- Ms Michelle Esparon - AddHEARING
BSc (Bio-Med); DipAud; MClinAud; MAudSA (CCP)
If eyes are the windows to the soul, then ears are the doors to the mind. The ear captures sound and helps you recall that sound throughout your life.The ear helps the body respond emotionally, according to the sound heard, like emotions of love on hearing the sound of a loved one, emotions of fear on hearing a threat! From the sweet chirping of the birds to the irritating sounds of crickets, the loud bang of crackers and the beautiful symphony of an orchestra, all these different sounds and many other sounds are possible to hear due to our ears.
Did you know that hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults? When left untreated it can significantly impact your quality of life. This is where an Audiologist can help. Michelle Esparon From AddHEARING has a Masters degree in Clinical Audiology and is trained to diagnose and treat individuals with hearing impairments.
AddHEARING aims to bring good hearing back into the lives of people with hearing loss so that they are better able to function more efficiently in their daily life activities.
- Full Hearing assessments (for adults and children over the age of 4)
- Fitting of Hearing Aids and other Communication devices
- Educating clients on the use of hearing aids
- Rehabilitation to help adjust to hearing amplified sounds through the hearing aid.
- Hearing preservation ? fitting of earmoulds to protect the ears from loud noise, music and water
If you feel you are experiencing difficulty hearing, speak to Michelle or your Doctor.
- Ms Amanda Dolphin
Amanda is one of our Credentialed Diabetes Nurse Educator and is a member of the Australian Diabetes Educator Association.
Amanda completed her Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education several years ago and also has many years experience working with patients with Diabetes. Amanda works with patients both individually and in a group and facilitates our group diabetes program at our practice together with our Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist.
- Ms Silva Nazaretian
Whilst the saying ‘We are what we eat’ is said frequently, it is a statement that has so much truth to it: Healthy Eating is fundamental to good health and wellbeing.
Nutrition is all about the types of food we eat, how much we eat and the quality of it.
Nutrients play a very important role in the functioning of our bodies and by eating a wide variety of the right food we will be able to get many different nutrients needed to stay healthy. Diet plays a very important role in disease prevention and management, especially chronic diseases of lifestyle.
Silva specializes in weight reduction, diabetes and cholesterol management, high blood pressure, GIT disorders, childhood obesity and aged care amongst other conditions. Silva focuses on proper food and nutrition in order to promote good health for the entire family. She addresses medical issues involving dietary intake through dietary modification.
Silva provides individual consultations helping you to meet your nutrition goals and needs, providing ongoing monitoring and support. This can include individual meal plans.She also provides group talks for Diabetics and supermarket tours to help with reading and understanding food labels.
Silva is a member of the Dietetics Association of Australia and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. If you have any dietary concerns, please speak to your doctor about arranging an appointment with Silva for specific nutrition advice that is individualised and practical.
Please speak with our receptionists to arrange an appointment.
Silva is available:Alternate Saturdays : 2.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.Alternate Tuesdays : 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.Alternate Wednesdays: 12.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Sleep Diagnostic Services
Recent research shows, that snoring and sleep apnoea are associated with many serious conditions. Left untreated, they can be a contributing risk factor in high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and depression.
Sharon has been working in the field of sleep apnoea for 5 years. She has completed the required training in the use and application of all forms of treatment and diagnostic equipment and conducts regular testing days at the clinic for referred patients to complete an overnight sleep test In the comfort of their own home. All tests & recordings are reviewed, analysed and reported by a Respiratory / Sleep Physician.
- Mr Cameron Newitt
Cameron has worked as a qualified massage therapist since 2008. He has a lot of experience working with athletes and spent time working with the Richmond Football club.Specialising in holistic, therapeutic treatments by incorporating a wide range of techniques to help alleviate pain, decrease muscle tension and promote normal Range of motion.He is skilled in deep tissue, sports massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Muscle energy techniques, Cupping and strengthening and stretching exercises
Available days:Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Thursdays: 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.Fridays: 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Ms Laura West - The Play Therapy Collective
The Play Therapy Collective was formed in 2013 by a group of Play Therapists that wanted to work together to provide a wider range of services to children, families, and organisations. Each therapist brings different strengths and experiences to the team enriching the services offered.
Laura is a Play Therapist registered with the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA), of which she is the secretary. After completing her Psychology degree and Play Therapy training, Laura has worked in the disability field, Child protection and as a therapist in Melbourne and Tasmania. She is currently completing her Masters in Health and Social Development (Applied Science) at Deakin University with a research project on Play Therapy for children who have a sibling with a disability. Laura works with children and young people of all ages and abilities to support their therapeutic process with the use of play.
Appointments are available by special arrangement
- Mr Ryan Cornwall
Mr Ryan Cornwall B.Pod M.A.Pod.A provides foot and ankle assessments and podiatric care.
Ryan graduated from La Trobe University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Podiatry.
For the past 5 years he has worked in a variety of settings These experiences have allowed him to gain knowledge in all aspects of podiatry. He works with diabetes educators, dietitians and GP’s to achieve the best possible outcome for patients.
Ryan is also skilled in working with athletes, focusing on sports injuries and biomechanical assessment as well as treatment and injury prevention.
Ryan is available: Tuesdays,Thursdays and some Saturday mornings.
Podiatry / Orthotist
- Mr Brennan Jenkins
Mr Brennan Jenkins B.APP. SC.POD, M.A. POD. PRAC is a Podiatrist with a special interest in lower limb injuries. Having worked in both the public and private sectors for many years, Brennan has the skills and experience to provide effective relief for all conditions that affect the foot and lower limb.
Brennan has completed many numerous additional courses to be able to provide you with a wide variety of treatment options. His further education has given him the opportunity to expand his theoretical knowledge and enhance his ability to provide evidence based practise to his patients.
Brennan has a special interest in complex and chronic foot and ankle conditions and injuries.
Treatments range from stretching and strengthening programs to orthotic therapy and specific footwear recommendations, CAM WALKER ( moon boot) fitting and customisation and soft tissue injection therapies, thus providing a ” clinical tool kit” to cover all injuries and conditions.
Brennan strives to offer the best possible level of care to each individual patient by tailoring the treatment protocol to the individual.
He is available each Wednesday afternoon.
- Ms Cathy Goodman
Cathy Goodman is a Clinical Psychologist with 15 years experience in provision of psychological treatment in both the public sector and private practice. She treats a wide range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, trauma conditions, personality disorders, grief, eating disorders, and relationship issues.
Cathy consults on:
Mondays 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Wednesdays 9.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
Thursdays 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Friday 9.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
- Mr Joon Choi
Joon Choi completed his clinical psychology training in New Zealnd. He has spent time working in public hospitals, correctional institutions and the general community across a number of different population groups.
Joon works with patients of all ages including chidren 4 + years of age. He likes to prioritise working together with the person to provide a responsive and empathic service tailored to the specific need of the individual.
Joon consults on
Tuesdays 2.00 p.m.- 6.00 p.m.
Fridays 3.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturdays 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
- Ms Melissa Frieh
Melissa Frieh completed her Master of Clinical Psychology. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Her approach to therapy involves education, collaboration, and evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Melissa has experience helping children, adolescents, and adults overcome various difficulties. Melissa assisted adults with low to moderate mental health, such as anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, grief and loss, pain management, bipolar, major depression, recurrent depression and agoraphobia/ panic attacks. Therapy with adolescent included anxiety (social, panic and GAD), depression, major depression, stress and low self-esteem. In child therapy, Melissa assisted children with ADHD, managing behaviour and regulating emotions, building empathy, nightmares, and anxiety.
Melissa is committed to tailoring treatment to client’s individual needs and strengths while providing a respectful, open, friendly and non-judgmental environment.
Melissa consults on :
Mondays 5.00pm to 9.00 pm
Tuesdays 9.30 am to 1.30pm
Wednesdays 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Thursdays 2.00pm to 9.00pm
Saturdays 1.30pm to 4.30 pm
- Mr Mark Salter
Mr Mark Salter can provide help with counselling, psychological issues, individual and couple counselling.
Mark consults on Mondays and on nights and weekends by arrangement.
- Ms Barbara Boyle
Barbara Boyle is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and member of the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (AACHP).Her approach to therapy involves empowering her clients to understand what is driving their behaviour patterns and the impact it has on their lives through education, collaboration and evidenced based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness. Barbara has experience in crisis intervention counselling.Hypnotherapy is a therapy which addresses the underlying issues of the symptoms eg. Anger – may be driven by fear, guilt, shame. Other underlying behaviours such as addictions are a coping behaviour for difficulties such as fear, feelings of being inadequate or emotional overwhelm.Barbara works with all clients, including children from ages 10+, adolescents and adults helping them to successfully overcome various challenges and difficulties. Barbara has assisted teens and adults with ADHD and High Functioning Asperger’s Syndrome with strategies to manage anxiety, depression, social interactions, managing sensory overload, understanding social cues and building self-esteem.Therapy includes assisting clients with low to moderate mental, emotional and physical difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), quit smoking, emotional eating, phobias, self-esteem, insomnia.Barbara is passionate and committed to creating a safe, nurturing space for clients with a focus on treating each person as an individual with respect and integrity.Barbara is available for consultation each weekday from 8.00am to 8.00pm and Saturday from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.
- Ms Deidre Atwell
Ms Deidre Atwell provides Speech Pathology services.
Deidre has nearly 30 years experience working as a therapist following graduation from La Trobe University in 1989. She started work in the west at the Colac District Hospital followed by the Werribee and Werribee Mercy Hospitals, then moved to community Health in Cockatoo and Pakenham before returning to the south eastern suburbs to work in early intervention and private practice .
Deidre works with adults and children with a wide variety of communication delays and disorders and can also assist with eating and swallowing issues. Deidre is also a provider for the Federal Governments’ Helping Children with Autism and Better Start programmes and has a particular interest and expertise in working with children