Exercise Physiology

An Exercise Physiologist is an allied health professional who specialises in the benefits of exercise to help patients from paediatrics to geriatrics get fitter for all round good health, or to treat patients with a medical condition through exercise.

They are much more than an ordinary personal trainer at the gym. Exercise Physiologists study at university for a minimum four years and have a wide range of knowledge about the human body and the benefit that exercise has on it, both mentally and physically. Their prescribed programs may be home, gym or aquatic based.

Exercise Physiologists are eligible for Medicare and private health fund rebates. They can also assist with Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Accident, NDIS and Department of Veteran Affairs claims.

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Chris McLaughlin-Jones

Chris is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), holding degrees in both Exercise and Sport Science, and Exercise Rehabilitation. He has gained experience delivering targeted exercise treatment in a range of settings including private gyms, neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation clinics, and workers compensation.

Along with his professional background Chris has personally experienced the benefits of exercise therapy having developed Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis whilst at school. Through his training and life experience Chris knows the importance of rehabilitating the body through strength and mobility training, and also works with the link between physical activity and mental health. Now as an AEP he delivers both functional assessments and rehabilitation programs for clients with musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses, and sports specific training programs for athletes and those seeking to improve their strength and conditioning.

Chris is passionate about helping others experience the transformative effect that exercise can have on physical health, lifestyle, and mental wellbeing. Chris thoroughly enjoys working with his clients and genuinely looks forward to helping all his clients improve their state of health.

Stephano Pezzotta

Stephano is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), and holds degrees in both Exercise and Sport Science, and Exercise Rehabilitation. He draws on knowledge gained through tertiary studies, along with experience in private gyms and fitness centres, to provide tailored exercise programs in both individual and group settings. In addition to this, Stephano has gained valuable experience in the role of a sport science coordinator for NTC program with Football West and enables him to provide sport-specific strength and conditioning programs to his clients. The NTC program is a specialised pathway for player development and national talent identification and consists of multiple squads of young female athletes. In this role, Stephano manages training and match day load, and oversees the strength and conditioning aspect of the program, ensuring players are ready for national tournaments and international matches.

Through his personal and professional experience, Stephano is passionate about using exercise therapy to improve the physical health, well-being, and functional capacity of his clients. When not working, Stephano enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and playing sports, mainly tennis and football.

Sarah Haverhoek (Nee Dunjey)

Sarah is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist holding a degree in both Exercise and Health Science and Exercise Rehabilitation, as well as a qualified Pilates Instructor with a Diploma in Pilates Instruction from Pilates Fitness Institute. Sarah integrates her knowledge of the Pilates method into her Exercise Physiology work to ensure the client receives a well-rounded, comprehensive exercise experience.

Sarah is a passionate dancer with 25+ years experience. She has completed all of her CSTD Theatrical, Tapping and Modern Jazz exams, achieving high results in her Theatrical Performance Shield (2013), Gold Cross (2016) and Modern Jazz Shield (2021) as well as completing RAD Ballet exams. Sarah has been able to work with many young dancers to help them grow and improve.

Sarah has a great passion for helping those who are going through cancer treatment, guiding them with their exercise treatment and helping them identify how exercise can help combat the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. She also has vast experience in exercise prescription for pre and post natal women.

Mhairi Burke

Mhairi (Pronounced "Vari") is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with dual degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Committed to a patient-centred approach, Mhairi aims to tailor exercise rehabilitative techniques to complement and support the management of diverse clinical conditions.

Mhairi, with a distinguished background in gymnastics and dance, has excelled in national competitions and completed all Borovansky Ballet exams. Her professional expertise includes collaborating with WAFL clubs for strength and conditioning programs, return-to-sport strategies, and rehabilitative techniques.

Mhairi has a particular passion for:

  • Neurological conditions
  • Mental health
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis

Mhairi is very passionate in tailoring programs that are not only effective but also considerate of each individual's unique needs and goals. Her commitment to ongoing professional development underscores her dedication to providing the highest standard of care and staying at the forefront of the evolving field of exercise physiology.

Shane Johnstone

Shane is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with over 12 years experience holding a Masters degree in Occupational Rehabilitation and Workplace Injury Management along with a Bachelor of Science (Sport Science), Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), Certificate IV in Safety, Certificate IV Healthcare (Pre-Ambulance) and Certificate IV in Training, Assessment and Evaluation. Shane draws from his diverse previous work experiences as an Exercise Physiologist in a Rehabilitation Clinic, Vocational Rehabilitation setting, Researcher for Edith Cowan University, Strength & Conditioning coach for WAFL Football and State teams, Lifestyle Coordinator on remote mine sites, Health Consultant for corporate companies and the Content Developer of a Men’s eHealth Network to provide a holistic health approach for his clients.

Shane’s main area of service focus is musculoskeletal injuries under the WA Workers Compensation act.

Shane is an endurance sport enthusiast, now primarily trail running. Shane has trekked to Base Camp of Mt Everest, completed the Kokoda Trail and reached the summit of Mt Rinjani. Shane in April 2018 ran the 1005km Bibbulmun Track from Albany to Kalamunda in 11 days 7 hours and 8 minutes.

Mitchell Craig

Mitch is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist holding degrees in both Sport and Exercise Science and Exercise Rehabilitation. Mitch has developed his passion and knowledge in exercise physiology throughout experience providing customised exercise treatment at various sports clubs, gyms, private therapy practices, corporate health companies, onsite and in rehabilitation centers.

Mitch has been dedicated to offering an individualised approach with his treatment, emphasising education to improve functional independence. Mitch shows a particular interest in exercise for improving adolescent mental health and as a conservative treatment modality for over 50’s.

Mitch commits to the “exercise is medicine” philosophy, competing in endurance running, motocross, mountain biking, and powerlifting. He has also completed various local and international trekking adventures taking him through North and South America, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and indonesia.

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Sport Performance

Assisting those who aspire to excel in their chosen sport to be fitter, stronger and faster following personalised, preiodised and progressive plans that additionally incorporate injury prevention strategies.

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Group Fitness

Under the guidance of an Exercise Physiologist it is a great way to stay motivated, meet new people trying to achieve similar goals and have some fun. There are options for all levels of fitness.

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Weight Management

Education to adopt active lifestyles, healthy dietary behaviours and set appropriate goals is a key focus to achieve long lasting weight loss results. Fad diets and unsustainable exercise behaviours can be detrimental to health and result in greater weight gain.

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Musculoskeletal Conditions

Preventing and treating clients with musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain. Techniques include addressing underlying problems, preventing strain and injury, and prescribing exercises and other interventions to promote mobility. Find Out More

Orthopaedic

Preventing or managing chronic orthopaedic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and amputations. They also help patients prepare for or rehabilitate from orthopaedic surgery such as rotator cuff, meniscus and ACL repairs.

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Cancer & Lymphoedema

Addresses a range of patient needs, including treating, managing or preventing fatigue, pain, muscle mass loss, fat mass increase, bone density loss, muscle and joint stiffness, and fitness deconditioning. Find Out More

Cardiovascular & Cardiorespiratory

Prevents, rehabilitates and supports people living with, or at risk of diseases and injuries affecting the heart and lungs, such as heart disease or asthma. Additionally helping patients prepare for or recover from surgery, and prescribe exercises and other interventions to improve quality of life. Find Out More

Diabetes

Preventing the progression of pre-diabetes or manage Type 1, 2 and gestational diabetes. Treatment modalities include, lifestyle education, resistance and aerobic training to decrease fat mass, increase muscle mass and metabolism. Considerations such as ulcers, poor vision and amputations are taken into consideration. Group fitness options eligible for Medicare rebates are available. Find Out More

Neurology & Motor Skill Development

Modifying lifestyle behaviours and adopting new techniques to cater for more permanent impairments. Addressing losses in muscle tone and mass, coordination and function, helping to improve quality of life and capacity to perform active daily living tasks and beyond.

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Mental Health

Educating how exercise plays a significant role in keeping the mind healthy to prevent and manage mental health conditions. Our focus is to design flexible yet structured programs that motivate clients to achieve their goals giving the patient a sense of achievement and empowerment.

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Arthritis & Osteoporosis

Preventing the progression of bone mineral density loss that rapidly increases later in life with strength and impact exercises, diet modifications and education. Furthermore preventing the risk of falls where weak bones are at risk of fractures that often lead to further complications. Find Out More

Chronic Pain and Conditions

Managing or preventing pain and its impact on function in patients by giving patients guidance on how to progress their activity levels. Treatment modalities include progressive strengthening exercises, aerobic exercises for endorphin release, stretching and mobility to alleviate tension and education on fear avoidance behaviours. Find Out More

Women & Men’s Health

Guiding clients how to engage their pelvic floor which is important for preventing incontinence. For women understanding suitable exercises and intensities pre, during and post pregnancy. For men understanding suitable exercises for pre, during and post prostate treatment / surgery, which can have many side effects treated very effectively with strength and aerobic training.

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Occupational Health

Supporting the health and wellbeing of workers, reducing safety risks in the workplace, preventing and managing injuries and diseases, and supporting workers in returning to work. Options include: seminars, workshops, health promotion materials, health assessments, group fitness and consulting. Find Out More

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