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 Bezzina

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.

Sonia Rechichi

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.

Yvonne Pan

Yvonne graduated from Bond University in Queensland with a Doctor of Physiotherapy. During her studies, Yvonne’s placement with the Queensland Department of Education fuelled her passion for working with young people in their everyday environment to help them achieve functional goals. In addition, Yvonne has submitted a paper to be published in the Physical Therapy Times Journal on virtual reality in neurological rehabilitation. Yvonne aspires to use the latest evidence to tailor programs to fit the needs of each unique individual and their world. 

Prior to moving to Australia, Yvonne grew up in Canada in a bilingual household (Mandarin and English) living an active lifestyle playing team sports such as soccer and volleyball. Yvonne then went on to graduate from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) and an Honors of Business Administration from Ivey Business School. During this time, she gained valuable experience working with children in Dominican Republic with Outreach 360, coaching volleyball and volunteering at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. 

Asmy Anto Parokaran

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.

Georgia Ramacciotti

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.

Sue - Sureshi Ferdinando

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.

Rita Elias

Rita is currently studying her Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at Latrobe University. She has experience working with adults and children with disabilities. Through the FitSkills program she has worked one on one with adolescents in developing gym-based exercise skills. Rita is also an anatomy student mentor with Latrobe University, helping students understand the complex features of the human body. She is currently a student representative for the APA Vic Paediatric Committee which involves creating seminars for students to help bridge the knowledge gap in the area of paediatric physiotherapy. She is passionate about working with children and empowering them to achieve their goals. Rita enjoys participating in soccer, yoga and swimming.

Julia Ryan

Julia is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science & Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University, and is in her 3rd year. Julia is also completing Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, where she learns about prescribing and teaching exercises to people of all abilities to help them achieve their goals.

Before working as an AHA, Julia has worked at her local pharmacy as a Pharmacy Assistant for several years, where she gives advice to customers regarding how to take their medication and optimise their health. Julia has also previously obtained her Bronze Medallion, which taught her vital skills for lifesaving around water, and as such is eager to deliver hydrotherapy programs as an AHA.

Julia is excited to work as an AHA at Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre, and is enthusiastic about working with children and physiotherapists to deliver individualised physiotherapy programs.

An Le

An is currently completing her double degree in Master of Physiotherapy Practice and Bachelor of Applied Science at La Trobe University. Before her time at the Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre, An worked as a tutor with children from 6 to 16 years old. She finds satisfaction in working with children and their families to create an environment where they can thrive as individuals and achieve their goals.

An has experience working with children of a variety of backgrounds and has a friendly and approachable personality. In her spare time, you’ll find An down at the rink enjoying time on the ice.

Nurlan Kaya

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.

Madeline Vorrias

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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