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Sports Injuries

Women's Health

Men's Health


Myotherapy & Remedial Massage

Breastfeeding & Lactation

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Kara Cassells

Clinic Owner,
Senior Physiotherapist, Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy

Kara danced most of her life and has a keen interest in dance and other sporting injuries. This developed into a passion for rehabilitation using Clinical Pilates. She has a strong interest in chronic pain management and has completed further studies in the McKenzie Method to manage lower back and neck pain, and management of Women's and Men's Health, with a special interest in Men's Health.

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Christina Laws

Senior Physiotherapist

Christina's specialty lies in treating conditions involving the pelvis and spine, using gentle muscle energy techniques, soft tissue releases, dry needling, and addressing abnormal lower limb biomechanics. Her career highlights include treating members of the Italian Kayaking team for the Sydney Olympics, working for internationally renowned physiotherapist and implementing injury prevention/rehab programs for the Armed Defense Force in the UK.

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Kevin James

Senior Osteopath / Clinical Supervisor, Advanced Sports Osteopath

Kevin experienced many injuries/pain as an elite athlete. He understands the frustration of living with pain for over 2 years, the disabling impact pain has on your life. This led him to dive deeper to understand how to exam, diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent pain & injuries. He demonstrates an advanced scope of practice, completing further education and works at several universities.

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Nicole Murphy


Nicole Murphy is a Myotherapist with a keen interest in deep tissue work, particularly in relation to sports, hips, and neck related headaches and migraines. Nicole has many years’ experience working with elite runners and footballers, with a variety of soccer and football clubs and Melbourne United Basketball Club. Currently Nicole works with the Phillip Island Football Club and the Victorian U12 Schoolboys Football team.

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Kristine Miles

Senior Physiotherapist, Clinical Manager, Women's Health Physiotherapy, IBCLC

Kristine’s special interest areas include management of complex spinal conditions, nutrition, and women’s health - including pregnancy, pelvic floor, breastfeeding and lactation. Kristine is a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), has a Cert IV in Breastfeeding Counselling, is certified in the McKenzie Method and DMA Clinical Pilates, and trained in musculoskeletal acupuncture.

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Tim Tracy

Senior Physiotherapist, Men's Health Physiotherapy

Tim’s professional areas of interest are musculoskeletal injuries, post surgery rehabilitation, management of chronic conditions, men's health, vertigo, and clinical pilates. With a background of endurance running and adventure racing, Tim is passionate about treating sporting injuries and helping athletes of all abilities return to their best. Tim enjoys running, surfing, mountain biking and hanging out with his dog.

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Maddy Thorpe

Senior Osteopath

Back in 2016, Maddy didn’t just graduate form Osteopathy at RMIT University – she crushed it! When it comes to understanding and managing pain, she has walked the walk. Her personal battles with cancer have deeply informed her modern approach to healthcare.
Ready to take the next step? Breathe easy and remember - your current situation is not your final destination.

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Helen Tavakkoli

Myotherapist Remedial Massage Therapist

Helen is a Myotherapist with over a decade of experience as a remedial massage therapist. She has experience treating a range of conditions such as post-injury dysfunction, headaches and migraines, lower back pain, soft tissue injuries and stress induced tension. Helen also specialises in pregnancy massage, supporting women through all trimesters.

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Casey Cleeland

Senior Physiotherapist, Women's Health Physiotherapy

Casey Graduated from Latrobe University in 2007, and began her career working in a large private practice specialising in sports, musculoskeletal and industrial Physiotherapy, including experience working with elite athletes and sporting clubs around Melbourne. Casey's current special interest is in Women's Health, including pelvic floor disorders and pregnancy related conditions. Casey completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health (pelvic floor) in 2013.

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Sandeep Soni


Sandeep Soni is a dedicated physiotherapist with a passion for restoring mobility and enhancing quality of life. With over a decade of experience, he has cultivated a deep understanding of advanced physiotherapy techniques and evidence-based practices. Sandeep’s approach combines hands-on treatment, dry needling, taping, and cupping modalities with personalised exercise programs tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. His professional interests span a broad spectrum, including musculoskeletal, neurological, sports, and post-surgery rehabilitation.

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George Leonardos


George graduated from RMIT University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy). He is a fully qualified osteopath and member of osteopathy Australia. George loves the holistic nature of osteopathy and believes that we all hold the power to improve our physical health/wellbeing when given the right tools, motivation, and support.

Allied Health Team
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Balance Health is Phillip Island's leading Allied Healthcare group. Balance Health is the evolution of Island Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates, and Phillip Island Osteopathy. Services have expanded further to include Myotherapy, Remedial Massage, Women's and Mens Health physiotherapy and Lactation Consulting. Balance Health strive to provide greater availability of their friendly, professional services for the whole family.

Prioritising client's care is a part of the mission of Balance Health. Working as a team as colleagues, with other allied health practitioners, medical doctors and specialists, Balance Health Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Myotherapists are there to help achieve client goals, getting them back to what they love doing.

Balance Health Phillip Island is the creation of Kara Cassells, founder of Island Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates in 2009. Kara is passionate about creating a supportive workplace for her hardworking staff and is honured to serve the Phillip Island community


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Practice Manager

Jo who has a background in administration has worked in Allied Health for the past 7 years. She is very proud to be our Practice Manager at Balance Health. 

Jo values great customer service and team work and believes positivity and a smile are the  keys to a happy day. 
In her spare time she enjoys ocean swimming, golf and walking her dogs.

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Lisa-Anne brings a bright, positive and upbeat vibe to the reception team. She honestly believes your journey to health and recovery starts with the energy and attitude of the first people you see as you walk in the door.


When she is not working here she is hanging out in some of the most amazing places, mingling with the happiest of people and marrying couples in her role as a marriage celebrant.

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Assistant Practice Manager

As a vivacious person Kirsti is warm, welcoming, enthusiastic, and makes the most of each moment. Her ethos is to feel good, and help others to feel good!

Kirsti and her family have truely embraced the lifestyle Phillip Island offers. Living a fun, relaxed outdoors lifestyle of swimming, beach going, skating, walking the dog, and working in the garden - you’ll often see her with family and friends enjoying these activities. 

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Lynn has worked as a receptionist in a health environment for many years. She is friendly, caring and loves to chat.

Lynn and her husband moved to Cowes in 2020.

In her spare time she loves walking, gardening, travel, taking pics and spending time with friends and family.

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