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In Focus: Office Assistant

Christina Vakis

Christina will usually be the person with whom you will have initial contact with at In Focus. In addition to being Dr George Dellas’s (Chinese Medicine) personal assistant, Christina will professionally and efficiently answer your questions about our services or when required direct them to the appropriate In Focus practitioner/healer. Christina also arranges your reservations, organises your friendly reminder call prior to your reservation and handles your accounts and orders from our range of health care products and nutritional/herbal supplements.

In Focus: Practitioners / Healers  

George Dellas

Barry Murray

Gabriella Besser

Shefton Parker

Dr George Dellas (Chinese Medicine); Naturopath; Certified FlameTree Healer and Instructor

M.App.Sci.(Acupuncture); B.App.Sci (Chinese Medicine); B.Hlth.Sci (Naturopathy); B.App.Sci. (Health Promotion); Certified FlameTree Healer & Instructor; Certified UEFT Technician & Instructor; Certified MEMO Technician & Instructor; Grad. Dip. (Acupuncture); Grad. Dip. (Western Herbal Medicine); Cert. Biomesotherapy; Cert. Reiki; Cert. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT); Cert. Bio-energetic Imprinting; Cert. Touch For Health 1; Cert. Functional Fascial Taping (FFT®); Cert. (Oriental Massage); Cert. (Remedial Massage); Cert. (Chinese Massage); Cert IV. Assessment & Workplace Training


Registered with Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Australia (Acupuncture & Chinese Herbalism)

Dr George Dellas (Chinese Medicine) and naturopath is both an experienced clinician having been practicing from his St. Kilda Clinic, In Focus – Healing and Wellness Clinic, since 1986 and as an educator/trainer, having been recognised by RMIT University for his Excellent Good Teaching Scale Score in 2010; being invited to lecture to his peers by AAMT (Australian Association of Massage Therapies) and is a highly respected trainer for MIMT (Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy) lecturing there for the past 10 years.

George is a person with a wealth of experience, which grew from an innate desire to find something that was safe, efficient, effective and easy to apply in clinical practice to assist people to heal themselves. During his search, he completed studies in over 10 different specialities including traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, abdominal acupuncture, naturopathy, western herbal medicine, biomesotherapy, Reiki, various massage therapies, homoeopathy, FFT (Functional Fascial Taping), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), bio-energetic imprinting, kinesiology and others.

In addition to his studies and operating his successful private practice, George also has over 20 years experience in oriental massage training and is currently the senior coordinator of Oriental massage for the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy. However, he has also held positions in other educational settings, being an external examiner at the Southern School of Natural Therapies for their Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (Final Exams) and has been a trainer for the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine in clinical nutrition where he also developed and implemented their Community Education and Public Health training manual.

George has experience in clinical research, having completed a pilot study on the role of acupuncture in Irritable Bowel Syndrome as part of his Masters degree, in addition to being invited to proof read the PhD thesis of the Chinese Medicine Unit head of RMIT University, Dr Charlie Xue. The works detailed a clinical trial of the role of Chinese medicine for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis.

George was awarded a scholarship by RMIT University for obtaining the best academic results in the Degree of Chinese Medicine. He also achieved the highest overall mark for his clinical internship year in Nanjing, for the same degree. His outstanding academic achievements and extensive training experience inspired the head of the Chinese medicine unit at RMIT to offer George a coordinating / lecturing role in 2005 for the subject Chinese Diet Therapy and in 2010 was recognised by RMIT University for both his teaching excellence and his outstanding contribution to the Chinese medicine profession.

His comprehensive skill set also includes evaluation and consulting, having evaluated specific health issues for Myer-Grace Bros Melbourne, the Arthritis Foundation of Victoria and the Australian Greek Welfare Society; which included development of project brief and evaluation criteria, project management, execution of evaluation and presentation of outcomes and recommendations.

George has participated in voluntary work having been a public representative on the Steering Committee for the City of Caulfield’s Municipal Public Health Plan and discussed health issues from a complementary medicine perspective on Southern FM Community Radio.

Although George’s collection of qualifications grew and he excelled in his career and clinical practice, he was no closer to satisfying this innate feeling that motivated him do all this study in the first place. Instead, it created a problem that began to manifest; having gained so many skills which of these areas would he start with for his clients? All are valid therapies within their own right, yet not all were appropriate for his clients. This created a new challenge for him, that is, until his path crossed with an old friend from university, Rhett Ogston (Degrees in Science, Human Biology, Chinese Medicine).

Rhett (Degrees in Science, Human Biology, Chinese Medicine) then introduced George to a revolutionary personal development & healing system that his innate was calling out for (unbeknown to George, Rhett had spent the best part of a decade researching and developing this system) and had only a few months before began teaching it to some amazed clients who had demanded to be taught what Rhett knew after experiencing some truly amazing results.

The system that Dr Rhett Ogston (Chinese Medicine) has developed is a state-of-the-art bio-energetic system called FlameTree: the personal development and healing system and it was everything that George had been searching for, and more. George immediately understood the revolutionary nature of FlameTree and became the first certified FlameTree healer in the world in January 2010.

Why did George decide to embrace a system that was developed by an Australian that very few people outside of Rhett’s own clinic in Brisbane would have ever heard of before? Wasn’t he taking a risk, putting his reputation on the line and leaving his prestigious role at RMIT University? Yes, it was a risk! However, he knew deep down that this was it. This innate need he had that kept him looking was now at peace because for the first time in his life he had finally found it, a healing system that was not only safe, efficient, effective and easy to apply, but it also integrated everything that he had learnt over the past 23 years and added so, so much more! His knowledge base exponentially increased after learning FlameTree as did the changes experienced by his clients who receive FlameTree, without having to, in most case, take bagfuls of supplementation. Yes, he found this very amazing also!

Since incorporating FlameTree into his clinical practice it has become George’s foundational system and his client base continues to grow for FlameTree healing through word-of-mouth referrals. This has now created another unforseen challenge for him; keeping up with the demands for his services.

To meet this challenge, George in December 2010 became the first certified instructor of FlameTree in the world. Why? Because he now feels a moral obligation to share this personal development and healing system with others so that there are more certified FlameTree healers working together to empower others to access their innate ability to develop and heal themselves and to live at their full life’s potential.

Barry Murray (DN)

B.Hlth.Sci (Naturopathy); Cert. Sports Massage; Cert. Biomesotherapy; Cert. Homotoxicology
Member: ANTA; AAOH

Barry operates his natural therapies business, All-In-One, from within In Focus healing and wellness clinic since graduating as a naturopath from the Southern School of Natural Therapies in 2005.

Although Barry uses his skill base for the treatment of various conditions, energizing the body, improvement of mental state and detoxification, he has a keen interest in the management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohns Disease and Sporting related injuries.

Barry uses Kinesiology muscle testing, Iris Diagnosis and various functional pathology assessments to establish a treatment program to meet your exact requirements in order to assist you with your health concerns. He draws from various modalities including:

  • Homoepathy
  • Homotoxicology
  • Western Herbal Medicine
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Bach Flowers
  • Counselling
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Dietary Advice
  • Mood Appraisal Questionnaire

Gabrielle Besser (DN)

B.Hlth.Sci (Naturopathy); Certified FlameTree Healer
Member: ANTA

Gabrielle Besser is a qualified Naturopath, holding a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). She has had a lifelong interest in natural therapies and is constantly upgrading her knowledge through further study. This includes travel and exploration of a wide range of cultures and their health and medical practices. She is a passionate and empathetic practitioner and has gained valuable professional experience, whilst is committed to the highest outcomes for her client’s.

Naturopathy consultations involve a taking of a thorough case history examining your medical history, diet, lifestyle, stress, and exposure to environmental substances, this provides a holistic picture of the individual so that the most appropriate and individual treatment can be given. Physical examinations and unique laboratory testing may be required, such as monitoring of blood pressure, temperature, respiration rate, iridology, urinalysis, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), which allows added insight into the internal environment and constitution of the client may also be recommended.

As a naturopath, Gaberielle has an interest in:

  • Western Herbal Medicine
  • Nutritional supplementation and dietary advice
  • Lifestyle and environmental counseling
  • Iris Diagnosis
  • Flower essences
  • Natural Fertility Management
  • Weight Loss
  • Sports Nutrition

Gabrielle’s approach to naturopathy is strengthened by FlameTree: the personal development & healing system. Gabrielle is one of the first two practitioners in Melbourne who was invited to learn this new state of the art bio-energetic healing system.

Dr Shefton Parker (Chinese Medicine)

B.App.Sci. (Chinese Medicine), B.App.Sci. (Human Biology)
Member of AACMA, ATMS
Registered Chinese Medicine Herbalist and Acupuncturist with Chinese Medicine Registration Board Of Victoria

Shefton graduated from RMIT University as a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner in 2007. Since then he has worked as a practitioner and researcher. Having worked in research for the Vancouver Island Health Authority in Canada 2008 he returned to work in Australia as a clinician in a busy rural Chinese Medicine clinic. In mid 2009 he took up an appointment as a researcher and clinical acupuncturist at RMIT University. Shefton whilst being the clinical trial co-ordinator of an NHMRC funded trial investigating the use of acupuncture for pain relief also supervises final year students’ placement at the Northern Hospital Emergency Department. Shefton holds an honorary position at the Alfred Hospital as a clinical acupuncturist in the Emergency and Trauma Centre. As well as being a member of the Alfred Human Research Ethics Committee, Shefton is also a member of the ‘Reference Group to The Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria’.

Shefton has a strong interest in musculoskeletal pain relief, male and female fertility treatment.

Having been a student of Dr George Dellas (Chinese Medicine) at RMIT, Shefton joined the ‘In Focus team’ due to the high level of respect George had established, as a teacher and practitioner.