Principal Paediatric 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.
Senior Paediatric 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 also heads our aquatic physiotherapy (previously known as hydrotherapy) services that are based in Box Hill.
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.
Adrienne graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters in Physiotherapy. Her interest in paediatric physiotherapy first developed through her role as a disability support worker and has since grown into a passion throughout her tertiary studies and work experience. During her studies, Adrienne completed clinical placements at the Royal Childrens Hospital and Alfred Hospital. Adrienne has worked within the disability sector in multiple settings for the past five years. She is well versed in provision of therapy under the NDIS framework, including Assessments, Assistive Technology, and Capacity Building.
Adrienne enjoys working closely with children of all ages and their families, to develop her clients’ skills, abilities and make meaningful differences in their everyday lives. Adrienne brings a professional, yet flexible and fun approach to her sessions at Stepping Forward in Surrey Hills, and will be sure to make each session effective and engaging.
Adrienne is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Neurology and Paediatric national groups. Outside of the clinic you’ll find Adrienne keeping active in the boxing ring, teaching reformer Pilates or baking up a storm!
Tammy is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and is on the committee for the National Paediatric Group.
Dora has had 8 years experience as a Paediatric Physiotherapist and 10 years as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. She holds a Masters in Physiotherapy and Certificate in Paediatrics, through the University of Melbourne. She has been actively involved in the design of the curriculum for the Early Life and Specific Populations subject at Swinburne University of Technology, and since presents these lectures and tutorials as a sessional staff member. She has worked extensively with babies, toddlers and children through to adolescence in musculoskeletal and neurodevelopment fields, including disability and complex needs.
She thoroughly enjoy the challenges and rewards which arise from working with children and their families, and is motivated to make a long-lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of all her patients.
Dora has two young boys, aged four and nine months, and is an empathetic, calm, yet energetic person. Dora speaks Hungarian and French, and loves spending time with her family, yoga and going hiking.
Dora will begin with us in April, 2022… and we’re excited for you to meet her!
Looking to join our team?
Stepping Forward Therapy Services is always looking to grow our team in this specialised field. Interested in working with us? Call our clinic on 9899 4004, and find out what opportunities are available.
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 and Valencia are the friendly faces at reception, who can help organise your appointments and make your visit to us easy and enjoyable.
Lina has recently joined our admin team – and we’re excited to have her!
We also have Jack and Jill, our training dolls and Facebook page contributors – in charge of shenanigans.