Meet our Team

Cliff Butler

B.Sc(clin) M.HSc(osteo)
Osteopath

Williamstown Health + Lifestyle Osteopath Cliff Butler treats everyone from the robust tradie with a sporting injury, to the new Mum with neck pain. “I treat everyone with passion, enthusiasm and consideration” Cliff says. “My patients may vary but one thing remains the same; they are ready to make a change to their lifestyle and reap the benefits of treatment.” Cliff is dedicated to sharing his vast knowledge with clients. “I really like finding the cause of patient’s issues and problem solving, the more challenging the case the better.” Further study into headache and concussion management allow Cliff to assist patients that may be struggling with ongoing head and neck pain and sporting/collision injuries.

Special Interests:

  • Complex re-occurring running injuries
  • Headache + Migraine
  • Sacroiliac/pelvic issues
  • Post concussion management

Sharyn Burke

Osteopath
As a mother of two active teenagers, Sharyn brings a unique perspective to working with children and adolescents.
With over 20 years in the industry, Sharyn has worked in a number of clinics and also as clinical head of the Osteopathic division at RMIT university for over 10 years. This has deepened Sharyn’s Osteopathic knowledge, ensuring her patients receive the most comprehensive approach to their care.’I’m fascinated by the body’s innate healing capacity and my role in optimising that’ says Sharyn.Interests:
  • children and adolescents
  • visceral and gastrointestinal issues
  • headache and migraine

Jordan Tripodi

Exercise Physiologist

Williamstown Health + Lifestyle Exercise Physiologist Jordan completed his bachelor of Exercise Science at La Trobe University, where he developed a passion for using exercise to improve a person’s quality of life. He then went on to complete his masters in Exercise Physiology . Outside of work, Jordan enjoys keeping active by going to the gym and playing local football and basketball. He also loves his music and plays guitar in a band.

Special Interests:

  • Jordan aims to use his knowledge of the benefits of exercise to help people improve their quality of life and achieve their own personal goals. He has a particular interest in musculoskeletal injuries concerning the hip and the shoulder.

Shane Dunn

Remedial Massage Therapist

Shane is a qualified remedial massage therapist with a goal to keep you pain free and happy. He loves helping people and is focused on providing the best quality care. Out of work Shane has a crazy passion for baseball and loves being out on the field.

Peter Vlahos

Osteopath

Peter’s fascination with the human body in conjunction with his passion for helping others led him to an interest in osteopathy.  After sustaining multiple injuries himself playing soccer, as well as working with the local footy club as a sports trainer, he also understands the importance of getting people back to doing what they love.

Peter utilises a range of manual therapy techniques to relieve pain and symptoms and has also completed further training in dry needling. He emphasises the importance of communication and education to ensure his patients are well informed and incorporates a management plan to help them achieve their goals.

Peter enjoys treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions including:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sporting/overuse injuries

In his spare time you can find Peter at the Gym or hanging out with his friends and family. He also loves a good Netflix binge and is always open to new recommendations.

Jessica Martin

Osteopath / Pilates Instructor

Jess is a compassionate and motivated Osteopath and Clinical Pilates Instructor. Jess has worked with the human body for many years, and is passionate about working with you through all stages of your health journey. She has a keen interest in movement and biomechanics and enjoys working with people from all walks of life. She adopts a holistic and evidence informed approach to treatment which includes manual therapy, rehabilitation and injury prevention to ensure you feel informed and empowered.

Jess also has a Certificate IV in Nursing, which has provided her with a unique perspective of the importance of movement when dealing with injury.

Alana Carr

Myotherapist / Pilates Instructor / Remedial Massage Therapist

Alana is a qualified Myotherapist, her treatment approach follows the philosophy “attack the weakness, not the strength”. Through hands on therapy, education and strength based rehab her work is focused on finding and treating the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms. Alana enjoys getting people back to what they love doing by helping them feel empowered, stronger and pain free.

Sam Volarich

Osteopath
Growing up as a competitive swimmer osteopath Sam is no stranger to injuries and through this realises the major impact that pain can play on someone’s life. ‘My own experience has made me passionate about helping athletes of all types achieve their goals’ says Sam and her previous work as a sports trainer in the WRFL and in the recovery centre at the Australian Open has helped her focus this passion.
Sam loves that osteopathy focuses on treating the cause of the patients pain and not just the symptoms. She believes that communication is one of the most important aspects of the patient-practitioner relationship, ensuring her patients management plan incorporates their goals and expectations, assisting them to get back to pain free life quicker.
Special Interests:
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Sporting injuries

Tom Johnstone

Osteopath

As a proud local lad and the current captain of the Williamstown CYMS football club, the people of Williamstown are of upmost importance to Tom. Tom says ‘ I was raised to treat people the way I would like to be treated’ This is reflected in Tom’s great desire empower patients to help themselves on their journey to reach their full health potential. From sporting injuries to neck and jaw pain, Tom marries his compassionate approach and structural treatment to achieve great functional outcomes.

Special Interests:

  • Neck pain
  • TMJ disorders and headaches
  • Shoulder dysfunctions
  • Exercise prescription for keen runners, gym goers and anyone looking to start their health journey

Elizabeth Lynch

B.Sc(clin) M.HSc (osteo)
Osteopath

Osteopath Elizabeth Lynch is passionate about helping others. With 17 years’ experience in Irish Dance, she is also no stranger to injuries herself. It is this vast experience requiring musculoskeletal treatment, which inspired her to follow a career into the field, “I found Osteopathy treatment made a significant improvement in my own recovery from multiple injuries” says Elizabeth.

This understanding is something she has implemented into her practice today, “Letting people know what to expect from the beginning, and putting a plan in place together, makes all the difference in patient recovery.”

For Elizabeth, the goal is simple, “Keeping people doing what they love!”

Special Interests:

  • TMJ and headaches
  • Wrist pain
  • Low back
  • Ankles
  • Mobility exercises as part of treatment

Luke Walsh

Myotherapist / Remedial Massage Therapist

Luke’s goal is to get you moving and feeling better, whether it is for daily life or exercise. Through assessment-based treatment, Luke employs varying techniques to provide individually tailored treatments to his clients. He understands the effects that injury and pain can have on a person’s life and wants to work with you to get you back to an optimal level through treatment, education, and exercise.

Rachel Hunt

B.Sc(Hons) Physio
Physiotherapist / Strength & Conditioning Coach

After initially qualifying and working in the UK, Rachel moved to Melbourne in 2018 and has been part of the Williamstown Health and Lifestyle’s physiotherapy team ever since. She brings several years of experience working within different environments; including post-operative care, rehabilitation and various sports teams. Rachel has a particular interest in following the client through their entire journey, from initial injury to full return. Alongside her degree in Physiotherapy and additional qualifications in Strength + Conditioning and Dry Needling, Rachel prides herself on taking an active approach with her patients, ensuring they are engaged in an evidence based and informative rehabilitative process.

Special interests:
Acute injuries
Post-Operative
Reoccurring shoulder injuries
Lower limb – hip, knee, ankle
Return to sport/ gym/ activity
Strength testing
Rehabilitation

Outside of the clinic, you’re likely to catch Rachel down the beach with her partner and beloved dog, Maggie.

Angela Mamalis

Cert IV Pilates & Fitness
Pilates Instructor

Pilates Instructor Angela Mamalis is constantly seeking patient feedback and looking for changes and improvements in how they feel, hold themselves and function in their lives. Angela views each Pilate’s class as strengthening a partnership that betters and bolsters a happy, active lifestyle. “We are a health and lifestyle community within the Williamstown community,” she says. “I am so committed and passionate about health and wellness and the people we treat.”

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