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Team

Michael Tricarico – Partner

Michael joined the centre in 1998 after completing his postgraduate education in Manipulative/Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Now a senior physiotherapist and a partner of the business, Michael has enjoyed his time at the centre and has developed a special interest in treating cervical generated headaches, temporomandibular (jaw) dysfunction and lumbar disc pathology. Continuing education forms a large part of his professional development and he attends conferences regularly to ensure best practice is delivered to his patients. He spends time at the centre tutoring younger staff and plays a major role in educating the tertiary students which undergo placement at our centre. He has been affiliated with the Western Jets football team (AFL Junior Development Team) team since 1999, treating and managing acute sporting injuries. Michael has 2 beautiful girls that he devotes his time to when not practising. He also has a passion for bike riding, running and swimming participating frequently in triathlon events.

 

Lauren Elliott – Partner

Lauren joined the team at Hoppers Physio in 2002, following graduating with honours from Melbourne University. She then soon after joined the partnership in 2005 and thoroughly enjoys this role of leadership, marketing and business development. In addition to treating sports and spinal injuries, Lauren has a passion for the Clinical Pilates Program at our centre and is especially interested in pregnancy, pediatrics and sporting injuries, managing them with a combination of hands on and Pilates exercises to achieve long term patient goals. Outside of work, Lauren has represented Australia in Triathlons, including Gold Coast 2009, Budapest 2010 and New Zealand 2012. Hoppers Physio has also been involved regularly in the corporate triathlon series and proudly produced podium finishes in the female division on many occasions, and Lauren has been the driving force behind getting everyone involved at the centre. More recently her focus has turned towards running, tennis and weights to keep fit, while raising a young family. She has also completed her masters in Animal Physiotherapy and runs Melbourne Animal Physiotherapy at Advanced Vetcare in Kensington. Lauren has 3 young kids who are very active and with whom she enjoys her time thoroughly with outside of running the clinic.

 

Danny Low - Physiotherapist

Danny Low – Partner

Danny completed a Batchelor of Science majoring in muscle physiology in 2001 and then began a Physiotherapy Degree at Melbourne University, completing it with honours in 2005. Danny joined the partnership in late 2013 and looks forward to the exciting future Hoppers Physio has ahead. Since starting at Hoppers Physio he has been involved in a variety of group exercise sessions, including Pilates, Tai chi and hydrotherapy, as well as being involved with the Western Jets Football Club as part of their medical team. He also performs the Bike Set-Up service at the clinic. Danny’s interests include playing guitar, golf, basketball, bike riding, going to the beach and of course, spending time with his young family. He has a keen interest in sports and exercise specific rehabilitation and has completed postgraduate studies in sports physiotherapy.

 

Rebecca WaitRebecca Wait – Partner

Rebecca graduated from Latrobe university with a Bachelor of physiotherapy in 1997. She joined the team at Hoppers physio in 2013 and the partnership in 2016. She brings with her extensive experience in private practice over the last 15 years. Prior to this she also worked in specialist childrens and aged care.
Rebecca has a special interest in cervicogenic headaches, the sporting and degenerative shoulder, paediatrics, spinal pain and sporting injuries.

Rebecca manages our clinical pilates program at the centre and frequently uses this in her approach to rehabilitation and treatment. She has completed all 4 levels of the DMA clinical pilates series and also has further training in dry needling and medical acupuncture.

Futhermore she has completed many professional development courses to keep her skills up to date for the treatment of the shoulder, hip and pelvis, headaches, sporting injuries and paediatrics. Outside of work Rebecca plays and coaches netball and enjoys taking her dog for a run with her teenage daughter. Her interests include coffee, the beach, camping, reading and catch ups with friends and family.

 

Laura Callea – Physiotherapist

Laura graduated from Melbourne University with honours in 2011 and joined the Hoppers Physio team in early 2012. Laura heads our Women’s/Men’s Health area and has completed her post graduate training in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Exercise for Women at Melbourne University. With this specialisation she has a strong interest in pelvic floor rehabilitation to manage conditions such as incontinence, prolapse, bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain. Laura also has strong knowledge and experience in the management of pelvic and back pain in the pre and post-natal periods. Laura runs our Active Birth and Bumps, Babes and Beyond information lectures at the clinic. Outside of work Laura’s interests include watching sunrises and drinking good coffee!

 

Michelle Smart - Physiotherapist

Michelle Smart – Physiotherapist

Michelle graduated from the University of South Australia in 1990, and has since completed a Graduate certificate in Physiotherapy. Michelle has extensive experience in private practice, having operated her own business in Adelaide before moving to New Zealand, and relocating to Melbourne in 2003. Michelle continues to enjoy playing and coaching basketball and spending time with her family.

 

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Kate Watts – Physiotherapist

Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters in Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. Since graduating Kate has worked in private practice and with sporting teams focusing on injury prevention and management. Kate has further training in Clinical Pilates and has completed Dance Medicine Australia training. Kate enjoys running Clinical Pilates classes and one-on-one sessions tailored to patient’s individual needs. Kate has also completed professional development in dry needling which she utilises regularly. Kate has a keen interest in the biomechanics of the body and sporting injuries, in particular those of the lower limb. Kate enjoys finding the cause of people’s pain and developing an appropriate management plan focusing on this. Kate’s passion for physiotherapy stems from her love of being physically fit and active and appreciates that her job allows her to help people regain or maintain their mobility.

 

Paula Arrigo – Myotherapist

Paula joined the team at Hoppers Physio after graduating with a Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2010 from RMIT. After continuing her studies she graduated in 2011 from RMIT with a Advanced Diploma in Remedial Massage Myotherapy.
She has extensive sporting background with a strong interest in prevention and management of sports-related injuries and muscular dysfunction, with the overall goal of helping her patients be at their healthiest and strongest. Paula has experience in working and being a part of a sporting environment such as local Werribee VFL teams and AFL teams such as Richmond. For the past two years Paula has been also teaching certificate IV, Remedial Massage and Myotherapy at VFA Learning. Outside of work Paula is a lover of all things food, going to the beach and travelling.

 

Anne – Physiotherapist

Anne graduated with honours from the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Melbourne University after moving to Australia from Vancouver. Having completed her Bachelors of Kinesiology, she has experience as a clinical exercise leader in spin, strength and conditioning and functional programs. Anne has a passion for pediatrics, spinal, and sports physiotherapy, having worked with the Preston Bullants Football club who attained a premiership in 2016. She is particularly interested in lower limb rehabilitation after having torn both ACL’s herself and is a strong believer in using a combination of exercise therapy and manual techniques. Anne is an avid traveler, but still learning the life of a Melbournian. Although she enjoys the occasional brunch, she prefers riding her bike and climbing mountains. She is excited to meet you, share a laugh, and help with your rehabilitation or personal health and fitness goals.

 

Jason – Physiotherapist

A new member of the team, Jason started at Hoppers Physio in 2017 after completing his Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice course with Latrobe University. Having clinical placements with Cabrini, The Alfred Hospital and the Australian Defence Force, Jason has developed a passion for musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has a special interest in sports. Outside of work, Jason is a keen footballer, recently joining the Williamstown Seagulls in the VFL after 4 years at the Frankston Dolphins, who he captained in 2016. Jason also enjoys having a hit of cricket in the off season, spending time with family and friends and watching a good TV series.

 

Gabrielle – Physiotherapist

Gabrielle graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions from headaches to ankle sprains, as well as developing individualised programs to allow clients to return to their regular activities. Gabrielle will be working with the Werribee Central’s Football Club as the head Physiotheapist as she has a special interest in managing sporting injuries. During her free time, she enjoys an active lifestyle, and of course, taking her dogs to the beach

 

Mijana – Physiotherapist

After graduating with Doctor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne, Mirjana joined the Hoppers Physio team in 2017. She is passionate about promoting health and well being by treating patients holistically rather than focusing only on a single body area.

She has a strong interest in women’s health and pilates, and likes to draw upon her extensive experience in natural medicine (over 10 years) as she supports the well being of her patients.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her own family and friends. As an avid animal and nature lover she never misses an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoy the nature.

 

Justin editJustin – Physiotherapist

Justin completed his bachelor of physiotherapy from James Cook University in Townsville before moving to Melbourne and joining the Hoppers Physio team in 2017.

He has a keen interest in the musculoskeletal field and working with both the general and sporting populations. Justin aims to work together with all clients to achieve their desired outcomes throughout their preparatory and rehabilitation phases.

Outside of work, Justin enjoys doing a range of activities from staying at home playing guitar or watching TV, to experiencing everything Melbourne has on offer.

 

 

 

 

 

Evelyn editEvelyn Ahin – Physiotherapist

Evelyn graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne in 2012 and joined the team at Hoppers Physio in 2017. Prior to this she worked in specialist childrens,
aged care and sports.

She has a particular interest in treating shoulder, neck and back pain and children although she enjoys treating adults and children with a wide variety of conditions and helping them to improve their pain and function to get back to their normal activities.
Outside of work Evelyn enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, painting and getting outdoors in particular going to the beach, scuba diving, skiing, dancing and hiking.

 

 

 

 

Abi editAbi – Physiotherapist

Abi completed her diploma in Physiotherapy in 2005 from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore. She completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) offered by University of Sydney at the top of her cohort and received the Health Science Award in recognition of this.

She has extensive experience in the Private and Public sector both in Australia and Singapore. She relocated straight from Singapore to Country Victoria in 2010 and has now made Victoria her home. She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions from head to toe and is passionate about guiding and treating clients holistically. She believes that every injury is not just an inconvenience, but in fact, an opportunity to learn efficient physical behaviours, to prioritise fulfilling lifestyle goals and to ultimately become self- empowered individuals.

In her free time, Abi likes to meditate, read in the subject of alternative psychology and attend Physiotherapy & energy healing events. She further likes to try out a variety of sports based on her current interest. In 2013, she trained to become a level 1 rowing coach and has actively participated in coaching adult “learn to row” participants as well as young adults through school programs. Currently, she rows on an intermittent and recreational basis.

Contact details

171 Heaths Rd Hoppers Crossing
Vic. Australia 3029
Tel (03) 9749 5110
Fax (03) 9749 5322

Opening Hours

6.30am-8pm Monday to Friday
Last appointment at 7.30pm
7am-1.30pm Saturday
Last appointment at 1pm

Hoppers Physio Services

Physiotherapy Clinic, Hoppers Crossing, Melbourne. Physiotherapy services include musculoskeletal physiotherapy, podiatry, myotherapy and sports massage, hydrotherapy, clinical pilates, acupuncture and real time ultrasound.