Physiotherapy at our Geelong Health Clinic

Katrina Verhoeven

Physiotherapist and Lymphoedema Therapist
BA (Physiotherapy)
Diploma Manual Lymph Drainage (Dr Vodder)

Graduate level 2 Victorian Lymphoedema Practice, Lymphoedema Practitioner Courses (APA and Australian Lymphology Association Accredited)

Professional memberships and registration
Australian Physiotherapist Association (APA)
National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)
Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)

Katrina’s philosophy is to provide the best possible health care, drawing on her talents, experience and creativity as a practitioner in Geelong physiotherapy, to effectively treat and assist a client with their health problems.  This enables them to return to normal functioning and improve their quality of life and feeling of wellbeing. Katrina strives to make the client independent rather than dependent, and uses a holistic approach. Katrina completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 1997 at Rotterdam University, Netherlands, and while living in Europe she also studied the Dr Vodder method for Lymphatic drainage.  As a result she is a registered and accredited lymphatic practitioner.

Katrina has worked in a variety of settings, from private practice treating musculoskeletal problems, to a large rehabilitation and geriatric (elderly) centre, working on the stroke unit and with orthopaedics, geriatric rehabilitation and psychiatric care. She has also worked for two large Melbourne hospitals – The Epworth Richmond and St Vincent’s Hospital.  While there her focus was in the acute neuroscience unit, orthopaedics, medical and oncology.

In her free time she loves sport; you might see her running with her 2 young children on the Barwon River Track.

To make an appointment with Katrina at our Geelong West health clinic, call 03 5223 9900.

 

 Nicholas Williams 

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

A former international and professional rugby union player, Nick came in to physiotherapy as a mature student. During his time in professional sport he developed a keen interest in the body and how it works.

After graduating from Northumbria University, England, Nick spent 3 years as head physiotherapist for a professional Rugby Union team before moving to continue his work in the National Health Service (NHS).

Before moving to Australia with his wife at the start of 2014, Nick was a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist. This job involved advanced assessment and treatments including imaging and injection therapy. He was also heavily involved in writing some of the clinical care pathways that have since been implemented within the NHS. These pathways have been rigorously audited and proven to have significant clinical effectiveness. Nick is experienced in treating a variety of conditions including; chronic pain, sports injuries, spinal pain, shoulder problems and vestibular / balance conditions as well as rehabilitation of post-operative patients.

Nick has post graduate qualifications in Mulligan techniques, Orthopaedic Medicine, Acupuncture and Musculoskeletal Joint & Soft Tissue Injection Therapy. His approach to his work utilises all these skills and he enjoys developing a personalised rehabilitation program based around his patient’s needs and expectations.

 To make an appointment with Nick at our Geelong West health clinic, call 03 5223 9900.

Alternatively, visit – http://www.geelongperformancephysio.com

 

Matthew Townley

 

Senior Physiotherapist

After finishing a Sports and Exercise Science degree through a soccer scholarship at Bath University England, Matt went on to do his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy at Kings College, London.  This degree included a Masters level research thesis on Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury rehabilitation.

On completion of his academic career Matt commenced work within the National Health Service in the UK gaining a vast amount of experience treating a variety of conditions within the inpatient and outpatient setting including; chronic pain, sports injuries, spinal pain, upper and lower limb pathology and post-operative rehabilitation.

His background in elite level sport both as a competitor and physiotherapist gives him great insight into the sporting world and, coupled with his extensive Sport and Exercise Science knowledge, is put to good effect developing individualised and progressive exercise based rehabilitation programs tailored to the individuals needs and sporting level.

Since moving to Australia Matt has worked with a local GFL football team and is passionate about the most efficient and effective management of football injuries to ensure the quickest return to the park that is possible.

Matt undergone postgraduate study of various treatment techniques and his philosophy of treating the person as a whole means he uses all his manual therapy, soft tissue, manipulative and acupuncture skills to make sure that his patients get the best from their visit to physiotherapy.

 To make an appointment with Matt at our Geelong West health clinic, call 03 5223 9900.

Alternatively, visit – http://www.geelongperformancephysio.com

 

Zachary Forster

Physiotherapist

After completing an Exercise and Sport Science degree in 2014 at Federation University Ballarat, Zach went on to complete his Master of Physiotherapy Studies in 2016 at the University of Queensland. One of the leaders in its field for research in Physiotherapy study in Australia. Zach has a passion for health and fitness and his sporting background is quite unique, having long term involvement in the martial arts which he began in the year 2000.

Zach has a list of achievements along this journey including, a 4th Dan black belt with GKR Karate, a GKR World kata title and multiple GKR team kata and kumite World titles. Zach has also been a Karate instructor for many years which included coaching the National squad for both the Queensland and Victoria representatives. In this time he has had the opportunity to work with people of all ages and abilities to help them achieve their goals inside and outside the dojo.

In his spare time he enjoys being with his family and friends, going to the movies and walking/running with his two dogs.

Zach strongly believes that the key to effective rehabilitation is a holistic approach to therapy, treating the person first and the symptoms second. Furthermore, treating his patients with a combination of evidence based practice, manual therapy, dry needling and a specifically tailored rehabilitation program; the best outcome can be achieved.

To make an appointment with Zachary at our Geelong West health clinic, call 03 5223 9900.

Alternatively, visit – http://www.geelongperformancephysio.com

Zac Turner

Physiotherapist

Shortly after completing a Bachelor of Education and working as a physical education teacher, Zac went on to complete a Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

With his background in teaching Zac aims to effectively educate his patients, empowering them to take ownership of their own health, and with his assistance, allow each and every person to reach and exceed their physical goals. Zac has experience working in gym based rehabilitation settings, where he took advantage of an active based rehab approach, something that he still incorporates into his current practices.

A firm believer of ‘practice what you preach’ Zac enjoys a physical challenge and competes in marathon running as well as half ironman and ironman triathlon. Along with this Zac has a special interest in the prevention, management and treatment of overuse injuries commonly seen in athletes and shares his thoughts and advise of such injuries in the ‘Australian Triathlete’ magazine.

Now based in Geelong Zac is very exciting to be joining the team at Geelong Performance Physio and looks forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay

To make an appointment with Zachary at our Geelong West health clinic, call 03 5223 9900.

Alternatively, visit – http://www.geelongperformancephysio.com