Belinda Kelly osteopathOsteopathy: what we do


Osteopathy is a manual therapy that focuses on assisting the body to restore functioning and movement.

Our osteopaths do this by using gentle soft tissue massage, stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation.

Osteopaths also use hands on techniques to influence different systems of the body such as digestion, respiration and the nervous system.


Your osteopath will begin your consultation with a thorough discussion about the complaint or problem you are presenting with.

An examination is conducted looking at how the affected region is moving, whilst also assessing related areas or structures.

Your osteopath will then discuss their diagnosis and treatment plan. This usually includes home exercise, ergonomic or rehabilitation advice

Treatment is then tailored to what we find with our examination. All treatments are individualised, based on your specific needs.


During and after treatment your osteopath will offer advice and exercises to enhance your recovery. Our osteopaths can give you guided programs to follow, and monitor your progress to restore your functioning and help you return to your best.

Who we are

Belinda Kelly

Belinda Kelly

Belinda completed her 5 year osteopathic training at Victoria University before commencing practice in Geelong, then moving on to Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne to experience osteopathy in many different settings. Settling back in Geelong Belinda realised there was a need for osteopathic services on the northern Bellarine, and established her practice within Drysdale Clinic in 2005.

Belinda enjoys treating patients with problems related to injuries or conditions, and has a special interest in women’s health, particularly treating women pre and post natal. Belinda has a keen interest in most sports, which was reflected in her masters study on injuries in elite women cricketers.

Belinda presented her study at the World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket in South Africa in 2003 during the cricket World Cup.

Belinda enjoys being able educate patients through treatment and lifestyle advice, so they can help themselves to maintain and improve their functioning.

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Dani Gillies

After completing her osteopathic studies at Victoria University, Dani commenced work in osteopathic clinics in both St Kilda and South Morang. In early 2008 Dani headed overseas, travelling and working throughout Europe for a year. Dani had been working in Melbourne before relocating and commencing work at Drysdale Osteopathy.

Dani is experienced at dealing with all types of aches and pains with a passion for pain management. Dani has also completed a post graduate course in osteopathic management of pregnancy and obstetrics, and is experienced in exercise prescription and rehabilitation, having taught Certificate III and IV in fitness. Dani has worked alongside elite level athletes including AFL football players and members of the Australian 2006 Commonwealth Games team, and she enjoys playing netball, running and cycling.

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Dr Laura Malady

Laura was drawn to osteopathy from her passion for understanding how the body works. After completing her studies at RMIT University she still enjoys the challenge of understanding how each patient’s body moves and functions. She applies osteopathic principles for assessment and treatment to help optimize the bodies function.

In her past student life Laura worked in casual office roles as well as spending a large volume of time studying. She is well aware of the struggles faced from working for extended periods of time including the various aches and pains it can cause. But also the challenge of trying to improve your health despite being stuck at the desk. She is well-equipped in providing suitable osteopathic treatment for these complaints along with individually-tailored advice; this may include simple tips on work station set up, advice on sit to stand desks, exercises to help alleviate pain or taping for education on proper posture.

Moving to the Bellarine Peninsula has fostered Laura’s love for the great outdoors. You’ll see her running on trails around the Surf Coast or pounding the pavement in Geelong by the river or waterfront. She loves the opportunity to share her passion for running and getting outdoors with patients giving advice on training and injury management. Her own experiences have provided an understanding of the various strains and niggles that commonly occur with these activities. Whether you’re looking to get from the couch to 5kms, complete a fun run, a half or full marathon, a multi-day hike or even a triathlon she’ll be happy to offer advice and encouragement to get you there!


Xavier Grech

OXavier’s body is far from ideal… He has experienced an amalgamation of injuries including a torn knee meniscus, tendon problems, shoulder impingements and recurring rib and joint sprains. From these injuries, he has gained a wealth of insight not only into a patient’s experience of these conditions, but the best ways to manage and treat them using osteopathy.

As an osteopath, Xavier utilises a wide range of treatment modalities which he tailors to your body type or personal preference. These include deep tissue massage, myofascial release, mobilisation, MET/PNF, counterstrain, manipulation/HVLA, dry needling, rigid and kineseo-tape.

He has also completed a bachelor in Psychology and has a strong interest in the association between the mind, body and spirit. Xavier frequently practices meditation, yoga, positive psychology. He has also dabbled in many sports including basketball, football, sprinting, distance/trail running, cycling, swimming, jiu jitsu, weights and bodyweight training, hiking and rock climbing.

Xavier approaches osteopathy in the way that he aims to be the stepping stone that patients need in finding empowerment for their own health and well-being.


Dr Meaghan Whelan

Prior to studying osteopathy, Meaghan worked as a myotherapist and also studied a double degree in Human Movement and Exercise Science/ Psychology.

Meaghan has worked with AFL teams, international track cyclists and water polo teams. She also works at the Western Bulldogs Football Club with the AFL, VFL and AFLW squads.

Meaghan enjoys treating athletes of all ages and abilities and helping people manage chronic injuries and conditions.