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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 analysis 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 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, whilst on scholarship playing soccer.
Sara enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. She has a hands on approach to treatment and a strong focus on education and rehabilitation to prevent future injury. She aims to ensure her patients completely understand their injury and how to improve their health and function in the long term. Sara is an educator / mentor for new physiotherapists and enjoys contributing to their clinical development.
Sara has a special interest in treating acute and chronic headache and migraine conditions. She has undertaken several professional development courses in the area. In line with current research on headache and migraine conditions, Sara believes the neck is often incorrectly overlooked as a significant contributor to the condition. She is committed to accurately identifying problems in the cervical spine and applying an appropriate treatment intervention to reduce reliance on medications and significantly improve the quality of life for her patients.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys gardening, live music and cooking. She has recently started to dabble in sprint Triathlons.
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.
Kim graduated from La Trobe University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, finishing her studies in Denmark. Upon returning to Australia Kim began work to 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 and trained in the specialised management of Workcover and TAC clients.
When not working, Kim is heavily involved in playing football and has been the physiotherapist for the Womens National Team at the qualification tournaments and World Championships. Kim also enjoys training for short course triathlons, travelling and spending time with family and friends. She also optimistically looks forward to watching Geelong win another flag.