Our team at Victoria Physiotherapy Group is conveniently located within the Victoria Medical Group building in East Victoria Park. Matt Thomson is the managing director, possessing over 10 years of clinical experience in the physiotherapy field, specialising in the diagnosis and management of spinal and musculo-skeletal injuries.
Matt Thomson BSc-Physio, BSc-Hum.Mvt, DipEd (Managing Director)
Matt originally attained a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement at the University of WA, followed by a Diploma of Education (Physical Education). This formed the foundation of Matt’s interest into injury management and physical rehabilitation, which he further developed with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. Matt expresses a keen interest in the diagnosis and treatment of sporting injuries, with swimming, golf and football being his specialty areas.
Matt has spent considerable time working with local sporting teams including East Fremantle Football Club and University Football Club. Matt has ongoing commitments in the field of physical rehabilitation and Pilates, including one-on-one hydrotherapy and gym programs. Matt also provides on-site physiotherapy services to various corporate workplaces and is a qualified Anatomical Acupuncture practitioner.
Emily graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from University of Southampton in England in 2004. Having completed rotations in an acute hospital in Oxford, England she gained extensive skills in acute and chronic respiratory, oncology, neurological rehabilitation, and chronic musculoskeletal. She was also a physiotherapist for a local Rugby Union Team providing pre and post game treatment. Since moving to Australia in 2010, Emily has worked in private musculoskeletal in regional NSW where she gained accreditation as an APPI Pilates Instructor.
Emily has a special interest in rehabilitation of sports injuries and musculoskeletal complaints using a broad range of treatment approaches including Kinetic Link Training, Clinical Pilates and movement retraining. Emily has further training in Spinal Manual Therapy and is very successful with hands on pain management using acupuncture, soft tissue and joint mobilisation. Combining this approach with education and ensuring clients understand how to maintain their own wellbeing is the primary treatment focus.
Outside of work Emily’s love is triathlon and she has completed numerous 70.3 Ironman competitions as well as local road running, trail running and swimming events.
Loretta completed a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) from Curtin in 1997 and spent 10 months as a new graduate working in a rural setting at Carnarvon Regional Hospital (WA). Following that she returned to Singapore and spent 2 years working in private hospital settings gaining extensive experience in paediatrics, geriatrics and Women’s Health.
In 2000, she returned to Perth and undertook post grad studies at UWA graduating in 2001 with Masters in Musculoskeletal Studies. Following that she spent 7 years in a private rehabilitation clinic with the main focus on musculoskeletal rehabilitation before joining VPG in 2009
Loretta has also undergone training in Clinical Pilates and Anatomical Acupuncture.
Elesha Mcfarlane (Director of Pilates)
Elesha completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2000, graduating with distinction. Following graduation, Elesha gained a wide range of experience working at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. In 2002, Elesha traveled to the United Kingdom and worked in both London and in Northern Ireland, gaining valuable knowledge from colleagues abroad. On return, Elesha entered into private practice and quickly developed a strong interest in Pilates. She completed a year long qualification encompassing both mat based exercises and studio Pilates using the reformer, trapeze table and wunda chair.
Elesha has also undertaken further training in Anatomical Acupuncture and Women’s Health. Elesha is an accredited practitioner in the Sarah Key method. This has provided an excellent framework for treatment, often employing the use of the heel to mobilise the lumbar and thoracic spines. Her specialist areas include the lumbar spine, the cervical spine and prevention of pain through exercise.
Michelle has been practicing Physiotherapy since graduating from Curtin University in 2000. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Physical Education, with a focus in athletic therapy and exercise physiology, from Brock University in Canada. Michelle has gained valuable knowledge and experience working in both hospital and private practice settings in Canada and Australia.
Michelle has finally found her passion in private practice and during the last 4 years she has pursued her studies completing her Clinical Pilates Level 1 & 2 qualification as well as becoming certified with the Anatomical Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. Michelle has a special interest in core rehabilitation, as well as shoulder and neck injuries. As a keen athlete herself, Michelle has become actively involved in Swim Smooth, assisting and educating athletes, particularly triathletes, in the assessment and management of sporting injuries. If you would like to learn more about Swim Smooth please visit; www.swimsmooth.com
Lara spent her younger years training and competing in the national club gymnastics arena. Having experienced first hand many sport injuries she chose to pursue a career in sports injury rehabilitation. Her formal training included a Bachelor in Exercise Physiology at UWA followed by Graduate Entry Masters in Physiotherapy at Curtin in 2003. During her education, she worked in local fitness clubs personal training as well as coaching junior gymnastics.
Moving to Sydney, in 2003 Lara worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice, helping people with acute and chronic injuries. Her clients ranged from professional rugby players, dancers, to people with neurological conditions.
Lara completed a Diploma in Pilates Rehabilitation in 2008 before returning to Perth in 2010. Lara brings to VPG her expertise in core stability and neuromuscular training for sports injury or post-op recovery and a growing interest in women’s health in particularly pre and postpartum.
Melinda graduated from Curtin University in 1994 and has since worked almost exclusively in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy both in Australia and the UK. She has been teaching clinical pilates since 2007 and has training in the Polestar Pilates method. She has a particular interest in dry needling, myofascial therapy and core stability training for rehabilitation of kinds of musculoskeletal problems.
Karlee attained a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin University, graduating in 2004 with distinction. Upon graduating, Karlee started immediately in private practice physiotherapy and has done ongoing training in Pilates, Acupuncture and Women’s Health physiotherapy. Karlee is enthusiastic about injury prevention and management, for both sporting and work-related injuries. She is focused on active treatment and exercise rehabilitation, and aims to include every client as a part of their own recovery.
Aleece holds a Masters of Physiotherapy degree from Curtin University. She also has previously completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and a Post Graduate Diploma of Exercise Physiology from the University of Western Australia. She enjoys treating a range of different conditions and has developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation.
Aleece utilises her back ground as an Exercise Physiologist to design individual and specific rehabilitation programs for each of her patients. She aims to address the cause of the problem and not just treat the symptoms. She also uses a combination of manual therapy and dry needling to achieve the best results.
Alongside her work in the clinic, Aleece has also spent many years working with a number of sporting teams. This primarily includes amateur football and state league netball. She is also the current team physio for the Swan Districts Colts WAFL football team.
Sarah graduated from Curtin University in 2012 and began her career working as an inpatient physiotherapist at SJOG Murdoch where she gained experience in cardiorespiratory, ICU and women’s health physiotherapy before moving into musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Sarah has worked in private practice for the last 3 years and has completed additional training in acupuncture/dry needling, functional strength and conditioning and DMA clinical pilates. Sarah places a strong emphasis on exercise rehabilitation and core stabilisation in her treatment of clients as she believes this is the key to long term recovery from any injury.
Sarah has worked with a number of amateur football teams and enjoyed treating a range of sporting injuries and utilising kineseo-taping techniques to assist in injury prevention and recovery. She has a passion for health and fitness and is a keen long distance runner, competing in road and trail running events ranging from 10km- marathons.
Rebecca holds a Masters of Physiotherapy degree and has previously completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. Rebecca combines her background in private practice and corporate health to deliver a holistic treatment, Rebecca is passionate about helping her clients achieve a positive outcome through hands on treatment, rehabilitation and self-management strategies.
Rebecca enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and developed a keen interest in facilitating return to sport, injury prevention strategies and exercise rehabilitation.
Rebecca has a love for exercise and finds her own experience in a number of sports has deepened her understanding of working with athletes. Outside of the clinic Rebecca enjoys keeping fit and healthy and has a keen interest in triathlons and has completed distances ranging from sprint to Ironman competitions.