Meet our Taylors Lakes team
Get to know the Symmetry Physiotherapy team. Our specialists from Taylors Lakes have physiotherapy, myotherapy, clinical rehab / pilates, exercise physiology and podiatry expertise honed by their extensive training and experience.
Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2007. He spent 2 years in private practice in Gippsland before commencing at our Taylors Lakes practice in 2010.
Stephen has a strong interest in sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions and has worked for Gippsland Power Football Club (U18 TAC Cup), and spent 4 years with the Werribee Football Club in the VFL. He enjoys managing athletes of all levels and has had experience from the North Melbourne Kangaroos (AFL) to local community sporting teams of all codes.
Stephen has a special interest in the rehabilitation of acute and chronic conditions and post-surgical injuries. Other interests include lower limb biomechanics, exercise prescription and dry needling. He has completed further training to more effectively manage the complicated rehabilitation of Workcover and TAC clients.
Stephen’s interest in Physiotherapy came from a sporting background where he played TAC and State football. He still currently plays football and enjoys spending time at the beach and going for runs or keeping fit at the gym.
Melissa graduated with honours from Melbourne University in 2008 and has since been a dedicated private practice physiotherapist. She has a strong background in sports injury management including working with the VAFA and many local sporting teams. She has personal experience in netball, squash, gymnastics and softball.
Melissa has undergone additional training in the areas of lower limb biomechanics, chronic neck pain and headache; strength and conditioning; shoulder pain and Clinical Pilates. She is currently the Pilates Managers at Symmetry Taylors Lakes. She is also qualified to perform dry needling. Melissa has completed training in Occupational Physiotherapy, improving the quality of care to her TAC and WorkCover clients.
Melissa has been a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association since 2006 and considers it a priority to remain up to date with the latest evidence-based research for injury management.
Melissa is also part of our team at Pelvic Health Melbourne and has had extensive training to assist women in the management of pre/postnatal care, pelvic girdle pain, prolapse, continence, pelvic pain and mastitis. She also treats men with pelvic girdle pain.
Ouside of work Melissa enjoys hiking, travelling, reading and spending time with her husband and two young children.
Aimee graduated with a Doctor in Physiotherapy from The University of Melbourne in 2013. She also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Deakin University in 2010.
Aimee has a strong interest in musculoskeletal conditions and has worked at Werribee VFL and Werribee Districts Football Club. Since graduating Aimee has been working in the private sector where she has gained experience in managing a range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Aimee has a keen interest in lower limb and running activities. She utilizes clinical Pilates and dry needling frequently in her approach to rehabilitation and treatment. She enjoys seeing people return to their full level of function and has a strong focus on injury prevention. She also likes to keep up to date with the most recent research.
Outside of work, Aimee enjoys athletics and triathlons.
Aaron graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2008 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with Honours). During his years if study he gained an array of experience in both the public and private sectors. This included a one-month placement in London with the chief Physiotherapist of the English Athletics Team. It was here that Aaron consolidated his desire to work with athletes in acute injury management and sports rehabilitation.
Aaron has a keen interest in biomechanics, in particular of the shoulder and lower limb. Working with local football and soccer players as well as avid gym goers has also lead to a growing affinity for exercise prescription for rehabilitation and injury prevention. Aaron also incorporates pilates based exercises into some programs and is trained manual techniques such as dry needling.
Although Aaron has been a member of the Symmetry Physiotherapy team since 2009, we did lose him for a brief period whilst he travelled the world and developed some new interests and skills. Spending the majority of his time in Latin America and Spain, Aaron learnt to speak Spanish and took up hiking and surfing. In his time away from work he continues to pursue these new interests, heading down to the surf coast most weekends and volunteering with the Hispanic community.
Aaron also spends his winters playing football for Diggers Rest Football Netball Club. After having played with Craigieburn since juniors, being part of the Essendon and Riddell leagues and many of his patients have been allies or foes at one point or another. But when it comes to injured players, on-field rivalries are quickly forgotten and, as with all of his patients, the focus is getting them back to what they love doing ASAP.
James graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney. He is also an accredited Exercise Physiologist after completing a Masters of Exercise Physiology.
James is passionate about empowering and helping all of his patients reach their goals, regardless of age or condition. He has a particularly keen interest in sporting and athletic injuries and has been the Head Physiotherapist for St Albans Football Club since 2018. He also has a passion for strength and conditioning, biomechanics and employs a range of exercise modalities and soft tissue techniques to aid his patient’s treatment plans. James is also qualified to perform dry needling as part of his treatments and has completed further education in Upper Limb Rehab.
James has undertaken further training to coordinate Symmetry’s GLA:D exercise program – an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms
In his spare time, James will be at the gym, swimming or participating in yoga. He enjoys travelling, all types of sport, music and getting to the ‘G’ to watch his beloved Tigers as much as possible.
Ryan graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2017. He enjoys working with children and adolescents, and this passion was strengthened during his time at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Ryan also has experience in post-operative rehabilitation, most commonly for ACL and total knee replacements.
Having played basketball for most of his life, Ryan is familiar with the physical and psychological impact of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. As a result, he has a strong interest in helping people get back to doing what they love. Alongside his work in the clinic, Ryan works as the head Physio for East Keilor Football Club and Craigieburn Eagles Basketball, often treating lower back, knee, hamstring and ankle injuries.
Ryan has completed further training in Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates and the rehabilitation of Workcover and TAC clients to better facilitate a return to work.
Outside of work, Ryan loves challenging himself in Escape Rooms and exploring the world in his travels. He follows the NBA closely and enjoys watching Collingwood in the AFL! (except when they lose).
Juy has developed a strong interest in sporting and adolescent injuries since graduating from The University of Sydney with a Masters in Physiotherapy in 2018. He is currently the Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Dodgeball Federation, and has gained valuable experience working with The University of Sydney Women’s AFL Club (Premier Division), The Sydney Rays (National Rugby Championships), Rhythmic Gymnastics (NSW Championships), The Sydney Half Marathon, City to Surf and Oxfam Trailwalker.
Juy himself has a strong background in sports, having played cricket, AFL and athletics growing up. With highlights including a Youth Tour of Sri Lanka, as well as various other representative teams, he is well equipped at helping clients deal with the physical and mental demands of exercise.
Stemming from his Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Juy has a strong appreciation for staying up-to-date with the latest research. He combines this research with this extensive experience as a Strength and Conditioning coach to incorporate exercise into rehabilitation programs to help clients get back into doing what they love.
Away from physiotherapy, Juy is also an author, creating educational courses for personal trainers. He can otherwise be found in the gym, exploring the wilderness, watching local music, or travelling around the world.
Jesse graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice in 2018 at La Trobe university where he obtained the highest average mark for his year. He chose the Physiotherapy profession as an avenue for making a positive impact in the health and lives of others.
Jesse has experience in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation physiotherapy and additional training in Active Release Techniques (ART), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability (DNS).
Jesse has special interests in managing neck and back pain, shoulder and running related conditions. He also enjoys managing neurological conditions. Jesse employs a treatment philosophy of using manual therapy to alleviate pain and restore movement in conjunction with exercise and education.
Jesse is passionate about promoting the latest evidence-based information on rehabilitation and pain science. He is part of the TREK education group and is the developer of a website resource for the management of low back pain.
Outside of the clinic, Jesse enjoys travelling both locally and overseas, playing sports and working towards his fitness goals.
Sam graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Practice from La Trobe University in 2018. Prior to this, Sam attained his Bachelors in Exercise Physiology at The University of Sydney where he then went on to work in a private Physiotherapy practice setting before undertaking his Physiotherapy degree.
Sam is extremely passionate about providing patients with optimal treatment modalities utilising hands on methods, whilst incorporating graded exercise rehabilitative programs to produce sustained results and optimise performance.
Away from Symmetry Physiotherapy Sam works closely with the Darebin Falcon’s in the WVFL, St Kevins Athletics and Melbourne Athletic Development.
Sam also has a large interest in overhead sports and running mechanics, and is an avid surfer on the weekends.
Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice from La Trobe University.
Emily is passionate about working with clients to develop targeted rehabilitation programs which utilise a combination of manual therapy and graded exercises to ensure her clients achieve their goals.
Having played soccer for many years, Emily has developed a particular interest in sports and gained invaluable experience working with Melbourne City’s W-League Squad, The Darebin Falcons VFLW side and Alamein Football Club’s NPLW team over the past two years. This has refined Emily’s skills in acute injury management and fueled her interest in the prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions.
When Emily’s not at work she’ll be playing soccer, in the garden or spending time down the beach where she grew up.
Shahnee graduated in 2017 with an advanced Diploma of Myotherapy from the Australian college of Sports Therapy and is now at our Taylors Lakes Clinic.
Throughout her time studying Shahnee also gained experience working one-on-one with the players and fellow health practitioners closely on and off the field with the Williamstown Football Club in the VFL and Melton Centrals Football and Netball Club in the RDFL. During her studies, she gained knowledge in deep tissue and sports massage, cupping, trigger point therapy and dry needling.
Shahnee is able to match a technique to the situation which puts her client at ease and comfort, allowing her to achieve the desired outcome and progress the therapy to full movements pain-free. This provides the client with a strong understanding of posture, injury prevention techniques and basic rehabilitation to create a holistic approach to health and lifestyle.
Shahnee has also done volunteer work at the Melbourne Marathon, Melbourne Ironman Triathlon and Oxfam Trialwalker. In 2015/2016 Shahnee has worked at the Arnold’s Classic Australia closely alongside, both the professional Strongman and body building competitors providing treatments between events.
Outside of work, Shahnee enjoys going to the gym and boxing as well as watching a variety of sports, spending time with her family/friends and travelling.
Megan graduated from a Bachelor of Podiatry Degree with honours in 2008, after having already completed a Medical Science and Forensic Science degree. Her honours thesis involved an understanding of the diabetic foot and how to prevent complications associated with it. With this interest, she specialises in diabetes foot assessments for high-risk feet and wound management.
Megan has clinical interest in the management of sporting injuries, biomechanics, orthotic prescription, paediatrics, nail surgery and is also available for general care issues such as corns and callus. She also has a history in retail sporting footwear and enjoys matching individual biomechanical requirements to the correct footwear prescription.
Megan is a current member of the Australian Podiatry Asscociation, Sports Medicine Australia and The Australasian of Podiatric Sports Medicine. She also holds a certificate of Dry Needling Practice.
Megan enjoys working with sporting groups and sees many patients from local dancing schools and cricket clubs. Outside of work, Megan enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
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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