Kaitlyn J Osteopathy was founded by Dr Kaitlyn Smith (osteopath) in 2020, after working as an osteopath in the local area since 2017. Kaitlyn has enjoyed getting to know the area and its residents and started Kaitlyn J Osteopathy with the aim of being able to assist within the community and provide treatment to patients from all walks of life.
We aim to provide high quality treatment and to help you achieve your goals; whether this is competing in an elite level sports team, training at the gym, working in your garden, sitting at your desk without pain or any other goal or activity you aim to achieve.
All our osteopaths have undergone a 5 year university degree, and complete more than 25 hours of continual professional development each year.
Kaitlyn J Osteopathy has been a dream of Kaitlyn’s for many years, always aspiring and working towards having her own clinic.
Meet The Team
Dr Kaitlyn Smith (Osteopath)
Dr Kaitlyn Smith (osteopath) graduated from RMIT University in 2016. Originally from Tasmania, Kaitlyn moved back home to start her career as an osteopath and then returned to Melbourne to work in the western suburbs of Melbourne for the following three years.
Kaitlyn is a friendly and approachable osteopath, she enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal complaints, but is particularly interested in the treatment and management of headaches, neck pain and jaw pain. She aims to assist in returning patients to their optimal health and wellbeing, so they are able to get back into the activities they love.
Kaitlyn is registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is a member of Osteopathy Australia. She has completed further studies with the Global Education of Manual Therapists (GEMt) in dry needling, completing level 1 in April 2017 and Level 2 in May 2018.
In her spare time Kaitlyn loves experiencing everything Melbourne has to offer, spending time with friends and exploring greater Victoria to go for a walk, to the beach or for a winery lunch. She also loves going back to her island state to visit her family, and is happy to provide you with Tasmanian tips for your next holiday.
OSTEOPATHY SERVICES / TREATMENT
Osteopathy may help with a variety of conditions including:
– Lower back pain
– Sciatica and nerve pain
– Neck and shoulder pain
– Postural issues
– Muscular tension and pain, including tendon issues.
– Headaches or Migraines
– Heel or foot pain
– Hip, knee or ankle complaints
– Sporting injuries
– Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain
– Repetitive strain injuries
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. Osteopathy uses a holistic approach to treatment, aiming to provide long lasting relief for common complaints. Our osteopaths use a variety of different techniques including but not limited to soft tissue massage, dry needling, stretching, manipulation, joint articulation and mobilisation, and rehabilitation. Treatments are tailored to each individual, and may vary along the course of your treatment.
Dry needling uses the insertion of a fine and flexible needle to release shortened bands of muscle “knots” caused by abnormal functioning of the nervous system. No drugs are injected.
The needles work to decrease tension, muscle tenderness and de-activate trigger points “knots”, and increase range of motion.
At Kaitlyn J Osteopathy we use dry needling in combination with manual osteopathic treatment, for the treatment of both acute and chronic pain.
Kaitlyn started taking virtual Pilates classes from the comfort of her own home during the COVID-19 lock down, and has decided to continue taking these classes on an ongoing basis. Kaitlyn felt she was able to provide a service to people who would be otherwise unable to attend a class, due to personal or geographical reasons.
Kaitlyn completed her Pilates course through Polestar Pilates and incorporates a variety of techniques into her classes. Each class will vary from the previous.
These classes are meant as a form of exercise, and should not be used to replace essential rehab as prescribed by your health professional.
Please contact Kaitlyn J Pilates with any questions or concerns below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you need a referral from a GP?
You do not need a referral from a GP to attend an osteopathy appointment. Most patients attend as private patients.
Some patients may be eligible for 5 Medicare subsidised visits per calendar year, under a chronic disease management plan. You can discuss your eligibility with your local GP.
What should I wear to my appointment?
We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move around in.
As osteopathy involves hands on manual treatment, you may be required to remove certain items of clothing. This will be discussed prior to commencement of treatment, and gowns are available to be worn.
Do I need to bring anything with me to the appointment?
A list of any medications you are currently taking.
Any investigations you have had in relation to your presenting complaint – i.e. ultrasound, MRI, CT scan or x-ray.
How long will my appointment go for?
Your first appointment will usually last around 45 minutes
Subsequent appointments last around 30 minutes.
How much will my appointment cost?
Initial consultation (45 minutes) – $110
Subsequent consultation (30 minutes) – $85
Long consultation (1 hour) – $140
What happens at my first appointment?
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment.
Once you arrive there is a new patient form for you to fill in. If you have any questions about the form you can leave a section blank until you have spoken with your osteopath.
Initially, your osteopath will ask you questions including your presenting complaint, associated symptoms, past medical history and current medications. Providing your osteopath with all relevant information will assist them in diagnosis and treatment.
Your osteopath will then complete a thorough examination – this can include orthopaedic, neurological or postural testing, along with range of motion testing (you may be asked to move a part of your body or the osteopath may move part of your body to assess any decrease or restriction in range of motion).
Once your osteopath has completed your case history and examination, your treatment will be explained to you. In some cases, where necessary, you will be referred on.
Once your treatment plan has been explained to you, you can chose to move ahead with treatment by providing your osteopath with informed consent. Informed consent can be withdrawn at any point during treatment. All Consent forms will be signed in the treatment room once treatment has been explained.
Treatment can involve a variety of techniques – including soft tissue massage, muscle techniques, joint articulation, mobilisation or manipulation, or dry needling.
How do I find your clinic, and is there parking?
Our clinic is located at 449 Keilor Road, Niddrie, next to the fruit shop and sharing a building with the Melbourne Podiatry Group.
There is a large car park located at the back of the building. You can enter through the back doors by ringing the buzzer and our reception team will provide you with access. Please note for safety reasons, these doors will remain locked at all times. For after hours appointments you will be required to use the front door
Is osteopathy treatment covered by my Private Health Insurance?
Osteopathy is covered by most private health insurance companies.
The amount that is covered will vary depending on which fund you are with and your level of cover.
Claims can be processed on the day – just remember to bring your private health card along with you to your appointment.
Is osteopathy covered by Medicare?
Osteopathy is not specifically covered by Medicare.
In certain cases you may be entitled to 5 Medicare subsidised visits per calendar year. This would be under a Chronic Disease Management Plan. You can discuss your eligibility with your GP and a referral would need to be provided.
The Chronic Disease Management Plan covers $53.80 per appointment, as Kaitlyn J Osteopathy is not a bulk billing practice, you will be required to pay the full consultation fee and claim the Medicare rebate back after your appointment. The rebate can be claimed on the spot, if you have a savings or debit card.
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Kaitlyn J Pty Ltd
ABN: 91 628 708 421
Phone: 03 7001 9672
Fax: 03 9021 0839
449 Keilor Road
Niddrie, VIC 3042
Monday 9:00am -7:30pm
Tuesday 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm