2007, having begun his career working in numerous Queensland clinics and subsequently operating his own Brisbane-based business for four years. In 2014 he completed further study in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, and moved to Victoria the following year. Troy’s interests include treatment of pelvic issues, rib and lower back pain, as well as headache and shoulder dysfunction.
Dr Declan Hofbauer – B. App. Sc. (Comp. Med.), B. Health. Sc./B. App. Sc. (Osteopathy)
A graduate of RMIT, Declan enjoys treating all ages and conditions from acute sporting injuries through to chronic and complex presentations. Declan has worked alongside world leading orthopaedic surgeons in India, managing patients both pre- and post-surgically for frozen shoulders, knees and hips. Declan is also trained in dry needling and cupping.
Skiing since he could walk, Declan grew up in the high country of Victoria and is an avid skier and cyclist, with a background in elite alpine ski racing as an athlete and coach. Declan has extensive knowledge of mattresses and pillows with over 2 years of experience in the sleep industry.
Dr Jessica Loughnan – B.App.Sc (Comp.Med.) B.Health.Sc (Osteopathy)
Jess has become part of the Moonee Valley Osteopathy team after returning from working as an osteopath in two hospitals across Goa and Mumbai, India. One of these hospitals, SportsMed Mumbai, is a leading orthopaedic hospital giving her a unique experience to examine and treat orthopaedic conditions and working through prehab and rehab. Additionally Jess has an interest in treating patients with back pain, neck pain and sporting injuries including injuries from running. She enjoys treating patients from a postural consideration and through this making changes that last. She also has qualifications in dry needling and cupping.
Jess enjoys keeping fit by playing netball, basketball and running, loves to travel and is a foodie.
Dr Travis Livori - B. Health. Sc / B. App. Sc. (Osteopathy)
Travis first attended the Moonee Valley Osteopathy clinic as a patient in 2007, where he fell in love with an Osteopath’s view on the body and implementing the ‘whole body approach’ to each patient.
Graduating from Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School in 2010, Travis pursued his passion for Osteopathy completing his studies at RMIT in 2017.
Being a competitive junior athlete in swimming and football, Travis developed an extensive knowledge for sport and biomechanics to treat a range of sports related injuries. He also has a keen interest in treating postural strains, headaches and migraines.
When not at work, Travis can be found playing golf, basketball or football for his team PEGS FC. Travis also takes pleasure in spending quality time with family and friends.
Marie Vita – Dip Remedial Massage Ct.MT (Sports/Relaxation)
Marie has been a practicing Remedial Massage Therapist for 9 years with extensive experience and uses several specialized techniques that holistically treat the body. A number of muscular and skeletal dysfunctions are addressed including repair to muscles, tendons and joints, arthritis, frozen shoulder, sciatica, tennis elbow, whiplash, neck and back pain, scoliosis, headaches, and sports injuries.
The techniques used include: Deep tissue massage, Myofascial Dry Needling, Joint mobilisation, Active Release Techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, Passive and PNF stretching, Cupping.
Key benefits of remedial massage include the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced.