Audrey has 20 years experience in the paediatric field within hospitals, private practice, schools and the disability sector. She graduated from The University of Melbourne and has since also been involved in clinical training and assessment of undergraduate physiotherapists. At Stepping Forward Therapy Services, she provides assessment and management of children from newborn to young adults with a orthopaedic, neurological and developmental conditions.
Audrey’s area of special interest is in developmental paediatrics and movement disorders. Her experience in sports and spinal physiotherapy contributes to her understanding of biomechanics and the management of adolescent conditions. She believes that a multifaceted approach is often the best, and works with other therapists and medical practitioners to help children achieve meaningful outcomes. This includes equipment and orthotic prescription for children with special needs.
Audrey attends the Stepping Forward Clinics in Surrey Hills, and also provides services in the community for complex needs.
Audrey is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the National Paediatric Group and the National Disability Awareness Group. She has 3 children of her own, and loves being active. She appreciates that physiotherapy programs needs to be flexible to be effective; and they need to be fun in order to motivate change.
Melanie has worked in the area of paediatric physiotherapy for 20 years in both Australia and Great Britain. She has held senior roles in a variety of settings including the Royal Children’s Hospital, schools and other community settings.
Melanie has special interests in developmental and neurological paediatrics and equipment provision for clients with complex needs.
Melanie provides assessment and management of children from birth to young adults at both Stepping Forward Clinic in Surrey Hills and community visits for clients with complex needs.
Melanie believes that a holistic, patient centred approach is important and works with families to achieve agreed goals. She is excited to bring her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm over to Stepping Forward Therapy Services. Melanie is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the National Paediatric Group.
Melanie has 2 young children of her own and understands the need for therapy programs to be fun, versatile and relevant.
Demi Charalambous (nee Kallianis)
Demi is an experienced physiotherapist in the Paediatric field. Since graduating from The LaTrobe University, Demi has worked extensively within the Special Development School setting, paediatric private practice and at the Alfred Hospital. She is experienced in working with infants with plagiocephaly and gross motor delay, toddlers with delayed motor skills, children with neurological conditions and complex disabilities and has extensive experience in wheelchair and equipment prescription.
Demi’s special interests include working with children with developmental delay, neurodisability, adolescents with sporting injuries, and assessing and correcting biomechanical factors.
Demi enjoys working collaboratively with children & their families to implement treatment plans that are fun and engaging. She is firm believer of working out the root cause of sporting injuries, and working collaboratively with families to improve function and reduce pain. Demi provides assessment and management of children from birth to young adults, at Stepping Forward Therapy Services in Surrey Hills, and services in the community.
Demi is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the National Paediatric Group.
Demi has played competitive soccer in the Victorian Women’s Premier League, and continues to be an avid fan of all things sport. She has a gentle and practical approach and is also fluent in Greek.
Amy comes to Stepping Forward Therapy Services with a wealth of 11 years experience in paediatric physiotherapy under Eastern Health and Scope (Vic). She has extensive experience across all age groups in clinic and community settings, with neurodevelopmental and orthopaedic caseloads. This includes training of support staff and equipment assessment and prescription. She has a strong team focus, and values a collaborative, holistic approach to therapy intervention, and the management of complex conditions.
After graduating from LaTrobe University, Amy has had extensive post-graduate training. This includes Bobath and NDT approaches in therapy and in the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination assessment tool.
Amy has a caring and gentle approach to children, with a focus on functional and meaningful outcomes and goals.
Amy is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Amy has 3 children and enjoys spending time with her family and curling up with a good book.
Alyssa is an enthusiastic and experienced physiotherapist in paediatrics. She enjoys seeing babies and children of all ages. She has special interest with young babies infants and conditions such as plagiocephaly, torticolllis and hip dysplasia. Alyssa runs our groups for babies who are pre-crawlers (Turtles Group) and babies who are pre-walkers (Cubs Group).
Alyssa’s strength in education and communication is important in getting meaningful outcomes and she enjoys being part of the developmental journey of the babies that come through our clinic.
Alyssa is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Alyssa has returned to Stepping Forward Therapy Services, after having her own bouncing bundle of joy, and relates well to other new parents. Alyssa communicates well in English and Mandarin.
Alyssa 是位充满热情和经验的物理治疗师。她专门看广泛的儿童疾病包括：斜头畸形（头部扁平），斜颈（歪脖子），发育延迟等等。Alyssa 的特别兴趣在于儿童组的运动损伤。为了满足她儿童患者的不同需要，Alyssa 注重教育，沟通，和定制个人计划来获得有意义的结果。Alyssa 可以用英语和汉语／普通话来沟通。
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At Stepping Forward Therapy Services, we have a great administrative team! Vicki Bacsak, our Practice Manager, manages our funded programs. This includes NDIS funded physiotherapy, and facilitates the setting up of Service Agreements, and assisting families in accessing their plan.
Christine is the friendly face at reception, who can help organise your appointments and make your visit to us easy and enjoyable.
We also have Jack and Jill, our training dolls and Facebook page contributors – in charge of shenanigans.
Paediatric Occupational Therapy is available at our rooms in Surrey Hills. This is a seperate service, catering for children with developmental needs. Please contact our clinic on 9899 4004 if you would like to find out more.