History of Restore Physiotherapy & Pilates

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Restore Physiotherapy & Pilates opened its doors at the High Street Kew address in January 2005.

It was established by Stuart McKenzie and Mary Di Iorio, musculoskeletal physiotherapists who were independently working in North Balwyn. They recognised a need for high quality, evidence based physiotherapy services in Kew. Restore was the first practice to introduce the health benefits of Pilates to Kew. The Restore team grew and Joel Ames, a long serving employee, became a partner in the business.

We have had the privilege of meeting and providing health solutions to over 6,000 clients, many of whom have been part of the Restore family for 10 years. Our clients have become valued members of the Restore community and we are honoured to have experienced the good and hard times with them over that 10 year period. There has been many weddings, births, countless overseas trips, surgeries and sadly, a few deaths which we have shared in.

Our incredible staff has been instrumental to the formation and growth of Restore. Their high quality skills as well as their care and compassion has enabled Restore Physiotherapy and Pilates to be considered leaders in the delivery of Physiotherapy and Pilates services. Physiotherapy staff are strongly encouraged to commit to further study and many have completed Masters degrees in Sports Physiotherapy, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy and Public Health. The benefits of further study and knowledge then get passed on to other staff and of course our clients. Our staff has been involved in teaching at Post Graduate and Undergraduate level, providing physiotherapy services to underprivileged communities overseas and providers of physiotherapy to St. Kilda, Richmond and Melbourne AFL football clubs.

Our competent and caring reception staff are the backbone of the practice and their hard work and dedication ensures the smooth running of day to day operations. They have also been known to go above and beyond the call of duty by driving clients home, cooking some meals for them and even providing technical support for their computer issues! This year we farewell Suellen Roberts, our first employee. Suellen was instrumental in the development of the caring culture at Restore. We thank her for her amazing contribution and wish her well for her future endeavours.

Joel, Stuart and Mary would like to thank all our clients and staff at Restore Physiotherapy and Pilates for their support over the last 10 years and for making it such a wonderful family! We look forward to many more years of service.