Physica Yarra Valley Team

Carolyn Hatcher
Senior Physiotherapist

Dip Tech (Physio) SAIT

Professional interests:
  • Spinal treatment
  • Dry needling
  • Headaches 
  • TMJ (Jaw) dysfunction
  • Global shoulder and hip disorders
  • Adolescent and paediatric injuries Post surgical rehabilitation.
  • Clinical Pilates
Carolyn has attended the following formal continuing education programs: Dry Needling Advanced level, Jaw and Headache dry needling, All levels of DMA Pilates, McKenzie Spinal Course, Lyn Watson Advanced shoulder course, Assessment and Treatment of Lumbar and Thoracic Spine and Hip, Dean Watson Headache course. Interests and hobbies: Travelling, exercise
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Andi Dowling
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Bach App Sci (Physio)
M. Physiotherapy (Manipulative)

Professional Interests:
  • Neck pain including whiplash associated disorders and headaches
  • Lumbar & pelvic instability
  • Knees including osteoarthritis and patello femoral joint
  • Gluteal tendinopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Exercise therapy- Physcia Active and Clinical Pilates into tailored programs
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio) or B. App. Sci (Physio) - La Trobe University 1993, Master of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Master Manip Physio) - La Trobe University 2002. Andi has undertaken many professional development courses including : DMA Levels 1 to 4, Dry needling, Advanced Cervical Course, McKenzie part A & B. Interests and hobbies: Fitness and exercise - Spending time with family - Walking dog
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Leesa Reid
Senior Physiotherapist/Sports Physiotherapist

Bach App Sci (Physio)
Grad Dip Physio (Sports)

Professional Interests
  • Hip, and treatment of groin and buttock pain including gluteal tendinopathy, FAI
  • Pre and post operative hip rehabilitation
  • Lumbar spine and pelvic pain
  • Tailored group exercise incorporating Pilates principles and many other exercise types. 
  • Assessment and management of knee pain and injuries.
  • Clinical Pilates/Movement Based Classification Treatment


Leesa has undertaken a diverse range of ongoing professional continuing education. Hip and groin assessment and treatment Level 1 and 2. Clinical Pilates Levels 1 - 4 (DMA) McKenzie Levels 1-3. Advanced Knee rehabilitation and many more. Interests and hobbies: Clinical pilates, gym, travelling, cooking and family time.
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Achini Navaratna
Bach Physio
Professional Interests:
  • Balance and disorders involving dizziness
  • Pilates
  • Lower back and neck pain
  • Hydrotherapy
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Albert Geuze

Bach Health Sci (Physio)

Professional Interests
  • Sporting injuries/orthopaedic rehab
  • Knee ankle and foot injuries
  • Low back pain
  • Dry needling
  • GLAD (hip and knee arthritis) programme practitioner
  • Gerontology/falls and balance disorder rehabilitation
I take a broad based holistic and functional approach to my physiotherapy care. Believing in assessing and evaluating all aspects of a problem and establishing a diagnosis and prognosis with a "plan" and can do attitude for going forward and not letting injuries prevent you from doing the things you need to do and love doing. My particular interests are lower limb injuries including hip, knee and ankles, spinal rehabilitation, headaches, dry needling as well as geriatric rehabilitation and falls and balance prevention. Since graduating in 2012 I have undertaken several professional development courses: GEMT, Dry needling course Level 1, Advanced level 2/3 Gerontology, Level 1 and 2 GLAD programme (Good life arthritis Denmark, Hip and knee) as well as attended the Falls Prevention Symposium Sydney 2014, Lyn Watson Shoulder course Level 1. Interests and hobbies: Endurance sports such as long distance running, mountain biking, hiking and camping and anything outdoors around snow!
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Reihaneh Ferooz

Bach Physiotherapy (Honours)
Graduate Certificate Msk Physio (Oct 2018)

Professional Interests
  • Neck and shoulder pain and management
  • Jaw (TMJ) disorders and pain
  • Sporting injuries and return to sportLow back pain and chronic pain
  • Post surgery rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honors) - Monash University 2016 Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy - Anticipated completion Oct 2019 and Graduate certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy - La Trobe University 2018. Rei has also undertaken qualification in Aquatic Physiotherapy level 1. She is fluent in Persian/Farsi. Interests and hobbies: Rock climbing, plant cultivation and snowboarding
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Christopher Tubb
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Bach Physio M . Physiotherapy (Manipulative)

Special interests
  • Persistent pain the neck and lower back
  • Hip FAI, groin pain and pelvic girdle pain
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Gluteal tendinopathy/Bursitis
  • Patello-femoral pain
  • Hand therapy
Chris completed his Masters degree at LaTrobe University in 2010 and has taught on the Masters program for 7 years. He has also supervised Masters students and has been involved in the GLOBE trial investigating the effectiveness of exercise in gluteal tendinopathy. Chris works closely with a local neurosurgeon in delivering evidence based, targeted physiotherapy programs for patients pre and post spinal surgery and for patients with nerve related neck and back pain. Hobbies and Interests Golf, tennis and spending time with my family. He has attended the following additional courses on top of his Post Graduate and Undergraduate degrees. "The Advanced Upper Cervical spine A cognitive functional approach to Low Back pain The sporting hip and groin Level 1 Jeremy Lewis - Shoulder Theory and Practice Advanced differential diagnosis of Elbow pain GLAD trainers course Lyn Watson Level 1 and 2 Shoulder Assessment and Management of Cervical spine disorders"
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Alison Gibbs
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

B Physiotherapy M Physiotherapy (Manual Therapy)
Current Higher degree research student La Trobe University

Special interests
  • Hip and knee osteoarthritis
  • Hip pain including pre and post-surgery, femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI) and labral tears
  • Gluteal tendinopathy/trochanteric pain
  • Knee pain
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Ankle injuries including acute ligament injuries and tendinopathies
  • GLA:D (hip and knee osteoarthritis) program
Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1995 La Trobe University, and Master of Manual Therapy 2013 Coventry University, UK. Worked in UK for over 13 years, including in Extended Scope roles, and as an Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in Australia in various lower limb orthopaedic clinics and a spinal clinic. Current higher degree research student at La Trobe University, undertaking research in hip and knee osteoarthritis management, and working part time in Advanced Practice role as an Osteoarthritis Hip and Knee Service physiotherapist. Have undertaken numerous and regular professional developments courses, and currently tutoring on the GLA:D (Good Life osteoArthritis: Denmark) program with La Trobe University. Interests and hobbies: Labradors- two black labs; gym; odd bit of gardening and occasional holiday with scuba diving
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