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Team

Michael Tricarico – Partner

Michael has been part of the centre since 1998 and has 20 plus years experience in treating musculoskeletal conditions. He has completed postgraduate education in Manipulative/Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Now a consultant and executive director of the business, Michael uses his expertise to not only treat complicated conditions but also mentor new staff. Over the years, he has had a special interest in treating temporomandibular (jaw) dysfunction and cervical headaches, with more recently interests turning to treating the knee, foot and ankle. 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 is currently the head physiotherapist for the Western Jets Football team (AFL Junior Development Team), treating and managing acute sporting injuries. Michael has 2 beautiful girls that he devotes his time to when not practicing. He has a passion for running and bike riding.

 

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 – 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 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 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.

 

 

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.

Jason is passionate about 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. He has completed the Sports Level 1, Lyn Watson Shoulder Physiotherapy Level 1, Advanced Knee Diagnosis and Rehabilitation and Hip Differential Diagnosis and Prescriptive Exercise courses, as well as the necessary training required to use Dry Needling as a treatment technique for a range of sports and spinal injuries.

Jason is one of the team Physiotherapists for the Werribee City Soccer Club and the Williamstown VFL Football Club.

Jason has had experience working closely with pre and post operative patients through a previous association with local Orthopaedic Surgeon, Siva Chandrasekaran.

Outside of work, Jason is a keen footballer and is part of the leadership group at the Williamstown Seagulls in the VFL. Jason 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 completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University Bendigo in 2016. She is thrilled to be working in her home town where she can continue working with local clubs such as the Werribee Central’s Football and Netball Club as the head Physiotherapist.

Gabrielle is passionate about both general musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. In addition to making tailored rehabilitation programs to get her clients back to the activities they love, she is also a qualified APPI Pilates instructor and has completed additional training in Dry Needling and Sports Physiotherapy (Level One).

Outside of work Gabrielle keeps active by going to the gym, playing basketball, skiing and has started her first season with the Werribee Centrals Women’s Football team.

 

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 Morris – 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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annabelle Citroen – Physiotherapist

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 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.

 

 

 

 

 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

Tamika has recently completed her Women’s Health certificate, and has developed a strong interest in treating pregnancy related issues such as pelvic girdle pain and helping to maintain strength throughout this period. She is also able to assist with management of pelvic floor muscle training, pelvic organ prolapse and urininary incontinence.

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

 

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 Phillippa Clark – Physiotherapist

Pip joined the team after completing her Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy degree at La Trobe university in 2018.

Throughout her degree Pip has worked as a sports trainer for Diamon Creek football club. Here, Pip developed a passion in assessment and management of sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. Further, Pip also participated in the FitSkills program, helping to develop and implement gym programs for individuals with disabilities. This helped her to develop both a passion for and skills in exercise rehab for individuals of all capabilities.

Outside of work Pip enjoys participating in a range of activities including running, going to the gym, coaching rowing and spending time at the beach!

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 Daniel Krsticevic – Remedial Massage Therapist

Daniel joined the team in 2019 after completing his Diploma of Remedial Massage with RMIT. He has a passion for musculoskeletal anatomy and is furthering his training by studying osteopathy at Victoria University while he works. He is currently working with the Werribee City Soccer seniors as a sports trainer. Daniel got into the field to help people reduce their pain from chronic conditions and to regain mobility and flexibility.

Daniel spends his spare time by studying, watching classic movies and spending time with friends and his large family.

 

 

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Zorica Sekuloska – Accredited Practising Dietitian

Zorica started work with Nutrilicious Dietetics in 2010 as a Nutrition Assistant, a position she held whilst undertaking her Human Nutrition degree at La Trobe University. Zorica achieved the degree with Honours in 2012, before progressing to the Master of Dietetic Practice. Zorica’s Honours research project evaluated the nutritional status of the adult cystic fibrosis population of Victoria using body mass index and body composition methods.

Zorica is passionate about diet-related disease prevention, focusing on a balanced diet and healthy living. Her passion for dietetics developed at a young age having witnessed the health difficulties of family members related to nutrition. She has developed a particular interest in gastroenterological health, diabetes and cardiovascular health.

Zorica also has a passion for providing nutritional education and tailoring nutritional advice for each individual she consults. Zorica has also gained experience as a Dietitian and Facilitator with the Victorian Government’s Life! Program, whilst also continuing her work with Nutrilicious Dietetics.

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Dr Michael Giummarra – Sports Medicine Registrar

Dr Michael Giummarra joins the team as a Sports Medicine Registrar in 2018. Michael graduated from his post-graduate medical degree at Deakin University in 2012. He then went on to complete his internship and residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital; gaining experience of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has since commenced his training in 2017 as an accredited registrar with the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians. Michael has also completed a Bachelor in Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne.

Michael is the current chief medical officer for the  AFL Vic Metro squad. He also holds roles as the team doctor for the Western Jets in the TAC cup and Essendon FC women’s VFL. He has held previous roles including Chief doctor of the 2017 Canterbury Bulldogs junior teams in the NSWRL, Coburg Lions VFL team in 2015 and 2016, as well as team doctor for the Northern Knights AFL TAC cup in 2015. He has also provided coverage for multiple A-league, W-League and FFA games.
His further studies have included a Diploma in Children’s Health through Westmead University as well as research into the artificial augments used in ligament reconstruction of multi-ligament knee injuries. Michael is passionate about helping athletes to achieve their greatest sporting potential through safe exercise and recovery regimes, whilst promoting health and wellness to the general public. He is available for appointments without a GP referral, and also at short notice on Monday’s where he runs an acute injury clinic.

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
7.30am-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.