Please Note:
    - Telehealth appointments are now avaiable for many of our services.
    - Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation some of our services have been suspended until further notice.
    - 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 Kendall Brooks Dr Liam West
      Dr Samantha May  


        Orthopaedic Surgeons

          Mr Harvinder Bedi  Mr Simon Holland   
          Mr Richard Dallalana     



            Dr Gaylene McKay     John Wilson     
            Kay Copeland Jessica Thornton
            Madeleine Thompson (nee Ellis) Dr Sonya Moore
            Darren Austin Nino La Scala
            Madeline Hannington Simone Muscat
            Daniel Abrams Madeleine Hook
            Ross Wettenhall Annie McCrystal
            Zoe Ludington (nee Davies) Marie Pham
            Sam Pietsch  



            Mark Whiteside    Zoe Giacobbe


            Exercise Physiologist

            Rebecca Hallam  Ashley Bigaran


              Massage Therapists

              Donna Callela   Nicole Young
              Jordan Lee Cecilia Jensen



                Kristen Papathanasiou 


                  Occupational (Hand) Therapist

                  Hannah Dewes Emily Donovan (nee Short)

                      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.


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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, Australian Medical Association, Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia, The Italian Medical Society.

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

                      Appointments also avaiable in Italian.


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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 and Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre.

                      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.


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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.


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                      Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrars

                      Dr Kendall Brooks

                      Dr Kendall Brooks is currently a fourth year Registrar with the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Medicine Physicians. Originally from rural Western Australia, Kendall completed her undergraduate medical degree in 2011 at the University of Western Australia.  Kendall completed her internship at Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia’s primary trauma center.

                      After moving to Melbourne Kendall spent over 6 years working in the VFL and AFL for the Western Bulldogs, Geelong Cats and Sydney Swans. Kendall has enjoyed her involvement with various other sporting teams and organisations including Cricket Australia, Swimming Australia, Melbourne City, Super League Netball and the Commonwealth Games. Kendall has also recently started working with the Melbourne Storm. Kendall has previously worked at Newtown Medical Centre and currently works at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Geelong.

                      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.

                      No referral is required to see Kendall but please bring any relevant scans or results to your appointment.

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

                      Availability: Mondays and Wednesdays. Telehealth appointments available. 


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                      Dr Liam West


                      Dr. 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, the Australian Diamonds Netball team and in 2020 is going to the U20 World Athletics Championships in Kenya as the Australian Team Doctor. He has provided medical services at international events including the 2018 Commonwealth games and the 2018 Invictus games. He is currently doctor for the Hawthorn FC (AFL), Box Hill Hawks FC (VFL), Melbourne Victory FC (Soccer – Women’s, Youth and Academy teams) and is a member of the match day medical team for the Melbourne Rebels. He has also previously worked across the sporting codes of 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 the Botanical Gardens 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: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. Telehealth appointments available. 

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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 through working for the Western Bulldogs Women’s AFL for their first two successful years, as well as Cricket Australia Women’s A squad on their international tour 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.

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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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                      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.


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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: Tuesdays (am), Wednesdays (am), Thursdays (pm), Fridays (pm), Saturdays (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: Mondays, Tuesdays (pm), Wednesdays, Thursdays (pm), Fridays (am)


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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 Group Exercise 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). Telehealth appointments available.


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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 at the Alphington Exercise + 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 runs some of our Group Exercise Classes at the Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre, 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

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

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

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

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

                      Availability: Thursdays. Currently available for Telehealth appointments only. 


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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 Group Exercise Classes at the Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre.

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

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


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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: Mondays (pm), Tuesdays (pm), Thursdays (till 2pm), Fridays, Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.


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                      Madeline Hannington

                      Madeline joined the Alphington team in 2016. She graduated from Monash University with honours and is currently completing her Phd at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre investigating knee injuries in elite basketball athletes. Madeline has also completed pilates training through APPI.

                      She is currently the Physiotherapist at Coburg Football Club (VFL) and has previously worked with the Oakleigh Chargers Football Club (TAC Cup), Old Trinity Grammar Football Club (VAFA), and the VAFA representative football team. Madeline enjoys learning about the demands and requirements of all different sports and has also been the Physiotherapist for Victorian State teams in hockey, volleyball and basketball.

                      Madeline has a strong interest in injury prevention, and enjoys using strength and pilates exercises to allow people to return to activity and improve performance.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia

                      Availability: Currently on study leave for her PhD


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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 lead her to pursue a career as a Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Her expertise has led to multiple appointments within the sporting community including the Australian and Victorian Mens Masters/U21s Hockey Teams, TAC Western Jets, and most recently Carlton AFLW FC. Simone has been Physiotherapist for numerous State and National hockey teams, contributing to the success of winning four National Championships, the Trans Tasman Cup and World Cup.

                      Further to completing her Physiotherapy undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, Simone has proudly completed her double Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2019.

                      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: Mondays (10.00am - 4.30pm), Wednesdays (12.30 - 5.00pm). Currently available for Telehealth appointments only. 


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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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                      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 further increased her passion for managing dance injuries. 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.

                      Joining the Alphington Sports Medicine team in 2018, Madeleine has previously worked 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 Clincal Pilates, Madeleine runs some of our Group Exercise Classes at the Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre and 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: Mondays (pm), Tuesdays (till 2pm), Wednesdays (10am - 4pm). Telehealth appointments available.


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                      Ross Wettenhall


                      Ross has a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney and an Exercise & Sport Science degree.

                      He currently is the National Ultimate Frisbee Physiotherapist and is a Head Physiotherapist for the Old Collegians FC in the VAFA.  Prior to 2020 Ross played, and was the Physiotherapist, for the Melbourne University Blues FC from 2012-2019.

                      Ross has a strong passion and background of playing multiple sports. Having stopped playing football, he now regularly applies himself to all forms of running, cycling and swimming including recent 70.3 Ironman’s and Olympic distance triathlons. As well as competing, Ross frequently undertakes extra study in these areas. For his injured runners, he uses running re-training technology (strength and biomechanics related) including gait assessment.

                      Outside of exercise related injuries Ross also enjoys treating spinal pain and non-specific injuries. He uses a range of hands on techniques and believes in specific strength rehabilitation personalised to the patient’s goals and needs.

                      Ross also uses Telehealth and specialises in making home exercise programs designed to patient needs and goals.

                      His qualifications include Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates, Elite Strength Training, and much more. 

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA). 

                      Availability: Tuesday (pm) for Telehealth appointments only, Thursday (pm). 


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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 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.

                      Currently the AFLW Head Physiotherapist for North Melbourne Football Club, Marie has also worked in soccer, futsal, and taekwondo. She still enjoys playing soccer, cycling, and boxing. Having competed in state futsal league and taekwondo, she understands the demands on the athlete and enjoys working with a variety of sports, focusing on maximising performance and implementing injury prevention. 

                      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

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association

                      Availability: Monday (pm), Tuesday (till 2pm), Wednesday (pm), Thursday (till 2pm), Friday (till 2pm). Currently available for Telehealth appointments only. 

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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 has extensive sports physiotherapy experience having worked as Head Physiotherapist at the Melbourne Football Club for the past 12 years. 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 the areas of orthopaedic and trauma rehabilitation and hand therapy.

                      Given his AFL experience, Sam enjoys managing hamstring, calf and other soft tissue injuries, athletic groin pain, hip and groin problems, as well as developing targeted exercise rehabilitation programs for spinal, hip, knee and ankle joint injuries. He also has broad experience developing post-surgical rehabilitation programs for upper and lower limb conditions. Sam believes in developing personalised injury management and rehabilitation programs that are specifically targeted for each individual and their desired outcomes.

                      Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy

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

                      Availability: Wednesdays (am), Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      Annie McCrystal

                      Joining our team in 2019, Anita (known as Annie) completed her Physiotherapy degree at Curtin University in WA in 2008. Early on she developed a keen interest in sport and travel after her experiences competing both nationally and internationally in artistic gymnastics and cheerleading.

                      Soon after graduating, she headed to Canada and the UK to live, work and travel. She spent over two years in London where she worked as a Pilates Physio and developed an interest in helping people recover from injury through exercise rehabilitation and self-management.

                      Annie moved to Melbourne in 2012 to continue her rehabilitation focus in management of sports injuries, women’s health issues, optimising office-based ergonomics and promoting health and well-being through activity and pain management.

                      Annie has also provided Physiotherapy event coverage for Gymnastics Victoria, including Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Acrobatic Gymnastics competitions, and the Victorian Netball League since 2018.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

                      Availability: Currently on maternity leave

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                      Zoe Ludington (nee Davies)

                      Joining the team at Alphington Sports Medicine in 2019, Zoe completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Albury. She is also qualified in Clinical Pilates, Personal Training and Dry Needling.

                      A keen sportsperson herself, Zoe has a special interest in sporting injuries, in particular those resulting from football, soccer, volleyball and netball. She has also recently found a passion for shoulder rehabilitation, particularly post-surgery.

                      Zoe aims to help everyone return to full activity and improve performance through exercise prescription, manual therapy and self-management. She has strong exercise prescription and strength & conditioning skills, and is experienced in running Group Exercise Classes.

                      She is currently the Physiotherapist for Whittlesea United Soccer Club’s State League 1 team in the FFV and represented Victoria as their Physiotherapist for the 2019 National Junior Volleyball Championships.

                      Zoe is returning to study in 2020 to complete a Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Medicine Australia.
                      Availability:  Mondays (am), Wednesdays (am), Thursdays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

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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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                      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: Tuesdays (pm), alternate Fridays (1-5pm). Telehealth appointments available.


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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). Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation our Massage services have been suspended until further notice.


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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). Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation our Massage services have been suspended until further notice.


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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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                      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). Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation our Massage services have been suspended until further notice.

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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: Currently on maternity leave


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                      Ashley Bigaran

                      Ashley graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology with Honours from Deakin University, gaining the title of Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP). She is currently completing her PhD in Exercise Oncology at Australian Catholic University investigating novel methods of identifying and preventing cardiovascular disease in men with prostate cancer receiving hormone therapy. In addition, she is a senior lecturer and leads the postgraduate cardiovascular, metabolic and oncology curriculum for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree program at Australian Catholic University.

                      Re-joining the Alphington team in 2020, Ashley has considerable experience as an AEP and a Strength & Conditioning Coach. Her passion and field of expertise is exercise oncology and the prevention of cancer therapy-related side effects, in particular cardiovascular disease. She is one of few clinical leads with a specific expertise in the cardiovascular side effects of cancer therapy and consults Australia-wide. In a strength and conditioning capacity, she was previously was employed by Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union team (Sevens Rugby, Women’s 15-a side and U20 Elite programs), and is currently a consultant for a number of elite IronMan triathletes, track & field, and powerlifting athletes.

                      Ashley is the Co-Chair of the Exercise Sports Science Australia Victorian State Chapter Committee and an advisory committee member of the RMIT Exercise and Sport Science Degree Program. She also holds academic appointments at the Baker Institute and various hospitals around Victoria.

                      Postgraduate Qualifications: Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours); Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology – Deakin University; Doctor of Philosophy – Exercise Oncology – Australian Catholic University (ongoing).

                      Memberships: Exercise Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

                      Availability: Mondays (pm) – Telehealth appointments available.

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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: Wednesdays. Telehealth appointments available.


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                      Occupational (Hand) Therapist

                      Hannah Dewes

                      Hannah graduated from La Trobe University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice and has been working in hand therapy since 2017 across two major public hospitals in Melbourne. She has experience in treating a range of conservative and surgically managed injuries including but not limited to; volar plate injuries, mallet finger, thumb and finger dislocations, hand and wrist fractures, tendon repairs, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, arthritis and De Quervain's tenosynovitis. She has a special interest in sports-related injuries and is able to provide individualised therapy programs for a range of conditions and injuries in order to maximise function in daily activities.

                      Hannah is passionate about evidence-based practice and has assisted researchers in hand therapy studies as well as presenting to Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. She frequently attends professional development courses and implements evidence into practice. She has supervised final year Occupational Therapy students and is passionate in her approach to teaching and the development of future therapists. 

                      She also has a keen interest in basketball, having played competitively for Eltham and Diamond Valley Basketball clubs, and continues to enjoy the game socially.   

                      Availability: Mondays (5:30-7:30pm). Telehealth appointments available.

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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: Currently on maternity leave


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