PHYSIOTHERAPY

Kara Cassells

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

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Kara graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2005 achieving the Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. Kara was born on Phillip Island and had ambition to become a physiotherapist from a young age, completing work placements with the local Physiotherapist at the time.

Kara danced most of her life and has a keen interest in dance and other sporting injuries. This has further developed into a passion for rehabilitation using Clinical Pilates.


Kara has completed further studies in the McKenzie Method to manage lower back and neck pain. And through experience as a practitioner and further training, she has developed a strong interest in chronic pain management. Kara's combination of exercise, education and manual therapy, proves to be very effective in the management of many conditions. Kara has also completed coursework in the management of Women's and Men's Health, with a special interest in Men's Health.

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 honoured to serve the Phillip Island community.





Kristine Miles

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

More about Finley


Balance Health is very lucky to have Finley working with us during her gap year before heading to University in 2021. Finley is friendly, reliable, hardworking and has a great sense of humour which is perfect for our clinic! Finley is a lifelong Islander who loves travelling, being social with family and friends, baking desserts and has a weakness for online shopping!





Casey Cleeland

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Learn more about Kara


Kara graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2005 achieving the Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. Kara was born on Phillip Island and had ambition to become a physiotherapist from a young age, completing work placements with the local Physiotherapist at the time.

Kara danced most of her life and has a keen interest in dance and other sporting injuries. This has further developed into a passion for rehabilitation using Clinical Pilates.


Kara has completed further studies in the McKenzie Method to manage lower back and neck pain. And through experience as a practitioner and further training, she has developed a strong interest in chronic pain management. Kara's combination of exercise, education and manual therapy, proves to be very effective in the management of many conditions. Kara has also completed coursework in the management of Women's and Men's Health, with a special interest in Men's Health.

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 honoured to serve the Phillip Island community.





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Christina Laws

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

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Christina attended the University of Sydney to complete her Physiotherapy Degree, graduating in 2000. She has since worked in clinics in Sydney, Melbourne, Regional Victoria and the United Kingdom.


Christina's speciality lies in treating conditions involving the pelvis and spine, using gentle muscle energy techniques, soft tissue releases, dry needling, as well as addressing abnormal lower limb biomechanics. Christina is also extensively trained in mat and equipment based Pilates.

Christina's career highlights include treating members of the Italian Kayaking team for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and working for internationally renowned Physiotherapist Dr. Barbara Hungerford in Sydney, who helped fine tune her management of conditions of the pelvis and the spine. Christina also spent one year in the United Kingdom creating and implementing injury prevention and rehabilitation programs for the Armed Defence Forces.

In her spare time, Christina enjoys open water swimming, road cycling, yoga, walking her dog, and cooking dinner for her friends.





More about Finley


Balance Health is very lucky to have Finley working with us during her gap year before heading to University in 2021. Finley is friendly, reliable, hardworking and has a great sense of humour which is perfect for our clinic! Finley is a lifelong Islander who loves travelling, being social with family and friends, baking desserts and has a weakness for online shopping!





Sarah

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

 

OSTEOPATHY

Melijah Maghanoy

OSTEOPATH

More about Finley


Balance Health is very lucky to have Finley working with us during her gap year before heading to University in 2021. Finley is friendly, reliable, hardworking and has a great sense of humour which is perfect for our clinic! Finley is a lifelong Islander who loves travelling, being social with family and friends, baking desserts and has a weakness for online shopping!





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Adam Young

OSTEOPATH

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Adam graduated as an Osteopath in 2019. Growing up in Warragul, Adam developed a strong interest in health and human function from a young age, which has been the motivation behind his career in Osteopathy. Adam loves the holistic approach that Osteopathy uses and believes that every patient deserves to be treated like an elite athlete. Adam enjoys treating all regions of the body and conditions ranging from sporting injuries to chronic pain and headaches. He uses a more traditional Osteopathic approach, incorporating a mixture direct and indirect techniques to best suit his patients. Having experience working with multiple sporting teams and health clubs, Adam also enjoys incorporating an exercise rehabilitation focus aimed at injury prevention. Away from work, Adam enjoys running, golf and spending time with friends, family and his two dogs.





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Maddy Thorpe

OSTEOPATH

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Maddy graduated as an Osteopath with Distinction from RMIT University in 2016.

Maddy is a kind, caring and passionate Osteopath interested in helping people of all ages manage their pain. She spends many hours reading, applying current research, and appreciates the multifactorial affects musculoskeletal pain may have on patient's lives. She enjoys spending time listening to stories, and seeing people be able to uncover their untapped potential by implementing meaningful strategy and tools into their lives. She is a wonderful person to work with and prioritises building a happy and healthy therapeutic relationship.

Educating others has always been a major aspect of Maddy’s life. Since she was in high school, she found herself helping her classmates. After gaining her black belt in taekwondo, she volunteered her time for 10 years teaching taekwondo classes to all ages. During her studies at University, she was employed as an Anatomy and Osteopathy tutor helping the younger students at RMIT University. She really loves seeing the smiles on people’s faces after they accomplish something they thought was impossible. Maddy has done extensive post-graduate study on the topic of pain, and she currently sits on the Pain Revolution Communications Committee, which is all about education about pain!

Maddy is a musician, playing several instruments and understands how injury or dysfunction can alter performance. She enjoys using her knowledge and experience to help others uncover the pain connections between healthy body function and their lifestyle, hobbies, music and sporting activities. In her spare time, Maddy likes to cook for her family, paint watercolours, crochet, and play with her kitten called Toast.





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Kevin James

ADVANCED SPORTS OSTEOPATH

More about Trish


Trish moved to San Remo in 2018 for a sea change and feels truly blessed to get to work with Kara and her caring, professional team at Balance Health Phillip Island. Having work-life balance in such a beautiful part of the world is perfect. Trish is kind, compassionate and caring person who loves going that extra mile. Previously working for the coroner coordinating administration, she knows how important these qualities are. Trish has a strong connection to family with her greatest achievement being her children.





 
 

MYOTHERAPY

Nicole Murphy

MYOTHERAPIST

More about Finley


Balance Health is very lucky to have Finley working with us during her gap year before heading to University in 2021. Finley is friendly, reliable, hardworking and has a great sense of humour which is perfect for our clinic! Finley is a lifelong Islander who loves travelling, being social with family and friends, baking desserts and has a weakness for online shopping!





RECEPTION

Jo

RECEPTION

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Jo is an experienced medical receptionist with a welcoming, helpful and professional attitude. She has lived on Phillip Island for 15 years and in her free time she enjoys walking, open-water swimming and spending time with her family.





Trish

RECEPTION

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Jo is an experienced medical receptionist with a welcoming, helpful and professional attitude. She has lived on Phillip Island for 15 years and in her free time she enjoys walking, open-water swimming and spending time with her family.





Finley

RECEPTION

More about Finley


Balance Health is very lucky to have Finley working with us during her gap year before heading to University in 2021. Finley is friendly, reliable, hardworking and has a great sense of humour which is perfect for our clinic! Finley is a lifelong Islander who loves travelling, being social with family and friends, baking desserts and has a weakness for online shopping!