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 and the Calder Cannons under 18's TAC Cup team, where he is also a life member. He recently stepped down as Medical Officer with AFL VIC Metro rep football team and the AFL Victoria 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 Worksafe Victoria and its agents working as a Medical Advisor, 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

Joining the Clinic in 2015, Dr Cardoso is a Registrar accredited by the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. She currently serves the Opals (Australian Women's Basketball team) as the team doctor and was the Collingwood AFLW team doctor for the 2018 season.

Tanusha has toured with the Young Matildas, the Opals, the Pararoos and the Joeys. She enjoys the diversity that the field offers and has worked across a multitude of sports, both in terms of consulting and event coverage including the Commonwealth, Arafura and Masters Games. Her research areas include MTSS, iron supplementation, tendinopathy and AFL injuries.

Her past team commitments include the role of team doctor for the Calder Cannons Football Club, the Melbourne Storm Under-20s Rugby League Team and the Rumbalara Football Netball Club. And she previously worked at the Australian Institute of Sport and Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre.

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

Availability: Mon - Sat


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Dr Michael Giummarra


Dr Michael Giummarra graduated from his post-graduate medical degree at Deakin University in 2012. He then went on to complete his internship and residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital; gaining experience in the specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has since commenced work at Peak Sports Medicine in 2018 as an accredited registrar with the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians. Michael has also completed a Bachelor in Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne.

Michael's current role as the senior AFL Victoria Medical Officer allows him to oversee and manage the Vic Metro squad as well as taking the role of team doctor for the Western Jets in the TAC cup in 2018. He has held previous roles including Chief Doctor of the 2017 Canterbury Bulldogs junior teams in the NSWRL, Coburg Lions VFL team in 2015 and 2016, as well as Team Doctor for the Northern Knights AFL TAC cup in 2015. He has also provided coverage for multiple A-league, W-League and FFA games.

His further studies have included a Diploma in Children's Health through Westmead University as well as research into the artificial augments used in ligament reconstruction of multi-ligament knee injuries.

Michael is passionate about helping athletes to achieve their greatest sporting potential through safe exercise and recovery regimes, whilst promoting health and wellness to the general public.

Availability: Tues, Thur


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Dr Kendall Brooks

Dr Brooks is currently a third year Registrar with the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Medicine Physicians. She completed her undergraduate medical degree in 2011 at the University of Western Australia and joined the Alphington team in 2019.

After moving to Melbourne Kendall spent 4 years working as the Team Doctor for the Western Bulldogs VFL team and more recently for the Geelong Cats VFL team. She has also been involved with various other sporting teams, organisations and events including Cricket Australia, Melbourne City FC, Super League Netball and the Commonwealth Games.

Kendall believes that exercise is medicine and is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing for everyone through involvement in physical activity. Her personal sporting involvements have included netball, basketball, tennis, running, swimming and water skiing.

Memberships: Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), AFL Doctors Association (AFLDA) Associate Member and Fellow

Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays


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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 and the use of computer assistance in shoulder replacement surgery, the same technology used in the planning of robotic knee replacement. Specific 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 obtained 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.

Richard operates at the Epworth Freemasons and St. Vincent's private hospitals East Melbourne, St. Vincent's private hospital Kew (Vimy house), Knox Private Hospital, and Cabrini private hospital Malvern. Richard consults also in East Melbourne as part of the Park Clinic Orthopaedic group. He has a public appointment with the Western Health network operating at Williamstown hospital.

Richard hosts a post-graduate shoulder fellowship program through the Epworth Hospital, Richmond and is secretary of the Victorian Shoulder and Elbow Society. He has practice affiliations with Swimming Australia, Melbourne United basketball, Melbourne Rebels and Melbourne Storm rugby clubs.

Memberships: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Orthopaedic Association, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia, Victorian Shoulder and Elbow Society.

Availability: Monthly on a Wed (am)

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Dr Gaylene McKay

Gaylene has been at Alphington Sports Medicine since 1990 and is both the Managing Director of the Clinic and an APA titled Sports Physiotherapist. Gaylene completed a PhD degree, where she investigated injuries in basketball with a focus on recurrent ankle sprains. Ankle injuries are one of the areas of her special interest. She has also lectured to Physiotherapists about the management of ankle injuries for many years.

She has extensive experience as a Sports Physiotherapist and is currently the Physiotherapist for the Australian Women's "Opals" Basketball team (2015 to current) and the Melbourne (nee Bulleen) Boomers in the Women's National Basketball League (1990 to current). Her interest in basketball extends from her own participation in the sport - she played 348 games and won 6 championships over 17 years in the Women's National Basketball League.

Gaylene also works with the Victorian Calisthenics team (2013 to current) understanding the sport from her own participation in her younger years. And she has previously worked in netball at the Commonwealth Games (2006) and with the Victorian Netball team (1993 to 2001).

Gaylene is a Physiotherapy Advisor to the WorkSafe (Victoria) Clinical Panel, this role sees her discuss treatments and mentor many other Physiotherapists.

Postgraduate qualifications: PhD (La Trobe University)

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association including Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy group

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 is now a Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist and one of only 10 Physiotherapists in Victoria with this clinical speciality. To achieve this she has undergone an extensive two year training program and then passed the clinical examinations that ensures she is highly skilled in complex sports and exercise conditions and practicing at a high level worthy of the specialist title.

In attaining her Specialist title Kay has joined the elite ranks of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapists. Kay's standing as a Specialist and her varied and vast experience has her especially interested in complex injuries/issues and ensuring the rehabilitation exercises and plan is in line with the latest research.

Joining our Physiotherapy team in 2007, Kay 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 also has a degree in Physiotherapy, a degree and masters in Physical Education and completed ongoing education in Sports Management, Business, Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine. She was also Medical Program Manager for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and is a life member of Footscray Swimming and Water Polo Club.

Postgraduate qualifications: Master of Science

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

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

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Jessica Thornton

Jessica joined the team at Alphington Sports Medicine in 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Monash University in 2008, completed her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University and obtained the title of 'Sports Physiotherapist' from the Australian Physiotherapy Association in 2016.

She works for the Melbourne Boomers in the Women's National Basketball League (2012 - current) and is the Physiotherapist for the Australian U19 Women's Basketball Team (2014 - current). She is also the Jets Gymnastics club Physiotherapist (2011 - current) and worked at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, covering Rhythmic Gymnastics and Netball.

Jessica has a keen interest in managing a wide range of sporting injuries, as well as back & neck injuries. She is qualified in Dry Needling and Clinical Pilates (including real time ultrasound) and runs a number of our Pilates and Gym classes at the Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association and Sports Physiotherapy Australia

Availability: Mondays (pm), Tuesdays (pm), Wednesdays (pm), Thursdays (am), Fridays (am/pm)

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Madeleine Thompson (nee Ellis)

Madeleine commenced working at Alphington Sports Medicine in 2011. 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 has obtained the title of 'Sports Physiotherapist' by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Madeleine 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, and is the head Physio for the Olympic and Paralympic Table Tennis team.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia

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


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Dr Sonya Moore

Sonya is a senior Physiotherapy at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic and leads the postgraduate Sports Medicine program at the University of Melbourne. She works with the Victorian Institute of Sport (Netball) and was the Team Physiotherapist for Guyana at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sonya balances this with keeping herself and her family (including 4 young children) happy, healthy and active.

Sonya has worked at many international events and with high performance sports teams in Australia, the UK and the USA. These include the Victorian Institute of Sport, British Swimming, British Beach Volleyball, England Netball, British Tennis, Netball Victoria, Kilsyth Cobras Basketball, Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She 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 level and internationally in netball, she is well versed in this.

As well as leading the development of the online Masters in Sports Medicine program at the University of Melbourne, Sonya directed the design and delivery of a new Masters' in Sports Physiotherapy program at the University of Bath, alongside clinical roles under the English Institute of Sport and Team Bath. She was also the clinical assistant to a specialist foot and ankle surgeon in Boston, USA, giving her insight and experience in pre- and post-surgical management of foot and ankle conditions.

Sonya 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

Availability: Thursdays

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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) at RMIT, 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. 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 and the Melbourne Renegades WBBL cricket team.

Gordon recently completed his Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Latrobe University. He is also 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 (till 2.30pm)

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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 netball, basketball and volleyball 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 over the past two years has been a touring physio internationally with the National Volleyball team.

Her netball experience has included working with the Men's Victorian side, Under 17 and 19 Victorian Womens' netball sides and the ANL netball side Victorian Fury. In 2018 she continued her work in netball but with the Magpies netball team who play in the Suncorp Super Netball League.

Julia also practices at our Alphington Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre and is qualified in clinical pilates. Julia has a special interest in sport and is currently completing her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

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

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Darren Austin

Darren joined our team at Alphington Sports Medicine in 2013. Prior to being a Physiotherapist Darren completed a Degree in Exercise & Sport Science and worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach. He then completed his Degree in Physiotherapy with Honours, and is currently completing his Master's of Sports Physiotherapy. His Honours research examined patients following ACL reconstruction giving him expertise in the rehabilitation of this injury. Prior to working here at Alphington Darren worked as a Physiotherapist at Epworth Rehabilitation giving him extensive experience in the rehabilitation of acute post-surgical joint replacements, spinal surgery and motor vehicle accidents. He has also worked as a Physiotherapist in London.

Darren is currently working as the Head Physiotherapist for the Volleyroos, the men's national volleyball team. His previous sports teams include the Coburg Tigers VFL team, Victorian Fury Netball Team and the Victoria Bushranger's Cricket team. Darren will be heading to the Gold Coast in 2018 working as a Physiotherapist at the Commonwealth Games.

As a physiotherapist Darren's areas of interest are the management of back pain, muscle injuries/tears, ACL rehabilitation, and tendon injuries as well as management to return to high level sport. Given his background Darren is a big believer in the importance of strength for the rehabilitation of injuries and therefore runs many of our Gym & Pilates classes in the Exercise & Rehabilitation Centre.

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

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

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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 of 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 Australian National Football team (Socceroos) 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. She spent some time after graduating as a physiotherapist with Alfred Health, and in the VAFA, and worked in a diverse physiotherapy clinic 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 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. 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.

She is currently completing a Masters by Research degree, investigating ankle injuries in professional ballet dancers, soccer and cricket athletes, a collaboration between The Australian Ballet, Cricket Australia and Melbourne City Football Club.

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 Cowan (nee McMillan)

Rachael joined the Alphington team in 2015, returning from Scotland where she worked for Scottish Premiership football club Heart of Midlothian F.C. Academy, as well as gaining specialist dance physiotherapy experience with the Scottish Ballet under the supervision of the company's Chief Physiotherapist.

Rachael is currently a Physiotherapist with the Australian Women's National Football Teams; her primary service is to the Young Matildas. She has also served as Head Physiotherapist for the Senior Women at Box Hill United Soccer Club in the WNPL for 3 years and as a member of the medical team covering the NBA Basketball Without Borders event held in June 2016.

In addition, Rachael works as a sessional academic demonstrating Anatomy at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University - she has previously been employed in similar roles at Victoria University and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Rachael is undertaking a PhD at La Trobe University; her area of interest is gluteal muscles and tendons, with one research project being undertaken in partnership with the Australian Ballet. 

Rachael is trained in Clinical Pilates and offers Pre-Pointe Assessments for dancers. With a personal background in dance and years competing at national level sport, Rachael appreciates and 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, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

Availability: Rachael is currently on Maternity Leave


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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: Wednesdays (pm), Alternate Saturdays

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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 (10am-4pm), 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 Australian and Victorian Hockey Teams, TAC Cup Western Jets, and WRFL Altona Vikings. She is currently Head Physiotherapist for Carlton FC's VFLW team and over the past few years has been Physiotherapist for numerous State and National field hockey teams, contributing to the success of winning three National Championships, a Trans-Tasman Cup and World Cup.

She 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 strengthening and manual therapy, facilitate patient rehabilitation and allow for a return to elite level performance. 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 (10.00am - 4.30pm), Wed (12.30 - 5.00pm)


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Kerryn Harrington

Kerryn joined the Alphington Sports Medicine team after graduating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice, adding to this with a further DMA Pilates qualification.

She is currently playing in the AFL Women's competition with Carlton Football Club and is working with Carlton's AFL and VFL programs as a physiotherapist.

Kerryn attended the Australian Institute of Sport on a basketball scholarship from 2008 to 2010 and has represented Australia in international competition. She has played more than 150 games in the Women's National Basketball League with the AIS, Bulleen, Adelaide and Bendigo.

Kerryn has a keen interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation in a wide range of sports.

Availability: Mon (am), Tue, Thu (pm), alternate Sun (am)

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Daniel Abrams

Daniel is an APA Sports Physiotherapist with three decades of experience in sports, muscular skeletal, remedial and rehabilitation areas across hospitals and sports medicine clinics.

He spent 20 years as a Clinical Panel Physiotherapist for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), and also completed a three-year senior tutor role in anatomy at the University of Melbourne.

He has undertaken Physiotherapist roles at The Prince of Wales Hospital (Sydney), Epworth Hospital (Melbourne) and the Australian Institute of Sport (Canberra) and was the Physiotherapist for the Melbourne Storm U20's.

Daniel is a specialist in acute back and neck pain, lower limb biomechanics and lumbo-pelvic injuries and sports injuries, including treatment plans for runners, football players, swimmers, gymnasts and musicians.

Availability: Thu (pm), Sat (am)

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Madeleine Hook

Madeleine began training in classical and modern dance at a young age, and in 2011 completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. It was through her experience as a dancer that she developed an interest in working as a Physiotherapist in dance and sport. She graduated from La Trobe University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy practice, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor's award for academic excellence.

During her final year studying she completed a placement with the physiotherapy team at the Australian Ballet Company, which she really enjoyed. She has also volunteered as a research assistant for a study investigating ankle injuries in professional ballet dancers, soccer and cricket athletes, as well as a study involving motion capture technology to investigate hip mechanics in professional ballet dancers.

In addition to being part of the Alphington Sports Medicine team, joining in 2018, Madeleine is currently working as Physiotherapist in public health at the Alfred Hospital and Caulfield Hospital. Her experience includes the management of patients with infectious diseases, in the Intensive Care Unit, and in subacute rehabilitation.

Also qualified in teaching Pilates mat-work through the APPI, Madeleine has many years experience participating in yoga and a keen interest in snow sports, having travelled to multiple destinations around the world to snowboard.

Availability: Mon (6-8pm), Sat (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: Erin is currently on Maternity Leave

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Zoe Giacobbe

Joining the Clinic in 2018, Zoe Giacobbe is enthusiastic and empathetic Podiatrist who has a keen interest in musculoskeletal pain and injuries of the foot and ankle.

She completed her podiatry qualifications at Latrobe University and is currently undertaking post graduate study in Sport Medicine at The University of Melbourne.

Zoe is well versed in general podiatry which includes dermatological issues such as ingrown toe nail management, corns, and wart treatment and has advanced knowledge in orthotic prescription and footwear advice.

Availability: Tue (pm), alternate Fri (1-5pm)

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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: 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 eating disorders, overweight and obesity, women's health, gastrointestinal disorders and food intolerances. Kristen has had three years experience in the field of sports nutrition, in particular with the Victorian Football League, where she worked as the 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 client centred counselling. She is an approved eating disorder practitioner having completed the eating disorder essentials training course with the Australian Centre for Eating Disorders in May 2018. As a trained facilitator of The Body Project Australia Kristen is well attuned to the many pressures and influences on body image and dieting. She believes early intervention and prevention is key to enhancing body acceptance and reducing the incidence of eating disorders in adolescents.

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

Availability: Wed

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Occupational Therapist

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: Wed (5-7pm), Sat (9-11am)

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Emily Donovan (nee Short)

Emily completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University in 2009, and has specialised in hand and upper limb rehabilitation since 2011. She is currently completing a Masters Of Applied Science - Hand Therapy, via the University of Derby in the United Kingdom.

She is passionate about research and implementing the latest evidence-based practice to optimise recovery of function and resolution of pain. This year she is involved in studies related to fracture management and post-operative tendon management.

Emily has extensive experience treating traumatic hand and wrist injuries including fractures, dislocations, and nerve injuries, plus a keen interest in sports related injuries. She has worked locally in Melbourne, as well as in London at two major hospital trusts, Chelsea and Westminster and Guy's and St Thomas'. Whilst abroad, she played netball in the English Premier League with the Cumberland Netball Club.

Memberships: Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Availability: Mon 5.30 - 8.30pm

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Megan Boyle

Megan graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Auckland University of Technology in 2007. She specialised in hand and upper limb rehabilitation whilst in London where she worked in the Hand Therapy departments of three major London hospital trusts including Chelsea and Westminster, Guy's and St Thomas' and the Royal Free Hospital. Megan completed her hand therapy training with the British Association of Hand Therapy, and is currently completing post graduate study in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation.

Since arriving in Melbourne Megan has worked in both the public and private health sectors providing hand therapy treatment to a wide range of conditions. She has a particular interest in complex hand and wrist trauma as well as sports related injuries, and enjoys working with patients to achieve their goals. Outside of the clinic Megan is a keen netball player and enjoys running.

Memberships: Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Availability: Mon 5.00 - 7.30pm


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