Dr Jon Ford
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Clinical and Managing Director
PhD, MPhysio, BAppSc(Physio), CredMDT
Clinics: Boronia, Dandenong
In the early 90s whilst lecturing at The University of Melbourne Jon began developing evidence-based treatment models for people with back pain. He subsequently established Spinal Management Clinics (part of the LifeCare group) which became one of the leading providers of physiotherapy and multi-disciplinary pain management programs in Australia.
In 2014 to enable a greater focus on improving clinical quality and research, Jon with the practitioners below, purchased and rebranded the clinics as Advance Healthcare. Jon continues his academic work as the head of the LaTrobe University, Low Back Pain Research Team at The School of Physiotherapy. Jon's clinical and research interest is the diagnosis and treatment of difficult and/or persistent low back pain. He is also the Team Leader of the Boronia multi-disciplinary Pain Management program. Jon speaks fluent German.
Dr Ekeuda Uchenna Ben Nwankwo
MBBS, MRO, PGradCertDerm, PGradCertEM, PGradDipEmergMed, PGradDipChHlth, PGradDipPainMgt, MPHlth, MOcc&EnvHlth, FACRRM
Clinics: Dandenong, Bundoora, Bundoora
Dr Uchenna is a Specialist General Practitioner with Post Graduate Studies in Pain Medicine; Occupational Medicine; Public Health; Rural & Remote Health; Emergency Medicine & Trauma.
He trained with both rural, metropolitan hospitals and health centres as well as big co-operate bodies in mining, ambulance services, oil and gas. He has wealth of experience in acute and chronic injury management, wellness program, return to work fitness assessment.
He has special interest in multi-disciplinary medicine and integrated approach to pain management for Occupational injuries in Workcover and T.A.C.
Dr Prem Chopra
MBBS, MSc, MP, MD, FRANZCP, AFRACMA
Clinic: Bundoora, Boronia
Dr Prem Chopra graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1993 and completed postgraduate training at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. His subspecialty interests include: Chronic pain management, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Transcultural mental health, Refugee mental health, and Integrative medicine. He has been actively involved in teaching, research and has numerous scientific publications. He also consults at the Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and at Foundation House.
Mr Aidan Rich
APA Sports Physiotherapist
Aidan's post-graduate qualifications in Sports Medicine enable him to educate the patient regarding the nature of their diagnosis, as well as empower them with the best methods to return to their normal level of function as soon as possible. This is achieved with a Sports Medicine model, a rehabilitation focus and adjunctive methods such as joint mobilisation, massage and shockwave therapy for specific situations.
Aidan has a particular interest in hip, groin and tendon pain. Additionally, he enjoys treating injuries in runners and triathletes as this is where his own sporting interests lie.
Working across two multidisciplinary clinics, Aidan has experience working with a wide variety of medical professionals, such as sports physicians, podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons. This enables him to stay up to date with the latest treatment modalities and innovations to enable patients to recover as quickly as possible and prevent further injuries.
Mr Luke Surkitt
BPhysio, CredMDT, APAM, PhD candidat
Clinic: Boronia, Dandenong
Luke commenced working as a physiotherapist for our group in 1997. Since then, he has developed experience in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions with a particular interest in acute and chronic spinal pain. Luke is currently completing a PhD on the treatment of low back pain using the McKenzie approach. He is also the author or co-author of several research articles on low back pain published in physiotherapy and medical journals.
Luke is a member of the multidisciplinary Network Pain Management team at Advance Healthcare Boronia. He also works part-time at La Trobe University tutoring students in research skills in the Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy programs.
BAppSci(Pod), MAPodA, FAAPSM
Scott is a Clinical Podiatrist who has had a keen interest in Musculoskeletal medicine for over 20 years. Scott enjoys working with people of all ages with foot or leg pain, and since graduating from Lincoln Institute of Health Science, has worked mainly in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, in private practice. Scott's interest in gait analysis for all ages, encouraged his involvement that uses gait analysis assessment as part of it's footwear assessment process.
Mrs Charlotte Huerta
Charlotte qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 at the University of Southampton in the UK. Since completing her training Charlotte has gained experience working in large hospitals in the South of England where she developed her skills in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Over time she developed an interest in chronic pain and started to specialise in treating chronic pain conditions as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Since moving to Australia four years ago Charlotte has been working in private practice and is now working as part of the multidisciplinary Network Pain Management team at Advance Healthcare at Boronia
Scott graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013 and has been treating patients in a private practice setting since. Over this time he has developed a keen interest in pain science and the treatment of persistent low back pain, which is why he is very excited to be part of the team at Advance Healthcare.
Scott enjoys working with his patients to help them set and achieve challenging and rewarding goals. He also enjoys teaching and mentoring and is keen to develop this to one day work at a University level.
Outside of the clinic Scott enjoys playing guitar and piano, as well as teaching his dog, Ollie, new tricks. Scott is also a keen traveler and is slowly ticking places of his list.
BSc(Hons), MSc, PgDipClPs
Clinics: St Albans, Boronia, Bundoora
Joon completed his Clinical Psychology training in New Zealand and has wide-ranging experience working in Health, Forensic, and Community settings across a number of different population groups. This has involved clinical roles in assessment and therapy, both as a lead clinician and as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team. Joon has a strong adherence to evidence-based practice in psychological assessment and treatment, based on a firm grounding in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Joon prioritises client engagement with strong interpersonal skills, guided by an underlying commitment to responsive and empathic practice.
BBNSc, GDipPsych, MPsych(Clin), MAPS
Clinic: Boronia, St Albans
Melinda has always been intrigued by the mind-body connection. This curiosity led her to complete a Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience and a Master of Clinical Psychology. Melinda is a registered psychologist and has experience in hospital, EAP, corporate and private practice settings.
Melinda’s clinical approach is one of collaboration and compassion; she enjoys working with clients to achieve their goals so they can go on to lead rich and fulfilling lives. She draws on cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and humour in her practice. Melinda has a keen interest in pain management, sleep and anxiety concerns.
Melinda is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is currently completing her clinical registrar program. When she’s not working, Melinda is out playing netball or exploring Melbourne’s restaurant scene.
BPsySc(Hons), MPsych(Counselling), MAPS
Clinic: Hoppers Crossing, St Albans
Garth is a Registered Psychologist. He holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours and a Masters of Counselling Psychology. Having worked in universities, pain rehabilitation, and crisis support, Garth is experienced in providing psychological treatment and counselling support to a diverse range of clients for persistent pain conditions, depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment to life changes, and returning to work/study. Garth enjoys working collaboratively with clients to reduce distress, increase resilience, work toward valued goals and improve overall life satisfaction.
Clinics: Dandenong, Boronia
Kirsten graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland. Since then she has worked in private practice in both Australia and England, where she has treated a variety of patients, including those with acute sporting injuries and persistent pain.
Kirsten believes in a holistic approach to patient care, placing great importance on active rehabilitation and education towards long-term self-management. Kirsten enjoys working within a multidisciplinary team to assist patients with persistent pain in developing the necessary skills to empower them to achieve optimal health and happiness. In order to ensure her patients receive the best evidence-based treatment, Kirsten commenced her Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) at the University of Sydney in 2017.
Alongside persistent pain, Kirsten has an interest in treating patients with shoulder, knee or running injuries.
When Kirsten isn’t at the clinic she enjoys hiking in the Dandenong ranges, wakeboarding, running and practicing yoga.