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!

Management Team

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.

Shannan McDowall

Administration Officer

B. Biomedicine & Exercise Science

Shannan manages all things administration and reception for us at Elite Myotherapy; she is our first point of contact for all of our clients and therapists needs. With her extensive back ground within the health and fitness industry and customer service she is our go to person.

Shannan passion started during while competing as an elite gymnast, before moving onto becoming a gymnastics coach where she learnt how a health conscious life-style can help shape and improve children’s and adults well-being. Shannan progressed onto becoming a Personal Training before completing her studies in Biomedicine and Exercise Science.

During her studies she worked in reception and administration at her local gym, where she found her strength as a customer service manager. At Elite Myotherapy Shannan manages the cohesive communication between management, the therapists and our valued clients.

In her spare time you will find Shannan exercising, going on hikes and visiting her family in Queensland.

Teaghan Spiers

​Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy

Teaghan completed the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT where she gained experience working alongside the Australian Ballet, Australian college of Basketball, National institute of circus arts and Australian football league Draft camp.

Although Teaghan sees many different kinds of patients presenting with all sorts of problems from muscle soreness to sports injuries, she has a keen interest in treating young athletes, in particular dancers.

​Being a dancer and dance teacher herself, she has a thorough understanding of how dancers use their bodies and how hard they work to achieve their goals. Through her dance and injury experiences she has also developed a thorough understanding in treating and rehabilitation of foot and ankle pathologies.

In her time off you’ll find Teaghan rehearsing in the dance studio, spending time with family and friends or enjoying the sunshine with her dog on a walk.

Julian Timpano

Training and Development Manager

Julian is a qualified Myotherapist, Remedial Therapist and Personal Trainer who has a passion for combining his knowledge of anatomy and exercise principles to provide individual tailored treatments to his clients. With a background in Exercise Science, Julian has worked extensively with a number of AFL, soccer, basketball and athletic teams.

Julian also enjoys working with the Cerebral Palsy Support Network and has a goal of one day working alongside Australian Paralympians.

Julian has a keen interest in providing the most up to date treatments for clients who present with neurological symptoms and chronic pain.

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.

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.

Anthony Lo Guarro

Anthony completed the Advanced Diploma of Sports Therapy and is currently undergoing further studies at Southern School of Natural Therapies to upgrade to the Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy)

Anthony has extensive experience working with professional sporting clubs, having previously spent five seasons with the Richmond Football Club and six seasons with Melbourne Victory as a sports trainer and myotherapist.

Currently employed by the Western Bulldogs, he has a strong interest in sport-related injuries and specializes in taping and lower limb rehabilitation, as well as treating conditions commonly developed in the gym. He is proficient in dry needling, joint mobilisations and a variety of soft tissue modalities.

For the past five years, Anthony has been the Head Myotherapist at his local soccer club St Albans Saints, devoting his time to giving back to the local community and sharing his skills and knowledge he developed at the higher level of the sport.

In his spare time, you will find Anthony immersing himself in European football, dining out with friends and in the company of his little dog.

Henry Au-Yeung

BHSc Clinical Myotherapy (Endeavor)

Henry is currently studying Physiotherapy at Monash University; and has completed his Myotherapy degree at Endeavor College of Natural Health in 2015. He considers himself very fortunate during his studies because he was given the opportunity to work closely with Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists in hospitals and private practice rehabilitating patients with orthopaedic and chronic conditions.

His previous experience working with local football clubs (Wodonga Bulldogs and Springvale Districts) have also further reinforced his confidence to treat a large range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Henry is a highly experienced therapist that believes the key to long term physical health is through regular physical exercise. Myotherapy treatments serve to compliment physical activity by ensuring adequate muscle, bone and joint function.

He believes most chronic diseases of the modern age are a result of people being sedentary as a result of a busy lifestyle; over the duration of his Myotherapy career he has grown increasingly fond of working with Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists and other Myotherapists. As each modality are all strong advocates of physical activity to promote long term holistic health.

In his spare time Henry enjoys training to improve his 100meter sprint times. He is currently Australia’s fastest 30 year old over 100m in 2019 clocking 11.13seconds as his fastest time that year. He also enjoys weight training to supplement his track training.

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.

Midori Adachi

Adv. Dip. Myotherapy (ACFB)
Dip. Remedial Massage (Evolve)
Cert. IV Massage Therapy (Evolve)
B. Economics (Doshisha Uni, Japan)

Midori is a passionate health professional who enjoys helping people towards better health.

Midori grew up in a family of four generations living together in Japan. After moving to Australia, when she was looking after three young children, she suffered from severe lower back pain from this, this developed her keen interest in pain and dysfunction of the body.

Midori has wide range of work experience as a Massage Therapist and Myotherapist. She has worked in multidisciplinary health clinics, massage clinics, an aged care centre, a hospice and many running events in Melbourne.

Midori aims to understand each patient, discover the root cause of their problems and treat each client with care and understanding. Midori uses a wide range of techniques in her treatments and believes in corrective exercise to achieve and maintain optimal level of muscle function.

In her spare time, Midori enjoys running in the Hawthorn Running Group, she has completed five full marathons. Midori also loves listening to classical music, bush walking, skiing and camping with her family.

 

Joseph Hamilton

BHSc Myotherapy (Endeavour)

Joseph graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health, with a Bachelor of Health Science in Myotherapy.

Joseph has a special interest in complex neurological conditions, how they occur, how to treat them and to ensure long term pain relief. With a passion for the science of pain and how it can influence a person’s perception of pain, the psychology behind it and how we as Myotherapist can assist in pain relief.

He believes that working in conjunction with exercise, nutrition, movement and exercise is one of the fundamental keys to great health and living pain free.

With a personal interest in research you can expect the most up to date and evidence-based assessment and treatment; all completely customised for each client’s needs.

Joseph focuses on identifying and addressing the cause of each client’s pain, while providing symptom relief to keep and get you moving.

Joseph has over 15 years of experience playing basketball and has always had an interest in the biomechanics of the human body and the physiology behind movement. He thrives when problem solving and his extensive knowledge allows him to deal with any musculoskeletal complaint or injury.

Joseph gets outside at every opportunity where he enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding or relaxing on the beach. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys taking care of his body through mindfulness, healthy eating, and weightlifting as well as mixed martial arts.

Catharine Bainbridge

Ba. Biomedical Sci (Melb Uni), Adv. Dip. in Remedial Massage (Myotherapy) (ACST), Cert. 3 & 4 fitness (personal training) (ACST)

Catharine has always held an interest in health and well-being. After completing her science degree she followed her passion for hands on musculoskeletal work by studying Myotherapy at ACST.

Catharine is motivated by being able to help with pain relief and helping the body achieve its optimal level of function. Catharine joined the Elite team in 2009 and has previously worked with professional swim teams at MSAC as well as working as a therapist and personal trainer in gym environments.

Catharine is a keen long distance runner, loves the outdoors, swimming and scuba diving.

Dragana Obradovic – Myotherapist

BHSc Clinical

Dragana is one of our senior Myotherapist who has graduated from Endeavour Collage of Natural Health with a bachelor in Health Science, majoring in Musculoskeletal therapy.

With nearly 10 years in the industry, she has gained her experience working for a number of physiotherapist and chiropractic clinics as well as rehab centre, where she regularly treated professional athletes, elderly clients, pregnant women and even children.

Dragana displays superior people skills and will make you feel comfortable from the moment you meet her. She is very passionate about finding the cause of pain and dysfunction.

During consultation she carries out a thorough examination and performs a number of tests including orthopaedic testing, which gives her great understanding of the imbalances within your body allowing her to create an individual treatment plan.

During her treatment she utilises a variety of techniques to provide you with relief. Typically, she combines deep tissue/ remedial massage with trigger point therapy, dry needling, cupping, mobilization of the joints and passive stretching.

She specializes in treating neck and lower back issues , sciatica, bulging discs , ‘frozen’ shoulder, rotator cuff problems ,’tennis and golf elbow’ as well as carpel tunnel syndrome.

Beyond the workplace, she likes to spend time outdoors with her family, partakes in tennis and would describe herself as a cooking enthusiast.

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.

Mikaela Smith

BHSc Myotherapy (Endeavour), Adv. Dip. Sports Therapy (ACST)

Mikaela is a passionate Myotherapist who is motivated to becoming the best health practitioner she can possibly be.

Growing up, she always had a drive to be in a profession where she could help change people’s lives for the better, so completed an Advanced Diploma of Sports Therapy. This allowed her to perfect and develop her soft tissue and hands on skills, in different sporting and private practice environments.

While Mikaela enjoyed Sports Therapy, her deeper interest lay in understanding pain in the human body, while helping others to live a better quality of life. In order to do this, she obtained her Bachelor of Health Science in Myotherapy.

Mikaela understands how important it is to take care of your body, as she was involved in many different sports growing up, with some injuries turn into chronic issues. These personal experiences have given her a great understanding of pain and the dedication needed from those around you to guide and manage you towards your goal of being pain free.

Mikaela has been a sports trainer for many years, working with her local country football team, Alexandra Football Netball Club. She currently shares her time working as a Myotherapist with Collingwood Football Club, Melbourne Storm, and Melbourne Rebels.

Outside of the clinic, Mikaela enjoys being surrounded by friends and family, surrounding herself in nature, living a fit and healthy lifestyle, and of course being with her dog!