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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 paediatrics 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

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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 expertise 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.

 

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.

 

Jason Pongracic – Physiotherapist

Jason started at Hoppers Physio at the start of 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 injuries and back/neck pain.

Since starting with Hoppers Physio, Jason has completed further professional development in the area of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy having completed his Sports Level 1, Lyn Watson Shoulder Physiotherapy Level 1 and Advanced Knee Diagnosis and Rehabilitation courses.

Jason is one of the team Physiotherapists for the Werribee City Soccer Club and also does some work with the Physiotherapy team at the Williamstown VFL Football Club.

Earlier this year, Jason started working in partnership with local Orthopaedic Surgeon, Siva Chandrasekaran, out of his consulting rooms to provide pre and post-surgical Physiotherapy for his patients.

Outside of work, Jason is a keen footballer and is part of the leadership group at the Williamstown Seagulls in the VFL. 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 Boardman – 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 neck pain to ankle sprains, as well as developing individualised programs to allow clients to return to their regular activities. She utilises dry needling as a beneficial technique to relieve muscle tightness and pain. Gabrielle will be working with the Werribee Central’s Football Club as the head Physiotherapist 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

 

Mirjana Djukic – 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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Dushyant Pundir – Physiotherapist

Dushyant is Australian trained physiotherapist with a bachelor’s degree from Charles Sturt University and a Master’s degree from University of South Australia (Master of Manual and Sports)

He was working as a Physiotherapist in Delhi, India, before coming to Australia in 2008, where he continued to be involved in sports: Hope Valley Football club, Adelaide, Wodonga Football Club.

He has special interest in treating all forms of musculoskeletal injuries, but do have special interest in spinal problems, upper limb and lower limbs injuries.  He aim to integrate his manual skills with an exercise based approach to help speed up patients’ recovery and restore their functional goals.

He is also a sports enthusiast and is active in cricket.  Being a sports enthusiast he understands the importance of a quick return and have passion to treat various sport injury to help players to return to pre-injury level.

Dushyant can speak Hindi, English and Punjabi language.

 

 

 

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Amy Kight – Physiotherapist

After graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science at La Trobe University, Amy then went onto complete the Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. During her two and a half year’s experience as a sports trainer, she developed the skills and passion for sporting related injury, assessment and rehabilitation. She has a special interest in treating all types of musculoskeletal injury, and aims to work collaboratively with patients to keep active and achieve their goals. She has recently completed Pilates certification and uses Pilates based exercise principles during treatment. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time outdoors, finding excellent coffee spots and catching up with friends.

 

 

 

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Annabelle Citroen – Physiotherapist

Annabelle is our Pelvic Floor and Continence Physiotherapist, specialising in the treatment of a variety of Women and Men’s health issues. Annabelle completed her Physiotherapy degree with honours at Melbourne University in 2007. She has gone on to complete Postgraduate studies in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Continence, Musculoskeletal dysfunction and Exercise for Women. She also works as a senior Physiotherapist at The Royal Women’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Continence Clinic and the Australian Prostate Cancer Centre and is a busy mum to two children of her own.

Annabelle can assist in assessment and management of urinary and faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation/ dyssynergic defecation, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and pre/post prostate surgery. She also has particular interest in the management of pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and maintaining strength and fitness throughout the childbearing years.

 

 

 

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Brianna Thomas – Myotherapist

Brianna graduated from Endeavor College of Natural Health with a Bachelor of Health Science & Musculoskeletal Therapy. She has been working as a Myotherapist for the last 3 years at a multidisciplinary health clinic.

Her interest in all things rehab, injury & health related first began when she was younger during Taekwondo training, where she suffered a sporting injury herself. From there, Brianna was in physiotherapy appointments (right here at hoppers physio!!), Pilates classes & also began swimming as part of her rehab. It was through this that Brianna learned and appreciated the great benefit that treatment, along with client education and exercise had. Because of this, Brianna has a keen interest in helping others, particularly using her knowledge and experience in helping clients recover after an injury.

She has been trained in various techniques which she incorporates into her treatments, including cupping and dry needling.
She is looking forward to working with and learning from therapists here at hoppers physio, & is excited to be joining the team!

 

 

 

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Thomas Nemeth – Physiotherapist

Originally from the city of Edmonton in Canada, I moved to Melbourne to undertake my postgraduate physiotherapy training, and graduated in 2017 with a Doctor of Physiotherapy, with distinction, from the University of Melbourne. Growing up, I have always been passionate about sports, and after enduring multiple injuries associated with playing club level soccer, I developed a keen interest in various musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Although I no longer play competitive sport, I have continued to stay involved on the sidelines, having worked as a sports trainer for Box Hill and Melbourne Unicorns Rugby Union Clubs, as well as with the Melbourne University Lightning Netball Club in the Victorian Netball League. In my spare time, I enjoy making music, keeping active at the gym, and seeking out good Melbourne coffee and brunch spots with friends.

 

 

 

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Katherine Bustamante – Myotherapist

Katherine studied Advanced diploma in remedial massage at Victoria Fitness Academy and graduated in 2015. She started working at Hoppers Physio in 2016. Katherine got into the field of massage because of her love of helping people get back into form and regain freedom of movement and pain. She is interested in rehab and pain management.

She is a mother of 4 and always keen to learn new things and in her spare time she loves to draw and spend time with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tamika Dawson – Physiotherapist

Tamika completed her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2017 and has relocated to Victoria to join the team at Hoppers Physio in 2018. She enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries in both the general and sporting populations.
She has spent the last 4 years working as a sports trainer with various football and netball clubs and has developed a special interest in treating sporting injuries especially ankles and knees.

Outside of work Tamika enjoys hiking, Pilates and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Perry – Dietitian

Megan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who is passionate about health, nutrition and helping people achieve the heathiest version of themselves.Megan have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BSc Nut) at Victoria University and a Masters of Dietetics (Mdiet) at Deakin University. She is fully accredited with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

Megan has a special interest in the following areas:

– Non-judgemental approach to weight management
– Chronic disease prevention and management
– Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
– Pregnancy nutrition (pre, antenatal & post)
– Irritable Bowel syndrome (including low FODMAPs diet)
– Malnutrition & nutritional deficiencies
– General healthy eating advice

 

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


Nurture Healthcare

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.