Meet our Port Melbourne team
Get to know the Symmetry Physiotherapy team. Our specialists from Port Melbourne have physiotherapy, myotherapy, clinical rehab / pilates and podiatry expertise honed by their extensive training and experience.
Tom is a Master’s degree qualified Physiotherapist with a background in athletic development & strength & conditioning. He has keen interests in sport & running based injuries and a passion to help patients get back to the sport they love.
Tom’s fondest achievements during his degree include helping patients walk for the first time after major surgery; and presenting his award-winning workshop at the La Trobe Physiotherapy Conference on the topic of ‘Jump, Land and Agility Training for ACL Rehabilitation’.
Outside his degree, Tom has 3 years’ experience working as a performance coach & rehabilitation coordinator at Woodford Sports Science Consulting. Through programs such as the ‘ACL Rehab Program’, Tom has coached athletes from over 20 different sports return to running onto the field, kicking goals and excelling at the game that they love. This experience has helped Tom develop skills not only in managing acute injuries but also in strength & conditioning principles to help patients prevent injury and improve performance.
Whilst enjoying working with a variety of injuries, Tom has developed a special interest in running-based injuries based on being a professional track-sprinter himself. In the clinic, Tom aims to provide a professional & friendly environment, empowering his patients to achieve their goals. Away from work, he enjoys spending time amongst friends and exploring Bay Street’s local cafes and restaurants.
Originally from Gippsland, Chris moved to Melbourne and completed a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University. Previously, Chris also worked as a myotherapist, sports trainer and allied health assistant in a hospital orthopaedic ward.
His experiences have allowed him to manage a variety of acute and chronic presentations in both general populations and sporting populations. He does this through gaining an understanding of client goals and employing a holistic approach, incorporating education, exercise prescription, and hands-on techniques. Chris enjoys managing all aspects of musculoskeletal pain; however he has a special interest in knee and shoulder pain.
Through La Trobe University, he is part of the TREK group which was developed to help bridge the gap between physiotherapy research and clinical practice (https://exercise.
Outside of the clinic he enjoys spending his time outside of the clinic exploring different areas of Melbourne with family and friends and keeping physically active.
Zwin graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy in 2018, producing an award-winning children’s picture storybook during her degree. Throughout her studies, Zwin has gained a wide variety of hands-on experiences through working with clients both in public hospitals and private practice where she was exposed to both acute and chronic conditions. From her degree, Zwin has developed strong interests in Women’s Health as well as lower back injuries, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.
With over three years of Pilates experience, she has a strong passion for Pilates as she believes that it is a diverse and holistic way to rehabilitate clients regardless of their fitness levels, age or injury. Zwin is currently running Clinical Rehab Pilates sessions in the Port Melbourne Studio where she individualises her treatment to each patient and their needs.
She always has a positive frame of mind and a big smile on her face. In her free time, you’ll find Zwin going for walks, exploring different areas of Victoria, spending quality time with family and friends, as well as practising Pilates and yoga. She also has a strong love for food and travel.
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.
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 of experience as a clinical Pilates instructor and has consulted to corporate companies on the importance of maintaining a healthy 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 overtraining, the dangers of pushing the body to its limit, which is available in bookstores and online.
Cherleen De Jesus
Cherleen graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy (with distinction) from the University of Melbourne in 2016. Having worked across multiple private practice and sports medicine clinics, she is a highly experienced physiotherapist with special interests in sports, spinal and running injuries. She is currently the Head Physio for Port Melbourne SC in the National Premier Leagues (soccer), and has worked with local and elite athletes in baseball (Melbourne Aces, Australian Baseball League), AFL and hockey.
Cherleen’s strong sports background enables her to apply high performance principles to the management of any injury or condition. Her greatest enjoyment comes from helping her clients to achieve their goals and empower them to move and feel better. Her interest points are in spinal (neck and back), shoulder, knee and ankle injuries (acute or post-surgery). She loves working with runners (at all levels) and is passionate about running retraining. She has taught clinical pilates for over 5 years.
In her spare time, she is an avid runner and values quality time with her friends and family. She loves to cook, cycle and hike, and if the footy’s on – she’ll be cheering for the Mighty Geelong Cats!
Carleigh graduated from La Trobe University in 2019 with a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice and Bachelor of Applied Science. Carleigh has also undertaken further training in Clinical Pilates. Throughout her degree, Carleigh worked within major public hospitals and outpatient settings treating a wide variety of clients and conditions.
Carleigh was trained in dance growing up, in styles such as jazz, tap and ballet. This gave her an appreciation for movement, and injury prevention and management, fuelling her passion for physiotherapy. Carleigh also has experience working with local mens and womens Aussie Rules teams as a sports trainer.
She has an interest in treating neck and back pain, sporting and dance injuries and working with pain during pregnancy. Carleigh utilises an approach that combines manual therapies for symptom management with long term active rehabilitation techniques to achieve her client’s goals.
Originally from Tasmania, Cosette (also known as Cosi), graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice in 2020, having previously completed a Bachelor in Exercise Science (Sport Practice) at Victoria University in 2017.
With over 7 years of strength and conditioning based experience (inclusive of Olympic and Power lifting), she has a firm belief in the motto that ‘Movement Is Medicine’. However, she strongly values hands-on techniques to manage pain and improve function so to complement this, she completed a certificate in Remedial Massage in 2014.
Cosette has previously worked as an Allied Health Assistant which involved rehabilitation post-surgery, as well as management of clients with a wide range of health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
She also has a keen interest in paediatric physiotherapy, having completed a placement in the orthopaedic department at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and assisted with the rehabilitation of a number of children with cerebral palsy.
Outside of the clinic, she plays soccer and enjoys taking her Labrador out on adventures to the beach or bush.
Brady graduated from Victoria University in 2017 with a Diploma of Remedial Massage, Brady furthered his studies at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2018 and graduated as a Myotherapist. Brady has worked alongside the Western Bulldogs AFL Club for the 2017 season for his work placement as well as being selected as a practitioner for the 2018 AFL NAB rising stars draft pick.
Through his sporting pursuits, Brady cultivated a passion for how the body works and moves. It was this passion, coupled with a serious hamstring injury, that led Brady to a career as a massage therapist and soon to a career in myotherapy.
Brady is passionate about health and wellbeing and prides himself on a friendly and nurturing approach to his clients. He is thorough with a well-developed eye for detail, and he tailors each treatment to suit his client’s needs. Brady uses a range of treatment methods to achieve optimal outcomes for his clients.
While seeking to educate people about injury prevention and self-awareness. Brady believes in listening to your body to achieve optimal health.
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 had 5 years of experience practising as a Myothetherapist across the Melbourne and Geelong regions prior to her transition into physiotherapy. This experience has cemented her passion for treating a wide variety of 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/Rehab classes in Symmetry Physiotherapy Port Melbourne studio.
Away from work, Annabelle is a keen world traveller and self-confessed ‘foodie’, often found cooking for family and friends.
Alec traveled across the ditch to complete his Bachelor of Health Science in Podiatry at the Auckland University of Technology. He became interested in Podiatry through a long-term running injury of a family member and the range of podiatric treatments that were used to treat the complication.
His professional interests include sports podiatry, minor surgery and paediatrics. He is a strong believer in orthotic therapy and is always keen to explore cutting-edge methods of preventing and managing injuries of the lower limb.
Alec has a strong history in sport, having been a personal trainer for over a decade and playing rugby at a national level in the United Kingdom. A lifetime relationship with sport has helped him gain an understanding of the importance of stretching, strengthening, exercise technique and correct footwear.
In his spare time, Alec likes to keep fit through a dedication to gym and distance running. He has completed several half marathons and City to Surf competitions. He is also a qualified chef and enjoys cooking all types of cuisine.
Lachlan graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Podiatric Practice and a Bachelor of Health Science.
Having been an avid sportsman all his life and growing up playing sports such as football and basketball, Lachlan has had many injuries throughout his career. The impact of these injuries has led to his interest in focusing on sporting injuries and various musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb and feet through correcting biomechanics.
Whilst Lachlan enjoys working with athletes with sporting injuries, he also has an interest in other aspects of podiatry such as orthotic therapy, paediatrics, nail surgery, diabetes management and general care issues such as corns and callous’.
Lachlan still enjoys playing competitive sport and plays for his local football team. He also closely follows the NBA and the Melbourne Football Club in the AFL. He has a passion for learning about current trends and new information in the health and fitness industry and enjoys travelling and has been on various trips overseas.
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