Our team in Rowville offer a diverse range of skills and a wealth of experience.
Physiotherapist & Director
Ben Kewish has been a physiotherapist for over 15 years, servicing the Dandenong Ranges and Knox regions. He became the owner of Hills Physiotherapy Clinic in 2012. Ben has grown the business into the premier Allied Health facility in the Dandenong Ranges, with the addition of associated services- orthotist, remedial massage, and myotherapy. Ben personally specialises in sports, spinal, aquatic physiotherapy, strength training, headaches and pain management. He heads a team of physiotherapists, myotherapists, and remedial massage therapists-providing a complete program of complimentary care to service the Dandenong Ranges.
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
As a Myotherapist and Pilates Instructor, Amy is continuously inspired how Pilates re-educates and heals the body. The amazing changes that occurred when Amy first became interested in Pilates to help rehabilitate a back injury inspired her to pursue professional Pilates certification. Amy has completed Pilates teacher training through Taube Pilates and Breathe Education and holds a Diploma of Clinical Pilates. As a practicing Myotherapist and with a background in dancing, Amy’s knowledge of the muscular system, movement, conditions and pathology, she ensures her clients can rehabilitate old and new injuries, restore function to tight and achy muscles and return to strength and flexibility.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Sandra studied and completed her Certificate IV and Diploma in Remedial Massage at the Australian College of Fitness and Bodywork. She gained her experience by working at a Chiropractic Clinic for 2 years, focusing on deep tissue and Trigger Point Therapy. Sandra also has a certificate in Advanced Dry Needling. Other treatment she can perform include cupping, Lymphatic Drainage, and pre and post Pregnancy Massage. Sandra has been working as a remedial massage therapists since 2011.
Tanya has a Bachelor of Nursing and has practiced as a registered nurse for 15 years. She left the medical field for several years before returning to Hills Physiotherapy as a medical receptionist. She has completed her certificate IV in massage at the Australian College of Massage, and has now completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at the same college. Tanya is very interested in how the body responds to massage and the benefits massage can have on stressed, tired or injured bodies. She is a registered Remedial Massage Therapist with MMA.
Cobie graduated from RMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Science majoring in Myotherapy in 2005 and has focused her work in a clinical setting since. With previous history of working with various sporting clubs including two AFL teams, Cobie has a keen interest in treating sporting injuries as well as postural imbalances due to regular workplace life stresses, sciatic and low back pain, headaches and migraines relating to neck and TMJ dysfunction, amongst many ailments.
Cobie combines many treatment techniques to restore equilibrium including deep tissue manipulation, myofascial dry needling, myofascial cupping, heat/cryotherapy, corrective exercises and more recently manual lymphatic draining to support the body's natural immune system and reduce edema (swelling) in the body.
As an active member of MAA, Cobie takes a keen interest in learning new and exciting treatment techniques through various courses and in her spare time Cobie enjoys sports and loves playing a good game of Netball and Softball.
Ben completed a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science and Human Movement at Victoria University, followed by the Doctor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University. He loves to help people so Physiotherapy was an obvious choice. He played high-level tennis , and has a passion for Strength & Power training. For Ben, the satisfaction of a smiling patient is the ultimate reward.
Meg completed her Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT University in 2016. She employs a range of treatment techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial dry needling, cupping, joint mobilisation, stretching and strengthening advice. Her special interests lay with headache/migraine sufferers, neck pain and persistent pain. Meg’s has been involved with the AFL draft team, had placement at NICA and volunteered in India.
Diana completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Human Structure & Function, and gained entry into the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at University of Melbourne. She is skilled in exercise rehabilitation and its role in evidence based health care and pain management. She has also undertaken Pilates training in London, learning within the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. This training has expanded her knowledge and understanding of Clinical Exercise, and using this to restore confident, pain free movement. She has participated in competitive sports such as tennis, swimming, soccer and has recently found her passion playing Premier division AFLW.