Our team in Rowville offer a diverse range of skills and a wealth of experience.
Physiotherapist & Director
Ben Kewish has been a physiotherapist since 2001, initially focused on Sports and Spinal physio. He became the owner of Hills Physiotherapy Clinic in 2012. Ben has grown the business into one of the premiere Allied Health facilities in Victoria. Ben found a passion for helping people who suffer debilitating, persistent pain. He created the Active Pain Recovery group with Emerald Psychology, giving real hope to people who have pain that has not improved with conventional therapy. He now focuses on chronic pain, and how to help people understand, reduce, and move past this crippling condition.
After completing his Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University, Michael completed his postgraduate studies graduating in the Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. With Michael’s athletic background in both running and football he has a keen interest in treating all types of sports and musculoskeletal injuries, helping people of all ages to become injury free and reach their goals through exercise rehabilitation. Outside of work Michael spends the majority of his time running around in circles with the Knox Athletic Club, with the aim of making the 800m final at the Stawell Gift.
After graduating from Otago University (New Zealand) with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Science (Physiology), Rachel spent time practising physiotherapy in South Australia and the United Kingdom before settling in Melbourne. Rachel has over 16 years experience as a clinician in both public and private practice. She has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from La Trobe University, and is working towards attaining her Masters.
Rachel welcomes a challenge and is passionate about providing a high standard of patient care through evidence based treatment. She enjoys all aspects of physiotherapy but is particularly interested in back pain, dry needling, exercise prescription, pain management and rehabilitation, and has recently added Clinical Pilates to her suite of talents.
Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, bush walking, camping, travelling and the beach.
Dr Taryn Shugg is an osteopath, graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters of Health Science in 2007. Taryn has also completed additional studies in paediatrics and obstetric care. She is registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Osteopathic Association.
Taryn is experienced in many areas of practice including sports therapy, rehabilitation and paediatrics. With an extensive sporting background playing netball and state level softball, as well as experience working as a sports trainer, Taryn understands what it takes to be at your optimal physical fitness, and how Osteopathy can aid in achieving this.
Taryn has completed further studies in the field of paediatrics and infant manual therapy. Taryn receives referrals from Maternal Child Health Nurses, Midwives, GP’s and other parents for many common conditions in newborns and infants which require treatment including structural injuries following the birth process, and any pain or irritability as a result of these. Treatment of the young is very rewarding as problems can be prevented from developing into chronic conditions in later years.
Taryn’s approach to treatment is very hands on utilising osteopathic manual techniques, as well as soft tissue massage and exercise prescription. Taryn is a friendly practitioner who enjoys working with people of all ages and walks of life.
B.Sc. (Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc. (Osteo),
Grad Cert Infant Man Thrpy.
James is a fully qualified orthotist/prosthetist who has worked in private practice for 13 years. His interests include the treatment of lower/upper limb orthotic management, fracture management and compression garments. He is one of two orthotists in Australia to be using the latest CAD/CAM software to assist in the assessment, prescription and manufacture of custom made foot orthotics.
James enjoys family time, fishing, and supporting his AFL team.
Pilates Instructor, Myotherapist
Amy has been a practicing Myotherapist since 2008 and pursed her Pilates qualification in 2012 to rehabilitate a back injury. Amy has a special interest in helping people suffering with musculoskeletal pain and it’s associated conditions that come with the stressors of everyday life and pre and postnatal care. With the use of her extensive Myotherapy skills and Pilates repertoire Amy is very passionate to help you rehabilitate new and old injuries, reduce pain and sensitivity and to restore function to movement patterns which can be effected by pain, stress, pregnancy, postpartum, sports and activities.
Alysia is a degree qualified Naturopath and Myotherapist completing her studies at RMIT in 2001, and Endeavour College of Natural Therapies in 2008. Alysia has 12 years of experience in the natural health industry. She keeps up to date with the latest scientific research and information on complementary medicine and applies these latest tools to her treatment. . Her passions are fertility, pregnancy, children's health, musculoskeletal pain management, and weight loss.
Alysia brings warmth and a sense of humour each of her consults. She recognises that each person has unique treatment requirements and uses her analytical skills to provide the best treatment plan for them. Alysia is a current member of ATMS and MAA
After completing her Bachelor of Science with Honours, Eugenia went on to complete the Doctor of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne.
Growing up Eugenia loved playing sports, and thus has a keen interest in sports and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Additionally she has had the opportunity to work with local football teams including VAFA Premier A club, Old Xaverians.
She also has an interest in neurological conditions and completed an internship at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, 2018. Eugenia is committed to providing a high standard of patient care and evidence based treatment through individualised exercise prescription and manual therapy techniques, including dry needling.
Outside of work, Eugenia plays tennis and enjoys bouldering and rock climbing. When time permits, she also enjoys hiking, camping and travelling
Tiffany graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice.
Tiffany is passionate about working together with her patients and empowering them to achieve their health and fitness goals. She places emphasis on combining individualised exercise, education and manual therapy techniques, including dry needling, in her rehabilitation programs. She has gained certifications in APPI Mat and Equipment Pilates and Good Living with Arthritis: Denmark (GLA:D), and has experience in Aquatic Physiotherapy; which enables her to tailor treatment appropriately to the patient and consider holistic needs.
Tiffany’s areas of interests in Physiotherapy are in managing musculoskeletal, pre/postnatal and neurological conditions. She also enjoys managing sports injuries which comes from opportunities with local football clubs, such as Old Melbournians VAFA teams.
Outside of physiotherapy, Tiffany enjoys strength training and running, going on roadtrips, and is a big foodie.
Lachlan is an Accredited Exercise Scientist and Physiotherapist with a background in sport and exercise.
Previously, Lachlan's work was in team sports, predominantly in the VFL as a Rehab Coordinator, and he is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Nunawading Swimming Club. Privately, Lachlan has also consulted clients as a personal trainer and S&C coach, to help them achieve their sports, health and fitness goals.
Lachlan's areas of interest in Physiotherapy are in managing sports injuries, as well as common musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. He also places a strong importance on occupational/workplace health, and general health and wellbeing promotion.
Lachlan is passionate about providing patient-centred and evidence-informed care, as well as empowering people to achieve their best quality of life.
When he's not at work Lachlan loves sports (especially golf), music, reading, coffee, food, and spending time with his partner and his pet bulldog
Julie holds a Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Charles Sturt University, complementing her Bachelor's in Exercise and Sport Science, Diploma of Nursing and Cert 4 in Disability. With a background in nursing, aged care, and disability support, Julie brings a compassionate and holistic approach to her practice, using tailored exercise interventions to enhance the lives of her clients. Julie has a special interest in assisting clients with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis and Diabetes as well as a passion for dancer rehabilitation and injury prevention. As a full-time dance graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, she has a unique perspective on the physical and mental demands placed on dancers pursuing their dancing and performing dreams. When not working, Julie enjoys renovating, travel and camping!
Paul is a lifelong Emerald resident and was a friendly face for many years at a local café.
With his extensive hospitality and customer service experience, Paul looked to remedial massage as a new career, fascinated by the human body and the way manual therapy can help people.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Monash University, and completed his Diploma of Remedial Massage at Evolve College, with a particular interest in sports massage and strength and conditioning.
In his spare time Paul likes to stay active, playing soccer or running, or he’ll be drinking coffee and watching movies.
Olivia was introduced to pilates 15 years ago through dance, as a form of rehabilitation and strength training.
During the pandemic, she fell back in love and decided to earn her qualifications through Breathe education.
Olivia loves a mix of ballet and original contrology repertoire and is so excited to be bringing her passion for movement to you all.