Welcome to Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre

Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre has a large focus on Neurology and Child development. Mary-Anne Xenitelis,  Senior Physiotherapist and Director is an NDIS provider and we see many children who are on Plan Managed and Self Managed NDIS programs.

The practice rooms are colourful and have toys, music 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. The 3 additional rooms are designed for babies and young children.

Our Aim is to provide quality physiotherapy that improves your child’s physical development and function.

We have 4 therapy rooms set up for gross motor skills development which includes one larger gym room.  We divide the gym room for more than one client if we have distractible children present.  Our rehabilitation/ gym room is fully equipped focusing on the older child with a neurological disability or gross motor developmental issues. Our smaller rooms are used for babies and less mobile children.

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.

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BELOW ARE THE BIOGRAPHIES OF OUR EXPERIENCED PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS, ALLIED HEALTH ASSISTANTS AND ADMINISTRATION STAFF

Hello. My name is Mary-Anne Xenitelis. I am the owner and principal Physiotherapist at Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre.I trained as a Physiotherapist in Melbourne and I have been treating children for thirty years. I have a post graduate qualification in health research methods in Physiotherapy and I completed the Bobath course in the assessment and treatment of children with cerebral palsy, in London. I am a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and I am a member of the Paediatric and Neurology special interest groups.

I have two children of my own who are in school, so I fully understand busy family lives.

Our aim is to provide quality physiotherapy and Speech Pathology that improves your child’s physical development and function.

Mary-Anne’s experience

  • 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 the Commonwealth 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.

Mary-Anne's Experience continued:

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 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 fuelled her desire to work in the field of paediatrics.  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.

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.

Stephanie Cumming's Experience

Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne in 2011 and has worked in paediatrics ever since. She was part of a multidisciplinary team in a specialist school where she thoroughly enjoyed running hydrotherapy and gross motor programs.  Steph subsequently worked as part of the Early Childhood Intervention Service at Melbourne City Mission. Steph then spent a year in Sydney at Therapies for Kids, a state-of-the-art paediatric private practice, as a movement specialist for babies, children and adolescents. At Therapies for Kids she utilised various treatment modalities including treadmill training, spider cage therapy, intensive therapy programs (1 hour strength, 1 hour balance, 1 hour motor planning), taping, electrical stimulation and CME inspired distal balance activities to further support functional strengthening and movement retraining/ skill development.

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!

Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne in 2011 and has worked in paediatrics ever since. She was part of a multidisciplinary team in a specialist school where she thoroughly enjoyed running hydrotherapy and gross motor programs.  Steph subsequently worked as part of the Early Childhood Intervention Service at Melbourne City Mission. Steph then spent a year in Sydney at Therapies for Kids, a state-of-the-art paediatric private practice, as a movement specialist for babies, children and adolescents. At Therapies for Kids she utilised various treatment modalities including treadmill training, spider cage therapy, intensive therapy programs (1 hour strength, 1 hour balance, 1 hour motor planning), taping, electrical stimulation and CME inspired distal balance activities to further support functional strengthening and movement retraining/ skill development.

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!

Sonia graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice. Prior to commencing her studies, Sonia completed a six-month volunteering placement in Fiji where she taught English at a local primary school. During her degree, Sonia participated in the FitSkills which is a program that mentors young adults with gross motor neurological conditions aiming to build confidence and skills in a gym-based environment.  Sonia also volunteered with Global Volunteers Vietnam, where she implemented physiotherapy programs for children in orphanages and communities without access to allied health services.

 

Sonia has a strong passion for working with paediatric populations. This has been developed during her studies through her paediatric placements, and experiences working with children in other settings. Sonia strongly believes in working closely with children and their families, to help develop their skills and abilities to achieve their goals and make a meaningful impact on everyday life.

Sonia enjoys being active and plays volleyball, cricket and dances. She also enjoys swimming and is excited to be facilitating hydrotherapy sessions.

Sonia's Experience

Sonia graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice. Prior to commencing her studies, Sonia completed a six-month volunteering placement in Fiji where she taught English at a local primary school. During her degree, Sonia participated in the FitSkills program where she mentored a young adult to build confidence and skills in a gym-based environment. Sonia also volunteered with Global Volunteers Vietnam, where she implemented physiotherapy programs for children in orphanages and communities without access to allied health services.

Sonia has a strong passion for working with paediatric populations. This has been developed during her studies through her paediatric placements, and experiences working with children in other settings. Sonia strongly believes in working closely with children and their families, to help develop their skills and abilities to achieve their goals and make a meaningful impact on everyday life.

 

Sonia enjoys being active and plays volleyball, cricket and dances. She also enjoys swimming and is excited to be facilitating hydrotherapy sessions.

Asmy's Experience

Asmy Anto Parokaran;  Speech Language Pathologist, Bachelor & Master in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

Asmy is a warm and caring multilingual clinician with an Indian background.

Asmy has an impressive career structure with more than 10 years of international work experience as a Speech Pathologist.  Asmy has a breadth of knowledge in assessing and treating children of all ages with various speech, language and feeding issues.

Her excellent practical skills as an Audiologist has intensified her Speech Pathology skills. Asmy is passionate about her work, and has a keen interest to assist the disabled population using evidence based practices.

Asmy’s has an approachable personality which endears her to her clients and their families which is a testament to her lovely interpersonal skills.

Asmy Anto Parokaran;  Speech Language Pathologist, Bachelor & Master in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

Asmy is a warm and caring multilingual clinician with an Indian background.

Asmy has an impressive career structure with more than 10 years of international work experience as a Speech Pathologist.  Asmy has a breadth of knowledge in assessing and treating children of all ages with various speech, language and feeding issues.

Her excellent practical skills as an Audiologist has intensified her Speech Pathology skills. Asmy is passionate about her work, and has a keen interest to assist the disabled population using evidence based practices.

Asmy’s has an approachable personality which endears her to her clients and their families which is a testament to her lovely interpersonal skills.

Sue is currently studying a double degree of Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy at Victoria University.  Sue is passionate about paediatric physiotherapy and she enjoys working with children and their families to make a positive difference in their lives.  Sue has completed a certificate IV in allied health assistance and started working as an AHA since 2020. Her work as an AHA mainly consists of home visits, hydrotherapy and gym or home-based exercise programs. Sue says she is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and she is committed to continuously learn and gain skills through the support from Mary-Anne and her tea

Sue -Sureshi Ferdinando - Allied Health Assistant

Sue is currently studying a double degree of Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy at Victoria University.  Sue is passionate about paediatric physiotherapy and she enjoys working with children and their families to make a positive difference in their lives.  Sue has completed a certificate IV in allied health assistance and started working as an AHA since 2020. Her work as an AHA mainly consists of home visits, hydrotherapy and gym or home-based exercise programs. Sue says she is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and she is committed to continuously learn and gain skills through the support from Mary-Anne and her team.

Sue is currently studying a double degree of Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy at Victoria University.  Sue is passionate about paediatric physiotherapy and she enjoys working with children and their families to make a positive difference in their lives.  Sue has completed a certificate IV in allied health assistance and started working as an AHA since 2020. Her work as an AHA mainly consists of home visits, hydrotherapy and gym or home-based exercise programs. Sue says she is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and she is committed to continuously learn and gain skills through the support from Mary-Anne and her tea

I was born in the Philippines and graduated as a Physiotherapist there.  Now in Australia, I am studying for a Bachelor of Sports Science, full-time.

While studying I am working as an Allied Health Assistant at  Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre utilising the skills I gained while working as a Physiotherapist in the Philippines.   My other employment is a disability support worker from another support agency.  Both work places allow me to appreciate the handling skills required to work with children with complex needs.

In my personal time I like to fish and play the guitar. That could mean that I am very patient, as I am not a good fisherman and I’m a bad guitar player, as well.

Justin Jabagat's Experience

I was born in the Philippines and graduated as a Physiotherapist there.  Now in Australia, I am studying a Bachelor of Sports Science, full-time.

While studying I am working as an Allied Health Assistant at  Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre utilising the skills I gained while working as a Physiotherapist in the Philippines.   My other employment is a disability support worker from another support agency.  Both work places allow me to appreciate the handling skills required to work with children with complex needs.

In my personal time I like to fish and play the guitar. That could mean that I am very patient, as I am not a good fisherman and I’m a bad guitar player, as well.

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.

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.

Nurlan’s experience:

Nurlan has experience in customer service, general administration and reception duties in the local government sector.  She has worked for 5 years in the disability sector mainly managing the administration of our NDIS clients.

Nurlan had 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, TAC and NDIS systems. She is enthusiastic and enjoys interacting with adults and children alike. Nurlan is our Practice Manager.

Nurlan is married and has 2 children, one who is studying at university.

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 in secondary college.

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.  Georgia is now studying her Masters of Occupational Therapy and keen to specialise in paediatrics.

Madeline's Experience

Madeline Vorrias had completed her year 12 VCE in 2020 and has been working as the weekend ( Saturday)  receptionist at Tasma House for the past year.  Madeline is taking on a greater presence at paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and will be greeting you at he front desk 3 days a week while she takes a gap year from university.

Prior to that Madeline had worked part time at a local pharmacy where she was responsible for checking on customer medications and sales.  There she learned a lot about medications and conditions they help with as well as their effects.

Madeline is keen to study Communication Design at University however has studied a number of science subjects including Psychology and Health and Human Development, to keep her options open.

Madeline Vorrias has almost completed her year 12 VCE in 2020 and has been working as the weekend ( Saturday)  receptionist at Tasma House for the past year.

Prior to that Madeline had worked part time at a local pharmacy where she was responsible for checking on customer medications and sales.  There she learned a lot about medications and conditions they help with as well as their effects.

Madeline is keen to study Communication Design at University however has studied a number of science subjects including Psychology and Health and Human Development, to keep her options open.

Madeline Vorrias had completed her year 12 VCE in 2020 and has been working as the weekend ( Saturday)  receptionist at Tasma House for the past year.  Madeline is taking on a greater presence at paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and will be greeting you at he front desk 3 days a week while she takes a gap year from university.

Prior to that Madeline had worked part time at a local pharmacy where she was responsible for checking on customer medications and sales.  There she learned a lot about medications and conditions they help with as well as their effects.

Madeline is keen to study Communication Design at University however has studied a number of science subjects including Psychology and Health and Human Development, to keep her options open.

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