BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (PHYSIOTHERAPY)
Clinic founder and pioneer of the ‘family-friendly physio’, Jason has an extremely diverse range of experience, having provided care to everyone from babies through to the elderly.
Jason began his career working across all disciplines at Princess Margaret Hospital and in the disability services arena prior to moving to the country, where his work saw him do everything from running ante natal classes to caring for nursing home residents. He even tried his hand at film production, putting together an occupational health and safety film in two languages! Since 2011 Jason has also been the Physiotherapist for the State U/12 AFL team that travels away for a week long national tournament.
This broad base of experience, combined with an enthusiasm for helping people from all walks of life is one of the reasons that Empower Physiotherapy has such an outstanding reputation across such diverse groups of clients – from new mothers and their babies through to seniors, and everyone in between.
Jason’s approach to physiotherapy is all about the people inside the bodies. He treats not just injuries and discomfort, but people – and he treats them well. Jason is like his business – hands-on and happy to help.
Midway through 2013, Jason finally managed to pursue a desire that had been with him since Empower Physiotherapy opened its doors in 2009 – the construction and integration of a purpose built Clinical Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Gym into the practice. With this facility now complete, Jason is keen to spread the word that one of the best ways to treat injuries and lifestyle health issues is to prevent them – and Empower is now equipped to provide the guidance you need.
Whilst the rapid growth of Empower means he is no longer able to see all of the clients he would like to, Jason continues to see as many paediatric clients as he can. He has a special interest in developing primary health care services for clients with lifelong health issues – an area that is really lacking in the private sector.
This has seen Empower Physiotherapy launch specific Men’s Health and Women’s Health exercise programs, DMA Clinical Pilates programs specific to hypermobile clients, and Balance and Falls Prevention programs. 2015 also saw the commencement of a broad based Chronic Pain Rehabilitation program in direct response to client need, and exciting new developments in this area.
If you manage to get him talking, and most people don’t have a problem with that, you’ll also find out that Jason has a beautiful wife; Jeneane; and three young sons; Matthew, Caleb, and Tomas. When not wrestling the family, he also coaches basketball, tries to find time to play his drums and guitar, and watches far too much football (c’arn the Eagles!), cricket, basketball, and MMA!
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCE), HONOURS IN SPORT SCIENCE (EXERCISE AND HEALTH), MASTERS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY
Already a fixture at Empower, Tim has rapidly demonstrated his capacity to help patients of all ages and from all walks of life – with smiles all around. His empathy, professionalism, and friendly demeanour have quickly endeared him to the Empower family of clients and the Empower team.
Tim initially spent four years studying at UWA completing a Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Health; rounding out his time completing an Honours year in Sports Physiology. More recently, however, Tim spent two and a half years completing a Masters degree in physiotherapy at Curtin University – gaining extensive theoretical and practical experience during this time.
Tim is very passionate about helping people reach their performance goals, having always known that he would pursue a career within the field of health. Tim enjoys using his skills and knowledge base to develop specific rehabilitation programs for a client’s individual needs, and appreciates the opportunity to work with a variety of different clients from athletes to older adults.
As well as being passionate about physiotherapy, Tim loves to challenge himself by trying new things and has several interests including playing social sports with friends, reading and cooking. He also has a guilty appreciation for all things pop culture.
For Empower, “power to the people” is more than just an apt slogan. Home visits, community talks, along with links with local sporting clubs and schools are all examples of our commitment to social responsibility.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (PHYSIOTHERAPY)
Tala has come full circle – first entering Empower as a young client, and now returning as a professional member of the Empower Team!
Having conquered adversity with the aid of physiotherapy during her teenage years, Tala was motivated to join the profession and gained a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) degree from Curtin University.
Combining practical experience, current research and overseas study with a palpable passion for the profession, Tala is well placed to help people achieve full recovery and an enhanced level of physical wellbeing.
Tala has worked with clients across all age groups and is able to put people at ease as they discuss their concerns. She believes in the value of a holistic approach when managing injuries, which is only one of several areas in which she embodies the values of Empower Physiotherapy.
Tala has an extended background in sports training and a particular affinity with adolescents through her affiliation with East Perth Football Club and Baseball WA as a trainer and physiotherapist. With this early experience, Tala foresees future specialisation within the paediatrics or sports physiotherapy fields.
Outside of physiotherapy, Tala loves travel and the outdoors and spends most of her time along Perth’s beautiful coastline. She is keen for all things sport, having represented Western Australia in volleyball, and continues to be an active club (and social!) netball player. She continues to coach volleyball and netball at her former secondary school in Karrinyup.
Georgia has always held a passion for sport, as well as a strong interest in helping others. This combination led Georgia to complete her Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University.
The completion of this degree has allowed her to assist others in reaching their personal goals, whether that be returning back to the sporting field or enjoying being able to undertake the daily activities we take for granted when healthy.
Georgia’s experience from playing in competitive WA basketball teams throughout her teenage years has allowed her to understand what is required in order to reach appropriate rehabilitation goals.
Georgia has experience in varying practical settings and has worked with a variety of age groups, valuing what is important to each individual. Her approach to physiotherapy revolves around a strong belief that each person plays an important role in their own rehabilitation journey, empowering them towards their very best lifestyle.
In addition to a passion for physiotherapy, Georgia thoroughly enjoys travelling – seeing all the world has to offer and spending quality time with family and friends.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (PHYSIOTHERAPY)
Tom has a passion to serve people from all walks of life by being a pillar of support through their rehabilitation journey and empowering them to return to their best.
Having dealt with hardships in his own personal sports journey, Tom was encouraged to complete a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) degree at Curtin University to gain the knowledge to help others. Now he is excited to use that to service the community as he joins our team.
Merging contemporary research and a desire to understand individual clients’ situations, Tom believes that having a holistic approach to assessment and treatment is paramount to empower clients to understand their bodies and take control of their own health journey.
Tom has vast experience in sports training and injury management through involvement with Subiaco Football Club and multiple amateur sports clubs, while also having an extensive background in coaching at various junior levels.
With a love of junior sport, Tom is dedicated to helping the younger generation be the best they can be, on and off the field, and has special interest in assisting young athletes pursue their best.
Outside of Physiotherapy, Tom is a passionate football coach and is currently coaching Talent Academies at Subiaco Football Club, and is also the Head Coach of the Kingsway Amateur Football Club Colts Program. When not tied down in coaching, he loves to be outdoors, spending time with friends or family, playing the ukulele and enjoys participating in a majority of sports including AFL, basketball and mountain biking.
CERT IV AND DIPLOMA OF REMEDIAL MASSAGE
Empower Physiotherapy’s new resident Remedial Massage Therapist Melissa comes to us with a wealth of work and life experience from many different fields, and is excited to finally be pursuing the career path she knew she was destined to follow – having started massaging her family from the age of 8!
With her genuine caring nature and contagious positive attitude, Melissa has been nick-named “Mumma Mel” or “Aunty Melly,” and has demonstrated an ability to communicate with and bring a smile to the faces of all she comes across – not surprising when her household currently consists of people ranging from 5 years old all the way through to 96 years of age!
Melissa’s empathy and skills as a therapist have been further developed through her own life experience. At the age of 13 Melissa was herself diagnosed with scoliosis, and Melissa’s husband was a professional athlete for 20 years. Both of these circumstances have helped Melissa to develop a close understanding of the impact of pain and injury on quality of life, and the importance of appropriate massage and stretching to maximising performance both on the field and in other areas of life.
Outside of work, Melissa loves her weekly boxing and circuit training, running, swimming, and has enjoyed travel whenever possible. Her life would not be complete without music, and her friends and family are also paramount.
Melissa currently favours Swedish/Relaxation Massage, Myofascial Release and Trigger Points to complement the rest of the team at Empower and bring balance to the mind, body and soul.
Melissa looks forward to meeting you all at Empower Physiotherapy and says “It’s nice to be kneaded by Melissa!”
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (PHYSIOTHERAPY)
CERTIFICATE OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
CERT IV (PERSONAL TRAINING)
Ben’s life and work has always been about caring for and supporting people of all ages and walks of life to overcome obstacles and experience all that life has to offer. This passion has most recently led him to join the Empower team, working alongside Mel as our newest remedial massage therapist.
Growing up playing soccer from a young age, his long-time interest in the science of the human body, sport and fitness has enabled him to complete a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University, followed by specialised massage qualifications and more recently a Cert IV (Personal Training). The common thread of these studies has been a desire to provide a caring, holistic approach in helping people overcome pain and injury to live an active, empowered lifestyle.
After working in private practice as a Physiotherapist in Melbourne, Ben went on to pursue youth work for several years, supporting and encouraging young people and their families in a variety of settings. He is excited to now be returning to the field of allied health, specialising in remedial massage and serving as part of a fantastic team.
When he is not soothing clients’ aches and pains in the clinic, Ben can be found spending quality time with his wife Michelle and four teenage kids, often at one of their favourite beaches. He is a keen runner and enjoys regular time in the gym, coaching his son’s soccer team, as well as just chilling out with excellent coffee and a good book.
Ben is looking forward to meeting plenty of the Empower family as well as those who have yet to join us!