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Practitioners

 

Dr Andrew Comer

Sports Chiropractor

Pilates Instructor

Rita Goudonis

Remedial Massage Therapist
Barre & Pilates Instructor

Rachel Munnink

Podiatrist

Dr Gianni DiCarlo

Chiropractor

Pilates Instructor

Dr Luke Nelson

Sports Chiropractor

Running Assessments

Dr Louise Nelson

Chiropractor

Joseph Ferraro

Naturopath

Acupuncturist

Gio Navarrete

Remedial Massage Therapist

Jada Lim

Pilates Instructor

 

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 is also completing his qualifications in clinical pilates and has a strong focus on corrective exercises and rehab.

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.

Dr Louise Nelson

Chiropractor

Dr. Louise has been in private practice for 14 years, beginning here at ‘Specific Chiropractic’.  Dr. Louise completed her Chiropractic degree at RMIT University in 2004, and since then 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. In 2019, Dr. Louise looks forward to adding to this by completing her Polestar Pilates instructor training.

 

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.

Dr Luke Nelson

Chiropractor and 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.

Rita Goudonis

Remedial Massage Therapist, Barre and Pilates 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.

 

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

Rachel Munnink

Podiatrist

Rachel is an experienced podiatrist who has predominately work in private practice since completing her studies at LaTrobe University in 2011. Rachel has particular interest in Biomechanics and management of musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and lower limb, and has completed additional qualifications in applying Foot Mobilisation and Manipulation Techniques (FMT) and Dry Needling in her treatment plan as well as footwear, gait assessments, orthotic therapy and exercise programs. FMT can be used to treat

a range of foot pathologies or musculoskeletal conditions to restore normal joint function and range of motion, aiding the body in creating physiological changes to postural alignment.

 

She is also passionate about Diabetic foot care management and education. Rachel is a firm believer in early intervention and prevention of complications associated with chronic conditions, such as Diabetes, arthritis, kidney or heart disease, whilst encouraging a holistic approach to patient care. Rachel loves working with all patients who are young – and young at heart! She has considerable experience treating the ageing community and enjoys management of various conditions keepings clients comfortable and ambulatory.

Rachel is a member of the Australian Association of Podiatry through which she completes professional development, receiving the most up to date evidence based treatment.

Podiatric services provided at Spine Health and Stability are:

· General nail/skin care including ingrown toenail management or surgery, wart treatment,

fungal nail and skin conditions or cracked and painful heels

· Diabetes footcare assessment and education

· Sporting injuries

· Heel, ankle or arch pain

· Biomechanical and gait analysis

· Foot Mobilisation and Manipulation

· Orthotic therapy – custom and prefabricated

· Children’s foot care and assessment

· Footwear advice

Rachel is available all day Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. Please ask reception or call 9852 3044. Enhanced Primary Care Plans and DVA accepted.

Gio Navarette

Remedial Massage Therapist

Giovanni is a skilled and caring Remedial and Relaxation Therapist.

A graduate of Victoria University, he has broad experience in relaxation, remedial and rehabilitation techniques including: all major massage techniques, sports, massage, deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, muscle stretching, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, muscle energy technique.

His area of treatment includes: chronic pain: chronic fatigue, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, sport injury prevention: dislocations, pulled muscles, ankle, shoulder pain, remedial rehab massage: congenital conditions. cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, stroke, Bell's palsy, Cancer: holistic massage, Swedish massage.

He has treated clients across a wide age range with his remedial massage therapy. A passionate therapist, Gio enjoys working closely with clients on a joint plan to achieve their health and well-being goals.

Jada Lim

Pilates Instructor

Jada Lim has many years experience as a pilates instructor both in Australia and Singapore. Her studio, reformer and mat pilates sessions are very popular due to there variations and the amazing teaching skills that Jada brings.

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