Ben Smith - Senior Physiotherapist
In 1999, Ben completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at The University of Melbourne. Since 2003, Ben has continued to work in private practice Physiotherapy and has been Director of Errol Street Physiotherapy since 2005.
Between 2004-2010, Ben balanced this work with involvement at The University of Melbourne, teaching Physiotherapy students.
Ben is a member of Sports Physiotherapy Australia and maintains ongoing skills and interest in all areas of sport, including Aussie Rules, Cricket, Netball, Football and Basketball. He has a particular interest in injury management of Australian Rules Footballers, and is also a keen follower of the game.
Ben complements this with a strong grounding in occupational physiotherapy, with a particular interest in neck and back pain related to prolonged desk work.
Shane O’Sullivan - Senior Physiotherapist
Shane Completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Latrobe University in 2005, and has recently completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at Latrobe University. He is now a titled APA Sports Physiotherapist.
Shane currently shares his time between the Errol Street clinic & Western Bulldogs FC. He takes great pride in the injury prevention strategies employed with effect at the Bulldogs, particularly in the area of persistent groin pain.
Shane’s background has involved working predominantly with VFL/AFL football, A-League soccer and as part of a multidisciplinary team within the field of sports medicine. Throughout his career Shane developed proficiency in treating a spectrum of sporting injuries, from elite athletes to the weekend warrior, and prides himself on staying updated with the latest research/developments in the sports medicine industry. Shane’s special interests involve assessment & management of pelvic/hip injuries, sporting groin injuries and disorders of the lower limb & shoulder.
John Mastwyk – Senior Physiotherapist
John completed his Physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University in 2005. He has since completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and is a Titled APA Sports Physiotherapist.
John has a strong interest in the AFL and currently also works for the Essendon Football Club. He has gained experience working with various private practices and sporting teams around Melbourne.
John complements his clinical work with teaching at La Trobe University's undergraduate physiotherapy program. He has an interest in treating martial arts injuries, having trained in karate for over 10 years.
John has completed additional training in Clinical Pilates and Strength and Conditioning.
Karina Chilman - Physiotherapist
Karina graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2011. She has also completed her certificate in Advanced Sports Rehabilitation via Curtin University in 2014 and is currently completing the Masters in Sports Physiotherapy program at Latrobe University.
Karina has worked and travelled interstate with sporting teams as a Physiotherapist with numerous programs including National Level Basketball, TAC Cup Football, Victorian Representative Dance and Big V Basketball.
Karina has further training in Clinical Pilates and provides 1-on-1 Pilates assessments and sessions. She runs Clinical Pilates small group classes with individually tailored programs to work on the clients specific needs.
She has a particular interest in pre and post-natal pain and provides safe and effective exercise programs for clients during this time.
Karina’s other clinical interests include Tendon pain and management, post operative rehabilitation, dry needling and lower limb biomechanics.
Zach Nelson - Physiotherapist
Zach completed a Bachelor in Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. His passion for physiotherapy stems from a long history of both team and individual sports, with a particular interest in hockey, swimming and track and field at national and international level.
Zach has worked with sporting teams in an injury management and performance capacity for four years, including Australian Rules, Hockey and Track & Field from local right up to international level. His interests include strength & conditioning, biomechanical analysis, running technique development and sports specific gym training.
He uses this experience to develop a well rounded plan to achieve the best return to function, while empowering clients with the knowledge and skills to take control of their health.
Paul Bamford – Remedial Massage Therapist
Paul completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in 2013 to complement a Certificate in Sports Massage completed in 1991. In 2017, Paul achieved the highest level of certification with the internationally recognised Niel Asher Technique Trigger Point Therapy accreditation (NAT Level 3).
Paul has practiced at Errol Street Physiotherapy since November 2013 and has quickly developed a solid and growing clientele. He is passionate about working closely with his colleagues to share knowledge and achieve better client outcomes.
Paul specialises in a variety of deep tissue massage techniques and has developed a reputation for his strong, firm massage style. He will work with you to reduce tension, restriction and pain to restore ease of movement and postural correctness.
Brenton Egglestone - Physiotherapist
Brenton completed a Master of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. His interest in physiotherapy came from his experience playing multiple team sports, in particular Australian Rules where he played in the VFL through his university year. Brenton compliments his work at the Errol Street Spinal and Sports Physiotherapy with work at the North Melbourne Football Club.
Brenton uses the strategies employed at the Kangaroos to ensure each and every patient is treated as an elite athlete to ensure the best possible outcomes. He has a keen interest in a wide variety of injuries including back pain and knee and ankle injuries. Brenton takes great pride in utilising biomechanical assessment and injury prevention strategies to ensure his patients achieve long term solutions rather than just short term relief.
Erin Robson - Physiotherapist
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Physiotherapy, and has since worked in private practice with experience in spinal, sports and occupational physiotherapy. Erin is currently undertaking her postgraduate Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy. She has continued her professional development in areas of Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and Pain Science.
Erin has worked with a number of sporting teams including Women’s AFL/VFL and the Australian Country Hockey Team. She has specific interests in AFL, Hockey, Snow Sports and Crossfit.
Erin brings a wealth of knowledge regarding biomechanics paired with strength & conditioning. In particular, she is passionate about finding the source of each individual’s pain and developing a specific plan to enable happier and healthier lives.
Rees Thomas - Physiotherapist
Rees completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University and prior to this a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University, majoring in Exercise Physiology. He is now working towards a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.
Rees is currently working at Melbourne Victory FC as the A-League Physiotherapist. Before this, Rees spent 2 years working in the United Kingdom, including Physiotherapist to the London Broncos Rugby League team and at the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea.
Rees currently shares his time between Melbourne Victory FC and Errol Street Physiotherapy. He has a strong interest in the rehabilitation of all injuries, in particular, acute injuries to the shoulder and knee. Rees has additional training in Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates and Strength & Conditioning.
Rees combines his passion for and experience in musculoskeletal and sports Physiotherapy and experience playing senior VFL Football and Premier Cricket, to most appropriately assist patients and athletes.
Kate Watts - Physiotherapist
Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters in Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.
Since graduating Kate has worked in private practice and with sporting teams focusing on injury prevention and management. Kate has further training in Clinical Pilates and has completed Dance Medicine Australia training. Kate enjoys running Clinical Pilates classes and one-on-one sessions tailored to patient’s individual needs. Kate has also completed professional development in dry needling which she utilises regularly.
Kate has a keen interest in the biomechanics of the body and sporting injuries, in particular those of the lower limb. Kate enjoys finding the cause of people’s pain and developing an appropriate management plan focusing on this.
Kate’s passion for physiotherapy stems from her love of being physically fit and active and appreciates that her job allows her to help people regain or maintain their mobility.