Laura Berends is in the final stages of completing her Master of Osteopathy at Victoria University. Laura’s career path into Osteopathy began when she was in Primary School. She grew up playing a range of sports including, netball, tennis, athletics, ballet, and volleyball. Laura’s love for sport, human anatomy, and injury prevention inspired her to become an Osteopath. She is also an accredited Sports Trainer. She has worked in this capacity in both Women’s & Men’s Football Leagues in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Her sports-taping skills have been refined among athletes in the local community.
Laura has worked at the Australian Open for over 7 years. She began her AO journey as a ball girl whilst in Junior Secondary School. She loves the opportunity to be able to work for elite international tennis players on the ATP and WTA tours. Laura also has experience coaching Secondary School sports teams. She has a passion for encouraging children and teenagers to engage in sport.
Laura enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. She has a keen interest in treating headaches, neck pain, acute injuries, shoulder conditions, upper and lower back pain. Laura’s treatment approach combines a range of Osteopathic techniques, tailored to each patient’s needs. In addition to hands-on treatment, Laura prioritises the integration of evidence-based exercise, lifestyle advice, and education to provide her patients with an individualised management plan.
Laura believes in empowering patients to take an active role in their recovery and well-being. She aims to equip individuals with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve long-term health and resilience. Having also worked in a Psychology clinic in the Northern Suburbs, Laura has a special interest in researching positive psychology, mindfulness, and chronic pain.
Outside of Osteopathy, Laura loves training at the gym, spending time at the beach, and exploring cafes in Melbourne.