Please Note:
    - Telehealth appointments are now avaiable for many of our services.
    - Clinic hours and practitioner availabilities may vary due to changes in demand throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  

     

    Specialist Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians

    Dr Andrew Garnham Dr David Bolzonello
    Dr Tanusha Cardoso  

       

      Sports Medicine (Paediatrics)

      Dr Peter Barnett  

       

      Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrars

      Dr Liam West Dr Samantha May
      Dr Michael Giummarra Dr Hussain Khan
      Dr Carlee Van Dyk  

         

        Orthopaedic Surgeons

          Mr Harvinder Bedi  Mr Simon Holland   
          Mr Richard Dallalana     

             

            Physiotherapists

            Dr Gaylene McKay     Kay Copeland
            Jessica Thornton Madeleine Thompson (nee Ellis)
            Dr Sonya Moore Darren Austin
            Simone Muscat   Daniel Abrams
            Marie Pham     Sam Pietsch  
            Laura Yammouni     Jay Anderson  
            Will Tardif     Scott Mitchinson  
            Sarah Wolff     James de Leijer

             

            Podiatrists

            Mark Whiteside    Zoe Giacobbe
            Emma Poynton  

             

            Exercise Physiologist

            Rebecca Hallam   

               

              Massage Therapists

              Donna Callela   Nicole Young
              Cecilia Jensen Brooke Skaf

                 

                Dietitian

                Kristen Papathanasiou 

                   

                  Occupational (Hand) Therapist

                  Danica Probyn-Smith  

                      Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians

                      Dr Andrew Garnham

                      MBBS, DipRACOG, FACSP

                      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 / Melbourne United 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: Mondays, Wednesdays (pm), Fridays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr. Andrew Garnham

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Dr David Bolzonello

                      MBBS, FACSP

                      Dr Bolzonello is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician who has been part of the Alphington Sports Medicine team since 1991 and boasts over 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 former 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 started his Sports Medicine career at the Carlton Football Club in the early eighties.

                      He has a strong background in both Australian Rules 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 has recently been assisting Melbourne's new A-League team, Western United Football Club, in its development and will be their senior Medical Consultant in their inaugural year.

                      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.
                      Dr Bolzonello is a past President of the Victorian branch of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and the immediate past Chair of Training of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. He remains a member of the Training Committee of the College supervising registrars (doctors in specialist training) and is also on other College advisory committees.

                      He is an occasional editor for the Medical Journal of Australia.

                      Memberships: Fellow of Australasian College of Sports Physicians, Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia, The Italian Medical Society.

                      Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays (pm), Fridays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Appointments also avaiable in Italian.

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr David Bolzonello

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Dr Tanusha Cardoso

                      Joining the Clinic in 2015, Dr Cardoso is a Specialist Sport & Exercise Physician accredited by the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. She previously served 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.

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

                      Availability: Tuesdays (pm), Thursdays (am), Fridays (am), Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr Tanusha Cardoso

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Sports Medicine (Paediatrics)

                      Dr Peter Barnett

                      MBBS FRACP MSc FACEM MSpMed

                      Dr Barnett graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1983 and underwent Paediatric and Paediatric Emergency Medicine training at both the Royal Children's Hospital (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.

                      Dr Barnett 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 since 2004. He completed a sabbatical in sports medicine here at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic (2013) and has also recently completed a sabbatical with the pain service at RCH (2019).

                      Dr Barnett 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 adolescents, acute concussion management but also can deal with orthopaedic issues which do not require surgery as well e.g. intoeing, bow legs, mild scoliosis etc. 

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

                      Availability: Thursdays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr Peter Barnett

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrars

                      Dr Michael Giummarra

                      MBBS, BBSci, DipCH

                      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: Rotating Roster - Week 1: Friday, Weeks 2 and 3: Tuesdays, Week 4: Thursday (am). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr Michael Giummarra

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Dr Liam West

                      Dr Liam West has gained valuable sports medicine skills from a variety of sporting environments – across amateur, national and international levels (see below) – and he enjoys using these experiences to help all of his clinic patients. He has a passion for using exercise-based rehabilitation methods to return patients of all ages and abilities / disabilities to their physical activity or sporting goals after injury. He has developed expertise in treating a variety of muscle, bone and tendon issues in addition to other sports related injuries such as concussion.

                      After completing a Sports Science degree with first class honours, Dr West graduated from his Medical Degree (Cardiff University, Wales, UK) in 2013. To further specialise, he then completed a Sports & Exercise Medicine Masters degree before coming to Melbourne to practice as a Sports & Exercise Medicine Registrar and joining the Alphington team in 2020.

                      Within elite sport, Liam has worked internationally for the England U16 Football (Soccer) team and the Australian Diamonds Netball team. He has provided medical services at international events including the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Invictus Games. He is currently the Doctor for the Hawthorn Football Club (AFL) and is a member of the match day medical team for the Melbourne Rebels. He has also previously worked across the sporting codes of AFL, Soccer, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Mixed Martial Arts, Horse Racing and Disability Sport.

                      In addition to these extensive clinical experiences, Liam has led UK & European-wide Sports Medicine committees, is a Senior Associate Editor for British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) and in 2017 was elected the President of the Victorian Council of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), serving 2 terms. He has multiple publications in respected medical journals, has presented at several international conferences and produces regular BJSM podcasts & blogs with experts from around the world in Sport & Exercise Medicine.

                      Liam continues to practice what he preaches, after a (relatively) successful semi-professional soccer career in the UK he has now taken up Aussie Rules Football, playing for the University Blues in the VAFA as an erratic small forward. Otherwise, at the weekend he can be found jogging around Princess Park before grabbing a coffee with friends.

                      Memberships: Australasian College of Sports & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP), AFL Doctors Association (AFLDA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), European College of Sports & Exercise Physicians.

                      Availability: Rotating Roster - Week 1: Thursday (am), Week 2: Wednesday (pm) and Friday (pm), Week 3: Thursday (am) and Friday (pm), Week 4: Monday. Telehealth appointments available. 

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr Liam West

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Dr Samantha May

                      Dr Samantha May is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar who is undertaking specialist training in the management of sports injuries and illnesses, as well as the development of specific exercise programs tailored to each individual’s personal needs and limitations. She has a passion for treating all musculoskeletal injuries, whether it be recreational, elite or work related.

                      Joining the Alphington team in 2020, Samantha completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Advanced Medical Science at The University of Melbourne in 2013. She completed a Diploma of Sports Medicine through the International Olympic Committee in 2016, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Management of Pain by online distance learning through The University of Edinburgh in 2015. She is currently completing a Masters of Applied Science (Research) through La Trobe University Graduate Research School and undertaking her fourth year of training on the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Medicine program.

                      Samantha has plenty of experience looking after elite athletes. She is the Melbourne Vixens Team Doctor and supported the team to the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball Premiership. She previously worked for the Western Bulldogs Women’s AFL for their first two successful years, and also toured with Cricket Australia Women’s A squad to the UK in 2019. She volunteered as a doctor during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 and managed elite international athletes in track and field events. She can apply these principles to the management of all patients, whether they are recreational athletes, manual workers, or those with chronic diseases simply wanting to safely increase their activity levels.

                      As part of the clinical services in this practice, Samantha is trained to make the appropriate diagnosis, and just as importantly, detect the causes or risk factors that lead to the development of the condition, to minimise the risk of recurrence. She can arrange all the appropriate investigations from x-rays to blood tests, ECG’s to complex imaging, including rebateable MRI scans. Once the diagnosis is made, she will advise on treatment and arrange for the appropriate referrals. This may involve giving advice on the appropriate rehabilitation program, the prescription of medications, or arrange the injection of joints under ultrasound guidance. Where further specialist allied health and other medical specialist advice is warranted, she can arrange rapid referral to the appropriate practitioners.

                      Availability: Mondays (am), Thursdays (till 5pm). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr Samantha May

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Dr Hussain Khan

                      Dr Khan is passionate about exercise and sports medicine with a focus on returning patients to their physical activity goals and promoting healthy active lifestyles.

                      After completing his medical degree, Dr Khan spent three years working as a junior doctor gaining experience in emergency medicine, trauma, and rehabilitation medicine before joining Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Medicine as a registrar in 2019. He has further gained valuable medical experience in diverse sporting environments including cricket, soccer, rugby league, Australian Rules football, hockey and endurance running events. He is currently the team doctor of Melbourne Victory W-League, North Melbourne AFLW and Box Hill Hawks VFL teams.

                      In addition to his clinical experience, Dr Khan has completed a PhD in Medical Sciences with a focus on early diagnosis and management of knee osteoarthritis. He is currently involved in several research projects examining the effects of physical activity on knee osteoarthritis in elite athletes and in general community members. He is also conducting multiple clinical trials examining the safety and efficacy of different pharmacological agents for management of osteoarthritis. His work has been presented at several International conferences and published in renowned peer-reviewed journals. He has won several awards for his work, including the International Osteoarthritis Research Society Young Researcher Scholarship in 2017 and the Avant Mutual Doctors in Training Research award in 2020.

                      Memberships: Australasian College of Sports & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP), AFL Doctors Association (AFLDA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA).

                      Availability: Tuesdays (1.00 - 4.40pm) and Fridays (1.00 - 5.00pm). 

                      Book an appointment
                      with Dr Hussain Khan

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Dr Carlee Van Dyk

                      A third-year Registrar, Dr Van Dyk originally completed her medical degree at Monash University and went on to work at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne gaining experience in emergency medicine and trauma.

                      Carlee is currently the Doctor for the Australian Diamonds Netball team (since 2018) and the Collingwood Magpies, and was the Doctor for the inaugural Richmond FC AFLW team for 2020. She’s also worked extensively in Australian Rules Football, with Geelong Football Club VFL (2016-17) and Carlton AFLW (2018). Through this she has developed experience in concussion management, and recently presented a seminar at the Netball World Cup on the best practice management of concussion in Netball.

                      Carlee also has a great love for Winter Sports, and in 2019 was fortunate enough to complete a ski season in Chamonix, France, where she undertook a Wilderness Medicine on Skis training course. She was the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Youth Winter Olympic team in January 2020, and thoroughly enjoyed her time developing further skills in an alpine environment.

                      Additionally, Carlee is the Chief Medical Officer for Softball Australia, assisting in preparing the team for the 2020 Olympic Qualifiers. She has also worked in elite soccer, providing match day coverage in the A-League and she spent the 2016 season with Melbourne City’s premiership winning women’s team.

                      Working as a Medical Advisor to WorkSafe Victoria and TAC has given Carlee a sound understanding of the unique challenges for patients when returning to work. She is a volunteer mentor with Fitted For Work, which helps under privileged women re-enter the workforce and is the Victorian Ambassador for 10x10 Philanthropy, which supports grass roots charities by combining fundraising with social engagements for young professionals.

                      Carlee has a great passion for physical activity, especially mountain biking. She trained and worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor whilst studying at university and enjoys integrating appropriate physical activity into treatment plans for both rehabilitation and general health.

                      Availability: Wednesdays (1.00 - 5.00pm), Fridays (9.00am - 1.00pm)

                      Book an appointment
                      with Dr Carlee Van Dyk

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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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 Tuesday (pm)

                       

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                      Mr Simon Holland

                      MBBS (Hons), FRACS

                      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 Wednesday (am)

                       

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                      Mr Richard Dallalana

                      MBBS, FRACS

                      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 Wednesday (am)

                       

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                      Physiotherapists

                      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) & Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Clinical Panels, these 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: Mondays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr Gaylene McKay

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Kay Copeland

                      Kay is 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: Mondays, Tuesdays (pm), Wednesdays, Thursdays (pm), Fridays (am)

                      Book an appointment
                      with Kay Copeland

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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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 and Exercise 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 3x3 Basketball Teams (2019 - current). Previously Jessica was the Australian U19 Women's Basketball Team Physiotherapist (2014 - 2019) and the Jets Gymnastics Club Physiotherapist (2011 - 2018). She also 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 and neck injuries.

                      She is qualified in Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates and runs a number of our Group Exercise Classes.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association and Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy Group

                      Availability: Mondays (pm), Tuesdays (pm), Wednesdays (pm), Thursdays (am), Fridays (am/pm). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Book an appointment
                      with Jessica Thornton

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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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 rehabilitation and exercise programs for her patients. 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 runs some of our Group Exercise Classes, 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: Currently on Maternity Leave.

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                      Dr Sonya Moore

                      APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist
                      IFSPT Registered International Sports Physical Therapist

                      Sonya is a senior clinical physiotherapist at ASMC, an ASCA Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach and leads the postgraduate Sports Medicine programs at the University of Melbourne. She balances this with keeping herself and her family (including 4 young children) happy, healthy and active. Sonya has worked extensively in performance sport in Australia and internationally including: 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2000 Paralympic Games, Victorian Institute of Sport, Netball Victoria, English Institute of Sport, Team GB and Team Bath (UK).
                      Sonya has special interests in supporting the development of junior athletes and supporting high performance athletes, including assisting athletes of all sports, all ages and abilities, to participate injury free to the best of their capabilities. Having competed to international level in netball, she is well versed in this.

                      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.

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

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy Australia (SEPA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy registered (IFSPT), Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA).

                      Availability: Thursdays (am). Telehealth appointments available. 

                      Book an appointment with
                      Dr Sonya Moore

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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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 has also completed 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 a physiotherapist with Geelong Football Club and for the last 6 years has been the Head Physiotherapist for the Volleyroos, the Australian olympic volleyball team. His previous sports teams include the Coburg Tigers VFL team, Victorian Fury Netball Team and the Victoria Bushranger's Cricket team. Darren also worked as a physiotherapist at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

                      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 Group Exercise Classes.

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

                      Availability: Mondays (am), Tuesdays (pm), Wednesdays (pm), Thursdays, Fridays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Book an appointment
                      with Darren Austin

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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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, and Carlton AFLW Football Club. But more recently Simone can be found treating aerial and circus artists of differing levels.

                      Further to completing her Physiotherapy Undergraduate Degree at the University of Melbourne, Simone has completed a double Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at La Trobe University, both of which has allowed for APA Titling as recognition of her commitment to the profession. 

                      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 strength and conditioning and manual therapy, allows for a quick patient return to high level performance.

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

                      Availability: Wednesdays (1.00 - 7.00pm). Telehealth appointments available. 

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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: Tuesdays (pm), Thursdays (pm), Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      Marie Pham

                      Marie graduated from Monash University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and is an APA tilted Sports Physiotherapist. Marie has also completed her APPI Clinical Pilates training including reformer, mat-work and pre-post-natal pilates. She has been teaching pilates and strength rehabilitation since the beginning of her career and is passionate about correcting posture and improving control for her patient's performance and quality of movement through all walks of life. 

                      Being a Sports Physiotherapist, Marie has worked in soccer, futsal, taekwondo, and was the previous Head AFLW Physiotherapist for North Melbourne Football Club. In addition to her clinical work, she is focusing on persistent pain management part-time, and has a holistic approach assessing mental and physical aspects that impact on pain. 

                      Marie has interests in correcting biomechanics for lower limb and upper limb, pre-post-natal physiotherapy, foot/ankle, neck/shoulder, and chronic pain. 

                      Postgraduate Qualifications: Master of Sports Physiotherapy, Graduate Certificate of Mental Health.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association.

                      Availability: Tuesdays (till 4pm), Thursdays (till 4pm). Telehealth appointments available. 

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                      Sam Pietsch

                      Sam graduated from the University of South Australia in 2001 and is an APA titled Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist having completed his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at Latrobe University in 2014. 

                      Sam joined the team at Alphington Sports Medicine in 2019 with extensive sports physiotherapy experience having previously worked for 12 years as Head Physiotherapist at the Melbourne Football Club. During this time he was also selected as Australian team Physiotherapist for the AFL International Rules Series in 2013 and 2014. Further to his work in elite sport, Sam has also worked in orthopaedic and trauma rehabilitation, hand therapy and private practice. 

                      Given his elite sports experience, Sam enjoys managing soft tissue injuries (hamstring, quadriceps, calf) and athletic groin pain, as well as developing targeted exercise rehabilitation programs for spinal, shoulder, hip, knee (including ACL) and ankle joint injuries. He also has broad experience developing post-surgical rehabilitation programs for upper and lower limb conditions. Sam is focused on providing elite personalised injury treatment and rehabilitation programs for every patient, which are tailored to each person’s individual goals and level of activity. 

                      Alongside his clinical work, Sam is also currently undertaking a research degree at Latrobe University investigating quadriceps muscle strain injuries in sport.  

                      Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy

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

                      Availability: Tuesdays (pm), Wednesdays (till 2pm), Fridays (till 2pm). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Laura Yammouni

                      Laura is a titled Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist with experience in musculoskeletal and sports conditions who has worked with many elite sporting teams including the Canberra South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) Capitals as well as Victorian state basketball and netball teams.

                      In 2019 she completed her postgraduate studies in Continence and Women’s Health and is due to complete her Masters in Women’s Health at the end of 2020 at Curtin University. Laura has completed all four levels of DMA Clinical Pilates and endeavours to provide holistic treatment to patients combining manual therapy with exercise.

                      As a women’s health Physiotherapist Laura can help women who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

                      Her passion lies in helping women to experience a fit and healthy pregnancy, birth and recovery without needing to sacrifice their health, sport and exercise. Her vision is to see all women receive the right advice and treatment in order to achieve a fit and healthy pregnancy.

                      When not working Laura loves spending time with her kids and husband, and baking in the kitchen, lately she has become a sourdough convert and loves to make bread from scratch.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Australian College of Physiotherapists (MACP), Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health Australia.

                      Availability: Mondays (2.00 - 8.00pm). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      Jay Anderson

                      Jay is a Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, who has recently returned to Melbourne after working as the rehabilitation physiotherapist for the Gold Coast Suns in the AFL for the past 4 years. Prior to this, Jay worked for the Carlton Football Club, involved at both the AFL and VFL level, whilst also being heavily involved in private practice.

                      Jay completed his undergraduate training at La Trobe University in 2010, and has since completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy, and a Masters in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy.

                      His special interest areas include tendon pathology, hip and groin pain, recurrent soft tissue injury and shoulder pathology. His background in the elite sport setting allows him to apply the most current evidence and research, along with treatment and rehabilitation prescription, to allow all patients to receive care, as if they were competing at the top level.

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

                      Availability: Mondays (am), Tuesdays (pm), Wednesdays (am), Fridays, Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      with Jay Anderson

                       

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                      Will Tardif

                      Will graduated with honours from Monash University in 2012 and has since worked in a variety of elite sport and clinical roles. He was Head Physiotherapist at Melbourne Victory for their 2017-18 A-League Championship, has worked at the Australian Institute of Sport (Basketball/Football) and most recently in the UK as team physiotherapist at Bath Rugby. He has also consulted privately in both Melbourne and London.

                      Given his professional sport experience he advocates a thorough approach to rehabilitation and reconditioning athletes at all levels, with a special interest in the management of knee (particularly ACL), hip and groin and shoulder injuries. He also has considerable experience implementing targeted rehabilitation plans for tendon (achilles and patella) and muscle (hamstring, calf and quadriceps) injuries. He is passionate about providing an elite level of injury rehabilitation and prevention for the recreational athlete and everyday exerciser.

                      Will is currently completing his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at Latrobe University and has recently undertaken a Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport at Australian Catholic University.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association.

                      Availability: Tuesdays (am), Thursdays (pm), Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      James de Leijer

                      James is an experienced Physiotherapist who graduated in 2007 and subsequently completed a postgraduate Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2014.

                      He has a strong passion for sports performance and has worked with multiple elite sports teams including VAFA - Old Melburnians FC (2005-12), Danish 1st Division Soccer Team "Lyngby BK" (2012-13), Melbourne Storm (2015-16) and Carlton FC (2017-18). He’s currently working with the Eastern Lions Soccer Club NPL1 team and consulting for the Box Hill Rugby Club.

                      James has well-rounded experience across all areas and his strengths are in rehab after surgery, spinal physiotherapy, and high-level return to performance.

                      He has a special interest in improving running and movement biomechanics to address the cause of your pain, and in-patient education.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Musculoskeletal Physio Association (MPA). 

                      Availability: Mondays (am), Thursdays (pm) & Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      with James de Leijer

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Scott Mitchinson

                      Graduating with distinction from Curtin University in 2013, Scott and has worked at sports physiotherapy clinics in both Perth and Melbourne since this time. He is currently a Physiotherapist for the Melbourne Aces Baseball team and worked as the Physiotherapist for the Australian U’18 baseball team during the 2019 World Cup, as well as with the WA Women’s baseball team for the Australian National Championships.

                      Scott enjoys managing a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and prides himself on working collaboratively with clients to provide a clear pathway to recovery. He has a strong interest in exercise-based rehabilitation and has completed further training in rehabilitative Pilates, TRX suspension training and dry needling.

                      Scott has an extensive baseball background having played professionally in the United States with the Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics Organisations. He represented Australia from 2007 – 2016 and has played in the Australian Baseball League for both the Perth Heat and Melbourne Aces since 2002. Due to his experience and knowledge of throwing biomechanics, Scott was recruited as a specialist throwing and fielding coach for the Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers cricket teams during their 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.

                      Scott has a particular interest in treating shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle pathologies, as well as the rehabilitation of soft tissue and tendon injuries. Additionally, his background in elite baseball and cricket has provided him with a unique skillset for assessing and managing throwing athletes. 

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

                      Availability: Mondays (pm), Wednesdays (pm), Thursdays (am), Fridays (am), Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      Scott Mitchinson

                       

                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Sarah Wolff

                      Sarah is a Physiotherapist and qualified Clinical Pilates instructor with over seven year's experience in sports and exercise rehabilitation. She has completed her graduate certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and is in her final year of her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy. 

                      She has developed a special interest in treating the hip and groin and overuse injuries. This has lead to a strong understanding and passion of human movement and biomechanics associated with these pathologies.

                      Sarah has also worked with AFL athletes from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Carlton Football Club and Collingwood Football Club for individualised conditioning, injury prevention and specific rehabilitation needs. In addition she has worked and travelled with a variety of sporting teams including the Open Men’s Victorian Indoor Hockey, Open Men’s Premier League Hockey and the Collegians Football Club.

                      Her own sporting background in competitive netball assists Sarah in the management of elite and recreational athletes, using an individualised approach to help clients achieve their physical goals.  

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association.

                      Availability: Mondays (pm), Tuesdays (am), Wednesdays (pm) & Thursdays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Podiatrists

                      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 plus post graduate studies in Sports 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: Currently on Maternity Leave

                       

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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: Mondays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      Emma Poynton

                      Emma is an experienced Podiatrist who has both a Master of Health Specialisation (Podiatric Medicine) from University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Podiatry from Latrobe University.

                      Emma’s clinical practice specialises in biomechanics, sports medicine and injury management with a strong interest in winter sports (skiing, ice hockey and ice skating), football and running (sprinting, long distance and trail). Junior athletes and paediatric athletes are also a clinical interest after Emma completed her Masters in 2011 with specific paediatric sport and biomechanical components.

                      As the current Western Bulldogs AFL /AFLW / VFL / VFLW Podiatrist, and AFL Women’s National Academy Podiatrist, Emma can offer consults on all lower limb football related injuries as well as football boot prescriptions. She is also the Podiatry Advisor for the Little Athletics Victoria as well as the Technical Delegate and Technical Advisor for International Paralympic World Para Ice Hockey.

                      Emma is a qualified Master Boot Fitter of ski and snowboard boots which includes fitting and modifying boots, customising footbeds and problem solving boot fit concerns. Emma has also worked in Melbourne’s leading technical athletic footwear stores and is therefore also competent in providing advice on footwear selection for her patients.

                      Extending beyond sports medicine - Emma is happy to consult on all common foot and lower limb complaints such as heel and arch pain, nail conditions and surgeries, diabetic assessments, foot and leg pain, orthotic therapy, and paediatrics. 

                      Availability: Tuesdays (1-8pm), Fridays (1-6pm).

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                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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                      Massage Therapists

                      Donna Callela

                      Donna joined our team in 2010 and has over 20 years experience in Remedial and Elite Sports Massage.  She has a Diploma in Health Science.

                      She applies her technique through musculoskeletal assessment and a range of soft tissue techniques to address clients needs within a clinical reasoning framework. In addition to her work in private practice, she has lectured at Southern School of Natural Therapies, and worked with elite Gymnastics Squad at Women’s Victorian High Performance Centre, World Summer University Games 2015 (South Korea), AFL Kangeroos Football Club, VIS Road Cycling - Drapac and Charter Mason teams and Australian Open -Tennis.

                      Aside from a busy work-life schedule, she still finds time to enjoy some swimming, sailing, horse riding, walking, dancing and gardening. 

                      Memberships: Australian Association of Massage Therapists

                      Availability: Tuesdays (am) - currently on leave.

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                      PLEASE NOTE: While Telehealth, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover appointments, and group exercise classes are all available, these need to be BOOKED BY PHONE (not online). Please call 9481 5744.

                       

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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: Saturdays (am).

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                      Cecilia Jensen

                      Although Cecilia initially completed a Bachelor of Science, a knee injury sparked her interest in sports rehabilitation and massage therapy. This interest turned into a passion and ultimately lead her to completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage at RMIT. In addition, she is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. 

                      Cecilia has gained experience working with athletes from the National Institute of Circus Arts, the Melbourne Boomers (WNBL), Melbourne United (NBL), as well as community members and athletes from the indigenous club the Fitzroy Stars (Football). She has a special interest in sports related injuries and believes in an integrated approach to treatment - having suffered from a chronic injury herself she understands not only the physical barriers in healing but the mental ones too. 

                      Memberships: Myotherapy Association Australia

                      Availability: Mondays (pm).

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                      Brooke Skaf

                      Brooke has completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences at La Trobe University with a major in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. She has also graduated from the Australian College of Fitness and Bodywork with a Diploma of Remedial Massage.

                      Brooke is currently working at the Carlton Football Club as a soft tissue therapist and trainer, and has previously worked for Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Rebels.

                      She has an interest in sporting preparations and injuries, as well as helping people alleviate their pain, increase their range of motion and their quality of movement.

                      Memberships: Massage and Myotherapy Australia

                      Availability: Wednesdays (9am-8pm), Thursdays (12-6pm), Fridays (12-7pm).

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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: Mondays (1-4pm). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      Dietitian

                      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 worked in Aussie rules football for a number of years and is currently the head Sports Dietitian of Carlton’s AFLW team.

                      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: Wednesdays. Telehealth appointments available.

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                      Occupational (Hand) Therapist

                      Danica Probyn-Smith

                      Danica completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University in 2009, and has specialised in hand and upper limb rehabilitation for 7 years. She has recently completed a Masters Of Applied Science - Hand Therapy, via the University of Derby in the United Kingdom. The title of her thesis was "Use of joint position sense retraining in the upper and lower limb and its implications for wrist rehabilitation: a systematic review", which was spurned from her interest in wrist biomechanics and rehabilitation.

                      She is passionate about sport and plays regular netball as well as volleyball, having been previously played at a State League level. As a result, treating traumatic sporting injuries is a special interest for Danica, including fractures, dislocations and ligamentous injuries.

                      She currently works at a major Melbourne hospital as a Senior Hand Therapist and has also worked at the Royal London and St Georges Hospitals in London, UK where she lived for 6 years. She has extensive experience treating chronic conditions as well as acute post operative patients, ranging from carpal tunnel, fracture, tendon and nerve repairs, to patients who have experienced complex injuries following major workplace or road accidents.

                      Memberships: Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, Member of Occupational Therapy Australia

                      Availability: Tuesdays 5:30-8pm.

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