Our Allied Health Team
Mr Andrew Hall - Physiotherapist
Andrew is a founding partner of Vineyard Medical Centre. He has grown up in Sunbury. His family operated the Sunbury Aquatic Centre for many years. His sporting passions have been Swimming and AFL Football. He completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physical Education majoring in Exercise Science and Physiology in the early 1990s, followed by a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in the mid 1990s. He was selected for the Clinical Assistant position at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in 1997 where he gained clinical training experience in elite level AFL Football, Athletics, Swimming and Dance between 1997 and 1999. He was part of the Port Adelaide Football Club Match Day staff between 1998 and 2015, winning one premiership (over Brisbane Lions) and losing another (by 119 points to Geelong!). He commenced private practice in Sunbury at the end of 1999. He has a special interest in children, young athletes, AFL Football, post-operative rehabilitation, and more complex medical conditions. He has developed very close working relationships with many doctors, specialists and allied health, and enjoys working alongside a multidisciplinary team.
Mr Nash Egan - Physiotherapist
Nash graduated from La Trobe university with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters in Physiotherapy Practice in 2013. Since Graduating Nash has worked in Private practice with experience in treating wide range of patient populations. With experience in treating musculoskeletal injuries, sports injuries, workplace injuries as well as health promotion and injury prevention programs, Nash will be happy to provide you the highest level of Physiotherapy Care.
Having competed in many local sporting competitions in the local Sunbury Community, Nash has a keen interest in working in sports injury management, prevention and rehabilitation with athletes of all ages and abilities.
Nash has lived in Sunbury his whole life and is excited to continue to develop connections with and help people within his local community.
Vineyard Podiatry Ms Katie Knuiksis - Podiatrist
Katie graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Rehabilitation Counselling) and Masters of Podiatric Practice.
Katie is a passionate Podiatrist who enjoys all aspects of the field, with interests in biomechanics, footwear and diabetes. She is considerate and respectful of her patients and takes their needs and beliefs into account when planning their treatment.
Having played several sports over the years, Katie understands the demands placed on a person’s body as well as their feet while playing sport and knows the importance of injury prevention.
Katie has volunteered at the Peter MacCallum Weekend to End Women’s Cancers walking events and has seen first-hand how important people’s feet can be in completing the day. This experience has given her vital experience in the podiatry field; treating many aches, pains and skin problems.
Ms Fiona Tremlett - Child Speech Pathologist
As a sole practitioner, I work with young children who have a wide range of communication disorders. The work can be challenging but is also highly rewarding when my therapy helps a child to become a skilled and independent communicator. Knowing when to refer to other specialists who can assist the child is also important.
Mr Harvey Abbott - Psychologist
Harvey has worked as a psychologist for the many years. He has developed an expertise in working with individuals, couples and families with often complex issues. His therapeutic work focuses on helping individuals manage life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict and addictions.
Harvey is qualified Critical Incident Stress Management Trainer, and has extensive experience in the provision of interventions for conflict resolution and group debriefings following workplace incident. Harvey consults at VMC on Wednesdays & Thursdays.
Ms Evrim Babacan- Psychologist (Maternity leave)
Evrim is a general psychologist who has experience providing counselling and therapy to individuals, children, and parents who seek to build their mindful and connected parenting skills. Her therapeutic work focuses on helping individuals and families to manage life transitions, emotional and/or adjustment challenges and social challenges.
Evrim completed her studies in counselling psychology at La Trobe University alongside assisting patients and their families at the Royal Children’s Hospital as a volunteer. Evrim also cofacilitated a group therapy program for hoarding-related issues at a university clinic. She completed her training to run a parenting program called Tuning Into Kids and also yoga and mindfulness for children, families and communities.
Evrim has been passionate to work with a holistic approach to understanding the client and the challenges that they are presenting with. Evrim will be consulting at VMC on Mondays and is able to see self-referred clients or clients with a GP referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan.
Ms Christine Jones - Physio/Clinical Exercise
Christine grew up in Sunbury, attending Melbourne University to graduate with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). She followed her passion into Private Practice at Sunbury Physiotherapy & Feldenkrais Centre. Here she discovered a new enthusiasm for the ‘industrial and lifestyle athlete’ hence combined occupational and corporate physiotherapy pursuits with Private Practice. She combined raising her family with work and study, completing a Post Grad. Dip OHS in 2007.
Christine brings to VMC over 20 years experience in Musculoskeletal, Sport, Corporate, Industrial and Occupational Health Physiotherapy. More recently she has been pursuing a more holistic approach gaining qualifications in Women’s Health, Clinical Pilates, Therapeutic Yoga, Chronic Pain Management with Mindfulness, Reiki and relaxation therapy. These areas reflect her own passion for fitness; yoga, Pilates, meditation, swimming and strength training.
Christine also conducts the VMC Clinical Exercise small group rehabilitation sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes.
Dr Rosemarie Michetti -Osteopath
Dr. Rosemarie Michetti achieved her Bachelor and Masters degree in Osteopathy at Victoria University, as well as a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science. She has a strong interest in the effect pathological conditions have on the body biomechanically, and a growing interest in paediatrics and sports rehabilitation.
She has a long background in sport including football umpiring for the WRFL (running exhibition matches on the MCG and Etihad), swimming and athletics.
Rosemarie is available Monday 9.00am-7.00pm, Tuesday 8.00am-15.00pm, Wednesdays 8am - 5.00pm, and Fridays 7.00am - 1.00pm
Ms Jenny Piazza- Physiotherapist
"Many women (and men) suffer from incontinence issues like wetting when they cough or sneeze, rushing to get there in time, or worrying, when they are out, if there is toilet nearby, just in case. These issues can often be helped with some advice and exercises for the pelvic floor. It is NOT something that must be endured just because one is getting older or has had children. Physiotherapy for the pelvic floor is a specialist field. I completed my post graduate training in 2000 and have been working in the area of Women’s' and Men’s' health since then. This field also includes advice and treatment for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy and after the baby is born. Physiotherapy in this field also helps men prepare for, and recover from prostate surgery. If you feel that I could be of assistance in this area, you are welcome to make a confidential appointment, and we can assess the issues and implement a re-covery plan. You do not require a Doctor's
Ms Kelly Strange- Psychologist
Kelly has worked as a psychologist since 2007, is registered with AHPRA and a member of the APS. She has previously worked at Victoria Police and SES, correctional rehabilitation services and an acute mental health service.
Kelly offers counselling in a range of areas including anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, relationship concerns (individuals and couples), victims of crime and family violence, workplace issues and burnout, assertiveness and self-confidence, sleep disturbances, problematic / addictive / sexual behaviours, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Kelly also has extensive experience in responding to traumatic events, provision of psychological first aid and supporting people experiencing traumatic stress reactions and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has co-facilitated a group therapy program for emergency services workers with trauma.
Kelly is a warm, cheerful and relaxed psychologist, bringing a holistic strengths-focused approach to counselling. She utilises a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches in her work including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness. Kelly enjoys working collaboratively with clients to create a safe, respectful and positive environment to explore personal challenges, acquire new strategies and create happier, healthier lives. She consults at VMC on weekdays (including after-hour sessions) and is available to see self-referred clients and clients with a GP referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan.
Mr Luke Jacques- Audiometrist
Luke has a Diploma in Hearing Device Prescription and Evaluation. A full Member of the Hearing Aid Audiology Society (HAASA).
As an Audiometrist, Luke has 21 years’ experience in helping patients with their hearing needs.
Luke can provide full comprehensive hearing assessments, covering air, bone and speech audiometry as well as impedance audiometry.
Workplace hearing assessments,
Prescribe and dispense hearing device(s).
Service and Maintain all makes and models of hearing devices.
Offer other listening devices(ALD)
Provide hearing rehabilitation advice,
Luke is accredited with the Office of Hearing Services (OHS) to provide free hearing services to pensioners and he is a worksafe accredited.
Luke can provide the option to trial hearing devices.
Mr Tony Burgos- Dietician
Tony is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and member of Dietitians Australia. He comes with over 20 years’ experience in Dietetics and has an interest in the holistic approach to nutritional care. Tony enjoys working in a variety of fields including diabetes (type 1 & 2, Gestational Diabetes), weight loss, food intolerance, IBS/IBD, renal failure, cardiovascular disease, enteral and parenteral feeds, eating disorders, child nutrition and ageing nutrition. He has a keen interest in the research in advancing health and chronic disease prevention through diet and exercise and hopes to minimize, or prevent the effects of chronic disease progression in people over 50.
Tony designs and implements sports nutrition programs for elite athletes, strength athletes and body builders. Having competed in sports such as sprints and middle distance running to a high level as well as in Martial Arts and boxing, Tony pursued to develop his knowledge and completed a Masters in Exercise Science in 2014 so that he could provide the best possible advice to athletes and fitness interested individuals. He also worked in a number of gymnasiums throughout Melbourne as a gym instructor and Personal Trainer and he is a Level 3 Advanced Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Clinical Exercise Sessions
Physiotherapy Clinical Exercise sessions, centre around floor work, seated or standing postures using the body’s own resistance or small equipment to improve body awareness, breathing, strength and flexibility. Clinical exercises are prescribed based upon injury/condition and rehabilitation needs. The exercises engage central strength or core stability, ultimately enhancing posture, movement control and flow, with potential to reduce pain and dysfunction.
Various sessions are offered; Mat based, Chair based, ‘Barre’ & ‘Therapeutic Movement & Stretch’. Sessions may integrate Pilates or Yoga inspired movements.
Sessions are available for beginners and intermediate levels and structured as Individual, semi-private or small group based exercise programs.
Physiotherapy Clinical Exercise may qualify for a Health Fund rebate.