Meet Our Hoppers Crossing Team

Get to know the Symmetry Physiotherapy team. Our specialists from Hoppers Crossing have physiotherapy, myotherapy, clinical rehab / pilates, dietetics, exercise physiology and podiatry expertise honed by their extensive training and experience.

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Shay McLeod
Physiotherapy

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 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 have been published in leading medical journals, including the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 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 practice on the latest scientific evidence available.

Shay also consults as a senior physiotherapist with the Advance Healthcare Pain Management Team at Symmetry Physiotherapy, a specialised role dealing with the rehabilitation of long standing and complex injury.

Outside of work Shay still finds time for his family and participating in his own Sport. He has a professional and personal interest in the challenge of endurance sport, previously racing the Multisport World Championships across the southern alps of New Zealand and now trying his hand at Ironman Triathlon.

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Aaron Wong
Physiotherapy

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.

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Steve Dow
Physiotherapy

Steve has over 15 years’ experience as a physiotherapist after graduating from Auckland University of Technology in 2003. Since this time, he has worked in New Zealand, Canada and Australia in private practice and in elite sport.

Steve is an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, having gained this title after completion of a Graduate Certificate and Sports Physiotherapy and Master’s Degree at Latrobe University, as well as the coveted Level 3 APA Sports certification. His sports physiotherapy credentials have seen his work as a physiotherapist for the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby side from 2012-2015, as well as being the current Head Physiotherapist for the Essendon FC VFL program. He is a current member of the AFL Physiotherapists Association.

During his 10 years at Symmetry Physiotherapy, he has moved into a senior clinical leadership position, helping mentor younger physiotherapists to deliver improved patient outcomes. He had a special interest in sports related injuries, has advanced training in running biomechanics and bike set-up, as well as further education in managing difficult hip and back pain.

Outside of work, Steve enjoys running and bike riding, has completed a number of half ironman triathlons, and is a part time stay at home dad for his 2 young girls.

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Tim Madden
Physiotherapy

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 area of interest 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.

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Tom Colliver
Physiotherapy

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. Furthermore, 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.

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Jacob Hatcher
Physiotherapy

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.

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Luke Bagot
Physiotherapy

Luke graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters in Physiotherapy. During his studies, he gained valuable experience in sports physiotherapy, working with country football leagues in Swan Hill and also neurological physiotherapy, having spent a year working in the Acquired Brain injury unit at the Epworth Hospital.

Luke’s passion for treating sports injuries led to his appointment as head Physiotherapist with the Werribee Districts Football Club in 2013 and he has also worked with the Victorian Team at the National Touch Rugby Championships.

Luke is a skilled athlete himself. participating at a high level in distance running, basketball, netball and tennis and is rarely found away from the field of play. He is also an accomplished guitarist, performing solo shows regularly at venues around the Melbourne CBD.

Luke is currently practising at our Taylors Lakes clinic where he manages all types of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, with a particular interest in lower back pain and sports injuries.

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Sophia Kennedy
Physiotherapy

Sophia is a graduate of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts.

She treats all types of musculoskeletal injuries and has a special interest in working with throwing athletes. Sophia has worked in elite Australian baseball with the Melbourne Aces professional baseball team and the Under-15 Australian baseball team during their World Cup tour to Panama in 2018. She has also worked as a physiotherapist in the Victorian Amateur Football League. She is trained in the APPI Pilates method and takes Clinical Rehab classes. She also does pre-pointe assessments and works with dancers.

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Natasha Czulowski-Zonn
Physiotherapy

Tash graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne where she was awarded prizes for clinical excellence from the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She has also obtained a Bachelor of Biomedicine in 2014 from the University of Melbourne.

Through experience working with both VAFA and snow sport athletes overseas, Tash enjoys treating musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. She is passionate about the benefits of leading a physically active lifestyle, and enjoys working with her clients to help them achieve their physical goals. Tash has a strong interest in strength and conditioning, and utilises a range of hands on techniques with exercise rehabilitation. She strives to implement a tailored and holistic treatment plan, with an emphasis on fun and engaging therapy for her clients.

Tash has always enjoyed being physically active, previously through gymnastics and martial arts, and currently with Crossfit. Outside of work, Tash enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid hiker, skier, traveller and photographer.

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Sam Shearer
Physiotherapy

Sam completed his Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Melbourne graduating with distinction. Prior to this he studied a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science/Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) where he had the opportunity to intern at the AFL Umpiring Department as a strength and conditioning coach.

It is during his studies that Sam developed an interest in sport injury rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. He is passionate about athletic development for people of all fitness levels and loves working with them to achieve their goals. Sam believes in a comprehensive approach to healthcare and making meaningful lifestyle changes to have lasting improvements in pain and function.

On his days off you can find Sam enjoying time with friends and family, rock climbing, hiking up a mountain or swimming in the bay.

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Alistair Morton
Physiotherapy

Alistair completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at La Trobe University before graduating with a Doctor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne.

During his studies, Alistair worked extensively with both professional and semi-professional athletes. He initially worked in the sports science department at Carlton Football Club and more recently, Alistair has gone on to work as a Sports Trainer at the Williamstown Football Club. In addition to his sports work, Alistair worked in the private sector as a Gym Instructor where he partnered with people from all walks of life to help them achieve their fitness goals. No matter their physical fitness levels, Alistair has been able to assist clients with achieving their aims to create long-lasting habits and healthy lifestyles.

In 2019, Alistair was fortunate enough to undertake a global clinical placement at a sport focused private practice in Midtown Manhattan, New York where he gained invaluable experience treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Alistair is passionate about helping his patients achieve optimal physical health by delivering comprehensive and evidence-based physiotherapy that includes exercise, hands on therapy and education on how to best self-manage their condition. He offers holistic care to his patients by identifying the diverse range of factors that may be the cause of their issues and is adept at providing simple methods to address these moving forward.

His lifelong interest in physiotherapy arose from a childhood sporting background where he graduated to playing state level Australian Rules Football. Although he’s long since hung up the boots, Alistair still loves keeping super fit through strength training, cycling, swimming and playing golf.

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Libby Gracias
Physiotherapy

Libby completed her Bachelors in Science, majoring in Human Structure and Function before going on to complete the Doctor of Physiotherapy both at the University of Melbourne.

Throughout her studies, Libby gained valuable experience across a variety of hospital, private practice and community settings and she enjoys working with individuals of all ages. She has a strong passion for helping all individuals achieve their goals and get back to everything they love doing.

Libby enjoys all things sports – growing up as a competitive netball and volleyball player. Whilst undertaking her studies, she had the opportunity to work with semi-professional athletes at Prahran Assumption Football Club. In this position she gained valuable experience managing both acute and chronic sporting injuries. She also has a keen interest in Pilates which she has been participating in for the last 5 years.

Libby is driven to help her clients form healthier lives and be the best version of themselves. She is passionate about providing the best evidence-based physiotherapy for all of her clients which includes a combination of hands-on therapy, exercise and education to assist clients in developing effective self-management strategies for their own health.

On her days off you can find Libby cheering on the Tigers at the G, hiking or spending time with family and friends.

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Alison McIntyre
Physiotherapy

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 18 months working in the National Health Service in the UK, working in a variety of hospital 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 also became an Occupational Physiotherapist, Worksafe and TAC initiative involving the specialised management of physiotherapy and return to work for Worksafe and TAC clients.

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Greg Harris
Sports & Exercise Medicine Physician

Greg is an Australian trained Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician. His expertise is in the diagnosis and management of sports injuries and musculoskeletal injuries. 

Having worked in Emergency Medicine for many years, Greg gained his Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians in 2008. Over 20 years in Sports Medicine, his highlights include working with the Richmond AFL Football Club (2002-2007), the NT Institute of Sport and the Australian Under 23 Cycling squad. He was the Deputy Medical Director for the 2018 Australian Winter Olympic Team, and is the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian National Motocross and Supercross Championships and Medical Director of the Alice Springs Masters’ Games. 

Greg is a strong believer in providing elite sports and musculoskeletal medicine to the local community and maintaining close links with other local health professionals for the benefit of his patients, both young and old. This includes working with our surgeons to determine when an operation may or may not be the best treatment for your problem.

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Mark Round
Physiotherapy

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 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.

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Rochelle Haines
Myotherapy

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.

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Ally Dean
Myotherapy

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 the Altona Meadows and Hoppers Crossing Clinics.
Throughout her time studying, Ally has gained significant experience at Williamstown Football Club in the VFL as the lead myotherapist and with a variety of clubs within the WRFL. This has allowed Ally to work one on one, on and off the field with the footballers and fellow health and fitness staff.
Ally has a keen interest in the management of headaches and chronic back pain. She has also gained a lot of experience in dry needling, cupping and the management of sports related injuries.

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Lauren Manning
Dietetics

Lauren is an accredited practising dietitian with an interest in gastrointestinal health and nutrition for performance. She also enjoys research and is completing a PhD on the role of diet in managing inflammatory and irritable bowel conditions.

You can often find Lauren at one of Melbourne’s cafes and is rarely without a coffee or her laptop in front of her. Staying up to date with research is important as this is how Lauren helps her patients facilitate changes to help them achieve their goals.

When Lauren is out of the office you will find her volunteering at an animal shelter in regional Melbourne. Spending time cuddling and helping animals is a great way to relax and give back to a community in a way other than providing nutritional advice.

If you are interested in nutrition for performance, improving your gastrointestinal health or overall well-being make an appointment with Lauren at the Symmetry Hoppers Crossing today.

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Chelsea Morley
Exercise Physiology

Chelsea Morley is an Exercise Physiologist based at Symmetry Hoppers Crossing. She is also the founder of ExHealth Rehabilitation Services and the resident Wyndham AEP with the Son’s and Daughters of the West, Western Bulldogs Community Health Program. Chelsea loves all things exercise.

What makes her happy is assisting acute and chronic patients to improve their life through exercise.

Born and raised in  Wyndham, Chelsea spends her time running, watching movies, reading a good text book and being with the family. Oh and eating!

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