PRACTITIONERS AT IN FOCUS
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Practitioners at In Focus
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
Fellow ANTA: Member AAV; NHAA; AAMT; AHPA, UFTA
Registered with AHPRA (Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine)
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:
- Western Herbal Medicine
- Nutritional supplementation
- Bach Flowers
- Sports Nutrition
- Dietary Advice
- Mood Appraisal Questionnaire
Dr Visakha Lee (Chinese Medicine)
Bachelor of Pharmacy, M.App.Sci.(Chinese Herbal Medicine), M.App.Sci. with Distinction (Acupuncture)
Registered with AHPRA in Chinese Medicine. Member of FCMA
Visakha operates her business, Sukhalaya, from within In Focus healing and wellness clinic. Visakha is a practicing, qualified pharmacist and Chinese medicine practitioner. She has a strong interest in both Western and Eastern medicine. Not only does this give her a wider understanding of a larger variety of treatments, but also choice and flexibility in her treatment plans.
With a strong background in pharmacy, (including previously running her own pharmacy for more than 10 years), Visakha has an advantage when treating patients who are on medication, have medical concerns or are currently undergoing other treatments. Thus, while her primary aim is to restore balance in the body using Chinese medicine theory, she can however, incorporate both treatment styles to create a balanced treatment plan.
In addition, Visakha has a background in clinical aromatherapy and a diploma in beauty therapy.
For Visakha, patients always come first, however, teamwork between the consultant and patient is another key principle to achieving the most effective treatment. While her aim is to make sure patients leave feeling good and relaxed, she also however, strives to have them leave each appointment educated in their treatment plan.
Each of Visakha’s consultations are focused on collaboration between the consultant’s expertise and the patient’s feedback and observation of themselves. Creating this two way exchange ensures patients are more compliant and understanding of the direction of their treatments. In addition, another goal of Visakha’s consultations is to encourage patients to show interest in their own treatment.
Doing so ensures long term success, as it promotes a deeper appreciation for Chinese medicine theory and treatment within the patient, and also educates them on additional tools they can use at-home to enhance their own treatment between appointments.
Dr Shefton Parker (Chinese Medicine)
B.App.Sci. (Chinese Medicine), B.App.Sci. (Human Biology)
Member of AACMA, ATMS
Registered with AHPRA as a Chinese Medicine Herbalist and Acupuncturist
Shefton operates his Chinese medicine clinic from within In Focus healing and wellness clinic. 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.