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 Institute of Sport baseball academy. Mark 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. He has also completed post graduate study in the area of sports injury management.
Mark is passionate about Symmetry Physiotherapy becoming the leading physiotherapy health provider to the western suburbs of Melbourne.
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 he 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 are set to be publishes in a number of leading medical journals. he is also a treating therapist in a Melbourne University trial an hip pain and through his involvement in this research it ensures that not only Shay, but the whole Symmetry team can base their practise on the latest scientific evidence available.
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.
Leki has developed a keen interest in sports physiotherapy particularly in the biomechanics of the lower limb, exercise prescription, sports rehabilitation and strength and conditioning principles. Growing up very active in the sporting world Leki is still quite involved with the sporting community. A Victorian Rugby Union (VRU) physiotherapist at the age group level and traveling physiotherapist for the Women's State Rugby Team Leki has kept his close association with Footscray Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC) as club physiotherapist for 6 years. He also travelled to Delhi in September 2010 for the Commonwealth Games in India as the head physiotherapist for the Tongan National team and is a physiotherapist for 'Ikale Tahi' Tongan National Rugby Union team.
Leki is also part of an initiative by WorkSafe Victoria and the Transport and Accident Commission (TAC) called 'Occupational Physiotherapy' which is a specialised physiotherapy service aiming to achieve better health and work outcomes for injured workers/motorists. His experience with occupational physiotherapy has developed further interest in spinal pain and its management.
Leki looks to continue close ties within the Rugby fraternity in Victoria and Australia and will look to later specialise in sports physiotherapy. Away from physiotherapy Leki enjoys learning the ukulele and relaxing with family and friends.
Having been associated with many different sporting teams including AFL, rugby league and touch football Nathan has developed a keen interest in sports physiotherapy, especially knee and shoulder injuries. Also with his exercise science background, he has the expertise and passion in developing and monitoring gym and exercise programs, both for rehabilitation and general fitness.
Outside of work, Steve loves sports, particularly rugby, cricket and triathlon and enjoys training for triathlons, recently completing his first 2 half-ironmans.
Jessica is currently practicing at both the Hoppers Crossing and Altona North clinics and has a special interest in managing clients with acute and chronic musculo-skeletal injuries and spinal conditions. Jessica is also involved in running pilates classes at both centres, as well as being a facilitator in the 'Life Diabetes Prevention Program' – a government funded Diabetes 2 prevention program.
Matthew Graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours from La Trobe University in 2011. In this time he gained valuable experience in both the private and public sector.
Matthew is a former Western Jets footballer and Western Spirit cricketer. Matthew is the current head physiotherapist at the Footscray Rugby Union Club and his clinical interests lie in musculoskeletal, sports and spinal conditions with a keen interest in strength athletes and elite level junior athletes. Matthew is also a sessional staff member and clinical tutor at La Trobe University School of Physiotherapy and has had work published in the medical journals Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology as well as Research in Developmental Disabilities. He also presented at the Australian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Conference in Brisbane in 2012.
Outside of physiotherapy Matt is a competitive powerlifter and avid golfer. Matt works at the Hoppers Crossing and Altona North Clinics.
Tyron graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2011. Throughout his degree, Tyron gained valuable experience in both the public and private health sectors, as well as two specialised units within the Western Bulldogs Football Club and at The Epworth Hospital dealing with traumatic brain injuries.
Tyron's strong interest in musculoskeletal and sporting injuries has led to his appointment as head physiotherapist at the Werribee Centrals Football Club for season 2012. Tyron is also part of the physiotherapy team at Williamstown Football Club in VFL and consults for the Western Athletics Club. Previously he has worked with the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League.
Tyron is currently practising at our Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit clinics where he manages all types of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries as well as being involved with musculoskeletal screenings to assist in the reduction of preventable injuries.
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 19 months working in the National Health Service in the U.K. working in a variety of hospitals 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. She now co-ordinates and manages the Pilates program at the Symmetry Physiotherapy Hoppers Crossing. In 2011 Alison became an Occupational Physiotherapist, a Worksafe and TAC initiative involving the specialised management of physiotherapy and return to work for Worksafe and TAC clients.
Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 2007. Since graduating he has worked primarily in private practice within Australia and the United Kingdom.
Tim has extensive post-graduate training in Clinical Pilates and is a certified APPI Pilates Instructor. He is currently co-ordinating the Pilates program at Hoppers Crossing. Tim is also trained in dry needling and he utilises both these techniques within his physiotherapy practice.
He has a strong interest in spinal management, shoulder pain and sports injuries and has completed further education to compliment this.
In his spare time Tim has a background of playing Australian Rules Football and Cricket at competitive levels, and understands the physical and emotional demands of sport at all levels. He has a passion for music, travelling, food, spending time with friends and family, and a good book.
Tim is available for consultation at Hoppers Crossing, Monday to Friday.
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.
Sara was a member of the New Zealand Women's soccer team, and was awarded a full scholarship to play in America. This had led to a particular interest in elite athletics and sporting injuries. She enjoys the challenge of assessing and managing lower limb biomechanics to treat and prevent injuries. A career ending knee injury has given her personal insight and a passion for managing post-surgical rehabilitation through to return to sport.
Sara also has a keen interest in treating disorders of the neck including cervicogenic headaches, whiplash, stiffness and disc injuries. She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions and adapting her management plans to help people achieve their optimal function whether that is for day to day activities, recreational sports or the elite athlete.
Outside of work Sara plays as a goalkeeper in the State Futsal League, enjoys painting, live music and cooking.
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. Futhermore, 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.
Natalie graduated her Physiotherapy degree from La Trobe University with honours in 2001 and has since completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Studies.
Natalie has worked extensively in neurological rehabilitation in both the public and private settings and is an APA Neurological Physiotherapist. She is currently doing her PhD investigating physical activity and cardiovascular risk post stroke.
Natalie currently takes our pregnancy water exercise classes as well as conducts Pilates classes at our Altona clinic. She is also a proud mum to Henry and is passionate about health and fitness pre and post-natally.
Since graduation she has practiced in both the private and public sectors, gaining a wide variety of experiences along the way. Rebecca is now full time at Symmetry Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine and has been since 2008. Throughout her career she has been involved with AFL football clubs, suburban netball teams and the Wyndham Relay for Life.
Rebecca is also trained in the art of dry needling and cupping, with her special areas of interest including the management of muscular related sports injuries, spinal pain and headaches.
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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Since graduating Aimee has worked at North Shore and Auckland City Hospitals in Auckland, NZ as well as St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. She has covered a variety of areas in clinical dietetics including working in a specialist position, with people who have kidney disease.
Outside of work Aimee has a keen interest in keeping fit and healthy. She is a keen triathlete and has completed in many half marathons and triathlons. Her most recent achievement was completing the 2014 Melbourne Ironman in 10 hours & 35 min. In her spare time she likes to relax, cook an spend time with family and friends.
Natalie completed her Exercise Physiology at the University of Ballarat in 2010.
Since then she has worked in public and private sectors gaining experience with a wide range of clinical conditions. Natalie now specialises in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behaviour modification to assist with preventing and managing chronic disease and injuries, for example arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis and obesity.
Natalie is currently practicing from our Hoppers Crossing clinic and is involved in running the 8 week Type 2 Diabetes Management Program, involving exercise advice and dietetic advice. She can help you to achieve your lifestyle goals.
Adam enjoys all sports, in particular Australian Rules Football, in which he has played at TAC Cup and VFL levels and is currently playing with the Geelong West-St. Peters Football Club in the Geelong Football League.
Adam has a particular interest in sports medicine and in the management of musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and lower limb.
Alan started in this field at a later stage of life which he has found very much to his advantage. He has worked in a variety of areas before commencing practice in Counselling Psychology. This included working in roles related to trade, sales, technical field work and allied health as a massage therapist. Alan has been running his own private practice on a part time basis for over twenty years. This practice initially focused on massage therapy, until he completed qualifications and obtained registration as a psychologist which he now focuses on exclusively. He has found that his own past experiences, both personally and professionally have given him a good understanding and the ability to empathise with people who are going through difficult times or situations. This has been enhanced by gaining experience through a variety of environments within the counselling field.
Since completing his tertiary studies, Alan has worked in a number of non-government organisations which has allowed him to develop a broad approach to his work. While all of these positions have been involved with counselling, they have been vastly different. This has included working with people with chronic mental health issues such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorders, through to family mediation, and more focused individual and couple counselling.
One of the major components of dealing with difficult situations in therapy is the relationship between the client and the counsellor. Alan takes a calm, non-judgemental and relaxed approach to the counselling situation because it is from this place that solutions can be found. Alan is very pleased to have recently started with Symmetry Physiotherapy and is currently available for consultations on Thursdays and Fridays. If you are not sure whether counselling might help, Alan would be happy to have a brief discussion on the phone to help you make a decision.
Dr.Jeremy Adams has a multidimensional background that includes a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise psychology, a clinical postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Dependency and a Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology. Jeremy has recently returned to Australia after 10 years in the USA, France and the UK where he consulted to organisations, ran a private psychology practice and directed an MSc in Sport and Performance psychology.
In his capacity as a registered psychologist, Jeremy specialises in motivational and performance enhancement and behavioural change and has worked with a wide range of clients: an international level triathlete, and Olympic pentathlete, a national level martial artist, national level rowing, basketball and polo teams and a concert pianist, as well as many sporting and general practice clients. He also has substantial experience in the assessment and treatment of chemical and behavioural addictions and has published in excess of 10 professional papers in this area.
Jeremy has also worked extensively in the organisational field, helping organisations and individuals increase and sustain performance and wellbeing. He has spent the last 12 months developing a wide-scale organisational wellbeing program for one of the "big-4" consulting firms which is currently being rolled out across several Australian firms.
Jeremy is also the author of two books: "Managing People in Organistaions: Contemporary Theory and Practice" and "Practical Sport Psychology".
Working from a positive psychology paradigm, Jeremy has an integrated, person-centered approach to psychotherapy that includes:
Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Rational emotive behavioural Therapy (REBT)
Mindfulness-based cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Jeremy will work with you to help you find the best solution to improving your current situation and to continue to improve in the future.