Therapists and Key People

Our People

Stuart Imer – 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.

Daniel Droscher – Foot and Ankle Physiotherapist

Daniel Droscher hails from the Mornington Peninsula. During his days as an Aussie Rules Football player, Daniel developed a real passion for Foot and Ankle injury and management. Daniel currently coordinates delivery of physiotherapy services at our Frankston rooms, at Peninsula Private Hospital.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne in 2003, Daniel has honed his skills and passion for foot and ankle injury, in clinics on the Peninsula. Daniel has a particular interest in delivering innovative hydrotherapy programs. These are a great adjunct to post op rehab for Foot and Ankle cases.

Daniel aspires to be the premier foot and ankle rehabilitation specialist on the Peninsula.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife and young son, keeping active and of course following his beloved Saints.

 

Craig Plumridge – Podiatrist

Since graduating from La Trobe University with a Masters in Podiatric practice Craig has adopted a hard working and evidence based approach to treating injuries and disorders of the lower limb.

Experience consulting for the NHS in London and privately throughout Melbourne has provided Craig with invaluable skill development across all aspects of podiatry.
Craig has experience with emerging treatment options, including prolotherapy injections. Allowing for expansion of treatment options and increasing successful patient outcomes.

Craig keeps up to date with the cutting edge research and treatments as a member of Sports Medicine Australia and the Australiasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

On days outside of the clinic Craig enjoys basketball, running and golf.

 

Steven Ooi – Foot and ankle Physiotherapist
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Graduating from Latrobe 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

Leigh is an experiencLeighI.Headshot.1.Feb2016ed 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

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Graduating from Latrobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy, Leah has pursued an interest in lower limb injuries.

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 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.