What Qualifications do Myotherapist have, and how are they Recognised!

Training

Elite Myotherapists are tertiary trained in biophysical science. They have a thorough knowledge of anatomy, surface anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and scientific evaluation.

Elite Myotherapists, like other physical therapists such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths, and Physiotherapists may choose to work in a variety of clinical situations, either alone or as part of a team of professionals in a multi-disciplinary health centre. This will involve primary patient contact or the referral of patients from other health care professionals.

Elite Myotherapists will refer patients, to ensure access to others with appropriate skills, or for investigations requiring further anatomical and pathological diagnosis.

Recognition

Our Myotherapists are recognised professionally through the Myotherapy Association Australia and have industry representation through the Hospital Services Union No.3 Branch (AHPU). They have course accreditation by the Victorian Post Secondary Education Board (VPSEAB).

Eligible patients may recover fees through Workcover and some private health insurance companies.

Elite Myotherapists are all at the top of their game. Qualified, skilled and experienced to ensure you get the best results possible!

Samantha Rigby

Founder

B.Health Sci.,Ass.Dip. App.Sci-Myotherapy

​Sam founded Elite Myotherapy in 2001 and has since built the practice into the success it is today. She completed an advanced diploma in Myotherapy at RMIT in 1995 and then went on to further her studies, completing a bachelor of health sciences in 2000.

Sam has had extensive experience working with athletes through her work with Essendon Football Club, Australian Kayak Team, Australian Open and WTA tour.

Sam was selected to be part of Australian Olympic Medical Team at both Athens and Sydney.

She co-managed the massage department for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Polyclinic 2006. Sam is passionate about her work with the body and when not dedicating herself to aiding others with their health and well-being, she likes to spend her spare time looking after her own fitness doing Pilates.

Erick Polanco

Administration Officer

Dip. Remedial Massage
Bachelor of Business

Erick is responsible for administration and reception duties for Elite Myotherapy. He currently studies the Diploma of Remedial Massage as he begins his journey in becoming a Qualified Myotherapist. With an extensive background in high end customer service and corporate account management, he brings an abundance of energy to our administration team!

Erick has a strong passion for health and sports and has experienced his fair share of injuries, which has led to him learning a lot about the human body. This has sparked his desire to enter the massage industry after a long stint in the corporate world.

Over the years he has learnt the importance and benefits of being aware of your own physical and mental health and believes massage treatments should be an integral part to improve quality of life.

In his spare time, Erick enjoys all things sports, getting outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Franchise Partners

Jack Day

Franchisee Partner, Hawthorn East Clinic

BHSc Clinical Myotherapy (SSNT)

Jack completed a 4 year Health Science Degree at Southern School of Natural Therapies. This is the highest qualification within the field of Myotherapy, qualifying him as a Clinical Myotherapist. Previous to his studies at Southern School he attended Monash University where his passion grew for the human body and health science. Jack has been fortunate enough to spend time at Carlton Football Club in the role as the lead myotherapist over the 2015/16 pre-season, relishing the opportunity to be in a professional sporting environment.

Jack thrives in challenging environments particularly with individuals that have been suffering with chronic pain, not only addressing the symptoms, but also targeting its origin and causative issues with the aim to prevent subsequent episodes. Through his own injuries and interests, Jack has a passion for patients with complex head, neck and shoulder conditions. He prides himself on his dry needling ability and enjoys the biomechanics of the human body and has a deep understanding of how musculoskeletal imbalances can affect the body and the body’s biomechanics.

Jack has an extensive sporting background competing for a number of years at an elite level in swimming, and has since made the switch to competitive water polo. With his spare time you will find that Jack has a keen interest for gym, cooking and healthy eating; he also loves immersing himself in the culture of Melbourne.

Edgar Campos

Franchisee Partner, Essendon Clinic

Adv. Dip. Myotherapy (ACST)

Edgar studied at the Australian College of Sports Therapy completing his Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy in 2014.

While undergoing his studies, Edgar was lucky enough to work with Melbourne Victory; where he was able to refine his skills and passion for football. From working with elite level players to local club level, his leadership and development has lead him to become Head Trainer of Westgate F.C, Fitzroy City and soon to be Pasco Vale F.C.

Edgar’s passion for Myotherapy comes from a deep understanding of how injuries and pain can affect a person’s life. His eagerness to improve each patient’s quality of life, add value to their treatment and guide them through their journey to their desired optimal health.

Edgar has spent the last two years working at our Greensborough clinic where he has had the privilege to work with many children from as young as two months old, to toddlers and into adolescents. His ability to interact with each child on their own level allows him to understand their condition, pain and to how create the ideal treatment plan.

While working in conjunction with many leading practitioner, this has allowed Edgar to expand his knowledge and understanding of muscular pain and dysfunction, while always treating with care and compassion.

Edgar has since become a Franchise Partner of Elite Myotherapy and owns his own clinic in Essendon.

In his downtime you can catch Edgar spending time with friends and loved ones, going to the gym, watching football and discovering new music.

Our Myotherapists

Tuyen Nguyen

Adv Dip Myotherapy
Dip Remedial Massage

Tuyen has completed her studies as a Myotherapist at RMIT University. Her passion for dance and swimming has led her to becoming a Myotherapist, where she can utilise her knowledge and skills in dynamic sports to effectively treat her clients. She finds it is most rewarding to see progression in her client’s journeys towards the healthy and fulfilling lifestyle they seek.

Having years of experience as a swimming instructor and also having the opportunity to teach Ballet, she enjoys encouraging others and helping them strive to be the best version of themselves.

Tuyen has developed an interest in anatomy and the human body’s functionality. She enjoys treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions where she can incorporate modalities including dry needling, cupping, soft/deep tissue techniques, lymphatic drainage techniques and joint mobilisations into her treatments. Her primary focus is educating her clients on the causes, the muscles and structures involved and the goals towards recovery.

In her spare time Tuyen likes to spend time with her family and friends, and staying active by practising her dancing and going to the gym.

Shandell D’Souza-Myotherapist

BHSc Myotherapy

Shandell graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy (ACST) before wanting to further her knowledge on the human body and its response to manual treatment; therefore completing a Bachelor of Health Science in Myotherapy at Endeavour College of Natural Health.

She strongly believes that everyone should have the chance to live a functional and pain free life, as we only get one body and we need to treat it with love and care.

Shandell’s motivation to becoming a Myotherapist was driven by her interest in health and the human body after experiencing a cheerleading injury. Her passion in cheerleading began in 2007 where she trained and competed at a competitive level for 8 years and she is now currently coaching athletes to do the same. She loves how fast paced the sport is, and is amazed by the body’s ability to produce endurance, power, strength and flexibility.

She also takes interest in treating clients who have knee pain or complaints, including pain that has a referral pattern. Her experience treating the head and neck region has grown with her research into how poor posture could be the cause of associated pain like headaches.

Shandell enjoys working with younger athletes as she is interested in how injures can impact their growing bodies and day to day activities.
In her spare time you will find Shandell walking her dogs and hanging out with family and friends.

Mo Bhatnagar

BHSc Clinical Myotherapy (SSNT)

Mo Graduated from Southern School of Natural Therapies, with a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Myotherapy.

Mo has been fortunate to work with a range of different Allied Health Professionals such as Sports Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Exercise Physiologists. Mo has undertaken experience in many different sporting environments both local and elite professionals in sports such as Cricket, Football, Soccer and Golf along with experience in Athletics such as CrossFit, Circus Arts and Runners.

Mo has a huge passion for Exercise, using it widely in his method of rehabilitation to correct movement patterns, improve function and build strength to enhance performance. Mo is currently completing a Masters in Exercise Science from ECU (Edith Cowan University) in Strength and Conditioning in where he hopes to broaden his Exercise knowledge to coach and train International Athletes around the world.

Along with Exercise; Mo is proficient in Dry Needling, Cupping, Joint mobilisations as well as a wide range of soft tissue modalities.

In his Spare time Mo likes to keep active with gym, sport and outdoor activity. Enjoys spending time with his friends and family, as well as catching all the latest Film releases.

Lani Watt

Adv Dip Myotherapy (Remedial Massage) RMIT

Lani graduated from RMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy) in 2010 and has since been working in private practices.

Lani currently works within Family Tree Health Clinic, alongside a team of allied health professionals focusing on healthy childhood development. In this shared care environment, Lani treats newborn babies and children right through to adults.

She also has a special interest in womens health and pre and post natal treatment. Being a mother of two children herself, she understands how important it is to have someone you trust treat you through your pregnancy and beyond.

In the past she has also worked with professional athletes from a number of elite sporting institutions such as Essendon Football Club (2013/2014), Kooyong Tennis Tournament (2015), Tennis Australia Squad, and various athletes from Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Lani also has a very strong background in treating occupational and postural related pain, such as neck and lower back. She has a comprehensive understanding of workplace ergonomics and an holistic approach to rid patients of these issues.

Henry Au-Yeung

BHSc Clinical Myotherapy (Endeavor)

Henry completed his Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Therapy at Endeavor College of Natural Health in 2015 and is currently completing his 2nd degree to become a physiotherapist. His past experiences include working in football and netball clubs as well as being involved in hospital work as a student physiotherapist.

Henry’s passions stems from his enjoyment of working closely with patients to achieve their physical goals and this can include anywhere from being able to function to perform in their activities of daily living to improving their performance in their favourite sport. His area of specific interest is in the treatment and prevention of hamstring injuries in the athletic population.

In his spare time, Henry generally enjoys running, gymming, binging on Netflix and playing his guitar in the hopes can someday aspire to be as good as Johnny Cash in walking the line and creating big rings of fire.