Get to know Dr Avanthi!

Interview with Shane Heslop

Where were you born?

I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and moved to Melbourne at the

age of 9 with my parents and older sister. Since then, I have lived in

the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

What are your hobbies?

I love art, food and travel. Watercolour and graphite are my

mediums of choice, and I love recreating disney characters from

the 90s and early 2000s.

Where did you go to Uni?

After finishing VCE at Genazzano in Kew I embarked on a

research science degree at Melbourne University. After sitting

behind a desk in a lab for a year I realised that I wanted to work

one on one with people. I then stumbled upon the profession of

Osteopathy and fell in love with its philosophy and ability to impact

peoples lives. This led me to transfer to RMIT University in

Bundoora and complete my double degree to become an


Working life?

After graduating I completed further qualifications in Clinical

Pilates and Myofascial Dry Needling. This helped me in my early

career when I worked with amateur athletes of all ages at a sports

medicine clinic. I also worked with two amateur football clubs,

where I braved the cold and wet weather on early Saturday

mornings to be the clubs rehab/injury consultant. Alongside clinical

practice I have worked as an Osteopath in an aged care setting,

where I provided manual therapy for pain relief and exercise

rehabilitation. In September of 2021, I began working in the leafy

suburb of Blackburn at Blackburn Allied Health Group. I also work

up in the Hills of Melbourne, in Monbulk.


In the future, my goal is to complete further study and work in

Womens health. I enjoy meeting people of all walks and helping

them reach their health goals; therefore, I will continue to work in

Clinical practice. I also love education and want to return to RMIT

University in an academic capacity to teach/train future


Share on Social Media

Book Online Now

Our online booking system is available 24/7 for your convenience. It is quick and easy, and your appointment will be confirmed immediately.