Our Experienced Team

Our Experienced Team

At Echuca Moama Physiotherapy, our team of Physiotherapists are highly trained and undergo regular APA accredited courses as well as in-services with a specialist physiotherapist to ensure expertise and correct diagnosis of injuries. Correct diagnosis is essential to ensure results are achieved in injury treatment and prevention, exercise prescription, rehabilitation and many other areas of sport and musculoskeletal health and fitness. Our physio’s will assess your problems or injuries and give evidence based treatment to help you resume a normal lifestyle. Physiotherapists educate patients on how to avoid recurrent injuries through correct exercise and teach them skills required to look after their bodies.

Echuca Moama Physiotherapy started under the expertise of Sean Slattery in 2006. Sean and his wife Kate (a Clinical Pilates Instructor) worked from their Echuca home until December 2013 when, due to growth, they moved the clinic to it’s beautiful location at 72 Meninya St. This growth was helped by Matthew Dobeli relocating from Melbourne to Echuca and coming on board as a partner.

Our aim is to provide treatment, education and rehabilitation to patients with the latest evidence based technology. Over the years we have achieved a high level of results with our patients which range from high level sports to the average working person or the elderly.

Sean Slattery

Sean Slattery

Director –  Specialist Sports Physiotherapist Sean has previously worked with St Kilda in the AFL as well as with Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia, the Sri Lankan cricket team and Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League for 5 seasons.

In addition to sporting injuries, Sean has a special interest in treating back and neck pain.

Matthew Dobeli

Director – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist  Matthew relocated to Echuca at the start of 2011 after working in private practice in Sydney and Melbourne for 15 years.  

To further his knowledge in spinal and musculoskeletal conditions, he returned to study to complete a masters degree at Melbourne Uni back in 2002 and was awarded the Highest Achieving Student prize. His clinical interests are in spinal pain and sporting injuries. Outside of work he is enjoying being a new dad, as well as playing golf at Rich River Golf Club and trying to defy his age by playing local basketball.

Patrick Arnold

Patrick Arnold

Director – Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist
Pat moved to Echuca in 2015 with 5 years experience working as a physiotherapist in public hospitals, private practices, rehabilitation centres and sporting teams across Melbourne. He completed a Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy through Griffith University in Queensland in 2016.
Career highlights include helping prepare athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games at the Queensland Academy of Sport, and being the Head Physiotherapist for the University Blacks first A grade VAFA premiership in 40 years in 2014. He is currently the physiotherapist for the Echuca Bombers Football and Netball Club. Outside work, Pat enjoys fishing, as well as playing cricket and golf.
Nick Sheldon

Nick Sheldon

Physiotherapist (Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy) 

After working in a busy private practice in Melbourne, Nick relocated to Echuca/Moama to reconnect with his country upbringing. Sports injury rehabilitation and prevention are fundamental for Nick. Being the Vice captain for the Kilmore Blues he has a sound understanding of the importance of injury prevention and recovery to keen sports people, young and old. Having had a few injuries in his time, Nick understands that a timely return to sport is of high priority and seeks to assist in the recovery process through effective assessment, treatment and education. In Melbourne Nick worked with both Football and Soccer teams further refining his skills in acute and chronic injury management.

Nick understands that every injury and every patient is an individual and keeps his patients and their needs at the forefront of his treatment at all times. Along with his passion for sport, Nick has a special interest in back pain, shoulder pain, and post-surgical rehabilitation. It is no surprise that outside of work Nick enjoys playing football and keeping active with friends and family.

 

Bruce Gilmour

M.Physio; B.Ed(Hum Mvt); B.Sc

Completed degrees in science and human movement, working as an exercise physiologist, before undertaking a Masters in Physiotherapy at Canberra University, graduating in 2006. His areas of interest include sports and musculoskeletal injuries, workplace health and safety, and paediatrics. Bruce has completed the Level 2 Sports Physiotherapy certification and The University of Melbourne’s Specialist Certificate in Rural Paediatric Practice.

Bruce is interested in football, cricket and going to the gym, he is hopeful to find the time to get back in to kayaking and continue training for marathons, when he is not running after his kids.

Hendrika Kirchhofer

Physiotherapist (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Post grad cert. in Rural Paediatric Practice) Hendrika was born and bred in country NSW and completed her Physiotherapy degree at Charles Sturt University in Albury in 2007. After a year working at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and a few travel adventures Hendrika moved to Echuca, which she now happily calls home. Hendrika maintains a balance of private practice and public hospital work across general musculoskeletal, sports and paediatric physiotherapy. She is passionate about overall health and wellbeing across the lifespan and how influential physiotherapy’s role can be in empowering a person to achieve and maintain that. Hendrika enjoys keeping her knowledge and skill-base challenged and up to date, with recent courses including training in: Pain management, Adolescents in Sport, Running assessment and injury management, Cycling Assessment and Bike set-up, and Rural Paediatric Practice. Hendrika’s professional interests are – Musculoskeletal, Sports, Children and Adolescents, Women’s Health.

Kate

Kate Hatfield

Clinical Pillates Instructor Kate’s passion for Pilates stems from her extensive history in dance. She grew up in Echuca and trained in classical ballet for 11 years before pursuing a career in teaching Ballroom and Latin American dancing in Melbourne. Kate started Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates as a tool to overcome injury and wear and tear caused through dance.

Kate (and now husband Sean Slattery) decided to move back to her home town Echuca, and start up a practise. Kate completed her Clinical Pilates Instructor course with DMA Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates in 2006 and has worked along side Sean at Echuca Moama Physiotherapy since this time. She still remains passionate about dance but has also developed a great understanding of sports injuries and injury management through pilates and body awareness education. Kate is also passionate about educating the elderly in strength and postural correction to help prevent injuries.

Jodie Ritchie

Jodie Ritchie

Currently on maternity leave

Clinical Pillates Instructor Jodie is a qualified Clinical Pilates Instructor and has been working at Echuca Moama Physiotherapy since 2008. Jodie has an extensive history in dance and has been dancing for over 26 years and teaching for 16 years. She was a student of the highly regarded Carole Oliver School of Ballet and through her time with the Australian Ballet School has been taught by some of Australia’s best ballet teachers. Her Pilates education has given her a great understanding and passion about safe dance practices and injury prevention. Jodie has an innate ability to convey instruction to ensure clients are practising correct technique.

Claire Nolan

Claire Nolan

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Claire spent many of her formative years training and competing as an elite rhythmic gymnast. Her drive, skill and dedication saw her competing for both her state and country. Nearing the end of her elite sport career Claire was initially drawn to Pilates as a way to rehabilitate her body from injury and nurture her mind. In Pilates she found a safe, comfortable and body-nourishing modality helped establish a greater balance between what her mind wanted and what her body needed.

With over 15 years industry experience, Claire effortlessly manages a diverse range of clients with a wide array of pathologies. Her excellent communication skills and happy demeanour enable Claire to impart her instructions expertly and clearly. Claire’s intelligence, insight and perception enable her to ascertain what her clients need and apply her knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and correct body alignment with clarity and precision.

Pilates has remained a constant in Claire’s life, as she transitioned into and adult, into a happy marriage and finally fulfilling her dream of becoming a parent to her beautiful daughter Hannah. Her husband Adam (a keen waterski racer) supports and encourages her love of movement and Pilates.

Michelle Petrass

Michelle Petrass

Clinical Myotherapist (Bachelor Health Science – Clinical Myotherapy)

Michelle completed her Clinical Myotherapy degree at Southern School of Natural Therapies in 2010 in Melbourne. After working in private practice in Melbourne and Tasmania for 6 years, Michelle relocated to Echuca at the start of 2017 and is currently completing her Diploma of Clinical Pilates.

Michelle is passionate about overall health and wellbeing and how the role of Clinical Myotherapy integrated with Pilates can help achieve and maintain a balanced and active lifestyle.

Professionally, Michelle focuses on releasing the muscular system and has an interest in pre and post natal treatment, keeping her skills and knowledge current through various Clinical Myotherapy workshops.

Michelle enjoys spending time at the beach, food (cooking & eating), exploring the great outdoors and the company of family.

Shelley

Shelley Brett

Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Shelley was born in England and moved to Echuca at the age of 3. After growing up here Shelley moved to Melbourne and worked for 2 major wholesale sporting brands marketing, selling and developing fitness apparel. After 15 long years, Shelley decided to move home and follow her dream of becoming an exercise professional which complements many years of both personal sporting achievements and industry interests/experience.

Shelley is a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer and has years of experience in a variety of fitness fields including Pilates, Crossfit, Muay Thai Kick Boxing (Black Singlet) and Zen Do Kai Martial Arts (Brown Belt) which brings a great balance to our team of pilates instructors.

Shelley enjoys travelling, horse riding and practises clean eating.

Karyn Monahan

Karyn Monahan

Karyn – Echuca Moama Physiotherapy receptionist.

Kadie Warde

Kadie Warde

Kadie – Echuca Moama Physiotherapy receptionist.

Steph Hindson

Steph Hindson

Steph – Echuca Moama Physiotherapy receptionist.

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