Our Team

Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas

Practice Manager, Podiatrist

Owner and manager Stephen Thomas brings over a decade of experience working in podiatry to help you manage and relief your foot problems.

Stephen’s passion in foot care started at a very early age when he to suffered from a series of foot and knee injuries that prevented him competing at peak level. Fortunately Stephen was referred to a great podiatrist who was able to re-align his feet and legs.

Since graduating from the University of South Australia in 2003 Stephen has developed a wealth of experience in foot care. Stephen is an expert at permanently removing re-occurring in grown toe nails, painful corns, modifying and repairing orthotics and diabetic foot education.

Edward Young

Edward Young

Physiotherapist / Podiatrist

Ed is an experienced physiotherapist and podiatrist and he has worked across a variety of public and private hospitals with a focus on orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injury and more recently in rehabilitation.  With a particular interest in lower limb injuries and biomechanics,  Ed is able to combine and integrate his physiotherapy and podiatry knowledge.

Having completed courses in Clinical Gait Analysis, Dry Needling, Vestibular rehabilitation, APA spinal 1, and Clinical Pilates, Ed provides an evidence-based approach to your healthcare, working with you towards mutually determined goals.

Nick Harrison

Nick Harrison

Physiotherapist

Nick has over 10 years experience as a physiotherapist and has worked in a variety of settings, including acute hospitals, community rehabilitation centres and for the best part of 8 years, private practice. He has also worked for a number of sporting teams and is currently the Physiotherapist for the Melbourne United Basketball Club in the NBL. His career highlights include being a part of the 2017/2018 NBL championship winning team, travelling to China with the NBL All-Australian team and to the USA for games against two NBA teams. 

Nick has a special interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of knee and chronic tendon pain as well as acute injury management. He is experienced in treating a wide variety of injuries and utilizes a number of techniques including dry needling, Clinical Pilates, strength training and exercise prescription. He is passionate not only about helping patients recover from injuries, but also reducing the likelihood of recurrence and ensuring they are able to perform at a higher level.
 
In his spare time nick likes to play tennis, go to the beach and try new restaurants.
Taviene Kessler

Taviene Kessler

Remedial Massage Therapist

Taviene is an experienced Remedial Massage Therapist who has qualifications in remedial massage, reflexology, Reiki and Australian Bush Flower Essences. She has a sporting background and also experience in kinesiology, yoga instructing and personal training. Taviene has worked with a range of clients including elite athletes and firmly believes in the importance of treating both the body and mind when approaching health and wellness.

Taviene is incredibly friendly and caring, and takes the time to get to know each patient to ensure an individualized treatment plan.

Mari Okita-Baldwin

Mari Okita-Baldwin

Remedial Massage Therapist/ Myotherapist

Mari has always believed in the power of natural therapies and has a keen interest in the connection between the body and mind, and the impact that this can have on health.

Mari started her training with reflexology and Swedish massage and has since expanded her qualifications to include remedial massage, myotherapy and Shiatsu. She is also currently studying Japanese needle therapy. Mari has studied extensively in areas such as the impact of diet on physical and mental well-being, natural medicine and ways of increasing immunity and she has a holistic approach to health and well-being.

When you have a session with Mari, you can expect a treatment which draws on her breadth of experience and that is personally tailored to your physical, mental and emotional needs.

Melinda Braithwaite

Melinda Braithwaite

Dietitian

 

Melinda is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) with a Master of Science (Dietetics) and Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine). Melinda is also a personal trainer having completed her Certificate III and IV in Fitness.

Melinda has always had a passion for food and nutrition. She enjoys working with clients to help them build a more positive relationship with food whilst also achieving their health and wellness goals. Melinda has a particular interest in children's nutrition, gastrointestinal health and diabetes.

Melinda has completed further postgraduate training courses including the Royal Children’s Hospital  Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics, Monash University Low FODMAP Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diabetes Victoria Carbohydrate Counting  Dietitian Course. She is a professional member of Dietitian’s Association of Australia, Coeliac Victoria and Tasmania, Diabetes Victoria and Fitness Australia.

Laura Gale

Laura Gale

Naturopath

Laura is a fully qualified naturopath who drives positive patient outcomes through a passion for empowering individuals to take control of their health primarily through education and guidance.

Laura works to treat every patient as the individual they are, spending time working through a detailed health history to develop a structured, goal-driven treatment plan for each patient. Laura believes that health is not just the absence of disease, but an overall balance where all parts of the body are considered in how they relate to, and affect each other.

Laura works to combine evidence-based medicine with traditional naturopathic philosophy and treatment may include: diet and lifestyle adjustment, food as medicine, nutritional and herbal medicine. Laura is a full member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA).

A keen lover of good food, when not in practice you can find Laura getting creative in the kitchen, or sipping on herbal tea. Visit Laura’s website to learn more about her website.

Belinda Krechman

Belinda Krechman

Myotherapist

Belinda graduated in 2010 from the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) with an intensive 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Myotherapy. Belinda has gained much experience working at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) as well as with the Victorian Country girls hockey team on their NSW tour. Belinda’s passion for her profession led to her volunteering her services a number of sporting events locally such as the Oxfam trail walk, Vic cycling events as well as overseas at the Reuth Medical Centre in Israel.

Belinda’s special interests include treatment of neck pain, headaches, lower back pain and disc pathology. Belinda’s firm belief in continuing her professional education for optimising her patient outcomes has seen her furthering her post-grad studies in 2014. She has completed courses in the McKenzie technique to further enhance her management of spinal related conditions.

Recently Belinda achieved the enviable status of having her first clinical article published in the renowned Australasian Musculoskeletal Medicine journal to which she is an avid reader. The article “A pain in the back or a pain in the bum? Piriformis syndrome versus sciatica” explores the differences, treatment and management options for these 2 very common conditions. Click this link to read or download Belinda’s article.

Again in 2015, Belinda had her second article published ‘musculoskeletal dysfunction and the effects of; prolonged poor sitting postures, work ergonomic settings and therapeutic exercises’. Belinda chose to research this topic as it is something she sees on a daily basis with her patients and it is something she feels incredibly passionate about. It is a part of chronic pain management and about empowering patients to take control over their own musculoskeletal pains. Click the following link to read her article – Musculoskeletal dysfunction article.

Belinda’s friendly and caring nature makes her a popular choice with her patients.  She looks forward to helping you overcome any musculo-skeletal condition you may be dealing with so you can get back to feeling great.

 

Kara Lehman

Kara Lehman

Myotherapist

Kara graduated from RMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. She is passionate about helping her clients address and treat the sources of their musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction so that healthy pain-free function returns.  She has a particular interest in neck pain, headaches and lower back pain and incorporates a thorough assessment, a personalised treatment plan and self-help exercises and education to assist her clients in preventing future recurrence.

Kara has experience treating a broad range of clients and conditions, so whether you are an office worker, manual labourer or athlete, Kara can help you re-attain pain-free function.

 

Alexei Zysman

Alexei Zysman

Myotherapist

As a Clinical Myotherapist Alexei has an in-depth understanding of musculoskeletal conditions and employs a range of treatment modalities to assist his happy clients achieving pain-free function.  Additionally, Alexei believes in the body’s natural ability to heal in response to physical exercise and incorporates a patient-specific and progressive exercise program with his hands-on treatment to achieve this.

Alexei has a passion for helping people with a range of musculoskeletal issues, incorporating a thorough physical assessment to guide treatment, and has a special interest in shoulder problems due to his personal experience with multiple shoulder dislocations. Furthermore, Alexei gained invaluable experience managing sporting injuries through his time at FC11 and the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).

Alexei is popular with athletes of all levels as well as the general public of all ages, and is committed to helping them address any niggle, pain or issues interfering with their quality of life.

 

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