B.Sc (Molecular Genetics/Human Biology), M.Sc.Med.(Orofacial Pain Specialty), Grad Cert Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dip.Remedial Massage
M.M.M.A; M.A.P.S; M.A.A.C.P.
Qualifications and memberships
Raelene is a graduate of the Master of Science in Medicine (Orofacial Pain Specialty) (Pain Management) through the University of Sydney. With many years clinical experience in treating TMJ Dysfunction, these studies in Orofacial Pain has allowed her to become proficient in the DC/TMD Examination protocol for assessing TMD patients. The DC/TMD Assessment Instruments allow the optimisation of treatment strategies in the management of head, neck and TMD pain.
Raelene is a highly qualified Myotherapist, Remedial Massage Therapist and Academic/Educator with nearly 30 years of experience in the field. Raelene began her career with an apprenticeship with Dr John Whiteside at MyoMed at a time when myofascial pain (or pain due to trigger points or “muscle knots”) had just been discovered in the musculoskeletal field. She was privileged to work alongside and be trained by leaders in myotherapy including doctors, dentists, specialists and myotherapists, including the American myotherapist Nancy Shaw and American physical therapist Tim Sawyer.
After completing 3 years of clinical training, Raelene commenced practice as a Myotherapist. She also furthered her studies at Curtin University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science at Curtin University in 1999 with a double major in Molecular Genetics and Human Biology. Raelene was then invited to work as a lecturer/tutor at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University (ECU). At Curtin she taught Anatomy and Physiology, before joining ECU to teach the laboratory components of the units in Genetics, Forensic Genetics and Biomedical Techniques. Since then Raelene has always pursued two careers concurrently – her private practice as a Myotherapist specialising in myofascial pain, and also as an academic.
During her career to date, Raelene has worked at the WA Institute of Sport (WAIS), Tennis West, WASO, Therapy Focus, and with medical specialists, dentists, general practitioners, chiropractors, physiotherapists, OT’s, podiatrists and naturopaths. She has also devised programs in myofascial pain for doctors for the RACGP. Raelene is currently a teaching academic at Endeavour College of Natural Medicine lecturing anatomy and physiology in the School of BioSciences and as a clinical lecturer in the School of Myotherapy. Currently she is studying a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) at the University of Sydney.
Raelene holds memberships with the Australian Pain Society and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and is registered with Massage and Myotherapy Australia (MAA), for which she is also the elected State Director. Her patients are able to claim rebates on their treatment from their private health fund.