Dr Rosalba Courtney

Wed 12pm – 6pm

For appointments call Lotus Health on 02 9953 5153

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Dr Rosalba Courtney ND, DO, PhD

Dr. Rosalba Courtney is a highly experienced Osteopath, Naturopath and Breathing Therapist with over 35 years experience as a practitioner, teacher, author and researcher.

As well as her many years of practical experience in breathing dysfunction and breathing therapy, Rosalba as a PhD from RMIT University on the ‘Assessment and Clinical Relevance of Breathing Dysfunction’ and has published many scientific papers and book chapters on this subject.

Her life’s work and passion is helping people get out of pain, reduce stress and get healthy and happy – and constantly learning about the most effective ways to do this. Her clinical approach to healing adults and children is integrative and she often combines several of the modalities she is trained in when treating her patients.

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Rosalba’s extensive clinical and research experience allows her to combine current developments in scientific evidence based practice with tried and tested clinical strategies for the benefit of her patients. She is committed to empowering her patients to gain skills and knowledge to help themselves while also providing skillful hands-on Osteopathic treatment.

Dr. Courtney specializes in the treatment of:

  • Head, neck and TMJ pain
  • Pain and muscular skeletal disorders connected with postural and breathing dysfunction
  • Chronic respiratory disorders such as Asthma, COPD and Chronic Bronchitis
  • Sleep breathing disorders including snoring, upper airways resistance syndrome and sleep apnea.
  • Dysfunctional breathing e.g. unexplained breathlessness and respiratory discomfort, breathing pattern disorders and  hyperventilation,
  • Stress related breathing disorders.
  • Mouth breathing, snoring and sleep disordered breathing in children.
  • Athletes with dysfunctional breathing.

Integrative Breathing Therapy (IBT) Programs

Healthy Breathing, Healthy Child

Breathing, relaxation, posture and muscle function retraining for children using fun exercises, music, mindfulness, movement and play.

Better Breathing, Better Health

Breathing exercises, movement and mind-body techniques to retrain the neuroplasticity of breathing to improve breathing function.

More info about Dr Courtney’s services and breathing programs: www.rosalbacourtney.com

Tues 8am – 6pm
Thurs 8am – 6pm

For appointments call Lotus Health on 02 9953 5153

Kate Kessel Dip Nat, RN

Kate Kessel is a Naturopath and a Registered Nurse holding Diplomas in Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition.

Kate has worked in the field of dentistry and healing for over 20 years. She is interested in the relationship between oral health and general health, and is working alongside our dental team to optimise whole-body health and wellness in our patients.

Kate uses her training in Naturopathy and Nursing, together with a Computerised Electro-Dermal Screening (CEDS) system called ORION, to help identify the underlying causes of health disturbances. With this information, she is then better able to design an individualised nutritional program using herbs, vitamins, homeopathics and dietary and lifestyle advice.

She is also a strong supporter of the therapeutic benefits of Intravenous (IV) Vitamins, and using skills gained through her years of nursing experience, dispenses IV vitamins for scripts provided by a medical practitioner.

+ About the Orion CEDS device and its application in dentistry

The ORION CEDS device measures subtle changes within the electrical meridian pathways of the body. This device is derived from a method of kinesiology used in the 1950s in Germany by a well recognised and regarded practitioner Dr Voll. It was then later computerised by the Americans in the 1980s and is currently in use by health professionals all over the world. Kate has received advanced specialised training in this measuring device and has been using it since 1998 to discover the deeper origins of health disturbances.


Disturbances of teeth, gums and surrounding jawbone and sinus can be a direct demonstration of the quality of overall body health. By using the ORION, measuring electrical channels along meridians, health problems can be analysed and the underlying cause exposed.  

For example, every tooth correlates to different organs and tissues within the body.

  • The canine tooth was found to be along the meridians affecting the eye, liver and gallbladder and reproductive organs and knees.
  • An abscess or inflamed nerve in one of the front teeth may affect the ovary or uterus, kidneys or knees. It may in fact be the underlying cause of a problem in these areas.

As problems in the organs can affect the teeth so can problems in the teeth affect the organs. When dental work is done on specific teeth, the underlying organ may need to be supported.

For example:
Musculo-skeletal imbalance can originate in the mouth. Temperomandibular joint is the jawbone connection that opens and closes the mouth. Any disturbance to this joint can lead to extra pressure placed on teeth when we chew, leading to nerve pain, oversensitivity and sometimes accelerates deterioration of tooth structure. It can extend on to create structural disturbances along the spine and associated joints. ORION can help identify this as a cause of health problems.

Biocompatibility testing of dental materials

Today there are many different types of dental materials available for use, and no one material will suit everybody. Because each of us possesses a unique biochemistry, these substances affect each of us differently and in varying degrees. Biocompatibility testing increases confidence in the outcome before dental procedures take place.

Naturopathic tests

  • Individual tooth check will identify whether disturbances in your teeth are affecting your health.
  • Body organ assessment will identify which part of your body is carrying stress.
  • Heavy metal, chemical or pesticide levels will identify toxin levels.
  • Skeletal alignment and imbalances identifying whether the TMJ (jaw joint) is a priority.
  • Vitamin, mineral, amino acid and hormone levels identifying levels and absorption of nutrients.
  • Food and environmental assessment identifying food intolerances and sensitivities.
  • Dental, viral, fungal and parasitic infections can be causing stresses to your health.

ORION can be used to screen for heavy metals, including mercury, and identify where in the body organs it is being stored. It can also assess biocompatibility of all dental filling materials, including anaesthetics, prior to placement, to ensure only the ones compatible to your body are being used.

ORION can also be used before and after the removal of amalgam. This assists in monitoring Mercury levels as they decline following amalgam removal and detoxification. Mercury leaches into all parts of the body from the mouth. Studies have shown that the amount of mercury in the brain directly correlates to the amount of amalgam found in the mouth. Personalised detoxification protocols can be a treatment choice aimed at clearing the body of heavy metals, pathogenic bacteria from damaged teeth, chemicals, parasites, virus and fungus which can all be stored in the body, originating from the oral cavity and existing within the whole body.