Multi-disciplinary Gestational Diabetes Program at Fitwise

Fitwise Physiotherapy | East Melbourne

We are excited to launch our Gestational Diabetes Mellitus program ([email protected]) at Fitwise Physiotherapy. 

 

Our experienced team Include: 

  • Dietitian – Helena McDonald – specialising in women’s health – fertility, pre-conception, pregnancy, gestational diabetes, pre-existing diabetes, and nutrition for lactation
  • Exercise Physiologist – Holly Eckert – specialising in women’s health, pregnancy and post-natal exercise and diabetes management
  • Physiotherapy team – Our experienced physiotherapy team providing musculoskeletal and pelvic floor management during pregnancy and postnatal period 

The program includes:

  • An Initial consultation with Helena our dietitian. An assessment of your client’s needs, a food management plan and ongoing monitoring with Helena 
  • An Initial consultation and exercise management plan and monitoring with our Exercise Physiologist Holly to help your client get the right exercise for maximum benefit
  • A Physiotherapy consultation to cover good pelvic floor health throughout your client’s pregnancy and while exercising 
  • Further referral to physiotherapy and/or podiatry team members as required for any musculoskeletal issues impacting your client’s capacity to exercise

All practitioners are in one location in our new rooms in East Melbourne – level 5, 126 Wellington Parade overlooking the MCG. Video telehealth consultations where applicable are also available with these practitioners.

All services can be claimed via PHI with certain ‘Extras’ cover. GP care plans allow for Medicare claiming for up to 5 consultations as distributed by GP.

We enjoy working as an integrated team with you to achieve the best care for your patients, keeping them healthy, fit and active. 

To learn more about our program, please call our friendly team on 9822 4999 or email [email protected]

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Our values are the basis of everything we do at Fitwise.

Excellence, Respect, Innovation and Fun – For our clients, for our team and for ourselves.

This is evident with the service we provide, the environment in which we provide it, the way in which we operate as a team and how we care for and value our clients, referral partners and ourselves; we live the Fitwise values every day.

Our culture is one where everyone feels supported, respected and safe. Our clients and our team, experience a leading-edge health environment where we remember to have fun along the way.

Our Story

In 2004, Gen McGlashan and Libby Oldfield founded Fitwise Physiotherapy. They first met in 1994.  Libby was Gen’s physio when she had her first child. Gen then worked for Libby for 10 years in Libby’s previous business, located at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. They have been a team working together for a very long time!!

Libby and Gen have always had a passion for empowering women, by helping provide accurate evidence based information and treatment to help women live their best lives. Excellence in all that they do, practising and operating in an innovative way has always been their core. Fitwise was the first multi-practitioner practice providing Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes and clinical pilates in Melbourne.

Gen and Libby

In February 2005 Gen and Libby moved their one room practice to Albert St East Melbourne. They had expanded to 2 treatment rooms, an exercise studio and a pilates studio with a small team of physiotherapists and one receptionist. This was exciting as they wanted to be able to help more people and to grow their team – enabling their other passion: teaching and mentoring clinicians who also wanted to work within the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health arena.

5 years later, they expanded their East Melbourne clinic and in 2015 opened their second clinic in Armadale.

Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dietetics have been an exciting addition in recent years, with Podiatry and Exercise Physiology being added in 2022.

Fitwise Physiotherapy | Armadale

The Fitwise team has now grown to include 18 amazing practitioners and 12 wonderful administrative team members and is still growing!

Libby and Gen have always loved providing a holistic service, treating a variety of conditions in consultations and providing exercise appropriate for different life stages. The community of clients that are part of the Fitwise family, (some who have been part of the journey from the very beginning – over 17 years ago), are the biggest reason they do what they do. For Gen and Libby, it is a privilege to be part of these wonderful people’s lives.