Physiotherapy

Pearce Vander Meeden, MSPT, Cert MDT

Titled APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Principal Physiotherapist

With a wealth of experience as a physiotherapist, Pearce Vander Meeden has fine-tuned his skills to treat many different conditions.

Pearce holds a Master's degree in Physiotherapy obtained from Boston University and has international experience working in spinal centres in the US, where he has co-authored protocols for spine surgeons and educated doctors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, and pain psychologists on various musculoskeletal pains.

Pearce is also a contributing member for the following Associations and Universities:

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Australian Physiotherapy Association Member:
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group Member

Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Group Member

McKenzie Institute of Australia, Certified Practitioner and Member:
Pearce sits on the National Board

Macquarie University:
Clinical Lecturer and Tutor

Other notable achievements:
Obtained COMT (Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy)

Obtained CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)

Exercise Science Degree

 

Aleea Newton, APAM, Physiotherapist

Aleea comes to physiotherapy following a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biomedical Science) and 12 years experience coaching elite level gymnastics.

Aleea trained as an elite gymnast, holding a Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship for five years, representing Australia at international competitions and was a reserve for the Athens Olympics. Aleea’s career in elite gymnastics sparked a keen interest in the human body and injury prevention, leading her to embark on a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University.

Aleea tutored anatomy for Physiotherapy and Nursing students at ACU.  She is passionate about treating patients in all areas of musculoskeletal issues, as well as women’s health, bringing a wealth of experience in human movement and high performance sport.

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Emilie Brussat, APAM, Physiotherapist

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Emilie completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), followed by a Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. She has gained experience and developed skills across a broad range of areas including musculoskeletal and orthopaedic rehabilitation, as well as neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy.

With an active lifestyle and a strong interest in rock-climbing, hiking, and yoga, Emilie developed a passion for physiotherapy. Earlier in life, she played tennis at a competitive level for 20 years in France. She spent many years working as a personal trainer and has completed further education to become a Pilates instructor.

Emilie has a strong background in exercise science and a passion for musculoskeletal and sports related injuries. She uses a combination of exercise therapy, manual techniques and evidence-based practice to help her clients return to optimal health and to prevent further injuries.

Emilie is currently on maternity leave and we will let you know when she returns!

Larissa Victoria, Physiotherapist

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After graduating from Sydney’s Cumberland College of Health Sciences and gaining experience in hospital and private practice, Larissa spent 5 years working in the UK. On returning to Australia she worked in one of Sydney’s private hospitals in acute, Orthopaedic and surgical units, during which time she helped develop and implement a number of patient education programs.

For 10 years, Larissa owned and worked in her physiotherapy practice in Gordon during which time she provided mentoring positions for many physiotherapists and students. 

She believes her most important task as a physio is to ensure people understand their condition and what they need to do to achieve the best and speedy recovery. 

Outside work Larissa loves to travel and her favourite destinations to date are Slovenia, Japan and Morocco. Her other interests include ikebana, growing bromeliads, bush walking and more recently cycling. 

 

Deborah Virdi BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Born in the UK, Debbie brings a vast knowledge and experience from her work in the UK where she ran her sports massage and rehabilitation clinic for many years before graduating from Coventry University with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2008.

Following graduation, Debbie has chosen to specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has worked in both hospitals and private practice.

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Debbie’s love of learning, coupled with wanting to provide patients with a holistic approach to their treatment, led her to the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute and Polestar Pilates Australia to gain qualifications in Pilates based exercises.  More recently Debbie has committed to training in the ConnectTherapyTM Series which she will complete later this year. 

 Outside of work Debbie loves pottering in the garden, has recently started a worm farm and enjoys reading about and experimenting with the use of essential oils in the home. 

 

Front of the House

Tina

Tina is the friendly face at the front desk and on the phone. With over 30 years experience in the administrative field, Tina has been there and done that, but mostly she loves working with people.

She is married with 2 grown children and a dog, Braveheart. She is a frequent movie and beach goer. Ask her about her previous work as an Aerobic Instructor and Missionary!

 
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Henry

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Henry holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McGill University (Canada) and has 2 years of experience as a student physiotherapist for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at McGill University. He grew up in Los Angeles and has also lived in Montreal and San Francisco most recently. He has a strong passion for sports, especially basketball and American football.

Henry is currently a 2nd year physiotherapy student at Macquarie University. He also currently works with both the Sydney FC A-League and Youth teams as a massage therapist.

 

Natalie

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Natalie is currently studying science (Physiotherapy and Nutrition) in her second year at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about sports, especially tennis, which she has played at state and University level. Natalie also coaches tennis.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction or personal development books. She hopes to travel to Europe in the near future.