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

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Alice England | Osteopath

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Alice started off as a Nurse before her interests diverted to Osteopathy. She obtained her qualifications from Victoria University, with a Bachelor Degree in Clinical Sciences and a Masters of Health Science in Osteopathy.

Studying, performing and competing as a ballet dancer from a very early age has given Alice a unique perspective and keen interest in dance and other sports related injuries and rehabilitation.

Alice also has a passion for the Osteopath's role in Women's Health particularly in areas of back and pelvic pain which formed the focus of her Master's Project.

Caroline Sanguinetti | Osteopath

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A graduate of Victoria University, Caroline is an Osteopath with a keen interest in sports injuries, rehabilitation and prevention. An active sports person away from the clinic, Caroline has followed this interest through to her studies having completed her Masters project investigating the influence of barefoot running, and other running styles, on the lower limb, pelvis and spine.

A practitioner with a broad focus, Caroline enjoys the diversity that working in a multidisciplinary clinic brings, treating all kinds of complaints, including headaches and jaw-related issues.

Outside of her clinic time, Caroline continues to play netball and regularly participates in fun runs, having completed the Melbourne Half Marathon in 2013.

Danielle Thomas | Myotherapist & Remedial Massage & Pilates

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Graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy from RMIT, Dani has always had a passion for health and wellbeing.

It was this passion that saw her expand her skill set into the Pilates arena, completing several Pilates qualifications from both Breathe Education and STOTT Pilates.

Dani is a strong advocate of exercise therapy, and finds the best results come from utilising both soft tissue and movement therapies.

During her studies, Dani had the privilege of completing a 2 year work placement with the Australian Ballet. She has also had experience with players from AFL clubs, including the Western Bulldogs.

Dani currently teaches dynamic pilates for several studios around Melbourne, as well as being a sports trainer for local club, Emmaus St Leo’s.

In her spare time, Dani loves to travel and is currently learning Spanish. She also loves keeping fit with a combination of Pilates, Boxing and HIIT.

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.

Genevieve Scott | Podiatrist

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Genevieve graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Podiatry degree with Honours in 2005. She has a diverse range of clinical experience including sports medicine, paediatrics and surgery. Whether it’s an acute sporting injury like ‘turf toe’ or plantar fasciitis, toe walking in children or a more chronic condition such as arthritic foot pain or diabetic foot care, Genevieve loves the challenge of improving someone’s lifestyle and wellbeing.

As a busy mother of three children Genevieve has a friendly and practical approach to her profession. She is passionate about fostering a love of sport and promoting a healthy lifestyle for children and adults alike.

Reflecting the Camberwell Sports and Spinal Medicine philosophy of aiming to offer the best expertise, Genevieve utilises a wide range of assessment tools including video gait analysis and endeavours to offer a range of treatment options to improve function and relieve pain for her patients.

James Unkles | Podiatrist

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James completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences with Masters in Podiatric Practice at La Trobe University, with a keen interest in musculoskeletal conditions, acute sports injuries and biomechanical conditions. This combined with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science from Deakin University provides an extensive understanding of the lower limb.

An active member of both the Hockey and Surf Lifesaving movements in Victoria, this takes up lots of his time away from the clinic. As a state level Hockey player and an international umpire, James understands the stresses both mentally and physically of elite sport and how injuries can impact on performance.

Having sustained many foot and ankle injuries himself, James understands the importance of tailored rehabilitation programs to return to activity pain free and prevent further complications for all patients from early to advanced ages.

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.

Julien Devin | Myotherapist & Remedial Massage

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Julien is a qualified Myotherapist trained at RMIT. He was drawn to Myotherapy for its hands on approach to the treatment of muscular conditions and its focus on injury prevention.

Despite having worked in elite sport environments such as the Melbourne United Basketball Team, his interests go beyond the sporting field. Julien is interested in promoting the sensible ergonomic and postural habits that affect our everyday activities.

Whether treatment is sought due to the effects of extreme physical activity, accidents or poor posture. Julien’s focus is on working together to find the techniques specific for each individual to maintain positive habits and feel in control of their bodies once more.

Originally from Paris, France, Julien has a keen interest in sports, particularly soccer. He is a lifetime supporter of the Paris Saint Germaine Football team - despite their enduring lack of success.

Kim Van Hoorn | Pilates

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15 years of intensive dance training and an extensive interest in human movement, health and fitness lead Kim to qualify as an Osteopath, graduating in 2002. After working in private practice as an Osteopath, Kim decided to take time out of the profession to raise her young family.

Despite taking a break from working as an Osteopath, Kim has maintained her interest in health by undergoing studies in Personal Training and Pilates and now practices in the area of Pilates, strength and conditioning training and rehabilitation.

Taking an evidence based approach to exercise. Kim has first-hand knowledge in the role pilates can play in pre and post-natal health but also has extensive experience treating and rehabilitating AFL and dance injuries.

Now with more free time, Kim is currently in the process of reskilling in order to regain her registration as an Osteopath.

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.

Lisa McInnes | Myotherapist

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Having previously worked as a nurse, Lisas interest in Myotherapy was sparked after receiving ongoing soft tissue treatment in her recovery from stress fractures and compartment syndrome. Through her own experience, Lisa understands the frustration and fear associated with ongoing pain and injury.

Providing a wholistic approach to treatment, Lisa sees advice on exercise and rehabilitation as a way of empowering her patients, teaching patients to trust their bodies again.

Lisa is also a recognised Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage with Pregnancy Massage Australia for both pre and post-natal care. Lisa feels very privileged to be a part of a new Mums progress during and after her pregnancy, seeing the tremendous benefits of her treatments as the Mothers body changes to accommodate the growing bub.

In addition to her role at CSSM, Lisa has worked with the Box Hill Hawks football club for the past two seasons within the post-match and training recovery programme for the players.

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.

Travis Bateman | Osteopath

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Travis is an Osteopath and the founder of CSSM.

With a special interest in movement analysis, Travis' core philosophy is that there is no right or wrong way to how we move. So taking a one size fits all approach to movement is counterproductive. Rather an approach that combines biomechanics, functional anatomy, an understanding of the individual themselves and the environment in which they perform is the key to performance gains, injury management and future injury prevention.

This is particularly true for young and growing bodies. Having competed in sport from a young age, Travis understands the unique demands placed on the bodies of growing athletes and gains satisfaction in helping the stars of the future pursue their dreams of success. Travis' career highlights include his experiences working with junior elite athletes who have gone on to become Olympians and AFL footballers.

Having himself returned to sport over recent years, Travis can be found trail running, mountain biking and swimming during his spare time. Enjoying a new perspective as an athlete from the back of the pack.

Vaughan Ackland | Podiatrist

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Educated at the University of South Australia, Vaughan has gained a wide range of clinical experiences since completing his studies and moving to Melbourne in 1998. Sporting and family commitments helped to shape his core range of clinical interests.

Originally drawn to Podiatry after having his own knee pain cured by orthotic management, Vaughan values how much more enjoyment can be gained from sports when you have no pain associated with playing them. Likewise through watching his three children's development, Vaughan is determined to minimise any pain associated within childhood development.

Vaughan's philosophy regarding treatment is to address the cause of the pain biomechanically, and instill a treatment plan that will enhance every patient's enjoyment of life's endeavours.