Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre has a large focus on Neurology and Child development. Mary-Anne Xenitelis, Senior Physiotherapist and Director is an NDIS and Betterstart provider for those children who have funding under these programs.
The practice rooms are colourful and have toys and equipment to keep your child relaxed, entertained and co-operative. Therapies for the young child are play based, which is dependent on age and condition. One room is designed for babies and young children.
OUR Aim is to provide quality physiotherapy that improves your child’s physical development and function.
A rehabilitation room is fully equipped focusing on the older child with a neurological disability or gross motor developmental issues. This room is also designed for children who are highly distractable and need to focus on the task at hand.
Out reach services can be arranged for an additional travel fee. The physiotherapist can see your child at home, school or pre-school if in the Inner North West region of Melbourne.
OUR EXPERIENCED PHYSIOTHERAPISTS
Aim is to provide quality physiotherapy that improves your child’s physical development and function.
- Yooralla special school and kindergarten,
- Scope Children’s Services,
- Public and Private schools,
- Special schools and the R.S.M.H- Alfred Group of Hospitals.
- I also managed theCommonwealth Rehabilitation Service- Acquired Brain Injury team and prior to that work in the team as a neurological physiotherapist.
- I have been contracted to prepare medico- legal reports and I have presented in the Supreme Court as an expert witness.
- I have worked as a physiotherapist for 30 years.
Professional Highlights :
- Awarded the Worldwide Who’s Who, “Professional Of The Year 2016-2017
- Awarded the Felice Rosemary Lloyd Trust Fund Scholarship to study the Bobath course in London.
- 3AW Radio Station, Interview with Paul Barber on the “In Profile” half hour segment on Acquired Brain Injury issues.
- Presented with the “Service Delivery, Research and Technical Innovation” award at the National Press Club, Canberra.
Courses completed :
- Bobath Neuro -Developmental course – The Specialised treatment of cerebral palsy and allied neurological conditions. – London
- Lower Limb Biomechanics.
- Hydrotherapy in Paediatrics – Halliwick method.
- Conductive Education Workshop.
- Courses pertaining to Gait Analysis.
- Dr Edward DeBono, “The Master of Creative Thinking.”
Stephanie's Biography Continued:
Steph is a firm believer that we always have more to learn and loves to see children thrive as they grow and develop their skills. She has completed numerous short courses in paediatric physiotherapy including up-skilling in her interests of neuro developmental techniques and cerebral palsy. Steph is now excited to be joining the Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre!
Nurlan has experience in customer service, general administration and reception duties in the local government sector.
She has recently completed a course in customer service and reception enhancement. She has extensive knowledge and experience of disability and ABI and understands the protocols of our hospital systems. She is enthusiastic and enjoys interacting with adults and children alike. Nurlan is currently in training to take on the role of accounts processing.
Nurlan is married and has 2 children, one who is studying at university.
I am currently completing my Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University. I completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science (2018) and as part of my placement opportunities, I completed a Certificate IV Allied Health Assistant (Physiotherapy). I currently work as a fitness instructor and as a social support worker. With these experiences, I hope to improve the physical fitness of children in a family-centred approach. I have completed a placement with Mary-Anne and am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work and continually learn from her and the team as an Allied Health Assistant.
As an AHA I will be conducting home visits, hydrotherapy sessions or gym-based programs under the guidance of the physiotherapy team. I have a strong interest in Paediatric Physiotherapy, and I am eager to develop my skills in this field.
Aziza Sawiz - Allied Health Assistant
My name is Aziza Sawiz. I am in year 12 at the moment (2019). I completed a certificate III in Allied Health Assistance last year while commencing VCE. I came to know the Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and Mary-Anne as I completed 120 hours of placement before my current paid role at Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre. As a Allied health Assistant I mostly do home visits and help clients with their home physiotherapy program, set by the Physiotherapist.
The subjects I am currently completing at school are Psychology, Biology, Physics, English and Further Maths. I am planning on continuing further studies at University on Health and Psychology. I love playing sports and helping people. I have been playing soccer for three-four years, and I am a team member for Essendon Royals state league 1 senior team.
I am super grateful to have the opportunity to work at Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and meet wonderful people.
Georgia Ramacciotti's Experience
Georgia has experience as a swim teacher, a student volunteer at a community health centre, is working as a carer for a child with a disability and has recently completed a placement at the Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre assisting Mary-Anne.
Georgia has a strong passion for working with children and has a hard working and positive attitude. She is currently in her final year of her double degree studying Exercise Science/ Business Administration at ACU with the hopes of completing a Master course in Physiotherapy, specialising in paediatrics.
Leanna Dinh's Experience
I am currently in the final year of my double degree Bachelor of Applied Science/ Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University. Through my studies, I have developed a keen interest in Neurological Physiotherapy and Postgraduate Teaching and Research. I also have experiences as a disability support worker, a research assistant and an anatomy demonstrator at university.
I also discovered my passion for hydrotherapy and Paediatric Physiotherapy and am grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from Mary-Anne and the team as an Allied Health Assistant. In this position I will conduct home visits and assist my clients through their hydrotherapy or home-based programs. It is an extremely enjoyable and rewarding job and I’m very excited to be added to the team.
Tim Ma's Experience
I am currently in my final year of my Master of Physiotherapy Practice at Latrobe uni. I’ve been working as a gym instructor and personal trainer since first-year Uni and enjoy seeing how the theory can be applied to benefit people around me. I am a passionate educator and communicator, having experience coaching swimming and badminton, tutoring students, and working with clients of all ages to pursue health and fitness. Working as an Allied Health Assistant has allowed me to further pursue my passion and develop my skills in different contexts and situations.
I am currently practicing under the guidance of the experienced physiotherapists as an AHA for hydrotherapy, home visits, and gym-based programs. I have grateful to be given the opportunity to work with wonderful clients and families.
Stephanie Bezzina's Experience
Stephanie graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice. During her degree, Stephanie developed a strong interest for paediatric physiotherapy. Stephanie had the opportunity to complete a paediatric clinical placement, which fueled her desire to work in the field of pediatrics. Stephanie finds it extremely rewarding to make a meaningful difference to a child’s development and a family’s life.
Stephanie has created a website for the use of student physiotherapists to refer to which comprehensively explores common conditions seen during infancy. Stephanie was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for her website which has since been incorporated into the La Trobe University suite of student resources and has been adopted for use by numerous paediatric physiotherapists.
Concurrent to her studies, Stephanie worked as a Duty Manager at numerous leisure centers. In this role Stephanie had to maintain her Pool Lifeguard qualifications. Stephanie has always loved swimming and was a member of a swimming squad for many years. Stephanie now enjoys taking children for hydrotherapy sessions due to her love for the aquatic environment.