Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are recognised professionals with the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. APDs are qualified to advise individuals and groups on nutrition related matters. APDs have sound university training accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), undertake ongoing professional development and comply with the DAA guidelines for best practice. They are committed to the DAA Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice, and to providing quality service. APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law. (Source: courtesy of DAA)
Dietitian - Robyn Perlstein
Robyn qualified as a Dietitian in 1985, first working in Melbourne and rural Victoria, to gain broad clinical experience.
She worked at Diabetes UK for 4 years, returning to Australia to work as a Senior Dietitian at the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne for 14 years.
Over recent years Robyn has worked at Austin Health, Barwon Health and Deakin University in clinical nutrition and research in the areas of obesity prevention and nutrition for general Practitioners. Areas of expertise and interest include type 1 and 2 diabetes and gastrointestinal health (in particular coeliac disease and IBS). Robyn is also an accredited Type 1 Diabetes DAFNE (Dosage Adjustment For Normal Eating) program facilitator.
Hours: Tuesday 8.30am - 1.00pm, Thursday 1.00pm - 6.00pm.
Dietitian - Leonie McNamara
Leonie qualified as a dietitian in 1982 and worked in a clinical setting at Royal Melbourne Hospital including a rural placement before commencing private practice at various medical practices in the Geelong area.
Leonie has previously been a facilitator for the Life! Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Program and worked in this program for 3 years.
Leonie has worked as a clinician for the Barwon Health Eating Disorder Service for the past 6 years and has undertaken further training in this area.
Leonie’s main areas of interest include Eating Disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders, Type 2 Diabetes and weight management.
Hours: Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Dietitian - Amanda Jones
Amanda qualified as a Dietitian in 1995, first working at Deakin University, then the McKellar Centre in Rehabilitation and Aged Care, DAA as a project assistant on nutrition risk of frail elderly, a casual lecturer for Ballarat University on Paediatric Nutrition, with the majority of experience gained in community health at Barwon Health in Torquay and Anglesea.
Amanda has lead research and published in a peer reviewed journal on nutrition programs for mental health. In 2013, Amanda was a panellist presenter on the free to air NITV, Rural Health Education Foundation program called “Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyle: Eat for Health, Australian Dietary Guidelines”.
Amanda gained additional qualifications with a Postgraduate Certificate of Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics, Melbourne University (2001). Founding member, secretary and now chairperson of the Geelong Paediatric Allergy Dietitian group (gPAD). Special interests include children’s nutrition (introduction of solids, fussy eating, growth falter), food allergy and intolerance and disability. Amanda is registered as a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider.
Hours: Friday 9.30am - 1.30pm,
Physiotherapist - Nicholas Williams
A former international and professional rugby union player, Nick came in to physiotherapy as a mature student. During his time in professional sport he developed a keen interest in the body and how it works. After graduating from Northumbria University, England, Nick spent 3 years as head physiotherapist for a professional Rugby Union team before moving to continue his work in the NHS (the UK’s public care system). Nick has worked full time in musculoskeletal physiotherapy since this move. His last job before moving to Australia with his wife at the start of 2014 was as a Clinical Specialist physiotherapist in Lower Limbs.
This job involved advanced assessment and treatments including imaging and injection therapy. Although his speciality focuses on the lower limb, Nick is experienced in treating a variety of conditions including: chronic pain, sports injuries, spinal pain, shoulder problems and vestibular/balance conditions as well as rehabilitation of post-operative patients. Nick also enjoys working with patients suffering from a variety of cardio-respiratory and neurological conditions.
Nick has post graduate qualifications in Mulligan techniques, Orthopaedic Medicine, Acupuncture and Msk Therapeutic Injection Therapy. His approach to his work utilises all these skills and he enjoys developing a personalised rehabilitation program based around his patient’s needs and expectations.
When not at work Nick can be found in the sea free diving and spearfishing to satisfy his love of fresh seafood or doing his best Bear Grylls impression in the countryside foraging for free food!
Hours: Monday, Wednesday 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Friday 8.30am - 3.30pm.
Physiotherapist - Sean Xiao
Sean completed his Bachelor of Sport Science degree at Beijing Sport University.
Sean worked with the Chinese Women's team, having traveled with the team to USA, to provide help in sports training and acute injury management. After that, a passion for helping others reach their potential and providing quality of life led Sean to enter into the Master of Physiotherapy degree at University of Canberra.
Upon graduation, Sean has worked with elite tennis players during the Australian Open. He is also a great advocate of healthy living and holistic well-being.
Sean enjoys treating acute and chronic injuries and also believes that Physiotherapy plays an important role not just for treating injuries but for injury prevention too, in particular for all workplaces and sports settings.
Outside of Physiotherapy, Sean enjoys playing tennis, catching up with friends
and travelling. After moving to Geelong, he loves the coastal lifestyles here and hopes to have more opportunities to explore the city.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday 8.30am - 12.00pm, Wednesday 8.30am - 5pm
Podiatrist - Mina Mohseni
Mina completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science Degree where she developed a keen interest in human anatomy, physiology and biology. Building on this interest, Mina graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and a Masters of Podiatric Practice.
Mina’s interest and passion in the podiatry field includes chronic diseases, systemic patho-physiology, sports podiatry, management of the diabetic foot, paediatric foot related conditions and working on elderly. Mina plans to continue her education with the goal of becoming a Paediatric Specialist.
During her free time, Mina enjoys being in the company of her family and friends keeping fit and travelling.
Hours: Monday 9.00am - 6.30pm Friday: 9.00am - 6.30pm
Podiatrist - Thiviya M
Thiviya graduated from Latrobe Universaty with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Podiatric Practice. Prior to that Thiviya completed a Science Degree where she developed a keen interest in human physiology.
Thiviya enjoys all aspects of podiatry and has a keen interest in diabetic foot care and biomechanics. She aims to provide the best care with a high standard of treatment in a warm and friendly environment.
In her free time Thiviya enjoys dancing and baking.
Hours: Tuesday 8.30am -5.00pm Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm Thursday 10.00am - 4.30pm
Podiatrist - Laura Dickson
Laura graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Podiatry and was awarded an Academic of Excellence Award in 2015.
Having completed an internship at Melbourne City Football Club Laura is able to apply: state of the art, cutting edge treatments. Returning to her home town of Geelong, Laura is excited to provide a comprehensive range of podiatric care to the local community. She is a passionate podiatrist who endeavours to provide excellence in all aspects of podiatry with a special interest in the following:
· Musculoskeletal injuries with an emphasis on biomechanics
· Health promotion
Hours: Laura is currently on leave
Podiatrist - Elizabeth Ryan
Lizzy has a Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours), has worked in the Geelong region for the past 10 years and has a strong knowledge of all aspects of podiatry. She is passionate about healthy living and enjoys numerous outdoor activities including surfing, snow sports and hiking. Lizzy offers a range of services to the Geelong community including diabetic foot care, aged care, EPC and DVA care, sports podiatry and orthotic therapy.
Exercise Physiologists have a university degree in the study of exercise science. They create individualised exercise plans that are safe, realistic and motivating for clients:
With chronic medical conditions – a chronic medical condition is any condition that has been or is likely to be present for at least six months.
Returning from injury
De-conditioned and not sure how to get started?
Over 50 and unsure how to get back into or started with exercise
Tired with current training and wanting some new motivation
Many private health insurers recognise exercise physiology.
For those with “Chronic Medical Conditions” speak with your GP about your eligibility for Medicare rebates.
The Exercise Physiologists ultimate goal for all clients is “long term exercise for long term health.”
Exercise Physiologist - Gabby Pinge
Gabby Pinge is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Remedial Massage Therapist. She has specialised in Exercise Physiology for Chronic Disease Management for the last three years and has worked generally in the health and fitness industry for the past twenty years. She enjoys many activities including, running, swimming and riding.
Hours: Group Classes are held Monday - Friday - on hold
Assessment Appointments: To be advised