Practitioners

 

Dr Andrew Comer

Sports Chiropractor

Pilates Instructor

Rita Goudonis

Remedial Massage Therapist
Barre & Pilates Instructor

Milva Agostini

Podiatrist

Dr Gianni DiCarlo

Chiropractor

Pilates Instructor

Dr Luke Nelson

Sports Chiropractor

Running Assessments

Dr Louise Nelson

Chiropractor

Pilates Instructor

Joseph Ferraro

Naturopath

Acupuncturist

Dr Xavier Lai

Chiropractor

Linda Bear

Myotherapist

Jada Lim

Pilates Instructor

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Dr. Andrew Comer

Chiropractor & Pilates Instructor

Dr. Andrew Comer completed a five year double degree in a Bachelor of Applied Clinical Science and a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at the univeristy of RMIT in 1999. Since that time he has worked 6 days a week and opened and built 3 busy mutli discplinary clinics. Dr Comer utilises the Gonstead method of Chiropractic for which he has attained diplomate status in from the Gonstead Society of Australia, he uses exercise prescription and lifestyle modifications to get the best results for his patients. Dr Comer allows the latest evidence available to guide him in his clinical decision making.

Sports Chiropractor - Dr Comer has completed a 3 year post graduate diploma and is an internationally certified chiropractic sports practitioner . This course is run by the Federation of Sports Chiropractic in Geneva and is the minimum qualification required to be part of a FICS chiropractic delegation for a national or international event such as the Olympics and World Games.

Dr Comer is a very keen cyclist racing domestically (now in masters!) , has competed in one marathon, running a 3:12 and has competed in several half ironman, open water swims and half marathons. In his youth he played high level competitive basketball. His passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle led him to his post graduate studies in Sports Chiropractic.

Dr. Comer is married and has two very active children. He has also attained diplomate status of the Gonstead Chiropractic system and has completed a certificate in Paediatric Chiropractic. He has cared for patients with various health complaints since 2000.

Pilates/rehab Instructor - Dr Comer focuses not only on hands on treatment he has completed his qualifications in clinical Pilates and has a strong focus on corrective exercises and rehab.

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Dr. Gianni DiCarlo

Chiropractor & Pilates Instructor

Dr. Gianni DiCarlo has a passion for Gonstead chiropractic, which developed following his recovery from debilitating daily headaches. Now, he aims to bring the specific Gonstead chiropractic approach to as many people as he can. Dr. Gianni is continually adding to his chiropractic knowledge, having attained Gonstead Diplomate status and completed a Certificate in Paediatric Chiropractic. He has also undertaken extensive study to become a Polestar educated Pilates Instructor. 

 

Dr. Gianni is married and a father of three. He has cared for their spines since they were born, believing in early intervention, rather than waiting until problems present themselves as symptoms.  

 

Dr. Gianni also has a passion for running, having completed six half-marathons and 3 full marathons as well as countless other fun runs. He also played a very high standard of tennis until the age of 16, when he decided to concentrate on his studies. This experience has aided in his ability to understand and manage many of the injuries that are often related to running as well as other sports.

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Dr. Louise Nelson

Chiropractor & Pilates Instructor

Dr. Louise completed her Chiropractic degree at RMIT University in 2004, Dr. Louise has been in private practice since then, beginning here at ‘Specific Chiropractic’. As with all practitioners here, the thirst for knowledge continues, and she has completed several post-graduate seminars and certificates – primarily Gonstead, and paediatrics.

 

She has undergone extensive postgraduate education in Chiropractic Paediatrics, having worked in a chiropractic Paediatric only practice for 9 years. She looks forward to bringing her skill set and passion to the clinic. Dr. Louise also enjoys adding to her care with benefits of rehabilitation and exercise through Pilates, and is an instructor here at the clinic.

 

Dr. Louise believes in a wholistic approach to health management incorporating lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and rehabilitation recommendations to support each of her patients. Her special interest is in treating children and infants, though enjoys caring for people in all walks of life.

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Dr. Xavier Lai

Chiropractor

Dr. Xavier graduated from RMIT University with a double degree of Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic). Dr. Xavier’s Chiropractic journey began with his recovery from a low back pain injury he sustained in his youth while actively playing basketball through the help of chiropractic, which transpired into his passion for the profession. 
 
Dr. Xavier specializes in the Gonstead system of Chiropractic and is a member of the Gonstead Chiropractic Society Australia. His passion and dedication in Gonstead grew from personally experiencing the effectiveness of the Gonstead approach in improving pain and function on both himself and his patients.
 
As a former athlete himself, Dr. Xavier has a special interest in restoring and maintaining optimal movement and function of the body through good spinal health with Chiropractic and rehabilitative care.
 
Dr. Xavier spent 2 years studying in International Medical University in Malaysia before transferring to RMIT University to complete his studies in the next 3 years. In his years of study here in Australia, Dr. Xavier worked as a sports trainer with footy clubs in Victoria to help athletes manage their injuries and improve their performance.
 
Coming from a multi-cultural country of Malaysia, Dr. Xavier speaks multiple languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka and Bahasa Melayu! Feel free to speak with him in those languages if they are your native tongue!

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Dr. Xavier 是我们诊所的最新成员。他毕业于皇家墨尔本理工大学(RMIT University) 的脊骨神经医学系的双学士学位课程【Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)】。Dr. Xavier 擅长于运用脊骨神经医学的Gonstead system来帮助病人改善他们的疼痛与脊椎健康。如果您有任何关节疼痛(颈椎,腰椎,手脚关节),头痛,运动伤痛,椎间盘突出,坐骨神经痛,或者任何关于脊椎健康的疑问,他能够帮到您。
 
Dr. Xavier 曾经是一名篮球运动员,因此他了解脊椎及关节的健康对于一名运动员的重要性。除此之外,他曾在维多利亚两家足球队担任运动培训师,专为运动员处理运动伤痛及备赛.
 
Dr. Xavier 在来到澳洲之前,在马来西亚的国际医药大学 (International Medical University) 就读两年,之后再转学到澳洲的皇家墨尔本理工大学 (RMIT University) 就读三年完成他的双学士学位。来自一个多元种族的国家马来西亚,除了英文和马来语之外,他还会说中文,广东话,福建话和客家话。若您想要咨询一位能够用以上的语言沟通的医师的话,欢迎您联络我们咨询更多详情或预约。

 

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Dr. Luke Nelson

Sports Chiropractor & Running Assessments

Luke has been in private practice since graduating from RMIT in 2003. His post graduate qualifications in sports chiropractic include an International Certified Chiropractic Sports Diploma, a post graduate diploma in Sports Chiropractic and a Masters in Sports Science.

 

Luke has involvement in a number of organisations including Finance chair of FICS, education chair of Sports Chiropractic Australia and board member of the Victorian State branch of Sports Medicine Australia.  Luke treats elite athletes from a variety of sports including athletics, cricket, AFL, mixed martial arts, triathlon, water polo, tennis and golf.

 

Luke has presented both nationally and internationally on sports chiropractic and was recently awarded the 2016 Sports Chiropractic Australia outstanding service award.

 

An avid runner himself, Luke has completed multiple marathons, Iron Man triathlons and ultramarathons. Luke is co-director of Enhance running, whose purpose is to help people enjoy running and avoid injury through teaching running technique.

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Rita Goudonis

Remedial massage Therapist, Pilates & Barre Instructor

Rita's passion is to help heal through a natural approach to pain relief. Rita has been trained in a range of modalities including Myofascial tension technique with passive and active movement, Digital Ischaemic pressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping, Sports massage and stretching technique.

Her approach is to treat through a range of motion (movement) to actively treat the cause of pain. She enjoys keeping fit through walking, Pilates and Barre. These fitness choices have led her to enhance her career as she's currently completing a certificate in Pilates with the long term goal of a Diploma in Pilates. Rita is also a Barre instructor.

She's also furthering her skills by undertaking the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy and Barre in 2019.

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Linda Bear

Myotherapist

Linda has worked successfully for the past 8 years within the Allied Health Environment and views Myotherapy as the perfect adjunct to Chiropractic care. She believes an integrative and considered approach ensures the most effective and successful patient outcomes.

She is committed to delivering exceptional, individual treatment, providing relief from injury and discomfort in a nurturing, professional environment.

“Muscles are utilized in absolutely everything that we do, however we take their importance for granted. They support, protect and keep us mobile. Keeping them in tune with the rest of our bodies can increase our health and well being on so many levels.

My skill set is broad with special interests in Oncology Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and techniques suitable for Central Nervous System issues to complement my Soft Tissue techniques.

My Qualifications include, Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy, Diploma of Remedial Massage, Certificate IV in Massage Therapy, Oncology Support Therapist (level II), Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Certificate Bowen Therapy

Linda’s background began in the Textiles industry and is an accomplished Quiltmaker, having exhibited both within Australia and internationally. A significant shoulder injury and consequent introduction to the world of “Soft Tissue” lead to her change in career path.

Family, a menagerie of pets, walking and strength training round out Linda’s active lifestyle.

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Joseph Ferraro

Naturopath & Laser Acupuncturist

Joseph is an experienced Naturopath and a registered Acupuncturist and has been in practice since 1993. Joseph is dedicated to finding and treating the root cause of your health concern. Having been in practice for over 20 years Joseph has a wide breadth of clinical knowledge and experience.  Joseph has practiced laser Acupuncture since 1997, a modern and needle free technique.  Joseph also combines  his Naturopathy and Acupuncture with Low Level Laser Therapy  ( LLLT) for a wide range of pain conditions, sports injuries and skin disorders.

 

Joseph enjoys providing a broad based family practice, and also has areas of special interest in :

  • Women’s health conditions

  • Pain conditions both acute and chronic

  • Chronic, long standing ailments

  • Skin conditions and Cosmetic Acupuncture

  • Weight management

  • Healthy aging and wellness care

Milva

Milva Agostini

Podiatrist

I graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Podiatric Practice. I have been working as a Podiatrist in private practice and also in the Aged care industry.

 

I believe that keeping active is vital for our physical and mental health, and in the later years, for our independence!
 

My scope of services includes (but is not limited to);

1.     Ingrown toe nail surgery

2.     Diabetes foot assessments and management

3.     Callous and corn debridement

4.     Nail management

5.     Footwear advice

6.     Orthotic therapy

 

As helping people is my fundamental passion, podiatry has allowed me to aid the vulnerable through treatment and management of the foot and ankle. While I have a particular interest in the foot health of the elderly and people managing diabetes, my focus has always remained on treating the ‘whole’ person. Whether you need help with sore feet, calluses, corns, warts, fungal infections or general aches and pains (and much more), I can help you enjoy increased health and happiness via the care of your feet.

I also volunteer each year at the Oxfam 100km Trail walk event. I especially love this event because you get no better greeting from someone who has just found me at the 50km+ check point. They sit on my table with such a look of relief and gratitude for my foot treatment that will keep them going to the finish line. It has been very rewarding and a great cause to support.

In my spare time, I enjoy my family, reading, cooking and keeping fit!

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Jada Lim

Pilates Instructor

Being an ever-active person, it did not take long before Jada eventually chose to go into Pilates and endorsing this highly rehabilitative form of exercise. Before that Jada was an internationally trained tennis player who trained in Singapore, Malaysia and eventually Australia where she studied, Exercise and Sports Science.

After university, Jada worked as a marketing executive. While working Jada continued her passion for sports – running and tennis. It was during this time she injured her lower back, and had recurring lower back pains. Jada realizes that she would need to change the way she moves, and that was when she discovered Pilates and the benefits of it. She left her job as a marketing executive and went back to reignite her passion in human movement. In that period Jada took on her teacher training course with Polestar Pilates and became a certified Studio/Rehab Pilates Instructor.

As a firm believer in the notion of mind-over-matter, Jada believes in providing people with a well-rounded holistic approach to the science of Pilates. She aims to bring her experience in the sports field along with her nurturing and positive nature, to help her clients improve their fitness level while bringing awareness to their postures and alignments thus easing their pain.