Hoppers Crossing

Physiotherapy

Mark Round


Mark has had over 20 years of clinical experience as a Physiotherapist and is the Managing Director of the Symmetry Physiotherapy group. He is also the President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) - Victorian Branch for the calendar years of 2015 and 2016 as well as the founding chair of the South West Allied health Network (SWAHN).

Mark has had extensive experience working with elite and suburban sporting teams. He has worked for Australian and Victorian baseball teams from 1998 to 2002, and is currently a consultant to the Victorian Baseball Association Academy. He has been involved with the Hoppers Crossing Football Club for the past 16 years as well as working with elite tennis players and has consulted to the Wallabies Rugby team.

Mark has developed expertise in treating and rehabilitating shoulder and knee injuries and has also completed post graduate study in the area of sports injury management. Currently though, Mark is primarily in a management role for the group as its size and strength has grown.

Mark is a passionate and committed to maintaining Symmetry Physiotherapy's reputation as the leading Physiotherapy and Allied Health provider to the Western and North Western suburbs of Melbourne, as well as be involved in the evolution of broader Physiotherapy and health landscapes.

Shay McLeod


Shay McLeod graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The University of Otago in 1999. Since this time he has worked extensively in private practice originally in New Zealand, followed by a three-year period in the United Kingdom and now at Symmetry Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine.

His special areas of interest include sports and spinal rehabilitation, and has completed post-graduate studies in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2006. In the past has worked as team physiotherapist for the Pirates Rugby Union Club in New Zealand and has spent time based at Crystal Palace Sports Injury Centre; the headquarters of London athletics. He has been a guest writer for 'The Ski Mag', an Australian Ski Magazine, providing performance exercise programs.

Shay is now kept very busy through his involvement in clinical research. He has been a treating therapist as part of a very successful series of La Trobe University studies on the treatment of low back pain, the results from which have been published in leading medical journals, including the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He is also a treating therapist in a Melbourne University trial on hip pain and through his involvement in this research, it ensures that not only Shay but the whole Symmetry team can base their practice on the latest scientific evidence available.

Shay also consults as a senior physiotherapist with the Advance Healthcare Pain Management Team at Symmetry Physiotherapy, a specialised role dealing with the rehabilitation of long standing and complex injury.

Outside of work Shay still finds time for his family and participating in his own Sport. He has a professional and personal interest in the challenge of endurance sport, previously racing the Multisport World Championships across the southern alps of new Zealand and now trying his hand at Ironman Triathlon.

Aaron Wong


Aaron graduated from his physiotherapy training at the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 2001. For 4 years he worked at 3 Stripe Rehabilitation in Wellington, treating some of New Zealand's top professional and amateur athletes. He was the club physiotherapist for the Lower Hutt City Football club for 4 seasons, as well as servicing many of Wellington's local rugby union, rugby league, netball and soccer clubs.

Aaron moved to Australia with his wife Catherine and joined the team at Symmetry Physiotherapy in May 2006. He is currently consulting at our Hoppers Crossing and Altona North clinics. Aaron has a keen interest in sports injuries, lower limb biomechanics and exercise prescription and rehabilitation.

Aaron and Catherine have 2 beautiful girls, Isabella and Amalia.

Matthew King


Matthew graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Honours, prior to joining Symmetry Physiotherapy in 2011. Matthew is the Professional Development and Education manager for Symmetry Physiotherapy and is also a sessional academic staff member at La Trobe University.

Matthew is a current member of the La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre where he is completing his PhD in the field of biomechanics and implications for rehabilitation in hip pathology.

Clinically, Matthew has a special interest in lower limb biomechanics, as well as hip and groin pain. Matthew is especially interested in the identification and treatment of individuals at risk of developing persistent pain and/or arthritis. This area has seen Matthew present nationally and internationally at a variety of conferences. Matthew's research and commitment to ongoing learning in hip pathology has also seen him travel the globe, to which he recently returned from a biomechanics fellowship at The University of Salford in the UK.

Matthew is a current panel member if the International Hip-Related Pain Research Network (IhiPRN), a collaborative organisation of clinicians and researchers with a special interest treating young active individuals with hip pain. In addition to this, Matthew also holds current appointments as a member of the TAC Clinical Panel and the Victorian branch of Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy Australia. 

Outside of physiotherapy Matthew is an avid golfer. Matthew works at our Hoppers Crossing clinic on Wednesday and Saturday.

Stephen Dow


Steve has over 14 years experience as a physiotherapist after graduating from Auckland University of Technology in 2003. Since this time he has worked in New Zealand, Canada and Australia as a private practice clinician, with the last 7 of those here at Symmetry Physiotherapy. Since moving to Melbourne in 2008, Steve has completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 2012, the APA Level 3 Sports Course at the AIS in 2014 and is in the process of completing his La Trobe Masters of Sports Physiotherapy degree.

From 2012-2014, Steve worked as a consultant Physiotherapist to the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby side, and was the Lead Physiotherapist for the team in the 2015 Super Rugby season, the teams' most successful season in their history. He has also been a sessional lecturer at La Trobe University in Human Movement and Development as well as Evidence Based Practice papers. He has a strong interest in all sporting injuries, particularly those of the lower limb and groin, but also enjoys the challenge of treating complex back injuries, having advanced education in this area due to a working association with the Spinal Management Clinics in Victoria for 4 years.

While Steve in not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family and is a sports fanatic, particular;y regarding the All Blacks, NZ cricket team and Western Bulldogs. 

Jessica Mayne


Jessica graduated from La Trobe University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Throughout her studies, Jessica gained experience in both public and private sectors where she developed a strong interest in women's health and musculoskeletal conditions. While working within the public hospital system, Jessica managed patients with both pre-natal and post-natal conditions as well as running exercise classes for pregnant women. 

Since graduating Jessica has worked in Occupational Health where she received training in ergonomic assessment and adjustment and working with work cover clients. 

Jessica is currently practicing at our Hoppers Crossing clinic and has a special interest in managing clients with acute and chronic musclo-skeletal injuries and spinal conditions. Jessica is also involved in running pilates classes at Symmetry Hoppers Crossing, as well as being a facilitator n the 'Life of Diabetes Prevention Program' - a government funded Diabetes 2 prevention program.  

Tim Madden


Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 2007 and has since gained considerable experience in sports Physiotherapy and private practice within Australia and the United Kingdom.  He has strong interests in sports and spinal management and has undertaken further education to compliment this, including post-graduate studies in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, completed in 2015.

Tim has extensive post-graduate training in Clinical Pilates and is a certified APPI Pilates Instructor.  He is also trained in Dry Needling and utilises both these techniques within his physiotherapy practice.

Another interest area for Tim is helping people return to work and recreation after a work-related or traffic accident injury. Tim provides Physiotherapy services under the Early Intervention Physiotherapy Framework, a recent Worksafe and TAC initiative.

In his spare time Tim has a background of playing Football and Cricket at competitive levels and understands the physical and emotional demands of sport at all levels. He has a passion for running, strength training, music, travel, food, spending time with loved ones and a good book.

Tim is available for consultation at Hoppers Crossing, Monday to Friday.  

Kim Garland

Kim graduated from La Trobe university in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, finishing her studies in Denmark. Upon returning to Australia Kim began work to Symmetry Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine in 2008.

Currently Kims special interests are clinical Pilates and sports injuries with a particular interest in the rehabilitation of the knee and shoulder. Kim has enjoyed being the leading physiotherapist at Werribee Districts Football Club over the last 5 years. In 2010 Kim became a recognised Occupational Physiotherapist registered and trained in the specialised management of Workcover and TAC clients.

When not working, Kim is heavily involved in playing football and has been the physiotherapist for the Womens' National Team at the qualification tournaments and World Championships. Kim also enjoys training for short course triathlons, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She also optimistically looks forward to watching Geelong win another flag. 

Abby Speakman


Abby graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Charles Stuart University in 2009. Since this time she has worked extensively in private practice in Melbourne and recently spent 2 years working in London.

She is a former Victorian and Australian Lacrosse player and is a keen runner. She has worked with state and national lacrosse teams in the past and has also been the physiotherapist for local football teams.

Abby is highly trained in treating a wide variety of injuries from neck pain to ankle sprains. She has a passion for treating sports injuries and strives to get her clients back to exercising as soon as possible. 

She received extensive training on running analysis and coaching whilst working in the UK and loves working with runners to help them achieve their goals.

Abby has completed training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and can teach both mat work and reformer Pilates.

Sara Clapham


Sara completed her Master of Physiotherapy degree in 2013 at Curtin University in Perth. Prior to this she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University, in Atlanta Georgia, USA.

Sara has a special interest in treating acute and chronic headache and migraine conditions. She has undertaken several professional development courses in the area. In line with current research on headache and migraine conditions, Sara believes the cervical spine (neck) is often incorrectly overlooked as a significant contributor to the condition. With the appropriate assessment tools, it is easy to determine if the neck is involved, regardless of whether you have neck pain or not. She is committed to accurately identifying faults in the cervical spine and applying an appropriate treatment intervention to reduce reliance on medications and significantly improve quality of life for her patients.

Outside of work Sara enjoys painting, live music and cooking.

Tom Colliver


Tom graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy from The University of Melbourne in 2013 where he gained valuable clinical experience in various hospital and private practice settings. This included specialised units at Portland Spinal Sports and Physiotherapy Clinic and musculoskeletal post-operative placement at Western Health. He also completed a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science at Victoria University in 2010.

Tom has a particular interest in treating lower back injuries as well as various musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Furthermore, with his exercise science background he has a keen interest in exercise prescription and tailoring programs to suit individual needs. Thomas is the head physiotherapist at Hoppers Crossing Football Club for season 2014 and he is currently practising at both Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit Clinics.

Outside of the clinic, Tom is passionate about sports, especially football, tennis and basketball all of which he played at competitive levels.

Jacob Hatcher


Jacob graduated with his Masters of Physiotherapy degree from La Trobe University in November 2015, having previously completed an Exercise and Sports Science degree at Deakin University in Burwood. Throughout his Physiotherapy course, Jacob had a wide variety of experience from hospital placements to private practice placements and working with elite sporting clubs such as the Box Hill Hawks VFL team.

Jacob has a particularly keen interest in sporting injuries and is currently working with the Point Cook Football Club in the VAFA. Having undertaken extra training in spinal management since graduating, he also has a special interest in low back pain. Jacob also takes Hydrotherapy classes every week at Aqua Pulse in Hoppers Crossing and finds it wonderful treatment for patients following surgery or with spinal and joint pain.

Jacob is a keen sports fan and has played cricket and football for most of his life, primarily around his home town of Hopetoun on North Western Victoria. Whilst these are his main passions, he is happy to chat to anyone about any sport. Away from sport he also loves listening to music and playing the drums when he gets the chance.

Sandy Reynolds


Sandy graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013 with a Doctor of Physiotherapy after first obtaining a Bachelor of Health Science from Bachelor University in Texas. During her training she developed a strong passion for treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries and therefore went straight into private practice following graduation.

Since then, Sandy has pursued ongoing training and education in areas such as Pilates, strength and conditioning, running injuries and dry needling, as well as providing physiotherapy to VAFA and premier soccer league teams. She greatly enjoys working with clients to achieve their health goals through a holistic approach to well-being.

Sandy grew up in Texas but has a great passion for traveling, which eventually led her to settle in Melbourne. But no matter how far away she is from Texas, she still avidly follows her hometown NBA team, the San Antonio spurs. Sandy also enjoys cooking, photography and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

Sophia Kennedy


Sophia is a 2013 graduate of the University of Melbourne Physiotherapy program. She holds a Bachelor of of Dance degree from the Victorian Colllege of the Arts where she graduated in 2008.

Since graduating she has worked exclusively in the private practice setting, in amateur AFL football and elite and amateur level Australian Baseball and has an interest in treating sporting populations.

In more recent years she has developed a particular interest in Baseball and holds the position of Head Physiotherapist with the Melbourne Aces Baseball Team who she travels with in the summer months. In 2017 she also attended Spring Training with the Minnesota twins in Fort Myers, Florida where she was able to experience the inner workings of a Major League Baseball organisations which she has found invaluable to her Physiotherapy practice in this field. She loves to work with throwing athletes of all levels on shoulder and elbow rehabilitation.

With her extensive 13 year dance history, Sophia has had a lifelong relationship with Pilates and has since undergone further training in equipment Levels 1-4 with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI). She feels her dance training has enriched her skills as a practitioner - giving her an eye for specificity of movement and a knack for cueing movement coordination and quality. She is an advocate for Clinical Pilates as a great way to target specific muscle groups and re-train movement patterns. She teaches Clinical Pilates sessions most days of the week.

She joins the Symmetry team with extensive experience in treating clients suffering from low back pain, postural dysfunctions, plus knee, hip and shoulder pain in everyday and sporting conditions, both in and out of the Pilates studio.

Alison McIntyre


Alison graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999 where she obtained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with Honours). Since this time Alison has worked extensively in private practice, predominately in Melbourne and Perth. She has also spent 18 months working in the National Health Service in the UK, working in a variety if hospital and private pactice settings.

Alison joined the Symmetry Physiotherapy team in 2011 after returning to Melbourne from a stint in Perth. She has a special interest in Low Back Pain rehabilitation and Pilates. In 2011 Alison also became an Occupational Physiotherapist, a Worksafe and TAC initiative involving the specialised management of physiotherapy and return to work for Worksafe and TAC clients.


Alex Lopes


Alex has worked as a lecturer and tutor for seven years at Melbourne University in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Physiotherapy Degree. She is passionate about Women's Health and continence awareness. Her career vision is to increase community awareness of incontinence and pelvic floor issues and empower individuals to seek treatment and improve their quality of life. She has over 17 years of clinical experience in treating patients and over 13 years delivering classes.

Alex has designed and supervises Symmetry Physiotherapy's Group class program. She is presently directing Symmetry's Pelvic Floor and Continence clinics at Altona North and Taylors Lakes. Alex treats at Altona North clinic.



Myotherapy

Rebecca Dunstan


Rebecca studied myotherapy at the Australian College of Sports Therapy and completed her advanced diploma in 2007.

Since graduation she has practiced in both the private and public sectors, gaining a wide variety of experiences along the way. Rebecca is now full time at Symmetry Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine and has been since 2008. Throughout her career she has been involved with AFL football clubs, suburban netball teams and the Wyndham Relay for Life.

Rebecca is also trained in the art of dry needling and cupping, with her special areas of interest including the management of muscular related sports injuries, spinal pain and headaches.



Rochelle Haines


Rochelle completed an Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy at RMIT in 1999. In 2000 she joined the Symmetry Physiotherapy team as a qualified Myotherapist and has co-ordinated our myotherapy services ever since.

During this time Rochelle has been involved on the national triathlon circuit and has been the team myotherapist with a local suburban football club. Over the past four years she has co-ordinated physiotherapy and myotherapy coverage for the Wyndham Relay for Life (A Fundraiser for Cancer).

Rochelle has a special interest in the management of headaches and muscle-related spinal pain. She is also trained and proficient in the use of dry needling/acupuncture and specializes in sports and relaxation massage as well as aromatherapy.


Ally Dean


Ally graduated in 2014 with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy from the Australian College of Sports Therapy and works with the Symmetry Physiotherapy team at the Altona Meadows and Hoppers Crossing Clinics.

Throughout her time studying Ally has gained significant experience at Williamstown Football Club in the VFL as the lead myotherapist and with a variety of clubs within the WRFL. This has allowed Ally to work one on one, on and off the field with the footballers and fellow health and fitness staff.

Ally has a keen interest in the management of headaches and chronic back pain. She has also gained a lot of experience in dry needling, cupping and the management of sports related injuries.

 

Dietetics

Jess Rothwell


Jessica Rothwell is an Accredited Practising Clinical and Sports Dietician with a particular interest in assisting all individuals and athletes with their respective health, nutrition and physique related goals.

Jess enjoys applying practical evidence - based dietetic advice and support across a range of clinical areas including but not limited to:

* Physique and Weight Management
* Female health (PCOS, Menopausal/Osteoporosis prevention)
* Cardiovascular health (Hypertension, Cholesterol, Stroke recovery)
* Gastrointestinal health (IBS & Low Fodmap Diet, IBD including ulcerative colitis, Chrohns disease) and Coeliac Disease.
* Allergies and intolerances
* Oncology related malnutrition
* Adolescent nutrition

As a former International athlete, Jess is passionate about working with athletes to assist complementing their physical training and subsequent performance goals. She can assist you with dietary analysis, training and performance plans through providing nutrition education, eating plans and support.
 

Podiatry


Matthew Fieldsend

Matthew had completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Anatomy and Physiology through, Monash University as well as a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Podiatric Practice through, La Trobe University.

Matthew enjoys treating in all areas of podiatry including general care and diabetes management but holds a particular interest for biomechanics and management of musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and lower limb.

Matthew himself has a keen interest in many sports, He has played football at TAC and VFL level and continues his career as the captain of De La Salle in the VAFA. In his offseason he also enjoys golf, cycling and triathlon.

 

Psychology

Alan Williams

Alan qualified as a registered psychologist in 2001. The tertiary training included a B.A with an extended major in psychology completed in 1996 (Deakin University) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Psychology) at the University of Ballarat in 1998. 

Alan started in this field at a later stage of life which he has found very much to his advantage. He has worked in a variety of areas before commencing practice in Counseling Psychology. This included working in roles related to trade, sales, technical field work and allied health as a massage therapist. Alan has been running his own private practice on a part time basis for over twenty years. This practice initially focused on massage therapy, until he completed qualifications and obtained registration as a psychologist which he now focuses on exclusively. He has found that his own past experiences, both personally and professionally have given him a good understanding and the ability to empathise with people who are going through difficult times or situations. This has been enhanced by gaining experience through a variety of environments within the counseling field.

Since completing his tertiary studies, Alan has worked in a number of non-government organisations which has allowed him to develop a broad approach to his work. While all of these positions have been involved with counseling, they have been vastly different. This has included working with people with chronic mental health issues such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorders, through to family mediation, and more focused individual and couple counseling.

One of the major components of dealing with difficult situations in therapy is the relationship between the client and the counselor. Alan takes a calm, non-judgmental and relaxed approach to the counseling situation because it is from this place that solutions can be found. Alan is very pleased to be working at Symmetry Physiotherapy and is currently available for consultations on Thursdays and Fridays. If you are not sure whether counseling might help, Alan would be happy to have a brief discussion on the phone to help you make a decision.

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