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.

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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.

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Samantha Forrsman

Sam has always been interested in the human body, rehabilitation and injury prevention for as long as she can remember. After finishing year 12, Sam decided to complete a bachelor degree in Exercise Science and Human Movement at Victoria University, finishing in 2014. This degree further fueled her passion and Sam decided to further her studies, completing a double degree of Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy practice at La Trobe University.

Through her studies, Sam had the opportunity to complete placements that allowed her to combine her exercise science and physiotherapy knowledge. Sam was involved in developing screening tools and treatments guides, for common injuries in popular adolescent sports, to be implemented in a local Shepparton gym.

Sam has a background in both gymnastics and cheerleading, having competed for 8 years as a gymnast followed by 3 years as a cheerleader, and coaching both sports for a combined total of 8 years. Physiotherapy has had a positive impact on Sam, spending many years receiving treatment herself for numerous injuries sustained through her sports. Physiotherapy allowed Sam to continue in her sports and achieve her goals, including winning AASCF National Championships for level 3-4 university cheerleading stunt group in 2013.

Sam believes that every person is individual and therefore treatment should be tailored to each person to help them best achieve their goals.

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

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Alex Stuart

Alex completed his studies at the University of Canberra, acquiring both a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology and a Masters in Physiotherapy. During his science degree, Alex studied areas of exercise physiology, human movement, and biomechanics in the United states at the University of Northern Colorado.

Alex is passionate about musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with a particular interest in headache & migraine, neck & jaw pain, and shoulder injuries. Alex has completed a Certification from the Watson Headache® Institute and undergone further training in the shoulder and temporomandibular dysfunction (Jaw pain) under Guy Zito, renowned TMJ physiotherapist. Alex strives to restore his patients to a pre-injury level through a diverse range of treatment techniques including manual therapy, dry needling, education and exercise therapy.

Alex is a former rugby player and has a particular interest in both AFL and rugby, working alongside various sporting teams for both rugby and AFL. He has worked as the head physio for Canberra Grammar School working closely with students involved in rugby and other sporting programs. Since working with these teams, Alex has gained much experience in sports physiotherapy with a particular focus on knee, shoulder and running injuries.

Alex is an avid promoter of health and well-being, and has had to develop a life-long hobby around strength & fitness due to his profound love of ice-cream. He seeks to promote physical activity and quality of life in his patients, from general to elite and from young to elderly.

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

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D’arne Gray

D’Arne has always had an interest in the human body and anatomy leading her to complete a Bachelor of Science majoring in anatomy through Melbourne University in 2006. After a break from study where she travelled and lived overseas D’Arne decided to return to university, and completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University in 2013.
D’Arne has been working as a physiotherapist for 4 years now and has had the opportunity to undertake work in several different areas. One of these areas is aged care physiotherapy through the brotherhood of St Lawrence, where she has helped older people work towards achieving a more active lifestyle.
Sports Physiotherapy is also another area D’Arne has been heavily involved in, particularly through the North Geelong Warriors Soccer Club where she is employed as the club Physiotherapist. D’Arne works to assist coaching staff to help with injury management and minimization, along with player education and rehabilitation. She is also an integral part of the senior and youth development program helping players attain their best performance.
D’Arne has also had the experience of facilitating both individual and group hydrotherapy sessions. D’Arne has used hydrotherapy techniques as an alternate method to help clients manage injuries and achieve rehabilitation goals. Pilates is another interest of D’Arne’s and she has instructed individual sessions along with clinical, matt and reformer group classes. D’Arne believes that Pilates is an excellent rehabilitation tool, which can help people accomplish individual rehabilitation goals.

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

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