Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians

Dr Andrew Garnham


Dr Garnham is the Medical Director and a business director of Alphington Sports Medicine. He has worked as part of our medical team since 1987. He has a special interest in dance, gymnastics, basketball and cycling related injuries. His work with the Melbourne Tigers National Basketball League team and the Australian Ballet has extended over many years. He works with the Victorian Institute of Sport's cycling program and worked with the cyclists at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He was a medical officer at the Sydney Olympics (2000). He is also involved with the Methodist Ladies College elite gymnastic team. Dr Garnham is a senior lecturer in Sports Medicine at Deakin University (1997 - current) and is a state councilor for Sports Medicine Australia. He is the President of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 

Memberships: Fellow of Australasian College of Sports Physicians, Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Mon (am/pm), Wed (pm), Fri (pm)

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Dr David Bolzonello


Dr Bolzonello is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician who gained specialist recognition in November 2010. He has been part of the Alphington Sports Medicine team since 1991, becoming a director in 2008, and boasts 30 years clinical experience. Dr Bolzonello has a special interest in groin/hip, knee, shoulder and spinal disorders and adolescent health. He also has a strong interest in work place injuries and assisting in the development of return to work programs for injured workers.

Dr Bolzonello is a Senior Club Doctor with the Melbourne Football Club, works with the Calder Cannons under 18's TAC Cup team and the VIC Metro rep football team and is also the Consultant Physician to the AFL State Academy, looking after elite junior footballers. He has a strong background in both football and tennis. Previously having worked with the Carlton, Western Bulldogs and Sydney Football Clubs. With tennis, he was a Medical Officer, and subsequently Medical Director for the Australian Open (1988 - 2001). During the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he worked at the "polyclinic" in the athlete's village.

He is a Consultant to the Transport Accident Commission and Worksafe Victoria working as a Medical Advisor in both systems, assisting the claims officers manage claims. He also provides independent advice to a range of self-insured employers and legal firms.

Dr Bolzonello is a past President of the Victorian branch of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and the current Chair of Training of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians.

Memberships: Fellow of Australasian College of Sports Physicians, Australian Medical Association, Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Mon (pm), Tue (pm), alternate Thu (pm), Fri

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Sports Medicine (Paediatrics)

Dr Peter Barnett


Dr Barnett graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1983 and underwent Paediatric and Paediatric Emergency Medicine training at both the Royal Children's Hosptial (RCH) in Melbourne and The Children’s Hospital, Boston, USA. He completed a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology at the School for Public Health, Harvard in 1993. He returned to RCH as Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in 1993. He has a specific interest in sports medicine and injury management as well as sedation and analgesia. He was involved as a volunteer medical officer at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. In 2007, he completed a Masters in Sports Medicine through the University of NSW. He has run a sports injury and musculoskeletal clinic in the private rooms of the RCH. He has recently completed a sabbatical in sports medicine here at ASMC and other sports clinics. He is an associate clinical professor at the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. His special interests are acute and chronic injuries in children and adolescants, along with general health issues for children.

Memberships: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Thu (pm)

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Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrars

Dr Tanusha Cardoso

Dr Cardoso is a registrar accredited by the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. She joined the clinic in 2015 following previous work experience at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre (2013-2014) and a fellowship year at the Australian Institute of Sport (2012). Tanusha is the current team doctor for the Mini Matildas (National Women's Under-17s Soccer Team) and the Calder Cannons Football Club. She has previously been the team doctor for the Melbourne Storm Under-20s Rugby League Team and the Rumbalara Football Netball Club. She has been the tour doctor for the Pararoos, the Young Matildas, and the Joeys and has provided medical cover for a diverse range of sporting events.

Memberships: Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians, The Australian Medical Association and Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Mon - Sat

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Dr Laura Lallenec

MBBS, BSc (Hons)

Dr Lallenec graduated from the University of Notre Dame Fremantle in 2012. After completing her residency training at Royal Darwin Hospital and Western Health in Melbourne, she has commenced work at Alphington Sports Medicine as a Registrar with the Australian College of Sport Physicians. Laura has completed an honours degree in Public Health and has specific interests in the use of exercise to improve health and well being, adolescent sports medicine and acute sporting injuries.

An AFL Academy Doctor, Laura is currently the Chief Doctor for the Melbourne Football Club Women's AFL Team and Casey VFL Team, Medical Officer at the Melbourne Storm NRL Team and previously Chief Doctor at Williamstown VFL Team in 2015 and 2016. In addition to football, she has also worked with athletes and teams in triathlon, netball and at the 2016 Master's Games in Alice Springs. Laura has a strong personal background in netball and running.

Memberships: Australasian College of Sports Physicians (Registrar), Sports Medicine Australia, Associate Member AFL Doctors Association (AFLDA) 

Availability: Mon, Wed, Thu

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Dr Sachin Khullar

Dr Sachin Khullar joined the Alphington Sports Medicine team in 2016. In addition to his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Sachin has also completed his Masters in Orthopaedics, a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine, and a Diploma in Sports Medicine. Dr Khullar has a keen interest in tendon and overuse injuries, concussion, and chronic disease management.

An AFL Level 1 Academy Doctor, Sachin is currently the Chief Doctor for the Richmond Football Club VFL Team, Medical Officer for the Richmond Football Club AFL Team and the Chief Doctor for the U-16 AFL Vic Metro team. In addition to football, he has also previously worked with athletes and teams in triathlon, swimming, athletics, cycling, soccer, gymnastics, and rugby.

Memberships: Australian Medical Association, AFL Doctors Association, Indian Association of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Australia, and Australasian College of Sports Physicians (Registrar).

Availability: Tue (am), Fri (pm), Sat (am)

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Orthopedic Surgeons

Mr Harvinder Bedi

MBBS, FRACS, Master of Public Health

Mr Bedi began consulting at the clinic in 2007. He specialises in foot and ankle surgery, in particular foot and ankle arthritis treatments, foot and ankle fractures and Bunion (hallux valgus) correction. He has a special interest in sports injuries, ankle arthoroscopy and injury prevention (through his Master of Public Health). Mr Bedi completed his basic surgical training at St Vincent's Hospital after obtaining a medical degree from Melbourne University in 2002. In 2004/05, he completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, UK, under Mr Paul Cooke - President of the British Foot Surgery Society. Mr Bedi operates at Mercy Private, Vimy Private and Epworth Eastern Hospitals.

Memberships: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Orthopaedic Association, Australian Medical Association and the Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society, Oxford UK

Availability: Monthly on a Tues (pm)

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Mr Simon Holland


Mr Holland has consulted at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic since 2006. He specialises in Upper Limb surgery - shoulder, elbow and wrist. He has a particular interest in sports injuries, arthroscopic repairs of the shoulder, elbow and wrist, Shoulder Replacement Surgery, Elbow Replacement Surgery and Upper limb trauma surgery. Mr Holland has completed both an Upper Limb Sports Medicine Fellowship in Calgary, Canada in 2003 and a Ilizarov Limb Reconstruction Fellowship in Lecco, Italy in 2004. He has also completed Shoulder and Elbow workshops in the USA, UK, and Sweden. His current public appointments are at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre and the Swan Hill Hospital, and he has private visiting rights at St Vincent's Private - East Melbourne & Kew, Glenferrie Private, Ringwood Private Hospitals. For futher information please see Mr Holland's website.

Memberships: Australian Orthopaedic Association, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association

Availability: Monthly on a Wed (am)

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Mr Richard Dallalana


Mr. Richard Dallalana specialises in shoulder and elbow surgery with specific expertise in arthroscopic reconstructive techniques. Procedures performed include shoulder reconstruction (SLAP repair and instability surgery), AC joint reconstruction, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, release for stiffness of the elbow and frozen shoulder, elbow arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction, arthritis management including shoulder and elbow joint replacement, and fracture management of the upper limb.Richard has been in specialist practice since 2004 after obtaining fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Orthopaedic Surgery. Preliminary training in surgery was through St. Vincent’s Hospital and his undergraduate medical degree was from the University of Melbourne. Post fellowship training was undertaken in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and in Upper limb and Knee surgery in London, England.He operates at Mercy private hospital East Melbourne, Vimy private hospital Kew, and Cabrini private hospital Malvern. Consulting rooms are based in East Melbourne (The Park Clinic) and Cabrini hospital. He has a public appointment with the Western Health network operating at Williamstown hospital.

Memberships: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Orthopaedic Association, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Availability: Monthly on a Wed (am)

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Dr Gaylene McKay

Gaylene has been at Alphington Sports Medicine since 1990. She is both the Managing Director of the clinic and an APA titled Sports Physiotherapist. Gaylene has a PhD degree, where she investigated injuries in basketball. Her thesis focused on recurrent ankle sprains, which is her area of special interest. Part of her current role includes teaching Physiotherapists about the management of ankle injuries. She is the Physiotherapist for the Melbourne (nee Bulleen) Boomers in the Women's National Basketball League (1990 to current) and in 2015/16 Gaylene was one of the back-up Physiotherapists for the Opals, Australian Women's Basketball team. She has also volunteered physiotherapy services to the Victorian Calisthenics team (2013 to 2015). Previously Gaylene has worked in netball at the Commonwealth Games (2006) and the Victorian Netball team (1993 to 2001). She is also a Physiotherapy Advisor to the WorkSafe Clinical Panel. Gaylene played in the Women's National Basketball League for 17 years, playing 348 games and winning 6 championships.

Postgraduate qualifications: PhD (La Trobe University)

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association including Sports Physiotherapy group and Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Mon (pm)

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John Wilson

John has over 40 years of clinical experience and has worked at Alphington Sports Medicine since 1993. He previously worked for the Bulleen Men's basketball team, the Melbourne Football Club and the Essendon Football Club.

Postgraduate qualifications: Graduate Diploma Sports Science .

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

Availability: Tues (am), Wed (am), Thurs (pm), Fri (pm), Sat (am)

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Kay Copeland

Kay joined our physiotherapy team in 2007 and has extensive experience as a sports physiotherapist in elite sports and clinically in sports medicine clinics. She has worked internationally for Australian Women's Basketball, WTA (Women's Tennis Association) as a tour physiotherapist and was the first person to work with the Australian Women's Water Polo Team from 1984-1991 including their historic 1986 World Championship win in Madrid. Kay was also Medical Program Manager for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and is a life member of Footscray Swimming and Water Polo Club.

Kay has a degree in physiotherapy, a degree and masters in physical education and has completed ongoing education in sports management, business, physiotherapy and sports medicine. She's currently completing her training in Specialisation in Sports Physiotherapy - the highest qualification for Sports Physiotherapists in Australia and is especially interested in complex injuries/issues and ensuring the rehabilitation exercises and plan is in line with the latest research. Being the current Chair of the Sports Medicine Australia Conference - the largest sports medicine conference in southern hemisphere - ensures Kay remains up to date with all the latest sports medicine and physiotherapy research.

Postgraduate qualifications: Master of Science

Memberships: Sports Medicine Australia (Fellow), Australian Physiotherapy Association, Australia College of Physiotherapy (Associate Member), Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Availability: Mon (am/pm), Tues (pm), Wed (am/pm), Thurs (pm)

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John Pompei

John has been a part of the Alphington Sports Medicine team since February 2008. After completing an undergraduate degree in Human Movement at RMIT in 2003, he pursued his physiotherapy qualification in Brisbane where he was awarded a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland in 2005. This academic combination has since given John excellent physiotherapy and exercise prescription skills for all types of patients. He is a qualified Clinical Pilates Instructor and conducts both Pilates and gym based programs at the Alphington Exercise and Rehabilitation Centre.

John was a member of the medical team for the 2008 Homeless World Cup in Melbourne and has worked internationally with a representative basketball team in China in 2011 and at the AIS' European Training Centre in Italy in 2013. He was team physio for the gold medal winning U18 Victorian Men's Basketball Team for the 2016 National Junior Championships in Adelaide and will be heading to the Gold Coast in April 2018 as part of the team of medical volunteers working at the Commonwealth Games. Previous team involvements include being the Head Physiotherapist for the Melbourne Tigers during their 2011/12 NBL season and Werribee Tigers (VFL) for their 2015 and 2016 seasons.

John has recently completed his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University and is now a titled Sports Physiotherapist.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Sports Physiotherapy Australia (SPA)

Availability: Wed (am/pm), Thu (am)


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Dr Ebonie Rio (nee Scase)

Ebonie has a long standing relationship with Alphington, having commenced her career with us when she graduated. Her early experiences included working with The Lion King musical (Melbourne, Shanghai). Ebonie was then awarded the post-graduate scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport, where she gained valuable experience and completed their Sports Physiotherapy program. Ebonie has a clinical interest in the management of tendon injuries, the lumbo-pelvic region and dance injuries - tendon injuries was the focus of her PhD study.

She is currently working with the Victorian Institute of Sport and as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre. Ebonie has also previously been the Physiotherapist to the AIS Women's Basketball Team, Australian Women's U-19 Basketball Team and worked with The Australian Ballet Company and Melbourne Heart Football Club. Working with the AIS has taken Ebonie on many trips with other sporting teams including Netball, Track & Field and Taekwondo.

Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy, PhD (La Trobe University)

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

Availability: Ebonie is currently on leave

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Jessica Thornton

Jessica joined the team at Alphington Sports Medicine in 2011. She graduated from Monash University in 2008. After spending many years playing basketball at high level for the Bulleen Boomers at Big V Championship level, she has been able to utilize her love, and more importantly, extensive personal experience playing high level sport to enhance her abilities as a physiotherapist. Jessica has a keen interest in managing a wide range of sporting injuries, as well as back & neck injuries. Since 2011 she has been the club Physiotherapist for Jets gymnastics and has worked with Melbourne Boomers Women's National League team since 2013. She has also recently worked with a number of Basketball Australia teams, including the U19 Australian women's team who came 3rd in the 2015 World Championships. Jessica is qualified in dry needling and is currently in her final year of Masters in Sports Physiotherapy Degree at La Trobe University and will soon become a tilted Sports Physiotherapist. She is qualified in Clinical Pilates instruction and works at the Alphington Exercise and Rehabilitation Centre in this role.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association and Sports Physiotherapy Australia

Availability: Mon (pm), Tue (pm), Wed (pm), Thu (till 2pm), Fri (till 5pm)

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Madeleine Thompson (nee Ellis)

Madeleine commenced working at Alphington Sports Medicine in 2011. She has previously worked in private practices specialising in sports as well as pre/post-natal care, as well as in acute hospitals. This diversity has equipped her with a wide range of experiences in treating different patient conditions. She is one of our qualified Clinical Pilates physiotherapists, gym instructor and real-time ultrasound practitioners that can develop and progress programs for her patients at the Alphington Exercise and Rehabilitation Centre. She has developed a growing interest in the biomechanics of the lower limb in running with an emphasis of preventing injuries and improving technique. Madeleine has completed her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University and is also qualified in dry needling and has completed courses in McKenzie's therapy and Sports Physiotherapy. She currently works as a guest speaker at Exercise Research Australia, which trains exercise physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches and allied health professionals. Madeleine has been involved in many research projects and is currently assisting in a core stability research project through LaTrobe University. Other experience includes travelling to East Timor to volunteer services within a medical team in 2013. She is currently working (as a Physiotherapist) with the Sapphires (Australia's U17 Women's Basketball team, 2016 World Champions), U18 Victoria Country Womens Basketball team, Table Tennis Australia, and the Australian Paralympic Table Tennis team.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia

Availability: Mon (pm), Tues (am), Wed (pm), Thurs (am / pm), Fri (am)


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Dr Sonya Moore

Sonya currently practices clinical physiotherapy at ASMC and leads the postgraduate Sports Medicine / Sports Physiotherapy curriculum at the University of Melbourne. She balances this with keeping herself and her family (including 3, soon to be 4, young children) happy, healthy and active. Since graduating with honours from Melbourne University in 1999, Sonya has worked in Sports Physiotherapy with several high performance sports teams, including Kilsyth Cobras Basketball, Melbourne Phoenix Netball, Netball Victoria, Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Following 8 years practising sports physiotherapy in the USA and UK, Sonya returned home in 2011. Sonya has special interests in supporting the development of junior athletes and supporting high performance athletes. Also, she is keen to assist athletes of all sports, all ages and abilities, to participate injury free to the best of their capabilities. Having competed at state, national and international level in netball, she is well versed in this.

While in Boston, USA, Sonya was the clinical assistant to a specialist foot and ankle surgeon giving her insight & experience in pre- and post-surgical management of foot and ankle conditions. In the UK, she directed the design and delivery of a new Masters’ in Sports Physiotherapy programme at the University of Bath, alongside clinical roles under the English Institute of Sport and Team Bath. Sonya was a dedicated member of the support team to British Swimming, British Beach Volleyball, England Netball and British Tennis. She has completed a Doctorate in Health (D.Health) at the University of Bath comprising three substantial research projects: International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy (IFSP) Competencies & Standards, water immersion in athlete recovery and EMG functional wavelet analysis. Sonya has also undertaken a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching & Learning.

Postgraduate Qualifications: Doctorate in Health (D.Health), PGCert Academic Practice

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Sports Medicine Australia, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports & Exercise UK

Availability: Currently on maternity leave

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Kim Allison

Kim has recently completed her PhD investigating the assessment and treatment of gluteal tendinopathy (also known as 'trochantic bursitis' or 'lateral hip pain'). She has a keen interest in the exercise based management of lower limb injury, particularly women with hip and knee pain and evidence based treatment.

Kim is also a Physiotherapy Lecturer at Melbourne University during the semester and, since completing her undergraduate degree in 2006, has been working in private sports practice in Melbourne as well as in London. She has completed extensive training in clinical pilates both in Australia and the UK, and is a real-time ultrasound practitioner. Kim has worked with elite and junior dancers within Australia and with national tennis teams. She joined Alphington Sports Medicine Centre in 2012 and is mainly based at the Alphington Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

Availability: Mon (pm)

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Gordon Pritchard

After finishing a degree in Human Movement (Sport Science), Gordon completed a Master of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 2006. Staying in Sydney, he worked at RPA hospital, before moving overseas and working in private practice in Dublin, while playing and working with Gaelic Football teams. Upon returning to Melbourne in 2009 he continued to work in private practice and joined ASMC in 2012.Gordon has travelled with a number of sporting teams and in 2015 went to Papua New Guinea to work with the PNG Olympic team at the 15th Pacific Games. He is the physiotherapist with the Calder Cannons TAC Cup football team, Melbourne Renegades WBBL cricket team and the U18 women's Victorian cricket team. He also travels to Alice Springs with the Victorian Indigenous cricket team at the annual National Indigenous championships (Imparja Cup) and does consultant work with the Victorian Taekwondo squad. Gordon is currently completing his Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Latrobe Uni. He is qualified in dry needling and is one of our qualified clinical pilates instructors.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia

Availability: Mon (am), Wed - Pilates (pm), Sat (am)

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Julia Allan

Julia graduated from Latrobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy. She joined the team in 2013. As well as her work in private practice, Julia has had experience in the hospital sector, which has equipped her with experience in the acute setting making her very capable in both acute and rehabilitive management. Julia has a special interest in sports, specifically netball, basketball and soccer, and is still playing netball herself in the Victorian Netball League at a high standard. Her personal experiences have given her an understanding of the frustration athletes encounter when they are sidelined due to injury. She has travelled internationally as the team Physio to China and PNG with basketball and netball, and travelled interstate with netball working with the Mens Victorian side, Under 17 and 19 Victorian netball sides and the ANL netball side Victorian Fury. She also has experience working in soccer working with the Melbourne City FC. Julia also practices at our Alphington Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre, is qualified in Clinical Pilates and is currently completing her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

Availability: Tues (pm)

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Darren Austin

Darren joined the team at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic in 2013. He has completed both a Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science and Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. His thesis focused on rehab following ACL reconstruction giving him a specialized interest in this. Darren started his career at Epworth Hospital for many years giving him extensive experience in acute and rehabilitative management of orthopaedic injuries including post-surgical joint-replacement and reconstructive surgery. Since then Darren has been working in private practice and with a variety of elite sporting teams in AFL, Netball and Volleyball. These teams include Coburg Tigers Football Club, Victorian Fury Netball Team and as recently as this year the Volleyroos - Australian Volleyball Team touring for 5 months overseas in the quest to qualify for the Rio Olympics. This year he also spent time working at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Darren's extensive background in Strength & Conditioning and Clinical Pilates provides him with the perfect set of skills to aid in appropriate load management and complete recovery of sporting injuries to return to full training and competition. For this reason Darren runs many of our classes at our Exercise and Rehabilitation Centre as a qualified Clinical Pilates instructor and Gym Instructor. He is also qualified in Dry Needling. In the past he has also represented Australia in Kayaking at the World Championships and competed at the National Championships in swimming.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association, Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Tue (till 2pm), Wed (pm), Thu (till 2pm), Fri (pm), Sat (am).

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Andrew Hocking

Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Latrobe University. He worked in northern Queensland for two years in private practice, helping out with the local football and netball teams. Andrew joined the team at Alphington in 2014. He has a keen interest in sport and has worked with the Western Bulldogs (VFL), Hockey Victoria, local cricket and hockey teams in Melbourne and is currently working with Williamstown Football Club (VFL).

Andrew is qualified in dry needling, has finished his Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy and is completing his final year of a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

Availability: Mon & Tue (till 2pm), Wed (pm)

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Karina Chilman

Karina joined the Alphington team in 2014. She graduated with a bachelors degree in physiotherapy in 2011 and completed the Advanced Certificate in Sports Rehabilitation via Curtain University in 2014. Since graduating Karina has gained a variety of experience working predominantly in private practice but also has experience working in an acute and community based setting in public health and occupational physiotherapy. She has a strong interest in sports and has worked with the Murray Bushrangers Football team and assisted with other local sporting teams and events. Karina has a keen interest in the management of dance related injuries and has trained through the Victorian Dance Network in the treatment of  foot and ankle issues.

Karina also has further training in Clinical Pilates and is a DMA certified instructor and utilised this as a treatment modality. She provides 1:1 Pilates assessments and sessions, but also runs small group Clinical Pilates classes with individually tailored programs to work on the clients specific needs. She has a particular interest in the health and maintenance of exercise pre and post pregnancy and also the treatment of pregnancy related pain and injuries though the use of Clinical Pilates and other manual therapy techniques.  Karina has worked alongside many sporting teams as a game day physiotherapist and been involved in their training and injury prevention programs including TAC cup football, Big V basketball and Women’s football. Her other clinical interests include post operative rehabilitation, dry needling, tendon injury management and improving pain through the improvement of biomechanics and self management strategies. Karina also works at Alphington Exercise and Rehabilition centre running gym classes and clinical pilates classes. 

Memberships: Australian Physiotheraphy Association & Sports Physiotheraphy Australia

Availability:  Tue, Fri & Sat

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Nino La Scala

Nino joined our team in 2014. After graduating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1995, Nino went on to complete a master’s degree in Sports Physiotherapy in 2011 at the University of Melbourne. He has extensive knowledge in the treatment of sporting injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation, having worked in leading sports medicine centres in both Melbourne and Sydney. He has also work in rehabilitation, treating motor accident vehicle patients and acute post-surgical joint replacement and reconstructive surgery patients. His areas of interest include shoulder and lower limb injuries.

He is currently working (as a Physiotherapist) with the Socceroos, Australian national soccer team, and his previous sporting team involvement includes the Australian Young Socceroos U/20 Football team, Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory Football teams, along with various other Victorian State Soccer teams. His other interests include performance medicine, having worked as a physiotherapist for the stage musical production “WICKED”. In 2014 Nino returned from a 2 1/2 year tour with the Cirque Du Soleil production “QUIDAM” which saw him travel through North America and Europe.

Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

Availability: Mon & Tue (pm), Thu (till 2pm), Fri (am/pm), Sat (am)

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Peta Baillie (nee Steller)

Peta joined the team at Alphington Sports Medicine in 2014. She attained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne in 2010 with honours, graduating with the highest clinical marks of her year. She spent some time after graduating as a physiotherapist with Alfred Health, and in a busy and diverse private practice in her home town of Alice Springs. Peta commenced seasonal work with the Australian Ballet in 2012, and is now a member of their touring medical staff. She has also previously worked with Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Dance Company. In 2015 Peta worked at Performance Medicine, specialising in the management of performing artists, and working with students at various performing arts and circus schools. She has experience working as in-theatre physiotherapist to touring Musical Theatre productions (Strictly Ballroom, Dirty Dancing, and Fiddler on the Roof). Peta's sports experience includes working for Collegians VAFA Football Club, and she has been guest physiotherapist to the touring Hong Kong Women's Netball Team. Through her own dance background, Peta has had the opportunity to experience first hand the benefits of Pilates. She draws on this experience, as well as formal Pilates training, in her approach to rehabilitation and performance optimisation.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia

Availability: Peta is currently on Maternity Leave


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Rachael McMillan

Rachael joined the Alphington team in 2015 upon her return from Scotland, where she was working for Scottish Premiership football club Heart of Midlothian F.C. Academy, as well as gaining additional experience with a specialist dance physiotherapist and the Scottish Ballet. Currently Physiotherapist for the Senior Women at Box Hill United Soccer Club in the Women's National Premier League, Rachael was also a member of the medical team covering the NBA Basketball Without Borders event held in June 2016. Alongside her physiotherapy career, Rachael works as a sessional academic; currently demonstrating Anatomy at the University of Melbourne - a position previously held at Victoria University and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Rachael is also involved in research at La Trobe University and is currently investigating the effectiveness of exercise interventions for post-menopausal women with lateral hip pain. Rachael is trained in Clinical Pilates and offers Pre-Pointe Assessments for dancers. With a personal background in dance and numerous years competing in national level sport, Rachael appreciates and truly understands the importance of managing performers and athletes across all levels.

Post-graduate Qualifications: Master of Science in Physiotherapy, Master of Science (Biomedical and Health Sciences - Anatomy)

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (including Sports Physiotherapy group), Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Mon - Thu (pm), Fri (am), every 2nd Sat (am)


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Madeline Hannington

Madeline joined the Alphington team in 2016. She graduated from Monash University with honours and has completed her research thesis into low back pain. She spent some time after graduating working across both public and private hospitals before moving into private practice. Madeline works as a sessional academic; currently teaching Physiotherapy and Inter-professional education at Monash University. Madeline is also working as a Research Assistant at Latrobe University.Madeline enjoys learning about the demands and requirements of all different sports. She is currently working with a few different teams including the Oakleigh Chargers Football Club (TAC Cup), Old Trinity Grammar Football Club (VAFA), The VAFA representative football team and the U18 Hockey Victoria Women's state team. Madeline's sports experience also includes working with the Melbourne Cricket Club and Richmond Soccer Club. Having a personal background playing soccer and rehabilitating from a few major injuries, Madeline loves applying strength and pilates techniques to allow people to return to activity and improve performance.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia

Availability: Mon, Thu (pm), Sun

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Namita Mehta

A Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Namita is a specialist in Clinical Pilates and has a special interest in sports injury management and prevention with her main focus being on lower limb injuries, tendon rehab, racquet sports, athletics, gymnastics, dance and preforming arts.

She completed her undergraduate degree in India in 2007, followed by her Masters Degree in Manual and Sports Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia in 2009, where she also tutored at the School of Physiotherapy. Namita has completed all four levels of the Dance Medicine Australia (DMA) Clinical Pilates courses and furthered her knowledge with Polestar Matwork Pilates. She is also trained in both Level 1 and Level 2 Neuromuscular Dry Needling (western acupuncture) and has completed a Sports Physio Level 1 course.

Her work experience has been both in private practices and hospitals with her keen interest in sports physiotherapy resulting in sports trainer roles for netball, athletics and cycling at events such as the Masters Games. Her personal interests include swimming, hiking, jogging and squash.

Memberships: Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Tuesday (pm), Friday (pm), Saturday (am)

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Simone Muscat

Simone's keen interest in the biomechanics of the body and sporting injuries, especially those of the shoulder and knee, has led her to pursue a career as a Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Her expertise has led to multiple appointments within the sporting community including the Australian and Victorian Men's Masters / U21's Hockey Teams, TAC Western Jets, and WRFL Altona Vikings. Over the past two years Simone has been Physiotherapist for numerous State and National hockey teams, contributing to the success of winning 3 National Championships, the Trans-Tasman Cup and most recently World Cup.

Simone graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne, working in private practice for four years before joining the team at Alphington in 2017. Further to completing her bachelor degree, Simone has completed a post-graduate certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and is in the midst of completing her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Simone's unique skill-set allows for accurate patient diagnosis and rehabilitation back to all levels of performance, with her passion for improving patient treatment outcomes, performance and quality of life being second to none.

Her strong background in Clinical Pilates, gym based strengthening and manual therapy, facilitate patient rehabilitation and allow for a return to high level performance. In addition to providing physiotherapy treatment and tailored rehabilitation programs, Simone also has extensive qualifications in dry needling and can provide facial/TMJ needling as required.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Medicine Australia, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, Australian Strength and Conditioning Association

Availability: Mon (am), Wed (pm), Thu (pm), Sat (am), Sun (am)


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Mark Whiteside

Mark Whiteside graduated from Latrobe University (with Hons) in 2007. During his studies, and subsequently over many years of practice, Mark developed an interest in the areas of biomechanics and podiatric sports medicine. Mark has been involved in the research of the effects of motion-control footwear on leg muscle activity and has spent several years at Latrobe University, supervising 4th year students in the student clinic.

Memberships: Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Mon (pm)

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Erin Millard

Erin joined the Alphington Sports Medicine podiatry team in 2011. She graduated from  La Trobe University in 2008 where she completed an honours program. Her thesis investigated osteoarthritis in the joint of the big toe (a common clinical presentation). She is a clinical supervisor for third and forth year podiatry students and also a tutor for first year physiology students at La Trobe University. Her clinical interests include orthotic management and footwear advice/prescription, and osteoarthritis. She has a particular interest in working with the paediatric population. Erin is also involved with Active Feet where she provides footwear advice and prescription according to individual biomechanical requirements.

Memberships: Australian Podiatry Association, Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine Australia

Availability: Fri (pm), alternate Sat

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Rebekah Withers

Rebekah graduated from La Trobe University and over her time in the work force has developed a particular interest in formulating patient-centred treatment plans in all aspects of podiatry based on high-level evidence and research. Her areas of expertise include management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injury, treatment of ingrown toenails and prescription and fitting of orthotic insoles.

She is employed in the hospital sector and also works at La Trobe University teaching professional practice and orthotic theory to undergraduate students.

When she is not working in clinical or educational roles, Rebekah is completing a post-graduate research degree at La Trobe University focusing on optimising treatment of the diabetic foot.

Memberships: Australian Podiatry Association (Vic), Sports Medicine Australia, Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

Availability: Tue (pm), Thu (pm)


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Exercise Physiologists

Rebecca Hallam

Rebecca is a passionate Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated from the University of Ballarat (now Federation University) in 2001 with a Graduate Diploma (Exercise Rehabilitation) following a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) in 1999.

Rebecca currently works with elite combat athletes in the MMA/UFC space and spent 6 years providing injury management and rehabilitation programs with the North Ballarat Roosters (VFL). She has considerable experience in Occupational Rehabilitation, Public Health and Private Practice from Acute to Chronic and Paediatrics through to Aged Care.

While Rebecca's passion is musculoskeletal rehabilitation and sports injury prevention and rehabilitation, she also enjoys working with neurological and neuromuscular conditions - she has been employed in mental health roles over the past 3 years with Orygen Youth Health and later Headspace.

A skilled all-rounder, Rebecca treats the whole person by developing functional exercise programs to meet all physical and mental health needs. She believes there are no barriers that should prevent her clients from being able to work towards their goals, and is dedicated to finding ways to facilitate this.

Sport has been a staple part of her life, as a participant, spectator, coach and umpire and she grew up assessing gait and form in working with her family's Harness Racing Equine Athletes. Rebecca provides sessional lectures and tutorials at various Victorian Universities, and is the current Co-Chair for the Victorian Chapter of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Postgraduate qualifications: Graduate Diploma - Exercise Rehabilitation. University of Ballarat

Memberships: Exercise Sport Science Australia (ESSA)

Availability: Mon (pm)

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Massage Therapists

Donna Callela

Donna joined the team in 2010 and has many years clinical experience in sports and remedial massage. She has a Diploma in Health Science and when not working at ASMC, she enjoys her work with Tennis Australia. Previously Donna has worked with the North Melbourne Kangaroos Football Club, Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) cycling team and also Malaysian road cycling teams. Aside from tennis and despite a busy work-life schedule, she still finds time to enjoy some swimming, sailing and horse riding.

Memberships: Australian Association of Massage Therapists

Availability: Tues (am)

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Nicole Young

Nicole graduated from RMIT in 2007 with an Advanced Diploma in Remedial Massage (Myotherapy). She joined ASMC in May 2012. Nicole has worked with many sporting teams, including the National Basketball League Melbourne Tigers, The National Institute of Circus Arts, FINA swimming world championships and also local Triathlon clubs. Her experieince have also allowed her to travel overseas with elite teams to provide Myotherapy services. Myotherapy is a specialised form of soft tissue therapy that utilises a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of your muscles and all soft tissue structures. Nicole believes massage and Myotherapy treatments work very well along with other modalities to bring together and compliment a full treatment plan to assess and treat problems, ensuring quick effective and long lasting results.

Memberships: Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia

Availability: Fridays (pm), Saturdays (am)

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Jordan Lee

Joining the Alphington Sports Medicine team in 2017, Jordan has completed both Diploma of Remedial Massage and Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT. He has gained experience working with a variety of athletes through the National Institute of Circus Arts, Australian College of Basketball and with competitors in the Melbourne Ironman Triathlon.

Massage and Myotherapy however isn't just for athletes and Jordan is passionate about helping people work through chronic pain and injury as well as headaches caused by muscular tension and stress. Having overcome years of chronic low back pain himself Jordan understands just how debilitating pain can be and just how important it is for us to get back to doing the things we love.

Memberships: Myotherapy Association Australia

Availability: Mondays (pm), Wendesdays (pm)

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Kristen Papathanasiou

Kristen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and an Accredited Sports Dietitian who joined the Alphington Sports Medicine team in 2016. Since graduating from the Master of Dietetic Practice degree at La Trobe University in 2014 she has worked in private practice providing expert nutrition advice specific to a range of diseases and conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, overweight and obesity, gastrointestinal disorders and food intolerances. Kristen has had two years experience in the field of sports nutrition, in particular with the Victorian Football League, and is the current head Dietitian at Werribee Tigers Football Club.

Kristen is passionate about 'non-dieting' and achieving a healthy body and mind through easy and achievable lifestyle changes and she is well attuned to the psychological pressures of weight and body image. She has been an ongoing volunteer at Merri Health were she helps facilitate a weekly cooking group for individuals living with mental illness. Her efforts were recognised at the 2015 Premier's Volunteer Champion Awards where she and her team were awarded Outstanding Volunteer Team in the Melbourne Metro region. Kristen has also worked as a personal trainer for over five years, running both one-on-one sessions and group fitness classes.

Memberships: Dietetic Association of Australia (DAA), Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA)

Availability: Wed

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Occupational Therapist

Hannah Dewes

Hannah graduated from La Trobe University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice. She has a keen interest in basketball and has played competitively for Eltham and Diamond Valley Basketball clubs, and continues to enjoy the game socially. She has worked in various roles at a major hospital in Melbourne, and has extensive experience in both trauma-related rehabilitation and chronic conditions of the hand including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and trigger finger.

With a special interest in sports-related injuries such as volar plate injuries, mallet injuries, thumb / finger dislocations and hand / wrist fractures, Hannah is able to provide individualised therapy programs for a variety of conditions and injuries in order to maximize function in daily activities.

Availability: Mon (5:30-7:30pm) & Thu (5-8pm)


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Belynda Angell

Belynda graduated from LaTrobe University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) and is now an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Having also worked across two major hospitals in Melbourne, Belynda has extensive experience in post-operative, trauma-related rehabilitation and in treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, DeQuervain's tendinopathy and trigger finger. She has developed a special interest in sports-related injuries and orthopaedic conditions such as volar plate injuries, finger dislocations, mallet injuries, and hand and wrist fractures. Belynda provides all patients with an individualised treatment program for their injury or condition in order to minimise pain and maximise movement and function.

Memberships: Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Availability: Currently on Maternity Leave

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