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.

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 problem

Dianna Hanley – Psychologist

Dianna has worked as a psychologist in a wide range of areas and settings over the last 20 years. She began her career in public mental health, and has also worked in hospitals, the prison system, private practice, and trauma rehabilitation. Dianna has 4 years experience working at Raphael Services caring for mums and dads with postnatal depression and anxiety. She has a real passion for helping her clients to navigate the transition to parenthood. Dianna uses a variety of therapies that include cognitive-behavioural, attachment based, acceptance and schema based approaches. Dianna 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:

  • Perinatal Anxiety (both during pregnancy and after the birth)
  • Perinatal Depression (both during pregnancy and after the birth)
  • Negotiating the transition to motherhood
  • Attachment and bond with your baby
  • Birth trauma
  • Perinatal and Neonatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychological management of chronic pain
  • Adjustment to chronic health conditions

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 and From Melbourne University with a postgraduate certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in 2014. Isobel has a particular interest in paediatrics and is a clinical lecturer at Deakin University on this topic.  Isobel is a mother of two young children and understands the highs and lows of parenting.

 

Natalie Anderson – Physiotherapist

Natalie graduated from La Trobe University in 2009 and has completed post graduate studies in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and Exercise and Women’s Health. Natalie has extensive experience in managing pelvic floor disorders in both men and women including incontinence, prolapse, bowel dysfunction and sexual dysfunction. Natalie has a specific interest in managing persistent pelvic pain and assisting her clients to return to physical activity after pregnancy or surgery. Natalie is experienced in delivering clinical pilates rehabilitation and has completed courses in advanced dry needling. Natalie is extremely passionate about assisting her patients to achieve their rehab goals.

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 Parkin – 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.

 

Anastasia Pchelina – Physiotherapist

Anastasia graduated from Melbourne University in 2009 and has worked in a private practice setting since then. She has completed courses in Clinical Pilates and Dry Needling and has dealt with various musculoskeletal conditions over the years. Encouraging proper movement patterns and exercise focused rehabilitation is her main focus. Anastasia loves working with expecting mums and helping them enjoy this special time of their life.

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.   After completing the ICCS course for Paediatric Incontinence in 2018, Clair has commenced seeing children for management of bladder and bowel dysfunction 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.

Lianne Craig – Physiotherapist

Lianne graduated as a physio in 1988 and has completed postgraduate qualifications in pelvic floor physiotherapy and myofascial therapy. She is particularly interested in working with clients with pelvic floor dysfunction, both men and women, incontinence, prolapse, bowel dysfunction and sexual dysfunction. She has also had extensive experience in working with chronic pain conditions.

Kristen Legrand – Physiotherapist

Kristen graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2011 at the University of Queensland and has worked in musculoskeletal and community services in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She has completed post graduate studies in Women’s Health, hip and shoulder injuries as well as Clinical Pilates including DMA Unit A course in Melbourne. Kristen has a great passion for Clinical Pilates Rehabilitation and a keen interest in Women’s Health. When she is not in the clinic, Kristen enjoys cycling, hiking and triathlons. Having recently moved from North Queensland to be closer to family, Kristen is very excited to be part of the Innertrength Healthcare team.

Emily Brown – Physiotherapist

Emily Graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 with a Masters of Physiotherapy, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne in human structure and function. She has since been working in Private Practice treating a range of injuries and conditions, with a keen interest in Sport and  Women’s Health. Emily has completed post graduate study in Women’s Health, Dry Needling and Clinical Pilates. Currently completing her Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor and Continence Physiotherapy through the University of Melbourne, Emily is very excited to be working with the Inner Strength Team. Outside of the clinic Emily enjoys time with her family, gym training with friends and spends her weekends working with AFL NAB league athletes at The Geelong Falcons.

Stacey Hunter – Physiotherapist

Stacey graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2011 and has worked in both public and private sectors in the orthopaedic and rehabilitation field. Stacey has developed a strong interest in women’s health and is currently completing the post graduate certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. She has also completed courses in Clinical Pilates and Chronic Pain Management.

Reception

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