Hoppers Crossing

Physiotherapy

Mark Round


Mark has had over 20 years of clinical experience as a Physiotherapist and is the Managing Director of the Symmetry Physiotherapy group. He is also the President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) - Victorian Branch for the calendar years of 2015 and 2016 as well as the founding chair of the South West Allied health Network (SWAHN).

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 has developed expertise in treating and rehabilitating shoulder and knee injuries and has also completed post graduate study in the area of sports injury management. Currently though, Mark is primarily in a management role for the group as its size and strength has grown.

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.

Shay McLeod


Shay McLeod graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The University of Otago in 1999. Since this time he has worked extensively in private practice originally in New Zealand, followed by a three year period in the United Kingdom and now at Symmetry Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine.

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 on 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.
 
Shay is the senior Spinal Management Clinician at Symmetry Physiotherapy, a specialised role dealing with the rehabilitation of long standing and complex spinal injury. Owing to his results in achieving favorable outcomes in patients with serious injury Shay was selected to become a recognized Occupational Physiotherapist as part of a TAC pilot study. Consequently the Occupational physiotherapy program was a success with accelerated results for patients treated within the program and it has since been expanded to include a number of our physiotherapists.
Outside of work Shay still finds time for his family and participating in his own Sport. He enjoys the challenge of endurance sport, previously racing the Multisport World Championships across the southern alps of New Zealand. and was recently wrapped to break the 10 hour mark in Ironman Melbourne.

Alex Lopes


Alex has worked as a lecturer and tutor for seven years at Melbourne University in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Physiotherapy Degree. She is passionate about Women's Health and continence awareness. Her career vision is to increase community awareness of incontinence and pelvic floor issues and empower individuals to seek treatment and improve their quality of life. She has over 17 years of clinical experience in treating patients and over 13 years delivering classes.

Alex has designed and supervises Symmetry Physiotherapy's Group class program. She is presently directing Symmetry's Pelvic Floor and Continence clinics at Altona North and Taylors Lakes. Alex treats at Altona North clinic.

Aaron Wong


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 King


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 

Stephen Dow

Steve graduated in New Zealand in 2003 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and over the past 10 years has gained considerable experience working in the sports private physiotherapy in New Zealand, Canada and here in Melbourne.

Steve has a keen interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation and in 2012 completed post graduate studies in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. He has worked with a number of sporting teams and codes, including Australian Football, cricket, rugby, netball and hockey. He is currently an associate physiotherapist with Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby team, recently traveling with the side for a fixture against NSW Waratahs and is entrusted to manage injured senior team members who are unable to travel for away matches, as well as with game day responsibilities with the Rebel Rising development and academy squads.

Outside of rugby, Steve has a keen interest in treating a variety of sports and occupational injuries and has a particular interest in rehabilitation back to work and spinal injuries in cricket bowlers.

Outside of work, Steve loves sports, particularly rugby, cricket and triathlon and enjoys training for triathlons, recently completing his first 2 half-ironmans. 

Jessica Mayne


Jessica graduated from La Trobe University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Throughout her studies, Jessica gained experience in both public and private sectors where she developed a strong interest in women's health and musculo-skeletal conditions. While working within the public hospital system, Jessica managed patients with both pre-natal and post-natal conditions as well as running exercise classes for pregnant women.
Since graduating Jessica has worked in Occupational Health where she received training in ergonomic assessment and adjustment and working with work cover clients.

Jessica is currently practicing at our Hoppers Crossing clinic 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 Symmetry Hoppers Crossing, as well as being a facilitator in the 'Life Diabetes Prevention Program' – a government funded Diabetes 2 prevention program.
   

Alison McIntyre


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. 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 Madden


Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 2007 and has since gained considerable experience in sports Physiotherapy and private practice within Australia and the United Kingdom.  He has strong interests in sports and spinal management and has undertaken further education to compliment this, including post-graduate studies in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, completed in 2015.

Tim has extensive post-graduate training in Clinical Pilates and is a certified APPI Pilates Instructor.  He is also trained in Dry Needling and utilises both these techniques within his physiotherapy practice.

Another interest area for Tim is helping people return to work and recreation after a work-related or traffic accident injury. Tim provides Physiotherapy services under the Early Intervention Physiotherapy Framework, a recent Worksafe and TAC initiative.

In his spare time Tim has a background of playing Football and Cricket at competitive levels and understands the physical and emotional demands of sport at all levels. He has a passion for running, strength training, music, travel, food, spending time with loved ones and a good book.

Tim is available for consultation at Hoppers Crossing, Monday to Friday.  

Abby Speakman

Abby graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Charles Stuart University in 2009. Since this time she has worked extensively in private practice in Melbourne and recently spent 2 years working in London.

She is a former Victorian and Australian Lacrosse player and is a keen runner. She has worked with state and national lacrosse teams in the past and has also been the physiotherapist for local football teams.

Abby is highly trained in treating a wide variety of injuries from neck pain to ankle sprains. She has a passion for treating sports injuries and strives to get her clients back to exercising as soon as possible. 

She received extensive training on running analyses and coaching whilst working in the UK and loves working with runners to help them achieve their goals.

Abby has completed training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and can teach both mat work and reformer Pilates.

Sara Clapham


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 a 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 Colliver


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.

Jacob Hatcher


Jacob graduated with his Masters of Physiotherapy degree from La Trobe University in November 2015, having previously completed an Exercise and Sports Science degree at Deakin University in Burwood. Throughout his Physiotherapy course, Jacob had a wide variety of experience from hospital placements to private practice placements and working with elite sporting clubs such as the Box Hill Hawks VFL team.

Jacob has a particularly keen interest in sporting injuries and is currently working with the Point Cook Football Club in the VAFA. Having undertaken extra training in spinal management since graduating, he also has a special interest in low back pain. Jacob also takes Hydrotherapy classes every week at Aqua Pulse in Hoppers Crossing and finds it wonderful treatment for patients following surgery or with spinal and joint pain.

Jacob is a keen sports fan and has played cricket and football for most of his life, primarily around his home town of Hopetoun on North Western Victoria. Whilst these are his main passions, he is happy to chat to anyone about any sport. Away from sport he also loves listening to music and playing the drums when he gets the chance.

Sandy Reynolds

Sandy graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013 with a Doctor of Physiotherapy after first obtaining a Bachelor of Health Science from Bachelor University in Texas. During her training she developed a strong passion for treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries and therefore went straight into private practice following graduation.

Since then, Sandy has pursued ongoing training and education in areas such as Pilates, strength and conditioning, running injuries and dry needling, as well as providing physiotherapy to VAFA and premier soccer league teams. She greatly enjoys working with clients to achieve their health goals through a holistic approach to well-being.

Sandy grew up in Texas but has a great passion for travelling, which eventually led her to settle in Melbourne. But no matter how far away she is from Texas, she still avidly follows her hometown NBA team, the San Antonio spurs. Sandy also enjoys cooking, photography and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

Myotherapy

Rebecca Dunstan


Rebecca studied myotherapy at the Australian College of Sports Therapy and completed her advanced diploma in 2007.

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.

Rochelle Haines


Rochelle completed an Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy at RMIT in 1999. In 2000 she joined the Symmetry Physiotherapy team as a qualified Myotherapist and has co-ordinated our myotherapy services ever since.

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 Dean


Ally graduated in 2014 with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy from the Australian College of Sports Therapy,  and works with the Symmetry Physiotherapy team at Altona Meadows, Hoppers Crossing, Port Melbourne, Tarneit and Taylors Lakes Clinics. 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 forward to working and developing with Symmetry and gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Jack Powell


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. 

Dietetics

Elizabeth Magnusson


Elizabeth is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Nutrition) from Gothenburg University in Sweden and a Master of Dietetics from Deakin University.

With professional experience in leadership, she loves to motivate people to make healthy lifestyle changes. Elizabeth has experience in nutrition management of a wide variety of health conditions. She has a special interest in weight management, diabetes, food intolerances and irritable bowel syndrome.
 
Elizabeth's practice philosophy is to promote sustainable lifestyle changes that empower rather than restrict, with consideration for the many functions food has in our life. Elizabeth can help her clients reach their health goals with balance and sensible changes to their diet, tailored to a range of conditions and personal preferences.

As well as consulting at the Symmetry Physiotherapy Hoppers Crossing and Taylors Lakes clinics, Elizabeth is working as a Food Services Consultant in research for Melbourne University.

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family.
 

Podiatry


Matthew Fieldsend


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. 

Psychology

Alan Williams


Alan qualified as a registered psychologist in 2001. The tertiary training included a B.A with an extended major in psychology completed in 1996 (Deakin University) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Psychology) at the University of Ballarat in 1998.

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 counselor. Alan takes a calm, non-judgmental and relaxed approach to the counselling situation because it is from this place that solutions can be found. Alan is very pleased to be working at 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.

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