Move Forward Team Members

Our greatest pride comes from the amazing people who make up Move Forward Physio.

Find our more about your friendly local Physio.

Ben Gabrovec – Move Forward Managing Director

ben-profileTaking great pride in his Physio team as Move Forwards Manager, Ben has the focus on creating an environment for each Physiotherapist to grow as practitioners and people, the success of Move Forward is testament to the ongoing achievement of this goal. For any queries related to Move Forward Physiotherapy, Ben can be reached at ben@moveforward.physio on the email.

Ben completed his B.Sc (Physio) at Curtin University and began his career at Quinns Physio while starting what would eventually become Move Forward Physiotherapy. He has been the Managing Partner at Move Forward Physiotherapy since those beginnings in 2007 working closely with his business partners and respected Physios Peter Owens and Felicity Kermode to establish what is now the most trusted Physio company in Perth. In that time the group has expanded to 14 Physiotherapy clinics making Move Forward the number one provider of Physiotherapy care in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Life can’t all be about work and he loves spending his days with his dogs, Wilco and Boni and of course his wife Louise and new addition Jack.

Peter Owens – Director

pete-profilePeter graduated as a physiotherapist in 1986 and completed a Masters in Business Administration in 1993. Peter has over 30 years experience in private physiotherapy practices throughout Australia and is a Director at Move Forward Physiotherapy. His wealth of knowledge and friendly personality set the standard for all Move Forward Physios.

Felicity Kermode – Clinical Director

felicity-profileFelicity teaches the clinical components of the Professional Development Program that all Move Forward Physiotherapists complete. Felicity has post graduate degrees in both Sports and Manipulative Physiotherapy and regularly presents physiotherapy courses overseas, teaching physiotherapy skills that she has developed over 30 years working in the profession.

It is Felicity’s PD program that the Move Forward team undertake that ensure our Physio’s are Perth’s most comprehensively trained and skilled private practitioners.

Tom Edwards – Physiotherapist & Butler, Gateway, Kinross and Shenton Ave Partner

tom-profileTom is a valuable asset to the Move Forward team as the Managing partner of our Butler, Gateway, Shenton Ave and Kinross Clinics. After spending some years providing physiotherapy services in the local community, he is elated to continue to be a presence in our newest clinics in the northern suburbs.

He has a keen interest in an array of musculoskeletal conditions with particular interest in the ‘everyday’ injury, back and neck pain that keeps us from our hobbies and work. He loves working with you to get you back to what you love quickly, combining manual therapy and dry needling with exercise rehabilitative strategies. His interest in sports has led him to work with the Wanneroo amateur Football, Rugby and Soccer teams. His sporting interests outside of work include Rugby, Martial arts, Soccer and Golf. On top of being a partner Tom is also the Client Relationship Officer for Move Forward Physiotherapy making sure we deliver the highest quality service possible to all of our valued patients!

Damian Vance – Physiotherapist & Jindalee Manager

damian-profileWith close to 20 years experience in private practice Move Forward Physio is extremely lucky to have a Physiotherapist of Damian’s experience mentoring our team at Jindalee Physiotherapy. As the manager at Jindalee Damian’s passion for training the the next generation of Move Forward’s Physios reflects in the success of the clinic.

Damian prides himself in providing the local community with the highest quality physiotherapy treatments for all musculoskeletal conditions, in a friendly, professional manner, with easy to understand explanations of your condition. His interests are: back pain, headaches, paediatrics, sports injuries and neck pain.

Tjaarda Allison – Physiotherapist

Tjaarda-profileTjaarda Allison completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. He previously completed an undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Western Australia. Prior to studying Physiotherapy, Tjaarda completed his Certificate III and IV in Fitness, and worked as a personal trainer at numerous gyms during his studies.

Tjaarda’s passion for health and exercise has transferred into his role as a physiotherapist, as shown through his enthusiasm for treating sports related injuries and musculoskeletal problems.

When not working Tjaarda enjoys going to the beach, powerlifting, wakeboarding and owner operating “2 Fat Frenchies”, his Vegan Doughnut company.

Jayden Balestra – Physiotherapist

Jayden BalestraJayden completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. After spending some time working overseas at a ski resort in Japan he has settled down back in Perth joining the Move Forward team and can be found at our Butler clinic.

Providing a friendly and individualised management approach, Jayden adopts a focus towards working with his clients to help them achieve their goals. This involves ‘hands on’ treatments initially, before commencing a preventative approach to stop people’s pain from returning.

His interests outside of work include playing basketball, rock climbing, surfing and relaxing with his goofy black labrador.

Katelyn Baumgartel – Physiotherapist

Katelyn-profileBuilding rapport with patients and being able to see people improve each day is something that drives Katelyn as a physiotherapist. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at Curtin University, and has a particular interest in antenatal and postnatal women’s health as well as the management of sports injuries.

Katelyn can currently be seen at both Move Forward Gateway Physio and Move Forward Kinross Physio + Pilates where she leads our Pilates program utilising her passion for active rehab.

Outside of work, Katelyn enjoys travelling, spending time at the beach and watching all sports (especially the Eagles!).

Ronnie Bhalvani – Physiotherapist

Rhonnie-profileWorking as a Physio is important to Ronnie as it means being able to make a difference in the life of people with various musculoskeletal or neurological conditions. By guiding patients in the right direction with the appropriate combination of manual therapy and exercise he works towards the goal of full functional recovery for his patients.

Ronnie received his Physiotherapy degree from India in 2006 and after arriving in Australia in 2007 completed his Masters in Clinical Exercise Practice in Melbourne while working as a Physiotherapist in a specialist school for kids with special needs in Port Melbourne. Ronnie also has experience working as an Exercise Physiologist in a Private practice in Newcastle before moving to Perth for a role Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation; running one on one exercise programs.
Clinically Ronnie enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and is particularly interested in exercise based rehabilitation. He believes that full functional recovery needs a combination of hands on Physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation, to reduce the chances of recurrence of the problem.
Outside of work Ronnie loves his tennis, cricket, swimming and cooking.

Rachel Bonus – Physiotherapist

Rachel-Bonus-profileAs a Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor Rachel enjoys working with and helping people to be the best they can be.
She has a passion to assist patient’s rehabilitating from musculoskeletal conditions to ensure they achieve their goals and return to what they love.

She completed a double degree at the University of Notre Dame, a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and has most recently qualified as a Clinical Pilates Instructor.

Rachel has gained a well-rounded, broad level of experience working with: musculoskeletal, postoperative, women’s health, cardio-respiratory, neurological, and geriatric populations.
Outside of work she enjoys Scottish Dancing, in which she is involved socially as well as competitively.

Mat Cockroft – Physiotherapist

matt-cockroft-profileMat prides himself on making a positive impact on every clients physical and mental well being, ensuring they always leave with a well structured rehab plan and big smile on their face after each session. Return to high level function, sport and hobbies is considered of high importance to each of Mat’s clients rehab goals even if it’s as simple as kick at the park or picking up the grandchildren.

He has spent four years working in the south-west before joining Quinns Physiotherapy, spending time between Collie and Harvey, which allowed him to treat a diverse range of injuries. Mat’s clinical interests include sports and post-operative rehabilitation.
His treatments focus on manual therapy and dry needling as well as providing clients with the tools for self management at home. Mat is a passionate AFL fan, following the almighty Hawks, and assists his local club Kingsley with their physiotherapy needs. In his spare time he also plays golf and loves to fish.

Ashlee Cook – Physiotherapist

ashlee-profile Ashlee successfully completed her Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University and has been working as physiotherapist in private practice since. Utilising up to date evidence based modalities, clinical reformer Pilates and manual therapy in order to rehabilitate her clients back to pain free movement, Ash also focuses on leading her patients into sculpting healthier lifestyles.

Not only does she love witnessing her patient’s achieve their goals and return to what they are passionate about; the strong relations she develops with her clients and the positive impact on their physical and mental wellbeing is what she treasures most about being a physiotherapist.

Always passionate in giving back to her local community, Ashlee was the head sports trainer at her local amateur football club and was also heavily involved as a physiotherapy assistant within the disability sector. These experiences have afforded Ashlee a wealth of patient interaction and the skills to appropriately manage, rehabilitate and prevent recurrence of multiple musculoskeletal and orthopaedic injuries.

Ashlee’s clinical interests involve managing sporting injuries, chronic lower back pain, tendinopathies, post-surgical rehabilitation and pre and post-partum womens health. Outside of work Ash loves days at the beach with her friends, travel and exploring the South West with her family.

Matt Dewar – Physiotherapist

Matt-profileLiving a busy life himself, Matt enjoys helping people move beyond their injury and get back to what they love doing as quickly as possible. Matthew received his bachelor of physiotherapy from the university of Notre Dame and is currently working at the Ocean Keys Practice and Quinns Practice where he does specialty appointments for Dog Physiotherapy.

Clinically he enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries especially low back or neck pain. Matt has continued to advance his education in treatments available to patients suffering from chronic pain. Outside of work Matthew enjoys all water related sports, teaching group fitness classes, motocross and traveling.

Aaron D’Rozario – Physiotherapist

aaron-profileFrom his own injury experiences, Aaron has developed a passion for helping people get back to their peak performance. Aaron has a passion for all things musculoskeletal and has a particularly strong interest in neck pain and headaches, back pain, shoulder pain and the complexities of acute or chronic sporting injuries.

Aaron enjoys adopting a hands-on approach using the most up-to-date treatment techniques coupled with targeted rehabilitation programs, aided by his experience in coaching athletics/strength and conditioning classes, to get you back to your best.
Outside of work Aaron enjoys travelling, playing AFL, cricket and table tennis as well casual catch ups with friends.

Corey Evans – Physiotherapist

corey-portraitCorey successfully completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours from Curtin University. He has a particular interest in exercise rehabilitation following musculoskeletal injury and Sports Physiotherapy. Having played competitive sport his whole life Corey understands how eager people can be to resume following their injury, whether it be at an elite level or a social Monday night game for fun.

When not working Corey is a keen cricketer, enjoys travelling, camping and the occasional round of golf. You may find Corey at any one of our clinics covering our other team members when they are taking well deserved holidays or working his magic at our Hillarys clinic a few nights a week.

Liam Hubble – Physiotherapist

liam-profileLiam thrives on the team environment of Move Forward Physio and brings this motivation to all of his patients. After completing his BSc of physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame we were extremely lucky to have Liam at Move Forward Wanneroo Physio.

Liam has an interest in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular back and neck pain. Having worked closely with North Beach Amateur Football Club he also has experience in the management of sporting injuries.
Outside of work Liam enjoys playing basketball, fitness training at the gym, spending time at the beach and loves to scuba dive.

Alana Keil – Physiotherapist

alana-keil-profileAlana loves helping people, often with injuries she has at some point experienced herself which allows her to relate to people with a level of understanding for their injury and walk them through their recovery as she has done herself many times and continues to do!
Being part of an exceptional team of physios motivates Alana to continue doing what she loves help people every day.

She completed her Masters of Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2014 after completing her Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) in 2011.
With a great love for sports, fitness, good health and well-being, Alana enjoys sharing this with her clients. We are thrilled to have Alana as part of the Move Forward Physio team in Yanchep.
Alana’s clinical interests include rehabilitation of sporting injuries and lower back pain and will go above and beyond to see her clients return to maximal function. Adopting a hands on approach and being proactive with her patients treatment we know Alana will help you on the road to recovery!
Outside of work Alana enjoys running, sports, going to the gym and weekend camping trips.

Inge Kriek – Physiotherapist

inge-kriek-profileInge completed her physiotherapy degree at Curtin University and graduated as a member of the vice chancellors list and has since worked in the private practice musculoskeletal setting. She believes the best outcome of her clients comes from a combination of manual therapy techniques, exercise based rehabilitation whilst focusing on client goals.

Inge’s area of interest include treating neck pain, lower back pain, post surgery rehab and sporting injuries.  She has also trained as a Clinical Pilates instructor as uses this as a tool for rehab.

 Outside of work Inge enjoys keeping fit, hiking (she recently summited Mt Kilimanjaro), hanging out with friends and chasing after her border collie Meeka.

Ethan Mansfield – Physiotherapist

Ethan-profileEthan joined the Move Forward team after completed his BSc of Physiotherapy at Curtin University, with the hope of using his passion for treating lower back and neck pain to help our patients be pain-free and back to function as soon as possible. Having a sporting background including football, soccer and cricket, Ethan also has a keen interest in rehabilitation of lower limb injuries, particularly those involving the knee and ankle.

Outside of work Ethan enjoys making the most of the sun by spending his time at the beach or exploring WA’s nature, and when it is colder he migrates inside to watch his team the Western Bulldogs play, in the hope they can replicate their 2016 form to win another AFL premiership.

Blake McConville – Physiotherapist

blake-profileGrowing up in his native Canada, Blake witnessed the importance of Physio directly with a close family member requiring intense rehabilitation to allow them to recover full function following a severe injury. This inspired Blake to study Kinesiology (sport science) at the University of Calgary in 2011, before moving to Perth in 2012 to attend Curtin University where he earned his masters degree in Physiotherapy.

Blake is especially interested in treating low back and neck pain due to his own personal history of spinal injury through his life. Knowing first-hand what it feels like to have radiating low back pain and the associated fear and apprehension that can often accompany exercise and movement thereafter, Blake is especially motivated in returning sufferers of neck and back pain to normal movement and function through the combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription. Taking the time to get to know his patient’s is what Blake values most about being a Physio.
When he’s not working as a physiotherapist, Blake is making music with his violin, playing video games, or scuba diving as often as he can.

Will Michell – Physiotherapist

Will-profile Growing up with chronic lower back pain, Will understands the debilitating nature of musculoskeletal conditions and the benefit of a proper treatment and exercise management program. Outside of being a Physio, Will is a keen sportsmen spending most of his time playing football, basketball and golf.

Will has a passion for treating a wide range of sporting injuries and specialises in helping people understand and overcome their back and neck pain through a variety of manual techniques, exercise and with self-management strategies.

Michael Newbound – Physiotherapist

michael-profile We are very excited to have Michael bring his skills to Move Forward Physiotherapy’s Quinns Clinic! Michael is passionate about helping his patients reach their goals, drawing on a mix of “hands on” and exercise skills learnt from his double degree in both Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sport Science.

Michael has a particular interest in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, including chronic pain, orthopaedic and more run of the mill sports injuries.Outside of the clinic, Michael works with the WAFC Under 18’s Football Team as apart of the medical team as a Physio.

This allows Michael to travel interstate with the best WA talent before they are drafted into the AFL. Besides being sports mad, Michael enjoys going to the gym, catching up with friends, watching Netflix and spending time with his new Fiancé Rachel and their dog Alfie.

Sarah Paul – Physiotherapist

Sarah-Paul-ProfileSarah completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Curtin University on the Vice Chancellor’s List. She also previously completed a Bachelor of Science double majoring in Exercise Health and Sports Science at the University of Western Australia.

Originally from Darwin, Sarah competed in both middle distance running and hockey as a member of the Northern Territory Institute of Sport hockey program for four years. Sarah has represented Australia at a junior level in hockey for the Australian Schoolgirls team and previously represented the Northern Territory in the Australian Hockey League. As a result, Sarah has sustained a few injuries over the years and is passionate about treating sporting related injuries, with a particular interest in running related injuries. Sarah is also passionate about treating the everyday injury, including lower back pain and neck pain.

When not working you can find Sarah at the beach, hiking, long distance running, playing hockey, catching up with friends and eating!

Mitchell Peate – Physiotherapist

Mitch-ProfileFor Mitch, being a physio is about developing close relationships of trust with his patients and their families in order to collaboratively put a plan together to help them achieve their goals. This may range from not falling apart training for the Sydney marathon or overcoming stubborn back pain.

Mitchell completed his B Sc in Physiotherapy at Curtin University, graduating with distinction and as a member of the Vice Chancellor’s list. Mitchell is our head Physiotherapist at Move Forward Hocking and he has gathered experience running multiple Move Forward locations before becoming permanent at Hocking. Mitchell has a clinical interest in a range of musculoskeletal injuries and a keen interest in sports rehabilitation.
Outside of work Mitchell enjoys volleyball, hockey, baking, travelling, and raising a two toddlers.

Jason Rocca – Physiotherapist

Jason-profileJason initially decided to do physiotherapy after having already competed 2 degrees in human movement (sport science and strength & conditioning). During his time as a strength coach and a personal trainer it was too common to find people had injuries that they have had for years and were not able to recover from.

Physiotherapy allows Jason to help people achieve a movement capacity that they are happy with. The human body is able to achieve some amazing feats but unfortunately due to our sedentary lifestyle or previous injuries this is often compromised.
Jason was our initial Physiotherapist at Pearsall Physiotherapy when it opened in December 2013 and has grown the clinic from strength to strength since its first day. Jason enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries with a keen passion for sporting rehabilitation.
His interests outside of work include weight training as well as Taekwondo, which he been doing for almost 20 years and has represented Australia.

Naomi Udiljak – Physiotherapist

naomi-profileNaomi had been a patient at Jindalee Physiotherapy since a young age and it had always been her dream to be on the Physio team.

After completing her physiotherapy degree at Curtin University we were thrilled to have someone of Naomi’s character join the clinic..

Naomi has always had a passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy since overcoming her own back problems in the past. As a result, Naomi has a particular interest in treating both back and neck pain as well as lower limb pain, and strives to achieve this by combining hands-on treatment in conjunction with active rehabilitation to provide her patients with the strategies required to live healthily and happily. Outside of work Naomi enjoys the beach, going out on her stand-up paddle board and hanging out with her family