Meet our dedicated group of practitioners in fields of Myotherapy and Pilates.
Steve, our Senior Myotherapist, at Victory Park Health group has over 8 years of clinical experience, completing his Advanced Diploma in Remedial Massage (Myotherapy). A thorough and detailed understanding of the muscular and nervous system allows Steve to achieve fantastic results with our patients.
Through his holistic approach, he achieves more than just providing exceptional symptom relief; he identifies root causative factors and then effectively communicates this to you to ensure you understand your contribution to better long-term health.
Among his array of hands on soft-tissue techniques, Steve finds the use of dry needling, where indicated, very beneficial for his patients. Dry needling involves the use of fine acupuncture needles being inserted into areas of contracted muscle fibres that contribute to pain production.
This method allows these tight bands of muscle to quickly release, subsequently reducing the stress of the associated muscle and nerve pathways, getting you feeling better, faster. Steve has been active most of his life, playing soccer for 20 years, but has also been on the other side of the fence, working with sporting teams at a competitive level.
In his free time, he now finds himself keeping fit through gym, pilates and running. Steve has interest in treating a broad range of musculoskeletal complaints, including neck and back pain, tension headaches, and occupational and sporting injuries.
He works in collaboration with our and physiotherapists and you do not require a referral to see him. Steve is a current member and board member of Myotherapy Association of Australia and is available at our Bentleigh clinic.
He is registered for private health insurance rebates through our HICAPS machine and is registered for Work Cover patients.
Isabel is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about food and nutrition. She completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honours from Monash University.
Specialising in eating disorders, Isabel uses a non-diet approach to encourage a healthy and fulfilling relationship with food. In addition to Victory Park Health Group, she also works at Eating Disorders Victoria.
She also offers consultations for assistance with chronic disease management such as diabetes, heart disease, coeliac disease and food intolerances.
Michael graduated from Monash University in 2009 and has worked in public and private hospitals, private practices and aged care facilities in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Specialising in Pilates and strength training Michael first realised their unique benefits for injuries when he started his job as the first trainer at Kx Pilates 10 years ago. With further clinical training in Melbourne and London with the likes of DMA and Redcord, Michael is able to incorporate his clinical analysis skills with dynamic exercises to get the best of both worlds.
Michael’s treatment plan for you will also include using his hands to poke, prod, knead, pull and stretch to ensure you get the right level of manual therapy. (He likes to tell his patients that his techniques come from spending years of working in the Pancake Parlour kitchen part-time whilst studying at university.) This treatment plan may also include dry needling which he employs if he believes it is clinically indicated.
Michael’s other interests include falls prevention and strength training for the aged. Nothing makes him prouder than training an 80 year old, who can barely stand from a chair, to be able to get up and down from the floor.
Apart from his obsession with sport and exercise, Michael spends his free time reading history and learning Spanish (just don’t expect him to make any sense).
Josie graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2010.
She has worked in a variety of different specialties in both Australia and the United Kingdom, including at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, amateur AFL, and more recently as a physiotherapist for Qantas.
She is a huge advocate for Clinical Pilates for injury treatment and prevention, & in the treatment room she prefers a hands on approach, including use of dry needling where appropriate.
Josie is excited to be working at the Clinic on Monday evenings and looks forward to helping you bounce back from your injuries.