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Meet our staff at Glen Eira Physiotherapy:

Jodi Hendler – Principal Physiotherapist

Jodi Hendler graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She has been in private practice for the past twenty years. Jodi has had extensive experience in backs, necks and sports related injuries and has attended a large number of post-grad courses in these areas. In addition, Jodi has a special interest in the treatment of Pregnancy related back ache and pelvic pain as well as osteoporosis. Jodi has participated in a Melbourne university study on osteoporosis and has had experience in designing appropriate exercise programs for such patients.

She has also completed the Mark Lattimer course in Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction ( TMJ). Jodi has had many years of experience in the treatment of jaw pain and works closely with the referring dentists and orthodontists.
Jodi has completed level 1-4 Clinical Pilates training through Dance Medicine Australia. In addition she has completed Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation courses as well as Pilates for Osteoporosis and Real Time Ultrasound Retraining.

Carolyn Lockman
Carolyn LockmanAssociate Physiotherapist
Carolyn graduated from the University of Sydney in 1996. She has focused her career in the private practice setting with an emphasis on sports medicine for the past 16 years having spent four of these years working in the United Kingdom. As well as working with sporting teams at both state and national levels, Carolyn has completed various post-graduate courses including Levels 1-4 Clinical Pilates at Dance Medicine Australia which compliments traditional physiotherapy techniques in the management of acute and chronic spinal pain as well as the Mark Lattimer course in Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction ( TMJ). In addition she has trained with the advanced manual therapy associates having gained qualifications in muscle energy techniques.

Chelsea Smith
Chelsea SmithAPA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Chelsea graduated with Honours from The University of Melbourne in 2003. She has since worked in both the public and private health care sectors in Australia and the UK. During this time she has developed special interest in sports injuries, low back, SIJ/pelvic and hip pain, lower limb biomechanics and exercise prescription. Chelsea has completed advanced courses in Sports Physiotherapy, Dry Needling, Real Time Ultrasound, Clinical Pilates (Levels 1-4 Dance Medicine Australia) and Muscle Energy Techniques (Advanced Manual Therapy Associates).
In 2012-13 she returned to The University of Melbourne to complete her Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and was awarded the highest achieving student in the Masters program. Chelsea places a strong emphasis on current evidence-based treatment, and the importance of patient involvement and education. Chelsea has also previously worked with football and running clubs and individual athletes, and is a keen sportsperson herself, having completed the Melbourne and New York Marathons, as well as having represented Victoria in Touch Football.

Mikala Davison
Mikala DavisonAssociate Physiotherapist

Mikala graduated with an honours degree in Physiotherapy from Melbourne University in 2000 and has since completed post graduate studies in Sports Physiotherapy. She has a special interest in sports and spinal injuries and functional rehabilitation. Mikala has worked in a sports setting since graduating, including work with the Victorian volleyball teams, national level basketball, the London marathon, the British military and most recently returning from 3 years working as the lead physiotherapist for Cirque du Soleil in China. Mikala also has a special interest in Jaw Pain and has completed the Mark Lattimer course in TMJ dysfunction.

Mikala combines many different skills to achieve optimum results, including manual therapy, dry needling and Clinical Pilates, having completed her Level 1-4 certification with Dance Medicine Australia.

Marcus Bowler
Marcus BowlerAssociate Physiotherapist

Marcus divides his time between practising at Glen Eira Physotherapy centre and his position as Clinical Lead and Project Officer for the Pain Service at the Kingston Centre for Southern Health. Over the past 12 years he has specialised in the management of musculoskeletal and spinal conditions, as well as pain management. He has completed advanced level courses in dry needling and Pilates.

He has worked in various healthcare settings in the UK, the Netherlands and South Africa. Marcus graduated from the University of Manchester in 1994 and is in the final stages of completing a Masters in Manual Therapy. He is a keen runner, cyclist and adventure racer.

Karen Kelleher
Karen KelleherAssociate Physiotherapist
Karen joined the team after completing her Masters of Manual Therapy at the University of Western Australia. This Irish Physiotherapist graduated with honours, from University College Dublin in 2006. She started her career in the Irish health service where she gained experience in various areas including out- patient musculoskeletal, women’s health, paediatrics and orthopaedics. In her transition to the private service, she acted as physiotherapist for numerous sports teams in Ireland these included football, soccer and hurling. Her post graduate experience includes a certificate in dry needling and Pilates training from the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates institute. She has a special interest in jaw pain and has completed the Mark Lattimer course on TMJ (jaw pain) Karen is a keen marathon runner.

 Assoc. Prof Andrew Briggs
Assoc. Prof Andrew BriggsAssociate Physiotherapist

Andrew is an experienced physiotherapist and senior clinical and health services researcher. He has worked in both the Victorian and Western Australian healthcare systems over the past 15 years as a clinician, researcher and senior policymaker. He specialises in musculoskeletal health, specifically osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis and persistent pain. Andrew has a PhD in musculoskeletal health (University of Melbourne) with a focus on osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures and graduated with first class honours in his physiotherapy degree (Curtin University, WA).

In 2007, Andrew was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council clinical postdoctoral fellowship to undertake advanced research in musculoskeletal health and chronic pain. Andrew currently holds an Associate Professor position at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne. He has published more than 60 scientific articles in international and national medical journals [PubMed link], book chapters and health policies

Jessica Kuklych
Jessica KuklychAssociate Physiotherapist
Jess is a three time graduate of The University of Melbourne; completing a Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Science with a double major in human anatomy and physiology and a Diploma in Modern Languages for Japanese.
Jess has a passion for volleyball and has worked as a physiotherapist for both beach and indoor Victorian volleyball State teams. She has been involved in the sport for over 16 years, playing and refereeing at a State level.
Jess has completed courses in Dry Needling, Kinesiotaping and Clinical Pilates through Dance Medicine Australia. She has also spent time working with an Arabic community and studying alternative physiotherapy techniques at a clinic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Aside from sports physiotherapy, Jess has a keen interest in preventative physiotherapy for Australia’s aging population and has also completed research into the impact of musculoskeletal health problems on sexual health. This is a research field she would like to pursue over her physiotherapy career.

Jodi Dribbin
Jodi DribbinAssociate Physiotherapist
Jodi graduated from Melbourne University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, where she obtained clinical experience in both public hospitals and private practice.

Jodi has experience dealing with a broad range of clients, providing aged care services as well as physiotherapy for a VAFA football club. She has a keen interest in sports physiotherapy and chronic neck and low back and pain, and enjoys integrating Pilates and specific rehabilitation exercises into patient management and treatment.

Jodi places a strong emphasis on current evidence-based treatment, and combines this knowledge with patient goals and interests to promote self-management and thus achieve optimal results. She believes that exercise is the foundation of a healthy body and lifestyle, and enjoys implementing sustainable and enjoyable programs for all her clients, regardless of age or ability.

Jodi has completed post-graduate courses in Dry Needling and Clinical Pilates through Dance Medicine Australia.

Jonathan Snowsill
Jonathan SnowsillAPA Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapist.

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Jon has developed exceptional diagnostic and manual skills. His expertise ranges from Musculo-skeletal to Neurological physiotherapy, and he is highly skilled in treating peripheral joint problems. Jon also has a particular interest in spinal pain—headache assessment and treatment, neck and arm pain.

Jon has founded and managed two successful private practices, and worked in acute-care and rehabilitation hospitals in Australia, Norway and Canada. He has been involved with high-profile sports and celebrity care, as Club Physiotherapist for two AFL Clubs, as well as caring for international professional tennis players and dance troupes. Jon has been Senior Lecturer in the Post-Graduate Manipulative Therapy Course at the University of Melbourne, and he continues to mentor and support graduates.

David Dawes
David DawesAssociate Physiotherapist.

David completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe in 2007 and more recently
completed his Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy. He is currently working part-time at North Melbourne Football Club which includes diagnosis, treatment and exercise prescription during the week, being on the sidelines on game day etc. David really enjoys being involved with an elite sports med and conditioning team. He spent five years in WA which included playing and then later working at two WAFL clubs. Courses completed include: Sports Level 1&2, Spinal 1, Lyn Watson, Jenny McConnell, Dry needling, multiple pelvis courses . Davids’ special interest areas include: tendinopathies, sports injuries, pelvic function and preventative rehab.
Outside of physio Davis loves running (has done Melbourne marathon, will do the half marathon this year with the goal of qualifying for New York marathon), playing golf and is a proud father of two.

Sally Lambourne
Sally LambourneAssociate Physiotherapist

Sally graduated from a post Graduate of Physiotherapy with Distinction from Griffith University on the Gold Coast, after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) at RMIT in Melbourne. She has since completed training in Clinical Pilates ( Dance Medicine Australia) and Dry Needling. She has a special interest in sport, which has included time spent throughout both degrees working with the Melbourne Vixens, various teams at Victorian Institute of Sport, and Coburgg Tigers fottball team. Her extensive knowledge in exercise prescription and background of sports science, ensures a holistic and thorough approach to rehabilitation. Sally is a keen sportsperson herself, with an extensive background in Netball, Swimming and Waterpolo.

Victor Pogoriller
Victor PogorillerMassage Therapist

Victor is an accredited Remedial Massage Therapist having graduated with a MCNM Diploma of Applied Science (Remedial Massage) in addition to a Certificate in Relexology. Victor has been a certified and practising member of the Australian Association of massage Therapists since 1997 and is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

Victor has extensive knowledge in the field of remedial sports massage, having worked as Melbourne’s Ajax Senior Football Club’s team therapist for a period of 5 years.

David Dzienciol
David DzienciolOrthotist
Our orthotist David Dzienciol graduated with a Bachelor of Prosthetics & Orthotics (Honours) from La Trobe University in 2003. After presenting his Honours thesis in Hong Kong, he worked for several years in private practice before opening The Orthotic Clinic in 2006.
David has a special interest in gait analysis and alignment disorders of the feet and knees, and strongly believes that patient education is the key to successful treatment.
In addition to his clinical training, David is a fully qualified orthotic technician. This means that he manufactures all custom-made orthotics himself, rather than outsourcing them, to ensure that all devices are made to his exacting standards, and are designed to address the specific needs of his patients.