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Ben Kewish

Ben Kewish

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.

Daniel Porter

Daniel Porter

Physiotherapist

Daniel graduated from University of Melbourne School of Physiotherapy in 2002. An Emerald resident, Daniel has worked at Hills Physiotherapy since 2006, and has a strong involvement in the local community. He was captain of Emerald Football Club Seniors, leading them to Grand Final victory, and maintains a strong bond with the club. Daniel provides Home Visits from Hills Physiotherapy for the surrounding region, and works at Emerald Glades Aged Care Facility. He is a proud father to two young daughters. Dan's professional interests are : Orthopaedics, Sports, Aged Care and Dry Needling.

Michael Reid

Physiotherapist

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.

Nikki Ceeney

Physiotherapist

**Currently on Leave**

Nikki attended Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, U.S.A where she completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Exercise Science. Upon returning home for postgraduate studies, Nikki graduated from the Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. She has a particular passion for netball and soccer and is a loyal member of the Monbulk Rangers Soccer Club here in the Dandenong Rangers. She has experience in paediatric physiotherapy and shares the responsibilities managing the Monbulk Football Club with Ben Kewish. Nikki's professional interests include: musculoskeletal, neurological, hydrotherapy and paediatrics.

Daniel Smit

Physiotherapist, Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Daniel is a dual qualified Chinese medicine practitioner and physiotherapist, having graduated from RMIT University with a double degree Bachelor of Applied Science in Chinese Medicine and Human Biology and The University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy.  As part of his 5 years of Chinese medicine study Daniel also completed a clinical internship in China, at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM in Nanjing.  He has also treated patients with acupuncture in the emergency department of the Northern Hospital, Epping.
Combining his knowledge of both Western and Chinese medicine, Daniel uses an integrative approach to treating many different conditions.  Being a father of 4 young children and from his experience treating fertility and pregnancy complaints Daniel has seen a gap in the care that is often given to children and so he has developed a passion and interest in paediatrics. He has also trained in paediatric Chinese medicine, aimed at treating children and childhood illnesses which has equipped him with the skillset necessary to successfully help children reach their health potential.
Other areas Daniel has an interest in include women’s health, fertility, pregnancy care, pain management and sports injuries, mental health (stress/anxiety/depression), gastrointestinal complaints and general wellbeing.

Qualifications
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
Bachelor Applied Science (Human Biology)
Clinical Internship (Nanjing, China)

Rachel Betts

Physiotherapist

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

Osteopath

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.
AOA Member

James Pierini

Orthotist

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.

Amy Isaac

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.

Joanne Slater

Joanne Slater

Remedial Massage

Joanne Slater is a professional and registered (MMA) Remedial Massage Therapist who has been practising for the last 10 years. She offers a range of massage techniques including Remedial Massage, Pre and post-pregnancy massage Lymphatic drainage, Vacuum cupping and Bowen Therapy. Working in conjunction with our Physios, Joanne is committed to the long-term health of our clients as well as the immediate short-term pain relief and wellness. Joanne is registered with all private health insurers and rebates are claimable through HICAPS for those who are covered for Remedial Massage. Joanne has also recently completed her training to become a certified Pilates instructor and is enjoying the complementary nature of exercising patients bodies to strengthen and support, and treating with massage techniques to reduce tightness and pain.

Sandra Rusin

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 Ide

Massage Therapist

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.

Alysia Raftery

Myotherapist, Naturopath

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

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Cobie Cowling

Myotherapist

**Currently on Leave**

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.

Michelle Dyt

Myotherapist

Michelle graduated from RMIT in 2002 and has been working as a Myotherapist in a variety of work environments in Melbourne and surrounds. She continues to further her studies through ongoing professional development courses and is currently studying Pilates. Michelle treats a range of conditions from lower back pain to neck and shoulders. Michelle has had professional involvement in the Oxfam Trail Walk, Australian Ballet, fun runs and various sporting clubs.
She enjoys making a difference to her patient's work and everyday life. Michelle treats a range of conditions from lower back pain to neck and shoulders.

Samantha Currie

Myotherapist

Samantha Currie is a caring and compassionate and can provide a deep understanding of her patient’s pain and their desire to recover. Using her keen eye for detail and practical knowledge, she uses a variety of different techniques such as practitioner assisted stretching, massage, dry needling, cupping, taping and strengthening exercises.
Sam enjoys providing information about how a patient's musculature works, and ways they can minimize the risk of injuries occurring.
Most of all Samantha strives to hear how her patients are recovering with treatment, and gaining feedback on how they are improving.

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Miranda Morris

Exercise Physiologist

Miranda completed her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University in 2017. She has a passion for empowering individuals with expert advice, strategies and exercise programs to assist with the prevention, management and treatment of chronic health conditions, sporting injuries as well as improving general health and wellbeing. Being local, Miranda looks forward to providing the community with access to an Exercise Physiology service that caters for all. Miranda will work with you to develop an exercise regime that is tailored to your lifestyle, likes/dislikes and goals which will have you moving and feeling better in no time

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Ben Jones

Physiotherapist

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.

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Meg Despotidis

Myotherapist

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.

Varsha Bhikha

Physiotherapist

Varsha graduated from Monash University in 2013, and has worked in the private practice setting ever since. Varsha has a keen interest in Women's Health and has completed her postgraduate studies in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne. She loves to teach Clinical Pilates for all ages and injury types. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the gym and spending time outdoors