About Us

If you’re looking for the best Melbourne Pilates studio, Chiropractor and Low Carb High Fat Dietitians, we have what you’re looking for.

Pilates at Acacia Health is the perfect blend of the Pilates method developed by Joseph Pilates intertwined with modern up-to-date sports science.Our Pilates is challenging yet achievable and we keep it light hearted and fun.

All Chiropractic appointments are 30-minutes allowing for thorough assessment, discussion and treatment. At Acacia Health we celebrate our unique treatment model, which takes into account all aspects of postural health. Treatments incorporate traditional chiropractic adjustments and manipulations as well as addressing your soft tissue structures through massage therapy techniques. With access to a strong professional referral network you can be rest assured that you will have each and every one of your needs met on an individulised basis.

Our ‘Low Carb High Fat’ Dietitians promote real food that is tasty and satisfying and will show you exactly what you need to do to transform your health, accelerate your weight loss and live a happier, healthier, more energetic life.

Our small Group PT sessions are designed to get you maximum results with minimal time commitment. Join in the fun and learn about the type and style of exercise that will help you get leaner, fitter and stronger quickly and effectively.

Our community at Acacia Health has been built over many years on a foundation of passion and professionalism. We offer a supportive, friendly and personal environment that is refreshingly nurturing and relaxing.

We specialise in assisting you to live a healthier, more energetic, happier life by teaching you to integrate healthy living into your busy schedule.

Come in and see why staff at Acacia Health are recognized as leaders in their field.

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Meet the Team

Joe Kuriel

Position at Acacia HealthJoe Kuriel

  • Founder and Director
  • Chiropractor and Massage therapist
  • Pilates Instructor

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor in Clinical Science (Chiropractic)
  • Certificate in Sports Massage
  • Certificate 4 Personal Training
  • Certified Trainer – Kinesiology tape

Experience

With 20 years experience working his passion in the health and fitness industry, Joe has a wealth of knowledge and first hand experience.

Joe’s journey towards a lifetime of vitality began at the age of 14 when his father suggested (or most likely, urged) Joe to join him at the gym every weekday morning before school. At the time, Joe was 15 kilograms overweight. Despite being fairly active in team sports and athletics, Joe’s weight had steadily crept up to the point where it was having a toll on him physically (not being as fast and agile as his peers when playing sports) and emotionally (being constantly teased and feeling insecure about his physique).

After a little gentle coercion and encouragement, Joe and his father began a daily ritual that at the time seemed no more than an arduous chore to lose a few kilograms.

Fast forward 22 years, and the benefits gained, lessons learned and impact on the next generation are crystal clear.

As a direct result of taking those first steps, Joe’s interest in anatomy and movement were sparked. At the age of 16, Joe completed a fitness instructor course (and then subsequently courses in personal training, indoor cycling and pilates) and was given the opportunity to work his passion at his local gym. Being faced with Sports related injuries was the next light bulb moment which gave Joe the push towards a career in manual therapy (massage, chiro, reflexology) to provide the required treatment, adequate referral and lifetime management plan to give clients the ability to live pain free and perform at their best.

Continuing professional development is integral to maintaining best practice and outcomes for clients. Joe has attended numerous ongoing education courses, workshops and seminars.

More recently Joe was offered the role of National Clinical Educator for Spidertech Kinesiology Tape. Over the past 2½ years Joe has run seminars, workshops and presentations to thousands of manual therapists, practitioners and medical doctors in the theories, principles and practical application of Kinesiology Tape.

Joe is regarded by his clients as a health, fitness and lifestyle educator, trainer and motivator. His passion for this has expanded to the corporate world, being sought after to conduct motivational presentations in workplace wellness, posture, ergonomics, work-life balance and manual handling compliance.

Living life by the saying, “If you want to be in front, act as though you are behind,” Joe practices what he preaches, inspiring and encouraging everyone that he meets to make the choice to live an active, health life.

Passion

“Teaching people to live a pain-free, healthier and fitter life that undoubtedly leads to being a whole lot happier”

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Vicky KurielVicky Kuriel

Position at Acacia Health

  • Founder and Managing Director
  • ‘Low carb High Fat’ Dietitian
  • Pilates Instructor

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Graduate certificate in Sports Nutrition
  • Level 4 Pilates Instructor

Experience

Vicky’s qualifications and experience cross the spectrum in the health, nutrition and fitness industry. She has 16 years experience in the industry, consulting, presenting, lecturing, training, instructing and writing. First and foremost she is an educator. With a unique ability to impart complex scientific jargon and information so that it is easily understood, practical and realistic to apply.

Vicky is seen as one of the pioneers of Pilates in Australia. She began instructing some 12 years ago, initially for the Victorian Police Force before joining forces with her husband, Joe and opening their own studio/clinic, Acacia Health.

Always abreast of new research and developments in the area of fitness, sport and nutrition, Vicky recently completed training in TRX suspension training and qualified as a kettle bell instructor. With subscriptions to various nutrition and dietetic special interest and research groups, she is always up-to-date with the latest and greatest in the industry.

Vicky has a personal and professional interest in endurance sports. Having completed many endurance events herself she can relate to the determination and self-motivation required to simply get to the starting line. Her knowledge and experience in the area of Sports Nutrition can ensure that should you be undertaking an endurance event you are optimally fueled and suitably prepared to perform at your best.

Vicky has been contributing articles to various magazines and publications for many years – including Australian Triathlete magazine; Healthy and Heartwise; Johnson and Johnson corporate publication and the Victorian Road Runners, to name but a few.

If you are looking for long-term results with a realistic, practical approach to cementing optimal fitness and nutrition habits for a life-time then Vicky has what you’re looking for.

Passion

“Practicing what I preach; I’m passionate about pretty much anything that challenges me physically as well as staying abreast of new and exciting developments in the health, nutrition and fitness industry”

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Rebecca MitchemRebecca Mitchem

Position at Acacia Health

  • Pilates Instructor

Qualifications

  • Level 1 Pilates Instructor
  • Certificate III and IV in Personal Training

Experience

Bec has been working as a Pilates Instructor at Acacia Health for 7 years. Her casual, down-to-earth nature and genuine care for her clients has earned her a rich following. Bec’s journey within health and fitness began after she injured her back at work and was referred to Acacia Health for rehabilitation, including both chiropractic treatment and then pilates. Her strength of will and determination saw her recovering and then quickly excelling in the area of Pilates. With a little encouragement from Joe and Vicky she was very soon gaining qualifications in Pilates and has been instructing and motivating clients within Acacia Health ever since!

With four kids, 2 beautiful teenage girls and 2 gorgeous, little energetic boys (not yet school age), Bec knows very well the challenges of balancing family life, work commitments and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Passion

“I love to see people feel good about themselves; to see an increase in confidence and a new found respect for themselves and their bodies. As an instructor at Acacia Health I want clients to leave feeling inspired, encouraged and motivated to be and feel their best”

Andrew FirthAndrew

Position at Acacia Health

  • Pilates Instructor

Qualifications

  • Diploma of professional Pilates Instruction
  • Accredited Dancesport Coach
  • Certificate of Advanced Pranic Healing and Pranic Psychotherapy

Experience

With a sporting history of athletics, basketball and tennis, Andrew now dedicates himself to Dancesport and Pilates, and for this reason his focus as a teacher is on movement mechanics and body development

Passion

“I am passionate about the body and its intrinsic connection to the mind. I love discovering new ways to develop our abilities and I believe that with a disciplined mind the body can do anything you want it to – with a little perseverance along the way!”

Margaret MielczarekHeadshot

Position at Acacia Health

  • ‘Low carb High Fat Dietitian

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Science)
  • Sports Nutrition Course (Australian Institute of Sport)
  • Level 1 ISAK Anthropometry Course (Exercise Research Australia)
  • Certificate of Health Coaching (Health Coaching Australia)

Experience

Margaret’s goal as a dietitian is to teach clients how to fuel their bodies to achieve health and wellness, both now and in to the future, and to maximise athletic performance.

Being an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian, Marg has a big passion for achieving health through nourishing wholefoods, and is committed to helping clients achieve their short and long term health and nutrition goals. Specialising in sports nutrition for peak athletic performance, particularly in endurance events, she is passionate about helping athletes maximise their full potential and achieving their goals.

Among her passions, Margaret is a writer and researcher on nutrition, dietetics and fitness and training. She writes for a number of publications including ‘witsup’ – an online portal for woman in triathlon, the ’2XU’ athlete2.0 online portal and Australian Triathlete magazine, PINK edition. She convened the Dietitians Assocation of Australia (DAA) Cardiology Interest Group in 2009 and she has been involved in writing Best Practice Guidelines for the Dietary Management of Heart Disease. Margaret is also part of various working parties and committees at Sports Dietitians Australia.

An avid athlete herself, Margaret regularly participates in marathons and triathlons across Australia. In the last three years, Margaret has trained her way from fun runs to Olympic distance triathlons, Long course triathlons to participating and completing her second Ironman in 2014 (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run), achieving a personal best time. Next stop, Kona, Hawaii – for the Ironman triathlon World Championships!

Passion

Triathlon! “Triathlon makes me happy! It’s a great lifestyle. It keeps me active and healthy and pushes me to achieve more than I could ever imagine. I love the atmosphere, the people I get to train with. I love everything about the sport”

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Acacia Health, 433 Waverley Road, Malvern East VIC 3145 • Phone: 03 9571 5710 • Email Us

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