About Us

Alf Russell - Osteopath

BSc (Hons) Ost

Osteopathy is a holistic non-invasive therapy which works well throughout all stages of life, from the newborn to the elderly.

Alf studied Osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy in central London, qualifying with a BSc (Hons) Ost. in 1998.

Early in 1999 he emigrated to New Zealand with his wife and two boys, settling and building his own practice in Nelson.

Alf treats all types of complaints, injuries and disorders. Alf uses a variety of techniques, all gentle work with little or no manipulations. He uses muscle energy techniques, visceral, functional and massage work as well as Biodynamic Craniosacral work. He will also use energy work or chakra work to compliment the osteopathic treatment to give the most effective form of treatment for clients who prefer this modality.

Posture and alignment of our bodies is very important and Alf spends time rectifying some of today’s problems with posture as this is critical to the effective functioning of all body systems.

Alf will refer to other health professionals like acupuncture, physiotherapy, pilates, yoga etc where necessary and will also refer people for x-rays and ultrasounds and onto GPs and Orthopaedic surgeons when required.

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Brian Collins - Osteopath

DO (Hons)

Brian brought his family to NZ in 2003. He had by now been practicing for 25 years in the UK after qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in London.

Brian sees his role as a practitioner: “to help the client remember how to feel well/complete again”. To that aim employs a variety of Osteopathic and other techniques which include Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy and Neuraltherapy. He has an interest in the psychosocial model and the importance of diet and lifestyle in resourcing the individual to assist in recovery.

Spending time with his children on his small lifestyle block, tramping, beekeeping and reading are some of his many interests.

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Liz Stroud - Osteopath

BSc (Hons) Ost

Liz Stroud Graduated in 2003 from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford with a BSc Degree in Osteopathy.

In 2006 she moved to Nelson and soon built a busy practice.

With a fascination for understanding the whole picture. Liz looks for the predisposing or maintaining factors that may be inhibiting form and function in the body of the individual.

Liz draws from and combines a wide range of gentle hands on Osteopathic tools from massage, mobilisation, balance ligament tension techniques to Cranial Osteopathy. This aims at optimising body mechanics and improving health with little or no joint manipulation. Choosing the right tool at the right time for the right person is what adds colour to her day and Liz enjoys treating all ages from new born to the elderly.

As a Pilates instructor Liz likes to prescribe the appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises to help educate and maintain a healthy body.

Liz is an Active mother of two gorgeous daughters and enjoys Pilates, tramping, running, MTB, multisport and adventure racing, art, crafts, building, renovating, gardening and is looking forward to meeting you.

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Jim Black - Osteopath

Jim qualified from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in 2002 and spent a year working in the UK before emigrating to New Zealand.

He worked in Auckland and Christchurch before moving to Nelson in 2008. He worked for 9 years at Osteopaths on Oxford in Richmond.

ESO graduates pride themselves on having trained in a wide range of osteopathic techniques, from manipulation and Muscle Energy (MET) through to Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT) and Cranial.

Whilst evidence based medicine (EBM) underpins Jim’s approach to treatment he still identifies himself as an alternative health professional and will explore fresh angles to your condition where necessary and always endeavour to use techniques best suited to you as an individual.

An avid cyclist all his life he is a firm believer in exercise being an integral part of good health and will use prescriptive exercises, give advice on training and can even sort your bike set-up.

Unfortunately nowadays Jim’s own exercise centres mainly on running around after his over-achieving sporting kids.

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Kelly MacNeill - Womens Health Osteopath

B.Ost (Hons), PGDip WHO

Kelly graduated from The College of Osteopaths, London, UK and built a thriving practice in the beautiful Chiltern Hills of Hertfordshire. Kelly is presently fulfilling a lifelong dream of living and working in Nelson.

Kelly has completed a further two years post graduate training at the prestigious Molinari Institute of Health in London specialising in Women’s Health in Osteopathy enabling her to treat gynaecological and obstetric patients within the scope of Osteopathy. A few common presentations seen in her clinic include painful/heavy/irregular periods, painful intercourse, secondary infertility, discomfort in pregnancy, prolapse, hormone imbalance and much more.

Kelly is confident in all modalities of Osteopathy and loves to treat the whole family, often seeing incredible results this way.

Biodynamic by nature, Kelly appreciates home grown food, a thriving, supportive community and outdoor adventures with her family and friends.

Further information on Womens Health in Osteopathy can be found on Kellys website.

Kelly MacNeill, Osteopath, Nelson

Andre Habib - Osteopath


Originally from the UK André graduated from Unitec New Zealand with a Master of Osteopathy degree. He holds a current annual practising certificate with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. André is also ACC registered.  He treats a wide range of patients of different ages from office workers, elite athletes, to builders and students and everything in between. 

Osteopathy isn’t just for backs and necks, it can help with headaches, digestive issues, bladder problems, menstrual cramps, joint injuries and with general health and well being.

André employs a comprehensive range of techniques to suit the individual with a special interest in visceral osteopathy which is working with the organs of the abdomen and pelvis. He tailors treatment in each session to suit the condition and the person on the day. Each patient is given the option of a tool kit of exercises and stretches tailored to their specific needs that can help one get back to optimal health and vitality quicker.

Andre Habib, Osteopath, Nelson

Bronwyn Coull - Osteopath


On Maternity Leave from Sept 2020

Through her own treatment and experience as a patient from a young age, Bronwyn’s curiosity was piqued into studying osteopathy.

With a firm belief in the principles of traditional osteopathy, and the amazing healing potential of the human body Bronwyn aims to assist and inspire you on your health journey to optimal wellness.

Since completing her Masters in osteopathy, Bronwyn continues to undertake further study and is an avid and passionate learner. She loves to treat a wide variety of patients from babies through to adults.

Bronwyn has done extensive further postgraduate studies in osteopathy in the cranial field as well as biodynamic osteopathy. She prefers to work in this way, however utilizes all osteopathic techniques by adhering to the osteopathic principles emphasizing the power of health within each and every body.

Bronwyn has completed her advanced diploma in yoga teaching as well as a certificate in yin yoga and meditation. She has a daily self-practice of meditation and yoga, as well as teaching weekly classes in Marlborough.

Coupled with her skills as an osteopath, Bronwyn aims to empower you with a deeper understanding of your own body mind and spirit.

Since graduating in 2012, Bronwyn has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and now New Zealand.


Marianne Vetterli - Massage Therapist/Sound Healer/Transformation Coach

Has been practicing for over 35 years as a Therapist starting in Switzerland her home country. After immigrating to NZ in 1996 she ran a private practice in Nelson for 10 years before retreating to the west coast for a 7 year period, where she also had therapy rooms in Hokitika.

With a Diploma in Massage Therapy, Healing Touch© Practitioner, EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technics©) and Energy Healing with animals she continues to educate herself in the field of the Body and Mind Connection with a high interest in Sound Healing and Quantum Physics. Marianne is now integrating her knowledge into bespoke sessions to suit clients needs.

“Having turned personal adversity into positive outcomes myself, it is a joy to assist and witness transformation and empowerment in others.”

Marianne offers Holistic Massage, Sound Healing, Trauma Release (EFT), Energy Balancing and Meditation in groups and private sessions. Marianne currently practices on Fridays at these rooms and bookings can be made with her directly 021 209 3921 or through the online services.


Hannah Milward - Massage & Mobility Therapist

Hannah Milward, is a Registered Nurse (RN) and has a background in exercise science, therapeutic sports massage, wellness coaching and corrective exercise.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Diploma in Exercise Science – through Massey University in Wellington. Hannah has Certificates in Osteofascial Release, Pain Management, Traditional Maori bodywork (Mirimiri), Sports Massage and Lomi Lomi. 

Hannah helps those who are navigating chronic conditions, stress, pain and injuries using massage/ bodywork, mobility and body awareness exercises.  The techniques I use today have been gathered by seeking real world experiences, and sharing knowledge with a huge range of practitioners specializing in different modalities. 

Learning from therapists using traditional healing techniques, bodywork techniques and wellness practices has been a huge part of my journey. These experiences and learning opportunities have built my ‘tool kit’ to ensure you never get a ‘cookie cutter’ one size fits all service.

I take a ‘whole person’ approach and in addition to the ‘physical’ work, help clients unravel emotional issues, discover their own innate strengths and hidden solutions to their problems. We do not FOCUS on your problems, but we do acknowledge them. 

We see why problems may have shown up. We seek to understand survival strategies and movement patterns that may no longer be serving you. We focus on what you want MORE of in life. My goal is that you leave the treatment with a sense of relief, freedom from pain and empowerment.

Find out more here.

Kim Pullan - Acupuncturist

I’ve been a practicing Acupuncturist since 2020 after completing a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture). After undergoing a career change following my own health issues.

My life experience includes raising 3 (now grown up) sons, alongside working in both early childhood education and elderly care. I have loved working in Acupuncture clinics, both in Wellington and in Nelson. Getting to know people and helping them on their healing journeys. From sore/damaged shoulders, knees, backs and other musculoskeletal issues to menopause, depression, anxiety, cancer recovery, just to name a few!

As part of my practice and philosophy, I strive to both educate and promote healing in my clients, empowering them to live more easeful and healthier lives.

 My approach is working with Acupuncture, Tuina (massage), Moxabustion and Cupping. Using both traditional Chinese and Japanese methods.

If you need a positive, and caring Acupuncturist, please don’t hesitate to reach out to find out how I can help you restore and revitalize yourself.