Dr. Ryan Bonney
Managing Director & Chiropractor
Dr. Ryan Bonney graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science in 2008, before completing his Masters of Chiropractic in 2010.
Following graduation, Ryan relocated to Scotland where he ran a clinic in Ayrshire for two years. It was there that he launched into further studies in both Clinical Neurorehabilitation and Strength & Conditioning coaching.
Upon his return to Adelaide, Ryan worked with a range of healthcare teams, as well as serving as director and manager of a fitness centre in 2014 to 2016. He completed his qualification in neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation in 2015, earning him the title of Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB). Ryan achieved further knowledge and skill enhancement in this field of practice through comprehensive training provided by Chiropractic Development International (CDI).
Ryan’s areas of clinical interest include chronic spinal pain, lower back injury and sciatica, neck and whiplash disorders, and strength and conditioning coaching. Ryan is an active member of the South Australian Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) and Sports Chiropractic Australia (SCA).
Dr. Joshua Hallett
Managing Director & Chiropractor
Dr. Joshua Hallett graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Health Science and Honours in Physiology (2007) prior to completing his Masters of Chiropractic at Macquarie University in 2010. Josh then went on to complete further training with Chiropractic Development International (CDI) in spinal diagnosis, migraine, dizziness and vertigo. In 2015, Joshua completed extensive training in neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation and qualified as a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB). Most recently Josh has become qualified in neuromuscular dry needling.
Josh brings with him a focus on understanding the neurology of balance and posture while integrating sensorineural control and proprioception into a treatment plan to unlock optimal function. Josh enjoys seeing patients who are simply keen to maintain their lifestyle goals or requires further help with chronic pain management.
Josh has a special interest in migraine headache, chronic lower back pain and intervertebral disc injuries.
Josh attended the 3 day Watson Headache® Institute, Level 1 Foundation Headache Course titled “The Role of C1-C3 Cervical Afferents in Primary Headache”. The course was held on 19-21 August 2016, in Sydney, Australia and presented by Dean H Watson, Australian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. For further information, go to: www.WatsonHeadache.com.
Accredited Practicing Dietitian
With a passion for supporting patients in maintaining a healthy relationship with food, while using effective and individualised strategies for managing various medical conditions, Connect Healthcare’s dietitian – Tasha Koerner-Bungey – will approach your health and wellness in a holistic manner to help you effectively reach your goals.
Tasha is qualified with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Science from the University of South Australia and a Master of Clinical Dietetics from Flinders University. Tasha has worked clinically as a dietitian at Flinders Medical Centre, managing a varied patient caseload, and is excited to be joining the collaborative allied health team at Connect Healthcare.
With an interest in chronic disease management, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis, gut and digestive health, IBS, general healthy eating, malnutrition, vegetarian/vegan diets, sports performance, mental health nutrition and more, whilst utilising a non-diet approach, Tasha has a range of experience to help improve your symptoms and overall health.
Tasha values the importance and benefits of listening and letting her patients be heard. With this value, she ensures that her assessment, management and strategies are patient-centred and practical to her patient’s situation and lifestyle.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Regular physical activity can have an astounding impact on health and wellbeing, yet the ability to lead an active life is complex. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), Chloe Blacket is equipped with the knowledge to design safe and individualised physical activity interventions to assist and empower you to reach your goals.
Chloe completed her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) degree from the University of South Australia in 2019. During her Honours studies, Chloe investigated the effects of repeated maximal exercise testing on sensations of breathlessness in people living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Clinically, Chloe also has private practice experience with assisting people living with a range of neurological and physical disabilities.
Chloe is passionate in providing evidence-based and client-centred interventions for people living with a range of acute and chronic medical conditions or injuries, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, neurological conditions and spinal cord injuries, cancer, osteoarthritis, diabetes, mental ill-health and many more – no matter what their starting capacity or goals.
Chloe will provide a zero-judgement environment with thorough assessment, prescription and reviews for her clients, to make them feel comfortable being physically active and confident in their own capabilities to achieve their goals.
With a strong belief in practicing what you preach, Chloe regularly runs over 80 km a week in preparation for marathon season, so understands the need for appropriate and effective programming.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Tom Gehling graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2017 and has been working in private practice ever since. Tom has professional experience utilising evidence-based research to inform his exercise assessment and prescription for chronic disease management, achieving health goals and optimal performance. His aim in practice is to provide a patient-centred approach to ensure individual success.
With special interests in rigorous exercise testing/assessment and cardiovascular, metabolic and respiratory physiology, he is very excited to work in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team at Connect Healthcare in 2020.
Looking to further his specialisation, Tom is currently also completing his Masters by Research within Exercise Physiology, specifically looking at the association between exercise and cardiovascular function in individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dr. Jessica O’Keefe
Dr Jessica O’Keefe graduated from the RMIT University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Clinical Chiropractic (Distinction) in 2015.
Since graduating in Melbourne, Jess relocated to Victor Harbor in 2016 to begin her chiropractic career. Jess takes pride in helping the body perform at its healthiest. This can involve using a variety of hands on treatment and movement techniques on people of all ages and abilities.
Whether you are a high performing athlete or someone wanting to just improve daily movement, Jess will implement a variety of modalities such as manual and low force spinal and extremity adjustments/mobilisations, soft tissue/fascial techniques, dry needling techniques or kinesiology taping.
Jess has experience on athletes trackside at Athletic State Championships and seaside at National Lifesaving Championships. She has undergone further studies in Paediatrics – family care and is a qualified Pilates Instructor (Matwork). Jess continues to build on her passions in the profession daily.
Outside the Clinic you will find Jess amongst nature on a running track/trail, socialising with friends over a home-made pizza or weekend getaways to discover the hidden delights of SA. She has just recently become a very proud Aunty.
After completing her first full Marathon in May she is currently training for her second triathlon.
Remedial Massage Therapist
With a passion for fitness and good health, Beau Reschke takes a holistic approach to remedial massage therapy utilising a range of techniques. He has a specific focus on deep tissue, sports and remedial massage, trigger point, musculoskeletal anatomy and exercise rehabilitation.
Qualified with a double Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy and a Certificate IV in Relaxation Therapy, Beau works with sports teams and individuals to maximise recovery, regeneration, rehabilitation and general wellbeing.
Beau is results focused and offers his clients best possible practice and skills in remedial massage therapy. Continuing studies with Counselling he is keen to evolve as a practitioner he works hard to find more, new and better ways to help his clients.
Beau chose to enter the wellness profession as he believes that health and wellbeing are the most important factors in life. He has a nurturing attitude and wishes to contribute to his clients’ wellness through massage practice.
Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
Roberto Damaskos is an experienced therapist, practicing since 2004.
Roberto combines the ancient knowledge of acupuncture with the healing touch of massage and breath work to relieve pain, heal and restore the body to the innate optimal state of well-being.
Roberto is passionate about assisting people through the challenges of anxiety, depression and grief during life’s transitions.
He is masterful in applying EFT to activate healing and recovery from trauma and stored emotions, tapping in conjunction with the acupuncture points.
Roberto also applies other modalities to treat his patients, including cupping and Chinese patterned remedies.
Some more about Roberto…in his time away from work, Roberto has a love for hiking, and playing the piano. He has been a musician for more than 20 years, and has published several ambient music albums. Roberto’s passion and main project away from his treatment room, is in the garden in his Adelaide hills abode, where he cultivates organic gardens and a small fruit orchard of beautiful natural produce, fruit and vegetables and herbs for wellbeing and natural home remedies.
Ben Mauro is a passionate physiotherapist with a love for all sports and the science behind how we move our body.
Ben graduated in 2010 from UniSA with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Human Movement and Health Studies. He then went on to work with the Adelaide Football Club as a trainer and with the fitness team. He then completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at Flinders University in 2013.
With his previous experience within the industry, Ben has adopted a mixture of hands on techniques with the foundations of strength and conditioning to develop a style of therapy best suited to help any client take the next step in the direction to better health.
Scott Leslie has been recognised as one of Adelaide’s top podiatrists, and he joins the Connect Healthcare team with over 20 years experience treating people with foot and ankle conditions. His areas of clinical interest include lower limb biomechanics, sports injuries and rehabilitation.
Scott qualified as a podiatrist at the Queensland University of Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry). He then began his career in Tasmania, where he worked in private practice and became a director of a clinic in Devonport. Whilst there, he was highly active with both the Tasmanian Podiatry Association and Australian Podiatry Association, and served as President of both boards during his time there.
Upon his move to Adelaide in 2009, Scott completed further knowledge and training in the fields of dry needling and foot mobilisation. He has consistently been involved in private practice and is delighted to bring his experience to the Connect Healthcare team. Scott has developed a passion for assisting people with short and long term injuries that impede their chosen activities.
At this time, Paula Bonney is not taking on new clients.
After a number of years working as a qualified classroom teacher, Paula Bonney embarked upon studies in theology and counselling to gain a counselling qualification and has provided a counselling service since 2000. Having completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Adelaide in 2008 and in 2012 received AHPRA endorsement to practice as a Clinical Psychologist, Paula now provides specialised assessment and treatment. She has worked as a psychologist and counsellor in a variety of settings including schools, community agencies, government Health, Child Protection and Education. Additionally, Paula has been approved by the Psychology Board of Australia to provide supervision to both Provisional Psychologists and Registrars within an Endorsement program.
In her psycho-therapeutic work, Paula has a particular interest in working with adults as they discover their own dignity and personal empowerment. Additionally, as a registered Circle of Security Parenting Educator, Paula delights in working with parents as they seek to develop the capacities that have been found to support a secure child-parent attachment relationship. She also has experience working in areas such as:
- grief and loss
- anxiety disorders (and phobias)
- relationship counselling
- life crises and transitions
- Medicare approved and eligible to provide ‘non-directive pregnancy support counselling’. For further details please see the Medicare website outlining this Medicare supported service: www.medicareaustralia.gov.au
Paula uses a person-centred approach in working with individuals and employs techniques from a number of psychotherapeutic methodologies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Psycho-drama, Family Therapy and Neuro-biological approaches to working with relationships and trauma. Consequently, an integrated psychotherapeutic approach is adopted through drawing upon a wide range of theoretical frameworks including Systems and Attachment theory. Additionally, a diploma in clinical hypnosis was attained in 2014 and may be offered as an adjunctive psychotherapeutic technique where applicable.
Paula is registered with Medicare as a specialist provider of Clinical Psychological services, so eligible clients receive the highest level of Medicare rebates available. Electronic payment and Medicare Easyclaim facilities are available.
Business Development Manager &
Yelena Hallett is the Business Development Manager and Pilates instructor at Connect Healthcare. Yelena has been with Connect Healthcare since its inception in 2018 and has worked alongside Josh and Ryan to help grow the clinic to what it is today! With diverse previous experience in both law and marketing, Yelena’s eclectic skill set has allowed her to become a behind-the-scenes management powerhouse for Connect Healthcare.
Yelena also qualified as a Pilates instructor with Polestar Pilates in 2016. Through a love of Pilates exercise, she started her Certificate IV to learn more about the Pilates method and fell in love with teaching – she loves nothing more than when her clients nail an exercise they’ve been working on for some time to perfect! Yelena teaches a number of Pilates classes a week at Connect Healthcare, ranging from matwork, reformer, to prenatal and mums & bubs!
In her spare time, Yelena enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh (despite the fact they spend everyday together at work!) and their corgi, Kobe. When she’s not at the clinic you’ll find Yelena at her local coffee shop, Hark, a McLaren Vale winery (her fave is Down The Rabbit Hole) or her family holiday home at Victor Harbor.
Lauren is one of our receptionists here at Connect Healthcare. Joining the team in 2021, she brings with her extensive experience in medical reception. Working for 13 years in Cardiology, Lauren knows how important seeing a friendly face behind the desk is and has a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ approach to customer service.
With over 25 years playing basketball and netball, Lauren appreciates the importance allied health care plays in keeping the body at the top of its game.
‘My name is Prisca and I am receptionist at Connect Healthcare and am currently studying Occupational Therapy. What drew me to a career in allied health in general was my love for human anatomy and a desire to help people (without all the blood and gore medicine or nursing brings). In OT, it is very client centred and our main aim is to help people do all the various daily things they want or need to and I find that so meaningful! In particular, finding creative ways of helping people go back to doing things they are passionate about, especially when they think they cannot, is something I am looking forward to. When I have a bit of free time, I like to hang out with friends and family, crochet, or go adventuring to find the best lookout to catch a sunset.’