Meet Our Team
At Healthy Bodies Physiotherapy, we pride ourselves on the broad-based experience of our team of practitioners, who provide individualised solutions for many simple and complex conditions.
While we treat patients of all ages including children and the elderly, many of our patients fall into the category of those in their 20s-40s with musculoskeletal conditions or sporting injuries.
Our entire team is registered with their respective professional bodies e.g. Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), so you can be assured that you are receiving treatment only from the utmost qualified professionals who are bound by their codes of conduct.
Chris has worked in private practice around Melbourne as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for the last decade, between 2011 and 2017 he also worked at Collingwood Football Club where as Team Physiotherapist and Strength Program Co-ordinator.
Qualified with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science majoring in Anatomy and Exercise, Chris worked as part of the Monash University Physiotherapy teaching faculty at between 2010 and 2014. During his time working at Monash University he facilitated the development of the 3rd year curriculum, taught anatomy and physiotherapy treatment and assessment techniques and collaborated on a published research article**. He has also lectured at the Australian Physiotherapy Association Graduate Group Lecture Series.
Chris has recently been offered a role to work with the Australian Commonwealth Games Team in Gold Coast in 2018.
Chris competes as a powerlifter and has won 3 Australian championships (2009, 2010, 2012), an Oceania Championship (2010) and represented Australia at the World Championships (2012). He is the current U/83kg Australian Squat Record holder (290Kg).
**Gaida, Seville, Cope, Dalwood, Morgan, Maloney (2016) Adaptability of a blended learning model that improves student readiness for practical skill learning: A mixed-methods study Vol 17 No. 1 p3-17 in Focus on Health Professional Education, 17(1), 3-17.
Mitchell received his Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours from Monash University in 2015 and subsequently joined the Healthy Bodies Physiotherapy team in 2016.His honours project examined the use core stability exercise for the treatment of chronic low back pain.
Since graduating, Mitchell has worked in a variety of roles, including private practice, providing physiotherapy services to both Victorian Amateur Football Association and Southern Football League clubs, State League Netball clubs and has 5 years of experience in strength and conditioning coaching during which time he worked with athletes ranging from elite to sub-elite.
Mitchell is experienced in treating all musculoskeletal conditions and has a special interest in the rehabilitation of upper limb and has extensive post graduate training in this area.
Mitchell’s experience as a Melbourne Tigers player in the Youth League between 2008 and 2012 fuelled his passion for sports injuries and has lead him to pursue postgraduate study in Sports Physiotherapy.
Sean is an Irish born physiotherapist, who graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy from Edinburgh as well a Bachelor in Athletic Training, giving him years of experience in treating musculoskeletal injuries in both the clinical setting and sports arena. His experience in Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America and Australia has provided him with a well-rounded knowledge of how to address any musculoskeletal complaint.
Sean has worked as lead physiotherapist in a variety of sports ranging from Gaelic football, rugby, soccer, hockey and American football. He is passionate about targeted, effective exercise rehabilitation and strength and conditioning, and places a strong emphasis on this, alongside manual therapy, to ensure all his patients return to their chosen activity, workplace or sport fitter and stronger than pre-injury.
A keen interest in staying up to date with the latest research has Sean attending the latest conferences and seminars at regular intervals. One reason for this is that Sean takes pride in providing as much information as possible to his patients about their injury, diagnosis and pathway to recovery.
Outside of physiotherapy, you’ll find Sean playing Gaelic football, golf or his latest hobby surfing.
Nicola has over 10 years of clinical experience as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, graduating from Melbourne University in 2007, and completing her Post Graduate Master’s Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2016. Nicola has extensive orthopaedic experience having worked across Rehabilitation, Pain Management and Outpatient Orthopaedic Services in one of Melbourne’s busiest trauma hospitals.
Nicola has also undergone extensive training to work as a Primary Contact Physiotherapist in the Emergency Department. In this role she diagnoses and manages patients with soft tissue injuries, joint dislocations, fractures and spinal pain presenting to the Emergency Department.
In addition to her Master’s Degree, Nicola has completed extensive post graduate training including Level 1 and 2 Spinal, McKenzie Treatment of the Lumbar Spine, DMA Level 1 and 2 Pilates, Shoulder Level 1 and Sports Level 1. She is an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Nicola has a special interest in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of acute shoulder and knee injuries, spinal pain and post-operative rehabilitation. She also enjoys working with patients with persistent pain conditions. She utilises an individually tailored combination of manual therapy, exercise therapy and education in working with her clients to achieve their full potential.
After completing a Bachelor of Science in 2006 at Monash University and honours in 2007, Jonathan pursued a career in pharmacy and research. After a few years in the workforce his drive to help people in a more hands on way saw Jonathan complete his bachelor of physiotherapy at Monash University in 2014.
Jonathan has since worked as a private practice physiotherapist in Melbourne as well as with the Multiple Sclerosis organisation.
Jonathan has worked as physiotherapist for amateur rugby union and Australian rules football teams. This includes his role as one of the physiotherapists for the Melbourne Rebels under 15’s and under 17’s teams during the 2016 Junior Gold Cup.
With his background in pharmacy Jonathan is well positioned to help those with chronic pain conditions but also has a keen interest in sports physiotherapy and in particular soccer.
After wanting to pursue a career in health and exercise, Alita completed her university studies in 2012 with a bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and a Post Graduate Diploma of Exercise Physiology.
Alita has a strong interest in helping the aging population stay independent and prevent falls, as well as wanting to help bridge the gap in the understanding of chronic disease and how it can be managed once diagnosed, particularly Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has lead Diabetes focus groups in a number of clinical settings across Australia.
Alita has experience in a variety of clinical settings including aged care facilities, private practice, hospitals and elite sporting organisations, allowing her to reflect on different avenues of treatment depending on her clients’ needs.
Alita has a passion for injury prevention which has led to roles as a sports trainer at a number of sporting clubs, including VFL team North Ballarat. She also thoroughly enjoys netball and has been involved for over a decade as a player, umpire and coach.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Peter has always been passionate about a career in health care and completed his Diploma in Remedial Massage at Victoria University.
During his time as a Remedial Massage Therapist Peter has worked with the Western Bulldogs AFL team and with elite runners and endurance walking athletes during training and competition.
He has successfully treated many patients from diverse occupations ranging from elite and amateur athletes to corporate workers, tradesman and retirees.
Peter’s innate motivation to help others fuels his quest for knowledge and drives him to regularly attend conferences to stay at the forefront of evidence based practice.
For over twenty years Jill has worked as a qualified physiotherapist both in Australia and the USA in a variety of clinical settings. In the last ten years Jill has pursued further Pilates training and education and has focussed her practise in this area as it is a fantastic tool for recovering from injury and enhancing performance.
Special interests include Pilates for post-natal recovery, low back pain and maintaining form in the over 50s population.
Jill enjoys competing in the local Parkrun and overseeing her three children’s sporting pursuits in AFL, athletics, gymnastics and calisthenics.
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