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 McDowell

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.

Jenny Margeridis

I have been working in the health and wellness industry for 17 years and have a science and fitness background.

I gained my Pilates certification through the Australian Pilates Method Association and have been a professional Pilates Instructor for both studio and Mat classes at various venues across Melbourne as well as running my home-based studio.

I also have a Medical Administration qualification which gives me a good work balance of instructing Pilates as well as working in administration as a Member Service Officer at a Gymnasium and at Elite myotherapy, focusing on customer service.

I love to listen to music, read, watch You Tube Videos and going for walks with my little Maltese/Shitzu loyal companion.

 

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.

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.

Lani Watt

Adv. Dip Myotherapy (RMIT) Cert III and Cert IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer/Gym Instructor/Group Fitness Instructor)

​Lani graduated RMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. She is also a qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with over 6 years experience.

Lani has a strong interest in treating occupational and postural related pain and dysfunction. She also has experience treating athletes from a vast range of sports, including competitive cheerleading, swimming, football, and cricket to name a few.

Coming from a health and fitness background, Lani places great emphasis on an holistic approach to treatment, incorporating self-care information for the patient on stretching, corrective exercise and diet.

In her spare time Lani enjoys playing beach volleyball, going to the gym and being outdoors.

Lani’s experience includes working as a Myotherapist for the Essendon Football Club and Bulleen Boomers WNBL Club.

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.

Esther Malone

BHSc Clinical Myotherapy

Esther graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health, with a Bachelor of Health Science in Musculoskeletal Therapy/Clinical Myotherapist.

She currently works with both Melbourne Storm & Melbourne Victory as a soft tissue therapist, where she has gained valuable experience helping to manage and prevent sports injuries at an elite level.

Esther has also worked as a sports trainer with the national junior indoor cricket teams and is also involved with Deaf Sports Australia. She is currently studying sign language and hopes to be able to continue her involvement with the deaf community as a Myotherapist and sports trainer. Esther treats from a holistic perspective looking at the mind/body connection and aims to get to the root of her client’s dysfunction and not just treat the symptoms.

In her spare time you will find Esther catching up with friends and being outdoors as much as she can.

Luke Walsh

Luke spent many years living in Spain, and travelled extensively through South America before returning home to Australia to study the Diploma of Remedial Massage at RMIT. Once completed he then continuing on to complete the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.

Luke aim as a therapist is to get you moving, performing and feeling better; he understands the effects that injury can have on clients – both mentally and physically.

Luke has experience treating everyone from office workers, to circus performers and an array of athletes. Through assessment based treatment Luke aim’s to pinpoint the cause of any issues you may be having, then employ the necessary techniques (such as dry needling, deep tissue massage, myofascial release) to get you on the road to recovery.

He also believes in the importance of stretches and exercises in association with Myotherapy treatments to get the best possible results.
Previously he has spent a season snowboarding in Canada, trained in boxing and CrossFit, and has some experience with Olympic Lifting.

Tabitha Hocking

Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy

Tabitha has always been fascinated by the human body, and its’ ability to cope with the demands that we put it through each day. As an individual that has always been highly active, in various outdoor activities, sports, and yoga, Tabitha has taken a key interest in how to help the body perform at its best, and remain pain free. This translates into preventative care and maintenance, treating dysfunction and symptoms that might occur, and providing aid during rehabilitory stages.

Tabitha is also a great believer in empowering her clients to learn about how their bodies are functioning, and what actions they can take to keep it performing at its best.

Tabitha has gained a wide variety of experience through working with Hands on Health in both India and Melbourne, the Australian College of Basketball, The National Institute of Circus Arts, AFL drafts camps, and Iron Man Asia-Pacific Championship.

Julian Timpano

​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.

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.