Fitzroy
(03) 9417 0869
Richmond
(03) 9421 1049
Malvern Rd
(03) 9822 7873

Abby De Kretser

Abby is the Principle Physiotherapist at Universal Practice Fitzroy and Universal Practice Richmond, and the Head of Education at UP Edu. 
She has worked in private practice for a number of years with a strong emphasis on sports and musculoskeletal injuries and combines her extensive Pilates and movement  retraining with an evidence based, hands on approach to rehabilitation and injury prevention. Her depth of knowledge, precision and  understanding of human movement allows her to deliver a holistic approach to injury and movement dysfunction that is grounded in science. 
Abby is currently completing her Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and has a particular interest in dysfunction around the  hip, pelvis and spine. 
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Abby De Kretser

Abby is the Principle Physiotherapist at Universal Practice Fitzroy and Universal Practice Richmond, and the Head of Education at UP Edu. 
She has worked in private practice for a number of years with a strong emphasis on sports and musculoskeletal injuries and combines her extensive Pilates and movement  retraining with an evidence based, hands on approach to rehabilitation and injury prevention. Her depth of knowledge, precision and  understanding of human movement allows her to deliver a holistic approach to injury and movement dysfunction that is grounded in science. 
Abby is currently completing her Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and has a particular interest in dysfunction around the  hip, pelvis and spine. 

Alex Mackenzie

Alex is the Principal Physiotherapist at Universal Practice Malvern Rd. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012, completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. In 2018, she finished her Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and completed her Masters in 2020.

Alex has worked across various private practices and is passionate about delivering high quality care for musculoskeletal injuries. She takes a particular interest in Clinical Pilates, whole body movement patterns, and foot and ankle conditions. Alex has experience in post-operative Physiotherapy management and has worked for a number of foot and ankle surgeons in Melbourne.

Alex has worked for a range of amateur sporting clubs over the years, including AFL, hockey and dance teams. In 2019, Alex will be the Head Physiotherapist for the Men’s Premier League Team at Camberwell Hockey Club.

Outside of work Alex enjoys spending time at the beach, distance running, skiing and travelling!

Elle Dwyer

Eleanor graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015 with a Doctor of Physiotherapy.  She has since worked in private practice with a passion for musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, particularly lower limb injuries. Eleanor also has experience working in in a private hospital setting working alongside some of Melbourne’s leading orthopaedic surgeons with extensive knowledge with pre and post surgical conditions.

Eleanor believes in movement for healing, which underpins her approach to treatment. Eleanor values holistic approach to health and aims to empower clients to explore and improve their overall health and wellbeing. This approach complements her teachings in Clinical Pilates, Reformer and Ropes Yoga classes  as she aims to educate all clients about their own bodies from injury management, prevention and overall mind and body wellbeing. Eleanor is head of the Yoga Program at Universal Practice.

Eleanor has a background in gymnastics having previously competed at an elite level and treating with gymnasts at various competitive levels.

Outside of the studio, Eleanor enjoys traveling, keeping active and exploring new restaurants and cafes with friends.

Emma Rundgren

Emma is a Swedish Musculoskeletal physiotherapist and yoga teacher. She started her career working in rehabilitation following spinal cord injuries but she has for the last 19 years worked in private practice both in Scandinavia and Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Lund University in Sweden and came to Australia in 2002 to specialise in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She completed her Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Melbourne University in 2002 and she is a member of the Australian College of Physiotherapist. 

She has an interest in all musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain management and uses her manual therapy skills in combination with exercise prescription. At Universal practice she offers physiotherapy assessment and treatments, clinical pilates and yoga classes, both in group and individual sessions. 

Emma has a personal interest in yoga and has practiced Iyengar yoga since she moved to Melbourne. Emma has completed her yoga teacher training with an Indian traditional yoga school and as she has experienced the healing qualities of yoga for herself she enjoys incorporating yoga and breathwork with clients. 

When Emma is not in the clinic she enjoys music, the outdoors and spending time with her two children and cats.

Jess Black

Jess is a Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Practitioner who is passionate about providing an evidence based and holistic approach to care in order to prevent, diagnose and manage all musculoskeletal injuries. Jess has a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University.

Jess has strong experience in the private practice setting, whilst teaching clinical pilates and has a special interest in strength and conditioning. Jess’ approach to physiotherapy involves education, manual therapy and movement therapy to empower her patients. She seeks to encourage and support her patients throughout each stage of their rehabilitation and employs a patient centred approach to her care.

Jess has a passion for netball and comes from a sub-elite playing and coaching background. She draws on her own sporting experience and combines this with her physiotherapy skills in order to promote health and wellbeing. Outside of work, Jess enjoys going to the gym, adventuring on long walks and spending time with her friends and family. Find Jess in Malvern Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and in Richmond on Wednesday and Friday.

Philippa Henderson

Originally from Deniliquin (NSW), Pip was a natural sports enthusiast, playing tennis, netball and soccer, as well as swimming during the warmer months. She has Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy from Latrobe University.

Pip strives to ensure all of her clients optimise their health and wellbeing by enhancing their function and achieving their goals.

Pip is passionate and experienced in the prevention, diagnosis and management of sports injury, alongside Universal Practice, Pip is a physiotherapist with the Carlton Football Club AFLW side.  Equally, she has a strong interest in women’s health, helping both antenatal and postnatal women manage their pain and other related issues.

Find Pip in Fitzroy and Richmond taking physiotherapy treatment, clinical classes, reformer and strength and conditioning.

Bronte Cameron

Bronte is a Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Practitioner who has a particular passion for movement and holistic health. Bronte’s love for body movement and function started when she was very young as she spent the majority of her early years dedicated to dance and performance.

Wishing to turn her passion into a career, Bronte completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours from Monash University in 2018. Since graduating Bronte has worked in the private practice physiotherapy setting as well as teaching clinical pilates and conducting pointe assessments. She has a particular interest in musculoskeletal injuries. Bronte enjoys drawing on her own dance and performance background and combines her physiotherapy, pilates and dance expertise to work with athletes and dancers to improve their physical performance.

Bronte uses an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation and injury management. She believes strongly in educating her patients to empower them to take their health into their own hands.  Find Bronte in Richmond Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and in Malvern Wednesday & Friday.

Imogen Sist

Imogen is a physiotherapist with qualifications in Clinical Pilates and Yoga and several years experience teaching group exercise. She is passionate about educating her clients to help empower them throughout their life stages, believing in the power of knowledge for better health.

Imogen approaches her treatments with evidence based practice, involving hands on and movement therapy to promote healing. Imogen is highly aware of the need for a healthy mind and body for success in all areas and strives to provide a holistic approach to her care which is grounded in science.

Imogen has particular clinical interest in Women’s and Pelvic Floor Health, currently undergoing further studies in this specialty area.
In her spare time Imogen enjoys being outdoors, participating in group exercise and meditation classes and being with friends and family.

Charlee West

Charlee is a Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates and Yoga instructor. Charlee graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours.

Charlee takes an evidence based approach to rehabilitation utilising movement as medicine. She understands the mind body connection taking a considered and holistic approach to each and every client.

Charlee has a keen interest in soccer related injury and has experience working with a range of amateur & elite sporting teams (Melbourne City W-league, Bulleen Lions NPL, Langwarrin NPL ).

This combined with her own experience as an elite soccer player and her love of the outdoors / general well being has inspired Charlee to develop a passion for helping people of all ages achieve their physical goals, improve wellbeing and create positive change.

In her spare time you will find Charlee surfing, meditating or in the Yoga studio.

Emily Korn

Emily is a Physiotherapist, Sports Scientist, and Pilates Practitioner. Having worked in High Performance Roles in elite sport, including the AFL and A-League, Emily has a solid foundation and depth of experience in exercise based rehabilitation. She is passionate about treating all musculoskeletal injuries, with a specific interest in the spine and pelvis where she employs a combination of manual therapy and Pilates expertise.
Emily has a strong belief in integrating Evidence Based Medicine with a holistic patient-centred approach. Her objective is to further the physical and mental well-being of her patients empowering them on a path to recovery and good health.
Find Emily in Malvern Monday, Wednesday & Friday and in Richmond Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.

James Barjasic

James is a Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Practitioner. James has a special interest in end stage rehabilitation for optimising sports performance and facilitating successful return to play. James also specialises in treating neck and spinal pain, addressing shoulder pain and dysfunction and improving lower limb biomechanics. James has designed and leads our Strength & Conditioning program, as well as being heavily involved in the Universal Practice Hip & Groin Rehabilitation program with the Carlton Football Club (AFL). James adopts a considered and logical approach, while also understanding the influence of mental and emotional wellbeing on the state of the nervous system, and therefore function and performance.

Anne-Marie Boys

Anne-Marie is a Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Practitioner. She specialises in orthopaedic assessment and post surgical rehabilitation and management. She believes strongly in the benefits of exercise  and Pilates for rehabilitation, injury prevention, and general health and wellbeing. Her classes are anatomically based with a emphasis on strength and alignment. Anne-Marie is a keen sportswoman herself and plays competitive Touch Rugby and Soccer.

Liv Jenvey

Liv is a Physiotherapist and Yoga Practitioner. Liv specialises in cardio-respiratory physiotherapy, making her invaluably well-positioned to teach and tailor Physiotherapy-lead Yoga with an emphasis on breath technique and movement patterns. Understanding the scientific, holistic and meditative aspects of yoga, as well as the underlying physiology of how our body works, Liv brings a science based, holistic and caring approach to her Yoga Classes.

Sammy Prowse (Wilson)

Sammy is a Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Practitioner and Yoga Instructor and the Founding Director of Universal Practice.
Sammy has over 10 years experience in the physiotherapy profession, specialising in elite sport working with Gymnastics Australia, the Hawthorn Football Club, the Carlton Football Club, the Melbourne Football Club, and various Olympic Athletes. Sammy developed the Hip & Groin Program for the Carlton Football Club, to address stability, motor control and performance in their athletes.

Sammy is passionate about evidence-based, best-practice medicine and believes in providing accurate and clear diagnosis, as well as addressing the underlying clinical reasons that cause pain or injury.
She combines evidence-based physiotherapy, specific exercise rehabilitation and movement practices to deliver a best practice approach to medicine.

Sammy is also passionate about, and advocates for health on a global scale which includes the health of our communities, environment and planet.

Sammy is a mother of two young boys, and is currently working a reduced schedule.