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

Taking 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 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 – Alkimos, Jindalee, Hillarys, Hocking, Ocean Keys, Pearsall, Quinns and Yanchep Partner

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 and Alkimos, Jindalee, Hillarys, Hocking, Ocean Keys, Pearsall, Quinns and Yanchep Partner

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, Currambine and Kinross Partner

tom-profileTom is a valuable asset to the Move Forward team as the Managing partner of our Butler, Currambine 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!

Aaron D’Rozario – Physiotherapist and Mt Hawthorn & North Beach Partner

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.

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.

Dan Bourke – Physiotherapist & Kinross Clinic Manager

Dan-Bourke-profileWith a passion for helping people overcome injuries Dan loves collaborating with patients to accomplish their goals and seeing them get back to doing the things they love. Whether you’re returning to high-level sport, or you just want to be able to walk the dog or chase the grandkids, Dan can help you every step of the way!

Competing in several sports throughout his life, he has had his own fair share of injuries and understands the importance of good early management and a personalised rehabilitation program to get back to 100% as quickly as possible.

Dan currently plays baseball for the Wanneroo Giants Baseball Club and has previously represented Australia at a junior level. He has a particular interest in overhead and throwing athletes, as well as treating knee, back and neck pain.

When he’s not at work, Dan will be at the beach, on the golf course or taking his dog for a run.

Andrew Carlisle – Physiotherapist

andrew-profileAndrew completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Notre Dame Australia. After spending his first few years following graduation gaining experience at different private practices across Perth, he is now thrilled to settle into his new home at Move Forward Pearsall Physiotherapy.

He treats all musculoskeletal injuries but due to his love and passion of hockey he has a particular interest in overuse injuries and sporting injuries.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys playing hockey, spending time out on the water either fishing or diving, or exploring what WA has to offer.

Georgia Carpenter – Physiotherapist

georgia-carpenter-profileGeorgia has always had a keen interest in health and fitness since a young age, which led her to pursue a career in physiotherapy along with experiencing the benefits of treatment herself. Since graduating from Curtin University Georgia values connecting with her patients to take a holistic approach to management, utilising a combination of manual therapy and healing through movement to assist patients in reaching their goals.

As a Leederville local she can’t wait to see some familiar faces in our Mt Hawthorn clinic. In her spare time Georgia enjoys Pilates, taking her dachsie to the beach and finding the best coffee spots.

Mat Cockroft – Physiotherapist & Quinns Clinic Manager

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.

Emily Ebert – Physiotherapist

emily-ebert-portraitAfter completing her Bachelor of Science (Human Biology Preclinical), Emily continued to study at Curtin University and achieved her Doctorate of Physiotherapy.Emily has always had a passion for understanding how the human body works and helping others to achieve their health and fitness goals. Emily is passionate to help people return to what they love doing, whether it be competitive sport, hobbies or work-related activities.

With a background in group fitness and personal training, Emily has an interest in all things musculoskeletal and exercise rehabilitation to help people achieve their goals. Outside of work you can find Emily at the gym, or enjoying the outdoors hiking, camping and exploring the stunning WA coast.

Corey Evans – Physiotherapist & Hillarys Clinic Manager

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 will find Corey working his magic at our Hillarys clinic.

Dan Fitzgerald – Physiotherapist

Dan-fitzgerald-profileComing from previous experience in private practice, Dan has excitingly joined the Move Forward team in North Beach! Dan provides a considerate and individualised approach in order to help facilitate clients achieve the most active and pain-free versions of themselves possible.

With a background in elite sporting performance, Dan has an appreciation for the growing athlete, as well as the physical and mental demands thrust upon them. With this personally understanding, Dan has a real passion for working with the paediatric sporting population, allowing his clients to engage in the activities that they love doing.

Away from work, Dan can often be found on the volleyball courts (be it coaching or playing), watching amateur sport on the weekends, or indulging in one of his creative hobbies.

Aidan Glick – Physiotherapist

Aidan-profileAidan successfully completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Exercise Sport Science from the University of Notre Dame, Australia.
Possessing a strong interest for assisting people in returning them to their best level of function Aidan strives to empower people to get the most out of their lives.

Having competed in multiple sports at a high level such as soccer and track & field, he understands the difficulty faced by many patients when experiencing an injury and how this can impact their lives.

When not working, Aidan likes to practice what he preaches, where he enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit and active. Aidan loves getting outdoors and relishing the specialties WA has to offer and appreciates spending valuable time with his family.

Tom Gorter – Physiotherapist

Tom Gorter-profileTom has been working in private practice since completing his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2019 at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. In this time he has gained extensive experience in utilising Pilates in the rehabilitation and management of his clients.

His big passion is sport, in particular AFL football currently playing for South Bunbury in the South West League. Being involved in high level sport for a number of years has allowed him to get a strong understanding of the human body and he enjoys using this knowledge during his treatments to help other people.

Tom enjoys treating all sporting and soft tissue injuries, injury prevention, as well as helping patients to achieve their goals and to live a happy and healthy life.
Away from football and work, Tom loves being near the water or getting out on the golf course.

Archie Hall – Physiotherapist

Archie-Hall-ProfileArchie has long been involved in the local community playing NBL1 Basketball for the Joondalup Wolves and he joins the Butler clinic and Move Forward team after gaining experience in private practices in Perth.

Taking pride in his Physiotherapy career, Archie graduated from Curtin University with Honours after completing a research on shoulder pain.

As the current Physiotherapist at Peel Thunder Football club and having a background playing WAFL football, and state level basketball, Archie has a good understanding of the physical and mental challenges of returning to high level sport.

Whether it be returning to sport or normal daily activities, Archie puts a strong emphasis on tailoring his management plans to help each individual achieve their goals.

Sarah Jacobs – Physiotherapist – Currently on maternity leave

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!

Janelle Juse – Physiotherapist

Janelle-Juse-ProfileJanelle discovered the positive and lifelong impact physiotherapists can have on individuals lives after finishing her Bachelor of Exercise Science degree in the US and working in a private practice physiotherapy clinic. After 2 years of working as a physio assistant, she decided to move to Sydney to pursue her dream of becoming a physiotherapist and completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at Macquarie University.

After taking the long road from LA to Sydney to Perth, she has now found her home with the Move Forward team. Janelle strives to be able to help patients reach their personal goals and overcome obstacles that are preventing them from participating in the activities they enjoy.

Outside of work, she loves spending time at the gym and exploring Perth’s beaches, eateries, and activities.

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 – Currently on maternity leave

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.

Aaron Krige – Physiotherapist

Aaron Krige -profileAaron has completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Curtin University as well as a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Edith Cowan University combing his passion for both Physio anatomy and sports. He brings a wealth of private practice experience in Perth’s northern suburbs to the Move Forward team.

With a passion for musculoskeletal and complex pain rehabilitation, Aaron ensures he takes the extra time to identify the cause of his clients pain and symptoms to ensure he fixes the underlying problems.

He aims to provide best evidence-based practice to actively engage and empower patients to meet their goals.

Cindy Lui – Physiotherapist

cindy-profileCindy developed a strong interest in human biology and sports from a young age, which lead her to pursue a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. During her time as a student physiotherapist, she has gained invaluable experience working as a sports trainer for Ocean Ridge AFC, reinforcing her love for treating musculoskeletal injuries.

When not working as a Physiotherapist or sports trainer, Cindy enjoys spending her time reading, travelling, relaxing with friends/family and finding Perth’s best eateries. To participate in the active lifestyle she often promotes to those around her, she frequently attends the gym, and gets her step count in by the coast or during retail therapy.

After hearing about healthcare experiences within her large, multiculture family, she is passionate about bringing quality service to the local community.

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.

Clay McCulloch – Physiotherapist

clay-profileClay is an enthusiastic Physiotherapist that motivates his patients to achieve their goals, however big or small they may be. He has worked as a physiotherapist for WAFL clubs, NBL1 teams and amateur football clubs. He brings strong manual therapy skills and is confident in the management of hip & knee pain, shoulder dislocation, tennis elbow and lower back pain. 

Having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Clay has a particular interest in knee injury rehabilitation. He is also an Accredited GLA:D (Good Life with osteoArthritis Denmark) Physiotherapist, which has refined his ability to manage patients with hip and/or knee arthritis and those looking for pre or post-operative rehabilitation.

Outside of work Clay spends most of his time looking after his beautiful lawn, walking his inexhaustible kelpie, and training in CrossFit! 

Courtney McDaniel – Physiotherapist

Courtney has successfully graduated as a physiotherapist from Curtin University. In the last four years she has enjoyed working with a number of sporting clubs where she has experienced diagnosing and treating various sports related musculoskeletal injuries.

Courtney has a passion for health and exercise and is committed to helping people get back to doing what they love by focusing on injury management and prevention.

Julia Paioff – Physiotherapist

Julia Paioff-profileJulia is one of our physiotherapists who recently graduated from Curtin University and is keen to pursue her professional career as a member of the Move Forward team. Julia has lived an active lifestyle playing basketball since early childhood and in more recent years, going to the gym and Reformer Pilates classes.

When Julia is not at the clinic, you may find her at the beach or walking her mini dachshund, Winnie, along the coast. Julia realised very early in her career choice that pursuit of commitment, dedication and compassion were going to be the motivating factors to providing best possible care and outcomes for patients.

Julia recognises that her Physiotherapy career will be a continual learning process in order to achieve her desired ambition of being a well respected Physio.

Jayden Perera – Physiotherapist

jayden-profile Jayden recently joined the Move Forward team following a placement at our Quinn’s clinic during his Physiotherapy degree at Curtin University. Jayden prides himself on utilising his knowledge, skills, and experience in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy to positively impact every clients physical and mental well-being, allowing them to get back doing the things they love most.

Through his own injury experiences and having played nearly every sport growing up, from cricket to martial arts to basketball and many more. Jayden has an appreciation for the unique demands of nearly every sport, allowing him to specifically target treatment and rehabilitation to what is most important for your situation.

Away from work, Jayden enjoys spending time listening to music, playing guitar, dining with family and friends and getting out onto the golf course. Jayden can be found at Alkimos Physiotherapy where he strives to help every client that walks through the door to reach their goals!

Cooper Rice –  Physiotherapist

cooper-rice-profileCooper completed his Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation and has an extensive background working in sports rehab, paediatrics, disabilities and private practice as an Exercise Physiologist.

While working as an Exercise Physiologist, Cooper completed a Doctor of Physiotherapy then worked as a Physiotherapist with people living with disabilities. Here Cooper worked with many adults and children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADHD, Amputees and other chromosomal deletion conditions.

Despite having a strong passion to help people with disabilities, Cooper also wishes to treat sport injuries and exercise rehabilitation, post op rehab, spinal pathologies and other neurological conditions.

Loving a variety of sports when growing up, Cooper now keeps active through surfing, gym, rugby league, golf, tennis and climbing. As a keen traveller and someone who loves getting outdoors and spending time at the beach, camping and exploring WA, he will be keen to chat about his adventures with his patients.

Erin Sturch – Physiotherapist

Erin Sturch began her physiotherapy career in Canada at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Upon graduating she quickly focused on sports physiotherapy, working with a number of elite athletes from various sporting backgrounds around the globe, including the Canadian Nordic ski team in Canmore, Alberta. She has presented talks to high-school aged female athletes, educating them on knee injury prevention.

She also developed an evidence-based knee prehab program, while living in Canada. Since moving to Australia, Erin has worked with various number of patient populations, including elite athletes and chronic pain sufferers.

Since living in Perth, she has presented talks on Tendon-specific rehabilitation to general practitioners in the greater Perth area. Erin grew up playing provincial water polo and swam competitively up until graduating from university. She has a love for most sports, health & wellness activities and the great outdoors.

She is excited to be working with the amazing staff here at Stoke Physio and is looking forward to tailoring a treatment program for you that suits your individual needs. Erin brings thorough, evidence-based, personalized care while guiding you along your road to recovery.

Mike Tran – Physiotherapist

michael-tran-profileMike has a passionate interest in helping people return to what they love doing best, whether competitive sport, work, or hobbies. He successfully completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University and has an interest in all things musculoskeletal and exercise rehabilitation to help you achieve your goals!

Mike has competed as a Hip-Hop crew member travelling to New Zealand to train and has been successful at both local and national level competitions in Australia. Through various injuries he has experienced, he understands everyone is unique and is committed to help people overcome their sporting related and everyday injuries!

Outside of work, you can find him at the beach with his Wife Nicole and Dog “Echo”, occasionally free-diving, fishing, and building projects around the house!

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

Damian Vance – Physiotherapist & Jindalee Clinic 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.

Nikki Warburton – Physiotherapist

Nikki WarburtonAfter completing a Bachelor of Science (Sport Science and Exercise & Health) at UWA Nikki followed her passion for helping other achieve their fitness goals as an F45 instructor. This led to an interest in the anatomy and physiology of the body and a career path that found her studying the Doctorate of Physiotherapy at Curtin University.

She has experience working with both high level athletes and those new to exercise and is interested in helping people keep active and return to the activities they love.

Nikki played a number of different sports growing up, and now likes to keep active by going to the gym, running and swimming. As a keen traveller and someone who loves getting outdoors and spending time at the beach, camping and exploring WA, she will be keen to chat about her adventures with her patients.