Meet the Team…

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Ken Elias, Senior Physiotherapist, Pilates instructor, Director, BAppSc. (Physiotherapy) University of Sydney.

Ken “It gives me great joy to create an outstanding experience and improve the quality of life of as many people as possible” Ken and his wife Suzy are the fearless and inspirational leaders of Fine Form Physiotherapy. Ken chooses to invest his time and energy into personal development and mentoring his growing team of exceptional physiotherapists and support staff. Ken’s Philosophy is in order to do his best he must first be his best. Ken is a highly experienced and successful physiotherapist who is well known in the Ryde community for the high quality and thoroughness of his consultations. He has a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy. Ken has also taken up a Golf Screening course in Japan and is now accredited through the Titleist Performance Institute. He is passionate about sports and facilitating optimal performance of all his patients. Ken grew up playing Rugby Union, Oztag and athletics so he is no stranger to the perils of sports and believes that it is his love of sport and his collection of personal injuries that have helped him to better empathise with his patients. He is currently focusing in developing his golf swing and improving his strength, power and flexibility in the gym. Ken has delivered Physiotherapy services to a variety of sporting teams including APIA Leichardt Tigers (in the NSW Premier League), Spirit FC (Super League), West Ryde Rovers FC, Epping Rams Rugby Club, Old Ignatians Rugby Club and Balmain Dockers AFL. He has worked closely with many elite athletes in conjunction with NSWIS and Athletics Australia. Ken is father to two small children (who keep him busy outside of work) and is all too familiar with the typical aches and pains that come with enjoying a young family. Ken also has experience treating children for common growth, development, and sport related injuries. Ken has studied the following courses to perfect his extensive skillset:

  • DMA Pilates Instructors Course
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level 1 (Screening for Golfers)
  • APA Sports Level 1 and Level 2
  • APA Spinal Level 1 and Level 2
  • Dry Needling Level 1 and Level 2
  • Kinesio Taping Level 1 and Level 2
  • Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Injuries
  • Dynamic Stabilisation of the Hip and Pelvis
  • Tendinopathies of the Hip and Pelvis
  • The Sporting Spine
  • Explain Pain
  • Brian Mulligan: Treatment of the Upper Quadrant
  • Muscle Energy Technique of the Pelvis and Lumbar Spine
  • Group Exercise and Falls Prevention
  • Introduction to Paediatrics Orthopaedics
  • Senior First Aid.

Languages other than English Spoken: None

Days available: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Saturday 

Lissandra Larobina, Physiotherapist, Pilates Class Instructor, BAppSc. (Physiotherapy) University of Sydney.

Lissandra (1)Lissandra Larobina is a dynamic health and fitness enthusiast. It was her love of sport, rehabilitation and enthusiasm that drove her towards a career in Physiotherapy. What a rewarding decision that was! She studied at the University of Sydney, completing her undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy with a distinction average. Lis was also school captain at Our Lady of Mercy College which propelled her into the world of leadership. She is a part of Fine Form’s prestigious Physiotherapist Leadership Program. Her inspiration began at a young age after experiencing Physiotherapy treatment first hand within a sporting environment. As a result her passion involves improving and empowering the well being of all her patients. Lis has a passion for women’s health Physiotherapy and currently teaches our Pilates Classes. Being an elite Soccer player her specialties also lie in Sports Physiotherapy. She enjoys swimming and travelling having recently enjoyed a cruise across the Caribbean. Lissandra has completed the following list of professional development courses to add to her skillset:

  • DMA Pilates instructors course
  • APA Sports Level 1
  • APA Sports Level 2
  • APA Spinal Level 1
  • Level 1 APPI Pilates
  • APA Physio Pilates; Prescribing better exercises for complex cases
  • Level 1 ASCA Strength & Conditioning Coach

Languages other than English Spoken: Italian

Days available: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Saturday

 

David McWilliams, Physiotherapist, BHSc, University of Sydney, DPT Macquarie University

David McWilliams, Fine Form Physio Ryde PhysiotherapistDavid is an enthusiastic new addition to the Fine Form family. His passion for Physiotherapy begun in high school when seeing a Physio for a tennis injury and thinking they were miracle workers! He’s since been dedicated to learning the intricacies of human anatomy and biomechanics.

He has a particular interest in lower limb rehabilitation, and is a big believer in taking the time to educate patients on the specifics of their injuries. He is also passionate about the role physiotherapy plays in keeping people of all ages active.

David has been a sports fanatic his whole life. He grew up playing AFL, tennis, cricket, soccer, running and swimming, and has recently taken up skiing, Oztag and mixed netball. Prior to working as a physiotherapist, he spent 8 years as a tennis coach in Australia and the U.S., 3 years as a sports trainer for the Northern Tigers Football Club and 2 years with the Victorian Indoor Netball Team.

When he’s not working at Fine Form Physiotherapy, David’s most likely barracking (shamelessly) for the Adelaide Crows, catching up on some reading, or learning new languages.

Languages other than English Spoken: Spanish and German.

Days available: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Saturday.

 

Mitchell Hodgkinson, Senior Physiotherapist, James Cook University.

Mitchell has recently returned from practicing in the United Kingdom for 2 years, he has gained considerable experience and knowledge in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. This has included 4 years private practice in Australia and 2 years working contract roles with elite sporting teams and musculoskeletal outpatients abroad.

Mitch was Head Physiotherapist at the UQ Rugby Club for 3 years where he provided Physio services to a number of high level sporting clubs and treated both professional and amateur athletes through an elite sports clinic. Following this, he took an interim position as the Head Physiotherapist at a professional football club in France.
During his time in London he was challenged to meet and communicate with people from all over the world with different backgrounds, languages and beliefs to aid in their rehabilitation.
For Mitchell, practicing physiotherapy is a fun and rewarding experience, he is hard working, enthusiastic and passionate about his career. He enjoys communicating with patients and doing everything he can to help them achieve their goals. His approach is to always include manual therapy, exercise prescription and education into each session. Mitchell always strives for excellence. In his spare time Mitch enjoys watching sport, hiking, running and functional strength training. Through his travels he has recently returned from completing Everest Base Camp, the Mont Blanc Circuit and multiple hikes in Wales, England and Scotland.

Languages other than English Spoken: None

Days available: Wed, Thurs, Fri and Saturday 

 

Shadia Jammal, Dietitian/Nutritionist,  MNutrDiet, BAppSc (Nutr & Food) Shadia Jammal Dietitian for Fine Form Physiotherapy Ryde

Shadia is an accredited Nutritionist and Dietitian. Her passion for nutrition began at a young age with her interest for food and for the science of the kitchen. This led her to study Nutrition and become a Dietitian. She’s passionate about food and cooking it as well as sports nutrition and sustainability. She loves mentoring people to achieve their nutrition and health goals and giving them skills to improve their diets. Shadia is able to cater to different conditions and provide diets for:

  • Diabetes
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscle gain
  • High blood pressure
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

And much more!! Diets and nutrition programs are essential for people who want to:

  • Lose/gain weight
  • Lower blood pressure/Bad Cholesterol
  • Improve mood and energy levels
  • Eat for allergies and intolerances
  • Maintain a healthy digestive system
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Sports Dietetics
  • Manage the complications of a range of illnesses including diabetes and PCOD

Days available: Thursdays & Saturdays

Languages other than English spoken: Arabic

Sylvie Kassab, Clinical Pilates, ABT and Yoga Instructor, Cert IV Pilates, YogaFit Level 1&2

Sylvie Kassab, Fine Form Physiotherapy Ryde, Pilates Yoga instructor“Give your body thanks.” Sylvie is a free-spirited, motivational fitness and dance Instructor. At Fine Form Physiotherapy Sylvie teaches classes in Clinical Pilates, Yoga & Meditation. Being very passionate about helping others keep fit and healthy Sylvie always makes sure that everyone in her class is at the best version of themselves. She has had a wide teaching experience of more than 20 years in a variety of fitness classes ranging from strengthening classes such as body pump to high energy cross training. Sylvie is also a qualified personal trainer and holds a diploma of remedial massage. Her hobbies are metaphysical studies, she also practices meditation daily. She loves music and dancing. Sylvie’s registered with Fitness Australia and holds the following professional diplomas:

  • Cert IV Fitness
  • Cert  IV Pilates
  • Yogafit Lvl 1 & 2
  • Diploma Remedial Massage

Suzanne Elias, General Manager, MBA, BComEc Macquarie University.

Suzy Elias, Fine Form Physiotherapy Ryde, Top Ryde CitySuzanne owns and manages the Business with her husband Ken (head Physio), her background is in Business, specifically Marketing. She manages the day to day functioning of the Practice and new Wellness Studio, attends to staff and patient needs, manages the newsletter and organises all promotional activity.  Having spent many years in the corporate world she has applied her skills to the health industry with great success. Suzanne believes in the age old philosophy that the customer must always come first; tailoring her communications and strategies to ensure the practice better serves the community. Suzanne is always happy to hear feedback or suggestions from the patients as to how we can better serve you, please do approach her at the clinic to your discretion.

Suzanne has recently completed her MBA and also juggles parenting responsibilities for her two small children. She enjoys traveling and states that Nice, France is her favourite city of all time, she also enjoys cooking but professes she cannot bake. During summer Suzanne loves to spend her time on the beach with her family.

Yocelyn Perdomo, Office Manager/Receptionist

Yocelyn Perdomo, Fine Form Physiotherapy Ryde, Top Ryde CityYocelyn is the primary receptionist and admin manager at Fine Form Physiotherapy Top Ryde. You can find Yocelyn at the front desk most days during the week, she is available to help process your claims and service your account accordingly. Another friendly addition to our team, Yocelyn has been with us for over a year and has built a reputation for herself as being highly organised and super efficient. Yocelyn has almost 20 years experience in administration and customer relations.  She has worked for various industries where the focus has always been on customer and patient care.  She has lived in the Ryde area for almost 15 years and is thrilled to be involved in a family practice that caters to her community.

Michelle Dimarco, Office Manager/Receptionist

Michelle Dimaro, Fine Form Physiotherapy Ryde, Top Ryde CityMichelle has a very colourful collection of career experiences, she was Director at Early childhood centres which involved a strong focus on administration and keeping abreast of regulations. She was also an early childhood educator for 25 years, an early childhood sleep specialist and an early childhood special needs educator. Michelle recently decided upon a career change, she attended a specialist medical terminology course and has debuted her skills at Fine Form. Her pleasant and friendly nature make her a very delightful addition to the Fine Form family. Michelle is very family focused, having raised four children of her own, she enjoys travelling with her family, bush walking and reading.