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.
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).
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.
BHSc Clinical Myotherapy, Diploma of Sports Development, Dip of Athlete Support, Cert IV in Fitness, Strength and Conditioning Coach Level 1
Lloyd began his professional career in the health and fitness industry as a Personal trainer over 7 years ago where he found it very rewarding to work with people to improve their performance, create better function, recover from injuries and achieve their goals what ever that may be. With this however came the desire to understand more about the human body and how it can be healed and improved upon. Whilst he enjoyed doing his own research and continued to develop professionally, the next big step was to study Clinical Myotherapy, which was completed in four years full time at SSNT. Through out this process he discovered his strong passion for helping others with neural and musculoskeletal issues, whether that be to heal from injury, improving bio-mechanical function, or reduce and managing pain and injuries.
Outside of Lloyd’s work life you’ll find him heading to the Gym, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, getting in the great outdoors, cooking healthy vegan foods, and heading to live music with his friends, oh and having a few too many beers and watching the tigers win another Grand final.
Tabitha has always been fascinated by the human body, and its’ ability to cope with the demands that we put it through each day. As an individual that has always been highly active, in various outdoor activities, sports, and yoga, Tabitha has taken a key interest in how to help the body perform at its best, and remain pain free. This translates into preventative care and maintenance, treating dysfunction and symptoms that might occur, and providing aid during rehabilitory stages. Tabitha is also a great believer in empowering her clients to learn about how their bodies are functioning, and what actions they can take to keep it performing at its best.
Tabitha has gained a wide variety of experience through working with Hands on Health in both India and Melbourne, the Australian College of Basketball, The National Institute of Circus Arts, AFL drafts camps, and Iron Man Asia-Pacific Championship.
Julian is a qualified Myotherapist, Remedial Therapist and Personal Trainer who has a passion for combining his knowledge of anatomy and exercise principles to provide individual tailored treatments to his clients. With a background in Exercise Science, Julian has worked extensively with a number of AFL, soccer, basketball and athletic teams.
Julian also enjoys working with the Cerebral Palsy Support Network and has a goal of one day working alongside Australian Paralympians. Julian has a keen interest in providing the most up to date treatments for clients who present with neurological symptoms and chronic pain.
Tayla graduated from Southern School of Natural Therapies as a Clinical Myotherapist in 2016. With a history of 15 years of classical ballet training and stopping due to injury, she then went on to complete a certificate 4 in Pilates, and has worked for 3 years as a Pilates instructor while completing her Myotherapy degree. Tayla has a keen interest in working with dancers and performers and in sports injury management and prevention as well as working with people who have persistent pain complaints. Due to her background and training, Tayla often finds that when treating a lot of conditions, it is important to look at many different aspects of the person’s life, to make the most progress as a team as possible. She often takes a more active approach in treatment sessions, and believes that to understand the body and the pain complaint, it’s important to look at the body in movement and postures that are occurring on a daily basis for the patient.
Teaghan completed the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT where she gained experience working alongside the Australian Ballet, Australian college of Basketball, National institute of circus arts and Australian football league Draft camp. Although Teaghan sees many different kinds of patients presenting with all sorts of problems from muscle soreness to sports injuries, she has a keen interest in treating young athletes, in particular dancers. Being a dancer and dance teacher herself, she has a thorough understanding of how dancers use their bodies and how hard they work to achieve their goals. Through her dance and injury experiences she has also developed a thorough understanding in treating and rehabilitation of foot and ankle pathologies.
In her time off you'll find Teaghan rehearsing in the dance studio, spending time with family and friends or enjoying the sunshine with her dog on a walk.
Michael graduated from RMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy, Diploma of Remedial Massage and also obtained his Diploma in Fitness and Dietetics.
He has been involved with sports for much of his life; being a committed soccer athlete he has played here in Australia and trained & trialled both here and overseas which gave him the opportunity to meet and work closely with Sporting and Allied Health Professionals, this is what prompted and gave Michael a huge appreciation of the Allied Health industry.
During Michael’s studies he also volunteered his time working at local soccer clubs and with allied health professionals such as chiropractors, exercise physiologists & myotherapists and has contributed time working at the ‘Wellington Centre’, ‘Australian College of Basketball’ and with former strength and conditioning coaches from the AFL.
Michael has a vast knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal anatomy and his aim is to restore the body’s functions and movements by using different treatment modalities such as; dry needling, cupping, massage, corrective exercise,trigger point therapy, soft & deep tissue skills, myofascial release and working with different nerves in the human body.
He has a key interest in treating athletes, headaches and migraines, neck and back pain, frozen shoulder, postural imbalances, chronic pain and neurological symptoms.
In his spare time, you’ll find Michael at the gym, playing soccer, spending quality time with family and friends, and travelling.