Our team

Our Team

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

Click on the links below to learn about the CSSM team.

Physiotherapist Camberwell Kobi Phelan
  • Kobi PhelanPhysiotherapist

    Movement is Medicine

     

    Kobi Phelan 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.

  • Nicole Owen-TigheOsteopath

    Nicole always knew she wanted to work in health care.

    “I was involved in competitive dancing and acrobatic gymnastics from a very young age and was injured quite often growing up. I found that I had the best outcomes when seeing an osteopath. My osteopath gave me the confidence and education I needed to help me get back into training much quicker, and improve my performance.”

    “I also noticed that other family members who were suffering from a range of conditions including chronic lower back pain found amazing results from osteopaths, which really improved the quality of their life.”

    An RMIT graduate with Distinction in December 2019, Nicole is also a qualified pilates instructor and has previously worked at the RMIT health clinic and Coburg and Manningham football clubs as a sports trainer.

    “I love that as osteopaths, we can help our patients to overcome challenges, achieve their goals and return to the activities they love doing the most.  I also love that we help our patients understand their pain through education, therefore empowering and motivating them to take the steps necessary to become healthier and happier.”

    With an interest in treating athletes, Nicole enjoys helping her clients get back into training and competing post injury as well as treating the lower limb, including lower back and pelvic pain.

    “I would love to learn more about injury prevention and improving sporting performance especially in dancers and gymnasts in the future, and I am also interested in learning more about pre/post-natal treatment, and how I can incorporate pilates into the rehabilitation and management of these patients.”

    As part of a multidisciplinary clinic, Nicole is looking forward to developing as an osteopath. “I love that we can consult with one another to help patients achieve better outcomes and allow them to reach their goals quicker.”

    On weekends, you’ll find Nicole at Inverloch where she enjoys spending time at the beach with friends and family. She loves taking pilates classes and playing tennis as well as taking her pet groodle called Bear on long walks. In the future, Nicole hopes to continue her love of travelling with a visit to South Africa.

     

  • Sally LynchPhysiotherapist

    Sally’s interest in physiotherapy began at a young age. Growing fast and with a large training load as a junior athlete meant that she was exposed to the profession early. “I admired my physio’s passion and knowledge and how they were able to keep me performing at my best.”

    With a love of all sports including soccer, Sally studied at Charles Sturt University in Albury before moving to Melbourne to play for Collingwood in the VFLW in 2019.

    “It’s a great showcase of women’s athletic ability and strength and it’s a game which requires a wide range of athletic abilities. I loved soccer but now I get to tackle too which is fun! A lot of people think that women’s bodies aren’t designed for contact sports like football, but every day hundreds of women and girls show that they are strong, athletic and capable. I love being a part of that.”

    “I think women’s football is only going to continue to grow and get bigger, and with that will come increased skill. There’s been such a massive boom already, I don’t see that slowing down.”

    Channeling her philosophy in sport to her patients, Sally’s goal is to help every person reach their goals and return to doing what they love. “I love seeing people of all ages and backgrounds become the fittest, strongest and healthiest versions of themselves”.

    Sally enjoys all aspects of physiotherapy but has a particular interest in the musculoskeletal side of the profession most and this interest has directed her career so far.

    Having previously worked in the disability industry, Sally found it extremely rewarding to help empower people with disabilities to reach their goals.

    Away from the clinic, she enjoys playing sport, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

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!

Camberwell Physiotherapist Ella Hanna
  • Ella HannaPhysiotherapist

    Ella has always been interested in the human body and the biomechanics of movement. “I really enjoy physical activity and sports, and love being able to help people recover from injury or pain so they can also continue to do what they love.” 

    Ella has a keen interest in sports injuries, running injuries, neurological conditions such as stroke, and post-surgery rehabilitation. Prior to joining CSSM, Ella 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.” 

    Tailoring exercise and rehabilitation programs to suit each client and their goals is central to Ella’s approach to physiotherapy. She has a strong focus on educating her clients to help them understand their condition and encourage them to take an active role in their treatment, and to help prevent further injuries. “I love working with people who are really 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 clients. 

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

     

     

Strength and Conditioning Physiotherapist Peter Stath
  • Peter StathPhysiotherapist

    As a physiotherapist, Peter relishes the opportunity to help his clients return to the things that mean the most to them, whether that’s sport, work or family. “A strong and healthy body maintains a healthy mind, which allows us to perform and work to the best of our ability.”

    Peter is a strength and conditioning enthusiast with a unique understanding of the demands of high level competition and performance.  Having previously worked within the National Premier League Victoria (soccer) as well as part of the medical team for Futsal Victoria at their National Championships, he has a passion for treating all aspects of musculoskeletal or sporting pain with a particular interest in shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.

    He is also a great advocate for the involvement of children and adolescents in sport, helping them develop healthy habits as they grow.

    “It’s so important to stay at the forefront of the industry in terms of latest techniques, advancements, patient care and rehabilitation and use this information to continue to play a key role in patients’ recovery.”

    Peter has valuable experience in pre- and post-operative care and has developed expertise in using Clinical Pilates to facilitate optimal recovery and performance.

    “The challenge of pre and post-surgery and the journey between physiotherapist and patient to integrate them back into daily activity or sport in an even better condition than before their injury is what drives me.”

    Whether it’s an acute injury or simply wanting to optimise performance, Peter has the expertise to diagnose and prescribe a program to get you back on track to achieving your goals. His 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 sports performance in the younger athlete.

    Away from CSSM, Peter has developed a keen interest in golf, enjoys attending sports events, training in the gym and keeping up with the latest research and advancements within the physiotherapy industry.

  • Kim Van HoornPilates Instructor

    Senior Pilates Instructor

    After 15 years of intensive dance training and working as on osteopath, Kim was looking for a pro-active way to help people manage their conditions.   “Pilates was the perfect fit.”

    Rather than “treat” conditions, Kim says Pilates improves movement and helps to relieve pain.  “I work to help people overcome their back and neck pain, manage restrictions with arthritis, rehabilitate joint injuries,  improve balance, build strength and increase bone mass in osteoporosis.  I also love keeping people strong throughout their pregnancies and beyond.”

    According to Kim, clients are surprised at how easily a problem area can be identified. “We have elite athletes coming in who are very strong and fit but have pain or an injury. We can find a muscle not doing its job properly and they are surprised at how quickly that muscle tires and how we can progress exercises to keep Pilates continually challenging.”

    “I love that my clients are very pro-active leading to great, long term results.  There is a huge variety in the people and conditions I see, keeping each class interesting.  I also love getting to know people and hearing about their lives.”

    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.

    Away from the clinic, Kim enjoys spending time with her three boys and getting involved in sports, activities, camping, and bushwalking.  She also loves walking her dogs.