Leif Tunell

Leif is the founder and owner of the Pain Relief and Wellness Clinic, established in October 2012.

Leif’s affinity for conventional science coupled with alternative ways of thinking developed during his formative years in high school and expanded into a fusion of Western principles and Eastern philosophies on healing, enlightenment and lateral thinking.

This mindset progressed with Leif enrolling in the Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine course at the University of Technology in Sydney, graduating in 2001. During his studies he began a successful part-time mobile massage service, focussing on corporate locations, special events and even dance parties.

After graduating from University, Leif combined the mobile events massage service and embarked on starting his first clinic based in Alexandria, as well as undertaking a post-graduate course in Remedial Massage. Leif developed a keen interest in sport science, using acupuncture and massage to maximize performance as well as treating muscular-skeletal injuries.

In 2005 Leif began working as a fully-qualified acupuncturist at Daniel Waldman’s Pain Relief Clinic, drawing on his extensive clinical experience and complementing this with many new and successful approaches in the use of acupuncture to treat stress, low immunity, digestive disorders, insulin resistance as well as the management of pain.

Leif has enthusiastically welcomed the growth in the use of acupuncture to help boost and treat fertility and assist in pregnancy, especially beneficial as acupuncture is non-pharmaceutical. It can complement conventional treatment by not adding to the body’s chemical load and also provide an alternative when drug side-effects outweigh their benefit.

In 2009 Leif gained a Master of Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University of Sydney, to provide additional insight into the bio-mechanics and physiology of the body to further enhance acupuncture treatment.

Leif has been a dedicated full-time acupuncturist since 2001 and looks forward to continuing his skills to alleviate health problems and pain relief, and to enhance wellness to its optimum level.


Bachelor of Health Science (acupuncture) – University of Technology                           Master of Sport and Exercise Science        – University of Sydney
Diploma of Remedial and Sports Massage – Periodor Health Schools

Additional Training:

Deep Core Therapy – Myofacial Release
Chronic Disease Self Management
“Fertility and treating the Dan Tien” – Kiiko Matsumoto acupuncture training
Cosmetic Acupuncture – Cosmetic Acupuncture Training Australia
European Medical Massage Techniques
Phillip MaqQueen Musculo-Skeletal Workshop
David Legge – Acupuncture for low back, Thoracic spine and Rib cage
Mark Goswell (ProActive Rehabilitation) – Lumber Spine Rehabilitation For Chronic Conditions David Legge – Acupuncture for the shoulder, neck and head
Peter Kington – Better IVF Outcomes in Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (AHPRA)
Australia Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)

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Luke O'Toole

Availability: Mondays and Thursday

Luke O’Toole’s interest in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) began fifteen years ago when he received acupuncture treatment for a painful neck injury.  Impressed by the speed of his recovery, he began to research the tradition and practice of acupuncture.  Luke has always believed in the holistic approach to health and healing, where the body is strengthened naturally –  without the  need for invasive procedures or drug therapy that can potentially do harm.  TCM provides a multitude of treatment approaches to assist in the healing of many conditions.  With a sophisticated diagnostic method that has been refined over two thousand years and is entrenched in Daoist philosophical observations of life and nature, TCM offers a logical holistic approach to diagnosis with information from, inter alia, the pulse, the tongue, and palpating a patient’s meridian lines to determine whether acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, cupping therapy or massage (or a combination of any of these approaches) will best serve the patient’s recovery and path back to a healthy balanced life.

Luke completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine) degree at the University of Western Sydney in 2005, and in 2008 a Masters of Nursing degree from the University of Sydney.  Luke is passionate about the rich history and theory that underpins the practice of TCM.  As a student Luke was mentored by renowned acupuncturist and lecturer Daniel Deng as he completed the last year of his degree in TCM, focussing on classical acupuncture techniques which have proved an invaluable contribution in his expertise as a skilled acupuncturist.

During his years of practice, in 2006 Luke completed a Hospital Internship at the Provincial Hospital of TCM at Nanjing in China.  From 2006 to 2008, Luke observed the practice of Kevin Lu, renowned Chinese herbalist, and honed his skills to a new level with regard to the diagnoses and prescription of Chinese herbal medicines.

More recently Luke has focused on different approaches to acupuncture.  From 2008 to 2011, Luke worked and gained additional skills under the guidance of renowned acupuncturist Daniel Waldman’s more sophisticated and gentle approaches to the practice of acupuncture.  Luke has since developed effective treatment protocols for a wide range of ailments from musculoskeletal injury, stress and anxiety, low libido and infertility.

At present Luke is observing the practice of David Legge at his clinic on the Central Coast which specialises in best current-evidence acupuncture, trigger point therapy and dry needling techniques for the treatment of pain associated with complex chronic musculoskeletal injury.

Luke is also enjoyed working as an assistant acupuncturist to Houng Lao at Eastern Therapies in Sydney where he treated up to twenty-five patients per day and is harnessing new techniques for the treatment of women’s health, in particular infertility, IVF support and pregnancy. Within this scope of practice Luke is learning the subtle techniques of famous Japanese acupuncturist Ikeda Masakazu

Luke recently expanded his range of treatments to include facial rejuvenation (cosmetic acupuncture), treatment protocols for anti-wrinkle treatment.  In November 2014, he completed and graduated a certified course in this field developed by prominent American acupuncturist Mary Elizabeth Wakefield.

Luke believes in the importance of best-evidence techniques when practising acupuncture and herbal medicine. As a Registered Nurse, Luke understands the modern medical approach to disease and as a consequence has a deeper insight into the strengths and weaknesses of both Eastern and Western medical models.  Luke’s treatments comprise a fusion of the time-honoured traditional methodology which underpins the practice of TCM alongside the modern evidence-based TCM developments which he believes is essential when practising TCM in the prevailing Western medical environment.

Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (AHPRA)
Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association
Australian Health Practitioners regulation Board (AHPRA) – Registered Nurse