Staff Profiles

Stuart McKenzie  Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Co-Director at Restore with 18 years clinical experience and a post graduate Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Stuart has extensive Sports Physiotherapy experience having worked at the AFL level for 10 years. He is currently Physiotherapist for the Richmond Football Club, in addition to consulting at Restore Physiotherapy. Stuart has a clinical special interest in the management of groin pain, spinal pain and lower limb injuries in young athletes. Having worked at Restore Physiotherapy since its inception in 2004, Stuart enjoys working with adolescents aspiring to be there best at their chosen sport. He strives to provide effective hands on treatment, individualised exercise programs and communicate effectively with all his patients.

Mary Di Iorio Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Mary is a director at Restore. She graduated from LaTrobe University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy. After working in hospitals for 3 years, Mary decided to enter private practice. In 1995, Mary returned to study to further enhance her diagnostic and treatment skills by completing a Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University. Mary has a special interest in biomechanics of movement dysfunction and corrective exercise therapy.  She also has special interests in shoulder dysfunction, muscle imbalance around the pelvis, and pre and postnatal care.  She uses specific exercise rehabilitation to address these issues. Mary has taught postgraduate physiotherapists on the Masters of Musculoskeletal course for both Latrobe University and the University of Melbourne.

Joel Ames Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

A director at Restore, Joel graduated from the University of Melbourne with Honours in 2006. He completed his post graduate Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2011. Joel also has degrees in Sport Science (Human Movement) and Education. He has a special interest in sporting, adolescent and spinal injuries, as well as exercise and functional rehabilitation post surgery or injury. Joel has extensive sporting experience and is currently employed at Melbourne Football Club in the AFL. He has also worked at VFL and suburban football clubs in the past. Joel also has a number of years experience educating physiotherapy students in both under graduate and Masters programs at the University of Melbourne.

Tamara Wraith Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapist

Tamara graduated in 1992 and tutored at Trinity College Melbourne University until 1997, while working as the Senior ICU/Cardiac Surgery Physio at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Tamara then worked in private practice in Collins St and with the Australian Ballet School as well as in
Community Health before completing the Post Graduate Diploma Pelvic Floor & Continence Physiotherapy (Melbourne University) in 2000. Tamara is on staff at the Royal Women’s Hospital as a Senior Clinican, working in the Vuvlal Disorders Clinic, Obstetric Outpatient Clinic and Continence Outpatient clinic.

Tamara has focused on clinical excellence and compassion as a Pelvic floor physiotherapist for 15 years and has tutored at Melbourne University on the Post Grad course since 2010. Tamara has a keen interest in treating women with vulvodynia and men and women with chronic pelvic pain. Tamara works closely with many Urological surgeons, Uro-gynaecologists, Gynaecologists & Colorectal surgeons, with a strong philosophy of multi-disciplinary care – she also maintains an interest in general sports and spinal physiotherapy and dance therapy/pointe assessments. Tamara has experience in many private clinics and as a Senior Physiotherapist at Mercy Hospital for Women, Frances Perry House, St Vincents, Cabrini, Freemasons, North Park Hospital and locums at Peter James and Austin Continence Clinics. In the sports arena Tamara has been involved with treating patients participating in Little Athletics, swimming and Basketball clubs. In 2014 Tamara travelled with an Aus Aid Urology Team coordinated by the College of Surgeons, to Solomon Islands, to help establish a Continence Clinic there – a project she is thrilled to have an ongoing involvement with.

Gillian Gandolfo Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Gillian graduated in 1979, then worked in paediatric, ante- and post-natal, medical and orthopaedic physiotherapy. After qualifying with a masters degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2004, she focussed on private practice. She has completed 4 levels of training in clinical pilates with DMA, and finds its effectiveness rewarding in treatment of pain and stiffness. Pilates and Clinical Exercise prolongs the benefits of hands-on physiotherapy, introducing exercise and self-management. As the mother of three adult children, Gillian has extensive experience treating injuries of all ages.

Anna Fisher Sports Physiotherapist

Anna graduated from Curtin University in Perth in 2008. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 2013 and is in the process of completing a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy. Anna has provided physiotherapy services to WAFL and VFL teams and has had experience working with tennis, baseball and rubgy teams. She is particularly interested in treating sporting and adolescent injuries.

Laura Whittle Physiotherapist

Laura graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy. She has also completed a degree in Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University and currently tutors anatomy to students at Deakin College. Laura has a special interest in headaches, neck, lower back & pelvic pain, chronic conditions, pre and post-natal women as well as movement dysfunction. Laura’s clinical knowledge and observational skills allow her to effectively educate her patients and deliver holistic treatment and management programs. Laura is a qualified DMA Clinical Pilates instructor and uses this to prescribe specific exercise rehabilitation for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Freya Dickson Physiotherapist

Freya graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters of Physiotherapy degree. She is a qualified DMA Clinical Pilates Instructor and has completed numerous Pilates courses.  Freya uses these qualifications to help rehabilitate people of all ages and varying musculoskeletal conditions. Alongside enjoying participating in Pilates in her free time, Freya is an avid runner who has sustained various chronic injuries herself, thus understands and is passionate about injury prevention and rehabilitation in the sporting setting.

Bianca Myers Physiotherapist

Bianca  graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree in 2014. Prior to this she completed a degree in Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University.

Since graduating, Bianca has worked predominantly in the  private practice setting treating a variety of Musculoskeletal conditions through manual therapy, dry needling,  hydrotherapy and Clinical Exercise.  In addition, Bianca has had exposure working as a physiotherapist in a sub-acute hospital, working with local football teams in the VAFA,  as well as working part time as an Exercise Physiologist.

Bianca has sustained a number of injuries playing competitive netball, which has given her a special interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation. She also has an interest in treating: low back pain, sports injuries, knee pain, headaches and neck pain.

As a physiotherapist Bianca draws on knowledge from her background in Physiotherapy and Exercise Science in order to tailor treatment to the individual needs/goals. She believes a holistic approach to treatment is vital to ensure best outcomes are obtained.

Vanessa Cheang Physiotherapist

Vanessa graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice. This double degree has given her valuable experience in a variety of physiotherapy areas including women’s health, ICU and acquired brain injury rehabilitation. Vanessa has been working with local football teams in the VAFA for the past 2 years. She has completed her APPI Matwork Pilates Level 1 qualification and is currently undertaking her Polestar Pilates Studio/Rehab training. Given Vanessa’s 12 year experience in dance, she has an interest in biomechanics and movement dysfunction, and applies this knowledge through Clinical Exercise rehabilitation.