Our Team / Practitioners

Petros Vournelis
Practitioner

B.Sc.,(1995) M.Chiro(1997) dip. Health Science (1992), Post graduate training in Acupuncture and Rehabilitation.

Petros has over 23 years’ experience as a practitioner having completed a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Chiropractic, an associate diploma in health science (massage) and postgraduate training in muscular skeletal system acupuncture and ongoing core and rehabilitation training from the Prague School of Rehabilitation.

His post graduate training has him focusing on postural, structural and movement pattern assessment and I the significance of poor patterns in the manifestation of and treatment of pain.

Petros is a registered chiropractor and osteopath and his diversity in training allows him to integrate various techniques when treating his patients. He also has a strong rehab aspect in his clinic which has him prescribing exercises to prolong the effects of his treatment. He believes that rehabilitation and exercise should follow the return of normal movement patterns and not before.

He has completed various rehabilitation courses taught by internationally renowned Scott Fonda and Craig Liebenson.

Petros has also had teaching roles with Pilates International in Anatomy and Physiology and was on the advisory board for Pilates VTAB accreditation in NSW. He has also been involved at the TAFE level teaching anatomy at Loftus TAFE and also in the Chiropractic program at Macquarie University tutoring in spinal and peripheral skills and anatomy.

Petros is also a very keen diver and has achieved Master Diver status. He stays fit by playing football, running and swimming and other interests include music and reading.

Marco Ferrari
Practitioner

Marco joined the team at Sydney Osteopathy and Chiropractic Centre in 2014. He brings with him an integrative and holistic method of treatment, with over a decade of experience working with professional athletes from a variety of disciplines such as soccer (A.C Milan), rugby union (Italian National Team), skiing and snowboarding, sprinters and classical dancers (Milan, Teatro alla Scala). His passion for sport and human physiology drove him to study a multitude of degrees some of which are:

  • Bachelor degree in health profession of Rehabilitation (Class 2) – 2005
  • Course of specialization in sport rehabilitation – 2011
  • Diploma in osteopathy – 2012
  • Diploma in remedial massage therapy -2015
  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness – 2015
  • Advance Dry Needling Certificate – 2017

Through his combination of manual treatment, dry needling and postural/kinetic control exercises Marco enhances the effectiveness of the osteopathic method allowing for a more comprehensive and integrative treatment path for patients.

In his spare time Marco enjoys surfing, rock climbing and scuba diving. He also takes pleasure in road biking and has completed two ‘Maratona des Dolomites’.

Dr Naras Lapsys
Accredited Practising Dietitian

After finishing 2 university degrees and a PhD in Medicine, Dr Naras Lapsys began his career as a scientist in a leading medical institute, searching for the genes of obesity and diabetes. After nearly 10 years of research he came to the conclusion that the ‘quick fix’ pill was still a long way off and that nutrition and lifestyle would always hold the key to better health. With that in mind he went back to university, completed a Masters degree in Nutrition and became an Accredited Practising Dietitian. By combining all his years of knowledge and a genuine passion for good health, Dr Naras Lapsys founded The Body Doctor.

Naras is a consultant dietitian to various sporting groups, has helped to create many corporate health programs and has established the first Body Doctor practice for one-on-one consultations in Sydney’s Bondi Junction.

He is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia, DAA and Sports Dietitians Australia, SDA. Naras also plays a role in the External Advisory Committee for the Wollongong University Dietetic Program and the Obesity Management GP Education Advisory Group for iNova Pharmaceuticals. Naras is also on the Expert Advisory Panel for childhood nutrition, with the trusted parenting resource, Babycenter.

Naras has addressed national and international audiences, has been published in leading medical and scientific journals and is frequently quoted in the media.

Michael Trowbridge
Practitioner

Michael Trowbridge joined the practice in 2018 and brings his wealth of experience of over 32 years as a chiropractor with him. He is originally from California, USA and he completed a Bachelor of Science (Biology), Doctor of Chiropractic and post-doctoral studies as a Certified Industrial Consultant in the USA. He has completed numerous other certifications both in the USA and Australia under continuing education.

Anna Friedman
Practitioner

Anna has joined the team at the Sydney Osteopathy and Chiropractic Centre as our Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist and Herbalist. She is also a qualified Yoga teacher and Reiki teacher and comes from a background in education.

Anna fuses together her interest and knowledge of complementary therapies with yogic philosophy to bring about the best health outcomes for her clients.

She works with a wide range of health conditions, both acute and chronic. Her primary focus is to support the body’s natural ability to heal and to improve quality of life.

Anna has been educating the public in health and wellbeing for over 10 years, having taught a number of courses in Reiki and currently teaching weekly Yoga classes.

With a strong focus on a wholistic approach she looks at all the possible factors that may be contributing to your condition and tailors a treatment program specific to each clients individual needs.

Anna is a member of ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society), the Yoga Association of Australia and the Australian Reiki Connection.

The initial consultation is 1.5 hours and follow-up consultations are 45 minutes.