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Nathan Monaco

Physiotherapist

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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)
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Jacob Monk

Physiotherapist

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Jacob completed his undergraduate Physiotherapy Degree in 2013 and completed his Masters in Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy in 2022, both at Latrobe University. Currently he is awaiting approval for his APA Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy titling. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Jacob worked in a private practice in Tokyo, Japan for 3 years. During this time, he also worked with the Wallabies at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as well as with professional distance runners and Broadway performers on tour. Jacob has experience in both basketball and football, having spent several years as Physiotherapist for the Ballarat Miners and Rush teams, Lake Wendouree Football Club and the U/16 Victoria Country Basketball team at the National Championships. He enjoys managing hip and groin pain, acute soft tissue injuries, knee and all running related injuries, as well as providing running gait assessments.
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Katharine Camobreco

Physiotherapist

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Katharine has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at Latrobe University. She 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. Katharine has extensive experience with exercise prescription and rehabilitation having previously worked as a personal trainer and gym instructor. 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. Katharine also enjoys treating sports and running-related injuries, especially those affecting the knee, ankle and foot, and has an interest in hip and knee osteoarthritis as she has completed the Good Living Osteoarthritis Denmark (GLA:D) training. Outside of work Katharine has a passion for strength training, walking her Groodle puppy Monty, and is an avid reader.
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Dr Nathan Tso

Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrar

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Dr Nathan Tso is currently a Sports and Exercise Medicine Registrar 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.
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Sean Towers

Physiotherapist

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Sean graduated from La Trobe University in 2016 and has recently returned to Melbourne after living and working in London for three years. Most recently, Sean worked closely with prominent UK Sports Physicians and Orthopaedic Consultants in a busy Sports Medicine Clinic, as well as having a role in the Tottenham Hotspur FC Academy. He also gained experience with the London Pulse Netball team in their inaugural UK National Super League season. Before leaving Melbourne, Sean worked with the Calder Cannons FC U18’s boys and girls TAC Cup teams, as well as covering the Gymnastics Victoria State and National level competitions. Sean has a keen interest in the postoperative rehabilitation of knee injuries, particularly ACL reconstruction and meniscal repair. He also enjoys managing Achilles tendon repairs, adolescent athletes, running injuries and lower back pain. 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: Mondays (8am-2pm), Wednesdays (8am-2pm), Thursdays (2-8pm), Fridays (2-8pm), Saturdays (am). Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, including the Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy group.
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Jessica Thornton

Physiotherapist

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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
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Dr Liam West

Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

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Dr Liam West has gained valuable sports medicine skills from a variety of sporting environments – across amateur, national and international levels (see below) – and he enjoys using these experiences to help all of his clinic patients. He has a passion for using exercise-based rehabilitation methods to return patients of all ages and abilities / disabilities to their physical activity or sporting goals after injury. He has developed expertise in treating a variety of muscle, bone and tendon issues in addition to other sports related injuries such as concussion. After completing a Sports Science degree with first class honours, Dr West graduated from his Medical Degree (Cardiff University, Wales, UK) in 2013. To further specialise, he then completed a Sports & Exercise Medicine Masters Degree before coming to Melbourne to practice as a Sports & Exercise Medicine Registrar and joining the Alphington team in 2020. He subsequently finished his registrar training in 2022 and 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 and the Australian Diamonds Netball team. He has provided medical services at international events including the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2018 Invictus Games and will be travelling to 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 taken up long distance running, in addition to regular resistance training in order to stay fit! Memberships: Australasian College of Sports & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP), AFL Doctors Association (AFLDA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), European College of Sports & Exercise Physicians.
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Nino La Scala

Physiotherapist

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Monday at 12:00 pm
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 vehicle accident patients and acute post-surgical joint replacement and reconstructive surgery patients. His 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), the Melbourne Victory Football Club, the Australian Young Socceroos U/20 Football team, and Melbourne Heart, along with various other Victorian State Soccer teams. His other interests include performance medicine, having previously toured through North America and Europe with the Cirque Du Soleil production “QUIDAM” for 2 1/2 years, and worked as a Physiotherapist for the stage musical production “WICKED”. Postgraduate Qualifications: Masters in Sports Physiotherapy Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association
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Jennifer Lohmus

Physiotherapist

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Jennifer graduated from La Trobe University in 2018 and has extensive ice and snow physiotherapy experience. She is the Melbourne Mustangs Men’s Ice Hockey Team Physiotherapist in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL), Melbourne Women’s Ice Hockey State Team Physiotherapist, and Melbourne Ice Women’s Ice Hockey Team Physiotherapist in the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL). She is also very familiar with figure skating as she grew up ice dancing in Toronto, Canada. She is no Tessa Virtue but she can appreciate the complexity and talent of ice dancing. You can glissé on ice or on the floor into her exercise classes. She grew up dancing for 18 years and is familiar with 15 different styles. She performed in musical theatre in London, Ontario (Canada). Jennifer is passionate about optimising the management of athletes at all levels - from recreational to elite. She can help a regular gym-goer create better structure for results in physical fitness and help an athlete maintain fitness or performance level. She does so by strategically choosing the optimal treatment combination of manual therapy, dry needling, advice for injury prevention and recovery and/or strengthening and conditioning. Jennifer has an interest in hip and knee osteoarthritis as she has completed the Good Living Osteoarthritis Denmark (GLA:D) training. She is extremely competent in managing post-surgical joint replacements due to arthritis and acute orthopaedic injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip. Outside of work Jennifer is an outdoor sports enthusiast. She can be found backcountry skiing at Hotham, rock climbing at Mount Arapiles, SUPing at Lake Eildon, kayaking on the Yarra or cycling around Melbourne. She recently completed the 100km Around the Bay cycling event and loves to talk about cycling or outdoor expeditions. Availability: Mondays (till 2pm), Thursdays (pm). Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association, and Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).
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Nick Leman

Physiotherapist

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With a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Masters in High Performance Sport, Nick has a strong background in elite sport and has worked for the past 10 years in professional football (soccer). From 2012-16 Nick was a Physiotherapist for Melbourne Heart FC / Melbourne City FC, 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 the Melbourne Victory FC. Nick has also supported some of Australis leading runners on training camps in California and Australia. Nick has a strong interest in treating team sport athletes, as well as runners & triathletes. He has a dual Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning background, and specialises in high level athlete rehabilitation. Availability: Wednesdays (pm), Fridays (pm). Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
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Fiona Jacobs

Physiotherapist

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Monday at 2:00 pm
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. She was the Western Bulldogs Football Club’s Head Physiotherapist for their AFLW team from its 2017 inception till 2022 and worked with their VFLM team in 2016. Since 2007 Fiona 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 and the Waverley WAG gymnastics programs. 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, as well as train flying trapeze aerials herself. 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 is a research assistant at La Trobe University working on the Prep to Play Project investigating ways to minimise injury risk in female footballers. 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.
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Bradley Smith

Physiotherapist

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Monday at 3:00 pm
Bradley is a Physiotherapist who graduated from La Trobe University in 2017. He has a clinical interest in lower limb injuries, dance specific injuries and high-performance dance conditioning. 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. His specific areas of interest within this field include biomechanics of the en-pointe repertoire, pre-pointe assessments, strength and conditioning as well as the use of resistance training in dancers. 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. Bradley is also qualified in dry needling and clinical pilates. Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association.
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Cecilia Jensen

Remedial Massage Therapist

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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
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Bryn Savill

Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrar

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Bryn graduated with 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 several 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 concussions, 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.
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Sarah Wolff

Physiotherapist

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Tuesday at 8:00 am
Sarah is a titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist and qualified Clinical Pilates instructor with over seven year's experience in sports and exercise rehabilitation. She has developed a special interest in treating the hip and overuse injuries which has lead to a strong understanding and passion of human movement and biomechanics associated with these pathologies. Sarah has also worked with AFL athletes from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Carlton Football Club and Collingwood Football Club for individualised conditioning, injury prevention and specific rehabilitation needs. In addition she has worked and travelled with a variety of sporting teams including the Open Men’s Victorian Indoor Hockey, Open Men’s Premier League Hockey and the Collegians Football Club. Her own sporting background in competitive netball assists Sarah in the management of elite and recreational athletes, using an individualised approach to help clients achieve their physical goals. Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Association.
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Donna Calella

Remedial Massage Therapist

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Tuesday at 11:45 am
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
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Madeleine Thompson

Physiotherapist

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Tuesday at 1:30 pm
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
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Thomas Nemeth

Physiotherapist

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Tuesday at 2:30 pm
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.
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Sam Pietsch

Physiotherapist

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Tuesday at 2:30 pm
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
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Dr Tanusha Cardoso

Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

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Tuesday at 3:00 pm
oining 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
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Melita Ryan

Occupational (Hand) Therapist

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Tuesday at 5:00 pm
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
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Nicole Young

Remedial Massage Therapist

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Wednesday at 9:00 am
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
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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.
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Dr Victoria Forsdick

Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrar

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Thursday at 8:20 am
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.
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Andrew Shaw

Physiotherapist

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Thursday at 2:30 pm
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, 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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Dr David Bolzonello

Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

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Thursday at 3:15 pm
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.
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Sonja Cornes

Exercise Physiologist

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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 holistic approach to support each individual’s needs and goals.
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Dr Kay Copeland

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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.
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Mark Whiteside

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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
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Dr Carlee Van Dyk

Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

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A third-year Registrar, Dr Van Dyk originally completed her medical degree at Monash University and went on to work at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne gaining experience in emergency medicine and trauma. Carlee is currently the Doctor for the Australian Diamonds Netball team (since 2018) and the Collingwood Magpies, and was the Doctor for the inaugural Richmond FC AFLW team for 2020. She’s also worked extensively in Australian Rules Football, with Geelong Football Club VFL (2016-17) and Carlton AFLW (2018). Through this she has developed experience in concussion management, and recently presented a seminar at the Netball World Cup on the best practice management of concussion in Netball. Carlee also has a great love for Winter Sports, and in 2019 was fortunate enough to complete a ski season in Chamonix, France, where she undertook a Wilderness Medicine on Skis training course. She was the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Youth Winter Olympic team in January 2020, and thoroughly enjoyed her time developing further skills in an alpine environment. Additionally, Carlee is the Chief Medical Officer for Softball Australia, assisting in preparing the team for the 2020 Olympic Qualifiers. She has also worked in elite soccer, providing match day coverage in the A-League and she spent the 2016 season with Melbourne City’s premiership winning women’s team. Working as a Medical Advisor to WorkSafe Victoria and TAC has given Carlee a sound understanding of the unique challenges for patients when returning to work. She is a volunteer mentor with Fitted For Work, which helps under privileged women re-enter the workforce and is the Victorian Ambassador for 10x10 Philanthropy, which supports grass roots charities by combining fundraising with social engagements for young professionals. Carlee has a great passion for physical activity, especially mountain biking. She trained and worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor whilst studying at university and enjoys integrating appropriate physical activity into treatment plans for both rehabilitation and general health.
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Emma Poynton

Podiatrist

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Emma is an experienced Podiatrist who has both a Master of Health Specialisation (Podiatric Medicine) from University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Podiatry from Latrobe University. Emma’s clinical practice specialises in biomechanics, sports medicine and injury management with a strong interest in winter sports (skiing, ice hockey and ice skating), football and running (sprinting, long distance and trail). Junior athletes and paediatric athletes are also a clinical interest after Emma completed her Masters in 2011 with specific paediatric sport and biomechanical components. As the current Western Bulldogs AFL /AFLW / VFL / VFLW Podiatrist, and AFL Women’s National Academy Podiatrist, Emma can offer consults on all lower limb football related injuries as well as football boot prescriptions. She is also the Podiatry Advisor for the Little Athletics Victoria as well as the Technical Delegate and Technical Advisor for International Paralympic World Para Ice Hockey. Emma is a qualified Master Boot Fitter of ski and snowboard boots which includes fitting and modifying boots, customising footbeds and problem solving boot fit concerns. Emma has also worked in Melbourne’s leading technical athletic footwear stores and is therefore also competent in providing advice on footwear selection for her patients. Extending beyond sports medicine - Emma is happy to consult on all common foot and lower limb complaints such as heel and arch pain, nail conditions and surgeries, diabetic assessments, foot and leg pain, orthotic therapy, and paediatrics.
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Dr Gaylene Mckay

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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
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Dr Sonya Moore

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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).
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Dr Samantha May

Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrar

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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.
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Dr Andrew Garnham

Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

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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. for more details https://www.alphingtonsportsmed.com.au/practitioners#dr-andrew-garnham
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Darren Austin

Physiotherapist

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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
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Simone Muscat

Physiotherapist

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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.
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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 also has experience working in both the VFL and AFLW, having previously been the Head Sports Dietitian for a number of teams. 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)
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