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!”

Vivian TamProfile pic

Position at Acacia Health

  • Acupuncturist
  • Doctor of Chinese Medicine
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture Specialist

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology)
  • Certificate of Internship, Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Nanjing, China.
  • Certificate in Advanced Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation

Experience

Vivian has accumulated over 8 years of clinical experience in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine after graduating from a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborated Double Bachelor degree in Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Human Biology. She went on to complete a clinical internship at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China, where she gained invaluable experience working with experienced and very knowledgeable doctors in the country that started it all.

Placing a strong emphasis on treating Musculoskeletal problems, Vivian is confident in treating acute and chronic pain with Acupuncture and strives to get her patients back doing what they love by getting them pain-free, and moving freely. Vivian has worked in the emergency department of the Northern Hospital to help provide pain relief to patients presenting with back pain, migraines, leg pain and shoulder pain. A recent trial conducted with the Hospital shows “Acupuncture is as effective as drugs in treating pain.”

Vivian also practices a very specialised field of acupuncture called Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and is Melbourne’s leading Cosmetic Acupuncturist. She places a strong emphasis on promoting good health and working with the body in order to achieve optimal results in external appearance. To learn more about this click here to read her website dedicated to Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Growing up with Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture and its learnings saw Vivian’s passion for natural and holistic health bloom at a very young age. Her father is a Chinese Medicine Doctor, “My dad once told me about how he got into it. He had a very severe leg infection when he was young and was told he required an amputation as it had infected bone and would continue to spread. His mother found a Chinese Medicine Doctor who treated him back to good health and saved his leg.” Vivian has been taking Chinese medicine and having acupuncture for as long as I can remember.” Vivian has always been passionate about natural medicine, good health and wellness, and prefers to treat ailments and rid pain without prescription drugs, so studying and learning this ancient practice of medicine was a very easy decision for her.

Combining her experience and knowledge in Western and Chinese Medicine along with her caring and sensitive approach to patients, she is confident in achieving real, long lasting results. She is a big believer in assisting her patients to manage their own health by educating them so they have the means to continue to stay well, happy and positive.

Because of her passion for Chinese Medicine, health and wellness, Vivian has been involved in many  workplace wellness programs and has conducted corporate wellness talks and one-on-one sessions with employees of very large companies in Australia.

If you’re looking to have someone help you with your unanswered questions about your health, or simply need to get rid of your pain, Vivian holds the key.

Passion

“I am passionate about bringing this tried-and-tested ancient medicine into the modern world and having people learn about what it can do! I love educating people and empowering people to make positive changes in their life through Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.”

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

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