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Dr Matthew Healy, Osteopath
Matt is an enthusiastic and dynamic Osteopath who enjoys treating people of all ages and with a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints. Matt incorporates a number of techniques in his treatment regime, including "direct" techniques such as mobilisation, soft tissue techniques and manipulative therapy to get the most out of the body's response to Osteopathy. Matt enjoys educating his patients with exercise and lifestyle advice to give them the tools to optimise their well-being outside of the treatment room.
Matt is particularly interested in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Having a background in competitive rowing, as well as being a senior sports trainer at a Melbourne Eastern League club for two years, he has gained consistent hands-on experience in sports medicine. Since graduating from Victoria University in 2008, Matt has treated all types and levels of athletes including runners, power-lifters, ballet dancers, Olympic wrestlers and triathletes.Matt can proficiently treat any musculoskeletal complaint, including back pain and sciatica, neck pain, headaches, joint pain and injuries, and impingement syndromes and is excited to be joining the team at Alliance Health Clinics.
Dr Lisa Agnew, Osteopath
Lisa is a friendly and knowledgeable Registered Osteopath and a member of Osteopathy Australia. Lisa studied at Victoria University. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) in 2006, and then continued on to her Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy), which she completed in 2008.
After completing her studies Lisa worked in a clinic in the outer eastern suburbs for three years. She left there to start a family and now has two daughters. While on maternity leave she has been working as a locum and from her home.
Lisa is actively involved in the local community. She has attended Mitcham Gymbaroo with her two girls, volunteers at the Nunawading toy library and her eldest daughter is doing her first year at Mt Pleasant Rd Kindergarten and Primary School. Her special interests include spinal pain, sports injuries, headaches, paediatrics and women's health.Lisa uses a variety of techniques to provide results for her patients. These include soft tissue massage, articulation, stretching, manipulation, and indirect treatments such as BLT (balance ligamentous tension) and counterstrain. Lisa also likes to provide advice to her patients regarding rehabilitation exercises, nutrition and ergonomic factors.
Dr Adelaide Turner, Osteopath
Adelaide is a qualified and registered Osteopath. She has a keen interest in using both a direct and indirect approach to patient treatment and enjoys treating a variety of patient types. She has completed a month-long clinical placement at SportsMed Mumbai, India, in January 2015, which enabled her to consult with elite surgeons and treat a wide variety of patients, including pre- and post surgical patients. The ability to work collaboratively with surgeons and physiotherapists during this time has enabled Adelaide to reap the benefits of working with multidisciplinary healthcare teams.
She has also travelled to New Zealand to treat horse riders on the Great New Zealand Horse Trail in 2014.
Adelaide has had extensive experience in her role as medic within Victorian Community Rugby Union and Victorian Schools Rugby, which fostered a keen appreciation for assessing and treating sports-related injuries and sports medicine.
Adelaide is capable of treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and complaints such as headaches, back pain, sports injuries, joint pain and much more and is excited to be apart of the Alliance Health Clinics team.
Dr Martin Ojea, Osteopath
Prior to embarking on the manual therapy profession, Martin played soccer at sub-elite levels in Australia. His journey took him overseas to play, however following three devastating knee injuries his playing career was cut short. Whilst his dream of playing professional soccer quickly disappeared he found his calling with osteopathy. Outside the clinic, Martin remains in the fitness industry by running group fitness classes for Les Mills through Fitness First. Aside from his passion in fitness and osteopathy, Martin finds time to teach and assess future personal trainers and massage therapists for a highly regarded private institute. Martin also prides himself on keeping fit as he is a big believer in walking his talk.
As Martin has such an immense involvement in the fitness industry he has a wealth of experience with managing and treating gym injuries. He has the ability to redesign gym programs to keep his clientele continuing to pursue their health goals without missing precious time away from the gym, despite having niggling injuries.
Martin also has a firm interest in treating headaches, sports and gym injuries.When Martin was young, an unfortunate condition left him legally blind in his right eye and with thumping, chronic headaches. Whilst most would see this as ill-fortune, Martin has gained a sincere understanding and compassion for those that unfortunately share his experience of almost daily headaches. His personal experience has driven him to undertake many courses on this particular condition to aid those who seek relief.
As mentioned previously, Martin played at high standards of soccer both within Australia and overseas. It was a career which led him down the road of many injuries and even major operations. His firsthand experience of being an injured athlete, struggling with the desire to play whilst being on the sidelines gives him the ability to understand your urgency to get back on the field. Studying and always researching the best rehabilitation/management methods available to get athletes and weekend warriors back on the field safely and quickly is a major priority for the young Osteopath.
Dr Andrew Charalambous, Osteopath
Andrew is a registered Osteopath who is passionate about providing a unique experience for all his patients. A high achiever, Andrew graduated from Victoria University in 2016 with a Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) receiving the Osteopathy Australia graduate prize as dux of his year level whilst also receiving the Victoria University Medal of Excellence as the most outstanding postgraduate student.Andrew is also a registered Occupational Therapist and has been practicing for 10 years in the field of paediatrics. Andrew currently runs his own private practice working within the family home, schools and the community with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Over the last 6 months Andrew has completed his student internship at Alliance Health Clinics treating patients within the clinic. Andrew incorporates a number of techniques in his treatment regime which include soft tissue techniques, mobilisation, manipulation and indirect treatments such as BLT (Balance Ligamentous tension) and counterstrain. Andrew is also qualified in Level 1 myofascial dry needling and cupping which adds another treatment option for his patients.
Outside of work Andrew keeps himself busy by keeping fit and healthy. Andrew goes to the gym at least 5 times a week and enjoys the occasional game of indoor cricket.
Andrew can proficiently treat any type of musculoskeletal complaint including back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, joint pain and sports injuries through a combination of hands on treatment, advice and rehabilitation. Andrew is excited to be a part of the Alliance Health Clinics team.
Exercise Physiologist/Pilates Instructor
Madeleine Linton, Exercise Physiologist.
is a qualified and Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Madeleine completed a Bachelor of Human Movement at the University of Tasmania in 2006 and in order to pursue her interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation, went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation at the University of Ballarat in 2007.
Throughout her academic studies and work experience in settings including private practice, workplace health and community health, Madeleine has gained the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and effectively prescribe exercise and offer advise for clients with a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and complex medical conditions and general health and wellbeing concerns. Madeleine has particular interest in corrective exercise for faulty posture and body mechanics and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Madeleine has also undertaken further training in Clinical Pilates and enjoys incorporating this form of exercise to tailor programs specific to each individual to ensure optimal results.
Outside of work Madeleine enjoys keeping fit and healthy whether it be a game of netball, Pilates session, strength training or walk in the sunshine. Madeleine also spends most weekends sailing on Port Phillip Bay and has completed at State and National Championships.Madeleine's goal is to assist her clients improve their quality of life and achieve their desired health and wellbeing, fitness and rehabilitation goals through providing a supportive and thorough treatment service, which is appropriate, safe and enjoyable for each individual.
Our reception staff include Shannon Chancellor, Robyn Johnson, Harley Pascoe and Lauren Haynes all who will be more than happy and willing to take your call and help you in any way possible.
Dr Marnie Norfolk (BSc MHS (Osteo) Grad Cert Tert Ed Grad Cert Paeds)
is a registered Osteopath. She obtained her Osteopathic qualification from Victoria University in Mebourne in 2001. This included a Masters project on rehabilitation of ankle sprains in football. Marnie has a keen interest in injuries in the limbs e.g. ankle, knee, shoulder and wrist. Work experience has been gained in hospitals both in Australia and overseas.
Marnie has been involved in teaching and workshops for Sports Medicine Australia, RMIT and Victoria University. Marnie now teaches with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation (SCTF) and enjoys incorporating techniques from Osteopathy in the cranial field in her treatments. In 2008 Marnie completed a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education to compliment her teaching work and in 2011 she completed her Graduate Certificate in Paediatrics for Neonates for Manual Therapists to complement her special interest in working with babies and children.
Dr Craig Russell B.Osteo.Sci./B.App.Sci (Clin.Sci.)
is a fully registered Osteopath and a member of the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA). He graduated from RMIT in 1999, and has since worked in practices in Melbourne (Prahran and Mitcham). After gaining valuable experience in a mentoring role with the late Osteopath Jiri Benes, Craig now has a special interest in manipulative treatment of biomechanical problems, such as postural and sports injuries. In the sporting field, Craig now Osteopathically manages some of Australia’s top athletes – including cyclists, equestrian, athletics and AFL umpires.
Craig enjoys spending time with his family, and supporting various sporting teams in Melbourne.
Craig also lectures at Victoria University in the Osteopathic undergraduate program.