Mark has had extensive experience working with elite and suburban sporting teams. He has worked for Australian and Victorian baseball teams from 1998 to 2002, and is currently a consultant to the Victorian Baseball Association Academy. He has been involved with the Hoppers Crossing Football Club for the past 16 years as well as working with elite tennis players and has consulted to the Wallabies Rugby team.
Mark is a passionate and committed to maintaining Symmetry Physiotherapy's reputation as the leading Physiotherapy and Allied Health provider to the Western and North Western suburbs of Melbourne, as well as be involved in the evolution of broader Physiotherapy and health landscapes.
His special areas of interest include sports and spinal rehabilitation, and has completed post-graduate studies in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2006. In the past he has worked as team physiotherapist for the Pirates Rugby Union Club in New Zealand and has spent time based at Crystal Palace Sports Injury Centre; the headquarters of London athletics. He has been a guest writer for 'The Ski Mag', an Australian Ski Magazine, providing performance exercise programs.
Shay is now kept very busy through his involvement in clinical research. He has been a treating therapist as part of a very successful series of La Trobe University studies on the treatment of low back pain, the results from which are set to be publishes in a number of leading medical journals. he is also a treating therapist in a Melbourne University trial an hip pain and through his involvement in this research it ensures that not only Shay, but the whole Symmetry team can base their practise on the latest scientific evidence available.
Aaron graduated from his physiotherapy training at the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 2001. For 4 years he worked at 3 Stripe Rehabilitation in Wellington, treating some of New Zealand's top professional and amateur athletes. He was the club physiotherapist for the Lower Hutt City Football club for 4 seasons, as well as servicing many of Wellington's local rugby union, rugby league, netball and soccer clubs.
Aaron moved to Australia with his wife Catherine and joined the team at Symmetry Physiotherapy in May 2006. He is currently consulting at our Hoppers Crossing and Altona North clinics. Aaron has a keen interest in sports injuries, lower limb biomechanics and exercise prescription and rehabilitation.
Aaron and Catherine have 2 beautiful girls, Isabella and Amalia.
Matthew graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Honours and joined Symmetry Physiotherapy in 2011. Matthew is the Professional Development and Education manager for Symmetry Physiotherapy and is also a sessional staff member at La Trobe University School of Physiotherapy.
Matthew is a member of the La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre and is currently completing his PhD in biomechanics and implications for rehabilitation in hip pathology.
Clinically, Matthew has a special interest biomechanics, strength sports and elite level junior athletes. Several of his clients have been state, national and international sporting representatives. Matthew has also worked as the head physiotherapist at Hoppers Crossing Warriors and Footscray Rugby Union Club.
Outside of physiotherapy Matthew is a competitive powerlifter and avid golfer. Matthew works at our Hoppers Crossing clinic
Outside of work, Steve loves sports, particularly rugby, cricket and triathlon and enjoys training for triathlons, recently completing his first 2 half-ironmans.
Jessica is currently practicing at both the Hoppers Crossing and Altona North clinics and has a special interest in managing clients with acute and chronic musculo-skeletal injuries and spinal conditions. Jessica is also involved in running pilates classes at both centres, as well as being a facilitator in the 'Life Diabetes Prevention Program' – a government funded Diabetes 2 prevention program.
Alison graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999 where she obtained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with Honours). Since this time Alison has worked extensively in private practice, predominantly in Melbourne and Perth. She has also spent 19 months working in the National Health Service in the U.K. working in a variety of hospitals and private practice settings.
Alison joined the Symmetry Physiotherapy team in 2011, after returning to Melbourne from a stint in Perth. She has a special interest in Low Back Pain rehabilitation and Pilates. She now co-ordinates and manages the Pilates program at the Symmetry Physiotherapy Hoppers Crossing. In 2011 Alison became an Occupational Physiotherapist, a Worksafe and TAC initiative involving the specialised management of physiotherapy and return to work for Worksafe and TAC clients.
Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 2007. Since graduating he has worked primarily in private practice within Australia and the United Kingdom.
Tim has extensive post-graduate training in Clinical Pilates and is a certified APPI Pilates Instructor. Tim is also trained in dry needling and he utilises both these techniques within his physiotherapy practice.
He has a strong interest in spinal management, shoulder pain and sports injuries and has completed further education to compliment this.
In his spare time Tim has a background of playing Australian Rules Football and Cricket at competitive levels, and understands the physical and emotional demands of sport at all levels. He has a passion for music, travelling, food, spending time with friends and family, and a good book.
Tim is available for consultation at Hoppers Crossing, Monday to Friday.
Sara completed her Master of Physiotherapy degree in 2013 at Curtin University in Perth. Prior to this she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University, in Atlanta Georgia, USA.
Sara was a member of the New Zealand Women's soccer team, and was awarded a full scholarship to play in America. This had led to a particular interest in elite athletics and sporting injuries. She enjoys the challenge of assessing and managing lower limb biomechanics to treat and prevent injuries. A career ending knee injury has given her personal insight and a passion for managing post-surgical rehabilitation through to return to sport.
Sara also has a keen interest in treating disorders of the neck including cervicogenic headaches, whiplash, stiffness and disc injuries. She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions and adapting her management plans to help people achieve their optimal function whether that is for day to day activities, recreational sports or the elite athlete.
Outside of work Sara plays as a goalkeeper in the State Futsal League, enjoys painting, live music and cooking.
Tom graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy from The University of Melbourne in 2013 where he gained valuable clinical experience in various hospital and private practice settings. This included specialised units at Portland Spinal Sports and Physiotherapy Clinic and musculoskeletal post-operative placement at Western Health. He also completed a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science at Victoria University in 2010.
Tom has a particular interest in treating lower back injuries as well as various musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Futhermore, with his exercise science background he has a keen interest in exercise prescription and tailoring programs to suit individual needs. Thomas is the head physiotherapist at Hoppers Crossing Football Club for season 2014 and he is currently practising at both Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit Clinics.
Outside of the clinic, Tom is passionate about sports, especially football, tennis and basketball all of which he played at competitive levels.
Kim graduated from La Trobe University in 2007 with a Bachelor pf Physiotherapy, finishing her studies in Denmark. Upon returning to Australia Kim began work at Symmetry Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine in 2008.
Currently Kims special interests are clinical pilates and sports injuries with a particular interest in the rehabilitation of the knee and shoulder. Kim has enjoyed being the leading physiotherapist at Werribee Districts Football Club over the last 5 years. In 2010 Kim became a recognised Occupational Physiotherapist registered an trained in the specialised management of Workcover and TAC clients.
When not working, Kim is heavily involved in playing handball and has been the physiotherapist for the womens national team at the qualification tournaments and world championships. Kim also enjoys tranining for short course triathlons, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Tom completed his Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement degree in Melbourne before making the move to Queensland where he completed his Masters of Physiotherapy Studies at The University of Queensland.
Tom is enthusiastic in managing a wide variety of sporting injuries with key interests involving the shoulder and spine. He has a growing interest in Clinical Pilates and likes to base his assessment and treatment on the latest evidence based research. It is of most importance for Tom to manage his clients holistically and focus on client specific goals. having injured himself previously playing a variety of sports he values the importance of return to sport/work and long-term injury prevention.
Tom has previously competed in national series mountain bike races and grew up playing soccer and AFL in country Victoria. Ha has a passion for staying fit and healthy, running and attending gym on a regular basis. Tom has worked in many roles, sports training for QAFL/NEAFL and is now head physiotherapist for the Footscray Rugby Union Club. In his spare time Tom enjoys surfing, travelling the glob and is a keen Geelong Cats supporter.
Shane graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy from The University of Melbourne and throughout his course was mentored by some of Australia’s leading sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapists. He also gained valuable clinical experience within Melbourne’s leading tertiary hospitals and a number of private practice settings.
Shane has also spent time practicing and studying at the University of Southern California’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy where he worked alongside top Los Angeles Physical Therapists and surgeons treating a range of clients from high level collegiate athletes to the general public.
Back at home Shane has spent time practicing both locally with the Victorian Football Federation’s National Training Centre (Feeder program to Melbourne Victory Youth team) along with interstate experiences including time at The Noosa Physiotherapy Centre.
Shane has also completed a Bachelors Degree in Human Movement in 2011 and has a strong belief in the role exercise plays in improving health and well being. Shane’s personal focus is on the integration of rehabilitative exercises and manual therapy for the optimal outcome of individualized treatment programs.
When he is not practicing at Symmetry Physiotherapy Shane’s passion lies with sport, most notably soccer. Shane currently plays in The National Premier League 1 division and as a junior has spent time with ex English Premier League club Derby County youth academy, The Australian Institute of Sport and represented his home state of New South Wales.
Wesley graduated his Masters of Physiotherapy degree in 2013 from La Trobe University in Melbourne. Immediately following graduation he worked in the public health system within the Northern Health organisation. He gained great experience in the acute, sub-acute and community settings, rehabilitating patients across the age spectrum.
Wesley was motivated to move into private practice with Symmetry Physiotherapy due to his passion for managing musculoskeletal and sporting conditions. He has completed his Level 1 Sports, Spinal, Dry Needling and Shoulder Physiotherapy qualifications and is currently assisting the Altona Football Club as their Physiotherapist in 2015. Wesley’s philosophy is to ensure patient expectations and goals are met through individualised and tailored rehabilitation.
Outside of work, Wesley is passionate about sport, particularly AFL which he currently still plays at a local level. He is also interested in spending time with family and friends, travelling, fitness, music and good food.
Wesley is currently practicing at both our Altona North and Hoppers Crossing clinics.
Since graduation she has practiced in both the private and public sectors, gaining a wide variety of experiences along the way. Rebecca is now full time at Symmetry Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine and has been since 2008. Throughout her career she has been involved with AFL football clubs, suburban netball teams and the Wyndham Relay for Life.
Rebecca is also trained in the art of dry needling and cupping, with her special areas of interest including the management of muscular related sports injuries, spinal pain and headaches.
During this time Rochelle has been involved on the national triathlon circuit and has been the team myotherapist with a local suburban football club. Over the past four years she has co-ordinated physiotherapy and myotherapy coverage for the Wyndham Relay for Life (A Fundraiser for Cancer).
Rochelle has a special interest in the management of headaches and muscle-related spinal pain. She is also trained and proficient in the use of dry needling/acupuncture and specializes in sports and relaxation massage as well as aromatherapy.
Ally graduated in 2014 with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy from the Australian College of Sports Therapy, and works now with the Symmetry Physiotherapy team at both the Hoppers Crossing and Taylors Lakes Clinis. She has also previously studied the areas of trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation and corrective exercise.
Throughout her time studying Ally also gained significant experience at Williamstown Football Club in the VFL and the Lara Football Club in the Geelong Football League working one-on-one on and off the field with the footballers and fellow health and fitness staff. Ally has also done volunteer work at the Melbourne Ironman Triathlon 2013 & 2014 and Oxfam Trailwalker in 2012 to 2014.
Ally has a keen interest in the management of headaches and chronic back pain and has also trained and gained experience in dry needling, cupping and specialises in sports massage. She is looking to working and developing with Symmetry and gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Jack completed his Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy course in 2013. Prior to finishing this course, he worked both as a Remedial Massage Therapist and a Personal Trainer.
Jack's Myotherapy treatments now extend to football clubs in the VFL and WRFL, Western Athletics plus elite and suburban sporting clubs on the Western suburbs.
He has worked in clinical settings with General Medical Practitioners, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors.
On a daily basis, Jack sees a wide range of individuals from triathletes, dancers, rock-climbers, runners to weekend warriors, to those affected from the wide array of work related injuries as well as the strains of "activities or everyday living"
Jack himself enjoys video making, producing health and fitness lifestyle segments and is the video presenter on the wellness lifestyle program "Be Well Live Well", a show dedicated to educating the wider public on how to approach self-care, corrective exercise and rehabilitation.
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Since graduating Aimee has worked at North Shore and Auckland City Hospitals in Auckland, NZ as well as St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. She has covered a variety of areas in clinical dietetics including working in a specialist position, with people who have kidney disease.
Outside of work Aimee has a keen interest in keeping fit and healthy. She is a keen triathlete and has completed in many half marathons and triathlons. Her most recent achievement was completing the 2014 Melbourne Ironman in 10 hours & 35 min. In her spare time she likes to relax, cook an spend time with family and friends.
Matthew had completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Anatomy and Physiology through Monash University as well as a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Podiatric Practice though La Trobe University.
Matthew enjoys treating in all areas of podiatry including general care and diabetes management but holds a particular interest for biomechanics and management of musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and lower limb.
Matthew himself has a keen interest in many sports, He has played football at TAC and VFL level and continues his career as the captain of De La Salle in the VAFA. In his off season he also enjoys golf, cycling and triathlon.
Alan started in this field at a later stage of life which he has found very much to his advantage. He has worked in a variety of areas before commencing practice in Counselling Psychology. This included working in roles related to trade, sales, technical field work and allied health as a massage therapist. Alan has been running his own private practice on a part time basis for over twenty years. This practice initially focused on massage therapy, until he completed qualifications and obtained registration as a psychologist which he now focuses on exclusively. He has found that his own past experiences, both personally and professionally have given him a good understanding and the ability to empathise with people who are going through difficult times or situations. This has been enhanced by gaining experience through a variety of environments within the counselling field.
Since completing his tertiary studies, Alan has worked in a number of non-government organisations which has allowed him to develop a broad approach to his work. While all of these positions have been involved with counselling, they have been vastly different. This has included working with people with chronic mental health issues such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorders, through to family mediation, and more focused individual and couple counselling.
One of the major components of dealing with difficult situations in therapy is the relationship between the client and the counsellor. Alan takes a calm, non-judgemental and relaxed approach to the counselling situation because it is from this place that solutions can be found. Alan is very pleased to have recently started with Symmetry Physiotherapy and is currently available for consultations on Thursdays and Fridays. If you are not sure whether counselling might help, Alan would be happy to have a brief discussion on the phone to help you make a decision.