Supporting you on your journey to Wellness with our range of Allied Health Specialists

We offer a range of wellness services to enable and empower you to live the best life possible:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Dietitian
  • Psychology
  • Pilates
  • Hypnobirthing

Allied Health Team

Zoe Farrant

Zoe Farrant

Physiotherapist

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Since graduating as a Physiotherapist in 2009 from Curtin University in Western Australia, Zoe has worked in the musculoskeletal private practice. Zoe started her physio career in the Perth Hills where she grew up, prior to relocating to the Mornington Peninsula in 2015.

Dedicated to continued education and the quest to provide the best care for her patients lead Zoe to  completed her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at Latrobe University – subsequently being awarded the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist title.

Physiotherapy is more than an occupation to Zoe. She has been a committee member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Committee – Victorian Chapter for the past few years and is committed to strengthening the profession to optimise patient outcomes.

Working alongside a team of like-minded health professionals, passionate about quality and evidence-based medicine as well as preventative care to optimise patient outcomes.

Zoe specialises in:

  • Injury Management: diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal problems
  • Clinical Exercise: to optimise your physical capacity to function at your best
  • Rider Specific Consultations (including ridden functional assessment)
Lachy

Lachlan Hough

Physiotherapist

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Lachlan completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University in Queensland in 2014.  Since then he has worked in private practice locally after moving back home to the Peninsula. Looking to continue building on his knowledge and skills, Lachlan has since commenced post-graduate studies through LaTrobe University, completing a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and is due to complete a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy by the end of 2021.

Lachlan is passionate about helping people from all walks of life understand what might be contributing to their problem, and working together on the best solution. He also feels physiotherapists have a responsibility to dispel the unfortunately numerous myths and misunderstandings around pain and injury so that people can get back to doing the things they love with confidence, and without fear.

Outside of work, Lachlan is a keen traveller and likes nothing better than getting lost in a new city, rubbing shoulders with locals in a mechanically dubious bus, or the feeling you get from making it to mountain passes you can only get to by foot.

Lachlan has also completed continuing education in:

  • Spinal pain
  • Persistent pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Dry needling

Qualifications

  • 2014 – Bachelor of Physiotherapy (James Cook University)
  • 2020 – Graduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Latrobe University)
  • 2021 – Completing Post-Graduate Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Latrobe University)
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Fiona Pollerd

Psychologist

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Born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula, Fiona has been practising Psychology locally in various settings for 18 years. She has worked in education, vocational, disability and community health settings. For the past 8 years, she has worked in Private Practice and enjoys the flexibility and scope of work that it provides.

Fiona enjoys working with all age groups across the lifespan. She has extensive experience in a broad range of presenting issues in adults and has a special interest in working with primary aged children and adolescents.

Fiona provides treatment and support for:

  • Depression, Anxiety and Phobias
  • OCD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment issues
  • Sleeping Difficulties
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Bullying
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Drug and Alcohol problems
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Caroline Bender

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

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I trained to be a Physiotherapist in London and started working in 1993. I have worked for the majority of my career in Australia. My 2 areas of interest have always been Musculoskeletal, and “ Pelvic Health “.  Currently I work privately having started “Peninsula Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy” in 2010. My driving force and motivation is to be able to offer evidence based management of any problem related to the pelvic region. I strive to treat those that come to see me in a way that I would expect to be treated myself:  namely with enthusiasm, understanding, empathy and respect.

The special interest area of “Pelvic Health” grew out of a need for specialised knowledge for women around the childbearing years. With research and increasing knowledge the special interest area has expanded to include all aspects of Pelvic organ and Pelvic Floor muscle dysfunction.  This includes Pelvic Pain, and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation in its entirety.  I love to see anyone, with any pelvic dysfunction whether pain, bladder, bowel, prolapse, pregnancy related…..  We  see men, women, gender diverse and  trans-gender.

Beyond work, I have 2 adult sons who are off living independent lives.   However they were both caught out overseas with border closures at the beginning of COVID.  I took matters in hand and was lucky enough to have great team support to  take 6 months long service leave during those closures.  We orchestrated a family reunion in Portugal, after 2 years apart,  amidst the then new Omicron strain.  It was worth every stressful  planning minute!!

Beyond this,  after navigating work through COVID (and  i am eternally grateful that we were allowed to work), my long service leave reminded me  that we must take time for hobbies and fun in life. I still practise yoga and miss it badly if i skip sessions.  I still have a dream to speak Italian but had the huge pleasure of having to  learn some basic Spanish and Portuguese whilst overseas.  The kitchen will always be a stress  relieving place for me and yes, since returning from my travels, i have joined the ranks of sourdough bakers. It is one of the most tranquil and calming things i have done in years.  I continue to paint with acrylics which remains hugely satisfying but never easy

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Felicity Pountney

Yoga Instructor

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Felicity is a registered yoga instructor, with specialist qualifications in both pre and postnatal yoga. She offers classes for women to come together in a safe and intimate environment, empowering them through the pregnancy and postpartum journey. She helps women prepare mentally and physically for the stages of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, as well as restoring and nurturing body and mind.

Felicity is also a qualified Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner. She offers the Positive Birth Program for mums-to-be and their birth partners, to prepare for a positive and empowered birth.

To make a booking, click here – www.avocadobaby.com.au

Alyssa

Alyssa Tomassini

Dietitian

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Alyssa is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited NDIS Dietitian who completed her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (honours) at Monash University.  She is passionate about empowering and supporting people to make healthy and sustainable lifestyle change to optimise health and wellbeing.  Alyssa is a dietitian with a keen interest in both clinical and private practice dietetics, with experience in a variety of sub-acute rehabilitation settings.  Alyssa provides individualised and tailored nutrition plans to clients and believes there is no one size fits all approach.

In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys keeping busy by socialising with friends and staying active. She loves trying different cuisines and learning about different cultures, especially through travel.

Alyssa’s specialty areas are:

  • Weight loss/weight gain
  • Diabetes management
  • Specialised meal plan development
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Blood pressure, cholesterol and dyslipidaemia management
  • Food intolerances/IBS
  • Nutrition in aged care

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