Ross Kinsella – Sports Physiotherapist & Founder
- Masters of Sports Physiotherapy (La Trobe University)
- Masters of Strength and Conditioning (Edith Cowan University)
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) (University of Melbourne)
- Bachelor of Medical Science (La Trobe University)
Ross Kinsella is an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist, Strength and Conditioning Professional, and is the Founder here at Freedom Sports Medicine.
His considerable knowledge of Sports Physiotherapy stems from his 16 years of varied experience in the Australian Defence Force, elite sport in the TAC Cup, VFL as well as the AFL, Sports Medicine private practice work and teaching at La Trobe and James Cook Universities.
Ross’ dual qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy and Strength and Conditioning allow him to rehabilitate his patients from acute injury, all the way through to performance enhancement — an approach that simply hasn’t been done before. He is able to communicate highly complex health, performance and well-being concepts into simple strategies. Ross also draws on his own experience as an endurance athlete, where he qualified for the Hawaiian Ironman in 2013 and was able to run a 2 hour 43 minute marathon in 2014!
Outside of work Ross enjoys a variety of activities such as running, hiking, strength training, yoga, gardening, studying and spending time with his family and dogs.
Tom Purcell – Physiotherapist
- Masters of Physiotherapy Practice (La Trobe University)
- Bachelor of Health Science (La Trobe University)
Tom graduated from La Trobe University and holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Physiotherapy Practice. He is currently in the final stages of becoming an APA Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist through his ongoing commitment to further study and research.
With 4 years of experience Tom enjoys treating a vast array of musculoskeletal conditions ranging from acute, sporting and work related injuries to the management of chronic conditions, including lumbopelvic pain/dysfunction, various tendinopathies and joint-related pain.
Tom also has a keen interest in the management of football players, targeting injury prevention and management specific to the demands of the sport. Tom is a fitness and sport enthusiast. At a younger age Tom was a keen track and field athlete with particular interest in sprints and hurdling, including competing at a national level, before focusing on a career in Aussie rules football. Tom played for the Eastern Ranges in the TAC cup competition, before going on to play senior VFL football at both the Box Hill Hawks and Frankston Dolphins.
Tom currently also works for the East Ringwood Football Club as a Physiotherapist, where he has also played junior and senior level football. Outside of work Tom enjoys being active outdoors and spending time down at the beach whenever he gets the opportunity.
Rachel Ewart – Physiotherapist
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
- Level 1 – 4 Clinical Pilates (Dance Medicine Australia)
Rachel’s considerable knowledge of physiotherapy stems from 19 years of experience. Rachel enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, particularly spinal injuries. With her background in classical ballet and dance, she has a particular interest in treating performing artists and musicians.
Rachel believes in educating and empowering patients so that they are able to assist in their own recovery and prevention of future injuries.
She enjoys creating individualised Clinical Pilates/Clinical Exercise programs to assist with injury rehabilitation and also performance enhancement. Rachel is also trained in the use of Real-Time Ultrasound Assessment of deep abdominals and pelvic floor which is part of each Clinical Pilates/Exercise assessment.
Outside of work Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, eating out, attending theatre/musical performances and furthering her knowledge of gut health and nutrition.
Ramneet Shergill – Physiotherapist
- Masters in Public Health (University of Wollongong)
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy
- GLA:D training
- Certified DMA Clinical Pilates Practitioner (Unit A and B)
Ramneet has 14 years of experience as a Physiotherapist in a range of different settings. She has in-depth knowledge and experience of working with the geriatric population, supporting with chronic pain and other conditions. She leads the GLA:D programme at FSM to empower people struggling with arthritic pain and limited mobility. GLA:D is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
Ramneet is a certified DMA Clinical Pilates Practitioner and enjoys applying this knowledge to empower and educate her patients to improve core stability, posture, balance, control, strength and flexibility for overall optimum function and wellbeing. She is particularly passionate about women’s health, pre and post-natal rehab and pelvic floor assessments and using her knowledge of clinical Pilates to support in these areas. Having a 17-month old baby herself has enabled Ramneet to relate and appreciate the role a Physiotherapist plays in women’s health.
Jesse Pardo – Physiotherapist
- Master of Physiotherapy, Flinders University
- Bachelor of Biomedicine, The University of Melbourne
Jesse completed his physiotherapy studies in Adelaide where he graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy from Flinders University. He also has a Biomedicine degree from the University of Melbourne, completing his major research project on the physiology of endurance running. He has also completed an additional course on Dry Needling.
Jesse enjoys treating a range of sporting injuries. He is currently the team physiotherapist for the Melbourne Ice in the Australian Ice Hockey League. He is also a nationally endorsed provider of Netball Australia’s KNEE program for injury prevention and enhanced performance. He has also has experience as a trainer for both men’s and women’s Australian rules football teams.
Jesse particularly enjoys working with children and adolescents and has previously had the opportunity to be involved with intensive one-on-one and group physiotherapy services in school settings and work intensively with children with mild to severe physical disabilities, which he found exceptionally rewarding.
When not working, Jesse enjoys travelling, recently coming back from a trip through Central America. Jesse loves playing and watching all sports. He is a passionate ice hockey fan, following the Colorado Avalanche in NHL. He also enjoys being a below-average endurance runner, recently finishing 2096th in the Great Ocean Road half marathon!
Shauni Brauch – Myotherapist
- Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy (MIMT)
- Level 1 Sports Trainer- Head Trainer Croydon Football Club
Shauni has vast experience in carrying out injury assessment and prevention through her work as a Myotherapist and sports trainer. Her passion is working with patients to get them back into action, enabling them to thrive in their every day lives.
From a young age, Shauni has always had an interest in the human body and it’s anatomy. It’s like a puzzle that she gets to solve every day! She loves taking on new challenges and enjoys being pushed to think outside the box, testing new research and ideas.
Shauni is also the Head Sports Trainer at the Croydon Football Club, where she has had the opportunity to carry out injury assessment and prevention, pre and post-game rubdowns, sport taping and ﬁrst responder to any injuries on the ﬁeld. Shauni thoroughly enjoy looking after the team and working alongside the football club.
Outside work Shauni enjoys trying new sports, traveling, hiking and finding new adventures.
Natalie Laurie – Sports Podiatrist
- Masters of Podiatry (La Trobe University)
- Bachelor of Health Science (La Trobe University)
- Bachelor of Biomedicine – Anatomy and Physiology (Melbourne University)
- Football Captain in EFL Premier League
- Athletics Coach
Natalie began her studies with a focus on Anatomy and Physiology, before turning specifically towards Podiatry. Through her study, she has developed a passion for biomechanics, exploring pathways that lead to injury, and making rehabilitation as enjoyable as possible to get people back to their activity goals.
As a Junior athlete, Natalie has competed at a National and International level for Race-Walking. As a Senior athlete she has competed at these levels for Race-Walking, Heptathlon, and the 400 metre Hurdles. She is also heavily involved in the Donvale Football Club, where she captained the Senior Women’s team in the Premier Division of EFL in the 2019 season. Natalie is also currently a coach at her local Little Athletics Club (Nunawading) in her spare time.
Outside of work, Natalie enjoys training for her various sports, and playing at the park or beach with her family and friends.
Franco Wilson – Sports Podiatrist
- Masters of Podiatry (La Trobe University)
- Bachelor of Health Science – Podiatry (La Trobe University)
- Diploma of Nursing (Institute of Health and Nursing Australia)
- Experience of Personal Training
Franco graduated from La Trobe University with a special interest in biomechanical issues. Franco received multiple invitations to join the Golden Key Honour society and is particularly interested in rehabilitation aspects and the strength and conditioning components of the lower limb..
Franco is a current member of the Podiatry Association and the Australasian Academy of Podiatry Sports Medicine. Franco has completed additional courses in Shockwave therapy, Dry Needling, Injection therapy (Prolotherapy), Lasernail and Laser wart therapy to offer a wider range of treatments and services for his patients. Franco prides himself on delivering evidence-based care to his patients.
Franco is a keen sportsman and enjoys all aspects of sports. He has participated in playing at high levels in both baseball and soccer. His new passion outside of Podiatry is training his dogs and beating his lap time at the local go-karting track. Franco is big believer in personal development and is always looking to improve upon himself – he is an avid reader, traveller and is currently learning Spanish!