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Phone: 03 9560 9393

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

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

Director

Physiotherapist

Massage Therapist

RICK SOUTHEN

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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Qualifications:
Dip.Hlth.Sci.(Medical Massage)
Cert. IV Sports Massage

Remedial Massage Therapist 

DENISE KIRKHAM

Denise is an experienced remedial, sports and relaxation massage therapist whom has been with the clinic for over a decade.  She graduated with distinctions from ESTT College of Natural Medicine and is a Member of the Society of Clinical Masseurs.

 

She has been engaged for a number of years with AFL clubs and 1st and 2nd Division soccer clubs and has been involved in providing massage therapy at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Adidas International Tennis in Sydney, Australian/ South African Test Cricket Teams and Australian National Netball championships.

Denise utilises a wide range of massage techniques such as deep tissue massage, sports, relaxation, shiatsu trigger point therapy, myofascial release
to suit each person’s individual needs and preferences. Consequently
she is a popular practitioner in the centre. (Health Rebates available).

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

Osteopath

Dr LAURA MARIANI

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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Qualifications:

Masters of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist

JAMES (DONGKYU) SEO

James is an experienced physiotherapist having managed a large number of complex musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. He graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice from La Trobe University, along with a Masters Degree of Physical Therapy from Yong-In University in South Korea. He has diverse skills and certificates, such as Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (OMT, Kaltenborn-Evjenth concept), Taping techniques, Bobath concept and Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT).

 

James’ treatment approach embraces hands-on manual therapy, along with diverse exercises including Clinical Pilates and rehabilitation. He has a kind and considerate approach and is a popular practitioner at the practice.

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Qualifications:

B. Health Science / Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Physiotherapist

Massage Therapist

MARK GHALY

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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Qualifications:

 B.App.Sc (pod) 
Post Grad (pod)

Podiatrist

JANITA BROWN

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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Qualifications:

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

Chiropractor

Dr TRACY WILLIAMS

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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Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Post-Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy

Masters of Applied Science in Exercise Rehabilitation

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Physiotherapist

Exercise Physiologist

EDDIE LOBO

Eddie Lobo is a past graduate from the M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, India. After coming to Australia he completed Physiotherapy studies at Melbourne University, as well as completing the Australian Physiotherapy Council exams. He has also completed a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology at Victoria University. Eddie's areas of interest include musculoskeletal, sports, and neurological cases. In practice, Eddie's approach is very hands on and includes soft tissue massage, mobilisation, manipulation (where required), corrective exercise prescription and other physical treatment modalities. Eddie has also worked with several local and National soccer teams.

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Qualifications:

BHSc/BAppSc(Osteopathy)

Osteopath

SAMANTHA KELLY

Samantha became very interested in the workings of the human body as a teenager and discovered the holistic nature of Osteopathy and how it can assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries.


Sam has a background in Remedial Massage Therapy which allowed her to gain much experience in the industry and develop key skills that she draws upon in her Osteopathic practice. She has completed courses in Myofascial Dry Needling and Chronic Pain Management to further develop and enhance her Osteopathic skills. 


In her treatments, Sam uses a wide variety of Osteopathic techniques including structural techniques as well as gentle indirect techniques. This allows her to adapt her treatment to the individual so she can achieve the best results for each and every patient.


Outside of work Sam loves to get outdoors, keeping fit and active and competing in fun runs. She has a kind and compassionate nature and loves to see her clients feeling great!

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

Chiropractor

Massage Therapist

Dr ADRIAN TOTA

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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Qualifications:
B.App.Sci(Comp Med), M.Chiro, M.C.A.A

Dr CHRIS NOLAN

Christopher graduated from R.M.I.T university with a bachelor in applied
science and a Master degree in clinical chiropractic. He is a caring and
thoughtful practitioner with a strong focus on rehabilitation. Christopher
employs an array of manual adjusting techniques in conjunction with specifically
tailored soft tissue massage therapies.

In addition, Christopher uses various adjunctive modalities such as ultrasound, S.O.T blocking, Activator, Cranial, heat and cold therapies to maximise his treatment.  Christopher’s experience includes managing a high-volume chiropractic practice. Christopher looks forward to meeting and assisting you in reaching your health potential.

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Qualifications:

BHSc(Clin Sci), MHSc(Osteopathy)

Osteopath

MARK DI MANNO

Mark is a positive and motivated practitioner who graduated from Victoria University, Melbourne. His warm and articulate personality naturally connects him with people developing trust and rapport.  Mark will diagnose your condition and provide a unique management plan tailored to your goals and aspirations. 

He specialises in a hands on approach to treatment of sports and spinal injuries. Mark has a special interest in dry needling, rehabilitation and back pain. 

When Mark is not in clinic, he enjoys walking his dog, going to the gym, spending time in the garden with his grandparents and when time permits, socialising with friends
 

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Qualifications:

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

Physiotherapist 

VANISSA TANG

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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Qualifications:

B. Health Science / Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Physiotherapist 

KARTHIKA UDDAIYAR

Karthika graduated from La Trobe University in 2013, with a Bachelor of Health Sciences/ Master of Physiotherapy practice. She has a background in classical Indian dance and has a keen interest in dance injuries and injury prevention. Over the past year, Karthika was based in Hobart and worked with a state football team, Lauderdale Football Club, from which she has gained great experience in managing a range of sports injuries. During her career, she has worked in Aged Care, with TAC & workcover patients, musculoskeletal injuries, and has experience in clinical pilates. Karthika values tailoring an individual approach for her patients, so as to achieve the best possible health outcomes.

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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)

Physiotherapist

Massage Therapist

BINGXUAN (BING) HE.

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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Qualifications:

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honors), ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist

Accredited Practicing Dietitian

NINA NGUYEN

Nina is an experienced Dietitian who has worked as a Private Practice Dietitian, a Clinical Dietitian at the Mater Private Hospital in Queensland, and in hospital food service. She has experience providing nutrition support for a range of medical conditions, general healthy eating and sports nutrition. With her background working in the health industry, including her previous role as a personal trainer, she provides a holistic, patient-centered approach to her care. She believes in making life long changes for long term, sustainable results and good health. You can expect an inviting space where Nina can help you to explore your barriers to change, and provide you with practical approaches to self-care to improve your nutrition and your life.

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Qualifications:

Remedial Massage Therapist

DIMITRA STABELOS

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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Qualifications:

Bachelor of Sports Health & Science
Diploma of Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage Therapist

TOYOKI GOTO

Toyoki is a graduate of Holmesglen Institutes Remedial Massage Therapy program. He has also completed the Bachelor of Sports Health and Science at Ritsumeikan Universityin Japan, with Professor Tabata, creator of the Tabata Protocol. He is currently both a trainer and player in LaCrosse. Toyoki is passionate about the treatment of his clients, and has a special interest in sports generally. His passion for treatment has led him to now continue his studies in the form of Myotherapy, in order to further progress and enhance his therapeutic techniques.

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Qualifications:

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

Physiotherapist

KENNETH HARTONO

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.