Meet The Team

MEET THE TEAM

Skilful practitioners with up to date knowledge and special interests in:

  • Sports medicine

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Arthritis & rheumatism

  • Occupational health

  • Musculo-skeletal & orthopaedic conditions

  • Back pain

  • Headache

  • Tennis elbow

  • Neck pain

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

  • Scoliosis

  • Temporomandibular joint pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Joint sprains

  • Core strengthening

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Director

Physiotherapist

Massage Therapist

RICK SOUTHEN

Qualifications:
B.App.Sci.(Physio)
A.P.A.M.

Rick is an experienced physiotherapist with an exceptional practice background. He has worked primarily in General and Sports Private Practice and also been involved with elite sporting teams such as the Victorian Rugby Union, Victorian Football League, national netball and baseball teams. He also has special interest in pain relief for muscular, joint, arthritic and rheumatic conditions.

 

Rick’s practice approach encompasses particularly hands on treatment such as soft tissue massage therapy, mobilisation, ultrasound, sports physiotherapy and the design of personal exercise and fitness programs. He has a friendly and caring nature with a focus on understanding each individual person’s needs, expectations and goals and is a popular practitioner in the centre.

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Osteopath

Dr LAURA MARIANI

Qualifications:
BHSc (Clin Sci), MHSc (Osteo)

Laura graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and Masters of Health Science in Osteopathy. Her love of sport and fascination for the potential of the human body led her to a career in Osteopathy.

 

Laura has had several years experience in dance, swimming and netball and takes great interest in gym based health and fitness. Her extensive sporting background enables her to have a deeper understanding of the human body and its biomechanics. She is an extremely passionate and enthusiastic Osteopath and enjoys treating patients of all ages. She is a firm believer of holistic health care and uses a wide range of treatment techniques, rehabilitation and education to develop management plans for her patients.

 

Laura has also undertaken further studies in Trigger Point Dry Needling and uses it to complement her other Osteopathic techniques when required.

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Physiotherapist

JAMES (DONGKYU) SEO

Qualifications:

Masters of Physiotherapy

James is an experienced physiotherapist treating many complex musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, along with gerontological issues such as balance and arthritis. 
 He graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Practice from La Trobe University along with a Master and Bachelor degree of Physical Therapy in South Korea. Furthermore, he has diverse skills and certificates, such as Orthopaedic manual therapy, taping techniques, and Bobath concept (Neurodevelopmental Therapy).
James’ treatment approach embraces hands-on manual therapy in combination with diverse exercises including Clinical Pilates and specific rehabilitation programmes. He has a kind and considerate approach and is a very popular practitioner. 

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Physiotherapist

Massage Therapist

MARK GHALY

Qualifications:

B. Health Science / Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice from La Trobe University. As an amateur boxer, he has enriched his knowledge about neuromuscular control and injury patterns, and what it is to be an injured athlete. Mark has experience in massage, taping and acute injury management, having worked closely with South Yarra Football and Netball Club as a sports trainer. His physiotherapy approach encompasses hands-on manual techniques such as massage and mobilization, along with specific corrective exercise prescription. He is particularly interested in enhancing the role of both prevention and rehabilitation in combat sports.

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Podiatrist

JANITA BROWN

Qualifications:

 B.App.Sc (pod) 
Post Grad (pod)

With over 30 years’ experience in Podiatry, Janita has successfully treated over 120,000 patients. She has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors during her professional life. Janita has particular interest and experience in biomechanics and orthotics and has completed post graduate Pod Pediatric studies at Flinders University. 

 

She is a passionate professional who keeps abreast of the latest advances in Podiatry and offers a full range of podiatry services including dry needling, high risk foot diseases including diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, arthritic conditions, and gait problems.

 

Janita manages sports injuries, children’s feet, pronation, neuroma, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, knee pain, ingrown toenails, fungal nails, corns, callous, warts, tinea and bunions.

 

She is a great believer in evidence-based practice to not only treat presenting symptoms but the underlying causes as well. Her approach in treatment involves educating, motivating, and supporting patients to implement their treatment plans and therefore achieve the very best outcomes.

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Chiropractor

Dr TRACY WILLIAMS

Qualifications:

B.App.Sc.(Chiro) / M.Clin.Chiro / C.O.C.A.

Tracy is a graduate of R.M.I.T University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chiropractic and a Master of Clinical Chiropractic. With over 9 years of clinical experience, she believes Chiropractic care optimises your health and wellbeing by improving the integrity of your nervous system. She specialises in both acute and wellness care, placing an emphasis on quality of care and believe treatment should be personalised to individual needs. Tracy keeps up to date with current protocols and modern techniques.


Tracy is experienced in both manual Diversified adjustments and gentle low-force techniques, including soft tissue work, mobilisation, Activator, drop table, blocks and cranial techniques. She also incorporates postural exercises, stretches, kinesio taping, strengthening therapy and ergonomics in the care plan. This gives her patients the best opportunity to achieve desired outcomes in the quickest time possible.

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Chiropractor

PHOEBE HENRY

Qualifications:

BHlthSc/BAppSci(Chiro)
BHlth&BiomedSc(Hons)

Phoebe is an experienced Chiropractor who is passionate about supporting her patients from the treatment table and getting them back to doing what they enjoy as soon as possible. After graduating from the 5-year RMIT university chiropractic degree, Phoebe then undertook an extra year of study to research the effect of pelvic motion during running, earning her a 1st class Honours degree.
Phoebe has also undertaken a variety of extra courses to enhance her knowledge in rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and running gait analysis. She has provided chiropractic care to athletes around Australia, including at the Lifesaving World Championships, Ironman 70.3, Australian Dodgeball League and various Crossfit events. In 2018, Phoebe also travelled to India to provide chiropractic care for local communities around Udaipur – an experience she will never forget! Phoebe is now completing further study to become an Internationally Certified Sports Chiropractor. 
In addition to chiropractic, Phoebe is interested in how our physiology impacts injury and exercise at each stage of life. She is particularly passionate about helping women understand the unique physiology shifts they experience from puberty to post-menopause, and how we can alter our exercise habits to suit each stage of life to help our bodies recover faster, build greater strength and reduce our risk of injury.
Phoebe recognises the importance of hands-on treatment to reduce pain and increase function. She employs a range of techniques tailored to suit the individual’s needs including spinal and extremity joint manipulation (adjustments), soft tissue therapy, instrument assisted techniques, and taping

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Dr ADRIAN TOTA

Chiropractor

Massage Therapist

Qualifications:
B.App.Sc (Clinical Science)
B. Chiro. Science
C.O.C.A.

Adrian has been an integral part of our team for over a decade.  He is a past graduate of the 5-year double degree course conducted within the faculty of Biomedical and Health Science at RMIT University, Melbourne. He holds degrees in both Chiropractic Science and Clinical Science.

 

As well as undergoing his chiropractic qualifications, Adrian
also has a strong connection to massage therapy and a history of working within sports clubs and family medical practice. As a result, he is experienced in caring for muscular aches and pains in the back, neck, hips, legs and arms, as well as specialising in treating all types of spinal complaints, headaches, arthritic and other degenerative conditions.

 

Adrian applies a very hands-on approach in caring for his patients, which combines a range of soft and deep tissue massage, mobilisation, gentle manipulation, ultrasound, taping, exercise prescription and general postural, workstation and other self-help advice.

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Dr JORDYN BENISON

Osteopath

Qualifications:

BHSc(Clin Sci), MHSc(Osteopathy)

Jordyn graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and Masters of Health Science in Osteopath. She has completed further study is strength and conditioning and is qualified in myofascial dry needling. 

 

Jordyn is a structural osteopath with a keen interest in biomechanics and the mechanisms behind why injuries occur, rather than focusing on the symptoms alone. She enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and people of all ages. She has a particular interest in headaches, jaw and neck pain. 

 

Jordyn’s treatments involve a multi-faceted holistic approach utilizing a broad range of hands-on osteopathic techniques that are tailored specifically to each patient. 

 

She strongly believes in optimising the overall health of an individual through movement and lifestyle education, empowering patients to be proactive about managing their health.

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VANISSA TANG

Physiotherapist 

Qualifications:

Masters of Physiotherapy PracticeBachelor of Science Honours Kinesiology (Canada)
Language:English and Cantonese (廣東話)

Vanissa has graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology which gives her an extensive background in anatomy and the analysis of human movement in day-to-day functional activities, work ergonomics and sport-specific activities.

 

Her wide range of work experience as a physiotherapist assistant in Canada, sports trainer, spinal cord injury rehabilitation exercise trainer, and work in aged care, has allowed her to develop a diverse set of skills. She has a very approachable and caring nature and her treatment approach entails both hands-on manual therapy and exercises that help to achieve patient-specific goals as well as to promote self-management and injury prevention.

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MATTHEW CHOW

Physiotherapist 

Qualifications:

B. Science (University of Melbourne) 
Doctor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)
Level 1 Clinical Pilates
Dry needling
Language: English, Cantonese (廣東話)and Mandarin (普通话)

 

Matthew graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree. He understands that every client and their injury is different, and the pain experienced can be complicated.

 

Having the experience of working in a broad range of settings including private practices, community aged care and local football clubs (Marcellin Old College Football Club), he has developed extensive knowledge in ensuring accurate prescription of rehab plans for clients with musculoskeletal injuries, sports injuries and work-related injuries.

Matthew employs various treatment techniques to facilitate optimal recovery such as manual therapy, clinical Pilates, dry needling, taping, mobility re-training and at-home exercises. With an excellent understanding of pain and human physiology along with a warm and friendly approach, Matthew is able to provide exceptional personalised care to his clients.

As a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Matthew is committed to continue upskilling himself through attending regular professional courses. Outside of work, he enjoys a few games of squash and swimming, and of course watching some Netflix in the evening. He is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin!

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BINGXUAN (BING) HE.

Physiotherapist

Massage Therapist

Qualifications:

B. Biomedicine (University of Melbourne) 
Doctor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)
APA Membership
Level 1 Sports trainer certificate
Dry needling
Language: English and Mandarin (普通话)

 

Bing graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Biomedicine and Doctor of Physiotherapy. He has worked in Private Practice and Aged care facilites and also been involved in sporting teams such as Moorabbin Kangaroos Football Club (2016), Old Xavier Football club (2017- current), Melbourne United Basketball Club (2017) and Melbourne Victory Women’s Soccer Team (2017). Bing helped the Old Xavier’s win the championship in the U19’s Premier League in season 2018. Bing offers excellent injury assessment and management, therapeutic massage, joint mobilisation, taping, exercise prescription, dry needling and clinical education for a wide variety of physical problems.


Bing is committed to finding the cause of pain and matching the treatment with the client’s expectations. Bing has an interest in tennis, swimming, and basketball, and is a loyal supporter of Houston Rockets and Barcelona FC. He enjoys helping his clients to feel and function at their best!

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ASHLEIGH ROBINSON

Accredited Practicing Dietitian & Nutritionist

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honors), 

Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist

 

Ashleigh Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honors from Monash University. She is a caring Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist who provides evidence-based nutrition advice to help clients reach their health goals. Ashleigh uses a collaborative, patient-centered approach to create personalized and effective dietary and lifestyle interventions tailored to your needs. She promotes sustainable lifestyle changes and eating in moderation rather than crash-dieting and exclusion of food groups. 

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DIMITRA STABELOS

Remedial Massage Therapist

Qualifications:

Dimitra is a caring and thorough Remedial Massage Therapist. She has appealed to both patients who are used to therapeutic massage or deep tissue techniques and those who prefer lighter relaxation style methods. She has incorporated into her treatment style a refreshing blend of many effective techniques utilised by a wide range of Remedial Massage and other therapists and by Dr George Stabelos.

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KENNETH HARTONO

Physiotherapist

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice 
Language: English, Mandarin (普通话),Hokkien (闽南语), Indonesian

 

Kenneth’s passion for helping others led him to pursue physiotherapy at La Trobe University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice. His empathetic and caring nature has allowed him to appreciate the importance of working together with patients in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. Kenneth adapts treatment plans according to each individual patients’ needs and goals. 


Kenneth treats a wide range of injuries, with a special interest in neck, shoulder and back pain. The ultimate aim of his treatment is to achieve long term improvement with a combination of massage therapy, manual therapy, taping, injury prevention strategies, education and exercise prescription.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fax: 03 9574 8011 
Website: backcaresports.com.au

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