Our Staff

Our Staff

Chris Ward – B.App.Sc. (Physio) APAM

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. He 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

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. He 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.

Nicole Forster – B.Physio. APAM

Born and bred in Melbourne, Nicole completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2004. Nicole gained 3 years of valuable experience at the start of her career working in aged care, rehabilitation and also doing some acute hospital work around Melbourne. She then moved to specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy working at a clinic in Camberwell, where she developed and ran their extensive pilates program. Nicole also developed specialised exercise classes for pre and post natal women focusing on pelvic floor and back care, as well as conducting regular education sessions at Maternal and Child health centres on the importance of exercise.

Nicole joined our team in 2009 and divided her time between Hawthorn and St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Kew, being responsible for many of the Pilates sessions at Hawthorn. Since taking maternity leave in 2012, Nicole has rejoined the Clinic on a part time basis.

Sarah Tulloch – B.Health Sci., M.Phty APAM

Sarah joined the Clinic in mid 2015 working both with our team of in-house physiotherapists at St Vincent’s hospital in Kew and with private patients at the Clinic. She also conducts weekly clinical Pilates sessions at the Clinic.

Since graduating from LaTrobe University in 2013, Sarah has gained experience with clinical Pilates and musculoskeletal issues and sports injuries both in private practice and as a football club physio. She is a keen hockey player, having represented Victoria in the Under 21 team for 2 years running and also providing physiotherapy for junior Victorian hockey teams.

Sarah is available for consultations at the Clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings.

Eleanor Dwyer – MPhty APAM

Eleanor grew up in country Victoria before moving to Melbourne in 2010 in order to study for a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University. She then continued into the Doctor of Physiotherapy program which she completed in December 2015. During her physiotherapy studies, Elle trained both as a Level 1 Sports Trainer and as a clinical Pilates instructor. She also worked as a Sports trainer with Gymnastics Victoria looking after gymnastic teams at State and National events.

As an integral part of her studies, Elle gained practical physiotherapy experience in private practice where she ran clinical Pilates classes and at The Western Hospital where she was involved with their Outpatient Falls & Balance clinic.

Eleanor joined Hawthorn Physiotherapy Clinic in January 2016 where she runs clinical Pilates classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and also runs our Balance for Life Program on Thursday mornings.

Daniel Ford – B.Phty APAM

Dan is a relative newcomer to Melbourne, having moved here form New Zealand in mid 2016. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Otago University in New Zealand and has since added qualification sin Dry Needling, the McKenzie Framework, and Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy.

Professional experience with private practices in Auckland and Wellington have provided Daniel with skills which are a good match for our team at Hawthorn Physio. His roles as a sports physiotherapist with representative hockey teams in Wellington and a premier rugby team in Auckland mean that he is well placed to help patients with a variety of sports related injuries.

Out of hours, Dan is a keen sportsman himself. He has already joined a local cricket club and is looking forward to working with a local rugby or football club over the coming winter months. Off the field he is also a keen spectator, but as a committed Kiwi he may be found supporting the opposition at times!

Dan has private appointments available at the Clinic every weekday and is available for private Clinical Pilates sessions as well as group classes. He also provides support to our in-patient physiotherapy program at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Kew.

Elsa Gales – BSci (Physio) APAM

Elsa grew up in Hobart before moving to Perth to study for a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Since qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2017 she has also trained as a clinical Pilates instructor. Whilst studying she worked as a Sports Trainer with the Perth Irish Rugby Club which she thoroughly enjoyed.

As an integral part of her studies, Elsa gained practical physiotherapy experience in private practice and also in various hospital departments where she gained a wide range of experience including general surgical, musculoskeletal and neurological placements as well as spending a month working at Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital in Kathmandu.

Elsa has a diverse sporting background and before heading to Perth to study at University, she competed successfully at a State level in equestrian eventing and at national level in canoe slalom. She was a long-term member of the Tasmanian canoe slalom team and the AIS National Talent Squad and successfully represented Australia competing in New Zealand in 2011 and 2012. Perth doesn’t offer many opportunities for white water canoeing but now that she is finding her feet in Melbourne, Elsa is looking forward to picking up her love of outdoor sports.

Charles Jones – Adv. Dip. Sports Therapy, AAMT

Charles offers remedial massage and myofascial dry-needling therapy to complement the treatment offered by our physiotherapists managing both acute and chronic issues. Since qualifying with an Advanced Diploma of Sports Therapy in 2010, Charles has had experience working as a Remedial Massage Therapist at gyms in Mitcham and Templstowe and a clinic in Richmond. He has treated athletes on match days at Nunawading and Wandin Football Clubs and has also assisted participants in the Melbourne Marathon and the Oxfam Walk (2009).

Anne Mellor

Practice Manager BA (Hons) Econ.

Gemma Frost