Accident, Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates on Collins

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We help you with Accidents, Sports & Spinal injuries through natural Physiotherapy care

About Us

Servicing area

Melbourne, Victoria

Focus areas

Purpose Lower back pain Fitness Makeup Private health Postnatal support

Our name may be long but it says it all! At the Paris end of Collins Street, just down from Spring we have cared for many in the Melbourne arts scene from dancers to performers and musicians over many years.

Incorporating this experience with out academic expertise means we can care for you even if your acitivities are perhaps a little more modest or you have suffered an unfortunate accident or sports injury. Just call us or click the 'Make an Enquiry' button for more information.

Helping you reduce long-term pain & discomfort - book your appointment now!

Services On Offer
  • Myotherapy
  • Pilates
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Injury Therapy
  • Sports Massage

Workcover physiotherapy and TAC Physiotherapy Patients Welcome

Why Come & See Us?
We are 'hands-on' physiotherapists with a bias towards manual therapy and exercise prescription. We do all we can to provide you with a preventative program so that you too can take part in your treatment and reduce your future physiotherapy requirements.

For some patients we may recommend a course of Pilates consultations to assist in building core stability. With a range of flexibility exercises this gives you the best chance of reducing long-term pain or discomfort and reducing the chance of any future attacks of more severe pain.
We are sometimes asked if on-going treatment is necessary. This is usually not the case. We do all we can to provide the patient with the capacity to care for themselves.

We treat individuals from many different walks of life with many different conditions. From the largely sedentary office worker to the most accomplished athlete we are able to provide an individualised physiotherapy program devised following a detailed examination.

About The Clinic
Situated in a beautiful, heritage building at the Paris end of Collins Street, Melbourne Australia.

Our Clinic has been providing physiotherapy service to the citizens of Melbourne since 1955 and is one of the oldest Physiotherapy Clinics in Melbourne. Our staff are experienced and have post-graduate qualifications. A high standard of physiotherapy care can be provided and you can be confident that you will receive a thorough examination, explanation and appropriate treatment and, if necessary, referral.

The Melbourne Dance Clinic is the foremost centre for the treatment,assessment and management of dance related inuries in Melbourne. One of our particular interests and areas of expertise is in the treatment of dancers and performers. Our involvement with the Australian Ballet School and Victorian College of the Arts has been extensive and taken place over the past 15 years. We also care for dancers from many other ballet and dance studios and performers from many of Melbourne's great theatre shows.

We pride ourselves on our involvement with the Arts. As a consequence we have developed specific expertise in the treatment of dance and performance related injuries and in the treatment of lower limb injuries. For the budding ballerina we also perform pointe assessments and provide advice as to how you may perform stretching and strengthening exercises to optimise your ballet career.

Meet The Team
Michael Ralston

After graduation Michael worked in the public hospital setting including St. Vincents and the Royal Children's hospitals in Melbourne and The Royal Free hospital in London. He has undertaken post graduate work and has further qualifications in Manipulative (or Manual) Therapy. He has presented at courses in Manual Therapy in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Michael has taken a keen interest in the development of the physiotherapy profession, in particular, the promotion of a high standard of care. He was a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association's Professional Standards Committee for many years and was its chairman in his final two years of service. He is now a member of Physiotherapy Board of Victoria, part of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority.

He has been appointed a TAC/WorkSafe approved Occupational Physiotherapist, assisting people in their recovery from vehicle accidents and work related injuries. TAC clients attending an approved Occupational Physiotherapist will have the TAC excess fee waived for physiotherapy treatment.

Michael has been in private practice both in the UK and in Australia for many years. He has a particular interest in the treatment of neck and low back pain and has developed protocols of treatment for the management of intransigent cases. Michael has treated dancers and performers with their particularly unique conditions and continues to use this experience in conditions affecting those of less extreme pursuits. These range from sporting injuries to postural conditions in the office warrior and other amateur athletes.
Michael is a keen cyclist and traveller to the less-well-travelled areas of Australia with his family.

Michael consults from Monday to Friday at the Collins Street clinic

Travis Haupstein

Travis has over 20 years’ clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, back, headache and neck pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, postural and occupational pain and he has worked as part of the ASAS team since 1999.

Travis previously worked as a consultant physiotherapist at the Epworth Hospital, assisting in the rehabilitation of clients recovering from accidents and injuries, and at the Australian Ballet as a touring physiotherapist, assisting dancers with strengthening exercises and recovery from injuries.

Travis regularly works with people from various sporting disciplines and levels including: Australian Rules football, soccer, cyclists, track and field athletes, triathletes, and netballers. He has also been appointed as a TAC/WorkSafe approved Occupational Physiotherapist, assisting people in their recovery from vehicle accidents and work related injuries. TAC clients attending an approved Occupational Physiotherapist will have the TAC excess fee waived for physiotherapy treatment.
Travis completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) with first class honours through Latrobe University (Melbourne) in 1991, and completed post-graduate qualifications in Manipulative (Manual) Physiotherapy in 1998, also through Latrobe University.

Travis has a great passion for the profession and works with clients both to regain full function and also to prevent the recurrence of injuries. His approach is very hands-on and tailored to the individual. He has a well-established reputation for getting the best results for his clients.
In his spare time, Travis likes to spend time with his family, is a keen cyclist, open water swimmer and is dedicated to making his home more environmentally sustainable.

Travis is available for consultations Monday to Friday at Collins Street.

Sarah Way

Sarah is the physiotherapist to the Australian Ballet School and has been so for many years. She is one of the most experienced ballet physiotherapists in Australia. Sarah was initially involved in ballet as a dancer herself and then as physiotherapist to the Royal Ballet School before moving to Australia. She has worked with many well-known, and indeed, famous dancers in her career including those based overseas and from the Australian Ballet.

Sarah has a keen understanding as to the relationship between technique, physical makeup and injury. Apart from caring for injuries Sarah also performs pointe assessments for budding ballerinas. She is able to give guidance as to young dancers may optimise their body’s physique to allow them the best chance to reduce injury and enhance their technique.

Sarah consults to dancers on Tuesdays at our rooms in Collins Street.

Jessica Lewis

Jess works at the Victorian College of the Arts. She commenced work at Accident, Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy and The Melbourne Dance Clinic at the beginning of 2013 after graduating with Honours from Monash University in 2009. Jess modestly admits to being the Dux of her graduation year. She has worked in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy private practice since then, including two large multidisciplinary sports clinics.

Jess has completed further training in the management of hip and groin, lumbo-pelvic, shoulder and spinal conditions. She is a Clinical Pilates instructor and has a dry needling qualification. Having been a dancer at the Australian Ballet School herself, Jess has a particular interest in working with dancers and has done so over the past few years. She has also worked closely with the Southern Saints Women’s Netball and Mckinnon Cougars Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. She has a keen interest in water sports and is currently completing her Masters of Business.

Jess will be available for consultation at our VCA branch in St Kilda Road in the Arts Precinct. Call the Collins Street office on 96501347 for appointment times or simply write your name on the door at the VCA (Entry off St.Kilda Road by the north side of the big white building). Please note you do not have to be a student or staff member of the VCA to consult her. With her wide skill base and interests she is delighted to see all.

Kristen Roache

Kristen works at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. She is a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist who graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2002. Previous to this she had completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition. She spent five years in Melbourne working in public and private health during which time she completed her Certification in Polestar Rehabilitation Pilates.

Kristen spent three years in London where she worked on Harley Street providing physiotherapy for spinal and postural related conditions, pre and post-surgery rehabilitation, soft tissue injuries, pelvic pain, ante and post natal problems.

Kristen also worked with actors and dancers performing in the West End and training at musical theatre academies. This is an area she is passionate about from her own previous dance training.

Currently Kristen works with the Melbourne Dance Clinic at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School providing treatment to very talented young dance and music students. Kristen's focus is on educating the client for injury prevention and to empower them to achieve their goals.

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