Meet Tanya Wells and the team at MIOG

MIOG is a team of practitioners working collaboratively rather than as isolated independent practitioners, helping patients with cancer in Melbourne and across Australia. This facilitates a cohesive and integrated planning process that is unique in oncology healthcare.

All MIOG practitioners meet weekly to discuss patient progress and outcomes in order to provide optimal ongoing treatment support. Tanya Wells has travelled internationally many times in order to visit Integrative Oncology clinics and hospitals to determine the most appropriate organisational structure for sustainable and effective patient care. The most sustainable care protocols occur when all practitioners (including conventional as well as natural and complementary medicine) work as a cohesive, multi-disciplinary team to discuss and contribute to the care of patients enrolled in treatment. This is what we call Integrative Medicine for cancer.

The MIOG clinic itself provides a visually pleasing blend of clinical practice and comfort, with a spacious chill-out zone, informal areas and a relaxing ambiance. Juices, snacks and teas are all provided for MIOG patients and their carers. The clinic provides full disabled access and facilities. A range of courses and group activities are also offered, including meditation/mindfulness, yoga, and monthly 'food as medicine' cooking workshops.

Tanya Wells, MIOG Founder, Lead Clinician and Oncology Naturopath, and her team have been working with patients with cancer for years, and they understand the challenges patients face on a physical, emotional and psychological level. MIOG is a highly respected evidence-based clinic for people who want to combine standard oncology treatments with evidence-based integrative approaches.

Meet the team who care and support you to be as healthy as possible

Tanya Wells

Lead Clinician and Founder
GCHPE, B.Sc., B.H.Sc (Naturopathy), Member NHAA AIMA COSA SIO ASCO
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As a qualified Naturopath, Tanya has been practicing for over 20 years.

Tanya's special interest and expertise is in the research and development of Integrative Oncology Programs: utilising the best Evidence Based Complementary Therapies to work in conjunction with conventional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She has visited and worked in Integrative Oncology Hospitals in Europe and Asia where she collaborated with clinicians at multiple Integrative Oncology Hospitals. In 2018-2019 she visited Integrative Oncology Clinics in China, Thailand, Japan and the USA, allowing Tanya to share information with other practitioners and continually develop the MIOG Integrative Oncology programs.

Tanya is an experienced lecturer at tertiary level, primarily focussing on Clinical Supervision/Assessment and her specialist subject 'Integrative Pharmacology'. She also lectures Naturopathy students in Herbal Medicine and Nutrition. As a tutor for the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University, Tanya has taught first and third year medical students in areas of Health Enhancement (specifically meditation, nutrition, stress management and exercise) and Community Health Promotion.

Tanya has written and presented a range of 'Drug-Herb/Nutrient Interactions' seminars for Medical, Pharmacy and Nursing Professionals in Integrative Medicine. She is a contributing author to a range of clinical textbooks.

"Tanya immediately puts you at ease, even though your world has turned upside down she makes you feel like there's hope. She explains everything better than the oncologists and doctors and gives great detail on the treatment plan and why. The treatment plan that Tanya builds is very helpful too." Patient

"From the first appointment I found Tanya to be a great listener and very empathic. She had a wealth of knowledge for me to tap into. The plan she made up for me made sense and explained why for every supplement inclusion, dietary inclusion/avoidance/reduction. She has taken on board all my ups and downs and allows me to have my moments of crying etc. I feel comfortable with her." Patient

"Tanya has helped with supplements, dietary advice and communicating with oncologist specialists to help us make more informed decisions and choices. Her medical knowledge and background give us confidence to make our own choices without the persistent (and sometimes bullying) advice to follow mainstream strategies." Patient

Tanya Wells, Melbourne Naturopath

Dr. Shala Rasouli

Integrative Medicine Naturopath, Hyperthermia Technician
(Doctor of Philosophy) Ph.D. (Cancer Immunology), B.H.Sc. (Naturopathy), Cert. IV Bowen Therapy, Reiki Practitioner
Member ATMS

Shala is a highly experienced Naturopath, with a passion for integrative and herbal medicine, nutrition and cancer support. She is particularly interested in hormonally driven cancers, including prostate, breast and thyroid cancers, as well as lung cancer and melanomas. Her approach is thorough, and she creates comprehensive treatment plans based on the most current research and evidence in Integrative Oncology.

Shala also treats general naturopathy patients (ie non oncology), and is very experienced in complex hormonal issues, autoimmune conditions, digestive and cardiovascular health.

Prior to her work at MIOG as a Naturopath in Carnegie, Melbourne, Shala was a  highly accomplished senior scientist and immunologist. She finished her PhD in immunology and melanoma cancer research in 2002 at Monash University, Melbourne, and completed 10 years of postdoctoral fellowship in Portland, Oregon, USA. As an author, Shala has published scientific articles in a number of nationally and internationally recognised journals.

In 2012, upon returning to Australia, Shala sought to start her second Bachelor Degree in Health Science (Naturopathy) at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. 

Shala is also the Lead Researcher at MIOG and balances clinical practice with consistent development of our extensive database of evidence based research. She is dedicated to the comprehensive analysis of supportive interactions and research for patients with cancer.

Shala Rasouli, naturopath and hyperthermia technician in Melbourne

Jane Fletcher

Health Psychologist
B.A., Grad Dip A. Psych., MAPS CHP

Jane is a health psychologist with over 15 years experience working with individuals with cancer.

Jane continues to offer evidence based intervention to individuals, couples and families at all stages of the cancer experience from diagnosis to bereavement. She has extensive experience using cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, a range of existential approaches and mindfulness based interventions.

She is qualified in medical hypnosis and uses this for the treatment of cancer related sleep disorders, and phobic and conditioned responses.

She has a special interest in sexuality and is experienced in a range of specific interventions for the psycho-sexual issues associated with a cancer diagnosis. Special interests include breast, gynaecological, prostate, bowel, lung and haematological cancers.

Jane is passionate about offering care to those diagnosed with less common cancers. She also works with those who have tested gene positive for cancer and who may require prophylactic surgical intervention.

Jane speaks widely, both locally and internationally, to peers and those living with a cancer diagnosis, and she holds adjunct appointments with Monash University and the Szalmuk Family Psycho-oncology Unit.

Jane Fletcher, health psychologist in Melbourne

Belinda Astl

Psychologist
B.A., Grad Dip Counselling Psych., MAPS

Belinda is a psychologist with over 25 years experience in health and organisational settings. Adjustment to cancer has been a career long interest from researching mental adjustment to cancer during university through to contributing to the development of the Breacan (now Counterpart) peer volunteer support program. Belinda's work has tracked the patient advocacy and empowerment evolution and she is keen to support individuals to be active in their health choices.

Belinda has extensive experience in a range of psychological interventions and is fascinated by the
intersection of cognitive behavioural psychology and Buddhist philosophy. Evidence of the efficacy of
meditation and self-compassion when dealing with trauma, stress and pain is central to her practice as is her use of Narrative and Family Systems Therapy when working with individuals, couples and families to help understand complex relationships.

Belinda Astl, psychologist for patients with cancer in Melbourne

Vivian Klaver

Nutritionist
BHsc (Nut Med), B(Psych, Mngmt/Mkt), Member ANTA

Viv graduated with a Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine in 2007, following a degree in Psychology and Business and a few years work in the corporate world. She has always been passionate about helping people live healthier lives, so a career change into Complementary Medicine was a natural progression.

In Oncology, Viv is highly knowledgeable about beneficial dietary habits, food as medicine, and evidence-based functional foods. She assesses which kind of approach is beneficial from person to person. Questions often arise around ketogenic diets, intermittent fasting, veganism, juice fasting and more, so Viv will be able to help you navigate the conflicting information and create a plan that will best suit your situation and your lifestyle.

Prior to MIOG, Viv worked in women's and children's health, helping patients with preconception care, women's hormonal conditions, gut health, and coaching parents and young people about the importance of food as nourishment. She is passionate about helping people young and old creating a positive relationship with food. She herself has two children whom she loves teaching all about wholefoods and cooking.

Vivian Klaver, nutritionist for patients with cancer in Melbourne

Sachini Ganhewa

Physiotherapist and Lymphedema Therapist
B.Phty, Member APA, ALA

With over 10 years of Physiotherapy experience in the cancer setting, Sachini (Sach) has a passion for rehab of oncological conditions. She is a registered Lymphoedema therapist and has a special interest in Lymphoedema management post Breast Cancer treatment. She feels there is such a valuable role in educating patients on what to expect after surgery whereby minimising complications down the track.

Sach believes in the importance of tailoring the treatment program to each individual and appreciates that everyone's outcomes will be different. She uses several techniques to prevent and manage Lymphoedema, including measuring for compression garments, manual lymphatic draining techniques, scar tissue massage and treatment of cording. She also advises on post-surgical exercises and progressions to encourage return to regular day to day activities and exercise routines as soon as possible.

Outside of work Sachini has two little boys who keep her very busy and make sure her fitness levels are in check.

Sach Ganhewa, Lymphedema physiotherapist

Teresa Corso

Remedial and Oncology Massage Therapist
B.Bus, Dip REM, Member AMT

In 2007, Teresa left her banking career to follow her passion for Massage and Wellness. Having studied at the Australian College of Massage and Oncology Massage Ltd, Teresa is a qualified OM2 (Oncology) and Remedial Massage Therapist.  Her desire to understand health and healing through touch led her to further learn Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage and Healing Practices. Further studies in Mindfulness, Art therapy and BioEnergy has allowed Teresa to create a unique style of treating patients.

Teresa has facilitated many workshops in meditation, art therapy, yoga Nidra , Wayapa Wuurrk  (Indigenous Mindfulness) and stress management and has ran Wellness Retreats in Australia and Overseas.

Teresa is passionate about providing nurturing and effective massage therapy for Oncology patients and brings heart to each session. Patients will enjoy  the opportunity to relax, escape and surrender to the peaceful touch of Oncology Massage.

Away from the massage room, Teresa enjoys outrigger paddling, hiking and photography.  She is married and has 2 children and jokingly states that life is busy wearing many hats of chef, cleaner, mediator and personal assistant.

Teresa Remedial and Oncology Massage Melbourne

Gigi

Therapy Poodle


Companion animals bring comfort and joy to the lives of many patients, and research shows that Therapy Dogs can reduce stress levels, blood pressure, tension and fatigue. Therapy Dogs enhance overall wellbeing, promote quicker recovery from illness and help patients manage stressful situations.

MIOG is committed to creating a supportive and calming environment for our patients, and Gigi is an integral part of our support team. Gigi is a happy friendly Poodle whose tail is constantly wagging with joy and excitement - you can't help but feel better when she's around. Gigi is available for a chat, offers a fluffy paw to shake, and a floppy ear to listen to our patients concerns. She wanders through the clinic spreading love and sits in on consultations with Tanya.

Please note: Gigi is a Toy Poodle, so she is hypo-allergenic, she doesn't smell or shed hair - so she's safe for patients with allergies. She is 14 years old (that's 98 in human years!) - so once she's said hello and had a pat, she'll spend most of the consultation snoring in the corner.

Gigi, therapy poodle for patients with cancer in Melbourne

Whatever your oncology journey - our passion, empathy and experience will ensure that you have a caring support network and absolute expertise in a safe nurturing environment

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