What Qualifications do Myotherapist have, and how are they Recognised!
Training: Elite Myotherapists are tertiary trained in biophysical science. They have a thorough knowledge of anatomy, surface anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and scientific evaluation.
Elite Myotherapists, like other physical therapists such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths, and Physiotherapists may choose to work in a variety of clinical situations, either alone or as part of a team of professionals in a multi-disciplinary health centre. This will involve primary patient contact or the referral of patients from other health care professionals.
Elite Myotherapists will refer patients, to ensure access to others with appropriate skills, or for investigations requiring further anatomical and pathological diagnosis.
Recognition: Our Myotherapists are recognised professionally through the Myotherapy Association Australia and have industry representation through the Hospital Services Union No.3 Branch (AHPU). They have course accreditation by the Victorian Post Secondary Education Board (VPSEAB). Eligible patients may recover fees through Workcover and some private health insurance companies.
Elite Myotherapists are all at the top of their game. Qualified, skilled and experienced to ensure you get the best results possible!
Our Therapists Profiles
Samantha Rigby (nee Couzin Wood)
B.Health Sci.,Ass.Dip. App.Sci-Myotherapy
Sam founded Elite Myotherapy in 2001 and has since built the practice into the success it is today. She completed an advanced diploma in Myotherapy at RMIT in 1995 and then went on to further her studies, completing a bachelor of health sciences in 2000.
Sam has had extensive experience working with athletes through her work with Essendon Football Club, Australian Kayak Team, Australian Open and WTA tour.
She co-managed the massage department for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Polyclinic 2006. Sam is passionate about her work with the body and when not dedicating herself to aiding others with their health and well-being, she likes to spend her spare time looking after her own fitness doing Pilates.
Adv. Dip Myotherapy (RMIT), Diploma Remedial Massage, Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Caitlin’s passion for health and wellbeing developed as a result of an active lifestyle from a young age. After experiencing injury setbacks as a result of playing elite-level sport, the importance of rehabilitation and prevention became prevalent in her life.
Caitlin graduated from RMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. She has past experience from her role as a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor within the Myotherapy program at RMIT. Caitlin is currently the Training Officer at Elite Myotherapy and thoroughly enjoys mentoring and helping other therapists excel in their careers.
Myotherapy has enabled Caitlin to encourage musculoskeletal health, promote injury prevention and encourage individuals to take care of their bodies holistically.
Caitlin is passionate about working with individuals and the prevention of injuries and soft tissue dysfunction. Caitlin completed a placement at the AIS in Canberra and an internship with Carlton FC for the 2010 AFL season. Although she has a sports background having competed and coached basketball at the local and elite level, Caitlin’s passion lies with the mind body connection and how the brain plays a role in complex persistent pain.
She is focused on empowering clients to work with their challenges and enjoys supporting them to gain positive outcomes. This includes changes to improve their health and lifestyle through providing the highest level of quality care and treatment.
In her spare time Caitlin plays basketball, enjoys running and going to the beach.
Catharine has always held an interest in health and well-being. After completing her science degree she followed her passion for hands on musculoskeletal work by studying Myotherapy at ACST.
Catharine is motivated by being able to help with pain relief and helping the body achieve its optimal level of function. Catharine joined the Elite team in 2009 and has previously worked with professional swim teams at MSAC as well as working as a therapist and personal trainer in gym environments.
Catharine is a keen long distance runner, loves the outdoors, swimming and scuba diving.
Adv. Dip Myotherapy (RMIT) Cert III and Cert IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer/Gym Instructor/Group Fitness Instructor)
Lani graduated RMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. She is also a qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with over 6 years experience.
Lani has a strong interest in treating occupational and postural related pain and dysfunction. She also has experience treating athletes from a vast range of sports, including competitive cheerleading, swimming, football, and cricket to name a few. Coming from a health and fitness background, Lani places great emphasis on an holistic approach to treatment, incorporating self-care information for the patient on stretching, corrective exercise and diet.
In her spare time Lani enjoys playing beach volleyball, going to the gym and being outdoors.
Lani’s experience includes working as a Myotherapist for the Essendon Football Club and Bulleen Boomers WNBL Club.
Jack Day - Franchisee Partner, Hawthorn East Clinic
BHSc Clinical Myotherapy (SSNT)
Jack completed a 4 year Health Science Degree at Southern School of Natural Therapies. This is the highest qualification within the field of Myotherapy, qualifying him as a Clinical Myotherapist. Previous to his studies at Southern School he attended Monash University where his passion grew for the human body and health science. Jack has been fortunate enough to spend time at Carlton Football Club in the role as the lead myotherapist over the 2015/16 pre-season, relishing the opportunity to be in a professional sporting environment.
Jack thrives in challenging environments particularly with individuals that have been suffering with chronic pain, not only addressing the symptoms, but also targeting its origin and causative issues with the aim to prevent subsequent episodes. Through his own injuries and interests, Jack has a passion for patients with complex head, neck and shoulder conditions. He prides himself on his dry needling ability and enjoys the biomechanics of the human body and has a deep understanding of how musculoskeletal imbalances can affect the body and the body’s biomechanics.
Jack has an extensive sporting background competing for a number of years at an elite level in swimming, and has since made the switch to competitive water polo. With his spare time you will find that Jack has a keen interest for gym, cooking and healthy eating; he also loves immersing himself in the culture of Melbourne.
Leah graduated from Endeavour college of Natural Health with a Bachelor of Health Science in Musculoskeletal Therapy, qualifying as a Clinical Myotherapist. Leah is highly involved within the elite sporting field, travelling internationally as the Head Myotherapist and sports trainer with the Australian Deaf Rugby Team; she also works at Richmond AFL club where she enjoys treating and preventing sporting injuries. She has a passion for helping people and believes in approaching treatments holistic, incorporating mind and body to achieve positive health outcomes and injury prevention. Growing up in the country Leah loves being outdoors camping, hiking and anything to do with the mountains especially the snow; she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends
Edgar studied at the Australian College of Sports Therapy completing his course in 2014 and obtaining an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.
Edgar's passion for Myotherapy comes from the burning curiosity of how the body works and adapts, but most of all the ability to change the quality of a persons life through treatment and seeing a smile on someones face when they leave the clinic. Edgar also has varying levels of experience in the world of soccer from the elite level in Australia with Melbourne Victory, to the local levels of the sport with Westgate F.C and of more recent Fitzroy City Soccer club.
In his downtime Edgar likes to be involved in the gym, spending time with his loved ones and watching a muddy soccer ball be kicked around.
Henry has completed his Myotherapy degree at Endeavor College of Natural Health in 2015. He considers himself very fortunate during his studies because he was given the opportunity to work closely with Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists in hospitals and private practice rehabilitating patients with orthopaedic and chronic conditions. His previous experience working with local football clubs (Wodonga Bulldogs and Springvale Districts) have also further reinforced his confidence to treat a large range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Due to his love for track and field sprinting, Henry has the utmost interest in athlete development, running mechanics and Injury prevention. His dream experience as a myotherapist would be to accompany the Australian Olympic track and field team.
In his spare time, Henry enjoys spending time in the gym and running straight lines at Nunawading athletics track.
Sarah holds an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy which she completed at RMIT University, and has treated alongside The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, the National Institute of Circus Arts, The Australian College of Basketball and the Australian Football League Academy. Sarah’s finest qualities of being a myotherapist are her soft tissue skills and also manual lymphatic drainage. Through manual lymphatic drainage Sarah is able to treat pathologies such as lymphoedema, clear sinus congestion and acne, aid in the decrease of swelling post-surgery and also treat deep bruising due to injury. She adopts holistic approach to every case she sees and is continually honing her abilities to improve her treatment of the various musculoskeletal pathologies with which she is presented.
Sarah’s patients come from all walks of life from office workers to athletes. She treats disorders such as general muscle soreness, articular pain, postural induced pain, nerve pain, tendinopathies, headaches and sporting injuries. She has a keen interest in the management and maintenance of knee related issues and injuries, which stems from her strong background in theatrical and classical dance, tennis, athletics and horse riding. Sarah stresses the importance of corrective exercises for her patients to complete outside the clinic, thus they are able to recover as quickly as possible and have the tools to manage their pain and return to function as one cohesive unit. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors. Sarah is an insured member of Myotherapy Association Australia (MAA).
Derek completed his qualification of Myotherapy at MIMT after finishing his Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2016. He chose Myotherapy to further his scope of knowledge and out of all the modalities and types of therapies working with soft tissue fascinated him the most.
Derek has been an athlete in various sports over the years and as a result has been exposed to Myotherapy and its benefits whilst dealing with injuries and as a result learnt the importance of maintaining good health to compete at the best of his ability. Derek’s largest interest lies currently in biomechanics and the benefits of moving well in order to prevent dysfunction. He enjoys working with athletes and treating muscular imbalances with corrective exercises. He also enjoys using needles and working through the lower back and hip region. Derek has spent many years coaching women’s artistic gymnastics and working with a local football club as a sports trainer, having exposure to on field trauma first hand. During that time he was a competitive cheerleader and had an opportunity to represent Australia in cheerleading over in Orlando Florida in America. Currently he is training and competing in Olympic weightlifting and learning about the benefits of mobility and resistance training that come with it. In his spare time you’ll find Derek at the gym, going on road trips to locations of interest out of Melbourne and spending time with friends.
Esther graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health, with a Bachelor of Health Science in Musculoskeletal Therapy/Clinical Myotherapist.
She currently works with both Melbourne Storm & Melbourne Victory as a soft tissue therapist, where she has gained valuable experience helping to manage and prevent sports injuries at an elite level. Esther has also worked as a sports trainer with the national junior indoor cricket teams and is also involved with Deaf Sports Australia. She is currently studying sign language and hopes to be able to continue her involvement with the deaf community as a Myotherapist and sports trainer. Esther treats from a holistic perspective looking at the mind/body connection and aims to get to the root of her client’s dysfunction and not just treat the symptoms.
In her spare time you will find Esther catching up with friends and being outdoors as much as she can.
Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy) Shaun has recently graduated as a Clinical Myotherapist after previous study in Melbourne since moving from country NSW in 2010.
He enjoys treating elite athletes at the North Melbourne Football Club when not at Elite Myotherapy and is also a head trainer at the club. He is particularly interested in helping clients progress from their initial consultation to reach their goals and utilises the skills and experience he has gained in elite sport to manage and prevent sporting and everyday injuries.
During his spare time he enjoys playing football himself, spending time with family and friends and travelling during the off-season. He is a keen sportsperson playing AFL and cricket at a high level.
BHSc Musculoskeletal Therapy Vlad holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Musculoskeletal Therapy/ Clinical Myotherapy from Endeavour College of Natural Health in Melbourne. Vlad’s fascination with the body and movement came as a result of extensive practice of Ashtanga Yoga both in Melbourne and in Mysore, India, over the last seven years. Practicing yoga allowed him to start taking notice of how his posture and many of his habitual movements resulted in dysfunctional holding patterns, creating tension and pain. This ignited an interest into the nature of pain, biomechanics and questions surrounding functional movement. As a result, Vlad’s treatment approach aims to view the body as a whole integrated system engaging a wider perspective when investigating potential causative factors in relation to pain and dysfunction. His use of therapeutic techniques considers both evidenced-based practice as well as the subtleties of posture and function e.g. how breathing patterns may affect pelvic movement. When in Mysore, Vlad continues to work closely with his mentor KRI Jagdish as part of a charitable clinic that treats a wide range of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions in the local population. Having been influenced by so many people actively working to help improve the quality of life of the communities around them, Vlad is inspired to contribute to this work and to continue to learn and inspire others.
CIV Massage Therapy, (VCHE) Diploma Remedial Massage, (VCHE) Advanced Diploma Myotherapy (MIMT), CIV Training and Assessment
Peter Bonnici, is a passionate Myotherapist and with over ten years of experience, he joins Elite Myotherapy from country Victoria, where he has successfully practiced for many years. Peter enjoyed his time in Korumburra where he treated the local football and soccer teams for 4 years which gave him an insight to many injuries and conditions.
Peter has a particular interest and expertise in treating trigger points and myofascial pain syndromes. He enjoys a challenge, priding himself in his way of treating and assessing complex conditions. Peter has an interest in the combination of dry needling and electrotherapies that he finds be very effective in many conditions. Peter particularly enjoys treating neck back and shoulder injuries.
Peter’s passions include football (Premier League) Everton in particular, cooking, gardening and travelling,