STAFF

Here is the friendly team that make up Coburg Osteopathic Clinic.

Dr Tina Maio
B.App Sc (P.E) B.Sc (Clin. Sc) M.H.Sc (Osteopathy)

Tina is an Australian qualified Osteopath with a background in Physical Education, who graduated from Victoria University in 1999.  She works closely with elite and professional athletes at an international level including Australia's leading golfers, with her current stable of players on the US PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, European Tour, One Asia Tour, Japanese Tour and PGA and LPGA. Tina’s experience includes working with triathlon, AFL, soccer and tennis, where she can help athletes and people from all walks of life achieve their personal best. From assessment, treatment, restoring function and improving efficiency of movement, Tina works closely with coaches and trainers to achieve the best outcome for her patients.

Tina is thorough in her examination and diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions. She has particular interest in prescribing exercises to overcome injuries and to rectify imbalances caused by poor posture and bad habits. Tina is also a Functional Performance Specialist, recognised by NIKE and the Gray Institute, which encourages a holistic and logical approach to treatment.

Most of all Tina enjoys working with a cross section of people from all walks of life and the challenge that each of them bring. As a mum she relates well to children and teenagers and is passionate about getting people back to doing what they enjoy.  

Dr Kalita Jain
BSc (Clinical Science) MHSc (Osteopathy)

Kalita completed her Masters in Osteopathy at Victoria University in 2005. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University. She has been a member of the  Coburg Osteopathic team since 2008 and is back from some time off after having her son.

Kalita is qualified in dry needling, Clinical Pilates and Rock taping. She has a broad sporting history (including swimming, hockey, triathlons, distance running and more recently roller derby) from which to draw upon and share her knowledge of exercise prescription and training tips with her clients.

Kalita treats a wide range of conditions including back and neck pain, upper and lower limb ligament sprains and tendon injuries as well as giving ergonomic, postural and nutritional advice. She welcomes mums and mums-to-be also!

Dr Sara Polastri
B.AppSc (Comp Med), M.Osteo

After completing her degree at RMIT, Sara has worked at multiple clinics throughout Victoria and Queensland. This has allowed her to broaden her knowledge and treatment style. Sara has also completed her Cert IV Mat Pilates course and finds it very useful for rehabilitation exercises for patients.

Sara’s professionalism and friendly nature enables her to treat each individual in a unique manner, ensuring the best results for all her patients. While providing thorough diagnosis and examination she is able to treat and prescribe a range of exercises in order to help manage a patient’s pain.

She enjoys treating a range of complaints ranging from acute low back/neck pain, TMJ pain and headaches.Sara has a keen interest in women’s health and pelvic conditions such endometriosis.

She uses a varied technique approach to treatment including: soft tissue, massage, stretching, mobilisation and articulation; tailoring every treatment for each patient.

Sara hopes to someday return to university to study Acupuncture to complement her Osteopathy treatment.  

 

Dr Kelly Smith
B.AppSc (Clin Sci), B.Osteo.Sci

Kelly particularly enjoys treating back pain during pregnancy, neck pain and headaches, sporting injuries and low back pain. She has a keen interest in exercise prescription, patient rehabilitation and preventative health care.

Kelly has been an active member of a number of sporting clubs over the years, by working as a sports trainer and also through competing in numerous sports, including Rowing, Swimming and Netball.

Kelly is a long standing member of the Coburg Osteopathic team and currently on maternity leave.  

Dr Carmen Marom
B.App.Sci(Comp Med), M.Osteopathy

Carmen is experienced in treating and managing a range of conditions and injuries. She particularly enjoys working with musicians and artists who, just like sportspeople, benefit from education on injury prevention, posture, breathing, flexibility and strength to allow for better performance. Her Master of Osteopathy research in 2009 and 2010 assessed the effectiveness of Medicare's Chronic Disease Management Scheme (or Enhanced Primary Care) and she often sees patients under this plan to treat conditions as well as the older population.  

Carmen is registered with AHPRA, is a member of Osteopathy Australia and the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare. She frequently attends professional development courses which have covered pain, dysfunctional breathing, treatment of professional musicians, kinesiotaping and radial shockwave therapy.

Her interest in working with the body stems from her own experience of having Type 1 diabetes since she was 13 years old. She has attended professional development courses focused around exercise and diabetes and has experience with different management strategies. 

Away from the clinic Carmen enjoys seeing performances and live music around Melbourne, cycling, tennis, travelling and playing drums.

Dr Nick Efthimiou
MHSc (Osteopathy), BSc (Clinical Science)

Nick is a passionate and caring osteopath who believes in empowering his patients to find their health, whilst providing them with support in their time of need.

Graduating in the class of 2011 from Victoria University, his research focused on the relationship between the hamstrings, upper neck and jaw – a true expression of the wholeness that is osteopathy.

Whilst completing his studies, he worked as a personal trainer, and continued to do so after graduation, splitting his time between clinical practice and fitness.

In 2013 Nick moved to Nova Scotia, Canada, gaining experience in a busy rural clinic, which saw him treating a diverse range of patients and conditions.

Upon returning to Melbourne, he started working at Coburg Osteopathy, where he enjoys helping people take an active approach in their recovery from pain and injury.

Nick leads an active lifestyle, enjoying all things fitness, whilst still finding time to wind down with a good book and catch up with his friends over a beer.

Nick is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of both Osteopathy Australia and Fitness Australia.

Dr Matija Biskic
B.App. Sci (Comp Med) M. Osteopathy

Dr. Matija Biskic grew up in Melbourne where he studied for five years at RMIT University completing his Master’s degree of Osteopathy in 2012. Matija was introduced to osteopathy from a young age regularly receiving treatments from his family osteopath. As such, he has seen first-hand the major positives osteopathic treatment can have on a person's life. He was intrigued by the professions principles in treating everyday complaints.

Matija enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions that can greatly improve the health and wellbeing of his patients. He uses an array of techniques specific to each individual’s needs. Having spent the majority of his life playing sport and gaining experience working with various sporting clubs, Matija has developed a keen interest in sports-related injuries, prevention as well as appropriate rehabilitation. Matija continues to enjoy learning and applying his skills in treating musculoskeletal conditions whether acute or chronic in nature

Matija maintains an active lifestyle outside of work and regularly participates in soccer, golf while also enjoying catching up with friends and a good coffee

Matija is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of Osteopath Australia 


Dr Adam Matthews
B. App. Sci (Comp Med) M. Osteopathy

Adam graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Osteopathy in 2012.  Since completing his five years of study, Adam is continually broadening his Osteopathic scope and keeping up to date through participating in courses and attending lectures and seminars.  

Adam enjoys working with a variety of people, from athletes and weekend warriors with sports related injuries; to office workers and tradesmen with postural and repetitive strain injuries.  Adam uses a range of hands on techniques and management strategies to address acute and chronic conditions and he takes great pride in seeing the positive effect Osteopathy has on an individuals health and well being.

Outside of the clinic Adam enjoys skiing, playing basketball, water polo and walking his dog Luna.  He is also a self confessed Hawthorn, Chelsea and Boston Celtics tragic.

Adam is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Osteopathy Australia.





Dr Melissa Rossetti
B. App. Sci (Comp Med) M. Osteopathy

Melissa graduated from her mAster's degree in Osteopathy in 2011 and is passionate about the benefits that this holistic approach to healing can provide for all age groups and many conditions.  Melissa treats a variety of patient complaints and is particularly interested in women and children's well being and visceral health, in which she has expanded her expertise with further study over the past few years.  She believes wholly in the support of the organ system and its connections in the human body to obtain optimal health no matter what age you are.  

Melissa is also able to assist in easing your pain during pregnancy and helps treat common issues seen in infants and children.  Your health is important to Melissa and her aim for every individual is to achieve their personal goals, whether it is recovery from injury or optimising you and your families general well being.

Dr Drew Blatchford
B.App. Sci (Comp Med) M. Osteopathy

Dr. Drew Blatchford is a fully qualified and registered Osteopath and member of the Australian Osteopathic Association.

Drew’s background is in sports science having completed a bachelor’s degree in Manchester, England. During this period he attended the National cricket academy as part of the Sports Science support to England’s opening batswomen.   Drew also spent time working on the biomechanical analysis of the Golf swing and the fast bowlers action in Cricket.  Drew has also interspersed his work in Osteopathy with research in the field of cycling.  Focused on the set up position of cyclists and it’s affect on cycling economy, muscle recruitment, muscle force and contraction velocity as well as changes to joint range of movement.

Drew completed his Osteopathic studies in Melbourne during which time he continued his interest in Sports rehabilitation by attending Sports medicine Australia conferences and seminars. Since 2010 he has helped run a sports injury clinic advising multiple teams of the Eastern Football league.  During the 2011 season Drew was team Osteopath for Boronia Football club.  Drew has worked with many high level athletes including Ironman competitors, National level sprinters, Netballers and several dance professionals including Ballet, contemporary and Hip Hop.

Drew treats all types of conditions from foot pain to neck pain and headaches, but has a particular interest in Knee pain.  He is about to further his education by gaining certification in Functional movement systems.  Drew is qualified in Dry needling and certified level 2 Kinesio tape practitioner.

In his spare time Drew races mountain bikes, having raced in Greece, North America, New Zealand and the UK. Currently he enjoys competing in Australia at state and National level. He also enjoys snowboarding, playing golf and going to the gym regularly.