Physiotherapists are university educated healthcare professionals trained to assess, diagnose, treat/prevent disease and disability through physical means.
They are experts in movement and function. They work with their clients to overcome pain, stiffness and/or injury. Complaints can be present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or as a result of ageing. They can help you recover quicker or help with ongoing management.
Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities and general health.
Baw Baw Physio and Fitness have qualified and registered physiotherapists who can assist you with your pain, injuries, rehabilitation needs or body complaints.
We treat Private, Medicare (EPC) GP care plan, Work Cover, TAC, NDIS and DVA clients.
Private clients do not require a referral.
Please obtain a referral if you would like to come to Physio under Medicare (EPC) GP care plan, Work Cover or DVA patients.
The following are common treatment methods used by our physiotherapists:
– Exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
– Joint mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
– Muscle re-education to improve control
– Airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
– Soft/Deep tissue massage
– Dry needling
– Assistance with use of braces, crutches, walking sticks to help you move around
An initial consultation at Baw Baw Physio & Fitness consists of you being interviewed by the Physiotherapist in a treatment room. This allows the Physio to gather all the relevant information regarding your complaint. Following this discussion the physiotherapist will then observe your movement and perform special tests to further determine the cause of your problem.
If appropriate you may be provided with a home exercise program. Doing particular exercises at home can be an important part of your recovery/management and it’s very important that you are willing and an active participant in your rehabilitation.
Our physiotherapists allow longer than industry average time for our appointments, so we create adequate time for you to be treated thoroughly and ask any questions you may have.
Comfortable, loose clothing
Expect to uncover the area to be treated (and adjacent areas)
You may wish to wear a singlet if being treated for neck or back pain
GP Referrals (if coming to us through medicare, DVA or workcover)
Reports from any scans you may have had relating to your current complaint
Shoes, if you believe they may be related to your complaint
If being treated under WorkCover or TAC, please bring along your claim details
We have a HICAPS machine available at all our locations for on-the-spot claiming with selected private health funds. Please note, gap fees vary between funds. For an update on participating health funds ‘live’ please refer to HICAPS website www.hicaps.com.au.
Kate Jones started her physiotherapy career studying at the University of Melbourne. Since that time she has been busy treating patients in private practice clinics. Kate has a passion for treating musculoskeletal pain, sporting injuries and instructing group mat classes and on the reformer.
Kate became interested in Physiotherapy while she was a member of the Cheltenham Swimming Club. As a result, Kate takes a keen interest in swimming and understands the benefits of water and water based exercise. Kate also enjoys running, and she believes that to be successful, a training program needs to include cross training, gradual progression and variety.
Since becoming qualified as a physiotherapist, Kate has undertaken further qualifications through Latrobe University in Postgraduate and Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Additionally, Kate has undertaken short courses in a variety of conditions, and will be undertaking further courses in the areas of cancer rehabilitation.
Kate is also the Director of Baw Baw Physiotherapy & Fitness. Kate started Baw Baw Physio and Fitness late in 2014, working out of consulting rooms at Bank Place Medical Centre and then opening our Princes Way clinic in 2015 and then Yarragon in 2016. Kate is very hardworking and dedicated to her business, however her number 1 priority is still her clients and their goals.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Occupational Physiotherapist – Member of the Early Intervention
Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association
Postgraduate Certificate of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Certified Pinc Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist
Shoulder Treatment & Management
Management of disabling low back pain disorders
Corporate Physiotherapy Management
Lyn Watson Shoulder Level 1
Lyn Watson Shoulder Level 2
The Shoulder: Theory and Practice presented by Jeremy Lewis
Elisha graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor health science and a Masters of Physiotherapy at Latrobe University. Since leaving uni she has been involved in working with Victorian teams at the Indoor Netball Nationals, working with the Bon Beach Football Reserves and Seniors teams as their physiotherapist and working in a Private Practice that was very similar to Baw Baw Physio and Fitness. Elisha enjoys treating a variety of conditions including Womens Health, Sporting Injuries, Scoliosis and taking Exercise classes.
What made Elisha want to become a Physiotherapist:
She has always had a fascination for the human body; however it wasn’t until she went through a personal experience with a severe knee injury in 2011 that she found her passion to become a physio. This experience opened up her eyes to the importance of trust, clear communication and motivation with health practitioners when overcoming an injury.
-Masters of Physiotherapy
-Bachelor of Health Science
-Bachelor of Exercise Science & Human Movement
-Bachelor of Psychology
-Hydrotherapy level 1 (2017)
-GEMt Dry Needling (2017)
-APA Spinal Level 1 (2018)
-APA Sports Physiotherapy (2018)
-Lyn watson shoulder course Level 1
Tory Liarakos graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons.) in 2016. She joined our team as a receptionist in 2016 at our Cardinia practice while completing her studies. Tory now works as a Physiotherapist at Baw Baw Physio & Fitness.
With a passion for horses, Tory is a keen rider who competes regularly in showjumping. She also participates in a variety of other sports such as snowboarding, and AFL.
She has recently been accepted into a Masters of Veterinary Physiotherapy at the University of Liverpool. On completion of this two years of continued studies, she will be able to practice on humans, horses, dogs and cats.
As a physiotherapist, Tory is most interested in treating sporting conditions and athletes, however she loves working with all clients and loves helping people. Her treatment philosophies are centred around open communication and creating a positive experience to achieve client’s goals.
When Tory is at home she is surrounded by animals; dogs, cats and too many horses! She is always super busy when not at work doing showjumping competitions, football matches, snowboarding or any other outdoor activity.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons.)
Certificate of membership for Australian Physiotherapy Association
Masters of Veterinary Physiotherapy (In Progress)
Spinal – Level 1
Mastering Lower Limb Tendinopathy
Strength and Conditioning Coaching
Treatment of the Pelvis & Lumbar Spine – Level 1
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