‘It's our level of care that sets us apart’ - Lisa Thomson, Senior Partner

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Elle Hetherington | Physiotherapist

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Elle graduated from the Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Elle provides proactive and individualised care to her clients with a strong focus on evidence based practice. She has a special interest in Sports Physiotherapy and endeavours to treat the root cause of her client's injuries; thoroughly addressing sports specific biomechanics.

Elle has travelled to New York to gain experience at New York Sports Medicine, where she was exposed to a variety of treatment methods and approaches to care. She has experience working with local amateur football, netball and swimming clubs. Elle teaches clinical Pilates, using this avenue to rehabilitate a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and prevent future injuries. She enjoys treating lower limb injuries, in particular those in runners and netballers.

Elle is always expanding her knowledge and is currently on the path to completing her Master's of Sports Physiotherapy.

In her spare time Elle enjoys distance running, yoga, boxing and exploring Melbourne's cafes.

Jessica McDonald | Physiotherapist

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Jessica is a physiotherapist, an elite gymnast and coach with a unique understanding of the demands of high level competition and performance. She has diverse experience across a range of sports and is a great advocate for the involvement of children and adolescents in sport, helping them develop healthy habits as they grow.

Having previously worked in a private sports clinic on the Gold Coast prior to moving to Melbourne. Jessica has valuable experience in pre- and post-operative care and has developed expertise in using Clinical Pilates to facilitate optimal recovery and performance. She also has extensive experience in working with high level sports teams including AFL, rugby, dance, gymnastics and cricket.

Whether its an acute injury or simply wanting to optimise performance, Jessica has the expertise to diagnose and prescribe a program to get you back on track to achieving your goals. Her unique combination of Physiotherapy and high level coaching skills is a valuable asset in both the prevention and rehabilitation of injury, particularly in the areas of dance and gymnastics in the younger athlete.

Kobi Phelan | Physiotherapist

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Kobi is a physiotherapist and a strong advocate for the role of exercise therapy in the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions.

A graduate of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne, Kobi also holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Kobi understands the importance of tailoring treatment and rehabilitation to each patient on an individual basis when returning to sport and activity. With this in mind, Kobi places high importance on actively involving her patients in the design and implementation of their injury rehabilitation.

It is the problem in this process that motivates Kobi in clinical practice.

In her spare time Kobi enjoys playing netball, going to the footy, Pilates, taking her dog for a run and being outdoors as much as possible.

Luke Pickett | Physiotherapist

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Luke is a sports physiotherapist having completed a Master of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

As a physio Luke has "lived the dream" having worked at the AIS including roles with Football (Soccer), Netball and Triathlon squads. Luke has also performed roles for ASP WCT (surfing) events at Bells Beach, Tahiti, France and Spain. Before undertaking a role as Elite Performance Manager with Taj Burrow (World No 2 surfer).

Following this period Luke proceeded to take on a Senior Physiotherapist role at the St Kilda FC. Luke has now settled into clinical work. He really enjoys the challenge of treating injuries. Be it the simplest of rolled ankles to the most complex shoulder pathologies. Personally, Luke enjoys surfing, skiing, running, swimming, cycling, basketball and now croquet!

Michael Pernat | Physiotherapist

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Mike completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University with Honours in 2001. Upon graduating, he had a stint as an Outpatient Physiotherapist in Bendigo, assessing and rehabilitating patients ranging from teenage to elderly, including preparing and teaching personalised hydrotherapy programs.

Mike then set off for the United Kingdom, where he lived and worked as a Senior Community Therapist, developing patent care plans within a Community Rehabilitation Team comprised of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, a speech and language therapist, pharmacist, dietitian and psychologist. As part of this team, Mike assessed and rehabilitated orthopaedic and neurological patients in their homes, often post acute hospital care.

Since returning to Melbourne, Mike has worked as a private practice physiotherapist, often treating sports and paediatric conditions, with a strong focus on manual therapy and exercise prescription for patient rehabilitation. In conjunction with his physiotherapy practice, Mike has also worked as Assistance Lecturer in Anatomy at Monash University.