Therapists and Key People
Stuart Imer – Clinic Director
Foot and Ankle Physiotherapist
Stuart is one of Australia´s foremost physiotherapists in the treatment of Disorders of the Foot and Ankle. Stuart has a Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and a long working association with Foot and Ankle orthopaedic surgeons. He was the principal practitioner at The Park Clinic Physiotherapy at the Mercy Private for 10 years. He has a wealth of experience in post surgical rehabilitation of foot and ankle disorders and aims to be the recognized leading physiotherapist in Australia, for these treatments.
Stuart has an ongoing commitment to developing new treatment philosophies and protocols, communicating this body of knowledge to associated professions. Stuart was the Team Physiotherapist to the Australian Cross Country Ski Team for 15 years and has a keen personal interest in all snow sports. These elite endurance athletes have a high tendency for overuse injuries of the lower limb.
Additionally Stuart is a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor and is regularly invited to give Podium Presentations, and Workshops around Australia in his field of expertise. When not treating feet, he’s out cycling, hiking or surfing, and of course skiing in winter! Stuart shares his love of outdoor activity with his two daughters, both of whom participate in a number of outdoor sports.
Graduating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy, Steven has pursued his interested in lower limb injuries, running biomechanics and functional strength training.
He joins us in Brighton and has a holistic and evidence based approach to treatment of acute foot and ankle injuries and post-operative rehabilitation.
His interest in lower limb stems from an extensive history of competitive track and field, competing at both a state and national level. Being a level 2 accredited athletics coach and physiotherapist he likes to work closely with patients to improve running optimisation, lower limb injury prevention and gait analysis.
Working previously with a number of sporting teams and clubs, Steven recently traveled to the 2016 Rio De Janerio Olympics to assist athletes competing in the sport of Handball. Outside of work, Steven enjoys running, discovering new music, keeping up to date with street culture and traveling the world – Tokyo 2020 lookout.
Leigh Iacovangelo – Foot and Ankle Physiotherapist
Leigh is an experienced physiotherapist whose current responsibilities include the assessment and management of 600+ athletes at the Rowville Sports Academy.
He possesses an expanded skill set and knowledge in strength & conditioning and athletic development that aids in the development of comprehensive rehabilitation programs.
Leigh’s clinical approach is very broad and can include treatment approaches developed through postgraduate study in Pilates, dry needling and advanced exercise prescription. His reputation for clinical excellence resulted in his appointment in 2015 as the Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Indoor Hockey Team.
He currently conducts high performance programs (strength & conditioning & rehabilitation) for elite junior golfers and hockey players.
Leigh is a premier league hockey player and has interests in AFL football, cricket and golf.
Leah Smith – Foot and Ankle Physiotherapist
Leah originally hails from Geelong and now joins us in Langwarren to follow this passion of managing foot and ankle injuries and post operative rehabilitation. Leah uses detailed assessment and an evidence based approach to optimize client outcomes and development of comprehensive rehabilitation programs.
Leah also works in musculoskeletal private practice and has developed broad skills and treatment approaches in hydrotherapy, clinical pilates, and dry needling. Leah has a real passion for promoting an active and healthy life style. She has an extensive background competing in state and national women’s artistic gymnastics. She has expanded her physiotherapy skill set with previous involvement working with several sporting clubs and organizations including Gymnastics Victoria, the Geelong football club VFL, and Bendigo Bombers VFL.
Outside of work, Leah enjoys keeping active by going to the gym and running in scenic areas. She enjoys hitting the beach by day, and cooking up at storm in the kitchen by night.
Stacey Cherry – Foot and Ankle Physiotherapist
Stacey graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and more recently completed a Master of Sports Physiotherapy. Stacey is an experienced physiotherapist with an excellent clinical reputation managing a varied patient population. Stacey has experience working with foot and ankle injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation using detailed assessment and comprehensive management programs to optimise patient outcomes.
Stacey’s clinical approach is broad using a variety of treatment modalities including dry needling, clinical Pilates, real-time ultrasound and advanced exercise prescription to obtain the best results for her patients.
Stacey is currently the head Physiotherapist for a junior dance development academy which involves coordinating the injury management and strength and conditioning for over 130 dancers. Stacey has completed internships at the Australian Ballet Company and the National Institute of Circus Arts which further enhanced her expertise in the area of dance physiotherapy.
Outside of work Stacey enjoys spending time with her two little girls and her family, keeping active and sports.
Sathya Sankarasubramanian – Foot and Ankle Physiotherapist
Sathya is an experienced physiotherapist with special interests in foot and ankle, knee and shoulder rehabilitation. He started his career in 2003 as a team physiotherapist for first division and state cricket teams in India.
He is a qualified Sports Physiotherapist holding a Masters degree from the University of Melbourne. During Masters, Sathya worked with Melbourne Storm (NRL) and Melbourne Kestrels (Australian Netball League) and various other sporting clubs and sports medicine clinics.
Sathya is the current team physiotherapist for Geelong Cricket Club and the AFL Barwon (Geelong) Representing Interleague games. He was the team physiotherapist for Geelong Supercats Basketball team representing SEABL.
Sathya shares his experience by mentoring university students and graduate physiotherapists and he is the principal supervisor at Corio Bay Health Group, Geelong. He strongly believes in evidence based physiotherapy intervention, strength & conditioning principles in rehabilitating his clients/patients.
Outside of work Sathya enjoys being a handyman around the house and photography. During his free time he loves to bike ride and enjoys spending time with his lovely daughter
Zoe Ruth – Exercise Physiologist
Zoe completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science with a distinction in 2014 and has completed a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University, to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Zoe has worked with the Rowville Sports Academy athletes during an internship with Rise Health Group and has since worked with all age groups and many abilities, including the older population.
Zoe is available to assist individuals to identify their health-related goals and increase their activity levels in a suitable and achievable manner. She can also assist middle-aged to older populations in chronic condition management and general health mobility.
She has a caring approach to her clients and can assist people of all ages.