About us

a2z Health Group

Welcome to a2z Health Group.

Our Physiotherapists & Exercise Physiologist offer up to date approach to get Results, whether you are a Sports Fanatic, weekend Warrior or someone simply troubled by Chronic Pain.

Our Occupational Therapists will look after Kids with Special needs and adults in need.

Our Dietician will take care of your Gut health and more.

Our Admin Team will support and welcome you with a smile.

We believe that setting Goals is the only way to reach your full potential.

Vision

To be the 1st Choice for Allied Health for adults and Kids in Melbourne.

Our Purpose

To provide a results and goal driven, and personalised experience for each individual.
We believe in providing innovative, proactive and most efficient approach and strategies for all parties involved.

Our Promise

We promise to work closely with you and your team to ensure that we:

- work towards your goals
- Identify and evaluate risks and hazards on the sporting field, home or at work
- educate you on appropriate needs to reach your full potential

Our 100% Money Back Guarantee!

Expect Care Every Time at Exceptional Value!
Our Guarantee to you is: If you are not completely satisfied with the service we offer after your first visit we will refund your money in full.
Furthermore your next visit will be complimentary.

Our team

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Michael Melamed (BPhys)

Principal Physiotherapist

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Melbourne University. Since then, he has had over 21 years of experience as a physiotherapist and is also a qualified D.M.A. Clinical Pilates Practitioner.

Being passionate about sports, Michael has been the physiotherapist of a Premier League soccer club – Dandenong Thunder for 4 years and has 2 years of thrilling ringside work alongside martial arts doctors during boxing and kickboxing fights.

In addition, Michael also has extensive aged care and occupational physiotherapy experience.

Michael enjoys travelling to exotic holiday places, experiencing other cultures and speaks fluent Russian. His other joys in life include watching soccer, sipping coffee by the beach, riding his motorbike, and spending time with his wife and beautiful kids.

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Michael P (DPT)

Physiotherapist

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Michael graduated with distinction from the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne. 

In combination with his physiotherapy degree, he draws on his knowledge and experience from his undergraduate in Nutritional Science to offer a more holistic approach  in improving one’s function. 

Michael has a passion in the shoulder and neck, while he applies a combination of manual therapy, exercise and education  in order to achieve optimal health goals.

He has a particular interest in upper limb rehabilitation having previously injured himself during his multiple sporting endeavours.

If you can’t find Michael in the gym or on the badminton court by the end of the day, chances are he is spending time with friends as he familiarizes himself with Melbourne food, life and culture.

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Louisa (DPT)

Physiotherapist

Louisa graduated from the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne.  Being previously a competitive tennis player, Louisa has a strong passion for sports and an active lifestyle, which is why after completing her undergraduate in Exercise and Sport Science, she decided to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.

Louisa has suffered from many sporting injuries and has since developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and she has a strong belief in combining manual therapy and exercise to help people to restore their function and improve their quality of life.  She also incorporates dry needling into her treatment to achieve the optimal outcome.

Born in Melbourne and raised in China and Spain, Louisa is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and English and can speak basic Spanish.

Louisa has many hobbies to fill her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and cooking for her family and friends

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Mariem (BPhys)

Physiotherapist

Mariem Khier works with a variety of conditions, including neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders, pre and post natal, work related injuries and sports related injuries.

Mariem has 12 years experience and she believes her main purpose as a Physiotherapist is to learn what people actually want to achieve long term.

Mariem is a proud mum of 2 beautiful kids who she loves going out and playing outdoors.

Mariem speaks Fluent Arabic and English.

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Jeremy (BPhys)

Physiotherapist

Originally from the land of ‘Abodo’, Philippines, Jeremy wanted to start his Physiotherapy career in Australia.

Jeremy worked with multiple musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions during his internships in different clinical settings in the Philippines.

After getting his degree in Physiotherapy and passing the Philippine National Board Exam at the age of 21, He took a huge leap and decided to leave home for a better training and opportunities abroad. 

In his first 2 years in Australia, Jeremy worked in the Disability and Aged Care sector as a Support Worker in which he really loved being with the clients and helping them participate more in their retrospective community.

Outside work, Jeremy enjoys setting up customised gaming PCs, watching Sci-Fi series and recording his own music. 

 

Glenda (BPhys)

Team Leader – Community Health Physiotherapist

Glenda is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa where she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy. 

After working for a number of years in hospital, private practice and aged care settings, she moved to Melbourne with her husband and 3 young children where Glenda gained extensive experience in the community aged care sector.

Glenda is passionate about person centred, holistic care, and enjoys working within a team of professionals thus ensuring that each person has all their needs met.

Outside of work Glenda loves spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying the café culture of Melbourne, shopping, and travel.

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Sean (B.O.T)

Head of Occupational Therapy Department

Originally hailing from sunny Far North Queensland, Sean completed his bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in Townsville.

Growing up, Sean’s brother was a Paralympic swimmer, which resulted in Sean being heavily involved in disability and inclusion. Sean witnessed the incredible achievements of individuals when provided with the right tools and opportunities. It was this experience that shaped Sean’s passion for allied health (and especially Occupational Therapy).

Since relocating to Melbourne, Sean has worked in various areas including veteran care, occupational rehabilitation, pediatrics, aged care and community health. Sean is a trained and accredited OT Driving Assessor.

Outside of work hours, Sean can be found riding motorcycles with his fiancé, playing squash, table tennis, virtual reality or spoiling his Old English Sheepdogs.

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Millie (B.O.T)

Team Leader – Occupational Therapist

Millie has grown up in the south east of Melbourne. She graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy. Whilst studying, Millie worked as a disability support worker and a teacher’s aid at the local special development school.

Millie previously worked specialising in a paediatric space, however, is currently expanding her knowledge and applying her current skills to work with a range of people and age groups.

Millie is a passionate AFL supporter and will be found on weekends at the MCG or spending time walking her dog.

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Courtenay (M.O.T)

Team Leader – Occupational Therapist

Courtenay completed a Bachelor of Health Science & Masters of Occupational Therapy practice at La Trobe University, gaining experience in pain management, paediatrics and rehabilitation.

Since graduating she has held a variety of positions predominantly working with children and their families. Additionally, Courtenay is versed in specialist equipment prescription for children and adults where required. She has a passion for helping people to overcome barriers and reach their goals.

During her spare time, Courtenay enjoys sewing, baking, cross-stitch and spending time with her family.

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Nadine (B.O.P)

Team Leader – Occupational Therapist

Nadine graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the Australian Catholic University.

Nadine always wanted to help people as a career, and knew that Occupational Therapy was the perfect way to do that. Nadine has previously worked in paediatrics, and is passionate about supporting children and their families. She uses a playful and enthusiastic approach in her therapy, and utilises the child’s strengths and interests to promote development and participate in activities that are meaningful to them.

In her spare time, Nadine enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and music.

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Joanne (B.A.S, M.O.T)

Occupational Therapist

Joanne was born and raised in Malaysia before she decided that she wanted to pursue the course of Occupational Therapy in Australia.

She has recently graduated with distinction from her final year studies of Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy.

Joanne has completed placements within the community setting and a range of rehabilitation services including acquired brain injury, geriatric, as well as neurology.

Joanne also has previous experience as a disability support worker for children on the spectrum and the elderly.

She is generally a creative person who loves using artistic mediums to express herself, such as drawing. She also loves singing and you could always catch her humming a tune whenever she is not occupied.

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Mitchell (B.O.T)

Occupational Therapist

Mitch has grown up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

He graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

During his studies, Mitch worked as a disability support worker and as a tennis coach.

Mitch enjoys working with people where he can support personal interest areas and engagement in everyday activities that are meaningful to his clients.

Mitch has completed placements in hospital, rehabilitation and community settings where he has experience in working in multi-trauma, acute general medicine and paediatrics. He has a keen interest in supporting children and their families, however, is looking forward to working with a range of age groups and people from all walks of life.

Mitch has been playing sport for all his life, mainly AFL and tennis, however, loves all kinds of sport. In his free time, Mitch enjoys listening to music, going on outdoor adventures, snowboarding and spending time with family and friends.

Niko (B.A.S, B.O.T)

Occupational Therapist

Niko graduated with a Bachelor of Science – Occupational Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. 

Niko had a variety of placements in multiple settings, including at an aged care facility, older adults mental health hospital, slow stream rehabilitation and outpatient clinic.

Niko previously worked as a site therapist at an aged care facility to provide chronic pain management and oedema management. However, after working a year in the aged care setting, Niko wanted more challenges, and she shifted her focus to work within the NDIS space, so she can work with a multitude of diagnoses and has a primary interest in those related to physical disabilities.

Niko’s primary goal is to become an expert in home modifications and prescribing equipment to support people in achieving greater independence. 

Niko also enjoys working within the Paediatric space.

Niko has always enjoyed helping people to achieve their goals.

Niko graduated with a Bachelor of science – Occupational Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Gina (M.O.T)

Occupational Therapist

Coming all the way from Chicago, Gina brings her specialty of treating adults with neuromuscular diseases and physical disabilities to Melbourne.

Since graduating with a Master of Occupational Therapy from West Virginia in 2008, Gina has worked in intensive inpatient rehab, aged care, travel therapy and community care.  Gina is a problem solver who promotes independence through adaptive techniques, home modifications and adaptive technology.

Gina is an avid CrossFitter and enjoys spending her free time working out and training others at the gym.  On the weekends, she loves exploring the Melbourne restaurant scene and never skips dessert.

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Anki (M.O.T)

Occupational Therapist

Originally from Kerala, India popularly known as ‘God’s Own Country’ Anki decided to pursue her studies in Occupational Therapy in Australia.  

Anki recently graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy from Swinburne University. 

During her studies Anki worked as an allied health assistant where she mostly worked with young children.  

Anki has completed placements in various areas including community health, aged care, and pediatrics.  

Anki has a strong interest in working with children and supporting their families. She likes to support her clients in achieving their goals by putting their unique interests, preferences, and values at the forefront.  

Outside of work Anki loves to spend time with her husband and friends, going outside for coffee, doing yoga, shopping, and cooking. 

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Nathan (M.O.T)

Occupational Therapist

Nathan graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Prior to the commencement of his role in the NDIS area, Nathan worked with the elderly population at an aged care facility for over a year. His clinical experience includes falls prevention, assistive technology prescription, pain management, pressure care management and manual handling etc.
 
Nathan is passionate about working with people from different backgrounds and strives to provide client-centered care to his clients in order to assist them to meet their NDIS-related goals. 
 
Nathans primary areas of interest include assistive technology/equipment prescription and home modifications.
 
Nathans spoken languages other than English include Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.  In his spare time, he enjoys going on a hike and being out in the bush.
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Norah (M.O.T)

Occupational Therapist

Norah was born and rasied in China before she decided that she wanted to pursue the course of Occupational Therapy in Australia.

Norah recently graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy from The University of Sydney.

Norah had a variety of placements in multiple settings, including the acute ward for aged care and orthopaedics, community adolescent mental health and in paediatrics.

Norah developed her passion for working with children during her placements. She likes to support her participants in reaching their goals by prioritising their personal interests and values.

Outside of work, Norah enjoys spending time with her friends, baking and outdoor rock climbing.

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Madeleine (A.H.A)

Allied Health Assistant

Maddy is currently completing her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Swinburne University of Technology, following her Bachelor of Health Science. Maddy’s previous studies have helped her develop a strong interest in neuroscience.

Maddy enjoys working closely with Occupational Therapists to provide the best care possible to her clients. Maddy has primarily worked with children but is continuously expanding her knowledge to many other areas of care.

During her spare time, Maddy enjoys cooking & baking, being in nature, and spending time with family and friends.

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Shridhar (M.Ex.Phys)

Exercise Physiologist

Shridhar graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2017 from RMIT.  After completing his undergraduate, he decided to pursue a career in Personal Training for a few years whilst working for various football teams, including the TAC Cup and VFL Leagues.  During his work as a Personal Trainer, Shridhar found a strong interest in rehabilitation and mechanism for specific injuries and decided to pursue further education and complete his Masters in Clinic Exercise Physiology at Australian Catholic University.

His further education allowed him to develop a strong interest in working with clientele with shoulder injuries, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients and with various neurological conditions.  Shridhar’s motto for exercise rehabilitation is “movement is medicine”.  Any form of movement is the first vital step to rehabilitation success.

Having an Indian nationality background, Shridhar can fluently speak English and Tamil.  Outside of work, Shridhar loves to complete triathlon-specific training, watching body-building shows, go on hikes and listen to podcasts.  Funnily Shridhar has had experience training a client for a body-building show.

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Nancy (A.P.D)

Registered Dietitian

Nancy has a keen interest in the non-diet approach and mindful eating.

This approach acknowledges the impact mental health can have a profound affect on a person’s eating habits.

The non-diet approach helps people build a healthy relationship with food. She believes changing the way you think about food will lead to long-term success.

Nancy advocates for a lifestyle that welcomes all food groups and appreciates the value all food groups contribute to a person’s overall health.

Nancy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who completed a Master of Dietetics at Monash University.

She is passionate about assisting people to reach their health and well being goals that long-term success in lifestyle changes.

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Heloise

Practice Manager

Heloise has always been passionate about the health field.  She comes from a strong sports background playing a variety of sports as well as working in a range of health fields.  Heloise has experience in Personal Training, Remedial Massage as well as a qualification and passion in Youth Work.

Heloise has been with a2z Health Group since 2014 and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the Allied Health field.  She says her favourite thing about working at a2z Health Group is being part the continuous growth, learning about different cultures and seeing patients improve their health and wellbeing. 

Heloise loves to travel, learning about the different cultures of the world and spending her time exploring the outdoors.  During her spare time, Heloise enjoys listening to music, reading a good crime book and spending time with her family and friends.

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Neha

Administration and Support

As a young and inquisitive-natured individual, Neha is undertaking her studies in Occupational Therapy at Australian Catholic University. Her enthusiasm to learn and work in a medical environment, along with her developing insight from her degree, allows her to be in a position of critical support in the administrative facet of the clinic. 

Neha is undertaking multiple placements as part of her Occupation therapy studies, allowing her to build a stronger knowledge base and add to the operations of the team. 

Neha demonstrates a strong interest in being involved in a medical environment, specifically working to help people improve their lifestyles. Neha has additional interests, which are not limited to her work, involve spending time with family and friends, along with watching some of her favourite tv shows. 

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Kimberley

Administration and Support

As a passionate and strong believer in prioritising your mental health and wellbeing, Kimberley is currently studying a Diploma of Kinesiology and is looking to further her studies in the future as a registered Kinesiologist. 

Kimberley has worked within the Allied Health industry for the last two years, and has thoroughly enjoyed learning all about different practices and procedures, as well as broadening her understanding of more holistic treatments to health.

Kimberley comes from a dance background which was unfortunately cut short due to an ACL injury.  This opened her eyes to Physiotherapy and can vouch for how important rehabilitation is for those recovering from an injury.

In her spare time, you’ll find Kimberley obsessing over Harry Styles, reading a self-help book, or cuddling with her rabbit Flossy.

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