Our Team

Allied Health

Cressida Jones

Occupational Therapist

Cressida Jones was awarded the Bachelor of Health Science (Major in Psychology) at the University of Adelaide in 2008 and completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia in 2012.
She has broad experience working in a range of settings including children, aged care, disability, mental health and neurological rehabilitation. Cressida is passionate about working with people to clarify their needs and wants and identify the barriers preventing them from achieving their goals. Cressida works collaboratively with her clients and empowers them to become independent in the areas of most importance and meaning to them. She is a strong advocate for clients to access the services they deserve.
Outside of her occupational therapy work, Cressida is a busy mum to 4 young children.

Uduma Idika Uduma

Counsellor

Uduma Idika Uduma was awarded a Diploma in Sociology and a Degree in Social Work in 2008. In 2010 Uduma graduated from Flinders University with a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science. He has over 12 years experience in practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Behavioral Therapy (BT) Graded Exposure and Behavioral Activation Therapy. He has numerous years experience in working with men to develop effective strategies in managing Domestic Violence related issues and creating a safer and happy home for families.

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Uduma has supported clients to develop strategies to manage different range of issues such as:

  • Co-Morbid mental health and substance abuse disorder
  • Different anxiety disorders
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Domestic violence issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anger issues
  • Problem solving
  • Addictions
  • Suicidal issues
  • Adjustment issues
  • Lacking focus in life

Uduma is an Olympian, and a public speaker and he has helped clients live a meaningful life by motivating them to develop passion for life and problem solve different life challenges.  He is competent in creating a safe environment for clients to explore their vulnerabilities and develop strong willpower and resilience to overcome issues. Uduma is there with you in your journey to discover your purpose and provide support to discover strength within you.

Voluntary Services:

Uduma is the CEO of Uduma Charity Organization who partnered with EQUALS Foundation to build a free vocational school for over 150 less privileged children in Africa.

Uduma provides free coaching to young athletes and helps them to develop athletic potential and teaches them life principles and disciplines.

Uduma is an active member of South Australian African Health Advisory Committee, who are committed in creating HIV awareness and supporting people living with HIV.

Integrative Health

Dr. Shweta

Ayurveda Doctor

Dr. (Vaidya) Shweta Rao is a qualified Ayurveda Practitioner from India, with more than 8 years experience consulting in the field of Ayurveda. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic medicine and surgery from one of the renowned colleges in Mumbai (India). She is also a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Vidya Dhaam Nasik (India).

She believes that a proper blend of Ayurveda lifestyle, diet and yoga is essential for a healthy body, mind and soul and for establishing harmony amongst them. Dr. Shweta, also believes that one cannot control the extrinsic factors which affect our health but one can always make the intrinsic system strong enough with the help of Ayurveda.

Her interests include management of chronic health ailments, issues related to women’s health, children’s health and lifestyle disorders which can all be managed with Ayurveda and Yoga.

Ayurveda Doctor

Dr. Rajneesh Kour

Ayurveda Doctor

Dr. Rajneesh Kour is an Ayurveda Doctor who completed her studies (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) from Jammu University, Jammu & Kashmir, India. She is currently registered with the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA) and has also undergone extensive panchakarma training from a Government Ayurvedic Hospital, where she practised Ayurveda during her internship.

With a background in Panchakarma Detox, Dr. Rajneesh is passionate about disease prevention and natural healing in our often highly stressful world and believes that Ayurveda can help us to maintain great health, without any side effects. She encourages her patients to ask themselves how they can stay healthy and shift the focus away from outside stresses and onto their own well-being. She also teaches them an Ayurvedic diet and how to heal using Ayurvedic herbal medicine.

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Dr. Rajneesh has expertise in the following conditions and has seen impressive results with an Ayurvedic range of therapeutic treatments:

  • Detox
  • Skin diseases (e.g. Eczema, dermatitis, skin allergies)
  • Pains & Aches (e.g. general body pains, arthritis, gout]
  • Digestive disorders (chronic constipation, Crohn’s disease, IBS, Diarrhoea)
  • Intestinal Worms
  • Mental health (Depression, anxiety, stress)
  • Weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Women’s health
  • Diet plans
  • Menopause
  • Respiratory diseases

She believes in healing the body through herbs, treatments, lifestyle changes and diet modification and also believes that Ayurveda is an holistic approach towards health. So, to treat any condition, it’s important to treat the body, mind, as well as the soul.

Meredith Russell

Ayurveda Practitioner

Meredith Russell is a registered Ayurveda Practitioner, graduating from Equals International with a Cert. IV in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation and Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda. She is also a registered Yoga Teacher with a Diploma of Yoga Teaching Y.T.I.S.A. and Yoga Teaching certification from Adelaide Ashtanga Yoga Shala, with over 30 years of experience as a yoga practitioner incorporating healthy lifestyle advice to restore health and wellbeing. Meredith’s academic background is in Creative Arts and Community Education, and she passionately combines the richness of these experiences in her consultations. 

Meredith believes in a holistic, nurturing approach to healing by nourishing every aspect of the whole self, including diet, lifestyle, nutrition, yoga, meditation, visualisation and creativity to suit individual needs. Ayurveda allows people to be personally responsible for their health and wellbeing, opening the door to wellness, creativity and balanced lifestyle by using a full range of healing modalities in one complete, integrated system. This involves an individual health assessment and advice, education and guidance on nutrition and lifestyle. In this way Ayurveda can be life changing and transformative and has a lasting effect on body, mind and spirit, allowing each individual to live to their full potential.

Remedial Massage Therapist & Ayurveda Therapist

Gabriela Carvalho

Remedial Massage Therapist & Ayurveda Therapist

The idea of becoming a Remedial Massage Therapist started taking shape back in 2015 when Gabriela was studying to become a Yoga instructor. During the training she was introduced to the philosophy of Ayurveda, and the knowledge she’s developed with that course inspired her ongoing interest for Natural Health. This took her to her first Massage course. Here in Australia, Gabriela has completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage and has been working in the area since her graduation.

Massage Therapy is one of the most commonly used forms of Holistic Medicine. This means that, as a practitioner, Gabriela takes into consideration all aspects of each person (e.g. Physical, Mental and Emotional), treating the root of the problem, and not just the symptom. For that reason, she likes to use an intuitive approach to her treatments, incorporating a variety of practices and techniques to help clients to achieve better health.

She believes in the healing benefits of Holistic Medicine. Living this modern way of life causes many to develop issues such as stress and anxiety, that turn into physical imbalances. Gabriela usually says that: “the body talks”, and if that we learn how to listen, we can treat it naturally and free from side effects. That’s why she became so passionate about Massage Therapy. It means a lot to Gabriela to help people to feel less pain and improve their quality of life.

Paige Olsen

Acupuncturist

Paige Olsen, L.Ac. Dipl. O.M. (US) is a graduate of Emperor’s College of T.O.M. in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to Acupuncture, Bodywork and Chinese Herbs, she has trained extensively in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga and Taoist Meditation since 1999. For the last eight years she has been in private practice at The Santa Barbara Herb Clinic In California until her recent move to Adelaide. While in Santa Barbara she also started the first Chinese Medical division of Doctor’s Without Walls/Santa Barbara Street Medicine at The Women’s Free Homeless Clinic. Paige’s passion lies in assisting people to find the buried pieces of themselves; those forgotten gems of purity, self love, safety and well being that so easily get pushed aside as we age. Paige applies her intuitive and empirical knowledge of the body, not only to improve her patient’s conditions but to help them regain a true sense of wellbeing.

Radhika Shrestha

Co-ordinating Supervisor

Meet lovely Radhika, who is here to take care of your every need.

Having grown up in Nepal, Radhika developed a deep love of nature and respect for living a peaceful life from a very early age. Family means everything to Radhika, and she thanks her parents for the lessons learned and the values instilled in her, throughout her life. Amongst them, to work hard at cultivating all aspects of life, and to serve others. That it’s this spirit of dedication and service that brings the ultimate reward. In other words, making others happy brings inner contentment.

Radhika comes highly qualified, with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a Masters in Accounting. She originally joined the Equals family to complete her internship, bringing with her great business acumen, in addition to strong personal values.

Radhika believes that when you are happy, you feel good from the inside out. Remaining connected with loved ones, eating healthy food, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of rest, are her key self-care strategies. She enjoys nature-time, cooking, and surrounding herself with happy people.

Naturopath

Georgina Robertson

Receptionist & Naturopath

Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)
Member, Australian Traditional Medicine Society
A desire to lead a more healthful, balanced and rewarding life personally drew Georgina to naturopathy, along with a deep love of nature and a strong belief in self-empowerment to make positive change. With an emphasis on food as medicine, using healing extracts from plants and introducing beneficial lifestyle choices, she equips individuals with knowledge and tools to optimise their health and wellness.

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For ten years now, Georgina has worked independently and alongside other practitioners, assisting people of all ages with gut health, thyroid disorders, stress and fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression and women’s health (menstrual irregularities, endometriosis, PCOS, pre-conception care, menopause). Also helping individuals to manage high cholesterol, insulin resistance, asthma, allergies, food intolerances, immune dysregulation, skin irritations, shingles, arthritis, urinary complaints, pain, and much more.
With a special interest in balancing female hormones, Georgina’s greatest passion in recent years has been supporting busy women to handle perimenopause and menopause with greater confidence and poise, so that they can achieve more and be fulfilled.

Naturopath & Skin Solutions

Raquel Ferguson

Receptionist, Naturopath & Skin Solutions

Raquel is a degree-qualifed naturopath and has always been interested in natural health from a young age. This has given her a complex understanding of the human body, and the way environments and lifestyles can impact health.

Raquel has an interest in skin and gut health and views it from a holistic perspective, rather than just addressing symptoms. She aims to identify the root cause of concerns and to educate clients, to equip them with knowledge to improve their own health and wellbeing. Raquel believes that a whole and balanced life leads individuals to feel, live, and look great.

Raquel has a deep passion for helping people with skin concerns like acne and eczema because she has seen the impact of these conditions on the physical and mental body, and how improvements can lift mood, regulate emotions, and increase outlook on life.