Cassie Welford

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After completing 2 years of a media and communication degree, Cassie felt the need to explore her options and came across Exercise Physiology. She’s been active most of her life, including dancing for 10 years, tennis and soccer for several years but her main love of sport came from playing basketball since the age of 10 and has recently gone back to playing again.

 

Cassie moved to WA in 2013 to complete her Bachelor of Science (Exercise Physiology) degree at Murdoch University and moved back to Melbourne at the end of 2016.  Cassie values the skills she has learnt from her media and communication degree and uses those skills today to help her become a better Exercise Physiologist.

 

Her interests include musculoskeletal rehabilitation, injury prevention and junior athlete development (female basketballers and footballers) She loves the reward of helping others become healthier versions of themselves by just adding a regular exercise routine into their lives.

 

In her spare time, Cassie loves reading a good book with a decent cup of coffee, you’ll probably see her around with a cup in her hand! She loves exploring new cafes, wineries and eateries around the Yarra Ranges and Dandenong Ranges, … read more »

Don’t ignore heel pain in young athletes.

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Is your young sports star suffering heel pain? Let me tell you, they are not alone. Heel pain in young growing active individuals is usually due to a condition medically known as “Severs Disease”. Although it sounds quite dramatic it is very common benign condition affecting active (boys usually) between the ages of 8 – 14. It is caused by an irritation of the growth plate of the heel bone brought on by recent an increased pull from the Achilles tendon. When your child is growing, it is usually the bones that start to grow first, leaving behind the muscles and tendons to adapt and catch up. This leads to the tendons pulling at the insertion site at the heel.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain around the perimeter of the heel during physical exercise – particularly activities involving lots of jumping and running
  • Pain becomes worse at the BEGINNING and AFTER exercise
  • Changes in the way your child walks – walking on toes is common
  • Swelling, redness or tenderness around the back of the heel

How can we help?

The good news is, there are lots of effective ways to help your child throughout their active lifestyle during this stage. … read more »

Patrick Lynch

by (Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

After completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Patrick opted for a change of scenery and completed a Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Not ready to give up the city life, and head back to Queensland, Pat chose to move to Melbourne where he works at Stay Tuned Sports Medicine in Elwood.
Before becoming a physiotherapist Patrick was always passionate about the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, having always been active and participating in team and individual sports. Throughout his studies this passion has only grown and he is now keen to help others achieve optimal function and reach their individual goals. With a strong background in exercise prescription Pat is sure to employ this in his rehabilitation programs.
Outside of work Patrick loves to explore what the world, and his doorstep has to offer. He is a keen traveller, either to another country or a good coffee shop or brewery he has heard about. Pat grew up surfing, rowing, playing cricket and the various codes of rugby, although he has recently developed a keen taste for Aussie Rules.… read more »

Brooke Williams

by (Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Brooke is an Osteopath with a passion for preventative and rehabilitative health care. She holds a double bachelor degree in Health Science and Applied Science in Osteopathy, post graduate qualifications in dry needling and is qualified, and continues to study Clinical Pilates to continue to provide the best service to her patients. She loves to educate patients in understanding the cause of their pain. 

 

Brooke is a familiar face around the Boronia Clinic, as she completed an internship with the Stay Tuned Team and worked as a receptionist before starting with us full time as an Osteopath.

 

Outside of Stay Tuned, Brooke has worked as a Sports Trainer for football clubs for 5 years and as a netball fitness coach for Mountain District Netball Association. She loves to be a part of a strong team within the community. read more »

Cassandra Stuchbery

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Cassie is a people-focused dietitian with a passion for all things food and nutrition. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 

With a background in chronic disease and weight management Cassie enjoys helping clients with tailored nutrition programs and motivation. She also works providing sports nutrition advice to the Australian Sports Climbing team and regularly presents to young athletes.

 

No more fad diets or temporary solutions, Cassie is passionate about helping you make lasting changes to have a lasting impact on your health.

“Every Body Deserves to Feel Good”read more »

Michelle Lam

by (Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Michelle graduated from La Trobe University and has since furthered her skill equipment based Clinical Pilates extensively. She has worked with various amateur league football and soccer teams throughout Victoria and loves treating back and neck pain, sports injuries and post-operative exercise rehabilitation. Michelle is passionate about combining manual therapy techniques in conjunction with active rehabilitation for long term results. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys riding her bike and visiting beaches across the world.

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Steven Resic

by (Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Steve has always wanted to be in the health & fitness industry. A physically active person his entire life, Steve played lots of sport when he was younger including basketball, football, athletics, boxing and tennis. With the inevitable injuries and strains that come with being active, he found that rehab and manual therapy were the only things that helped him successfully return to the sports he loves.
Originally Steve was studying to become a Paramedic but after his first year he decided to transfer into Osteopathy, because it encompassed his passions for health, fitness and manual therapy. He learned that Osteopathy provided a complete holistic approach to each patient looking for the cause of the injury and not just treating the pain or symptoms.
Steve loves the challenge of problem solving and getting his patients out of pain and back to performing specific movements, whether that be in day-to-day life or a sporting pursuit. He has extensive experience in rehabilitation at all levels and a keen interest in treating injuries for the fastest possible recovery.
Steve will treat every patient dependent on their individual needs. He will incorporate functional rehabilitation exercises, and stretches for you to do at home, specific read more »

Ashleigh Kaye Smith

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Ashleigh decided that becoming an Osteopath would be the best way to apply her knowledge from her various degrees in Exercise Science, Health Science and Osteopathy. She just loves incorporating a hands on approach with exercise therapy to assist patients to become the best possible versions of themselves. Ashleigh has a particular interest in sporting injuries (Football, Netball, Gymnastics, Water-sports) as well as women’s and children’s health.

In 2016 Ashleigh spent time in a Private Sports Medicine Hospital in Mumbai, India where she worked with some amazing orthopaedic surgeons who are pioneering arthroscopic surgery. While working with this team, she worked largely in rehabilitation programs for the ankle, knee, and shoulder. She has also observed many surgeries with leading orthopaedic surgeons in Melbourne to gain further insight to the surgeries she helps her patients recover from.

Ashleigh has worked as a Sports Trainer for football clubs for 7 years and loves to be a part of a strong team with a supported community. She has a Health Science degree majoring in Exercise Science and Physical Activity & health, another Health Science Degree and Applied Science Degree in Osteopathy.

Outside of work, Ashleigh loves to be social with her family and … read more »

Sophie Fletcher

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist)

Sophie graduated from the Australian Ballet School with an Advanced Diploma of Dance in 2003. During her training she received several scholarships and awards both for achievements in dance and academic excellence.

On graduating she joined The Australian Ballet performing with the company for the next 4 years. She travelled extensively overseas with the company and was also awarded a travel scholarship in 2005 which enabled her to take classes with major American ballet companies including New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. In 2008 Sophie joined the West Australian Ballet as a guest artist and remained there for the next 2 years performing in many critically acclaimed productions. She then joined the Czech National Ballet at the invitation of the director Petr Zuska and performed many notable classical and contemporary roles. Most recently Sophie appeared as Princess Aurora in Prague Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty during its tour of Germany.

Sophie’s connection to pilates began at age 11 as an adjunct to her ballet training and she continued to practise it regularly throughout her career. Sophie is convinced pilates helped her to stay injury free during her career by building a strong, … read more »

Exercise is the best medicine – by Brianna McDonald

by (Accredited Exercise Physiologist)

Exercise is the best medicine

– Brianna McDonald (Accredited Exercise Physiologist)

In the times of cave men, we had to walk, run and jump just to survive. Then technology came along and now instead of walking across the room to talk to our co-worker, we send an email. Let’s be honest, the world has changed, but our bodies haven’t. We still need to be active and move.youth-570881_1920

Exercise is medicine. Let’s look into this shall we?

If exercise was a pill, it would be the most prescribed medication. Why? Because the human body needs to move. Here’s a very short list of how the body responds to exercise.

Blood Pressure – As exercise intensity increases so does blood pressure, but that’s because we need more oxygen to get to our muscles. When exercises stops and we finish our cool down, the vessels relax and our blood pressure lowers. It can even be lower than before the exercise session.

Blood Sugars- When we move, the body uses a mechanism called GLUT-4 to draw glucose into the muscles. Good news for diabetics.

Cholesterol – Exercise helps balance the cholesterol in our blood. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease … read more »