Physiotherapists Wyndham Vale, Werribee & Tarneit
Sam Leslie
  • 19 years experience in private practice including work at AFL, EPL, NRL, Sydney Olympics and Australian Cycling, Athletics, Diving and Water Polo Teams
  • Completed Masters in Sports Physiotherapy (2010) receiving the restricted title of Titled APA Sports Physiotherapist.
  • Head physiotherapist for the Australian Team Uniroos. World Universiade Games, Kazan Russia 2013
  • Head of the MyPhysio High Performance Academy
  • Current and Past Experience as Physiotherapist to the GreenEdge Professional Cycling Team, Team Sky Professional Cycling Team, Garmin Cervelo Professional Cycling Team, Honda Dream Team, Swedish National Cycling Team, and VIS Cycling Team, African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team.
  • Physiotherapist to numerous World and Australian Champions
  • Australian Institute of Sport appointed Physiotherapist to the Australian Cycling Team’s European Tour 2008
  • Awarded AIS Sports course ‘Best Speaker’ award 2010
  • Key Services include:
    • Level 4 Clinical Pilates Instructor
    • Instructor in Redcord/Neurac suspension training equipment
    • Spinal Manipulation
    • Video analysis for technique correction across all sports
    • Development of specialised programs to improve athletic performance
    • Development of strength and conditioning programs for ALL Individuals
  • Special interest in treatment of the "Difficult shoulder"
  • Current Clinical studies for publication on: "Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well as conditions with associated symptoms of autonomic nervous system dysfunction (Dysautonomias)"
  • Current Tutor for the Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports Physiotherapy Courses.
  • Special interest in Athletics, Cycling and AFL injuries
  • Special interest in improving running efficiency and athletic power generation.
Domenic Salerno
  • 18 years experience working in Australia and the UK
  • Completed a Postgraduate degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy through Latrobe University 2008.  A strong commitment to reviewing current research/ literature, up to date evidence, and new treatment approaches to provide each patient with for the most current knowledge and manual skills and rehab programs.
  • Clinical Pilates Instructor.
  • Instructor in Redcord suspension training equipment.
  • Clinical Practical Educator for several undergraduate Universities.
  • Special Interest in:
    • Biomechanical assessment of the foot to the spine to improve all levels of performance/ function. Assisted by Gaitscan dynamic foot pressure, video analysis software.
    • Neck stability programs and treatment for headaches and neck pains.
    • Lumbar stability programs, including Redcord, Pilates for the prevention of recurrent low back pain, management of long term pain and return to sport/ hobbies with optimal performance.
    • Neurological rehabilitation of Children including contact with medical and physiotherapy staff from the Royal Children’s Hospital, and local Schools.
    • Adult neurological (stroke, head injury) rehabilitation from gait retraining to high levels of restored function.
    • Balance assessment and retraining.
    • Dry needling (acupuncture needles).
    • Joint replacement. Post op rehab as well as pre op care or delay through weight loss and pool based strengthening endurance programs.
    • Motor bike accidents, return to riding, pain/ function management to high levels of activity both on/ off the bike.
  • Member of Western Orthopaedics Lecture Group. Recently presented a lecture entitled "The benefits of a physiotherapy directed lap swimming program for patients requiring joint replacement surgery".  Investigating pilot study to prove the effectiveness of the program.
  • Clinical directive: Accurate clinical diagnosis, assisted by modern software, leads to appropriate hands-on intervention to restore movement.  Further managed by individual exercise programs that promotes prompt recovery and prevents return of symptoms, using all the services offered at Myphysio-Evolution.
Personal interest in Physiotherapy, gym, Skiing, hiking, scuba, motor sport, surfing, running and the occasional rest.
Kate Leece
  • This is Kate’s fourth year as part of the Myphysio Team
  • She completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Latrobe University and graduated in 2010
  • Kate has gained much experience in both public and private sectors and discovered her passion for musculoskeletal and sporting injuries

 

Special Interest

  • Lumber stability assessments and programs to help prevent ongoing back pain
  • Treatment of the neck to relieve neck/shoulder pain and headaches
  • Creating and monitoring individual gym programs specific to the clients goal
  • Clinical Pilates and its role in preventing reoccurrence of pain and dysfunction

 

Key services

  • Individual consultations for treatment of all patients across all ages and abilities
  • Instructor of small group, evening Pilates classes conducted by Kate at MyPhysio Evolution
  • Record suspension training equipment
  • Dry needling (acupuncture needles)
  • Pelvic Floor programs and real time ultrasound
  • Individual gym and Pilates programs specific to each individual

 

Outside of work, Kate participates in her own Pilates and Yoga classes as well as strength training with the optimum goal of living a healthy and energetic life style.



Jacqueline Bloder
  • Graduated from Melbourne University’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in 2010
  • Practicing in the private sector since 2011 gaining extensive experience with musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory problems
  • Physiotherapist to the Victorian team at the Football Federation Australia National Youth Championships (2011)
  • Physiotherapist to the Victorian swimming team at the State Teams Age Championships (2011)
  • Current Australian Physiotherapy Association member
    • Further studies include:
    • Spinal (Level 1)
    • Clinical Pilates (Levels 1&2)
    • Neurac/Redcord (Level 1)
    • Dry Needling (Level 1)
      • Enjoys treating a diverse range of patients across all ages, occupations and athletic ability. Her special interests include:
      • The diagnosis and treatment of CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome)
      • Chronic back and neck pain
      • Exercise-based rehabilitation through redcord, Clinical Pilates and home exercises
      • The sporting population



Achille Maiotti

Achille completed his Advanced Degree in Sport Science in Milan (Italy) in 2006 and graduated in the Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University in 2012.

He joined the MyPhysio team in 2013.

Achille’s interest is in the relationship between physiotherapy and exercise, which is often the step between short and long term management of an injury.

Achille has several years of experience as a swimming and lifeguard instructor and has worked in Italy in close collaboration with a Physiotherapy Private Practice in Milan, particularly focusing on hydrotherapy. He will be happy to provide you with a few hints on how improve your swimming skills during the hydrotherapy sessions offered by MyPhysio.

In addition to swimming Achille has done 16 years of professional fencing achieving results at international level.

Other qualifications/studies:

  • Representative on the Department of Physiotherapy Clinical Schools Management Committee from July 2011 to June 2012.
  • APA member.
  • Neurac/Redcord course level 1 (2014)
  • Pilates Level 1 & 2 (2014)

For Italian patients: Achille can fluently speak Italian if you are more comfortable in speaking your native language.




Sam Donaldson

Sam (or Sammy as he’s known at MyPhysio) completed his Masters in Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland in 2013 following the prior completion of a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies, also at UQ. He is the resident Accredited Exercise Physiologist, allowing MyPhysio to expand its health care provisions.

 

  • Physiotherapist and member of the APA since 2014.
  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist and ESSA member since 2010.
  • Special interests in:
    • Soccer, Swimming and running
    • Exercise therapy for rehabilitation of injuries and chronic conditions
    • Sports performance, strength and conditioning
    • Hands-on therapy in musculoskeletal care
    • Neck pain and headaches

 

Sam has played semi-professional soccer in Brisbane for 6 years and is interested in assisting all athletic individuals from recovery to improving individual performance.

 

Sam believes that appropriately prescribed exercise contributes to the successful recovery of almost any medical or physical condition, as well as improving our daily functional ability, creating a longer and more prosperous and independent lifestyle as we ag


Danielle Robertson

Danielle completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Exercise Science at Victoria University. Danielle understands and values the importance of combining an individualised exercise program with physiotherapy techniques to obtain the best results for each patient.

Special interests include:

  • Implementing unique personalised rehabilitation programs for both recovery and prevention of future injuries.
  • Women’s health and the role of the pelvic floor muscles.  Pre and post natal pregnancy classes.
  • The role of Clinical Pilates and core stabilisation in injury prevention.
  • Working with a vast range of age groups and athletic abilities to improve their overall quality of life.

Danielle’s other interests include running, Crossfit, and netball where she is currently involved in 3 teams.


Louis Glazebrook

Louis completed his Bachelor of physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University. Whilst completing his Bachelor Louis worked as a qualified personal trainer and a physiotherapy assistant which gave him a broad range of experience in managing the physical needs of a diverse range of clients. At MyPhysio Louis takes Tuesday morning hydrotherapy, as well as the Intermediate/Advanced RedCord and the Leg Strength exercise groups.

Special interests include:
-Teaching clients the safest, most efficient way to move and sit in their work environments.
-Working with high level athletes to improve their movement efficiently and athletic performance.
-Helping clients to become more actively involved in their healthcare to achieve their best possible outcome.
-Encouraging and teaching clients effective and attainable behaviors to manage their weight and home exercise program
-Has a special interest in CrossFit and Olympic lifting athletes, to see them perform at their optimal capacity.
-Working closely and touring with the African Wildlife Safari cycling team.


Katie Sandford

Katie completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. During her degree, her passion for musculoskeletal and sport injures was reinforced through her work with the Tour Down Under, the Victorian indoor netball squad and other various sports. As a former competitive triathlete and swim teacher Katie has an appreciation of the demands of competition and sport on the body and how important a prompt return to personal hobbies is for each patient.

 

Special interests include:

  • Encouraging patients to actively contribute to their own recovery through the use of individualised exercise and home self management programs
  • Combining the latest evidence and individual patient circumstances to devise holistic treatments that will maximise each patient’s wellbeing
  • Utilising Pilates as an adjunct to treatment
  • Developing a broad knowledge base to maximise effectiveness of treatment across all age groups, occupations and athletic abilities.
  • Special interest in cycling, water sports and netball injuries.

Mr James Chiu (Orthopaedic Surgeon)

(sub-specialty interests in shoulder and knee sports reconstruction and arthroplasty)

 

Mr Chiu obtained his MBBS in 2001 and was awarded his fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2011.  He has further increased his expertise and competency in orthopaedic surgery with fellowships in North America and France, in the fields of orthopaedic sports medicine reconstruction, upper extremity reconstruction, arthroscopy and arthroplasty.  Providing excellent patient care and surgical outcomes is of the utmost importance to him.

 

Mr Chiu currently operates out of Epworth hospital in Richmond and can be seen at MyPhysio Evolution on Wednesday afternoon every fortnight.  You must obtain a referral from your GP to attend Mr Chiu.


Dr Duncan Walker (Sports Medicine Registrar)

Qualifications

o    BA, BHKin, BMBS

o    ACSP (sport and exercise medicine) registrar

 

  • After obtaining two degrees in Vancouver, Canada, completed his post graduate medicine degree in Adelaide and worked as a GP in both urban and rural communities prior to entering the sports physician speciality (ACSP)
  • Experience in both GP and specialist sports medicine capacities
  • Special services

o    Trained in the use of on-site diagnostic ultrasound imaging and interventions

§  Able to offer diagnostic imaging during consultations if required

§  Able to offer guided interventions for both acute and chronic conditions, including nerve blocks and joint injections

o    Non-surgical management options for osteoarthritis, including PRP

o    Non-surgical management options for chronic tendon problems, such as Achilles, tennis elbow, and hamstring tendons which can include ABI and PRP interventions

o    Concussion management and safe guidance of return to play

  • Professional Memberships
    • Australasian College of Sports Physicians
    • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
    • Sports Medicine Australia
    • Team coverage
      • Masters Games in Geelong 2013
      • SA state U16, U18 AFL 2010-2013
      • SANFL Eagles 2009-2013
      • A-League “away team” cover vs. Adelaide United 2011-2013
      • Netball SA country championships 2012
      • Has trained and competed in martial arts, with an ongoing professional interest in working with a wide variety of athletes, from dancers to power lifters
Duncan Walker can be seen at MyPhysio Evolution on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings on alternating fortnights.  You do not need a referral to see Dr Walker at MyPhysio Evolution.

Nadia Gargano (Myotherapist)
Completed an Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy and Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2005 at The Victorian College of Healthcare.

- Myotherapy is the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction through natural therapies which include;
~ Dry needling
~ Cupping
~ Dynamic taping
~ Advanced massage techniques and stretches.

- Specialising in sports and spinal related injuries including treatment, management, and prevention.
- Pre/post operative injuries
- Muscle pain/ stiffness/ restriction
- Tension headaches and migraines

7 years of experience working with athletes at all levels as well as trade and corporate workers.

Dr Manu Gilani
Dr Gilani compliments our services with his 20 years of knowledge of Sports Medicine in general practice.

He is called upon frequently by the physiotherapists to assist with:
  • Local injections (Cortisone as well as Local anaesthetic trigger point injections)
  • Prescriptions
  • Referral to specialists and Radiological Services



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