Practitioners

Our Team

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

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Vaughan Ackland
  • Vaughan AcklandPodiatrist

    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.

Caroline Sanguinetti Camberwell Osteopath
  • Caroline SanguinettiOsteopath

    Senior Osteopath

    Being an osteopath combines Caroline’s love of health and helping people.

    “Osteopathy was a way in which I could combine my desire to help people and study human anatomy, physiology, pathology and biomechanics. I was especially drawn to osteopathy given the widespread application of treatments for all age groups and focusing on finding the root cause of someone’s pain rather than just treating the symptomatic area.”

    Caroline particularly enjoys treating headaches and neck pain. “There are so many factors that contribute to headaches which makes the process of diagnosing, treating and managing them quite a challenge. Utilising a wide range of techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint articulation and joint manipulation, it’s always rewarding to see a change in these headaches knowing that you have made a difference to someone’s everyday life.”

    Lower back and pelvic pain for patients going through pregnancy, in desk workers and trades people are also areas of interest. “In the future I would like to expand further development into complex pain conditions to better understand those living with chronic health conditions and the way it impacts musculoskeletal pain.”

    Caroline also appreciates the influence of other lifestyle and environmental factors that can contribute to pain or discomfort. She utilises a team approach working alongside her patients to establish short and long-term goals both in and out of the treatment room.

    The variation in presenting injuries from acute to chronic, from athletes to desk workers, means that no two days as a practitioner are the same.

    On her days off, Caroline enjoys going for day hikes (a favourite being the You Yangs), playing mixed netball, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Physiotherapist Camberwell Kobi Phelan
  • Kobi PhelanPhysiotherapist

    Movement

    is

    Medicine

    Kobi is a physiotherapist and a strong advocate for the role of exercise therapy in the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions with a particular interest in lower limb injuries.

    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.

    “I really enjoy seeing someone through the ups and downs of long term rehabilitation, and get a huge sense of satisfaction when these patients are able to return back to their desired activity.”

    In the future, Kobi hopes to continue to evolve armed with the latest research and treatment techniques.

    In her spare time you’ll find Kobi at the gym, taking her dog for a walk, or completing DIY jobs around the house and garden.

     

Podiatrist Camberwell Genevieve Scott
  • Genevieve ScottPodiatrist

    Senior Podiatrist

    Genevieve always knew she wanted to work in the health field like her father and other family members. After beginning studies in podiatry she knew she’d made the right choice. “I love helping people to return to work or sport pain-free. Missing out on sport and exercise is detrimental for our health both physically and mentally. Children especially benefit from being able to run around with their friends. It’s so important to get it right for them.”

    Becoming a mother has helped Gen to build rapport with her young patients and their parents. At CSSM, Gen offers both general and sports podiatry, treating all conditions of the lower limb and foot.

    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.

    Gen has a strong interest in surgery as it’s often a last resort treatment for patients with significant injury or disease. “Surgery has the capacity to completely change a person’s outcome.  I am always interested to learn more about surgery as it is an ever-improving field.  Sports medicine also continues to evolve.  We are constantly learning ways to improve our treatments for patients.  I enjoy studying and believe we never stop learning.”

    True to her word, Gen is currently completing her studies in Pharmacology.

    Being a multi-disciplinary clinic is what sets CSSM apart according to Gen. “I enjoy learning from the health professionals in our team. We also have great facilities.  It makes my job easier being able to use the treadmill and the associated computer software to perform gait assessments.  The fantastic space we have upstairs to do exercises is great. We have great equipment, but it’s the staff and patients which make the clinic a nice place to visit.”

    When she’s not at CSSM, you’ll find Gen with her family. “I have four children so it is always busy at home and I spend a lot of time driving my kids to all their activities.  When I do get time to myself I like to go for a run, a swim or do a Pilates class.”

Podiatrist Camberwell - Podiatry Orthotics
  • Alicia SchifferlePodiatrist

    Alicia graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Podiatric Practice. These qualifications, together with an extensive history in sporting footwear retail, underpin Alicia’s comprehensive knowledge of feet and footwear. This has given her a broad experience in determining the best footwear choices for each patient.

    Alicia firmly believes that healthy feet equal a healthy life. As a podiatrist, she has an understanding of the vast range of musculoskeletal injuries that occur in the foot and leg as well as the most appropriate and effective treatment approaches for each individual patient. By assessing the cause of pain and designing a treatment plan to prevent future problems, Alicia is motivated to improve every patients’ quality of life.

    When not at CSSM, Alicia works in Monash Health, in an acute podiatry setting with a clinical focus on wound assessment and treatment as well as managing lower limb diabetic complications.

    Whilst knowledgeable in all types of podiatric care, Alicia has a particular interest in sport related injuries and the relationship between foot mechanics and performance or injury.

    An active sporting background developed a passion for biomechanics, giving Alicia the understanding of how injury can impact performance and the importance of an individualised treatment and rehabilitation program.

    In her down time, Alicia can be found pounding the footpaths training for her next running adventure or playing Aussie Rules, netball or punching out a Pilates class with her friends.  You won’t find her standing still!

Kelsey Thomas Remedial Therapist and Myotherapist Camberwell
  • Kelsey ThomasMyotherapist

    Myotherapist & Remedial Massage

    17 years of dance training, 12 years of tennis and 7 years of competitive rock climbing fuelled Kelsey’s interest in sport and associated injuries. “I’d always been interested in health and fitness and Myotherapy was a great transition from Personal Training into the treatment and rehabilitation of a lot of the issues I saw in the gym. It came with a stronger understanding of the human body.”

    While sport is her passion, Kelsey believes that creating solid foundations of strength and rehabilitation are key components in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whether you work in an office or as an elite athlete. “Having participated in a fair few sports over the years it’s given me a better understanding of the demands the body can be put through, the movements required to succeed and the difficult task of taking time away from the sport you love when injured.”

    Kelsey employs a hands-on approach when treating muscular pains and joint dysfunction, complementing treatment outcomes with modalities such as cupping, dry needling, trigger point therapy, and taping. “Shoulder joint issues really fascinate me because they can be unpredictable and complex. I really enjoy the process of breaking down why the injury has occurred in the first place and rehabilitating the joint structures.”

    Kelsey believes we never stop learning and is currently studying physiotherapy. “I’m keen to incorporate my myotherapy knowledge into what I’m learning as a student physiotherapist. I don’t want to abandon my myotherapy roots, but use them to better my outlook and understanding of treatment and rehabilitation.”

    Away from work, Kelsey is an avid participator in rock climbing and has competed in both state and national events. “I can also be a great couch potato when I need some down time and enjoy meeting up with friends.”

Osteopath Camberwell Emily Sanguinetti Headache
  • Emily SanguinettiOsteopath

    Senior Osteopath

    Emily has always been interested in the human body and leading an active lifestyle. “In learning about the different types of manual therapy, I really liked the concept of treating the person as a whole through osteopathy and aiming to solve the cause of someone’s pain or problem rather than just offering short term, symptomatic relief.”

    Patient education and advice, in addition to hands-on treatment, is key to Emily’s treatment approach.

    Emily is particularly interested in treating headaches/migraines, neck pain and pre/post-natal care using dry needling, Pilates and pain management strategies.

    “Headaches including migraines are such a common and often debilitating condition and I’ve always found treating these conditions particularly satisfying as patients have often tried many different approaches with limited success prior to seeing an osteopath. I find the holistic and multi-faceted approach of osteopathy really well suited to treating these complaints.”

    Emily has undertaken extensive training in dry needling. “I find it to be a very effective technique particularly for more complex cases and when other treatment modalities have been unsuccessful. I use this in conjunction with other forms of manual therapy as part of a treatment and very rarely in isolation.”

    Since becoming a mother, Emily’s interest in pre and post-natal care has increased. “I understand the importance of not just pain relief during pregnancy but in optimising health and wellbeing during pregnancy for the best chance of an optimal birth and recovery.”

    Having worked alongside experienced practitioners of many modalities, Emily has a broad understanding of the limitations of manual therapy and when referral and co-management may be necessary in order to achieve the best patient outcomes. In addition to manual therapy, Emily incorporates exercise prescription, postural and lifestyle advice into her management strategies, having undertaken further studies in Clinical Pilates and Nutritional Medicine.

    In the future, Emily hopes to undertake further study in pain management strategies. “There’s growing numbers of patients dealing with persistent pain. These complaints form a significant part of our patient load and it is an area of research that I believe warrants further understanding.”

    Away from CSSM, Emily enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her young family, drinking coffee and most recently, baking cakes!

Camberwell Physiotherapist Ella Hanna
  • Ella HannaPhysiotherapist

    Ella has always been interested in the human body and the biomechanics of movement. “I thoroughly enjoy physical activity and sports and wanted to be able to help others recover from injury or pain so that they could return to doing what they love.”

    Ella has a keen interest in sports injuries, neurological conditions such as stroke and post-surgery rehabilitation. Prior to joining CSSM, she worked in an acute hospital in Sydney where she further developed her interest in neurological physiotherapy. “I am fascinated by the nervous system and how it interacts with the musculoskeletal system and the entire body. It’s an area I would like to specialise in.”

    Tailoring exercise and rehabilitation programs to suit each client and their goals is central to Ella’s approach to physiotherapy.  She believes in educating clients to help them understand their condition and encourage them to take an active role in their treatment and prevent further injuries. “I love working with people who are motivated to return to sport or a certain activity.”

    Working with such a close team of practitioners at CSSM, Ella says the team consults and learns from each other to provide the most appropriate care for patients.

    Away from the clinic, Ella enjoys playing netball, basketball and tennis, running, getting out of the city and catching up with friends and family.

     

     

Lachlan White Osteopath Camberwell
  • Lachlan WhiteOsteopath

    As a child, Lachlan was injury prone and saw many osteopaths and physiotherapists which sparked his interest in the industry.

    “Osteopathy allows me to share knowledge about the body so people can understand themselves better.”

    Lachlan has a particular interest in the neck and back and a growing interest in sport-related injuries. “I have grown up playing and watching sport my whole life. I feel as though I can identify with people who have sports injuries as I have had quite a few myself. Injuries can present significantly different from patient to patient which require lots of problem solving.”

    In addition to manual therapy, Lachlan incorporates exercises as well as postural and lifestyle advice into his treatment sessions.

    Lachlan has previously worked in London and learnt how osteopathy can be provided in a number of settings including hospitals, private practice, children’s clinics and expectant mothers clinics.

    In the future, he would like to specialise in sports injuries and increase awareness and access to health care.

    “CSSM is a one-stop musculoskeletal shop for people of all ages, backgrounds and injuries with a personalised and patient-focussed approach.”

    Away from the clinic, Lachlan enjoys watching and playing sport, keeping fit and healthy, spending time with family and friends and exploring the world.