Our team

Treat, restore and prevent at Project DAO when you access our holistic range of services. Our practitioners currently offer massage therapy, movement therapy (one-on-one and group sessions), Compassionate Inquiry and Chinese medicine. Project DAO is a team of compassionate experts, here to guide you towards your health goals.


B. HlthSc (TCM) 
Cert. Compassionate Inquiry
Chinese Herbalist

A Chinese medicine practitioner and the founder of Project DAO, Yanan’s passion lies in helping people transform themselves through deep healing of the body and mind. Having worked extensively with patients with chronic pain syndrome and complex mental and physical health issues, Yanan has developed a unique method of dealing with such issues with clarity and compassion.

The patients who benefit most from working with Yanan have complex health issues that have been dealt with by many different practitioners and doctors, often without any coherence or an overview of the whole picture of your condition.

Yanan is trained in the psychotherapy approach created by Dr. Gabor Mate, Compassionate Inquiry, whereby the process guides the patients to connect with their body and emotions. Naturally drawing from her training in Compassionate Inquiry in her approach with her patients, Yanan guides you to find your truth and to unlock your potential.

Yanan believes in three core elements we need in order to deal with chronic and complex health issues: a clear intention, a comprehensive treatment plan, and a holistic approach. Healing Contract* is her method which emcompasses acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage therapy, Compassionate Inquiry, movement therapy, Tai chi and Qigong.

Expect to be seen and heard in a way your spirit has always longed for as Yanan holds space with utmost compassion and curiosity and without judgement. As she guides you on your healing journey, you will gain a deeper understanding of who you are and begin to experience the innate wisdom of your body. Embodied and empowered, you will find safety back in your body and learn to have compassion and love for yourself and the world around you.


What distinguishes me from other practitioners?  When you walk into my consultation room you will get a healer who is compassionate, competent, curious, and direct – I see myself as the tool my patients need to facilitate the changes they seek to make, either consciously or subconsciously.

What sustains you through your working week?

My husband and his food: a relationship that can hold space for me to unwind and to speak until all is spoken! A curious heart that awaits me at home with a bowl of stew.

What is your best health tip for the general public?

Soak some brown rice (20 hrs ideally) and eat that at least 3 meals a week.


HlthSc (TCM),
Chinese Herbalist

Priscilla is passionate about working with people who are interested in exploring how Chinese Medicine can facilitate change using the body’s innate and profound capacity for healing.

She works closely with you to understand what you need to achieve your long-term wellness goals by establishing a treatment plan appropriate and practical for you. Her clients appreciate her gentle and compassionate approach, and are assured by her patience and thoroughness.

She uses various tools including acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion and bloodletting to support the body in creating meaningful change. She also takes the time to clearly address your questions and empowers your self-healing with advice around acupressure, food and lifestyle.

She has a particular interest and experience in working with people who are struggling with stress, mental health, sleep and digestive issues.


What sustains you through your working week?

My empowering family, friends and work team, my fur babies, good food, plenty of sleep, intentional breathing, nature, exercise, journaling, a strong sense of duty, determination and ambition, my passion for healing, and plenty of herbal tea.

What is your best health tip for the general public?

To tune in and listen to your body’s needs, and if it’s saying it needs acupuncture…


Dip. Yoga teaching
Dip. Remedial Therapy
Dip. Remedial Massage

I’ve been gifted with wounds that have taught me how to heal and to see life’s challenges as opportunities to grow and learn. I’ve had amazing teachers and mentors while formalising my skills. I love listening to peoples stories, validating what works and empowering people with appropriate treatments. Each person who attends our clinic enriches my practice with their stories, insights and lived experience.

I love how our bodies remember absolutely everything and quietly adapt to our challenges, often without us even noticing, until a symptom emerges and demands our attention. 


Holistic therapies provide a complete approach to recovery and the repair and maintenance of our body, mind and lives.  Studies and practice in body work, breath work, nutrition, counselling and yoga provide a practical intersectionality for wellness.  Science is catching up and validating the many benefits of holistic and traditional wisdom practices.

My main area of interest is the regenerative nature of our body and mind, given the proper resources. My favourite advice is to listen to your body and cultivate life affirming connections with yourself and others. Be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to enjoy your senses and move with gentle strength and awareness.

What is your best health tip for the general public?

Best advice is to listen to your body. Give yourself permission to be spacious, eat whole foods and move with gentle strength and awareness.


Dip. of Osteopathy
Dip. of Personal Training / Gym instruction
Cert. Tai Chi / Qigong instructor

My journey to becoming a healer began after I hurt my back in a car crash when I was 23.  After getting relief from visiting an osteopath I decided that that would be a great way to make a living – doing something both useful and enjoyable.  While working for 16 years as an osteopath, however, I decided that I wanted to encourage and help people to do more for themselves to be healthy and vital, so I qualified as a personal trainer. After working for a short time as a PT, I realised a long-held dream and went to China to study Tai Chi and Qigong, practices which have become my passion.


Working at Project DAO I believe I have found my ideal balance – I still do some hands-on bodywork, and also work with clients to teach them how to incorporate exercise and meditation into their lifestyle for long term health benefits, as well as teaching Tai Chi and Qigong classes. I believe my unique combination of skills enables me to offer a unique perspective to health to many people who know they are doing things wrong, but don’t know where to start to put things right.

What sustains you through your working week?

Good food, Tai Chi, and the game of Go, which is the gymnasium for my mind.

What is your best health tip for the general public?

Always finish your shower with a few minutes of cold – you will feel better afterwards.  I was given that advice by a PE teacher when I was twelve and I’ve done it ever since.


Hatha yoga teacher (25 years)
Cert. of Yoga therapy
Inner Space Practitioner

New Zealand born, I moved to Australia when I was 19 years old. Coming from a background in classical ballet, I studied at the Edith Cowen University completing a BA in Dance and continued to dance with various companies. Around the age of 26 years, I started attending yoga classes to support my body, exhausted and injured from performance. With yoga, it was love at first sight.

I served an intense and gruelling three-year full-time apprenticeship in yoga with Natanage Zhandor (Shandor Remete), founder of Shadow Yoga. This form of yoga cultivates a person’s inherent energy to reduce stress and promotes pranayama and meditation.


For the last 14 years my interests have included studying meditation and spirituality with the Clairvision School of Meditation, where I also became a facilitator in Inner Space Techniques (IST), a form of  therapy which allows you to attune to your authentic self. IST was initially developed to help meditators meditate by eliminating the emotions which produced distracting thoughts, but it proved to be so beneficial that it was developed as a therapeutic model.  When you experience something that produces a profound sense of coming home, it opens a quest to continue the journey. This is what I experience when I meditate, an experience I want to help others achieve through my practice.

What sustains you through the week?

Continuing to explore states of consciousness through Yoga and meditation, and the fullness that comes by integrating these experiences into the world. I also love classical music, sunrises and sunsets.

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