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ABOUT OUR TEAM

Kilbirnie Osteopaths was established in 2002 by Catherine Gollan. Having joined the Kilbirnie Osteopaths team in 2010, Alana Stevenson now leads an experienced team of practitioners. Alana, Gail, Rik and Jane continue to provide the high-quality osteopathic care for Wellingtonians that Kilbirnie Osteopaths has become known for.


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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, working in central Wellington before joining Kilbirnie Osteopaths in 2010.

 

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.

 

Alongside her clinical practice, from 2013 Alana spent five years on the executive board of Osteopaths New Zealand. She has also been involved in organising several national and international conferences. She has been the sole director of Kilbirnie Osteopaths since October 2021. Alana combines her work with family life, spending time with her husband and two daughters, enjoying Wellington's eastern suburbs.

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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.

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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.