Victor Wilk is a Musculoskeletal Physician and Medical Director of BSSC with over 20 years experience in treating muscle, joint and spinal problems. Initially training in sports medicine in the 1980s, he then completed a post graduate diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and a masters degree in Pain Medicine. Victor was president of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine – a training organisation for Australian and new Zealand doctors and continues to give lectures both locally and internationally. He maintains an open minded holistic approach in diagnosing and managing knee, hip, shoulder and spinal pain. Specific therapies used include regenerative injection techniques including dextrose prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma and stem cell injections for muscle, tendon, joint and painful scar problems. Dr Wilk also performs x-ray guided injections and denervation techniques for chronic spinal pain, headaches and sciatica at the Alfred Centre, Melbourne.
Lynette Kiers is a consultant neurologist and the Director of Clinical Neurophysiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. After completing her medical degree and neurology training at the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Lyn embarked upon postgraduate training and research in neurophysiology at the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA. Lyn is one of two neurologists managing the bolinum toxin clinic at RMH for the treatment of neurologic disorders. In addition to expertise in clinical neurophysiology for diagnosis of peripheral nerve pathology, she has over 10 years’ experience with injections for a range of neurologic diseases including hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, dystonic tremor, spasticity, axillary hyperhydrosis and chronic migraine. Treatment for the above conditions is funded under the pharmaceutical benefits scheme for patients meeting specific criteria.
Jess graduated from the Australian College of Sports Therapy in 2013 with an Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy). Jess is passionate about relieving pain not only through the use of Remedial Massage, but also dry needling. She has experience with sport related pain through her professional work, as well as from volunteering at various runs and marathons. Remedial Massage is not however limited to sporting related pains, it also can help to deal with the stresses of everyday life.
Joel is a passionate Myotherapist who enjoys helping patients in chronic pain as well as those interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He uses a balanced management plan of corrective exercises, deep tissue therapy and education to help his patients bring their whole body to a higher level of health. With extensive personal experience in weightlifting, soccer and gymnastics, Joel loves to keep challenging himself and continue developing himself professionally.
Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia in 1976, and did his Osteopathic training at the International Colleges of Osteopathy Ltd (Sydney) Graduating in 1984. He has practiced Osteopathy in Sydney (3 years), Byron Bay (10 years) and since July 2002 at the Brighton Clinic. He has a strong background in manual therapy applying this experience to spinal and limb problems alike. He adds simple exercises to his treatment of most problems.
Catriona graduated from Osteopathic Medicine at Victoria University and has a Masters Degree in the application of joint mobilisation. She has completed a Myofascial Dry Needling course as well as Clinical Pilates training, which complements Osteopathic Treatment.
Catriona incorporates movement into her patient sessions as well as prescribing movement exercises into management plans. This aids in rehabilitation programs, postural dysfunctions from poor ergonomics and other musculoskeletal conditions. Her multifaceted approach encompasses not only muscles and joints, but also a biopsychosocial style, working on the dynamic relationship between the brain, body and mind. Catriona takes an interest in her patients as a whole, to ensure their treatment is tailored specifically to address lifestyle needs and goals.
Anna Greenwood BSc (Ost) Osteopath and Clinical Pilates
Anna graduated in London in 1993. Before settling in Melbourne she worked in the UK, Sydney and Antigua in the West Indies, and as such has accumulated diverse and broad clinical experience.
Anna is interested in taking a holistic approach to musculoskeletal problems. She has studied and practiced cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), meditation and mindfulness, Clinical Pilates, and pain science to augment manual therapy.
Kate Harkin originally completed a five year double degree of Bachelor of Clinical Science (Osteopathy) and a Masters of Health Science at Victoria University in Melbourne in 1999. In 2015 she completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education.
Since graduating she has a wide range of experience practising in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Internationally in London and Dublin.
She has held lecturing positions in Osteopathic Universities in Sydney (University of Western Sydney), Melbourne (Victoria University) and London (British School of Osteopathy) in addition to being a supervising clinician at ‘Sports Medicine Mumbai’ in India.
In addition to private practice, Kate holds a teaching and research position at Victoria University.
Kate is an experienced Osteopath in general spinal and peripheral joint pain with an interest in pre/postnatal and Women’s Health care. She uses manual techniques, dry needling, rehabilitation pilates and strengthening programs.
Bruce graduated from Otago University in 2002, since graduating Bruce has worked in a variety of settings including orthopaedics, sports and spinal rehabilitation as well as personal training. Bruce is dedicated to providing effective manual therapy integrated with appropriate exercise regimes. Within our clinical gymnasium and pilates studio, Bruce runs programs designed for sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions as well as pain management.
Charlie graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in 1982, then going on to complete his Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1985. In 2000, Charlie was awarded his Master of Manipulative Physiotherapy from Latrobe University. Until 2004, Charlie was the Director of Physiotherapy services at the Metropolitan Spinal Clinic, in Prahran. Charlie has been actively involved in the Physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal disorders for over 35 years. He has worked and travelled overseas with elite distance runners, as well as lectured extensively in the United States and Europe on the management of musculoskeletal conditions. His spinal research has been published internationally. Charlie’s special interest is the assessment and management of spinal conditions, with a particular emphasis on lower back pain and its rehabilitation.
Sabine graduated in 1994 from the Physiotherapy School in Bochum (Germany). Following her passion for sport she worked at a variety of German sporting teams as a consultant such as Basketball, Cross country skiing and Mountainbiking. Sabine received a Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia 2003 and has an extensive educational background and skill in Manual Therapy, Dry Needling and Kinesio Taping. She is a Polestar Pilates trained Therapist. Her recent interest is visceral manipulation an osteopathic approach to facilitate the body to heal.
Sabine joined the Women’s Tennis Tour (WTA) in 2005 as a full time Physiotherapist and worked with the most elite female Athletes in the world. Sabine’s global journey spanned 23 countries on 4 continents working over 17 tournaments per year including the Grand Slams. She worked along side the most skilled and knowledgeable Physiotherapists and Osteopaths in the world.
She continued to work with the Tour as a contractor travelling to the Tournaments in the European summer as well as working in a Private Practice in Basel, Switzerland. Sabine moved to Australia 2009 and she and her partner have twins. Outside the clinic she enjoys inline skating, running and cooking.
Mr. Nigel Mitchell graduated in 1980 and since then has been an active member of the physiotherapy profession. He has worked for both the St. Kilda Football Club (7 years) and the Victorian Cricket Team (8 years). He has served on committees including the Manipulative Therapy Association and Sports Physiotherapy Group and received several awards for services to the profession. His special interests include chronic low back pain, and temporo-mandibular joint problems.
Mr. Mark Teiermanis completed his teacher training in 1985, majoring in physical education. He then went on to complete his physiotherapy degree, graduating in 1990. He has spent 2 years full-time working in the area of motor accident rehabilitation. Over the past 9 years he has taken a special interest in spinal and sporting injuries (particularly those involving the neck and upper back) incorporating personalised exercise and rehabilitation programs. Mark’s spare time is spent primarily being involved with his family of two young boys in their school and sporting pursuits.
Deirdre is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with a Masters degrees in Manual Therapy from the University of Western Australia. Deirdre has a particular interest in spinal presentations and chronic back pain and also works in the public system in an advanced Musculoskeletal role which includes screening and triaging complex spinal patients in order to get the best possible individual outcome. Deirdre currently runs the GLAD program, an evidence based exercise program specifically for people with hip and knee Osteoarthritis.
Paul Trainor has been a physiotherapist for over thirty years and worked at the highest level of sports physiotherapy. This includes physiotherapist to the ATP Tennis Tour, as Head Physiotherapist to the PGA of Australasia – Tournament Division for fifteen years, and three AFL clubs, including the AFL International Rules Series in Dublin in 1998. He made a return to the AFL in 2014 in a full time role with the St Kilda Football Club. He has previously worked both in his own private practice in Brighton and at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, while travelling to the United States, Europe and Asia with various sporting organisations and individuals. This included physiotherapist to the International team for the President’s Cup at Royal Melbourne GC in 2011. He spent three years in Hong Kong, where he worked at one of Hong Kong’s leading sports medicine clinics, as well as consulting to the Hong Kong Golf Association, One Asia Golf Tour and the Mission Hills Group in China. Paul has recently fulfilled the requirements of the APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 3 course, conducted at the Australian Institute of Sport from March 10-17th this year. This will now enable him to complete the second and final year of his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at Latrobe University in 2018. Besides his sports physiotherapy involvement, Paul’s main interests include neck and low back rehabilitation and he maintains strong relationships with Melbourne’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians and general practitioners.
Liana graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has worked in both the hospital & Private Practice setting since 2011. Liana has completed studies in Spinal Physiotherapy, DMA Clinical Pilates, Dry Needling & Integrative Acupuncture. Liana enjoys working with complex spinal & joint conditions and her strength lies in using functional movement as a therapy for pain.
As a wife to a professional athlete & a mother of two, Liana believes in a holistic approach to healthcare and she understands the importance of a balanced, well functioning & cared for body. Liana loves educating her clients on the bio-mechanics of the human body and finding a balance between a strong, yet flexible body that can overcome life, stresses & strains. Liana’s background in dance, ensures her clients strive for quality of movement over quantity.
Erin completed her Bachelor of Human Movement majoring in sport science at the University of Tasmania. Erin has worked as a clinical Exercise Physiologist at Belura sports and spinal clinics in Mornington and Hastings. During this time, Erin gained experience with patients with a range of chronic conditions. This then lead to her role as a health consultant under the government health initiative, which focused on educating the public on healthy living and how to reduce ones risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Erin helps patients gain the skills, knowledge and confidence required to be able to exercise safely and effectively whilst living with a chronic condition. Erin has experience with a range of chronic conditions and educates patients of the long term benefits exercise has on their condition, how to set realistic goals, motivational steps to help patients become more consistent with their activity, and ultimately give them the skills to be able to self manage their condition through a long term exercise plan ultimately improving quality of life. Interests include: improving strength and mobility in the elderly, work cover, TAC patients, improving quality of life and mental health. Erin takes a very holistic approach to rehabilitation believes that you are never too old to start exercising and become a better version of yourself.
Lachlan completed his studies with University of New South Wales before working in a number of GP clinics and hydrotherapy centres in Sydney and subsequently moving to Melbourne. Lachlan established the Exercise Physiology services for both Oncology Clinics Victoria and Cancer, Health and Exercise Services and has assisted setting up the Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation services at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Centre. Lachlan is an active reviewer for oncology research grants for Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Lachlan has a special interest in oncology (cancer), chronic fatigue and chronic pain.
Lachlan has experience with a range of conditions including: cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and conditioning, diabetes, cancer pre and post-rehabilitation, chronic fatigue and chronic pain. Lachlan looks at the interconnection between biology, psychology, & socio-environmental factors for patients. This biopsychosocial approach has the view that exercise benefits your health and helps you to live your life freely without pain or restriction. Lachlan enjoys soccer, cricket, tennis and any activity that involves good food or the great outdoors.
Rob graduated with a Masters Degree in Psychology from La Trobe University in 1981. The research for his thesis was done at the Alfred Hospital, investigating pain management strategies for patients undergoing open-heart surgery. Following his graduation, he commenced work at Pleasant View in Preston working with alcohol and drug problems and later at Pentridge as manager of the Prison’s Alcohol and Drug Programme. In 1988, he went into private practice to pursue his interest in chronic pain. He has consulted at the Geelong Pain Clinic for three years and with the Lewis Musculoskeletal and Pain Management programme at Cedar Court Rehabilitation Hospital since 1991. Chronic pain impacts on most aspects of a person’s life and coping with it is a huge psychological challenge for the individual. It requires a lot of learning about pain and injury/illness and creates considerable distress for the sufferer. In this context, Rob’s focus is how you cope with what you have. Those who work at overcoming the psychological and physical challenges maintain some quality of life; those who give up run the risk of losing that quality of life. Rob sees his task as a psychologist is to assist people to overcome the distress and to maintain as much quality as possible.
Amy Peng is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist. She is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese. She is a professional member with the Dietitians Association of Australia, Diabetes Australia and Parkinson’s Victoria. Amy has extensive experience in the nutritional management of a range of health conditions including: overweight/obesity, bowel and digestive complaints or issues, e.g as IBS / FODMAPS, Coeliac Disease, sports nutrition, Diabetes (Type1 & Type2), Parkinson’s Disease etc. Amy always has a strong passion for food and cooking. She enjoys helping people lead healthier lifestyles through nutrition education and empowering them towards lasting change. She believes in an evidence-based, non-dieting and mindful approach.