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Allied Health Team

Kara Cassells

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.

Christina Laws

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.

Kevin James

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.

Nicole Murphy

Nicole Murphy

Myotherapist

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.

 Kristine Miles

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.

Tim Tracy

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.

Maddy Thorpe

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.

Helen Tavakkoli

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.

Casey Cleeland

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.

Sandeep Soni

Sandeep Soni

Physiotherapist

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.

George Leonardos

George Leonardos

Osteopath

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.

Reception Team

HEALTH SERVICES DIRECTORY

Balance Health collaborates with exceptional services

This directory is here to provide the Phillip Island community information about services we enjoy collaborating with at Balance Health Phillip Island. Our yoga directory showcases all classes in the region in one handy location and more listings to come!

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YOGA DIRECTORY

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We are open with increased hygiene measures in place!

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will continue to provide our services with the following protocols in place:

  • keeping back and front doors open

  • maintaining social distancing measures (not applicable for treatment sessions but applicable between patrons)

  • single use linen where required, otherwise use of bare treatment beds wiped down with antiseptic between patients

  • hand washing/hand sanitiser for every person entering the building, between patients for clinical staff and regularly for admin staff

  • frequent wiping down of surfaces such as bench tops, door handles, armrests, computer mice/keyboards, phones etc with antiseptic

  • not allowing anyone, visitors or staff to be present if unwell, or if qualifying for self isolation by law

  • Pilates classes are running with increased cleaning measures and social distancing in place

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