Hi there! I’m Sarah, an Australian trained Osteopathic Practitioner and the owner of Vancouver Island Osteopathy (VIO).
In 2014 I moved to Victoria from Melbourne, Australia to work with the Body Logic team as an Osteopathic Practitioner. Two years later I relocated to the Comox Valley with my husband, Paul and our zoo (dogs, Mango and Granola and cat, Eddie). I’m very excited to once again provide osteopathic care in Victoria with my wonderful VIO team.
I have completed five years of full time undergraduate and Masters studies in Osteopathy training at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
Prior to studying Osteopathy, I completed a Bachelors of Exercise and Sport Science (Deakin University, Australia) and have both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in this area, including a Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (Victoria University, Australia) and a Masters of Science (Strength & Conditioning) (Edith Cowan University, Australia).
Born in New Zealand and a kiwi at heart, I spent many years in Melbourne, Australia where I worked as an Osteopathic Practitioner in private practice and with various elite and junior elite athletes in a variety of sports. I have over 10 years experience in sports injury and general rehabilitation, working with both athletes and diseased and general clients and babies.
Injury prevention is a particular area of interest and experience. In Australia, I consulted for a number of elite sporting teams and institutions in injury prevention including Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, Basketball Australia and the Victorian Institute of Sport.
Since 2006 (until relocating to Victoria, BC in 2014), I lectured in both undergraduate and postgraduate Exercise and Sport Science and Exercise Rehabilitation courses within two universities (Deakin and Victoria Universities) and various private institutions in Melbourne, Australia. I developed the fitness course and various professional development courses for sports industry professionals, including Osteopathic Practitioners, for a leading sports science institution, Exercise Research Australia.
Not limited to sports related issues I enjoy all facets of treatment. Treatment of osteoarthritis and addressing falls prevention in older adults is of particular interest also. I regularly treat pregnant Mums and love to treat their bubs post partum, too. I have completed an intensive ‘Breast Feeding for Health Professionals’ program and am excited to be able to better support the many babies and their families that I have the privilege of working with. Currently (late 2017), I am studying for a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist designation.
I employ a number of treatment tools, depending on whom I am treating and what they are being treated for. I am trained in Craniosacral therapy and Biodynamics (including for babies and children) and incorporate these treatment modalities into more direct treatments as well as provide these treatment styles exclusively if desired.
I have worked as an Osteopathic Practitioner, and an Injury and Rehabilitation Consultant in various locations including Melbourne and rural Australia, and a leading Sports Medicine Clinic in Mumbai India. I have also spent time in Japan working with snow sports athletes and enthusiasts. Since 2014 I have practiced on Vancouver Island.
We’d be excited to work with you to optimize your movement and health. Please email me us email@example.com if you’d like to find out more or to book an appointment.
Debra Bakowska DO(UK), MSc
Debra completed a four-year full time course with the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 1990. During her final year Debra won Honors for clinical competence and diagnosis.
In 2008 Debra returned to University to complete a two-year Master of Science Program in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation from The University of Kent. While there Debra pursued her interest in the treatment of people affected by osteoarthritis, using manual approach combined with exercise therapy. In particular Debra focused on the treatment of Hip Joint Osteoarthritis.
Debra is a registered member of the British General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), www.osteopathy.org.uk.
For over 18 years (until 2008) Debra was the Owner and Practice Principal at the Wye and Ashford Osteopathic and Sport Injury Clinic located in Ashford, Kent, England.