meet the WELLNESS team

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MELANI DE SOUSA

Founder | Wellness Coach | Mental Health First Aid Officer

Having suffered with mental illness from a young age (Depression, Anxiety, OCD and Binge Eating Disorder), Melani founded and built The Wellness Workshop - a holistic wellness centre dedicated to helping improve the mental, physical and emotional health of Australians.

 

Melani's qualifications include a Level 3 Wellness Coaching accreditation from Wellness Coaches Australia, Mental Health First Aid Officer, Master Personal Trainer, Intuitive Eating Coach, and Bachelor's Degree in Business. She was also awarded the 2019 Personal Trainer of The Year Award from Fitness Australia, beating over 3000 national nominations.

 

Melani is the creator and master-mind behind our range of corporate wellbeing programs and workshops. She is an engaging presenter and passionate speaker who's delivered over 100 workshops to date. 

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Branavie Ranjithakumaran

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Intuitive Eating Coach

Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC)

Bran is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN). She fell into nutrition through an appreciation for science, however quickly became invested in helping clients foster a healthy relationship with food.

 

Bran is an advocate of the non-diet approach and Health At Every Size, and has undergone intuitive eating training through the London Centre for Intuitive Eating. She firmly believes that weight is not an indicator of health, and that food is so much more than nutrients.

Coming from a Sri Lankan background, she also has a large passion for incorporating cultural values and heritage into her practice. Bran also works as a child health researcher at the Murdoch Children's Institute and co-hosts the podcast The Pantry Party.

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alex chiu

Exercise Physiologist

Alex is an Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer with a Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science, Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology and Certificate 4 in Fitness. He is passionate about working with people of all ages, shapes and sizes to manage musculoskeletal pain, improve overall strength and mobility through resistance training and improve overall technique of compound movements.

He treats musculoskeletal, metabolic, cardiorespiratory & neurological diseases in predominantly 40-80 year old individuals with a focus on neck, back and shoulder pain, osteoporosis, diabetes and other lifestyle related disorders. He also has experience with Parkinson's, MS and COPD.

Alex facilitates our Movement for Life Workshop providing essential tips and strategies for moving better, lifting better and living better.

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amanda conway

Group Fitness Instructor

Pilates Teacher Personal Trainer

Amanda is a qualified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Pilates Teacher. She is passionate about teaching and advocating for movement at any age, shape or size.

Teaching at a number of commercial gyms and corporate offices throughout Melbourne, her modalities include Body Pump, Mat Pilates, HIIT, Bootcamps, Bodyweight, Cardio, Core, Low Impact, Strength and Stretch and Flexibility. She is warm, encouraging and personable, adopting a holistic approach to movement that considers mind, body and soul.

As a Mum of 3 children, Amanda understands the challenges a busy lifestyle can bring. She offers both virtual and face-to-face classes from 30-60 minutes that are suitable for all fitness levels and require no exercise equipment.

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EMMA ADNAMS

Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor

Emma is an experienced and talented Meditation and Mindfulness instructor, in addition to being a teacher in schools for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching, as well as being an Accredited Qigong Instructor and a member of Health & Fitness Australia.

 

Emma specialises in the ancient Chinese movement practice of qigong. A type of moving meditation. The practice combines breath, mindfulness and flowing postures to balance, harmonise and heal the body and mind. She draws on this ancient practice to design and facilitate meditation and mindfulness sessions to bring calm and awareness into our modern world.

 

Emma is available for face to face workshops in Melbourne and virtual workshops around Australia. She is also available for one-on-one sessions.

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carla morelli

Psychologist & Organisational Psychologist Registrar

Carla is an Organisational Psychology Registrar, holding a Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Organisational Psychologists.

 

Carla has a passion for providing a warm, empathetic, and collaborative approach to support clients in achieving their full potential and living a fulfilling and meaningful personal and professional life.

 

Her approach to therapy draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), relaxation and stress management techniques, change management, communication skills, and career and performance coaching to provide holistic treatment for individuals, teams, and organisations.

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breeanna janson

Occupational Therapist
Mindset & Confidence Coach
Meditation Facilitator

Bree is an Occupational Therapist who holds a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice and a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Bree is endorsed as a provider under the Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) care scheme. 

 

Bree’s experience spans across family services, mental health, behavioural change and health promotion. She provides various skills training in areas such as problem solving, anger and stress management, communication and social skills, sensory regulation and emotional regulation.

 

Bree utilises various evidence informed approaches including Person-Environment-Occupation, Model Of Human Occupation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behavioural interventions, Strengths-Based Therapy, Psychoeducation, Relaxation strategies and Motivational Interviewing. 

Elena Zhang APD

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Accredited Practising Dietitian

Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC)

Elena is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC) awarded by Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). She holds a Master of Public Health Nutrition and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. With a lived experience of Trauma and Postnatal Depression, Elena obtained further training in these fields and is now experienced in supporting people with mental health conditions, neurodiverse persons, as well as people living with Eating Disorders.


Elena is compassionate, gentle and caring. She utilises a Non-Diet, Weight-Inclusive approach that focuses on helping people improve their relationships with food, with their bodies and improving long term health. 

 

Having lived in a number of countries around the world, Elena has gained knowledge of many different cultures, languages and cuisines.

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paul majewski

Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor

Paul has more than 25 years' experience as a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher. He's designed and implemented mindfulness meditation programs for hundreds of workplaces and individuals.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Journalism. His kind, thoughtful and adaptable personality means you'll feel comfortable in his presence no matter what your age, gender, background or personality. He is the immediate past vice-president of the Meditation Association of Australia, the national peak body representing meditation teachers of over 500 members. 

Paul is available for face-to-face workshops in Melbourne and virtual workshops around Australia. He is also available for one-on-sessions.