Port Melbourne

Physiotherapy

Sophie Szabo


Sophie is a Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates instructor. She has experience in both the hospital setting as well as private practice. Sophie has completed additional training in Women's Health Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, Vestibular rehabilitation and Dry Needling.

Sophie has a strong passion for Women's Health Physiotherapy. She will be able to assist with pre and post-natal recovery and pelvic floor rehabilitation. Sophie also has a keen interest in safe exercise in pregnancy. She enjoys promoting health and well-being at all stages of life. She finds Clinical Pilates very beneficial for her patients to allow for long-term recovery from injuries. Sophie is also skilled in using Real time ultrasound.

Outside of the clinic, Sophie enjoys staying healthy through running, yoga and Pilates. Sophie is also very passionate about good health and nutrition and enjoys exploring new restaurants and cafes, as well as baking healthy and nutritious treats.

Annabelle Dunbabin


Annabelle graduated with distinction from the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne 2016. Through this, she gained valuable placement experience in a diverse range of physiotherapy settings including oncology, neurology, women's health and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Prior to completing her physiotherapy degree, Annabelle undertook a Bachelor Health Science in Musculoskeletal therapy and has 5 years of experience practicing as a Myotherapist across the Melbourne and Geelong regions. This experience has cemented her passion for adopting a holistic approach in managing musculoskeletal injuries, with a particular interest in spinal, head and neck physiotherapy and shoulder rehabilitation. Annabelle also practices dry needling therapy and runs Clinical Pilates classes in Symmetry Physiotherapy Port Melbourne studio.

Away from work, Annabelle is a keen world traveller, social netball player and self-confessed 'foodie', often found cooking for family and friends.

Simon Kragh


Simon graduated from the university of Canberra Bachelor of Physiotherapy program in 2017. The degree gave him a vast amount of experience in cardiothoracic, neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. This was spread over a mix of hospitals and private practice.

Simon has a real passion for treating sports injuries, due to several injuries he suffered while chasing an athletic career. In his twenties, he turned his attention to become a physiotherapist, in a bid to help athletes avoid injury and kick on to the top level. He has worked with the Canberra Raiders and is currently working with Williamstown in the VFL. To complement this passion, Simon has completed his Sports Level 1 and Level 2 courses, as well as dry needling qualifications. He has a passion for high level rehabilitation including running biomechanics and load management for injury prevention. 

Outside of work Simon is an avid sports follower. He enjoys surfing, diving and golf. Simon enjoys travelling, trying new things and catching up with family and friends.

Chris Calabrese


Chris graduated from La Trobe University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice after completing his Myotherapy studies in 2013. As a result of this, Chris has experience in managing a variety of acute and chronic presentations including those in the general population, sporting teams, post-operative orthopaedics, cardiopulmonary and neurological populations.

As well as his clinical work, he is also a part of the TREK group through La Trobe University which was developed to bridge the gap between research and clinical work, with the aim of improving exercise prescription knowledge.

He also has experience in working with elite and sub-elite soccer popultations where he was able to learn off of some of the best physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches in Melbourne.

Chris enjoys all expects of musculoskeletal pain; however he has a special interest in knee, ankle and shoulder pain, as well as the adolescent sporting populations.

Originally from Gippsland, Chris enjoys spending his time outside of the clinic exploring different parts of Melbourne with family and friends and keeping physically active.


Pilates

Vanessa Alford

Vanessa a Physiotherapist, nutritionist and clinical Pilates instructor whose passion is in health and fitness. After graduating as a Physiotherapist in 2002, she spent the next eight years working in various locations around Australia. During this time she also completed a post-graduate certificate in Nutrition, taught English in Thailand and worked in academia in Singapore.

Vanessa has a love for sport and fitness and enjoys helping others reach their full potential in this area. She has over ten years experience as a clinical Pilates instructor and has consulted to corporate companies on the importance of maintaining a health lifestyle. In addition to teaching, Vanessa is currently doing her PhD in Indigenous health through the University of Melbourne and presents nationally accredited sports and fitness courses to adults and school students.

Vanessa is also an elite long distance runner, finishing second in the 2005 Bangkok marathon and third in the 2005 Melbourne marathon. Vanessa's passion for running lead to her writing, "Fit Not Healthy", about her experiences of over training, the dangers of pushing the body to its limit, which is available in bookstores and online.

Clare Whitehall


Clare completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Adelaide in 2003. Upon moving to Melbourne she worked extensively in the public hospital system including roles at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincents Hospital and the Monash Medical Centre. Her valuable experience in these leading hospitals has led to broad knowledge and understanding of acute and sub-acute medical and surgical needs.

After requiring hip surgery herself in 2012, Clare completed training in Clinical Pilates to aid her own recovery and has been inspired by its results in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Further extensive training has supported her clients through the pre and post-natal journey and strength and conditioning prior to joint surgery.

Clare is a valuable part of the great Pilates team at our Port Melbourne clinic and enjoys the challenges and rewards that Clinical Pilates offers people of all fitness, mobility and age. When not at work, Clare is kept bust with two young boys.


Emily Cousins


Emily graduated from Melbourne University with a Doctor of Physiotherapy in 2015. She gained extensive experience across Melbourne, rural Victoria and overseas in the Public and private settings.

Having grown up in the world of competitive dance sport, Emily has always had a special interest in sports physiotherapy and injury rehabilitation. Emily continues to work with the local AFL and netball clubs and in 2015 was a member of the sports medicine team for the University of Melbourne at the Australian University Games. Emily also has a keen interest in treating paediatric conditions, having completed her final year research project on Osgood-Schlatter disease in partnership with Western Health.

Emily has additional skills in rehabilitation and chronic disease management, Being an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, she has provided exercise therapy to patients with a wide variety of conditions including osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer.

Having grown up in Sydney, Emily enjoys spending her spare time exploring Melbourne's cafes, but also enjoys returning home for the weekend to visit family and friends. Emily continues to compete in touch, hockey and netball.


Myotherapy

Montana Muir

Graduating with an advanced diploma of Myotherapy Montana practices with a diverse and wide range of skill and experience.

Montana has worked alongside elite sporting clubs; including Richmond Football Club for the AFL and Melbourne Storm in the NRL, which reflects her interest for injury rehabilitation and prevention both on and off the field. Practicing at every level, Montana also works as Head Trainer for Hampton Rovers Amateur Football club demonstrating a clear passion for alleviating sporting injuries and getting the players back to a competitive level.

Montana has a strong passion for helping people achieve optimal health, returning to everyday activities and back into their chosen sport. She is also passionate about the management of headaches and shoulder pathologies.

Montana utilises a range of treatment methods, including massage, dry needling, joint mobilisation, muscles energy technique and injury rehabilitation to allow patients to return to full function.

Away from work Montana was an avid tennis player in her teenage years and now enjoys social netball, Pilates and going to the gym.

Podiatrist

Matthew Bull


Matthew Bull obtained a Bachelor of Podiatry with honors at La Trobe University. His thesis titled 'Effects of Foot Orthoses on Foot Plantar Pressures' enabled him to gain extensive knowledge on the mechanisms by which foot orthoses influence foot posture and weight distribution beneath our feet.

Matt has a strong sporting background having captained cricket teams at representative level and continues to play as a member of the Strathmore Cricket Club.

Matt has a passion for lower limb musculoskeletal injuries and bio mechanics, incorporating his research and clinical skills into pediatric practice. During assessment of running gait and technique he also considers head and neck position, spinal rotation and arm swing, to better understand the role of proximal stability in lower limb injury.

Matt understands the importance of footwear in the treatment of lower limb conditions and has the skills to assess your current footwear and guide you through the vast array of footwear options, based on different supportive features.  

Stephanie Melitsis 


Stephanie graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Podiatric Practice. 

Stephanie is experienced in all aspects of podiatry but has a particular interest in sports and biomechanical injuries and paediatrics. She has worked at Active Feet, a podiatry based running footwear store, giving her thorough knowledge of the effects that athletic footwear can have on the feet and lower limbs. 

Stephanie played tennis and hockey in her youth and now enjoys going to the gym, trail walking, yoga and pilates. She believes that combining a thorough and comprehensive assessment with holistic care and up-to-date treatment is essential to a successful outcome.









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