Our Staff

Celia Bolton – Physiotherapist

Celia graduated as a physiotherapist in 1991 and since then she has been working with pregnant women, people with pelvic/back pain and pelvic floor problems.   Along with her physiotherapy qualifications, Celia has furthered her tertiary studies to increase her knowledge in pregnancy, postnatal, continence and pelvic floor rehabilitation.  Those further qualifications include a graduate diploma 1997 (Women’s Studies), a graduate certificate 2000 (Continence and Pelvic floor Rehabilitation) and a graduate certificate 2007 (Exercise for Women). Celia is passionate about her work and loves to help you help yourself. She can draw on expansive knowledge together with personal and professional experience.  Celia will make you feel at ease and help you reach your inner strength and full potential.

Janet Chase – Physiotherapist

Janet’s chosen area of physiotherapy practice for nearly 30 years has been the treatment of incontinence in adults and children. She currently works in a multidisciplinary team as a clincian and also is involved in research of children with continence problems. She was involved in writing the curriculum of the post-graduate continence physiotherapy course at the University of Melbourne, and with Debbie, teaches the paediatric component. Janet helped set up both the paediatric continence clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, and has served as a member of the Australian Government National Continence Management Strategy Advisory Committee, and presently is Chair-person of the Paediatric Advisory Sub-committee of the Continence Foundation of Australia, and a Board member of the International Children’s Continence Society.

 

Karen Donaldson – Physiotherapist

Karen graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Sydney in 2006. Her previous study includes Bach. Applied Science (Human Movement) and Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT in 2001. Karen enjoys working in the field of exercise rehabilitation and human movement. Her predominant focus involves the teaching of Clinical Pilates to patients within the women’s and men’s health sector. Since finishing post-graduate studies in Clinical Pilates at DMA Melbourne, she instructs regular Clinical Pilates classes, focusing on strength, conditioning, balance, postural correction and injury prevention. Life outside the rehabilitation world includes a passion for mountain biking, surfing and keeping up with her 2 young and cheeky sons, Will and Archie.

 

 

 

Isobel Atkinson – Physiotherapist

Isobel graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 2006. Throughout her studies she developed a keen interest in paediatrics and women’s health and pursued elective courses in these areas. Isobel enjoys supporting families through her practice and has completed additional studies in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Women. Isobel is currently treating female urinary incontinence and also musculo-skeletal dysfunctions in women (including pregnancy) and men.

 

 

 

Natalie Wallace – Physiotherapist

Natalie graduated from La Trobe University in 2009 and has gained experience in both public and private health settings. Natalie has completed courses in clinical Pilates and advanced dry needling and recently completed post graduate studies in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Exercise and Women’s Health Physiotherapy. She has specific interest in pelvic and hip pain and assisting women in returning to physical activity after pregnancy.

 

 

 

Laura Callea -Physiotherapist

Laura graduated from Melbourne University with honours in 2011. Laura quickly developed a strong interest in Women’s Health and completed her post graduate certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in 2014. With this specialisation she has a strong interest in pelvic floor rehabilitation to manage conditions such as incontinence, prolapse, bowel dysfunction and sexual dysfunction. Laura also has strong knowledge and experience in the management of pelvic and back pain in the pre and post-natal periods and is enthusiastic in utilising Pilates therapy in the rehabilitation of her patients. Outside of work Laura’s interests include playing hockey, walking the beach and drinking good coffee!

 

 

 

Cheryl Biddle – Physiotherapist

Cheryl is an experienced physiotherapist who has worked extensively in community health and rehabilitation. She has successfully completed post-graduate studies in public health, acupuncture and pelvic floor physiotherapy. Cheryl is passionate about exercise and helping clients of all stages of life to maximise their health and age well.

 

Clair McKenzie – Physiotherapist

Clair completed her physiotherapy degree in 1998 at LaTrobe University and continued on to complete a Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2009 and a Post Graduate Certificate in the Pelvic Floor in 2014.  Clair has worked extensively in the private and public sectors primarily helping people suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as back, pelvic and shoulder pain and has more recently, inspired by her own experiences having children, has realised a passion for the management of pelvic floor dysfunction in both men and women.    Outside of physiotherapy, Clair enjoys a chaotic life with three children and savours her quieter times to drink a coffee, read a good book and go to the gym.

Aileen Sim – Physiotherapist

Aileen Sim graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in 2012. Aileen has worked in the public hospitals in the orthopaedic and musculoskeletal field, then developed a strong interest in Women’s health and completed her post graduate certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. Aileen is also a certified rehabilitation pilates physiotherapist. Aileen has extensive experience and knowledge in the management of incontinence, prolapse, spinal injuries and pelvic pain. Aileen is also very keen on providing rehabilitation to her clients using pilates. Outside of work, Aileen enjoys running, hiking and going to the gym!

 

Sally Morgan – Dietician

Sally is an accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist with degrees from University of Melbourne and Deakin University.After broad clinical experience at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne she moved to the Geelong region where she has had a varied career in dietetics.Over the past 25 years Sally has worked firstly in nutrition research at Deakin University where she gained her Master of Science, before moving on to a private practice in nutrition and dietetics.
Sally has a special interest in helping those with irritable bowel syndrome, but is also interested and has a broad experience in helping those with diabetes, overweight, underweight and heart disease.
Sally is able to translate the latest guidelines from clinical research into practical advice so that patients are able to make sustainable changes to their diet to improve quality of life at all ages and stages of life.

 

Dr Jo Sheedy – Psychologist

Jo has recently joined Innerstrength, holding dual qualifications in both psychology and physiotherapy. She initially qualified in physiotherapy in 1990 and subsequently worked as a physiotherapist for 20 years before pursuing a passionate interest in mind-body health and retraining as a psychologist. She studied an honours degree in psychology  before going on to study a Masters of Psychology/PhD through Monash University. Jo’s PhD thesis explored psychological risk and particularly resilience factors associated with coping with chronic pain. Jo has experience in treating a range of psychological conditions. She uses a variety of therapies that include cognitive-behavioural, acceptance and schema based approaches. Jo provides individualised, respectful and evidence-based psychology treatment. She works in a highly collaborative manner to help her clients achieve meaningful and lasting change.

Conditions include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychological management of chronic pain
  • Adjustment to chronic health conditions
  • Assistance with recovery from injury or health problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Sleep problems

 

Reception

Our lovely administration staff Heather, Bri and Kirra are specially trained to answer your questions in a sensitive and professional manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admin Team