Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists
Clinical Director of Pelvic Strength Physiotherapy
Master of Physiotherapy Continence and Pelvic Floor, Postgrad Exercise For Women Cert, Post grad Cardio pulmonary Exercise Cert
Liana is the founder of Pelvic Strength Physiotherapy and has had over 20yrs experience in treating clients with pelvic floor dysfunction and continence issues. She is extremely passionate about her work and takes a keen interest in ongoing education. She tutors at Melbourne University for the Post Grad Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor each year. She has a special interest in continence issues post prostatectomy, pregnancy, prolapse and exercise throughout life.
She is the mother of 6 wonderful children. A keen skier, tennis player and loves travelling.
B. Physiotherapy APAM
B. AppsSc (Human Biology) Postgraduate Certificate Physiotherapy (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy) Level III APA Aquatic Physiotherapy Certificate (Hydrotherapy)
Claire graduated from La Trobe University in 2003 and enjoys working both in the public and private sector in the areas of pelvic floor physiotherapy, women’s health, musculoskeletal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
She holds postgraduate qualifications in aquatic physiotherapy (hydrotherapy) and pelvic floor physiotherapy and is a member of Eastern Health’s Clinical Leadership Groups in Aquatic and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.
Claire treats pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and sports & spinal injuries.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
BAppSci(Phty) Post Graduate Certificate Continence & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
Judy has over 14 years experience in treating pelvic floor dysfunction and continence issues in both men and women. She is a current Board member and past President of the Continence Foundation of Australia Victoria Branch (CFA VIC) and has been involved for many years helping to organise ongoing education programs through the CFA VIC Physiotherapy Group.
She has also worked as a paediatric physiotherapist and taught yoga in a past life and continues to use yoga and related practices in addition to Pilates, walking and gardening in order to maintain fitness and quality of life. She has a daughter living in London which provides a good incentive to add travel to her interests.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
Bachelor Physiotherapy, Post Graduate Certificate Physiotherapy Continence and Pelvic Floor, APAM
Alice has worked extensively as a physiotherapist in both the public and private sectors, working specifically with women for the last 10 years. Alice is passionate about empowering women in all stages of life in their health and fitness journeys. She has particular interest in helping women with pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic girdle pain, ante and postnatal care and problems associated with lactation.
Alice also holds an ongoing senior physiotherapy position at The Mercy Hospital for Women where she enjoys mentoring younger physiotherapist and students. She has three beautiful young children and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (including the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Group) and the Continence Foundation of Australia
B App Sc (Physio) Grad Certificate Post Exercise for Women
APAM (Women's Health Special Interest Group member)
Gill has been a physiotherapist for over 25 years and has worked specifically in Women's Health for 15 years in a variety of public and private hospitals and clinics.Gill continues to work at a busy public maternity hospital where she treats women with various problems and symptoms both during and after pregnancy, as well as help train and mentor junior physiotherapists and physiotherapy students who are new to Women's Health.
She is also the founder of Babes On Board pre and post natal exercise classes. With great excitement, Gill is bringing Babes on Board to Pelvic Strength Physiotherapy .She will also be part of the physio team providing individual consultations. Gill is mum to 3 amazing young people.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Masters Post-natal Exercise
Emily takes the Mums & Bubs class. She has clinical expertise in Womens Health Physiotherapy in which she has been working for 15 years. Emily has worked in both public and private healthcare & also has two young children of her own. She has completed post-graduate training in pregnancy & post-natal exercise and completed a Masters Research Degree in post-natal exercise.
Emily also lectures in the undergraduate & postgraduate physiotherapy courses at La Trobe University & University of Melbourne.
B.App.Sci(Phty) Level 1 Certification Lymphoedema Management
Kath has worked in the women’s health arena for 30 years in both the public and private healthcare setting. She assists women with pelvic floor and continence issues, provides care to the pre-and post-natal woman and exercise advice and classes for the older woman. She trained 10 years ago as a lymphoedema practitioner, and assists both men and women with this condition.
Her greatest passion has always been childbirth education, offering individual and small group facilitation in birth skills for women and couples preparing for labour.
She lectures in the Physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University of Melbourne.
Kath also facilitates Celebration Day For Girls - a mother-daughter workshop providing contemporary menstrual education. Aimed at 10-12 year olds, it seeks to inform and affirm young girls on the threshold of their womanhood.
Bachelor Physiotherapy (The University of Melbourne) Post Graduate Certificate Physiotherapy (Continence & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation)
Bec has been a physiotherapist for over 15 years, working in both the public and private sector in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Since completing her Post graduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation she has been working both privately and as part of the Eastern Health Continence Service in the area of Pelvic Health. Bec is passionate about working with patients to meet their goals and takes a functional and practical approach to treatment.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne), Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health (Pelvic Floor) (University of Melbourne)
Following the completion on her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009 Michelle entered private practice where her passion for pre and postnatal physiotherapy was born. After finishing her Post Graduate studies in pelvic floor physiotherapy she travelled overseas and secured the lead Women’s Health Physiotherapist role at the Royal London Hospital.
Now back in Melbourne, Michelle is a senior Physiotherapist with the Eastern Health Continence Service. She has expertise treating both men and women with lower urinary tract symptoms. She also works on the post natal and uro-gynaecological surgery wards at Frances Perry House.
In her spare time Michelle loves hiking and camping and getting to the snow as much as possible over the winter months.
Remedial Massage & Myotherapy
Judy started her massage therapy career over 12 years ago, graduating from a Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy as a Myotherapist. She brings with her a broad range of experience as a therapist.
Judy has worked in the elite sporting industry with Melbourne Victory Football Club, Australian Badminton Team and the Melbourne Spartans. Her experience with professional athletes opened opportunities for her to also work in the entertainment industry.
Alongside working in a clinic environment for over 10 years, Judy also works 1 day a week in a community clinic.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist & Myotherapist
Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science, Adv. Dip. Remedial Massage (Myotherapy) Dip. Remedial Massage, Certificate of Pregnancy Massage
Natalie Craven has been working privately as a Myotherapist for over 7 years. She has a particular interest in sport injuries, musculoskeletal conditions and expecting mothers.
She loves learning and educating clients on different ways they can improve their body to gain optimal health and function. As an Exercise Physiologist, Natalie specialises in developing exercise programs for those clients with multiple co-morbidities, accommodating an array of clients with various pathologies including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions.
Natalie runs classes at Pelvic Strength Physiotherapy that have been designed on evidenced based research. She makes individual modifications as necessary so that exercise is safe and appropriate for each of her clients. She runs our Strong Hearts, Strength & Balance, Weight loss and Diabetes classes.
Remedial Massage Therapist
I began studying remedial massage at Sage Institute in 2015 after deciding on a career change, obtaining my diploma of Remedial Massage in 2016. Regular massage was something I’d been experiencing the benefits of for years myself and it seemed natural to want to pass those benefits on to others.
I’ve worked in various different environments since qualifying, including corporate, day spa and clinical settings. Along the way I found I really enjoy pregnancy massage and have since gone on to complete Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage and Advanced Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage training.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming – love being in the water, walking, baking – I’m really into baking sourdough bread at the moment, reading, photography and spending time with family and friends.
Remedial Massage Therapist
I come from a competitive sporting background, and have been Personal Training and Sports Coaching most of my life.
Remedial Massage has felt like a natural and complementary addition to my skillset, adding to my knowledge, and experience allowing me to provide a higher level of care to my clientele.
My treatment philosophy encompasses a holistic approach and I enjoy using a variety of Therapeutic and Remedial techniques.
Whether it be relaxing, pre and post-natal, or sports and deep tissue massages I aim to help with functionality, range of movement and managing chronic pain.
‘Taking time to care for yourself, gives yourself a great chance of being the best you can be.’
DryKidz bed-wetting & toilet training
R.N., B.N., Cert Continence, Cert Urology Nsg
Continence & Urology Nurse Consultant. Dry Kidz Enuresis Service
Terri has been working as a continence and urology nurse consultant for more than 20 years. She has worked in a variety of roles and settings including hospitals, district nursing and private practice. Terri has taught in continence courses and regularly speaks at seminars and study days on both adult and children’s continence.
Terri’s special interest in children’s continence led her to establish Dry Kidz 17 years ago. At Dry Kidz Terri sees children for problems with bedwetting, toilet training, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling. Dry Kidz offers family centred care and Terri is able to work with other healthcare professionals involved in your child’s care.
Terri has a commitment to ongoing education and regularly attends conferences and seminars to update her knowledge
General & Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy
Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist
Director of Eating 4 Health Nutrition Services
Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise Science and Nutrition) Masters of Dietetics
Nikki Casini is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who is passionate about teaching people the importance of food and nutrition and how it can impact on their health. After completing five and a half years of study at Deakin University, she is equipped with the most up-to-date, evidenced-based nutrition knowledge and skills, which she successfully incorporates into her dietetic consultations.
Nikki also works as a clinical dietitian in the acute hospital setting at Eastern Health, where she nutritionally assesses and provides counseling patients who are suffering from various diseases and conditions. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys cooking up a storm as well as eating out and experiencing different cuisines.
Clinical and Perinatal Psychologist
Sofia holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has over 11 years of experience working as a Psychologist.
She developed an interest in perinatal mental health early in her career. Her expertise in the area comes from working in various perinatal mental health settings including both major public and private hospitals in Melbourne, in private practice settings and through research with Monash University.
Sofia is passionate about promotion of well-being in the perinatal period. Her aim is to support parents through their journey in preparation to parenthood and in their adjustment to their new life with a baby. Sofia assists parents to gain confidence in their new role and helps them deal with changes and challenges in relationships that
parenting can bring. She supports parents through grief and loss, as well as working through past or recent trauma. Sofia has a particular interest in promotion of positive and healthy bonds between parents and their baby.
Sofia provides short and long-term therapy and implements various therapeutic approaches. She works individually with women, men and their families in the perinatal period and into the early years of parenthood. Sofia also facilitates Postnatal Depression and Anxiety groups and is a registered Circle of Security parent educator, and teaches this program to parents.
Simon graduated from La Trobe University in 2011. Since graduating, Simon has worked in the public health sector, both in Australia and The United Kingdom, gaining experience in; orthopaedic rehabilitation, musculoskeletal and emergency physiotherapy.
Most recently, Simon has enjoyed working in a busy sports physiotherapy clinic as well as being the head physiotherapy for the North Caulfield Soccer Club in the Men’s Victorian State league.
Simon has a passion for treating acute musculoskeletal and sporting injuries, with a special interest in knee and lower back conditions.
Outside of physiotherapy, Simon is an avid sports fan and enjoys all things sport. He is an enthusiastic footy fan and you will find him supporting his team at most home games. He also has a passion for surfing and enjoys exploring the world and finding new waves to ride.
B.Phty (Hons), Postgrad Cert Physio (Exercise for Women), APAM
Katherine has worked as a Physiotherapist in private practice since graduating in 2002 at the University of Queensland. She completed postgraduate study in Exercise for Women in 2007 at the University of Melbourne.
Katherine’s special interests include physiotherapy treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (particularly those involving the spine and pelvis) and exercise rehabilitation, especially in the area of Women’s Health. She enjoys a hands-on approach to her treatment using techniques such as joint mobilisation, massage and dry needling.
Katherine is also the business owner of Core Stability Physio which specialises in small group exercise classes run by physios, many of which are held at Pelvic Strength Physiotherapy each week. Please refer to the CLASSES section of the website for more information about the Core Stability Physio group classes.
Larissa has practiced and taught for over 15 years, studied with world class teachers and has acquired a range of specialised and complimentary qualifications which include:
Prenatal Yoga instructor
I have been teaching yoga for over 10 years and have experienced the benefits of yoga with the pregnancy and labour of my son - my last of 3 children. This is one of the reasons I first started teaching yoga, it literally changed my life.
I know how yoga can help us cope with the physical, mental and emotional issues that may arise while pregnant. I hope you will find my classes informative, while stretching, strengthening and relaxing the body and mind. Helping you to become more aware of your changing bodies during pregnancy, giving you tools to help with labour and help to get you back into shape after your pregnancy.
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