About Our Team

Catherine Gollan


Catherine graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1973 with a BA in anthropology. She moved to London in 1975, and attended the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy (now The British College of Osteopathic Medicine) from 1980 to 1984. She subsequently had a practice in London for three years, working out of Neals Yard in Covent Garden as well as privately in North London.


Catherine returned to New Zealand late in 1987 and set up in private practice in central Wellington where she worked until her move to Kilbirnie in 2002.


Catherine has always been fascinated by the capacity of the body’s recuperative powers, and has trained in and uses the osteopathic techniques – both cranial and structural, which work most closely with this ability. She is very interested in helping people to make better health decisions, and seeks to enable this by providing good information about the choices people can make about their overall health and well-being.

Anya Schumacher

BSc(Hons), Ost DO

Anya graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in England in 2002, and moved to New Zealand five weeks later. 


Anya worked at the Twig Centre in Lower Hutt for two-and-a-half years before moving to Auckland. There, she lectured on osteopathic principles, and tutored the fourth year students in the teaching clinic of the Masters in Osteopathy course at Unitec from 2005 to 2008 before moving back to Wellington, and starting work at Kilbirnie Osteopaths.


Anya was a committee member for the Osteopathic Society of New Zealand for three years, and developed the Osteopathic Clinic Manuals which are now used nationwide. She was the peer group leader for Wellington from 2008 to 2012. 


Anya utilises all treatment modalities osteopathy has to offer – from manipulation through to cranial work. Anya enjoys treating all ages, with a special focus on cranial and biodynamic osteopathy.

Alana Stevenson
BAppSc(ClinSc), BOsteoSc

Alana completed her osteopathic training at RMIT University in Melbourne, graduating from the five-year double degree programme in applied (clinical) and osteopathic science in 2004. She arrived in Wellington shortly thereafter, and has lived and worked here ever since. 


Alana loves the variety that being an osteopath brings – and is experienced in working with all ages from newborn babies to the elderly, and treating all areas of the body. 


Alana utilises a range of techniques, from gentle manipulation through to biodynamic and cranial osteopathy. She tailors her approach to suit individual clients and their needs, with a focus on working with – not against – the body. Alana combines part-time work with being at home with her two daughters.

Gail Hanson

BAppSc, M Ost

Gail trained at the British School of Osteopathy, and completed her masters in New Zealand. She has 20 years' manual therapy experience, which began with training as a sports therapist in Australia. Since graduating as an osteopath, Gail has completed further studies in visceral, cranial, obstetric and paediatric osteopathy, with a special interest in visceral and pelvic disorders. She enjoys treating all ages, and utilising a variety of osteopathic techniques: soft tissue, muscle energy, cranial, and manipulation.

Originally from Wellington, Gail has worked in Rotorua, and Auckland – where she also tutored at Unitec, and Wellpark College of Natural Therapies.


Gail also has a postgraduate diploma in canine and equine osteopathy, so when she's not in clinic, she can be found in a paddock, treating her four-legged patients.

Rik Friend

BSc(Hons)Ost, PGDipEd

Rik graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London in 1999 and gained experience working in UK clinics before emigrating to New Zealand in 2006. He worked around the top of the South Island over the next 14 years, and moved to Wellington in 2021. 

Rik has always been fascinated by the body’s constant changes – from the cellular level up to the whole. Assisting this natural change to occur healthily can reduce symptoms and improve the balance and function of the whole body. 

Rik helps to resolve chronic and complex conditions and acute injuries and to rehabilitate long-term dysfunction, through education and advice, exercises and support. He works mainly as a structural osteopath, utilising techniques such as soft tissue and joint articulation and manipulation as well as more gentle approaches.
When not at work, Rik enjoys spending time with his dog, mountain biking, motorbiking, walking, and cooking.