With a breadth of experience and expertise, your Vivian Street Osteopaths team provide support for your whole family.
Andrew Lawson, Osteopath & Acupuncturist
In addition to completing a masters in osteopathy Andrew has a post graduate qualifications in acupuncture and exercise and health science.
Andrew’s competitive sporting background in rowing and bob-skeleton went up to international level. This gave him a lot of exposure to weight lifting and correct lifting technique. Injuries that he experienced during this time also exposed him to different therapy techniques. It is from this experience that Andrew is passionate about the way osteopathy and acupuncture can complement one another to provide an effective and painless approach for his patients.
Andrew enjoys working with all challenges that our bodies can present whatever your age, background, health or fitness level.
Berit Lawson, Osteopath
Originally from Austria, Berit trained at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine before moving to New Zealand. Berit enjoys working with people from all walks of life and believes that the body needs movement and vitality to maintain health and osteopathy is a fantastic way of establishing this.
Her particular interest in working with infants and pregnant women increased after becoming a mum of two. Helping babies and mums to work through those early difficulties postpartum is a big focus for Berit. “Little adjustments can often have a profound effect in little people”.
And after working with infants the natural progression is to work with children and adolescents. Finding a common language and making children feel at ease is paramount for Berit.
Having come from a physical background involving mountaineering, climbing and ski-touring, Berit also enjoys working with sportspeople. Berit believes empowering the patient is vital. She feels that having an understanding of how the body functions will enable every patient to understand their pain and how best to deal with them
Lisa Houghton, Acupuncturist
Since concluding her Studies of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2004 Lisa worked alongside 3 widely regarded Acupuncturist’s giving her a good grounding in treating Musculoskeletal conditions, general health issues and began her on the path to Women’s Health and Fertility.
Lisa also worked in Mother-Well in Mt Eden for 10 years largely treating Couples on the Fertility journey and Women throughout pregnancy and in preparation for Labour. Working collaboratively and alongside an exceptional mentor she gained much insight into the holistic approach to treating Fertility issues. This formative time made her the holistic practitioner she is today; highly motivated to empower people to understand themselves and their bodies, wherever people are at. Lisa likes to think she does ‘with’ her clients, rather than ‘to’ them.
Whilst Lisa’s credentials are in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Lisa has had a lifelong interest in the healing potential of diet and soil health and has gathered practical knowledge in Chinese Diet Therapy, Whole foods, Raw Food, Gluten Free, Acid Alkaline diet, Vegan, Super Foods, Fermenting, Organic growing and bottom line – learning to listen to your body. Along with more bodily based practices of Yoga, Meditation and Conductivity. Integrated with the Mind Body connection with over 30 years of Self enquiry and Self understanding practices, that has lead to a coaching style that is conversational yet offers insight into how to respond to yourself rather than react to others.
Please find out more about Lisa and what she can offer under https://elementalnature.co/
Danielle Olsen (Dani) Massage Therapist
Dani loves and believes in the positive effect massage treatments have on the body; physically, mentally, and emotionally, improving circulation, immune function and overall well being.
Dani’s massage techniques help reduce stress, muscle tension and soreness. Her goal is to get her clients to feel safe and calm so they can allow their bodies and minds to fully relax and drift off letting go of any built-up stress, tension, muscle soreness or whatever the issue may be.
Dani enjoys helping people and hopes to give everyone a relaxing positive experience.
Becoming qualified as a Beauty Therapist in 2006, Dani soon learnt that massage and relaxation treatments were her favourite to perform. Being in the industry for 16 years massage therapy has become her niche. Dani has continued with her interest in how the body functions and gained an extra Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology, a Certificate in Relaxation Massage (Swedish relaxation techniques) and most recently a Diploma in Health Science through the Naturopathic College of NZ.
Dani lives rural, loving country life with her family of two beautiful children, partner and family dog.
Rachael Fleming, Receptionist
Here to warmly welcome you to the clinic is Rachael at the front desk.
With a variety of experience in customer service she will assist you with a smile.
Outside of the clinic, Rachael is a wife and loving mum of two children, two dogs, a cat, and a bird. In her spare time she loves to spend time with family and friends, and enjoys a good walk in nature.
She looks forward to meeting you all.