About Us

The Team

Come and Join the Good Self Way!

Sonya Galenson

Co-Founder / Osteopath

Women’s Health • Student acupuncturist • Back & Neck Pain

Sonya’s early passion for anatomy and the biomechanics of the body has lead her through a career working alongside GPs, physiotherapists, psychologists, podiatrists, pilates/yoga/barre instructors and personal trainers. Having worked both in Melbourne and Adelaide she loves treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions from work-related strains, spinal pain to gym injuries.

Since returning to Melbourne in 2014 an interest in women’s health, pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain issues have seen Sonya reach out for more understanding in this complex area. Travelling to the US to complete studies in pelvic floor rehabilitation, working at Inform Physiotherapy (Women’s and Men’s Health) in Melbourne and studying Acupuncture at RMIT has solidified her passion in this field and she never stops learning. Sonya has an understanding, supportive and practical approach to her treatment.

A firm believer that everyone is different, and she tailors her plan for each and every individual. Sonya is a registered health practitioner with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Osteopathic Association. Sonya loves her food, a good hike in the bush, and camping under the stars. Oh, and her spirit animal is a wombat.


Osteopath; B.App.Sci.(Comp Med), M. Osteopathy, Herman and Wallace Pelvic floor Certificate Level 1,2A,2B. Master of Acupuncture RMIT Student.

Kate Cawley


Women’s Health • Digestion • Skin Health

Kate is a university qualified naturopath who has been curious about living a healthy life and discovering natural approaches to getting well since her childhood. Kate’s enthusiasm and drive to learn more about holistic health practices and systems lead to her working at one of Australia’s leading natural medicine companies. It was while working with hundreds of naturopaths, nutritionists and integrative GPs’ across Adelaide and Melbourne that Kate has been able to immerse herself in learning the principles and practices of functional medicine that have elevated her clinical skills.

She firmly believes in preventative medicine and self care practices that nourish the mind and body. Kate has had various experiences in the natural medicine industry over the past 14 years and has developed a strong interest and passion for helping people with mood disorders, weight gain and digestive complaints.

How Kate gets the best results for her patients:

Kate uses coaching techniques, clinical testing and tailored treatment plans and a discovery system to understand the underlying causes of health dysfunction. Kate is dedicated to learning and updating her understanding of the interconnectedness of the body by continuing to learn from mentors and leaders in the natural medicine industry. Kate’s dream is for natural medicine to be front of mind, accepted and accessible and for preventative medicine, holistic healthcare to reduce the incidence of chronic lifestyle diseases.  Kate loves the challenge of unravelling patient’s health concerns and and helping patient’s to understand why they’ve become unwell so that they can experience life happily. If you want to know more about Kate, just ask her!

But in case you’re looking for conversation starts – she loves a good coffee, the arts, music, lifting weights and trail running.


Ad. Dip Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) Full Member of Complementary Medicine Association

Lydia Thompson


•Rehabilitation •Education • Student Osteopath

‘Lucky Lydia’ grew up in Kyneton before she took her caring, enthusiastic self off to Melbourne to study Osteopathy at Vic Uni.  She’s coming and going from Melbourne but we’re pretty sure she’d move back full time though if her childhood swimming pool still carried water and she could channel her inner Orca (the most social, king of whales).

You can tell that Lydia’s into life and she’s inspired to help others through her passion for exercise, movement and making healthy living a habit, not a chore. While hitting the books and getting to know the human body Lydia has also become a Personal Trainer so that she can truly provide an all-round service to help people recovery from injury and get fit!

We think ourselves pretty lucky to have Lydia in our team.

Her classes aim to be fun, easy-going and educational (hit her up for some osteo related tips if Sonya’s not around).


Bachelor Clinical Science (Osteopathy) Certificate 3 in fitness

What’s she’s working on:

Certificate 4 in fitness Masters Health Science (Osteopathy)

Peta Tate


• 18 Years Experience • Rehabilitation • Teaching

Peta grew-up in regional Victoria, travelling with her family business around Drouin, Warragul & Traralgon. She’s no stranger to the greener pastures on country life. Peta and her young family (she has two little humans Oscar and Pfeiffer) have now embraced country life in Kyneton and are curiously exploring the region and its beautiful shops and peaceful good times. Peta loves to teach people how to move and has been passionately working with all sorts of bodies since 2000 when her dance training naturally lead to her an introduction to the Pilates method.

“Pilates is a form of movement that truly inspires people from all walks of life”

Peta’s blended, unique way of delivering pilates instruction has been cultivated through many years of experience working specifically with clinical rehabilitation. She has an adaptable, accommodating way that means her clients love her sessions and keep coming back for more! Peta’s philosophies and style suit a collaborative environment where education and therapy combine to show people how to create a strong and powerful body through the Pilates Method. Peta will be heading up our Clinical Pilates program as well as guiding our unique Reformer Pilates Classes just for you at Good Self and she’s pretty thrilled about it we hear.


Certificate IV in performing arts certificate 2 in Pilates

Certificate IV in Pilates instruction Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method