Hoppers Crossing Family Chiropractic Massage and Acupuncture Centre

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Chiropractic is a form of gentle hands-on treatment to bring about pain relief, alignment and posture, improved nerve function and freedom of movement.   We are open 7 days   Monday 7.15am to 7.30pm Tuesday 7.45am to 7pm Wednesday 7.15am to 7.30pm Thursday 7.45am to 7pm Friday 7.15am to 7pm Saturday 8am to 12pm Sunday 9am to 12pm We are closed some Sundays on some long weekends   Dr Luke Portelli  Book Online Dr Peter Portelli  Book Online Dr Nick Nguyen  Book Online Dr Johnie Markov  Book Online Dr Helen Acciarito  Book Online Dr Minh Pham  Book Online Dr Lutfia Durani  Book Online   97486666

Hoppers Crossing Family Chiropractic Massage and Acupuncture Centre - Chiropractic

Servicing area

Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Werribee, Altona, Wyndham, Derrimut, Werribee South, Tarneit, Truganina, Altona Meadows, 3029, 3030 and 3028

Focus areas

Geriatrics Paediatrics Type 2 diabetes Arthritis Heart disease Mental health


BUPA Members First Providers
MEDIBANK Members Choice Providers 


We Bulk Bill Medicare Care Plans and Veterans Affairs

Dr Peter Portelli, Dr Luke Portelli, Dr Johnie Markov, Dr Minh Pham, Dr Helen Acciarito, Dr Lutfie Durani, Dr Jaimee Cugliari and Dr Thong Phan

Techniques include Chiropractic Manual adjustment, Diversified, Gonstead technique, Drop Table, Activator, Arthrostim, Applied  Kinesiology, AK, SOT, Acupuncture and Dry Needling, Soft tissue and trigger point therapy, Prolapsed Disc techniques, Extremity techniques for Shoulder, Hip, Knee, Elbow, Wrist, Hand, Ankle and Feet. TMJ techniques, Flexion-Distraction for disc prolapse (bulge), Webster Technique for pregnancy, TENS, Electro-Muscular Stimulation techniques, Postural correction, Kinesio Taping for Sports injuries, Quantum Neurology, Cranial and Sacral Therapy, Chiropractic Pediatric Care, Pregnancy care, Pre and Post Pregnancy and Cold laser Therapy.

Dr Luke Portelli D.C.     

Dr Luke has brought to the clinic the latest sports injury rehabilitation, including muscle lengthening, joint stabilization procedures. He has spent a number of years studying postural corrective and stabilization techniques as well as spinal strengthening and spinal mobility techniques. He studied chiropractic at RMIT university and has completed numerous courses in areas of chiropractic including Gonstead technique, Applied Kinesiology and Nutritional therapy. Dr Luke has extensive sporting background and enjoys rock climbing and hiking. He has a strong interest in prevention and management of sports-related injuries such as the cervical and lower back region. He is a member of the Australian Chiropractors Association.

Dr Luke uses techniques include Full Body, Spinal and Extremity Chiropractic Manual adjustments, Diversified technique, Gonstead technique, Drop Table, Activator, Arthrostim, AK, SOT,  Extremity techniques for Shoulder, Hip, Knee, Elbow, Wrist, Hand, Ankle and Feet. TMJ techniques, Flexion-Distraction for disc prolapse (bulge), Webster Technique for pregnancy, TENS, Electro-Muscular Stimulation techniques, Kinesio Taping for sports injuries, Quantum Neurology, Cranial and Sacral and Cold laser Therapy.

Dr Luke provides chiropractic care to those in need and travels to overseas clinics where treatment is given free of charge. Interests include rock climbing, soccer, classical guitar and walking long trails around the world.

Dr Peter Portelli D.C.
Dip. Ac, B.E.(Hons), B.App.Sci(Chiro), Member AAV, Member CAA
Full body and spinal chiropractic adjustments with over 35 years of experience.

Dr Peter has been taking care of patients in Hoppers Crossing and Point Cook since 1986 as one of the first chiropractors in the area. He has an ongoing interest in sports injuries and was the Medical Officer for the Australian Womens’ Lacrosse team. Since completing his degrees in Engineering (biomed) at Melb Uni and Chiropratic at RMIT University he has completed a Diploma in Acupuncture as well as post graduate studies in Applied Kinesiology, Pediatrics, Nutritional Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Foot Levellers and Quantum Neurology.  He was honoured with a clinical excellence award for chiropractic. He is a member of the Australian Chiropractors Association.



Dr Johnie Markov D.C.

Dr Johnie Markov has been practicing at the Hoppers Crossing Chiropractic Centre at 122 Derrimut Rd (opposite Pacific Werribee Shoping Centre) for over 12 years. He has received awards in the field of Clinical Excellence and Community Service. He was inducted into the prestigious inaugural Australasia College of Chiropractors and is a member of the Chiropractic Association of Australia. He as been a team doctor for a number of sports teams and served as a clinical coordinator at RMIT University.

He is also the chiropractor with the former N.S.L. power house Preston Lions F.C. and a recipient of the Hellenic Cup Championship Award with Bentliegh Greens S.C. As a result of his involvement with the sporting clubs he regularly oversees sporting athletes physical health. He does so in a timely manner, while applying the most suitable methods incorporating various appropriate medical practitioners.  

He is also involved within the community in particular he uses his passion in assisting in a community clinic.  This is done through his position as the Head Clinical Supervisor for R.M.I.T. University at the Wellington Community Clinic Mission.

Dr Helen Acciarito D.C.

Dr Helen started with our clinic in 2009. She uses a wide range of techniques including AK, activator, SOT, drop-piece techniques, diversified, muscle trigger point therapy, dry needling, Webster technique as well as muscle and sports injury rehabilitation techniques.

She has a large practice taking care of children's spinal and postural problems including foot, knee and pelvic imbalances which are associated with scoliosis and curvature. She also enjoys taking care of women for pre- and post- pregnancy care which includes exercise, correction and rehabilitation.

She is a Members Choice provider for Medibank Private and a BUPA Members First Chiropractic Network preferred provider. Dr Helen also sees patients who are referred by their GP for EPC Medicare chiropractic treatment. The clinic directly bills these visits to Medicare as well as those for Veterans Affairs.

Dr Minh Pham D.C.

Dr. Minh achieved her double degrees in Chiropractic/Applied Science (Clinical) at RMIT University in Melbourne. Minh is passionate about providing personalised treatments for her patients and focuses on restoring overall movement and performance of the body. Using evidence based approaches and science, she strives to provide her patients with the latest and most effective techniques and research. She graduated from RMIT University and has a particular interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation.

Dr Jaimee Cugliari D.C.

Dr Jaimee is a recent Chiropractic Graduate from RMIT University, graduating with a double degree in Health Sciences/Applied Sciences (Chiropractic). Jaimee has been involved with the clinic for the last few years of her studies, even completing her Chiropractic Placement at the clinic in 2019.

Jaimee Approaches each patient’s treatment with enthusiasm and tailors treatments to that individual’s needs. She aims on improving a patient’s overall; movement, function and wellbeing. She does this through utilizing an array of techniques including:

Gentle Chiropractic Adjustments (Diversified)
Drop Piece Techniques
Activator Methods (Hand-held Adjusting Tool)
Soft Tissue Techniques
Pelvic Blocking
Rehabilitative Exercises

Jaimee constantly pursues the latest evidenced based research to expand her skills and knowledge for the benefit of her patients. She is also a member of the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA).

Dr Thong Phan D.C.

Dr Thong graduated from RMIT university with a double degree in Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic). He grew up playing a number of sports where he learnt about the importance of health and this has now helped him in providing treatment for all kinds of patients of different ages. He regularly plays basketball competitively and is a member of the Australian Chiropractors Association. He has a keen interest in sports injuries, knee and shoulder injuries and spinal treatment and rehabilitation

We provide chiropractic, remedial massage, acupuncture, podiatry/orthotics and Denture care/ Sports Mouthguards services.

Questions & Answers

Do I need a referral?
No. Although we receive many referrals from GPs, other chiropractors, midwives, health centre nurses and other health professionals (masseurs, podiatrists, acupuncturists, etc), most of our referrals come from our satisfied and happy patients.

Is chiropractic covered under Medicare?
Most people may be eligible for up to 5 visits per year under a care plan.  These visits are bulk billed at our clinic.   Please contact the clinic or your GP to discuss this further.

Is Chiropractic covered by Private Health Insurance?
Yes. Most health insurance policies with extras will contribute towards your care. Please contact your insurer for more details. We also offer the HICAPS system, so bring your health insurance card and all you will need to do is pay the gap.

Are you a Members Choice provider for Medibank?

Yes, all our chiropractic practitioners are members.

Are you a Members' First provider for BUPA

Yes, all our chiropractic practitioners are members.

What is an adjustment?
A Chiropractic adjustment involves the application of a specific force, in a precise direction helping to restore movement in a poorly functioning joint. Adjustments are extremely safe and effective in enhancing movement, and optimising nervous system function. There are numerous ways to adjust the spine. Your Chiropractor will discuss these methods with you and recommend a technique most suited to you.

What is that popping sound?
The popping sound is a release of gas, caused by a change of pressure in the joint when it is adjusted. Most importantly, it usually doesn't hurt and it is NOT the bones cracking! Some techniques do not produce any popping sounds.  If you prefer to have very light treatments then let us know when you get your treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies from patient to patient. This all depends on your presenting complaint, your health and lifestyle habits. Some people seek Chiropractic care purely for pain relief, whilst others choose to have ongoing care for their posture or other spinal health problems.

Can I combine massage therapy with chiropractic treatment?
Massage and chiropractic work very well together. You can benefit in a number of ways by adding massage therapy to your chiropractic care program. Recovery is normally faster and more complete when you treat the soft tissues like muscles and ligaments with the chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractic treatment often proceeds more easily, with less discomfort, when soft tissues have been relaxed with massage. You may be less anxious and more ready to receive chiropractic adjustment after a relaxing massage. Adjustments frequently last longer when muscle tension is released that might otherwise pull your joints out of alignment again.

Custom made Foot Levellers Orthotics and Stabilisers now in Hoppers Crossing, Pt Cook and Werribee

Since 1952, the Foot Levelers laboratory have been developing a range of Spinal Pelvic Stabilisers to suit every situation. Each Stabiliser is custom-made to support all three arches of the foot creating a balanced foundation. That means that no matter which Stabiliser you choose, you can get optimal results to satisfy you and your patients.

Patients with certain types of spinal problems benefit from custom made orthotic support. These devices stabilize the foundation of the pelvis and spine by first addressing structural problems with the feet, thereby reducing abnormal forces and stresses, while enhancing structural and functional relationships.

A loss of arch height will cause a flattening and rolling in of the foot this is termed pronation. Because everything is connected, the bones of the leg also inwardly rotate.

Excessive rotation of the bones of the leg (tibia and femur) will cause unnecessary stresses on the knee as well as twisting of the pelvis and spine. If the pronation is more prevalent on one side, there can be a resultant unleveling of the pelvis and a functional scoliosis.

Tilting of the pelvis places tension on muscles and connective tissues, which can eventually lead to chronic back problems.

Benefits of Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers:

Properly fitted Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers support the foot to control excessive and unwanted pronation and supination. This helps to reduce unwanted stress on the body.

Improved shock absorption reduces repetitive stress on joints and muscles, permitting smoother function and decreasing arthritic symptoms.

Use of Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers represents a long-term, yet cost-effective intervention for many types of functional and structural problems.
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How Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers Work:

Wearing Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers inside your shoes is similar to placing a shim beneath the leg of a wobbly table: it adds support to eliminate unwanted motion in the entire structure.

The foot is formed of three distinct arches, which create an architectural vault. The result of supporting these three arches is improved stability and postural integrity.

Flexible Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers encourage optimal muscle and nerve function by guiding the feet through a more normal pattern with each step taken.

If you wish to see a chiropractor or receive a foot scan to see the shape of your feet, just phone our clinic on 9748 6666 and one of the doctors will be able to do the scan and then discuss whether they will suit your problem.

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