Meet the Team

Andre de Waal

Physiotherapy Interests: Spinal , Sports, and Pediatric Physiotherapy.

Andre has been working at Caroline Springs Physiotherapy for the past twelve years and in this time has developed a close working relationship with many of the local general practitioners with whom he has focused on sporting injuries, lower back and neck pain. Andre focuses on active rehabilitation and is a qualified clinical Pilates instructor which he put to good use in our Pilates gym where he conducts classes several times per week.  His personal interests include triathlons, up to half ironman, following the TAC cup, and spending time with his family.

Nathan Kim

Physiotherapy Interests: Spinal management, Dry needling, Exercise programs.

I graduated from Latrobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice in 2012. Throughout the studies and experience in both public and private sectors, I gained a strong interest and passion for musculoskeletal injuries and sport injuries, not excluding chronic issues. I also have a strong interest in the relationship between physiotherapy and exercise, which is reinforced by my background and previous Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Education in Korea.

Andrew Abdelmalek

Physiotherapy Interests: Shoulder injuries, Dry needling, Sporting injury rehabilitation.

Andrew has extensive experience with a wide range of shoulder and knee injuries. He has a particular interest in shoulder and neck physiotherapy and over the past couple of years has developed a great reputations with local doctors as an expert in these areas. Andrew also instructs Pilates classes and uses his knowledge in this area to help WorkCover and TAC patients to recover after injury.

Octaviana Filimon

Physiotherapy Interests: Pain management, Sporting injuries, Workplace injury rehabilitation.

Tavia has over 14 years experience in Private practice Physiotherapy she is highly skilled in all aspect of patient care. Her area of interest is pain management using trigger point therapy. Tavia is highly skilled at using trigger point therapy and has used this method of treatment to assist patients from the sporting field, the workplace, and the elderly to manage and remove their pain. Her passion for physiotherapy came from her mother who is also a physiotherapist. When not at work Tavia enjoys spending time with her daughter, going to the gym and doing yoga.

Allan Rogers

Physiotherapy Interests: Neck and shoulder conditions, as well as more special areas such as Vertigo and Mental Health.

Allan studied at La Trobe University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice. Allan has a passion for sport and musculoskeletal injuries, having additionally attained a Bachelor’s degree in sports science. Allan has developed a strong patient base with the clinic and continues to grow his knowledge across all fields.

Sam Gebreselassie

Physiotherapy Interests: Pilates, Dry Needling, Low back and shoulder rehabilitation, Sports Injuries.

Sam moved to Australia from New Zealand in 2016 to start his Physiotherapy career and since moving he’s been busy gaining hands on experience across Victoria in different Physiotherapy disciplines. These experiences have developed Sam’s clinical reasoning skills, and his approach to dealing with individuals of all backgrounds. Sam uses a holistic approach to examine the possible causes of the symptoms his clients are experiencing. This allows for correction of these causes and therefore mitigating future problems. Sam likes collaborating with his clients to get them back to enjoying their work, and sports. Sam instructs the Pilates classes regularly. He believes Pilates to be an important tool in the rehabilitation of a lot of injuries and conditions.

Mustafa Akkaplan

Physiotherapy Interests: Pilates, Dry Needling, Low back and shoulder rehabilitation, Sports Injuries.

Mustafa studied at the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney where he completed a Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) and a Master of Physiotherapy respectively. Through the Masters degree, he developed a wide base of knowledge with work experience in hospital, suburban private practice and rural settings. While Mustafa is interested in many areas of physiotherapy, he has a specific passion for treating sports injury developed through a role at the Burnside Heights Football Club and through watching and observing injury and rehabilitation of many sports injuries at the highest level. He believes that the two keys to a successful outcome are knowledge and a positive attitude, so he continues to grow his knowledge base to better serve his clients.

Kathy Porter

Practice Manager

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