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Dr Anikó Ball

FOUNDER OF OPTIMUM DENTAL POSTURE

B.D.Sc.(Melb), Clin.Dip.Hyp. 

Adv. Dip. Alexander Studies                                                              

Certified Alexander Teacher        

A graduate of Melbourne University, Anikó has practised in general dentistry, dental hypnosis, periodontics and dental sleep medicine.

She suffered frequent pain and discomfort in her neck, back and shoulder for over thirty years. Doctors and physical therapists offered short-term symptom relief without identifying her symptoms as work related.

Anikó was forced to contemplate early retirement as her condition worsened. She was considered a “hopeless case”, risky surgery and long-term anti-inflammatory medication seemed her only options. 

Fortunately she encountered the Inner Ergonomic Principles of the Alexander Technique. Once she learned about biomechanical design she recognized her harmful posture and movement habits, applied the Inner Ergonomic Principles in all activities, especially in the dental surgery, and got her life back. These days retirement is the furthest thing on her mind.

With the intention of contributing the Inner Ergonomic Principles of the Alexander Technique to the dental profession, Anikó gained an Advanced Diploma of the Alexander Studies after completing a 1600 hour training course at the Melbourne Alexander School. She is a Certified Alexander Teacher and a member of the Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.

Anikó founded Optimum Dental Posture to promote recovery and prevention of work related injuries in the dental profession.

She is currently working on a research project conducted at Melbourne University Dental School, "Improving oral health students' physical and mental wellbeing", to show the benefits of "Fundamental Inner Ergonomics" training. Anikó's vision is the inclusion of such a training program at the undergraduate level in all dental schools as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of occupational musculoskeletal disorders.

Anikó is also conducting research into the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry. To participate in the Pain & Discomfort Survey for Dental Professionals visit this page. 


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Karyn Chapman

FOUNDER OF THE BACK SCHOOL (BRISBANE)

Dip. Alexander Studies                                                              

Certified Alexander Teacher  

Certified Yoga Teacher

As a highly experienced teacher of the Alexander Technique and Yoga, Karyn is an expert in posture and movement. She is the senior assistant trainer in the Optimum Dental Posture programs and a valued Alexander Technique mentor for Dr Anikó Ball. Karyn is familiar with the dental work environment and the challenges faced by practitioners.

Trained in London, Karyn has been a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1985. She is a member of the UK and Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. Karyn is also a highly trained yoga teacher, having completed three training courses by 1985, she is a member of the International Yoga Association. Karyn pioneered the combination of Yoga and the Alexander Technique in Australia, and she is the co-author of the book  ‘Yoga and the Alexander Technique’.

Karyn has been teaching groups, individuals and on training courses around Australia and New Zealand; she has been helping people from all walks of life, including dentists to overcome chronic pain for over 30 years. She is also a designer of chairs and wedges for optimum seating and yoga.

Contact Karyn on (07) 3256 0155
The Back School
19 Ellen St,
Albion, QLD 4010
http://backschool.com.au/


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Anne Carroll

Adv. Dip. Alexander Studies

Certified Alexander Teacher  

Certified Yoga Teacher

Anne, a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, is an expert in Inner Ergonomics and she is familiar with the challenges faced in dentistry.

As a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Anne is highly trained in Inner Ergonomics. She is an assistant trainer in the Melbourne Optimum Dental Posture training programs. She is familiar with the dental work environment and the challenges faced by practitioners.

In 2011 Anne encountered the Alexander Technique after suffering chronic pain for years. This became a life-changing journey of learning and growth, which led her to a richer outlook on life. She gained an Advanced Diploma of the Alexander Studies at the Melbourne Alexander School. She is a nationally accredited Teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 2008.

Anne is passionate about the transformative impact of the Alexander Technique for posture, pain and wellbeing. With an emphasis on mindfulness, the Alexander Technique and functional anatomy, she teaches groups and individuals to find greater freedom of movement in everyday activities (including work and hobbies), understand conditioned thinking patterns and develop skills for life with all its richness and challenges.

Contact Anne on 0403 551 444 or unwindingpatterns@gmail.com http://unwindingpatterns.blogspot.com.au 


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Tara Gilbertson (Chapman)

Co-Founder ‘The Back School'

Dip. Alexander Studies

Certified Alexander Teacher

Certified Yoga Teacher

Tara is a highly experienced teacher of Yoga and the Alexander Technique, an expert in posture and movement. She assists in the Brisbane Optimum Dental Posture training programs.

Inspired by her mother, Tara qualified in Sydney and has been teaching Alexander and Yoga since 1997. She is a member of the Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and the International Yoga Teachers Association. She lives and teaches on the Gold Coast.

Contact Tara on 0418 477 959
http://backschool.com.au/index.html 


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Luke Evans

Founder Solution Training - Movement Correction

B.Phys.Ed., Certified Personal Trainer & Exercise Prescription 

Dip. Osteo. Manual Practitioner

Luke is a corrective personal trainer, manual osteopath and movement therapist. He focuses on movement and posture correction to eliminate pain in training and general life. 

Luke assists in the Melbourne Optimum Dental Posture Programs and offers follow up assistance at the South Pacific Health Club, St Kilda.

Contact Luke on 042462572
lukesevans@gmail.com