Meet The Team

Julie Hjorth (she/her), Osteopath

Julie graduated from RMIT University in 2010 with a Master of Osteopathy. Her first few years in practice were spent in Fremantle, WA while completing a post graduate diploma in Public Health at Curtin University. In 2014, Julie moved back to Victoria and founded Ferguson Street Osteo.

Julie sees a wide variety of clients, but has a special interest in pregnancy, post-natal health and paediatrics for which she was certified in 2021 as an Advanced Paediatric Osteopath. She believes that the best healthcare comes from creating a safe space and working through the therapeutic relationship to make every consult beneficial for the client.

In 2018 Julie completed the Health Sector Leadership Program run by leadership Victoria, after being put forward by Osteopathy Australia and was on the recently on a Steering Committee that developed the strategic plan for osteopathy 2030.

Alongside clinical work, Julie works as a clinical supervisor and sessional lecturer at RMIT, sits on the board of The Water Well Project, (a non-for-profit organisation who deliver health education to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers), is a member of cohealth’s Human Ethics Advisory Group and volunteers as an osteopath at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She is also undertaking studies in Health Economics at Deakin University.

On the weekends Julie can be found on hiking, climbing or biking trips in the wilderness, with Tassie being her favourite place to play.

Dr. Jacqueline Roy (she/her), Osteopath

Jackie brings a brightness and enthusiasm to her practice that lightens up the clinic. She bloody loves being an osteo and working at FSO, often commenting on how great all of our clients are. Jackie’s treatments are bliss and you will feel completely at ease her presence.

Jackie has completed training in pilates which she often integrates with her patient management, particularly when helping in the recovery of sporting injuries or chronic lower back pain. She brings first hand experience to sports after rowing competitively for many years and from work as a swim teaching, sports trainer and rowing coach.

When not osteo-ing Jackie is often hanging out and catching a film down at the Sun, likes to dance whenever the beat drops and on weekends go bushwalking.

Jackie is currently available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dr. Indigo Bunbury Smith, Osteopath

Indigo is a new addition to our team, she is very passionate about osteopathy and being able to help people. She has a holistic approach to osteo, and acknowledges how each facet of a person’s life can impact on their physical and overall health.

Indigo has undergone further training in allied health assistance, sports training and massage to be able to better assist her patients. However, she doesn’t focus on any one particular area in her treatments, preferring to treat a range of different conditions.

In her free time Indigo loves to be outside, gardening, going for bush walks and swimming in rivers with friends. However, when she’s confined to indoors she loves cooking up a storm (and accidentally cooking 12 serves at once), reading a stupid number of books at one time (currently 4), binge watching tv and hanging out with her cat Bertie.

Over the last two years of lockdowns she has also really been getting into crafts, teaching herself how to make a punch rug, and improving on her sewing skills.

Dr. Ellen Anchen (she/her), Osteopath

Ellen has a treatment and management approach that compliments the active lifestyle of people in the community we serve. She has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (focusing on pathology, physiology and allied health) as well as her osteopathic qualifications – Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) so is well versed in the workings of the body.

Ellen is passionate about helping others and is always eager to learn new things to further her development as an osteopath, having completed training in pilates, rocktaping and dry needling (not yet available at FSO). Wanting to see you back out there doing what you love, Ellen has a strong focus on rehabilitation and correcting lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your complaints. This includes exercise prescription, posture education and ergonomic advice.

When not at work, Ellen can be found kicking ass at the ice hockey rink or on the field playing some other sport, so she fully understands the importance of moving without pain or limitation and tailors her treatments to match the individuals needs.

Ellen is available on Saturdays.

Jade Chand-Aldous (she/her), Receptionist 

Jade is the cog in the wheels behind FSO. Maning the phones day and night (literally) since early days in the clinic, Jade is the one answering your calls and texts. But she is more than just the ladyontheotherendofthephone, she also helps keep the clinic paperwork in order, ensures dust doesn’t take over and most of all she keeps us in line!

Her friendly, flexible and helpful nature are a godsend to me and I know I’m not the only one grateful for her efficiencies while juggling full time toddler parenting with clinic management.

Cara McMahon, Counsellor

GradDip (Counselling) / Masters (Social & Organizational Psychology) / BA (Psychology) ACA Accredited Counsellor

Cara is a Counsellor passionate about helping people recognise their personal strengths and fulfilling their potential.  Her open and positive communication style facilitates an environment that allows a person to give voice to their emotional life. Counselling is not about advice giving, Cara supports the exploration of past experiences and how these shape and organise a person’s life now. She works with clients to deepen their self awareness and to find ways to resolve the issues they are facing. Cara believes in encouraging an individual’s growth through their own unique lived experience.

Cara is trained and experienced in the use of psychological focused approaches, such as – Person Centre Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Narrative Therapy; as well as general approaches to problem solving, goal setting and planning.

She is experienced in the following areas;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Family Violence – specifically focus on psychological and emotional abuse
  • Self esteem & self confidence issues
  • Youth (12-25)

To book an appointment please contact Cara on;

Mobile – 0405 001 283 or

Cara is available on Friday mornings

Shelley Karpathakis (she/her), Counsellor

As a counsellor, Shelley’s priority is to create a safe and therapeutic space where you can be heard without judgement and met with respect and empathy. Understanding trauma and resilience is highly important: what trauma means and how it can affect us is an important step to self-discovery. And what makes up your resilience? Learning again, but this time with more meaning and motivation.
If you’re finding yourself in situations thinking, ‘what does this mean?’ and feeling like you’re trying to work out the learnings from it, counselling can help you to navigate these challenging emotions. Overthinking leaves us feeling more confused and tired whereas counselling provides a shift in perspective. This change in outlook may lead to a fresh start.
Shelley is available every second Saturday at the clinic and specialises in working with young people, adults, LGBTIQ, sex positive, monogamous, non-monogamous and culturally diverse communities. Shelley has a passion for understanding relationships and spends a lot of my time researching the works of Esther Perel, a globally renowned psychotherapist.

Shelley is available every second Saturday

Melissa Bourchier (she/her), Psychologist

Melissa is a warm and nonjudgmental psychologist who uses humour and kindness to build a compassionate rapport with clients. She has worked in the public health system, the Department of Education, and private practice for over 10 years with infants, children, adolescents and adults. She started her work as a Paediatric Psychologist working with other allied health colleagues to support her clients. She continues this multidisciplinary work through her Autism Assessment work. She has returned to working with adults and is now especially interested in perinatal psychology with postnatal depression and anxiety, helping parents to maintain their own identities in their changing family and keeping both the parent and infant in mind.

Melissa is a multimodal therapist, meaning that she draws on different evidence-based frameworks and theories to help clients achieve their goals. She leans most into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness based therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Melissa will set goals with her clients, ensuring the client has agency in their own therapy, and usually works with the aim of helping adolescents and adults understand their internal experiences with greater clarity and to feel empowered to make the best of their strengths. Melissa currently sees adolescents over 12 years of age and adults and works with:

  • Anxiety disorders (including Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, OCD, phobias)
  • Depression
  • Perinatal psychology (including Postnatal Depression and Anxiety, infant mental health)
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Parent training
  • Autism Assessment for children and adults

You will know Melissa by the usually clashing patterns and florals in her outfits. When she is not at work, Melissa is probably sitting under a tree reading or snuggling with her cat, Amelia. Melissa is also a passionate musician and choir member, so you will probably hear her singing as she wanders our halls.

Melissa is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Melissa can be contacted on: 0420 22 44 63, or

Penny Schleiger (she/her), Gestalt Psychotherapist

Penny is a qualified gestalt psychotherapist and mental health social worker. In a therapeutic relationship gestalt therapy is her primary approach with techniques from other approaches brought in when needed.

Gestalt is a relational form of therapy, in work with you there is care and focus given to the relationship between the client and the therapist as that relationship forms the basis of our work together.

Gestalt therapy is incredibly powerful in achieving increased self awareness. It provides a structure within which it is possible to be connected, creative and at times playful. Elements that support undertaking at times challenging but ultimately gratifying personal work.

Penny is a strong supporter of social justice, inclusion and mutual respect. In line with these principles her work is feminist informed and she upholds the right for people to self determine their life/lifestyle. Her intention is to provide a safe, supportive and respectful space for all people.

Penny qualified as a social worker in 2000 and since then has worked across numerous areas, these include mental health, acquired brain injury, housing/homelessness, and older people. Her last ten years of work have been in clinical mental health supporting people experiencing a wide range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, suicidality, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use.

Penny is available on Thursdays

Mobile: 0434 829 079


Lisa McSmith, Naturopath

LM Natural Health

Lisa is available on Saturday afternoons and Sundays