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.
Emily Sayers - Physiotherapist
Emily completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters in Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University in 2014. Since then she has worked in private practice and has experience in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sport-related injuries across all age ranges.
Emily’s passion for Physiotherapy stems from her sporting background and keen interest in all things health and fitness. She played state level netball in the VNL and through her own injury experiences has developed a particular interest in the management and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries, particularly those of the lower limb. Emily is a firm believer in the implementation of injury prevention strategies, as well as evidence-based management and rehabilitation. She has a passion for working with individuals both pre and post-injury to achieve their desired health and fitness goals.
Emily has developed an extensive knowledge base surrounding Strength and Conditioning practices and continues to incorporate this into her daily practice. She regularly leads individualised strength training sessions, as well as a number of exercise-based rehabilitation groups. Additionally, Emily is also qualified in dry needling.
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.
Erin Robson - Physiotherapist
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Physiotherapy. She is currently undertaking her postgraduate Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. Erin 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 and the Australian Country Hockey Team. She is currently a physio for the Western Bulldog’s Women’s VFL team. Erin 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 - Senior 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.
Courtney Kennedy - Physiotherapist
Courtney graduated from the University of Melbourne having completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy degree with Distinction. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology at the University of Canberra.
Courtney has worked in private practice and with various sporting teams, including athletics, AFL and soccer. Courtney enjoys implementing individualised rehabilitation programs for both the recovery and prevention of injuries in a variety of age groups and conditions. She is involved in supervising Clinical Pilates classes, as well as tailoring one-on-one programs. Courtney has also completed professional development in dry needling.
Courtney has a sporting background having competed at a national level for athletics, cross country, and touch football.
Scott Mitchinson - Physiotherapist
Scott completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2013 and graduated with distinction. He has since started post-graduate studies and is currently completing a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.
Scott enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries and is dedicated to providing up to date, evidence based treatment techniques. Scott has experience in post-operative rehabilitation and enjoys using a combination of manual therapy and exercise based interventions with the goal of giving each of his clients a clear pathway to recovery. To compliment this he has completed additional training in Clinical Pilates, dry needling and TRX suspension training.
Scott has a unique background in baseball and cricket and has a special interest in treating the overhead athlete. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist Scott spent 6 years in the United States playing professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics organisations and has represented Australia in a number of international competitions. Additional to this Scott was the throwing/fielding coach for the Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers cricket teams from 2014-16.
Away from the clinic Scott enjoys staying active and is a social runner, golfer and surfer. He keeps himself busy as a current physiotherapist for the Victorian men’s gymnastics high performance centre and sports trainer for the West Coast Eagles football club.
Sam Turner - Podiatrist
Sam is a Podiatrist with dual qualifications in Prosthetics & Orthotics as well as a Master of Podiatric Practice both achieved at La Trobe University. Sam has an interest in all areas of Podiatry but has a keen focus on biomechanics and complex orthotic presentations. Sam thoroughly enjoys incorporating both professions to achieve the best possible outcomes for his patients.
Sam’s passion for learning and continuing development has taken him across the globe, finishing his placements in Ireland as well as working in New Zealand.
From these experiences, Sam has aimed to explore new horizons and constantly challenge himself to provide the best quality care to his patients.
Outside of Podiatry and orthotics, Sam has a particular interest in Australian Rules Football playing in Melbourne as well as hiking, having walked the Kokoda track and successfully completing Oxfam’s Trailwalker.
Karina Chilman - Physiotherapist
Karina is currently on leave while working as a Physiotherapist with Cirque Du Soleil in Japan. 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.
Kate Watts - Physiotherapist
Kate is currently on extended leave. She is off to see the World!
Kate completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters in Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. 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.
Since graduating Kate has worked in private practice and with sporting teams focusing on injury prevention and management. Kate currently complements her clinc work as physiotherapist at the Western Bulldogs VFL Womens team. 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 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