Opening Hours : Monday to Friday : 9am - 5pm
  Contact : (03) 9899 4004

Our Team


IMG_4725 3Audrey Lee

Principal Physiotherapist

Audrey has over 20 years experience in paediatric physiotherapy 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 GMelanie Gibbs

Senior Physiotherapist

Melanie has worked in paediatric physiotherapy for over 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 KallianisDemi Charalambous (nee Kallianis)


Demi is an experienced paediatric physiotherapist. 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.


AlyssaAlyssa Yong


Alyssa is an enthusiastic and experienced paediatric physiotherapist. 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), babies who are pre-walkers (Little Cubs Group), would-be toddlers (Penguins Group) and kids preparing for school (Joeys 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 is able to speak 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。


IMG_0047 2Tammy Patgaonka


Tammy received her Masters in Physiotherapy and certification in Paediatrics from the University of Indianapolis, USA, and gained experience in paediatric physiotherapy at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago. She has since worked as a paediatric physiotherapist in Melbourne, with wide experience in development and disability, in particular, early intervention (Children from 0-7 years old). Tammy has particular passion for sensory integration and the role it has in gross motor development, and supporting children and their families in achieving developmental milestones, and meaningful goals.

Her vibrant approach to play-based therapy engages children and keeps them moving towards their goals.

Tammy is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.


Position Available! We are looking to hire!

Are you an enthusiastic experienced physiotherapist looking to join our dynamic team? Stepping Forward Therapy Services is always looking to grow our team in this specialised field. Interested in working with us? Find out more.



At Stepping Forward Therapy Services, we have a great administrative team!  Megan Smith, 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.

Susi 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.


Occupational Therapy 

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.

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