Jessica CohenJessica has always had a passion for a healthy active lifestyle and is dedicated to her patients being able to enjoy the same. Becoming a yoga teacher at 21 and snowboard instructor at 22, keeping active and assisting in the training of others has always been a skill that Jess is continually evolving. Jess believes that playing several sports in her younger years coupled with her training as an osteopath has given her a strong advantage when it comes to treating, understanding injuries and human movement.
Jess aims to treat each patient with an individual holistic approach, taking into account the whole body in each consult. She is experienced in structural treatment approaches and is passionate about treating people from all walks of life with an interest in women’s health and helping women pre and post pregnancy.
Jess discovered Osteopathy after eight seasons snowboard teaching and coaching left her body with numerous aches and pains that years of treatment from various other modalities could not seem to shift. After her first osteopathic treatment jess was impressed with the osteopathic holistic treatment ideology and also the education and management around each individual patient.
Jess loves enjoying the spoils of the Northern Rivers region and now stays healthy with yoga and surfing and chasing around her 12-month-old baby boy. She also teaches yoga in Lennox Head and trains yoga teachers in anatomy, techniques and philosophy with Akhanda Yoga Australia on the Gold Coast.
"Structure and Function are interrelated; a change in one will cause a change in the other."This statement, a core element of the osteopathic philosophy, is what first drew Alison to osteopathy. Having already studied Exercise and Sport Science she embarked on a further 5 years of university study to become an osteopath.
This unique combination of skills has lead her to work with the Australian Paralympic Ski Team and other elite athletes from sports such as sailing, athletics, basketball, cricket and Nordic skiing. She also has plenty of experience treating everyday athletes and non-athletes, pregnant women and children.
Alison has worked in a busy osteopathic practice in Sydney and in Canada with a leading functional medicine doctor who specialised in brain function and health. Here she gained significant skills in treating both acute concussions and post-concussion syndrome.
As an osteopath Alison uses a wide variety of osteopathic techniques in a manner that specifically tailors the treatment to the individual patient and their body. She also prescribes appropriate lifestyle modifications, exercises and ergonomic interventions as needed.
Alison enjoys working with people to better understand their bodies and to get them moving as well as possible, whatever their pursuits may be. She is a member of Osteopathy Australia, and regularly completes Continuing Professional Development courses and seminars to ensure she stays up to date with current trends and research.
Alison also works as a Clinical Supervisor of 4th and 5th year Osteopathy students in the Health Clinic at Southern Cross University.