James Black

B Physio, APAM |

James graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.  After finishing his physiotherapy degree, he spent his initial year working at Latrobe Regional Hospital where he gained valuable experience in a large area of clinical areas including inpatient and outpatient orthopaedics, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, acute medical and surgical wards and community rehabilitation. James also had the pleasure of working at Latrobe Valley Physiotherapy (Private Practice), where he was able to develop strong evidence-based and a patient centred care approach to treating and diagnosing a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.   He has become a valuable member of our team since joining our practice in January of this year.

James has furthered his professional development by attending a number of courses and inservices, including the completion of his Sports Physiotherapy Level 1, Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 1 and attending a number of clinical presentations. James has a strong interest to continue furthering his professional development in order to provide the highest quality of care for his patients.

James has also been heavily involved with Senior Football over the past few years, where he has been able to both play and assist in treating sports-related musculoskeletal injuries amongst his teammates. In conjunction to football, he also enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding during his spare time.

Sejin An

B.Physio, Pg Dip Msk Physio, APAM, MMPA |

Sejin graduated from University of Otago (NZ) in 2006 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He started his career working in private practice in Auckland with strong focus on manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation. He moved to Melbourne in 2010 and continued working in private practices before joining the team at Berwick Physio in 2016. Sejin is committed to continuing further training and professional development and has over the years completed the Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Series (2008), Post-graduate certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (2009) and Post-graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (2016).  His next plan is to get into research at Latrobe University in the near future.

Sejin has a particular interest in treatment of spinal injuries but is also confident and competent in treating variety of sports and musculoskeletal injuries. He uses ranges of hands on manual therapy techniques but also believes in importance of exercise based rehabilitation programs for treatment of various conditions.

Sejin enjoys spending his spare time playing badminton or going to the gym but often he will be busy around the home or out in the garden.


Kirsti McCormack

MSc (Research), B.Physio, APAM |

Kirsti hails from Ireland and has now set up life in Melbourne. With a passion for musculoskeletal physio and women’s health, and having joined us in early 2017, she is dedicated to enhancing the health and fitness of the Pakenham and Berwick community. Kirsti has a particular interest in treating back, shoulder pain and pelvic floor issues where she often utilises pilates and education to promote good health and fitness perinatally.

Kirsti graduated in 2009 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin and subsequently carried out a research masters in Spinal Cord Injury. She has presented and published her research at international level and mentored numerous undergraduate physios over the years. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Kirsti developed experience working on the orthopaedic surgical wards of Auckland City Hospital and also gained her musculoskeletal and sports injury management experience through private practice in NZ.

Kirsti is driven to apply quality research to her practice to provide patients with an understandable diagnosis and a treatment plan which sets them up to get better quickly and stay better for longer.  Kirsti uses skills in education, manual therapy, dry needling and exercise prescription as a way to enable patients to achieve optimal physical functioning and inspire confidence in their bodies.

When Kirsti is not at the clinic, you are likely to find her in the gym, walking her dog, or trying to balance on her paddle board!

Candice Newton


B.Health Science (Myotherapy) |

Candice graduated from the Southern School of Natural Therapies in 2007 with a Bachelor of Myotherapy.  She then worked in rural Victoria at West Wimmera Health Service for a year gaining public hospital experience, which included care for post knee and hip replacement procedures, and treating the elderly, prior to commencing work in private practice in Western Victoria and Hawthorn with various travelling stints in the meantime. She has enjoyed working with the team at Berwick Physiotherapy since 2014 and treats all kind of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to; headaches, shoulder dysfunction, lower back pain, bursitis, tennis and golfers elbow.

Aside from loving her work, Candice also enjoys hiking, swimming, travelling the world and visiting friends and family in country Victoria.


Laura Canning

B.Health Sciences, D.Physio, APAM |

Laura completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2008, majoring in Exercise Science and Nutrition. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne (graduating in 2013).  These studies have provided Laura with a strong evidence-based approach to diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions. During her studies, Laura has gained valuable experience in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including orthopaedics, neurology, paediatrics and chronic disease.

Laura also works with the Beaconsfield Senior Football Club, and has a keen interest in musculoskeletal/sports-related injuries and rehabilitation. Having also previously worked as a gym instructor, Laura has a strong focus on exercise prescription and combines this with her love of Pilates to achieve optimal patient outcomes and return to function.

Lauryn Brockwell

BHSc. Clin Myo and Dip R.M |

Lauryn is a qualified Myotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist. She has been with Berwick Physiotherapy since 2010. Lauryn started off practicing as a remedial massage therapist in 2006, then graduated from the Southern School of Natural Therapies after completing a Bachelor of Health Science – Myotherapy in 2010.

Common conditions that Lauryn can provide management for include neck, shoulder and back pain, headaches and migraines, and she has a keen interest in the management of chronic pain and pre or post natal conditions. Lauryn enjoys working in conjunction with the physiotherapists, to provide patients with the best care and to help achieve optimum results, and she is available at both Berwick Physiotherapy and Pakenham Lakeside Physiotherapy for either 30 minute or 60 minute consultations.

Chris Latimer

BSc, MSc (Distinction), BPhty (Distinction), APAM |

Chris completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with Distinction) from the University of Otago in 2008. Prior to joining the Berwick/Pakenham Lakeside Physiotherapy team in 2011, Chris worked in private practice in New Zealand specialising in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy.

Prior to completing his Physiotherapy degree, he had spent 4 years teaching academic English and studying Martial Arts in South Korea and a further year travelling. Chris also holds both a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Anatomy and has taught Anatomy to a wide range of undergraduate health science students. He was also actively involved in research resulting in the publication of papers in both Anatomy and Physiotherapy which have been presented at conferences internationally.

Chris has a particular interest in acute musculoskeletal/sports injuries, especially those involving the spine or lower limbs and puts a large emphasis on manual therapy, muscle balance and biomechanical assessment. His anatomy and academic background gives him a unique ability to accurately assess, diagnose and treat your symptoms. Chris has a particular passion for providing patients with strategies focusing on injury prevention and self management.

Chris has attended multiple post-graduate courses in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (including manipulation/manual therapy, dry needling and pilates) and is a keen sportsman having represented his province in soccer and he also holds black belts and has instructed in both Taekwondo and Hapkido. Recently Chris has become an avid golfer and we hope to see him on the PGA tour soon.

Chris is currently involved in taking hydrotherapy classes for Berwick Physiotherapy.

Claire Dowling

B.E (Hons), BSc. Physio (Hons), APAM |

Claire initially qualified as a Civil Engineer in 2001 and worked in consultancy for 2 years before realising that healthcare was where her true calling lay. Claire pursued her studies in Physiotherapy and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2006), with an Honours degree.

Claire went on to work with COPE Foundation, a charity organisation specialising in the care of adults and children with learning and physical disabilities. Over a five year period (2006-2011), Claire gained experience in treating and managing complex neurological, orthopaedic and respiratory conditions.

Claire is our resident expert in the area of Paediatric Physiotherapy. Claire is experienced in treating and managing congenital hip disorders, scoliosis, toe walking, gross motor impairments and developmental delay. Claire has solid knowledge of Neuro-Developmental Therapy, Sensory Integration and hydrotherapy treatment concepts having completed post-graduate courses in these areas.

Claire joined Berwick Physiotherapy in 2011 where she has continued her interest in Paediatrics, regularly treats babies as young as 10 days old, as well as children of all ages. Claire treats conditions at the clinic including orthopaedic problems and fractures, Cervical Torticollis, Positional Tallipes Equinus, Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly (Flat Head Syndrome), as well as assessing and treating children with developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and genetic conditions. Claire has maintained her skills and knowledge of this specialist area through attendance at lectures and courses. In a short period of time, Claire has also developed a close working relationship with local Maternal Child Health nurses and Paediatricians.

Claire also has a good background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy having completed an outpatient orthopaedic/musculoskeletal rotation in Cork University hospital (2007), and worked in private practices on a sessional basis for over 2 years prior to moving to Melbourne. Claire has also maintained her skills in this area by completing manual therapy courses.

Lee Cresswell

B.Physio, APAM |

Lee graduated from La Trobe University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.  After graduation, he worked within Peninsula Health for two years gaining valuable experience in rehabilitation. Lee then ventured abroad and worked for the British Armed Forces at their naval base in Portsmouth, England. Rehabilitating armed personnel with multiple battle injuries proved both challenging and rewarding. Lee returned in 2008 and began working in private practice before joining Berwick Physiotherapy in 2010.

Lee has spent time working as a Physiotherapist at the Casey Scorpians in the VFL. Lee brings great experience in diagnosing acute sports injuries and assisting the local sporting community with their safe return to sport. Lee’s passion for sport and rehabilitation of injuries stems from many years recovering from his own sports related injuries at both local and district cricket and football levels.

Lee has also furthered his scope of practice by studying dry needling and completing his Clinical Pilates training at the world renowned Dance Medicine Australia, thus making Lee our Clinical Pilates specialist. His thorough clinical assessment and subsequent tailored pilates programs using both the Clinical Reformers and Trapeze Table is to be acknowledged. Lee continues to get great results using Pilates to treat and manage musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Lee is also a tragic cycling fan and enthusiastic rider who took pleasure in following and riding parts of the 2006 Tour de France. Lee’s knowledge of cycling biomechanics and bike setup can assist our patients in avoiding cycling-related overuse injuries.

Elizabeth Dornom

B.Physio (Hons), M.Musc. Physio, APAM, MMPAA |

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2002. She worked at St Vincent’s Hospital for over two years and first started practicing at Berwick Physiotherapy in 2005.

Elizabeth spent three and a half years gaining further experience working as a physiotherapist within the UK National Health Service as well as completing three winter ski seasons in the French Alps. Excited to have re-joined the Berwick Physio team in 2009, Elizabeth then undertook further postgraduate study at The University of Melbourne where she completed her Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and was awarded the highest achieving student in the Masters Program.  Elizabeth maintains her strong interest in ongoing professional development by regularly attending courses and inservices.  This allows her to bring a wealth of up-to-date clinical knowledge and evidence-based practice to all her patients at Berwick Physiotherapy.

Elizabeth enjoys being involved across a wide range of sporting activities.  In terms of triathlons, she has competed a number of times at both the World Half Ironman Championships as well as the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii.  Elizabeth has also run numerous Melbourne Marathons, won the Marysville to Melbourne Multisport race and finished in the winning female team at four Oxfam Trailwalker events.  Recently she has been pushing the limits of endurance in multi-stage and multi-day adventure racing both in Australia and Internationally in events that involve a combination of mountain biking, trail running, kayaking and navigation

It is no surprise, therefore, that Elizabeth has a passion for treating sports injuries.  She thrives on the challenge of both the assessment and ongoing treatment and management process. Her philosophy of care is aimed at achieving long term results and injury prevention with a manual therapy treatment focus to maximise function and performance for all patients, be it on the sporting field, at work, home or leisure.