Physiotherapist, Clinic Director
Tessa has over 20 years of clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries and back and neck pain. She has worked all over the world from India to Great Britain. She has worked with many sporting teams including the English Premier League club Chelsea FC, the English National Rugby League, the English National Ballet School and the Australian Women’s Squash Team.
In 2004 she completed her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and subsequently published her research into massage in the American College of Sports Medicine’s official journal. She has maintained her interest in myofascial release and has over the past few years started to incorporate this into the more holistic practice of visceral manipulation into her clinical practice. She has completed VM1 to VM4 which are run through the U.S based Barral Institute.
Tessa has in the past been a state level squash player and has run several marathons. This has meant that she has a special interest in biomechanics, training advice and injury prevention.
When she is not helping patients improve their well being, Tessa loves spending time with her husband and three daughters. When she can, she relishes her time out running on the beach tracks.
Physiotherapist, Clinic Director
Sarah graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1994. Since this time Sarah has practised extensively in both Sports Physiotherapy and Occupational Physiotherapy / Injury Management.
Sarah has a high level of experience with a variety of sports including AFL, netball, running, triathlon, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, baseball and rugby at a club, state and national level. Sarah also has extensive experience in ergonomic assessments, ergonomic and manual handling training and return to work services. Sarah has a special interest in Concussion management and is a registered member of the Complete Concussion Management Inc (CCMI) global network.
Sarah currently works with a wide variety of orthopaedic, spinal / sports physiotherapy and occupational physiotherapy patients. Sarah has undertaken additional study in dry needling, Pilates, facial acupuncture and concussion management.
Sarah has been a Bayside resident for 40+ years and outside physio she enjoys time with husband & 3 children, running, netball & going to the beach!
Caroline is a Physiotherapist who has extensive treatment experience in both high level sport and clinic based physiotherapy. She has completed her Post Graduate Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and also Specialist Paediatric Orthopaedics at Melbourne University.
Caroline has a specialist interest in children and adolescent sporting injuries., lower limb injuries and in particular the foot and ankle.
Her team experience has seen her as Netball Victoria's State team Lead Physiotherapist, since 2017. She is a sessional lecturer for Bachelor of Health Science Myotherapy, since 2007. She was an Australian team Physiotherapist at the 2017 World University Games in Naples and a Commonwealth Games Physiotherapist at the Gold Coast 2017 Games. She has also been a State team Physiotherapist for Basketball Queensland and Victoria and for Hockey Victoria.
B.Sc, Doctor of Physiotherapy
In 2018 Alex graduated with Distinction as a Doctor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor of Science, also at the University of Melbourne. During his studies, Alex completed an internship in New York at the well-respected Symbio PT in the heart of Manhattan where he was exposed to a number of emerging, best-practice treatment methods including RedCord Neurac, helping to further his knowledge in both neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Having played sport at a high level (including TAC Cup and VFL), Alex has a keen interest in the management of sporting injuries and helping athletes return to the playing field. Along with this, Alex has experience working with younger athletes, having coached football, swimming and basketball squads.
Alex aims to combine both hands-on treatment and exercise rehabilitation to help you reach your desired goal. Additionally, he is particularly interested in pain science and will work with you to solve issues in this area.
Alex is currently a Physiotherapist with the U18 Calder Cannons program in the NAB league. Outside of physiotherapy, Alex is an avid sports fan, playing for the Old Mentonian’s Football Club locally and enjoys outdoor activities and travelling.
Ingrid has over 20 years of clinical experience working both in Australia and Internationally in the UK and Asia. She recently returned from 12 years living in Tokyo where she worked in a leading Health and rehabilitation centre. Her broad experience includes time at specialist sports and spinal clinics and in the public health system. In Hong Kong Ingrid owned and ran a successful private practice and provided coverage at a variety of international sporting events in Asia including the Rugby Sevens, ATP & Davis Cup tournaments. Ingrid attended the World Netball Championships with the Hong Kong National team and also worked with the Hong Kong Ballet company and continues to have a passion for managing complex patients and the performing arts.
Ingrid treats a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions with an interest in spinal and SIJ conditions, headaches, women’s health and rehabilitation exercise. She has undertaken a range of further training including post-natal exercise prescription, Clinical Pilates and the Schroth method of scoliosis management.
Ingrid is an adoring mother of two who is thrilled to be living bayside. With a background in the fitness industry Ingrid continues to love the gym, skiing, running and hitting the trails with her dog Mochi.
Olivia graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 2014 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Since graduating, Olivia has worked in Sports and Spinal clinics across New Zealand and has completed further training in dry needling, concussion management and Clinical Pilates. In 2019, Olivia also completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy.
Olivia has worked within successful sports teams including rugby union and soccer, at local and regional levels. As a result, she has a particularly keen interest in sports-related injuries and exercise rehabilitation. In addition to her interest in sporting injuries, Olivia also enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions including low back pain, pre/post-operative rehabilitation, lower limb injuries, tendon management and injury prevention.
Olivia is passionate about helping all clients in attaining their health goals, return to their sport or recreational hobbies. She will use a mixture of education, rehabilitative exercises including Pilates, and various manual therapy skills to achieve specific and goal-oriented results.
Outside of work, Olivia enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, getting outdoors, running around bayside or finding the next best brunch spot!
Katie McKean is a Dietician who joined our team in March 2016. She graduated from the Masters of Dietetics at Deakin University, after previously completing a Bachelor in Food Science and Nutrition. Since graduating, Katie has gained experience in both the private practice and clinical setting, as well as providing group education sessions.
Katie is a huge believer in balance and believes a wide and varied diet is paramount to health. To Katie, healthy eating encompasses much more than just the food you put in your mouth and she is passionate about helping people establish a positive relationship with food.
Katie has a specific interest in gastrointestinal disturbances, including irritable bowel syndrome and food intolerance management, as well as IBD and gastrointestinal surgeries. Her other areas of expertise include; diabetes prevention and management, cardiovascular disease prevention and management, endurance sports nutrition and women’s health.
Pam has been with the Physio@Sandringham from the very start. She is one of our best regarded staff members and therapists.
Pam completed her Remedial Massage qualification in 2000 and Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) in 2004 and has worked in Bayside for 18 years.
Her special interests are in lower back & hip disfunction, dry needling and MAT assessment.
In her spare time, wrangles young two children & loves movies and politics.
After several years in the corporate industry Ilonka decided upon a career change when she enrolled to study Remedial Massage and Myotherapy at the Australian College of Massage. During this time she also volunteered with Tennis Australia and Melbourne Marathon. She now has 8 years of clinical experience in the treatment of soft tissue conditions in her own private practice and working with Bayside Sports Medicine Group.
Ilonka believes in a holistic approach and will regularly work alongside other health professionals to ensure best patient outcomes. She is passionate about continued learning and enjoys the challenge of being presented with various conditions on a daily basis.
When not helping patients Ilonka loves spending time with her husband and 3 kids. Ilonka is an avid gardener, artist, reader and enjoys a bit of pottery.
Dion is a Remedial Massage therapist qualifying at Victoria University in 2016 at the top of his class. He has an extensive understanding of biomechanics related to most sports but specifically running, cycling, swimming and ball sports. Dion, himself is an avid runner and has run at an international level at the 2016 and 2018 100km World Championships. He has run over 70 marathons and ultramarathons, completed the 2014 Melbourne Ironman, 4 Oxfam 100km events and many shorter distances ranging from trails, road and track. He has won multiple city marathons in Canberra, Hobart, Ston (Croatia) and hosts a5km PB of 14:54 and marathon PB of 2:21.
Dion’s massage career came from his passion for running while looking to improve his health when he was a chef (over a 12 year period). This is when his passion for running started to take over and ended up falling in love with the healthcare system and all of the benefits that come with it.
Outside of massage and running, Dion loves spending time with his partner Jacquie, cooking, watching sports and spending time with family.