Dr James Fyffe
B.Sc. (Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc. (Osteo.)
Dr James Fyffe, a founding partner of Connect Health + Movement, began osteopathic practice in 2002. He has gained broad clinical experience working in clinics in Melbourne, Brisbane, Mallorca Spain, The Channel Islands UK, and Yorkshire in the UK. James enjoys the diversity and challenge presented in general osteopathic practice. He also has a specialised interest in golf biomechanics, clinical Pilates, functional movement science and the integration of osteopathy to help golfers of all levels to get the most out of their body and the most out of their golf game. James has completed the Gray Institute NG360 course and is TPI certified.
Dr Narelle Crabbe
B.Sc. (Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc. (Osteo.), Grad. Cert. Paed. Man. Ther.
The holistic osteopathic principles are what first drew Narelle into osteopathy as a profession. Narelle qualified as a registered osteopath in 2002. Narelle worked at various clinics in Melbourne and the UK before she and James opened their Flemington clinic in 2007. Narelle has particular clinical interest in pre and postnatal health management and paediatrics. Narelle has completed her Graduate Certificate in Neonatal and Infant Paediatric Manual Therapy and various courses with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation. She loves treating and supporting women through their pregnancy, and treating babies and children. Narelle loves being a Flemington local, just a short walk to everywhere with James and their two young girls.
Dr Dian Parry
B.Sc. (Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc. (Osteo.)
Dian has always been interested in health and movement, expressed by his background in strength and conditioning, playing and coaching high level sports and post-graduate studies in the Functional Movement Screen. Dian loves the idea that Osteopathy treats the person and not just a series of signs and symptoms, as two people may have the same injury but require two very different forms of intervention and management.
Dian treats using combination of massage, dry needling and trigger point therapy to reduce muscular and joint restrictions, joint manipulation to improve joint mobility and reduce pain levels and provides advice on therapeutic exercises to reduce the likelihood of re-injury. He believes it is important to not only look at what is causing the pain but what are the functional deficiencies that have led to the pain in the first place.
Dian is also a part time lecturer and clinical educator at Victoria University in the Health and Biomedicine Department.
Dr Sarah Taylor
B.Sc. (Comp. Med.), B.App.Sc. (Osteopathy)
Sarah has been a member of the team since 2009. Sarah’s interest is in the traditional osteopathic approach to treatment of the ‘whole patient’. Assisting women pre and post pregnancy, as well as the treatment of children are areas in which much of Sarah’s passions lie. Having three young children herself and remaining active in her personal life gives Sarah much inspiration both professionally and personally. She sees Osteopathy as an ideal therapy for helping infants to adults, assisting the body with its self-healing capabilities and helping her patients attain their best state of health through a wide range of techniques best suited for each patient and their presenting condition.
Jason completed his undergraduate degree at Limestone College in the USA, where he had a Lacrosse and academic scholarship. Jason then graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ), where he studied his Masters
Jason has represented Victoria and Australia in Lacrosse and was in the VIG for gymnastics. Through this high level of sport he developed his passion for physiotherapy.
Jason has an extensive training in clinical Pilates, which can be used as a great rehabilitation method to get patients back to their chosen activities. Jason has also completed further training in Dry needling and Vestibular conditions (dizziness).
Jason was the Head Physiotherapist for the Victorian U/17 State Netball Team 2017.
Ed’s passion for the health and fitness industry has brought him from competitive sports to graduating from La Trobe University with a Masters of Physiotherapy degree. He has since worked with football and soccer clubs as a physiotherapist.
Ed is passionate and an advocate of using movement and exercise in a controlled manner alongside physiotherapy techniques (joint mobilization and manipulation, neurodynamics, massage and dry needling) to help achieve results with his clients. He can help with pain management, rehabilitation, injury prevention and optimal performance development.
He practices what he preaches and enjoys staying fit and healthy at the gym or being outdoors. Coaches CrossFit and competes as an athlete within the sport. Isn’t shy to take on a sportive challenge.
David grew up in Woodend before moving to Melbourne to study and chase greater professional opportunities. David graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Podiatric Practice.
David enjoys the broad scope in which Podiatry can assist in keeping people active.
David has a special interest in:
– Heel pain
– Sports injuries
– Footwear solutions
Having worked in the footwear industry for over a decade in a variety of roles, David has a wealth of knowledge he loves to share on both athletic and causal footwear.
Since graduating, David has completed further studies in foot mobilisation and manipulation, advanced foot and ankle taping as well as strength and conditioning for injured athletes with plans to expand the injury prehab and rehab knowledge.
Outside of the clinic, David is a keen sports fan and a lifelong Western Bulldogs supporter with fond memories of 2016. David likes to stay active by mixing up F45 training with running and walking his new puppy as well as snowboarding in the colder months.
Tara has a keen interest in women and girls in sport, championing the strengths and training considerations of women to get them towards their physical activity goals. Growing up in the North West suburbs of Melbourne Tara’s love of sport stemmed from competing for Essendon Rowing Club at a state and national level.
Tara graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2016 completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Podiatric Practice and has since completed further study in running retraining, dry needling and tendinopathy.
Tara specialises in female athletes, endurance runners and bone stress injuries and is available at our Kensington Clinic Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Dr Katrina Pears
B.Sc. (Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc. (Osteo.)
Katrina trained as an Osteopath after developing an interest in finding solutions for her own sporting injuries. As a qualified personal trainer, Katrina is keen to teach patients correct exercise technique and application to enhance strength and postural awareness. She also has a special interest in work place ergonomics, pregnancy and headaches. Katrina treats her patients as individuals, using techniques that are appropriate for their specific injury and needs. She enjoys empowering patients to proactively manage their health so that they continue to benefit from the consultation long after the treatment is over. When Katrina isn’t in the clinic, you can probably find her at an indoor climbing gym and planning her next outdoor adventure with her husband.
Dr Sam Bennett
B.Sc. (Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc. (Osteo.)
Sam graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy). Sam grew up in Mansfield in the Victorian high country. Here he was actively involved in local football, cricket and athletics. Experiencing his fair share of injuries, Sam became interested in manual health care from a young age and this path lead him to osteopathy.
Sam’s gentle treatment style mixed with his keen interest in exercise rehabilitation has seen him successfully treat neck and back problems, head aches, shoulder, knee and ankle injuries. He believes patient communication is key to successful treatment and strives to work with the patients to achieve their goals
Dr Courtney Wagstaff
B.H.Sc., B.App.Sc. (Osteo.).
Courtney was drawn to the whole-body approach to osteopathy after seeking treatment and management for recurrent migraines in her adolescences. She is passionate about leading an active and healthy lifestyle and enjoys motivating her patients to achieve their health and wellness goals. She enjoys treating a wide variety of patients from neck and shoulder pain to sporting injuries using a variety of osteopathic techniques including dry needling and appropriate exercise prescription.
Outside of the clinic you will find Courtney at an F45 class, walking her little pug or seeking out the best coffee Melbourne has to offer.
Dr Marina Abdelmalik
B.H.Sc., B.App. Sc. (Osteopathy)
Marina’s dance background is what first fuelled her interest in the human body and where she found her passion for osteopathy and clinical Pilates. Through dancing, Marina discovered the importance of the body working as a whole in achieving optimal function.
Marina has worked with a range of patients including those with general aches and pains, sporting injuries and chronic conditions. Marina incorporates the use of hands-on treatment, dry needling, cupping and self-management strategies; including exercise rehabilitation tailored to the needs and goals of the individual patient.
Dr Monique Finnigan
B.H.Sc., B.App. Sc. (Osteopathy)
Monique graduated from a five year, double bachelor degree of Health Science and Applied Science (Osteopathy) at RMIT University. She enjoys using a variety of hands on osteopathic techniques to assist with muscle and joint pain, restriction or discomfort. Myofascial release, gentle mobilisations and trigger point therapy are just a few of the techniques she commonly uses along with postural re-education, stretching and strengthening exercises.
Monique has completed further training in Clinical Pilates, that has given her valuable skills in rehabilitating common conditions such as lower back pain, neck sprains and strains, as well as sporting injuries. She enjoys treating people from all walks of life but has gained particular interest in working with aging populations with chronic pain and osteoarthritis.
In her spare time, you might catch Monique camping out by the coast, practicing yoga or meeting up for coffee with friends
Kate graduated from the Southern School of Natural Therapies in 2005 with a degree in Clinical Myotherapy. With a passion for sport she has worked within various sporting clubs and treated many elite athletes from a wide variety of sports such as football, basketball, triathlons, marathons and horse racing. Along with Kate’s keen interest in treating neck and shoulder conditions, she also has a passion for treating all aspects of pre and post natal pain.
Kate’s friendly and approachable nature and ability to empathise with her patients make her popular with patients of all ages. Her broad experience assists her to assess, diagnose and create a tailored and effective treatment plan for each patient based on their individual needs. Kate specialises in trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, dry needling, cupping, passive & active muscle stretching and myofascial release. She is passionate about achieving the best results for her patients so they can return back to work, sport & everyday life.
Nicole has worked in a variety of settings including sports clubs such as the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Club and has worked as a sports trainer doing massage, taping and first aid for a number of local football teams. Nicole has experience in providing highly skilled hands on techniques to effectively treat injuries, aches and pains. She also practices dry needling, cupping and a variety of stretching techniques to enhance the benefits of treatment. Nicole became interested in Massage and Myotherapy after experiencing first hand just how much help they can be!
Remedial massage therapist
Grace had always had a curious interest in massage as a possible hobby until she started studying her Diploma in Remedial Massage and become completely fixated by how complex the human body was and what practitioners are able to do to help treat it. Grace loves a challenge and developing treatment plans with her clients to alleviate ongoing issues but also enjoys delivering a soothing relaxation massage to help you unwind and switch off from whatever might be going on in your world. Grace has experience in treating a vast client base; from elite sporting athletes to children, seniors and everyone in between. Grace has a keen interest in headache and migraine treatment, as well as feet and women’s health.
In her spare time, Grace is usually reading, going to the gym, going for a hike or catching up with friends. Grace is a LGBTQI+ friendly practitioner.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Erina’s passion for wellbeing started with her tennis career from 10 years of age. She still plays in tournaments every year and continues her challenge with full marathon competitions.
In Japan, Erina graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education and continued her journey to be a professional in the health industry.
Erina moved to Melbourne 5 years ago to improve her health professional skills; achieving a Certificate of Fitness Ⅲ, Ⅳ, Clinical Aromatherapy and her Remedial Massage qualifications. She is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.
Human body structure, physical movement and improvement in performances have been her interest since the beginning of her tennis player career.
To provide the highest level of health and wellbeing treatment to others results in such happiness for Erina.
Angelica is a qualified and registered Myotherapist with great experience in deep tissue, myofascial release, joint mobilisation, cupping, dry needling, TENS machine and trigger point therapy. Angelica draws on a wealth of medical knowledge, having previously studied for more than 6 years to become a practicing GP, in health and well-being.
She studied Medicine in Colombia, and worked for 2 years as a GP, in Bogota and on rural assignment, before coming to Australia. Here, she decided to take a different approach and continue her studies finding a new passion, for Myotherapy.
While studying Myotherapy, Angelica has realised that good health is a combination of body awareness through remedial therapy and developing healthy habits. This will lead to maintaining a healthy and aware approach to life, through understanding how energy is stored within the body.
She believes this helps people to obtain a better mental state, physical awareness and general wellbeing, instead of solely relying on traditional medical treatments.
28 Pin Oak Crescent
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FLEMINGTON CLINIC TEMPORARILY CLOSED DURING STAGE 4 RESTRICTIONS
489 Macaulay Rd
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