Please Note: 
    • Telehealth appointments are available for many of our services.
    • A current referral from a general or specialist medical practitioner is required for appointments with our Specialist Sport & Exercise Physicians.

     

    Specialist Sport & Exercise Physicians

    Dr Andrew Garnham Dr David Bolzonello
    Dr Tanusha Cardoso Dr Liam West
    Dr Carlee Van Dyk    

        

      Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrars

      Dr Samantha May   Dr Bryn Savill
      Dr Victoria Forsdick Dr Nathan Tso

         

        Orthopaedic Surgeon

          Mr Simon Holland  

             

            Physiotherapists – Specialist Sport & Exercise Physiotherapist

            Dr Kay Copeland  

             

            Physiotherapists – PhD & Doctorate (APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists)

            Dr Gaylene McKay   Dr Sonya Moore

             

            Physiotherapists – Masters Qualified (APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists)

            Jessica Thornton Madeleine Thompson (nee Ellis)
            Simone Muscat     Nino La Scala    
            Darren Austin Daniel Abrams  
            Sam Pietsch Sarah Wolff        
            Fiona Jacobs Jacob Monk
            Andrew Shaw   

             

            Physiotherapists - Masters Qualified (High Performance Sport)

            Nick Leman  

             

            Physiotherapists

            Bradley Smith         Simon Lumb
            Sean Towers    Katharine Wrobel (nee Camobreco)
            Brandon Lowe Jennifer Lohmus
            Thomas Nemeth Nathan Monaco

             

            Podiatrists

            Mark Whiteside    Emma Poynton

             

            Exercise Physiologist (EP)

            Sonja Cornes  

               

              Massage Therapists

              Donna Callela   Nicole Young
              Cecilia Jensen  

                 

                Dietitian

                Kristen Djermanovic (nee Papathanasiou)  Priscilla Elazar

                   

                  Occupational (Hand) Therapist

                  Melita Ryan  

                      Sport & Exercise 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 gymnastics 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 also 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.

                      David was the Melbourne Boomers Team (WNBL) doctor for the 2021/22 season joining long time club Physio, our own Dr Gaylene Mckay, to assist the club in navigating the Covid-19 pandemic along with the usual athlete medical care.

                      He is the Club Doctor for the Western United Football Club Women's A-League Team, and remains a consultant for the Men's A-League Team and assists at their games when required. 

                      David 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.

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                      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

                      Dr Tanusha Cardoso is a specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine and accredited by the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. Joining the Clinic in 2015, Tanusha offers her consulting services to the general public, the Australian Defence force, Work cover and TAC patients.

                      She enjoys the diversity that the specialty offers and has worked across a multitude of sports, both in terms of consulting and event coverage. This included the ICC Men's T20 World Cup (2022), the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup (2020), the Commonwealth games (2018), the Ara Fura games (2011) and the Alice Springs Masters games (2010, 2012, 2014). 

                      Dr Cardoso has previously worked in the role of Team Doctor for the Young Matildas (2019 -2021), the Matildas (home series medical coverage in 2021 and 2022), the Opals (2018-2019), the Collingwood AFLW Team (2018), the Melbourne Storm Under-20s Rugby League team (2014), the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club (2011) and toured internationally with the Young Matildas, the Opals, the Pararoos and the Joeys. She also serves as Match Day Doctor for Cricket Australia during the national cricket season (2017 - present). 

                      She has previously worked at the Australian Institute of Sport and her published research includes tendinopathy, iron supplementation and AFL injuries.

                      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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                      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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                      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 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 complete his Sports & Exercise Medicine Specialist training. He is now a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians.

                      Within elite sport, Liam has worked internationally for the England U16 Football (Soccer) team, the Australian Diamonds Netball team & for Athletics Australia. He has provided medical services at international events including the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2018 Invictus Games and the 2022 Commonwealth Games as the Australian Athletics Doctor. He is currently the Head 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 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 the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), sits on the AFL Doctors Association (AFLDA) Executive Committee, 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 tried his luck with Aussie Rules Football, playing for the University Blues in the VAFA as an erratic small forward. He has also taken up running in preparation for chasing his son around the park who was born towards the end of 2022!

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

                      Availability: Mondays (am). Additional appointment times often available on other days. Telehealth appointments available. 

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                      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 Carlee Van Dyk

                      Having completed her Specialist Sport and Exercise Medicine training in 2023, Dr Carlee Van Dyk has vast experience in multiple different clinic and sporting environments.

                      In 2023 she also took up a position with Rowing Australia which saw her provide medical care for the National Championships in Perth and in Italy for the World U23 Championships.

                      Formerly Team Doctor for the Magpies Netball Club (2021-2023) and the Australian Netball Diamonds (2018-2022), Carlee has 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 is a passionate skier and was the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Youth Winter Olympic Team in 2020. She has also completed a wilderness medicine training course, on skis, in Chamonix France in 2019.

                      Having trained and worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor whilst studying at university, Carlee has a great passion for physical activity. This provided her with a solid background from which to integrate appropriate physical activity into treatment plans for both rehabilitation and general health.

                      Practicing in an easy-going manner, Carlee enjoys working collaboratively with all patients, regardless of their ability, sport, age, or gender, to help them best achieve their goals.

                      Availability: Mondays, Thursdays (1-5pm). 

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                      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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                      Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrars

                      Dr Samantha May

                      Dr Samantha May is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar who is undertaking specialist training under the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Medicine. She has a passion for treating all musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses, whether it be recreational, elite, or work related. This includes providing advice on specific exercise programs tailored to each individual’s personal needs and limitations.

                      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 recently completed her Master of Applied Science (Research) through La Trobe University on the topic “Ultrasound Measurement of Gastrocnemius Muscle Architecture in Athletes”.

                      Samantha is the Club Doctor for the Melbourne Vixens Super Netball squad and supported the team to the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball Premiership. She is currently Team Doctor for Essendon Football Club AFLW team, and previously worked for the Western Bulldogs AFLW team for their first two successful years. Samantha works as a Medical Advisor to AFLW and State League Umpires, as well as Waverley Gymnastics. She has also worked amongst elite tennis players at Melbourne Summer Set in 2022, travelled with Cricket Australia Women’s A squad to the UK in 2019, and volunteered as Athletics doctor during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

                      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 appropriate investigations from blood tests to ECG’s, and x-rays 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 injury or concussion management including the appropriate rehabilitation program, as well as the prescription of medications or 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: Thursdays (2pm-5pm). Telehealth appointments available.

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                      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 Bryn Savill

                      Bryn graduated from his Medical Degree (Cardiff University, Wales, UK) in 2014 after completing a Sports Science degree (Loughborough University, England, UK). To further specialise, he then completed a Sports & Exercise Medicine Diploma whilst working in the hospital system in the UK, before coming over to Melbourne.

                      With many years of experience across a range of sports, especially rugby (both Union and League), Bryn is currently the team doctor for the Melbourne Rebels and has been for the past 5 years. He was also the team doctor for the Fiji Rugby Union for 3 years including the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Bryn has worked in a number of other sports including AFL, Soccer, Horse Racing and Cricket, both in Australia and the UK. This experience has given him a passion for dealing with sports related injuries such as concussion, and other musculoskeletal injuries.

                      In addition to his clinical experience, Bryn has a strong interest in education. He has led and been part of UK & European-wide Sports Medicine committees and is currently on the board of the Victorian Council of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA). He is also accredited as a World Rugby Medical Educator, with the aim of improving medical management of trauma on the rugby field amongst sports trainers and medical personnel.

                      In his spare time, Bryn enjoys running, cooking, and playing in his local touch rugby competition.

                      Memberships: Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA).

                      Availability: Mondays (2-5pm), Tuesdays (9am-5pm), Wednesdays (9am-12pm), Thursdays (2-5pm).

                       

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                      with Dr Bryn Savill

                       

                      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 Victoria Forsdick

                      Dr Victoria Forsdick undertook an Undergraduate Physiotherapy Degree before graduating from Medicine in 2014. She previously worked in paediatric surgery but could not ignore her love for sport and exercise medicine, having been a young athlete herself.

                      In 2019 she started working for the Western Bulldogs AFLW team and covered other events, as able, during the Covid-19 pandemic before moving to Canberra in 2021. She completed her first year of Sport and Exercise Medicine Specialist training at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), working with a range of sports including basketball and para-swimming. The AIS was also where she started her researched in the female athlete post-pregnancy.

                      Victoria returned to Melbourne in 2022 and is currently working with the Western Bulldogs AFL and AFLW teams. She was a member of the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 medical team looking after the Hockeyroos (Silver Medallists) and Artistic Gymnasts. Victoria was also the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Youth Commonwealth Games 2023 held in Trinidad and Tobago. She continues to lead the AIS research into the experiences of high-performance athletes returning to sport post-pregnancy.

                      Her aim is to help all patients achieve their goals through management of acute and chronic injuries and utilising exercise as medicine. She has a keen interest and passion for paediatric patients, female athletes, concussion, and bone stress related injuries.

                      Memberships: Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians, Australian Football League Doctors Association, Sports Medicine Australia.

                      Availability: Mondays (am) and Thursdays (am)

                       

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                      Dr Victoria Forsdick

                       

                      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 Nathan Tso

                      Dr Nathan Tso is a Sports and Exercise Medicine Registrar currently undertaking his specialist training with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. Despite having always been fascinated by sports from a young age, his calling as an athlete never came. Nathan graduated from Melbourne High School in 2012 and completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine with first class honours. He then graduated from a Doctor of Medicine at The University of Melbourne in 2019. Having suffered an ACL injury of his own during this time, Nathan’s passion for sports never waivered and culminated in a trip to the UK where he underwent a medical elective in Sports Medicine at University College London. On returning home, he completed his MD research project in the field of Sports Medicine with a first author publication in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

                      After graduating from medicine, Nathan served for 2 terms as the President of Sports and Exercise Medicine Students’ Australia (SEMSA). He is now a member of the Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) Victorian State Council.

                      Nathan has a keen interest in contact sports, managing acute on-field injuries such as musculoskeletal trauma and concussion, through to rehabilitation and return to play considerations. He was the team doctor for the Williamstown VFLW team in 2022 and is currently the team doctor for the Casey Demons VFL team and gameday doctor for the Western Jets U19s Boys and Girls teams. Nathan has also recently started working as the team doctor for the WNBL Melbourne Boomers basketball team.

                      As a proud GWS Giants’ supporter, Nathan can be spotted in his spare time passionately supporting his team at their Melbourne-based matches. He also enjoys playing tennis, table tennis and soccer outside of work.

                      Memberships: Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP), AFL Doctors' Association (AFLDA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), Sports and Exercise Medicine Students' Australia (SEMSA)

                      Availability: Mondays (am), Tuesdays (till 4pm), Wednesdays (till 4pm) and Thursdays (till 6pm)

                       

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                      Dr Nathan Tso

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                      Orthopedic Surgeons

                      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, Epworth Freemasons, and St Vincent’s Werribee 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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                      Physiotherapists – Specialist Sport & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      Dr Kay Copeland

                      Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      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, Wednesdays. Telehealth appointments available. 

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                      with Dr 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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                      Physiotherapists – PhD & Doctorate (APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists)

                      Dr Gaylene McKay

                      PhD

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      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 lead Physiotherapist for the Melbourne (nee Bulleen) Boomers in the Women's National Basketball League (1990 to current) and previously for the Australian Women's "Opals" Basketball team (2015 to 2021). 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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                      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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                      Dr Sonya Moore

                      Doctorate in Health (D.Health)
                      APA Titled 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. 

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                      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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                      Physiotherapists – Masters Qualified (APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists)

                      Jessica Thornton

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      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 (8am-3pm), Tuesdays (8am-3pm), Thursdays (8am-3pm).

                       

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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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                      Madeleine Thompson (nee Ellis)

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      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: Tuesdays (9.30am-2.00pm)

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                      Simone Muscat

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      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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                      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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                      Nino La Scala

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      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’s also worked in rehabilitation, treating motor vehicle accident patients as well as acute post-surgical joint replacement and reconstructive surgery patients. His key areas of interest include shoulder and lower limb injuries.

                      Currently an Academic Tutor at the University of Melbourne, Nino has previously worked at / been involved with the Australian National Football team (Socceroos), Melbourne Victory Football Club, the Australian Young Socceroos U/20 Football team, and Melbourne Heart, along with various other Victorian State Soccer teams.

                      He’s also experienced in performance medicine, having previously toured with Cirque Du Soleil’s QUIDAM production and worked as a Physiotherapist for the stage musical production WICKED.

                      Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association

                      Availability: Mondays (till 1.30pm), Tuesdays (till 12.30pm), Wednesdays (till 12.30pm), Thursdays (till 12.30pm), Fridays (2-7.30 pm). Telehealth appointments available. 

                       

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                      Darren Austin

                      Darren initially 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 Masters of Sports Physiotherapy.
                      He is currently working full-time as a Senior Physiotherapist in the AFL with Geelong Football Club and played an instrumental part of their premiership winning team in 2022. Previously, Darren has worked as the Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Volleyball Team, Victorian Fury Netball Team, the Victoria Bushranger's Cricket team and Coburg Tigers in the VFL. He has also worked as a Physiotherapist at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, as well as at orthopaedic hospitals and overseas in London.
                      As a Physiotherapist Darren's special areas of interest include ACL and other knee related injuries and their rehabilitation, tendon injuries, the management of back pain, muscle injuries/tears, as well as management to return to high level sport. Given his background, Darren is a big believer in the importance of exercise for the rehabilitation of injuries and as well as holistic approach to injuries.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association, Sports Medicine Australia, AFL Physio Association, IFSPT (International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy).

                      Availability: Tuesdays (3-6pm), Thursdays (10am to 2.30pm). 

                       

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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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                      Daniel Abrams

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      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: Saturdays (am). 

                      Please phone the Clinic on 9418 5744 to make an appointment.

                       

                       

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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. He is currently working part-time for Melbourne City FC in the A-league and was Team Physiotherapist for the club's 2021-22 Premiership winning season.
                      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 his PhD at Latrobe University investigating quadriceps muscle strain injuries in sport.

                      Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy, Current PhD candidate

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

                      Availability: Tuesdays (1-4pm), Wednesdays (am). 

                      Book an appointment
                      with Sam Pietsch

                       

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                      Sarah Wolff

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists

                      Sarah is a titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist and has over 10 years' experience working in high level sport. She completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2013 and Masters of Sports Physiotherapy degree in 2021, both at La Trobe University. 

                      Sarah currently consults at the Carlton Football Club for Pilates and exercise-based injury prevention in addition to privately consulting with athletes from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Melbourne Football Club, Athletics Victoria, and Western United A-League Club. Previously she worked as the Head Physiotherapist for the Victorian Men's Premier League Team at Powerhouse Hockey Club and the Victorian Indoor Men's Hockey Team.

                      Sarah has a special interest in and enjoys treating overuse and tendon injuries, chronic hip and groin pain, ACL rehabilitation, and foot and ankle conditions. She utilises an individual and holistic approach through a combination of detailed movement assessment, biomechanics, strength testing, manual therapy, and exercise-based rehab to help clients achieve their physical goals. 

                      Her own sporting background in competitive high-level netball assists Sarah in the management and understanding of all elite and recreational athletes wanting to return to their best.

                      Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy

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

                      Availability: Tuesdays (am), Thursdays (am). 

                      Book an appointment
                      with Sarah Wolff

                       

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                      Fiona Jacobs

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

                      Fiona graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004 and is an APA titled Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist, having completed her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2012.

                      Fiona has extensive experience in elite sport and performing arts physiotherapy. Since 2007 she has worked with Gymnastics Victoria covering state and national level competitions and provided gymnastics coverage at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She is currently consulting with the HPP MAG program, the Waverley WAG gymnastics programs, and with Gymnastics Australia to provide support to gymnasts competing domestically and internationally, including coverage at the 2023 DTB Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, the Varna Trampolining World Cup, Bulgaria, and the 2024 Doha World Cup in Qatar. Fiona also loves the performing arts and was Cirque du Soleil’s Head Therapist for 2 years on their CORTEO show. She continues to work with touring acrobats and aerialists and provides physio services to Cirque du Soeil shows touring Melbourne including TORUK in 2018, and LUZIA and 2024, as well as training in flying trapeze aerials herself. Fiona was the Western Bulldogs Football Club’s Head Physiotherapist for their AFLW team from its 2017 inception till 2022 and worked with their VFLM premiership team in 2016. She is also a keen basketballer, still playing competitively herself, and is currently Physiotherapist for the WNBL’s Southside Flyers.

                      Her physio style is to utilise an individually tailored combination of manual therapy, dry needling, biomechanical and force plate assessment, specific exercise and advice, to treat and prevent acute and chronic sporting and musculoskeletal conditions. She enjoys managing shoulder conditions and has a particular interest in the hanging and weight bearing shoulder. She also enjoys managing soft tissue and lower limb injuries, managing adolescent athletes, and working with performers and athletes alike.

                      Fiona is passionate about optimising the management of the female athlete. Alongside her clinical work she has been a research assistant at La Trobe University working on the Prep to Play Project investigating ways to minimise injury risk in female footballers, and the GLA:D (Good Living Osteoarthritis Denmark) project team which aims to optimise outcomes for those living with knee and hip Osteoarthritis (OA). She also is an APA educator, assisting on various teaching courses including the APA Level 1 and Level 2 Sports Course and Dry Needling Course, and she mentors La Trobe University Masters of Sports Physiotherapy students.

                      Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy

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

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

                       

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                      with Fiona Jacobs

                       

                      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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                      Jacob Monk

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

                      Jacob is a Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist who completed his undergraduate Physiotherapy Degree in 2013 and his Masters in Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy in 2022, both at Latrobe University.

                      Recently Jacob spent 3 years living and working (private practice) in Tokyo, Japan. During this time, he also worked with the Wallabies at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as well as with professional distance runners preparing for the 2020 Olympics and Broadway performers on tour. 

                      Jacob has a decade of experience working in both basketball and football. He works regularly with Basketball Victoria covering State U/18 and U/16 teams during national tournaments, as well as the Adelaide Lightning (WNBL) for their away games. He also spent several years as Physiotherapist for the Ballarat Miners and Rush NBL1 teams, and other Australian Rules football clubs in the Ballarat League.

                      He particularly enjoys managing hip and groin pain, knee injuries and pain including post-surgery, and all running related injuries.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Australian College of Physiotherapists (MACP).

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

                       

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                      with Jacob Monk

                       

                      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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                      Andrew Shaw

                      Masters Qualified

                      APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

                      A University of Queensland (Bachelor of Physiotherapy) graduate, Andrew became a Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist after completing his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2019. He also has his Level 1 Strength and Conditioning qualifications through ASCA.

                      Having recently moved to Melbourne, Andrew currently holds the position of Head Physiotherapist with Melbourne Victory’s Women’s Team. He has previously worked in both Queensland and Melbourne with Brisbane Olympic and Melbourne Knights in the NPL Men’s competition. He also worked with the Brisbane Roar for their Men’s and Women’s teams at different points in time.

                      Andrew is passionate about working with sports injuries and, given his involvement with football (soccer), he has a special interest in hip and groin pain. In addition to this he enjoys rehabilitating varying soft tissue injuries and ankle/knee injuries. Andrew has also worked extensively with post-surgical orthopaedic patients including knee and shoulder reconstructions.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Australian College of Physiotherapists (MACP).

                      Availability: Tuesdays (2-8pm), Thursdays (2-8pm), Saturdays (am)

                       

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                      Physiotherapists – Masters Qualified (High Performance Sport)

                      Nick Leman

                      Nick completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2010, holds a Masters in High Performance Sport, and has over 10 years' experience working in professional sport.

                      Nick worked for Melbourne City FC from 2012-2016 before moving to the USA to work as the High Performance Director for the Seattle Reign FC (2016-2021). He returned to Melbourne in 2021 to work as the Head Physiotherapist for Melbourne Victory FC. Nick has also supported some of Australia’s leading runners on training camps in California and Australia whilst working for the Melbourne Track Club.

                      With extensive experience treating lower limb injuries, Nick has a strong interest in treating all football & running related injuries including soft tissues muscle strains, knee and ankle injuries, as well as Achilles and hamstring tendinopathy.

                      In addition, Nick enjoys managing lower back, hip and groin pain in golfers and tennis players.

                      Nick also has high level experience in Strength & Conditioning, having managed the physical preparation of a professional women’s soccer team for over 5 years.

                      As a runner, swimmer and cyclist himself Nick shares the journey of training, performance and being active & injury free.

                      Availability: Mondays (10am-4pm), Wednesdays (pm), Fridays (pm). Telehealth appointments available.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

                       

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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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                      Physiotherapists

                      Bradley Smith

                      Bradley is a Physiotherapist and ASCA Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is the current Strength & Conditioning Coach for The Australian Ballet School, has worked in various dance specific practices across Melbourne and has experience as a backstage Physiotherapist for musical theatre. He has a clinical interest in lower limb injuries, thoracic ring approach, dance specific injuries and high-performance dance strength and conditioning. He is also qualified in dry needling, clinical pilates and is currently undertaking mentorship in Diane Lee's Integrated Systems Model.

                      Bradley danced from an early age, traversing his way up the Cecchetti syllabus to Advanced 1. Whilst training, he developed a flare for acrobatics and became a certified Acrobatics teacher with Canadian-based Acrobatic Arts. During his degree, Bradley spent time at the Australian Ballet growing his passion for dance related physiotherapy. 

                      A regular contributor to the Bodywise section of Dancetrain Magazine, Bradley was a finalist for the 2019 International Association for Dance Medicine and Science infographic competition for a piece titled ’Turning the tables on turnout’. In his free time, Brad loves indoor rock climbing, watching combat sports and getting lost in a good book. 

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association, Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

                      Availability: Mondays (pm), Wednesdays (am), Fridays (am).

                      Book an appointment
                      with Bradley Smith

                       

                      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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                      Simon Lumb

                      Simon graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 and is currently finishing the final year of his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at Latrobe University.

                      He has extensive experience in Sports Physiotherapy and Rehab, currently working with the Carlton Football Club VFL team. He was previously with the Uni Blues Football Club before spending 3 years with Melbourne Victory's Academy and NPL teams. More recently he worked with the Hawthorn Football Club AFL side and had the experience of travelling with the club through the 2020 season.

                      Through his sporting experience, Simon has developed an interest in the management of soft tissue injuries, lower limb overuse injuries, plus hip and groin pain. He believes that every injury requires a comprehensive rehabilitation plan which must be tailored to achieve the goals of each individual.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association including Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy group

                      Availability: Currently on extended leave.

                       

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                      Sean Towers

                      Sean completed his undergraduate Physiotherapy Degree at Latrobe University, and is currently in the process of completing his Masters degree towards Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy titling (Master of Sports Medicine at Melbourne University). 

                      Sean has extensive Physiotherapy experience in sporting and clinical settings in both the UK and Australia. He has worked in a number of teams including U18’s AFL (male and female), Gymnastics, Netball and Running. He also held a position in the Tottenham Hotspur FC Academy during his time abroad. 

                      Sean has a keen interest in the postoperative rehabilitation of knee injuries, particularly ACL reconstruction and meniscal repair. He has extensive experience in managing lower limb muscle injuries, adolescent lumbar stress fractures, and achilles tendon repairs. A recreational runner himself, he also enjoys assisting running athletes getting back out on the pavement! 

                      Above all, Sean understands the often frustrating rehabilitation journey following an injury, and enjoys mapping out a clear management plan and pathway for return to play and performance for his patients. 

                      Availability: Two mornings per week (days will vary so please check with reception or via online bookings).

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, including the Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy group.

                       

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                      with Sean Towers

                       

                      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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                      Katharine Wrobel (nee Camobreco)

                      Katharine has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at Latrobe University. She also has Clinical Pilates training, allowing her to create personalised Pilates programs for her clients. Katharine utilises manual therapy alongside exercise rehabilitation to help her clients achieve their lifestyle and sporting goals.

                      With experience across a variety of sports, Katharine has previously worked as a Physiotherapist with the Melbourne Knights Men’s NPL1 soccer team, at the Australian All Star Cheerleading Nationals, and at the BMX World Cup. She is currently working as a Physiotherapist for the VFL State League Umpires, where she sees a large amount of running related injuries, such as bone stress injuries and calf strains.

                      Katharine enjoys treating hip pain, ACL and knee injuries, as well as foot and ankle pain. She also enjoys treating low back pain, including lumbar bone stress injuries and chronic low back pain. Trained to present the Good Living Osteoarthritis Denmark (GLA:D) program Katharine also enjoys creating rehabilitation programs for hip and knee osteoarthritis.

                      Having previously worked as a personal trainer and gym instructor Katharine has extensive experience with exercise prescription and rehabilitation.  As a result, she is passionate about physiotherapy for people who regularly train in gym environments, such as powerlifting, bodybuilding, CrossFit and high intensity training disciplines.

                      Outside of work Katharine has a passion for strength training, walking her Groodle Monty, and is an avid reader.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association including Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy group, Sports Medicine Australia.

                      Availability: Tuesdays (9.00am - 3.30pm), Thursdays (1.30-4.00pm), Fridays (am), Saturdays (am). Telehealth appointments available.

                       

                       

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                      with Katharine Wrobel

                       

                      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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                      Brandon Lowe

                      Brandon graduated from the Doctor of Physiotherapy Degree at the University of Melbourne following an Undergraduate Degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

                      Since then he has extended his passion for Sports Physiotherapy by working across various settings including AFLW, VFL and soccer, with recent involvements in the Melbourne Victory Academy and Victorian NPL1 team, Avondale Football Club. He has also been involved with Volleyball Australia as a Physiotherapist for national youth tournaments.

                      He has extensive experience in coaching and athletic development roles which spans junior development tennis coaching plus general strength and conditioning. During his university studies, Brandon was a powerlifting coach, guiding many athletes to state and national competitions, adding a couple of Australian records into his coaching portfolio. Due to this background, he is well versed in the utilisation and modification of resistance training methods to ensure his patients stay as strong as they can while managing their injuries.

                      Brandon enjoys managing strength sport athletes, and the treatment and prevention of chronic sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. He also has a keen interest in the management of osteoporosis and hip and knee osteoarthritis, of which he is a GLA:D certified practitioner. He highly values collaborative goal setting, thorough education and exercise-based rehabilitation methods to ensure that all his patients return to the activities they love doing as soon as possible.

                      Availability: Currently on extended leave. 

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association including Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy group, Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

                       

                       

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                      Jennifer Lohmus

                      Jennifer graduated from La Trobe University in 2018 and has extensive ice and snow physiotherapy experience. She is the current Team Physiotherapist for the National U18 Ice Hockey and Victorian Women’s Ice Hockey. She is also Head Physiotherapist for the Melbourne Mustangs Men’s Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) team. 

                      Jennifer is very familiar with figure skating as she grew up training in Toronto, Canada. She worked at the Melbourne Figure Skating Club Crystal Challenge in 2023 and is looking forward to more involvement in figure skating competitions this year. She also grew up competitively dancing for 18 years and is familiar with 15 different styles. She can provide patients with rehabilitation exercises that facilitate flow, control, carriage, and rhythm on or off ice.

                      Jennifer is passionate about optimising the management of athletes at all levels - from recreational to semi-professional. She can help an athlete at any stage in their journey to improve fitness or performance level. She can also facilitate a regular gym-goer establishing a higher quality programming structure for meaningful results in physical fitness. She does so by strategically choosing the optimal treatment combination of strengthening and conditioning, advice for injury prevention and recovery, manual therapy and/or dry needling. 

                      Jennifer works closely with local shoulder, knee, hip, and elbow orthopaedic surgeons. She is extremely competent in managing post-surgical acute sports injuries and orthopaedic injuries. Jennifer has an interest in joint replacements due to arthritis and has completed the Good Living Osteoarthritis Denmark (GLA:D) training for hip and knee arthritis. 

                      Outside of work Jennifer is an outdoor sports enthusiast. She recently completed the 100km Oxfam Trail Walker and loves to talk about bushwalking, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, cycling, and paddling.

                      Availability: Mondays (till 3pm), Thursdays (pm). Telehealth appointments available. 

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), and Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

                       

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                      with Jennifer Lohmus

                       

                      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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                      Thomas Nemeth

                      Thomas completed his Doctor of Physiotherapy training, with distinction, at the University of Melbourne in 2018. He has gained a wealth of experience working both in private practice and with various sporting clubs before joining the Alphington Sports Medicine team in 2023.

                      Heralding from Canada, Thomas has a passion for all sports and believes in an active approach to both rehabilitation and injury prevention-based physiotherapy. Although traditionally drawn to the quintessential ‘North American’ sports of baseball, ice hockey and American Football, over his time in Australia he has built a strong passion for Australian Rules and, in addition to his clinical role, Thomas has served as physiotherapist for various sporting clubs at both local and State League level. This includes 3 years as a Physiotherapist for the AFL State League Umpires and most recently with the Western Jets of the Coates Talent League. 

                      Thomas has completed advanced training in hip, groin and shoulder-related sporting injuries and has additional training in dry needling. Additionally, Thomas remains committed to clinical excellence, currently undertaking his Masters in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy with La Trobe University.

                      Outside of work, Thomas enjoys running around with his playful Golden Retriever Sherlock, attending Carlton home games with his fiancé, improving his golf game, and researching in-depth stats to help win his next Fantasy Football title. 

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association and APA Sports and Exercise National Group.

                      Availabililty: Tuesdays (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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                      Nathan Monaco

                      Nathan has completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy practice at La Trobe University and is a certified Strength & Conditioning coach through the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

                      Working as the Head Physiotherapist for Casey in the NBL1 since 2021, Nathan has gained extensive experience in the management of high-performance sport and basketball injuries (commonly tendinopathies of the foot, ankle sprains, ACL and collateral ligament injuries) and enjoys working with both elite and recreational athletes to help them overcome their injuries and return to excelling at their chosen sport.

                      He is strongly passionate about youth athletic development and aiming to optimise performance and injury prevention in this at-risk age group, having gained experience previously at a high performance clinic catered for youth NPL athletes in the capacity of both a Physiotherapist and S&C Coach.

                      Sustaining a variety of injuries in his youth, Nathan is very familiar with the ups & downs that occur as part of the rehabilitation process. He aspires to use a collaborative and personalised approach centred around exercise therapy, to ensure his patients get back to doing what they love most.

                      In his spare time (if he has any), Nathan enjoys hiking, camping, and is an avid home-cook.

                      Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

                      Availability: Wednesdays (pm), Saturdays (am) 

                       

                      Book an Online Appointment with
                       Nathan Monaco

                       

                      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

                      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). 

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                      with Mark Whiteside

                       

                      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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                      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. And in 2023 she was the Australian Open (Tennis) Player Medical Podiatrist.

                      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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                      with Emma Poynton

                       

                      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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                      Exercise Physiologists

                      Sonja Cornes

                      Sonja is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) who completed her degree at the University of Sydney. Sonja has experience in private practice, working with musculoskeletal, metabolic, and neurological conditions.

                      As an AEP, she possesses a wealth of knowledge in developing and implementing exercise programs tailored to individual needs. She enjoys working with a range of non-communicable conditions, with a particular interest in the NDIS space, women’s health, and mental health.

                      Sonja is passionate about taking a wholistic approach to support each individual’s needs and goals.  

                      Memberships: Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) 

                      Availability: Tues- 2-8pm, Fri- 2-8pm

                       

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                       Sonja Cornes

                       

                      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 (10.30am - 2.30pm).

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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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                      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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                      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 has completed 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 (3.30-6.30pm). 

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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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                      Dietitian

                      Kristen Djermanovic (nee 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 patient groups. These include athletes of varying sports, adolescents, and women of all ages particularly those who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, as well as those entering or experiencing menopause. 

                      Her areas of interest include prenatal nutrition, women’s health, eating disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and autoimmune conditions. 

                      Kristen is passionate about encouraging a nutrient dense whole-food diet to nourish and support an individuals’ health and wellness needs. She aims to take the overwhelm out of the many mixed dietary messages by offering practical and sustainable evidence based strategies to all her clients. 

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

                      Availability: Currently on Maternity Leave

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                      Priscilla Elazar

                      Priscilla is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and a Sports Dietitian who graduated from the Master of Dietetic Practice degree at La Trobe University in 2014. With several years of clinical experience in the hospital setting she has gained a depth of knowledge and experience across a range of clinical conditions. The skills she has developed enable her to help individuals manage their health through evidence based dietary interventions.

                      Priscilla transitioned into the world of sports nutrition after a passion was ignited when her 7-year-old son developed a love for all things sports. To align her expertise, Priscilla completed the Sports Nutrition Course with Sports Dietitians Australia.

                      Whether working with athletes, or guiding parents on nurturing their young sports enthusiasts, Priscilla aims to empower individuals to reach their health and well-being goals by blending her clinical background and her understanding of the dietary needs that fuel optimal performance on and off the field.

                      Memberships: Dietitians Australia (DA), Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA)  

                      Availability: Wednesdays (pm)

                       

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                      Priscilla Elazar

                       

                      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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                      Occupational (Hand) Therapist

                      Melita Ryan

                      Specialising in the area of hand and upper limb therapy, Melita studied Occupational Therapy at Curtin University.

                      Melita has previously worked in various hand therapy roles, both publicly and privately, in Western Australia. She also spent a number of years in the UK, notably managing the London Hand And Wrist Unit where she worked with some of London's most eminent hand and upper limb surgeons treating elite sports people and musicians.

                      Melita supported the development of RehabMinder, a hand therapy app, and most recently contributed her experiences as a member of the Scientific Committee and Conference Committee for the 2021 Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) National Conference. She has also written hand and upper limb courses for the AHTA.

                      Availability: Tuesdays (5.00-7.00pm), Thursdays (5.00-7.00pm).

                       

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                      with Melita Ryan

                       

                      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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