Our Staff

Our Staff

Chris Ward – B.App.Sc. (Physio) APAM

Principal Physiotherapist

Chris graduated from La Trobe University in 1991 and has worked at Hawthorn Physiotherapy Clinic since 1995. He became a partner in 2000. Chris was a physiotherapist for the Hawthorn Football Club from 1995 to 2004. Chris’ experience with professional sports people and their injuries extends to his patients at HPC.

Chris has an interest in general sporting injuries and their quick recovery and return to play. He also has an interest in post-operative rehabilitation, in particular, knee reconstruction and knee replacements.

Chris is a long-standing member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Sports Physio Special Interest Group.

Andreas (Charlie) Schall-Riaucour – B.Physio. (Hons) APAM

Principal Physiotherapist

Charlie graduated with Honors in a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Melbourne University in 1996. This was in addition to his Degree in Physical Education and a post graduate Diploma in Exercise for Rehabilitation. Charlie was involved with the Hawthorn Football Club from 1990 to 2004 assisting in injury rehabilitation and providing physiotherapy services.

Charlie now devotes his time between HPC and St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Kew where he provides physio services for many of Melbourne’s leading orthopaedic surgeons. His well rounded knowledge in all sporting injuries, injury rehabilitation and experience with elite sports has been invaluable to HPC.

Charlie is a long-standing member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Richard Webber – B.App.Sc. (Physio)


Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from La Trobe University (Lincoln Institute) in 1989. Having spent a year at the now retired Fairfield Hospital, he began practicing at Hawthorn Physiotherapy Clinic, before leaving for London in 1995. There he worked at an Australian owned private practice in the renowned Harley Street for the next 10 years, treating an international clientele (including heads of state and royalty!) and developing a specific focus on both chronic spinal pain and post-surgical rehabilitation. Richard also became consultant physiotherapist to 2 West End theatre producers, where he treated a wide range of performance related injuries, an interest he maintains in Melbourne. Whilst in London he also created the technical illustrations for a singer’s textbook, combining his physiotherapy with his artistic ‘other life’. On returning to Melbourne in 2007, Richard again became part of the team at HPC, to find the best aspects of the Clinic still in place, including Charlie’s hair (with only a few grey hairs).

Richard is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Marci Lu – B.A. (KIN)Hons, D.P.T., A.P. A.M


Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, Marcy graduated with a Batchelor of Kinesiology (the study of Human Movement and Science) before travelling all the way to Australia to complete her physiotherapy studies at the University of Melbourne. During her time at the University she completed clinical placements in both inpatient and outpatient settings within musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory wards, working with patients across the lifespan from pediatrics to gerontology. Additionally, she completed a placement with a sports clinic in Hong Kong, specializing in the treatment of ultra and marathon runners.

During her physiotherapy studies, Marcy trained with local football teams to gain on and off field assessment and training techniques. Most recently, she completed Pilates qualifications with DMA Clinical Pilates in South Yarra. Marcy enjoys staying active playing basketball, volleyball and badminton and has trained in taekwondo. With a background in exercise science and a love for sports and physical activity, Marcy is keen to help people of all stages and capacities return to physical activity

Rob Lu – D.P.T., B. Sci (Ex. Physiology), A.P.A.M.


Sophie Rubira – B. Ex and Sport Sc. M. Physio


Sophie graduated with her Masters of Physiotherapy from University of Sydney after previously completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. Since then she has been working in different private practice settings, within football clubs as well as teaching Clinical Pilates Classes. Sophie is currently undertaking further education in the area of Women’s Health Physiotherapy as she loves to be able to help women throughout different stages in their life, in particular pre and post natal care. Having been involved in sports throughout her whole life and therefore herself being exposed to injuries, she understands what is required to help patients return to their sport, exercise routine or simply tasks around the home. Away from work Sophie enjoys all things sports, in particular AFL (Go Cats!), loves catching up with friends and family and enjoys discovering new places to explore.

Leon Mao


Leon graduated with his Doctorate of Physiotherapy degree from University of Melbourne. Since then, he has worked in multiple settings, including multiple football clubs, private practices, and gyms. Additionally, Leon also holds qualifications in Clinical Pilates and dry needling which he routinely incorporates in his treatments.

Specifically, he holds interests in lower back pain, shoulder injuries and tennis elbow conditions. Outside of physiotherapy, Leon’s main hobbies are playing tennis, keeping active, watching MMA and eating too healthy. Overall, he just enjoys helping those in pain regain their livelihood and return to normality.

Kirra Smith – BHlthSc, MPhysio A.P.A.M


Chermaine Heow – B.App Sci, M.Physio Prac


Chermaine graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Practice from La Trobe University. She worked predominantly within private practice prior to joining Hawthorn Physiotherapy Clinic, and worked rurally in Mildura and Phillip Island during the pandemic in 2020.

Chermaine has an interest in sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, and clinical Pilates. With a love for helping people achieve their goals, Chermaine is keen on supporting individuals in returning to exercise and other physical activities. In her spare time Chermaine enjoys exploring walking trails, listening to true crime podcasts, yoga, and hanging out with her dog.

Katie Elson

Practice Administrator