Meet the Team

Physio Fitness Meet the team Seaford

Meet the Team

Morgan Deegan Physiotherapist Physio Fitness Clinic Seaford

MORGAN DEEGAN

B Sc (Physiotherapy) – Curtin University
Post Grad Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy – LaTrobe University

Morgan Deegan is a passionate Physiotherapist and Director of Physio and Fitness Clinic. She focuses on treating each client with an individual, goal oriented approach. She is an expert at looking at the body holistically and ensuring that each step of the process to recover is managed and thoroughly understood by the client.

In particular, Morgan has extensive experience in gait analysis (both in the running population and general public wanting to be able to walk and stand for longer periods) and thoracic spine management – including those with postural related neck and shoulder issues. She has a history of assisting clients in the pre and post op surgical state to get the best results possible.

Morgan has a social media presence as The Physio Runner (insta and facie), where she shares ideas and tips on management for the injured and non-injured runner.

Morgan has over 10 sessions per week of Group Physiotherapy (Clinical Pilates), which she uses to assist her clients to achieve lasting improvements in their physical function. She has recently completed further training in BPPV (vertigo) management to assist those clients with their long term management of BPPV.

Post grad courses completed:

  • La Trobe Sports Graduate Certificate
  • LJ Lee Sports Thorax
  • LJ Lee Connect Therapy
  • The Modern Triathlete
  • Running Repairs Course
  • Running Analysis
  • Level one and two Sports
  • Level One Spinal
  • The Sporting Hip and Groin
  • Upper and Lower Limb Tendinopathy course
  • The everyday foot and ankle course
  • The everyday shoulder course
  • Shoulder level one course
  • Retraining optimal hip biomechanics course
  • BPPV training online Physio Course
  • Rocktape course
  • Pilates strength rehabilitation course

 

Liam Crowley Physiotherapist Physio Fitness Clinic Seaford

LIAM CROWLEY

B. Physiotherapy (hons)
Research Associate – Monash Musculoskeletal Research Unit (MMRU)

Liam’s passion for physiotherapy was born through his own rehabilitation of a long list of injuries mainly sustained while playing Rugby League and Union as a junior athlete. Liam then undertook a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) at Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW, with an honours research project focusing on Lower limb biomechanics and joint stability.

Liam continued his role in research working as a research assistant in the Monash University physiotherapy department, which has now led to him undertaking his PhD in lower limb tendon pain and the role of strength and motor control. He has presented his research internationally at the 2019 International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) conference in Canada, and has been involved in multiple publications regarding Achilles tendon pain.

Liam has a special interest in the treatment of; tendinopathy (tendinitis), running related injuries,  weightlifters/ powerlifters/ crossfitters, and rehabilitation of sports related knee injuries.

Post graduate courses:

  • PhD research (current)
  • Running retraining and rehabilitation
  • Dry needling – CPD health
  • Mastering Lower Limb Tendinopathy
  • Sports Medicine Australia running symposium
  • International Society of Biomechanics 2019 congress
  • Rocktape skills course
  • Pilates Strength rehabilitation course
Alli Jennings Myotherapist Physio Fitness Clinic Seaford

ALLI JENNINGS

Dip. Remedial massage therapy
Av. dip. Myotherapy

Alli is a motivated, bubbly myotherapist whose interest in the musculoskeletal system stemmed from being involved in team sports and swimming; both competitively and as an instructor.  After retiring from swimming, Alli turned to training at the gym and due to poor instruction and lack of knowledge; injured herself. It was then that she became passionate about the importance of moving correctly as well as taking care of your body, with its benefits being both physical and mental.

Alli’s favourite thing about her job is being a part of her clients health journey and seeing them succeed in their goals no matter how big or small. Alli believes that feeling strong empowers you to be a better version of yourself.

Alli enjoys treating clients who want to prevent injury, increase their range of motion, manage their pain or return back to an active lifestyle.

Alli has a special interest in lower back/hip pain.

Post graduate courses:

  • Adv manual therapy techniques
  • Joint mobilisations of cervical spine and lumbar spine
  • Business development
  • Functional release cupping
  • Myofascial dry needling
  • Kinesio-taping
  • Electro-stim dry needling
  • Rocktape skills course
  • Pilates Strength rehabilitation course
Catherine Bainbridge Physiotherapist Physio Fitness Clinic Seaford

CATHARINE BAINBRIDGE

Dip. Remedial massage therapy
Av. dip. Myotherapy

Cat completed her myotherapy qualification in 2009 with an academic excellence award. She had completed a medical science degree but found the lack of people interaction in this career path unsuited to her personality.

Cat has always had interest in helping people with their musculoskeletal pain; and found that myotherapy was the perfect balance where she could spend quality time with her patients mapping out management plans for their pain complaints whilst addressing their soft tissue needs.

Cat has a keen interest in chronic pain, women’s health issues (mum of 2 young kids), jaw & facial pain, neck pain and headaches as well as foot health. She still is very passionate about her work after over a decade of hands-on healthcare and is also involved in teaching both myotherapy and massage for tertiary level institutions for the past 5 years.

Cat was awarded a service excellence award in 2012 by the rotary club of Bundoora for outstanding customer service.

In her spare time Cat likes to do long distance running with her Vizsla, swimming, scuba diving, and messing about with her kids.

Post graduate courses:

  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • TMJ (Jaw) management
  • Footwear prescription
  • Cervical spine treatment
  • Pregnancy Myotherapy
  • Tendinopathy Workshop
  • Joanne Elphinton biomechanics workshops
  • Functional Cupping
  • Rocktape skills course
  • Pilates Strength rehabilitation course

TEMIKA RAE-PETERS

Dip. Remedial massage therapy

During her six years of working in Real Estate Temika received an injury in her ribs, after over six months of seeing various practitioners and not having any relief she found a Myotherapist that was able to help her. From then on she became fascinated with the human body and how myotherapy and remedial massage are able to help people. This then led Temika to complete her Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2021. 

From her previous role she understands how much sitting at a desk can take a toll on the body therefore, she has taken a special interest in necks and treating those who are also sitting at a desk all day. Temika has been trained by both remedial massage therapists and myotherapists (including P+FC’s Senior Myotherapist Catharine Bainbridge) and comes highly recommended by both her peers and lecturing staff. Temika has a caring client centred approach with a strong belief in the healing power of remedial treatment paired with movement. 

Her next goal is to become a qualified myotherapist, which she can’t wait for!

Patrick Seaford Physio

PATRICK VALLANCE

Patrick is an experienced Physio, having graduated in 2016, who stepped straight into Private Practice. He splits his time between a Clinical Role and work on Research of tendon injuries and arthritis.

Patrick is passionate about helping people regain their full capacity and returning to the activities that are most meaningful to them.

Sophie Welch physio fitness clinic

SOPHIE WELCH

Physiotherapist and Lymphoedema Practitioner
Physio for Cancer and Lymphoedema Management

Sophie room rents through Physio and Fitness Clinic, trading as Calm Physio.

Sophie graduated from the University of Huddersfield, UK, with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2010. During her Physiotherapy Career, Sophie has worked extensively within the fields of Oncology, Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal and Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy.

In 2018, Sophie became a Certified Lymphoedema Practitioner and provided services within Cabrini Hospital’s Lymphoedema, Oncology and Palliative Care service.

Since moving to Seaford with her young family, Sophie saw a need for Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners and trusted Cancer Rehabilitation providers closer to the Mornington Peninsula. Sophie is lucky to have found Morgan at Physio and Fitness Clinic who shares her passion for quality Physiotherapy services in a supportive and fun environment.

Sophie bases her treatment approach around the whole person, with a focus on lifestyle changes to support medically complex diagnoses. Sophie Runs Pilates based group exercise for Cancer and Lymphology patients and uses concepts of mindfulness teaching within exercise sessions.

Sophie is a Certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist and an Accredited member of the Australasian Lymphology Association. Sophie is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and involved several special interest groups.

Please visit www.calm.physio for more details.

Alistair Tait Athletics Trainer Seaford

ALISTAIR TAIT

Bachelor of Sports Coaching – PE Stream at Victoria University

Alistair room rents through Physio and Fitness Clinic, trading as Power2Adapt.

I am a Seaford local, born and bred in Seaford and started my athletics journey at Seaford Little Aths.
Started with Fun Runs and Cross Country and focussed on Track in my teenage years.
I have a particular focus on Athlete and Personal development and empowerment, whether it be physical or mental.
My goal is to continually deliver athletic training programs that are both challenging and enjoyable, no matter what age the athlete is. I constantly work on building the athletes’ confidence in themselves and introduce new challenges. 
This allows them to experience a gradual improvement in line with the Long Term Athlete Development model. 

My foundation program is designed to develop a solid foundation of balance, flexibility, range of movement, and agility for the athlete.

I study and research the latest scientific information and techniques to develop effective programs and monitor the athletes’ progression. 

I am committed to ongoing study so that I can coach from Community Based to High-Performance levels in the sport.

I believe that by following this systematic approach I will assist athletes to develop efficient running form, good posture and a broad base of general and specific fitness to meet their individual goals.

Sporting Achievement / Experience:

  • Vic representative on 3 occasions for 400mh and Australian National Junior Championships
  • Vic champs bronze medallist U/18 400mh 1991.
  • Member of State title relay teams for FAC
  • Competed at State League (A-Grade) level for Athletics
  • Volunteer Athletics Training Venues Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
  • Athletic Training Venue Supervisor Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

Education:

  • Bachelor of Sports Coaching – PE Stream at Victoria University
  • Level 3 Advanced Event coach for Sprints & Hurdles with IAAF & Athletics Australia
  • Qualified Foundation Swim Teacher with Kings Swim Schools
  • Gym Instructor Student of the Year 1996
  • Member of Sports Medicine Australia
  • Basic First Aid and Anaphylaxis certified
  • WWCC

Coaching Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Sports Coaching -PE Stream
  • Level 3 IAAF & Athletics Australia Specialist Coach – Sprints & Hurdles
  • Qualified Sprints / Hurdles coach since 1997.
  • Sprints & Hurdles Specialist coach at Toorak College & Frankston High School
  • Events Coached – 100m, 200m, 400m, Hurdles, Relays and Fundamental Movement & General Fitness for kids and adults
  • Trained with and studied under Level 5 National hurdles coach Roy Boyd for 4 years
  • Trained with and studied under Phil King, coach of Seoul 1988 Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Debbie Flintoff-King and World & Commonwealth Gold Medallist – Jana Pittman.

Book a Power2Adapt session.

Sophie Welch physio fitness clinic

BRYANNAH DOWNWARD

B. Exercise and Sports Science – Australian Catholic University
M. Clinical Exercise Physiotherapy – Australian Catholic University

Bryannah room rents through Physio and Fitness Clinic, trading as the Movement Therapy Group. 

Bryannah graduated with a Masters degree in 2014 and has worked in private practice ever since. Bryannah holds a special interest in Women’s Health and helping school aged children, seeing patients from ages 5 and above. Bryannah enjoys assisting patients to work towards their goals, whether they be increasing strength, reducing pain, or improving their health and wellbeing.

Within the Women’s Health area Bryannah has extensive experience in using exercise in the management of PCOS and improving fertility, for women who are pregnant or post-natal, returning to exercise after pelvic floor surgery, and exercise during and after breast cancer treatment. Bryannah sees many children with a variety of conditions and disabilities, and focuses on assisting children to meet their developmental milestones, increase their confidence, and develop good exercise behaviours to last them a lifetime. Bryannah has vast experience in the rehabilitation of hip and knee replacements and spinal surgery from more than 5 years working in the rehabilitation department at Beleura Private Hospital.

Bryannah is the Melbourne coordinator for The Women’s Health Collective, a group of dedicated health professionals working together to improve the health outcomes of women. In 2018 Bryannah was invited to present at Sports Medicine Australia’s symposium on Women in Sport, presenting on Exercise and Menopause. Bryannah is a regular author for Exercise Right, the resource site managed by Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Outside of work, Bryannah still competes in Calisthenics, and enjoys gardening, beekeeping and walking in nature.

Additional courses and qualifications

  • Ex-Med Breast Cancer
  • Studio Pilates International beginner & intermediate level pilates
  • Swimming Australia Aust-swim infant and child teacher
  • Life Saving Victoria hydrotherapy
  • Exercise Medicine Australia Tai Chi for Balance & Falls Prevention
  • The WHC Exercise during Pregnancy
  • The WHC Exercise for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, DRAM and Post-natal
  • NeuroOrthopaedic Institute Explain Pain
  • University NSW Chronic Fatigue and Cancer Related Fatigue Management
  • Australian Combat and Exercise Boxing Skills and Fitness

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