Mother, Advocate, Founder of Heal and Soul Podiatry, Fair-go Advocacy Support Services, Anjel Imports, The Aust/NZ Foundation for CDKL5 Research (AFCR)
She is a Holistic practitioner incorporating western medical, eastern traditional, alternative health practitioner for physical, mental, nutritional, pharmacological advice and education.)
Like many others, Simone never had one strong passion for a specific job or career. So, she just followed opportunities that challenged and extended her life experience and hoped it would lead to something wonderful and meaningful.
This lead to deciding which Allied health profession would be enjoyable, while allowing scope to work in varied places and in many capacities.
Mental health and the power of language in affecting change and cures are another huge interest as these areas are so powerful in helping people heal and feel happy and heard.
Simone has always had an active lifestyle. She has delved in areas like competitive body building, was an ambulance driver in the army, completed high levels of classical piano, traveled and lived overseas, studied Italian and loves learning different languages, was a midwife to 250 sheep in southern Scotland, been an active member of Geelong Bollywood Dance group and recently competed in Tamworth and the Southern States Line Dance championships.
Simone has become a strong advocate in the world of disability due to the very rare genetic condition of her son, Raffael. While specifically creating awareness and contributing to research for CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder, she is also committed to making a difference to all disability through attendance at conferences, blogging, speaking to groups and advocacy for our vulnerable members of society. This experience made her acutely aware of how far we still need to go to achieve equality and right to life for all people despite their differing abilities, medical complexities and age.
Simone made her own path through life based on her love of problem-solving. Being able to bring comfort to those in need made the choice an easy one.
Simone's Beliefs and Philosophies
Number one for me is Quality Time. I will give you as much time as you need to express your issue and together we can work towards a solution that is as easy and practical as possible.
Be real, compassionate, friendly and caring. It costs nothing and there isnt enough of it in the world.
Always improving my Technical Skills to displace the belief that treatment should be painful. I can treat most problems painlessly using tools and techniques developed over years of refining practice with no need for anaesthetic. No matter how infected and sore you feel.
Thorough assessment and diagnosis with a plan to feel better as soon as possible.
Stay open minded to all possibliities. this leads to the best outcomes.
Always do your work with high standards of hygiene, quality and aesthetics.
We all deserve to look and feel as beautiful as we can.
Prevention should always prioritized over reaction.
Simone learns the most by working with the most complex cases. This has allowed her to develop many varied skills and knowledge that brings her assessment and treatment to the next level.
And Simone knows she has her children to thank for that. Through their rare, complex and never ending challenges she has met each one with a determination to ease their suffering. These ever expanding skills have made her clinical skills move into another level. Somethng she never expoected or predicted.
Jerico Justin Abon - Nurse / Podiatry Assistant
Our wonderful new Nurse Podiatry assistant! Here to spoil me and all of our wonderful clients and highly skilled, gentle, friendly and caring.
Jerico is studying Disability Support part time while he waits for the Nursing bridging course to commence. This will allow him to be recognised as a nurse in Australia. Not only does he look after all our clients by providing the extra touch that makes the difference but he has cared for my son Raffael for over 1 year.
Jerico is kind, quiet, shy and sensitive but he will still have a go at things out of his comfort zone.
Courageous and strong and a good friend and singer. Mariah Carey eat your heart out. Hopefully we will continue to have Jerico around for more years to come.
Chris Camilleri- Podiatrist
We would like to welcome our new Podiatrist, Chris Camilleri, to the team at Heal and Soul Podiatry
Chris is a recent graduate of La Trobe University having completed the Bachelor of Applied Science/ Master of Podiatric Practice in 2019 and is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association.
Through his studies at university, attending seminars and educational workshops, Chris has developed a variety of skills in podiatry and aims to consistently deliver the highest level of patient satisfaction. Chris believes patients are to be treated as active participants in their health care and should be empowered by practitioners to take action. Therefore, Chris places emphasis on providing patient education and including patient directed interventions as part of his care plans. Chris works in collaboration with patients to determine their goals before developing an individually tailored care plan that is considerate of their wider health and wellbeing needs.
Chris is interested in all areas of Podiatry, while he has a passion for biomechanics and the management of musculoskeletal conditions of the leg and foot through multifaceted approaches. As a new graduate Chris is familiar with the most recent podiatry literature that informs the care he provides to his expanding patient base.
Darian Bell - Podiatrist
Darian is a podiatrist who attended Latrobe University and is dedicated to working alongside patients to establish patient centered goals and thus providing the best possible health outcomes for the individual. Darian has interests in general nail, skin and wound care, nail surgery and other biomechanical conditions. Darian has undergone training in dry needling and Western Medical Acupuncture techniques to treat a multitude of conditions including heel pain and sports injuries. Additionally, Darian has gone to various seminars relating to injury, rehabilitation and dermatology. When Darian is not providing care to patients, he spends his time working on music and playing various musical instruments. Darian also likes to spend his time going to AFL games and watching NFL
Demi-Lee Luke- Administration
Demi is definitely the most important member of the team. She is originally from sunny North Queensland. She but isnt a fan of hot weather and lucky for us she moved to Gtown.
Demi has grown so much during her time here and effectively manages a fast growing team of Disability Support staff, Allied Health Staff, Accounting, payroll and rostering. She has even taken over managing our NDIS participants and practitioners.
We definitely hope Demi stays for the long term. maybe she can take over one day...
Amelia Campbell - Administration
Amelia began working at Heal and Soul Podiatry while she studied her last year of secondary school in 2019. Her interests include health and wellbeing, physical education and travelling. In 2020, Amelia will be studying a Bachelor of Nursing/ Paramedicine at Australian Catholic University. With this, she hopes to travel and assist in the medical field around the world to gain an unique range of experience and skills. Amelia enjoys meeting new clients and loves seeing regular happy faces walk through the door.
Jane McAvoy- Naturopath / Bowen Therapist
Jane McAvoy commenced clinical practice in Geelong and Lara in 1999, after completing her Health Sciences degree in Naturopathy and Massage Therapy.
Jane’s approach to treatment is a fusion of traditional healing methods from many cultures, modern science and practical common sense. As most health issues may stem from many causes, her broad experience and thorough assessment help clients save time and money in their quest for good health. For example a person may suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome due to a pinched nerve in their back, mineral or chemical imbalances, muscle tension, food intolerances, sub-clinical infection, poor diet, stress, or a combination!
Unfortunately many people suffer unnecessarily on a medical merry-go-round or put up with their symptoms as due to “age”. Naturopathic treatment also succeeds in that “grey area” between great health and disease, where people know they don’t feel as well as they should, but nothing abnormal shows up yet on medical tests, by assisting the fundamental needs of the body – getting nutrients in and waste out of all areas.
Bowen is the main massage technique Jane uses to gently re-align the musculo-skeletal system and assist lymphatic drainage. For example, many people take glucosamine supplements for arthritis, but unless muscle tension is addressed in affected areas, very little will get delivered where it is most needed.
Jane especially enjoys the educational aspect of her work. With more knowledge and understanding of natural body functions and processes, clients make lasting positive changes with enthusiasm.
Dr. Matthew Carbery- Chiropractor.
To make an appointment please call 03 5222 1444 or for more info visit gonsteadseminar.com
Dr Matthew Carbery utilizes the highly regarded Gonstead system of Chiropractic to provide immediate results and long lasting relief. Developed by American Dr Clarence Gonstead, it has become a world leader in Chiropractic techniques today. Due to the remarkable results Dr Gonstead achieved, and as Chiropractors from all round the country were fascinated in his technique, he became known as the Chiropractor’s Chiropractor.
Gonstead Chiropractors use meticulous analysing procedures to determine spinal dysfunction and nerve interference. When necessary, weight-bearing plain film radiographs are taken. This allows the Chiropractor to safely determine the most effective adjustment required. Spinal adjustments are performed by hand to allow specific control and accurate application. A great deal of skill is required to perform a Gonstead Chiropractic adjustment. These manual spinal corrections involve only minimum rotation, and aim to restore normal functioning to the spine. Patients often report varying degrees of relief within just a few visits. Gonstead Chiropractic adjustments are safe, effective and tailored to suit all ages, from babies to grandparents.