Buteyko Practitioners - Australia
Bronwyn Lakay- B.Sc(Hons), M.Chiro, DSIT, DRM
Gold Coast, Queensland
Bronwyn’s journey began as a scientist, primarily researching the brain and then she became a massage therapist in 1996. Wanting to assist clients even more she embarked on becoming a Chiropractor by 2002. As a “people person” she delved into more aspects of healing and for many years participated as an Associate Instructor of Reconnective Healing around the world until her daughter arrived. Enjoying every moment of motherhood, also allowed her time to research and discover more ways of caring, serving and sharing with others. In 2018 she trained to become a Buteyko Breathing Facilitator – inspiring others one breath at a time.
Having always loved both learning and teaching, she decided to embark on creating health and healing workshops accessible to everyone – to apply and share in our daily lives. She believes, “We are constantly evolving and adapting, and as we learn to share what we know, we continue to grow…”.
Bronwyn continues to practise on the Gold Coast, Australia as an holistic Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, Healer, Buteyko Breathing and Wellbeing Workshop Facilitator.
Gwendolyn King-Siem- Queensland
Gwendolyn King-Siem is a practicing Buteyko Breathing Practitioner and Naturopath at Innatus Health & Wellbeing.
Utilising an evidenced based approach to holistic wellness, she incorporates current scientific research coupled with traditional knowledge.
With a wholehearted approach to excellence in her clinical practice, Gwendolyn draws on her experience, knowledge and ongoing training to piece together individually tailored and effective treatment protocols. We look forward to welcoming you into our clinic.
Carla Lejarraga- Queensland
Windhorse Buteyko Clinics
Windhorse Buteyko Clinic is run by partners Carey Idle and Adrienne Strong and based in Eudlo on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.
As well as being a Buteyko instructor, Adrienne is an artist and runs her own art project, Eyescape Designs (eyescapedesigns.com), as well as supporting and teaching people living with disabilities. She is passionate about bringing Buteyko to people of all abilities and lifestyle backgrounds.
As well as being a Buteyko instructor, Carey is a qualified Ayurvedic acupuncture, Himalayan remedial therapies and lifestyle consultant operating as Windhorse health clinic. Carey’s keen interest and continued study of Tibetan medicine has also influenced his clinic practice. The term Windhorse means “Lung-ta” in Tibetan, which refers to the vital energy of Prana or Qi in the body when it is in perfect balance.
Dr. Rita Goulart – Dentist
I’m interested in treating patients of all ages, with particular concern in children, to develop a healthy dentition and focus on creating beautiful faces. Identifying habits and problems early, such as thumb sucking, poor chewing habits, breathing problems, can avoid crooked teeth and not so attractive faces in children. And the earlier you detect those factors; more long lasting solutions are attained.
Sally Hayward – Tropical Buteyko
I have lived in the northern tropical region of Queensland for over 40 years, aiming for a self sufficient, sustainable lifestyle, raising a family and now enjoying grandchildren. Over the years I have worked as an artist, painting the tropical environment and underwater seascapes of the Great Barrier Reef. I have spent many hours diving and exploring the wonderful reef around Cape York north of Cairns, while working in the tourism industry.Landscaping local gardens, teaching yoga and studying NLP( neuro -linguistic programming ) have all allowed me to gain a wide breadth of experience and appreciation of people.
Personal health issues led me to Buteyko and to such significant improvement in my health and wellbeing that I decided I needed to learn as much about it as I could. Doing the teaching course with Patrick McKeown was great and I have felt really supported with access to so many online resources. I am researching and learning more every day. What I really love about Buteyko is that we have come to the basic fundamental relationship with our world, we breathe to live.
I really value self reliance and personal responsibility and find The Buteyko Breathing Method so powerful and practising the exercises and breathing well empowers us to look after ourselves with as little medical intervention as possible.
There is a real need for a Buteyko practitioner in my local community and I am already busy. People respond well to simple, easy to understand facts and exercises.
I am indebted to Professor Konstantin Buteyko who persevered for so long to give his Buteyko Breathing Method to the world. Thank you Patrick for being so accessible and generous with your experience and knowledge.
Mark Williams – Sunshine Coast in Queensland
Mark has 15 years’ experience teaching Hatha yoga, and has practiced meditation for 10 years. It’s through these life experiences that led him to the science of breathing and became a Buteyko Practitioner. Mark is passionate about helping people regain their health, through breath retraining, with the Buteyko Method.
Trudi Bareham – Buderim, Sunshine Coast
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this innate belief the body has the capability to heal.
I love the idea of holistic health – treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Since 2001, I have explored, trained and worked in a variety of therapies including holistic massage, reiki, indian head massage, reflexology and Bowen Technique. Initially I took this path to help myself recover from debilitating headaches, intermittent back pain, and more recently RA & chronic late stage Lyme disease. By taking a proactive approach to my own health, I have had the immense pleasure of being able to help, support & guide other people to improve their own health also.
Over the years, I have searched for easy and accessible ways to better health using the tools we have within us. Simplicity is often overlooked when it comes to improving health and breathing is perhaps the simplest, yet most profound way of changing health for the better.
Nothing has improved my health more quickly and dramatically than Buteyko. The difference in just 4 days was astonishing, most noticeably, a big reduction in pain, swelling and inflammation.
Living with and overcoming serious diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and chronic late stage Lyme disease, has afforded me the opportunity to share my knowledge via published articles in professional association journals, and in the recently published Stories of HOPE, Everyday People Extraordinary Stories, where I am one of twelve featured authors.
I am very excited to bring Buteyko Breathing re-education courses to the Sunshine Coast, and look forward very much to sharing the extraordinary benefits to health, that Buteyko Breathing Method can bring.
Mim Beim – Sydney & Southern Highlands
Mim Beim is a naturopath with nearly 30 years experience. She has published 9 books and is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Mim trained with Patrick McKeown to become a Buteyko practitioner in 2011 and this powerful breathing technique is a major part of her practice. Mim holds regular Buteyko courses in Sydney and Southern Highlands for adults and children, as well as online courses and one-on-one lessons in person and via the internet.
Leone Hersh – Sage Wellness Solutions
B.A. Dip Ed, Adv Dip Homeopathy, CertBBM
Buteyko Breathing Educator, Wellness and Homoeopathic consultant.
Based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Leone teaches the Buteyko Breathing method to individuals and small groups, helping children and adults, who suffer from sleep problems, anxiety and breathing disorders such as asthma.
Leone also offers training sessions in your home, workplace, community centre or local park, up to 20km from Bondi.
Trained in the Buteyko Breathing Method by world renowned Buteyko expert, author and founder of Buteyko Clinic International, Patrick McKeown, Leone’s inspiration to teach the Buteyko Breathing Method comes from having witnessed, first-hand and many times over, just how life-changing this breathing re-education can be.
(Her now no-longer snoring husband was her original inspiration 😊)
Leone is passionate about helping everyone understand and apply the simple breathing methods, supporting her clients by sharing clever and practical ways to incorporate these methods into one’s everyday life.
Her ultimate goal is to encourage the creation of life-long good breathing habits that will lead to better general health, better sleep and relaxation habits, increased energy and stamina and enhanced concentration and focus.
When Leone is not sharing her knowledge about optimising breathing for better health, she is either in consultation with a homoeopathic client, cooking her husband’s evening meal or reading or telling stories to her grandchildren, (while reminding them to breathe through their nose 😉).
Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut. Winston Churchill
Miriam Bunder – Sydney
Miriam Bunder is a bodywork therapist specialising in lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation. These styles of therapies helps the body to complete its own self-correction with as little intervention from the practitioner as possible. With the addition of the Buteyko Breathing exercises this facilitates even more so the body’s own self-healing abilities.
Miriam offers Buteyko Breathing Re-education group classes and private 1:1 classes.
Dr Andrew P Johnson. B.D.S
Born sometime in the last century & raised in NSW country; Graduated with BDS in 1985 from the University of Sydney & commenced “duties” immediately in private practice in Newcastle. In 1988 started my “real” education in non extraction techniques & have benefitted from the knowledge of numerous mentors – Skip Truit, John Witzig, Bill Clarke, Derek Mahony, Rob Walker, John Flutter, Joy Moeller, Bill Hang, John & Michael Mew & Patrick Mc Keown.
I now incorporate breathing training & orofacial muscle exercises into orthotropics & orthopaedics with the ultimate objective of healthy joints, beautiful smiles & stable results. TMJ dysfunction, sleep apnoea & snoring are concurrently addressed.
Megan became a Buteyko practitioner and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist from a Dental Hygiene and Therapy background. She has worked in private practice since 1989 believing in prevention, education and minimal intervention. Megan is passionate about general overall health through correct breathing patterns and is currently completing her PhD in Breathing retraining and its link to sleep apnea.
Alex has lived most of her life in Glen Davis- a small rural village in Central West NSW. She was the teaching principal in the local one teacher school and has practiced yoga for 5o years. She was introduced to Buteyko by her son, and is using it successfully to treat high blood pressure. She teaches Buteyko breathing locally and also offers healthy weekend residential retreats on her organic farm where students can kick start their Buteyko practice with personalised 1:1 tuition and an individually tailored practice plan.
I have always enjoyed my sports especially surfing, snowboarding, swimming and sailing. At the same time working in a busy and at times stressful business environment, always driving myself to the limit. More recently I made a life change, and for the last 15 years I have been working with disadvantaged and people with disabilities.
For most of my life I suffered from rhinitis, chronic asthma and other immune system deficiencies. In 2002, I was introduced to The Buteyko Breathing Training Program and within weeks I was able to reduce medication drastically, months later I only carried medication as a safety precaution.
Buteyko had such a positive impact on my life, I now have a strong desire to spread the word and help as many people as possible Dare To Dream and actually enjoy a healthy active lifestyle.
After researching all options I chose to study and train with Patrick McKeown at the Buteyko Clinic. I believe my qualifications and experience as a trainer/assessor and Surfing/Swimming Coach/Instructor, together with my personal Buteyko success story, will prove very beneficial in helping you to enjoy a full and healthy life style.
Carly Woods is a certified Buteyko Practitioner, Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Herbalist (AdvDipNatNutrWHM, Cert BBM)
Carly is passionate about working with clients to reclaim their gut health, sleep, energy, and mental clarity. She specialises in anxiety, IBS and chronic gut conditions, fatigue, insomnia, and breathing difficulties.
She offers in person Buteyko sessions in the Northern Rivers, NSW, as well as Naturopathic consultations.
For more info on her upcoming programs head to bit.ly/BreathReset
Tess Norris – Mouth Function,
Tess completed her degree in Oral Health in 2010 and through experience working with people of all ages found many to be struggling with breathing, oral and functional disorders. The mouth is the gateway to the body and its dysfunction has a flow on effect through the whole system. While many professionals will accept limited solutions which are reactive instead of proactive (such as long term medication dependence), Tess wanted credible alternatives. Alternatives that lead to long term health and wellness. Continuing her studies with the Australian Association of Orofacial Myology and with Patrick McKeown in the Butyeko method, she now offers broader solutions for those who want to take control of their own health. Mouth Function SA is here to service the people of South Australia who are looking for answers. Tess is committed to promoting learning and awareness of better therapies. “We need to get the word out, Buteyko works!”
Colleen O’Callaghan is an Orofacial Myologist and Director of Mouth Matters and the Tasmanian Thumb Sucking Clinic.
Colleen has completed studies in Orofacial Myology, Buteyko Breathing Technique, Myofunctional Therapy and Dental Therapy, and is also a qualified and currently practising Dental Hygienist and Breathing Coach.
Having an early positive influence on children’s dental growth and development is an area to which Colleen is highly committed. Working with children as a Dental Therapist early in her career laid the foundation for her ongoing commitment to what she sees as a vital and often under-treated area.
Colleen’s passion for preventive health has allowed for a natural progression to Breathing Re-training Programs within her Orofacial Myology practice.
Since training in 2012 with the Buteyko Clinic International, Colleen has incorporated breathing re-training techniques into her Orofacial Myology Clinic. Programs are offered for mouth breathing correction as well as for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and habit cessation for both children and adults.
Colleen is passionate about preventive health, and is committed to helping her patients achieve the best outcomes and long-term benefits for their dental and related general health.
Paul Rodriguez, CertBBM, FBPI
In 2017 Paul obtained a Certificate in the Buteyko Breathing Method with Buteyko CIinic International so that he could teach people the enduring health benefits of Buteyko Breathing.
Paul had obstructive sleep apnoea for many decades. However he only consciously became aware of problems with his sleep about 10 years ago when his condition became severe. For many years he endured a lesser quality of life as he struggled with poor sleep and its adverse health effects. He regularly suffered headaches, had low energy levels, suffered a brief period of anxiety and depression and often found it difficult to concentrate. Once Paul’s severe obstructive sleep apnoea was diagnosed following a sleep study he began his journey of discovery. That journey led him to undergo both conventional and unconventional medical treatments. He learned that the underlying cause of his sleep apnoea related to his breathing.
Upon undergoing a course in Buteyko Breathing Paul experienced significant improvement in his ability to control his obstructive sleep apnoea.The health benefits Paul obtained from changing his breathing have been permanent.
In 2014 Paul published his book “Breathless Sleep…no more”. In June 2018 he published the 2nd edition of his book. It is a memoir of his life struggle with obstructive sleep apnoea and his liberation from CPAP and ill health. He has a website and blog at www.learntosleepwell.com
Richelle (Shelley) has been involved in the natural therapies field for over 20 years. With a nursing and naturopathic background, she has seen firsthand the benefits of Buteyko Breathing for herself and others. In 2016 she trained with Patrick McKeown to become a Buteyko Breathing practitioner. She sees practising Buteyko Breathing as a natural complement to her passion for environmental health and holistic therapies.
‘My life has been a continual learning experience as a student, practitioner and patient. I wish to pass on my knowledge, wisdom and experience to others, to assist them on their journey towards optimal health.’
Brigitte ran a busy naturopathic clinic for 20 years in a leafy suburb of Melbourne, before she finally decided to retire and specialise purely in teaching the Buteyko Breathing Method, acknowledging that correct breathing is really the starting point of any journey to better health, no matter the symptoms.
She started off teaching clients with asthma, way back in 1999, but now teaches people suffering from other health issues, including rhinitis, allergies, sleep problems such as snoring and sleep apnoea, as well as anxiety.
Brigitte has a special interest in CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE and since 2015 she has been teaching the Buteyko Breathing Method for children at the early intervention dental clinic of Dr. Mariola, “Braceless Choice”, Melbourne, correcting mouth breathing in order to help childhood dental development problems such as over-crowding and craniofacial development issues.
Brigitte graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy in March 1999 from the Australian College of Natural Medicine in Melbourne, Australia. She is a current member of the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association.
She completed her Buteyko qualifications in 1999 with Buteyko Pty.Ltd / Brisbane and became a member of BUTEYKO PRACTITIONERS INTERNATIONAL in 2015.
Brigitte is also a qualified primary school teacher which comes in handy when teaching her young patients.
Jen Barnett – Canberra
I’m committed to supporting folk in living the best lives they possibly can and my practice as a therapist has always reflected that. Like a lot of people who get to grow old (er..haha 🙂 I have done many things, from being an Educator to different natural therapies, including Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Massage. In more recent years I have focused on psychotherapy and am a qualified Gestalt therapist and a Psychodramatist, working both one on one and with groups. And now I am hugely pleased and proud to be a qualified Buteyko Breathing practitioner. I recently undertook training in Ireland , thank you Patrick and feel excited to be in a position to expertly continue the knowledge transference around healthy ‘normal’ breathing that Professor Konstantin Buteyko has gifted to the world.
My work has always been with the ‘worried well’ and I see enormous value for almost everyone in understanding and utilising the principals of Buteyko. Breathing as we were born to breathe (nasally) and subsequently having efficient oxygen uptake by the tissues has enormous benefits . Of course people have to be bothered by some condition to commit to learning better breathing behaviour so I expect to see children and adults presenting with everything from asthma and other respiratory conditions like hayfever , anxiety and stress , sleep issues ( apnea and snoring) and almost any other condition where one of the symptoms is mouth breathing. I myself have improved my own immune system to the extent that hayfever is a thing of the past and my tendency for a cold to turn into severe bronchitis highly unlikely.ln fact a cold can now be dealt with in a day or two. Breathing correctly brings harmony and peace to the spirit and contributes to the healing our dreadfully stressed planet is crying out for. I want to be part of that and I want you to be part of that.