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

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

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

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.

Pat has a special interest and expertise in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of sports injuries. 

Career highlights include helping prepare athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games at the Queensland Academy of Sport, and being the Physiotherapist for the Echuca Bombers Football and Netball Club during their drought breaking football premiership in 2022. He regularly contributes articles in the Riverine Herald newspaper discussung common sports injuries.  

Nick Sheldon

Nick Sheldon

(Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy)

Nick graduated from La Trobe University in 2016. Upon graduating Nick worked in a private practice in Melbourne prior to relocating to Echuca Moama in mid 2017.

Nick holds the title of ‘APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist’ after he completed his post graduate Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2021-22. This involved an extra 2 years of study in addition to 160 hours of placement learning from some of the best physiotherapists in the country.

In addition to Musculoskeletal and Sports injuries, Nick also has an interest in paediatrics, fracture management, and osteoarthritis. He runs the GLA:D program at our clinic and also works part time at the Echuca Fracture Clinic.

Outside of work Nick enjoys playing football for the Echuca Football Club, golf at Rich River, and spending time with his family.



Rachael Maher

(Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy)

Rachael joined the Echuca Moama Physio team in 2021 and enjoys working with clients one-on-one and in Physio Exercise Rehab & Pilates.

Rachael’s passion area is Women’s Health, and she enjoys empowering women to take control of their health and wellbeing, in an evidence-based and person-focused way. Rachael is currently studying her Masters in Physiotherapy (Pelvic Health) at the University of Melbourne, and enjoys treating pelvic floor and musculoskeletal conditions.

Particularly, Rachael loves to help with pre & post-natal niggles, chronic pelvic pain, continence, & lower back and hip pain.

Outside work, Rachael enjoys keeping active with Pilates and yoga, and walking her dog Lenny.

Brandon Byrne

(Bachelor of Applied Science, Masters of Physiotherapy)

Brandon graduated from La Trobe University Bendigo in 2019 with a Bachelor of Applied science/Masters of Physiotherapy. This home-grown physio hails from Rochester and is an active member within the community.

Growing up Brandon trialled a vast range of sports, with his most successful sporting moment occurring recently where he was a part of the inaugural Rochester Cricket Club (A grade) where they won the premiership.

Brandon’s passion for sport and club culture extends into his work life, with a growing interest in sport injuries and rehabilitation. Already enrolled in professional and clinical development courses, Brandon is eager to continue to improve his skills in number of physiotherapy fields.

Mitch Cox

(Bachelor of  Physiotherapy)

Mitchell studied at Charles Sturt University in Albury, graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2020. Mitchell is a local boy, growing up in Kyabram.

Mitchell has a keen interest in treating sporting injuries in particular related to the ankle, knee and shoulder. Mitchell also has a keen interest in chronic pain in particular in relation to the back and neck.

Mitchell is an active member in the sporting community, he is currently the Head Physiotherapist for the Latrobe University Bendigo Pioneers Girls Football Program in the Coates Talent League.  Mitchell is also the Head Physiotherapist at the Kyabram Football and Netball Club.

Outside of work Mitchell plays tennis competitively during the summer and is the Vice President for the Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club.

Kia Lonergan

(Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy)

Kia started working at Echuca Moama Physiotherapy in 2019 taking small group Rehabilitation Classes.

Kia spends most of her time working as a Paediatric Physiotherapist but enjoys Rehabilitation Classes a few hours a week. Kia enjoys the connection with Pilates based exercise and her years of gymnastics and athletics training.

Kia has a passion for paediatrics, women’s health, and Clinical Pilates. She also enjoys going for walks with her family including her dog Moose.


Nicky Koch

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
Bachelor of Health Sciences/Masters of Physiotherapy
Post Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Nicky is local to the Echuca area, having been born and raised close by in Lockington. Throughout her career she has worked in both public and private settings, gaining experience across multiple Victorian health facilities as well as working up in Far North Queensland.

Nicky has always been passionate about Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapy. This prompted her to complete her post graduate certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy through the University of Melbourne in 2018.

Nicky is currently working our of Echuca Moama Physiotherapy on Mondays. Please phone 54800860 for appointments or more information.

Lucy Irwin


Lucy has 20 years of clinical experience as a physiotherapist in private and public settings. She has undertaken post-graduate competency training in the assessment and management of vertigo and vestibular dysfunction, plus advanced training in BPPV and central vestibular dysfunction.

Lucy is passionate about helping people to better manage their dizziness and achieve their goals. She loves helping clients improve their balance and confidence and reduce their risk of falling. 

Lucy is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Victorian Vestibular Network.

Jackson Baker

Exercise Physiologist

Jackson completed his Masters degree at LaTrobe University Bendigo in 2016 and since has gained experience working in physical rehabilitation including Orthopaedic, Cardiac and Neuro. Jackson also offers strength and conditioning advise including programs and also teaches Clinical Pilates. He is very passionate about the endless benefits exercise and physical activity can have on the body.

When Jackson is not in the clinic working you will find him training for his Olympic weightlifting.

Michelle Bartolomeo

(Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science. Majors in Exercise Physiology & Sport Nutritions)

Michelle Graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health with a Bachelor degree in Myotherapy. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science (major in Exercise Physiology) from Deakin University.

Michelle has extensive experience in sport at varying levels. She has previously worked with Oakley Chargers Football club (TAC cup) as a rehabilitation assistant and as a sports trainer and Myotherapist with Melbourne Football club (AFL/VFL/AFLW).

Michelle has continued her education completing a level 2 lymphoedema practitioner course and is currently completing a practitioner of pregnancy massage course through Pregnancy massage Australia. Michelle is also currently training to be a gymnastics coach. Michelle completed a full distance ironman event and during this time, she battled her own injuries and now enjoys helping others through the process of achieving their fitness goals and dreams.


Kate Hatfield

Clinical Pilates 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 practice. 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.


Claire Nolan

laire 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 an adult and fulfilling her dream of becoming a parent to her beautiful daughter Hannah.


Shelley Brett

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Shelley has enjoyed a successful career in Melbourne, working for two well-known sporting brands in marketing, sales and developing fitness apparel. However, Shelley had always had a dream of becoming an exercise professional which complements many years of both personal sporting achievements and industry interests and experience. After 15 years in Melbourne, she made the tree change home to Echuca/Moama and followed her dreams.

As a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with years of experience in a variety of fitness fields including Pilates, CrossFit, Muay Thai Kick Boxing and Zen Do Kai Martial Arts, Shelley offers a unique blend of health and fitness knowledge. Together with this sporting and fitness experience, highly qualified in Pilates with Certificate IV /Diploma of Clinical Pilates, and with teaching experience spanning eight years, this enables Shelley to offer a unique and grounded balance to our team of Pilates instructors.

Pilates has helped Shelley through two pregnancies and continues to compliment her active and healthy lifestyle. With this, her passion is to help others in reaching their goals and help achieve this balance in their own health journeys. She is supportive and encourages each individual to move out of their comfort zone where possible in a safe environment. Shelley thrives in her motivational and supportive fitness classes, makes it fun to train and welcomes you at any stage of your health and fitness journey.

Felicity Wright

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Felicity is a Qualified Level 3 Pilates Instructor graduating in 2010 from Intelligent Body Pilates Studio In Melbourne where she trained and worked with her mentors until moving to Echuca in 2020.

She has been teaching and Inspiring students to find and connect with movement and their bodies for over 20 years.

Felicity began her movement career as a young ballet dancer in Echuca until Ballroom and Street Latin dancing caught her interest and quickly became her passion.

Throughout her dancing career Felicity loved Pilates for the strength, length and control it gave her body to perform. Once returning from working overseas Felicity carried that love of Pilates into a career. She enjoys the diversity and complexities that each client brings into the Studio.

Teaching Pilates and performing Street Latin specialising in Salsa dancing in clubs, corporate venues and Crystal Cruises Ships has given Felicity invaluable life experience that contributes to her teaching and vibrant demeanour.


Tailah Clifford

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Tailah studied with Breathe Education in 2019 to become a qualified Pilates Instructor. Tailah is an instructor for both our Clinical Pilates and Fitness Reformer Pilates classes.

Tailah comes from a strong exercise and fitness background, which complements her Pilates knowledge in correct form and techniques in the studio.

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Moama & Kyabram

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