Fitwise Physiotherapy is a multi-disciplinary practice that helps you optimise your health so you can be the best version of yourself. We bridge the gap between treatment, exercise and lifestyle by offering therapeutic solutions to communities surrounding East Melbourne or the Armadale area.

General & Specialised Physiotherapy Support

Our highly trained Physiotherapists are here to help you by providing treatment for physical problems caused by injury, illness, disease, chronic conditions or ageing. By supporting you with a range of Physiotherapy support, we can ensure you receive the care you need no matter your life stage.

Pelvic-Girdle-Pain​

Physiotherapy

Pelvic-Floor

Pelvic Health

pre-post-natal

Pre & Post-Natal Physio

childrens-health

Children's Continence

Health-for-50+

Health for 50+

massage

Remedial Massage

Dietetics

Dietetics

Why Choose Fitwise?

Our post graduate qualified physiotherapists are experienced in treating Women’s and Men’s health conditions. Alongside individual assessment and treatment, we also provide Clinical Physio Class and fitness classes to ensure you achieve your health and fitness goals.

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What Services Can We Offer

Management of Pelvic floor dysfunction in women and men including:

  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urinary urgency and frequency
  • Faecal urgency and incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Chronic pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction
  • Anorectal disorders and constipation

Paediatric Continence physiotherapy incuding:

  • Bed wetting
  • Daytime wetting and urgency frequency
  • Constipation and faecal incontinence

Advice for safely continuing or starting pregnancy exercise

  • Cycle classes for maintaining aerobic fitness and preventing GDM
  • Clinical Physio Class for strength and motor control training to prevent musculoskeletal aches and pains
  • Clinical Physio Class for management of specific issues including pelvic floor dysfunction 
  • Yoga for pregnancy
  • Yoga for Mum’s and bub’s

 

Management of pregnancy related musculoskeletal issues.

Management of musculoskeletal dysfunction during pregnancy including:

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Low back pain
  • Upper back and rib pain

Management of Osteoporosis and strength training exercise classes

Individual assessment:

  • Advice for managing osteoporosis
  • Falls prevention advice
  • Resistance exercise using weights and bands
  • Balance and falls prevention exercises

Strengthwise bone health exercise classes.  Group classes including

  • Resistance exercise using weights and bands
  • Balance and falls prevention exercises

Clinical Physio Class for injury rehabilitation and general wellness

  • Physiotherapist assessed and prescribed programs
  • Use of Pilates reformers and tables
  • Specific exercises for managing pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pregnancy and postnatal specific exercise
  • General rehabilitation and wellness programs

How can we help you?

We take the time to listen, as we want to know your story, to help you get the tools you need for where you are now in your life, and to empower you to do more.

What Should I Expect from a Fitwise Consultation?

A consultation with your Physiotherapist will include a thorough assessment of you to identify and diagnose the underlying cause of your injury.

We will then provide you with the treatment and management solutions you need to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.

East Melbourne

Our Physiotherapists

The team at Fitwise Physiotherapy are passionate about helping you achieve your goals to maximise your lifestyle choices and improve your health and wellbeing. We are committed to providing a high quality service to assist you across your entire lifespan.

Libby Oldfield

Libby Oldfield (she/her)

Specialist Physiotherapist (Lvl 4)
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Specialist Physiotherapist (Lvl 4)

Libby Oldfield (she/her)

Libby Oldfield is a Specialist Continence and Women’s Health physiotherapist and Co-Director of Fitwise Physiotherapy.

Libby has been successfully helping women of all ages achieve their physical health goals for many years. She has a special interest in the health and wellbeing of older women, developing programs, conducting classes, giving talks to the general public and lecturing at the University of Melbourne. Pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic girdle pain and Clinical Pilates are also major interests of Libby’s.

Libby has 2 adult sons and 2 small grandsons (what an exciting world has opened up). She is also passionately occupied in her spare time with playing tennis, patchwork and quilting.

Gen McGlashan

Gen McGlashan (she/her)

Specialist Physiotherapist (Lvl 4)
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Specialist Physiotherapist (Lvl 4)

Gen McGlashan (she/her)

Gen has extensive experience successfully helping many women achieve their goals, with expertise and a special interest in Pelvic Girdle Pain, Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and exercise programs for women of all ages. Returning people to their previous or desired lifestyle following pregnancy, surgery, or pelvic floor challenges is her passion.

She also enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students and mentoring our fabulous team to help them achieve their career goals.

Gen is a keen exerciser, particularly resistance training, walking and Clinical Pilates and understands both the benefits and challenges in having a regular exercise routine.

She also loves spending time with her husband, three adult children and two dogs! The beach is her happy place and you will find her there at every opportunity!

Anita

Anita Bir

Physiotherapist (Lvl 3)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 3)

Anita Bir

Anita graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 as a Physiotherapist and also completed a Masters of Physiotherapy with Majors in Women’s Health & Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Melbourne in 2014. She has completed all four levels of DMA Clinical Pilates training, Dry Needling certification as well as qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy and endeavours to provide holistic management for her patients combining manual and exercise therapies to help them achieve their goals. She has a keen interest in treating complex pelvic floor conditions affecting men, women and the LGBTQi community which include incontinence, pelvic pain and prolapse.

Anita is also an experienced ante-natal educator and provides tailored birthing education sessions for pregnant women and their support partners in our “Birthwise” sessions. She loves to help prepare women for the mental and physical journey ahead and provide women a toolkit of resources to use on the big day. Anita has extensive experience in treating complex musculoskeletal issues and a wide variety of injuries. Outside the clinic, she enjoys presenting on Women’s Health related topics at professional development courses. Anita also teaches post graduate Physiotherapists and Doctors at the University of Melbourne and helped develop the Masters of Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne. She is Vice Chair of the Victorian Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Committee and has been an integral part of National Scientific Committees for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

On a personal note, Anita loves to dance and is an accomplished classical Indian dancer. She is also fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.

Claire Maule

Claire Maule

Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)

Claire Maule

*Currently only working at the wards

Claire is an Associate Physiotherapist at Fitwise, having being a part of the Fitwise team since 2008. She has career interests that include exercise for women during the childbearing years and beyond, Clinical Pilates, low back and pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and promoting health and wellbeing at all ages and stages of life.

On a personal note, Claire enjoys Pilates, running, and spending time with her husband and 3 young children.

Rachel

Rachel Bell (she/her)

Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)

Rachel Bell (she/her)

Rachel graduated from La Trobe In 2007 with a double degree in Physiotherapy and Ergonomics. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, both within the public and private sectors before joining Fitwise in 2013.

Rachel is passionate about well-being especially during the childbearing years. After just recently having had two kids herself, Rachel understands the challenges around prioritising health and fitness during this period. One of Rachel’s keen interests is in Clinical Pilates and she thoroughly enjoys instructing programs for rehabilitation and general fitness across any life stage.

When not at work, Rachel loves spending time with her husband and two very busy kids, playing netball and baking.

Cherry de Crespigny

Cherry de Crespigny

Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)

Cherry de Crespigny

Cherry graduated in 1998 from Curtin University, Perth WA and has worked in a range of public and private settings in Australia and the UK, and more recently in Hong Kong.  She completed her post graduate certificate in pelvic floor Physiotherapy in 2016 and has a keen interest in pre and post natal well being, as well as pelvic floor health.

Over the years Cherry has completed various Clinical Pilates training courses and has seen it’s benefits in rehabilitating and preventing injuries and promoting good posture, core and pelvic floor function.  She loves that Pilates can benefit clients of all levels of fitness.

Having two young boys of her own, Cherry understands the importance of safe exercise during pregnancy and the post natal recovery period, and enjoys helping clients get back to their own pre pregnancy fitness levels.

In her spare time, Cherry is a keen runner, hiker and swimmer.

Lauren

Lauren Cairns (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)

Lauren Cairns (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Lauren graduated from Griffith University in 2011 with a degree in Physiotherapy and Exercise Science. Since then she has worked extensively within the community health setting in North Queensland before moving to Melbourne at the end of 2016.

Lauren has always had an interest in women’s and pelvic health which led to her commencing the Masters in Continence and Women’s health program through Curtin University. She is passionate about the benefits of exercise and education to empower women in the management of their condition throughout the life stages.

Outside of work Lauren loves to travel, read a great book and she also enjoys swimming.  So far, she is loving the Melbourne weather and definitely the lower humidity.

Phoebe Kipen

Phoebe Kipen

Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)

Phoebe Kipen

Phoebe graduated from Monash in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science and Honours in Developmental Biology. After working for the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute for a year she went back to Monash to study Physiotherapy, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hon).

Phoebe is passionate about incorporating her science background into her clinical practice as a Physiotherapist. Her work in reproductive biology has given her an interest in men’s and women’s health. She has a clinical interest in lower limb, pelvis and low back conditions and enjoys working with clients to change chronic conditions as well as treating acute pain. She also has an interest in dance related injuries, completing a short placement with the Australian Ballet during her training.

Outside of work, Phoebe loves to be active and creative making jewelry, drawing and Irish dancing as much as possible.

Olivia Sabatier

Olivia Sabatier (she/her)

Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)

Olivia Sabatier (she/her)

Olivia graduated from La Trobe University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Physiotherapy. After spending time in public hospital and private practice settings, she has gained experience managing a wide range of acute injuries, chronic conditions and treating women’s health issues across the lifespan.

Olivia has been teaching yoga since 2016, and particularly enjoys guiding pre/post-natal and Mums & Bubs classes. Beyond the physical practice of yoga, Olivia has seen great benefits in utilising breathing techniques and meditation in the clinical setting. Olivia also has experience teaching and practicing Pilates in all its forms: matwork, clinical and higher-level fitness pilates on the reformer. Other treatment tools under her belt include massage, mobilisations and dry-needling. Her particular area of interest in Women’s Health is pre-natal exercise and rebuilding the strength and conditioning required for both the everyday demands of motherhood, and higher-level exercise like running post-partum.

Outside of work, Olivia practices yoga and meditation, runs, and sings like no one is listening to The Wiggles with her son. Favouring her green thumb, her lockdown pastimes have included putting love into her herb garden, and home-brewing eco-friendly cleaning products.

Laura Scott

Laura Scott (she/her)

Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 2)

Laura Scott (she/her)

Laura graduated from La Trobe university in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy. Laura has worked exclusively in private practice since graduating and has a sound knowledge of musculoskeletal injuries, strength-based rehabilitation and Clinical Pilates. Laura has a keen interest in women’s health and plans to undertake further studies to qualify in the area.

Outside of work Laura enjoys keeping active by going to the gym, walking with friends or playing netball.  She also enjoys busy weekends spent with friends and is a big foodie!

Sithara Wijewardena

Sithara Wijewardena

Physiotherapist (Lvl 1)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 1)

Sithara Wijewardena

Sithara graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2006 as a physiotherapist and has extensive experience in both private practice and hospital settings. Since graduating, the primary focus of her work has been treating musculoskeletal patients.

Sithara has managed sub-acute inpatients and outpatients following spinal and joint surgeries, patients with osteoarthritis and patients with chronic/persistent pain. During this time, she developed the Pilates program for post-operative patients and the fibromyalgia program for patients experiencing chronic pain. Sithara is an accredited GLA:D practitioner; GLA:D is an internationally accredited evidence-based program for managing patients experiencing osteoarthritis of the hip or knee.

Sithara has also been involved with the development of the clinical school at a tertiary hospital and the concurrent academic development and supervision of physiotherapy students. She served as an adjunct lecturer of physiotherapy at LaTrobe University.

Sithara is passionate in minimising the impact of musculoskeletal dysfunction and empowering women with the necessary tools to manage their health through all stages of life.

In her spare time Sithara is busy with her family, which includes her two young children. She loves Latin dancing, making cakes and travelling.

Susan Liu | Physiotherapist at Fitwise Physiotherapy

Susan Liu (she/her)

Physiotherapist (Lvl 1)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 1)

Susan Liu (she/her)

Susan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physiotherapy degree. Since graduating, Susan has completed her Dry Needling Certification and has been working in the private practice setting, treating a wide range of different acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Her interests lie within lower limb injuries, especially hip and knees, and women’s health. Susan also loves to incorporate strength-based training and Clinical Pilates into her rehabilitation as she is passionate about the benefits it brings to every aspect of our lives.

Outside of work, Susan enjoys going to the gym, experimenting with baking and seeking out the best restaurants in Melbourne! Susan is also Mandarin speaking.

Debbi Lim | Physiotherapist at Fitwise Physiotherapy

Debbi Lim

Physiotherapist (Lvl 1)
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Physiotherapist (Lvl 1)

Debbi Lim

Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)

After graduating from Curtin University, Debbi moved to Warrnambool and then Ballarat to pursue her career as a physiotherapist in acute hospitals, working across acute orthopaedics, cardiorespiratory, neurology, intensive care units and women’s health.  Prior to joining the Fitwise team, she worked in a physiotherapy practice in Melbourne with a strong focus on clinical pilates and dance-related injuries.

Debbi has always had an interest in incorporating clinical pilates with other manual techniques such as dry needling, myofascial cupping and soft tissue releases for the treatment of musculoskeletal and women’s health conditions. She has a special interest in preventative rehabilitation for sports-related injuries. Debbi also enjoys teaching clinical pilates classes and understands the challenges of maintaining a good physical fitness routine post injury, surgery, or pregnancy.

On a personal note, Debbi is a keen badminton player and spends her free time experimenting with recipes for cookies and baked goods. She is also fluent in Bahasa and Mandarin.

Our Remedial Massage and Myotherapists

We at Fitwise Physiotherapy want to help you have a healthy life. We do this by helping you reach your goals and improve your health. 

Lily

Lily Pascoe (she/her)

Myotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist
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Myotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist

Lily Pascoe (she/her)

Lily is qualified in Myotherapy and Remedial Massage Therapy from RMIT.

She is passionate about Women’s health and is finishing her certificate qualification in pregnancy massage. With the practice of remedial massage she hopes to help clients achieve optimal health and well-being through massage therapy.

Lily enjoys travelling, cooking and yoga

Andrea

Andrea Carloni

Remedial Massage/ Myotherapist
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Remedial Massage/ Myotherapist

Andrea Carloni

Andrea was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and knew at an early age that she had a passion for assisting those with concerns. She has worked in various positions in the health and wellness field since 2008, although has gained an abundant interest in the neurological rehabilitation processes of injuries, trauma and recovery. Andrea strongly believes in a holistic approach to healthcare by utilising and sharing her knowledge, skills and up to date research to educate and empower her clients to reach their goals.

 

She is currently in her last year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy) program, and is looking forward to continuing her studies and enhancing her knowledge postgraduate in the Paediatrics, Women’s Health and Research sectors.

 

Apart from work, you can find Andrea enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle embracing the outdoors, practicing meditation, mindfulness and self-awareness, cooking and baking, and hanging out with friends and their little fur babies at dog parks.

Miho Arai

Miho Arai

Remedial Massage Therapist
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Remedial Massage Therapist

Miho Arai

Miho is a qualified remedial massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in Japan and Australia. Her goal is to help people live better with a healthy body and mind by utilizing a holistic approach to healing.

She has skills that blend various techniques such as myofascial, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point and acupressure, among others.

Miho believes that a healthy balance of massage and exercise is key for a sustainable and happy lifestyle.

In her spare time, she enjoys doing Pilates, spending time outdoors in nature, meditation and music.

Accredited Practicing Dietitian @ Fitwise

Emma

Emma Caldwell (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Accredited Practicing Dietitian
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Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Emma Caldwell (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Emma graduated from the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2010. She is an experienced Accredited Practicing Dietitian having worked across various Melbourne public and private hospitals in the acute and rehabilitation streams for the the past 9 years.

Emma specialises in pregnancy, fertility & infant/childhood nutrition. Having successfully completed the Early Life Nutrition Workshop with Nutrition Plus in 2019, Emma has since become inspired to study to become a Lactation Consultant (due to finish late 2020). Emma particularly loves working with mums-to-be and new mums to help uncomplicated pregnancy nutrition.

Emma’s other speciality lies within the Non-Diet approach. Utilising health at every size (HAES) principles, Emma helps her clients improve their diet and lifestyle through a nurturing, client-centred approach. Emma loves seeing her clients meet their goals and strongly believes in a holistic approach to improve all aspects of health.

When not at work, Emma enjoys spending time with her family, her husband and two young children.

In her “spare” time, Emma is a bit of a gym-junkie, having previously taught Les Mills BodyPump and BodyStep classes, she loves a good workout, followed by strong Melbourne coffee.

Helena McDonald

Helena McDonald

Accredited Practicing Dietitian
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Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Helena McDonald

Helena is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and is thrilled to have joined the team at Fitwise.
She has a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and about 5 years of experience working at health services including Peninsula Health, Eastern Health and Latrobe Regional Hospital. She could talk about nutrition all day long so has had a great time working in the clinic so far! What we eat plays a huge role in our overall wellbeing, so Helena loves getting to help people use food to their advantage. (She promises however, that she is not the food police!) Helena prefers to take a non-diet approach and work with you to feel good in both body and mind. She eats chocolate every day and firmly believes that food should be fun!
Helena’s areas of specialty include:
  • Helping pregnant women eat the right things to reduce symptoms and have a healthy baby
  • Giving women with gestational diabetes skills and knowledge to balance their blood sugar
  • Improving digestive symptoms e.g. bloating, constipation and irregular bowel movements
Even if you have a completely different concern, Helena can definitely work with you to give you confidence that you are eating the right things for your body.

Exercise Physiologist

Holly Eckert | Exercise Physiologist at Fitwise Physiotherapy

Holly Eckert

Exercise Physiologist
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Exercise Physiologist

Holly Eckert

Holly is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated from Deakin University. She utilises exercise and lifestyle interventions to help improve chronic conditions and quality of life. Holly’s holistic approach allows for greater understanding of what you and your body’s needs are and together will strive to achieve all your goals.

Holly has a huge passion for women’s health and disability, particularly pregnancy and autism and is constantly renewing her knowledge to deliver top up to date clinical services.

Holly practices what she preaches!  She loves being outdoors and active, participating in soccer, Muy Thai and running with her dog. If not, you’ll find her with a fantasy novel in her hammock.

Administrative Staff @ Fitwise

Leeann Cairnduff

Leeann Cairnduff (she/her)

Practice Manager
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Practice Manager

Leeann Cairnduff (she/her)

Lee has been very happily working at Fitwise since early in 2011. Her working life has always revolved around the health/medical industry and she has managed specialist practices for many years. She loves the culture at Fitwise, the wonderful staff and stopping for a chat with patients as she wanders through the waiting room.

Lee is married with 2 beautiful ‘adult’ children and outside of work enjoys dabbling in non-professional theatre, reading and ‘cooking up a storm’ to entertain friends.

Sharna Graham

Sharna Graham (she/her)

Practice Coordinator
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Practice Coordinator

Sharna Graham (she/her)

Sharna joined the Fitwise team early in 2012.

Sharna and her husband are kept very busy by their 3 beautiful children; a daughter and two sons.

In her spare time, she most enjoys family camping trips, playing and watching basketball, spending time in the veggie patch and going on runs with Zarla, their very, very spoilt dog.

She looks forward to exploring more of Australia with her family in the future.

Rebecca

Rebecca McAdie (she/her)

Senior Receptionist
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Senior Receptionist

Rebecca McAdie (she/her)

Rebecca joined the Fitwise Team in May 2014. Rebecca is an avid photographer, she enjoys photographing nature, people and of course, her cat.

Rebecca has a deep interest in many forms of art, such as reading and heavy metal music and enjoys adventures to Scandinavia.

Mimi Vu

Mimi Vu (she/her)

Receptionist
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Receptionist

Mimi Vu (she/her)

Mimi joined the Fitwise team in February 2020 and works across both practices in East Melbourne and Armadale!

In her spare time, Mimi enjoys reading, learning to roller skate and working on personal art projects.

She has hopes of becoming a cat owner in the future despite her allergies!

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Emelia (she/her)

Receptionist
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Receptionist

Emelia (she/her)

Emelia joined the Fitwise team in March 2020 and can be seen welcoming patients at both the East Melbourne and Armadale practices.

When she’s not working, Emelia spends her free time enjoying brunch, historical novels, going to the theatre and exploring art!

She is also the proud parent of her lovely child – her pet, that is.

Cat McCarthy

Cat McCarthy

Receptionist
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Receptionist

Cat McCarthy

Cat joined the Fitwise team at the end of 2020 and is welcoming patients at both our East Melbourne and Armadale practices.

When she is not working at Fitwise, Cat is also a rowing coach and is studying.

Molly Clark

Molly Clark (she/her)

Receptionist
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Receptionist

Molly Clark (she/her)

Molly grew up in South Gippsland and moved with her best friends to Melbourne to study.

Molly is currently studying to be an Osteopath, and is very fascinated by the human body and how it works. Molly’s love for health and fitness is an extension of this fascination, when she is not working or studying she can be found in the gym training or in the kitchen.

Claire Hawdon

Claire Hawdon

Receptionist
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Receptionist

Claire Hawdon

Located Within a Building Complex

Our practice is located within a building complex, you are looking for 126 Wellington Parade. Enter the automatic doors and take the lift to level 5.

How To Get There

The closest intersection is Wellington Parade and Powlett Street.

There is 1 hour free parking available in surrounding streets. 2 hour metered parking is available around the Fitzroy gardens (fees apply).

The closest train station is Jolimont Station (Wellington Parade). Trams (75) runs along Wellington Parade. Please ensure you have a valid Myki.For more information regarding public transport options, please visit: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/