Laurie Farrow

Laurie graduated 30 years ago from W.A.I.T. now Curtin University.

Laurie’s office bearing includes past President of OT Australia WA, past and current member of the OT National Council, a current member of the Registration Board, an adjunct senior lecturer at James Cook University and part time lecturer at universities throughout the nation. Laurie conducts post graduate courses in Functional Soft Tissue Medicine which has been running since 1994, in Perth, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne and Brisbane, and is currently certificated through James Cook University in Townsville.

Laurie has spoken at many conferences worldwide and most recently spoke as guest of honor at the Singapore Malaysian OT Symposium in Langkawi and at the All India OT Conference in India.  Laurie is regularly asked to speak to corporate industry in relation to optimizing executive performance and also has strong links with the corporate sector throughout Australia.

Laurie’s awards include: Occupational Therapy “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” 1994: Australian Gymnastics Association “Official of the Year” 1998: the “Australian Sports Medal” 2000 as part of the Australian Honours List. Laurie has represented Australia as treating practitioner at 8 World Championships and is currently the Managing Director of Health Central Occupational Therapy International.

Laurie has treated the elite athletic fraternity since the early 1990’s, treating professional ballet dancers and contemporary dancers, professional basketball players from the NBL and ex NBA, soccer players, gold medal Olympians in sailing, national track and field athletes, professional artistic skaters, badminton players, boxers etc.

Laurie also treats many of the professional musicians, dancers and singers who undertake concert tours to Perth.

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Brett Zani

Brett is a Senior Occupational Therapist and has been treating at Health Central OTI since 2003 with a focus on sports and dance injury and improving athletic performance. Brett also has a particular interest in post surgical rehabilitation, frozen shoulder treatments and postural correction programs.

Brett treats clients from the SBL, NBL, WNBL, WAAPA, Youth Ballet WA and numerous other dance schools and sporting clubs in the greater metropolitan area. He is also available for seminars on a range of topics such as sports injury prevention and corporate health and he has helped design injury management programs for multiple sports clubs and recreation centres.

Brett graduated from Curtin University in 2003 and has completed post graduate soft tissue courses as well as facilitated soft tissue education seminars and tutorials. For over a decade he has supervised Occupational Therapy students and continues to do so. In 2007 Brett was awarded the Curtin University Fieldwork Supervision Award for his dedication to teaching and achieving high outcomes with students. Brett currently implements the Level One professional development program at Health Central OTI Brett is also the Chairman of the Noonan Syndrome Awareness Association (NSAA); a not-for-profit that works to increase awareness of Noonan Syndrome, reduce misdiagnosis rates and facilitate access to services.

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Jessica Press

Jessica Press holds a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Curtin University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University. Through her studies, Jessica has gained experience in soft tissue therapy, mental health, ergonomics, paediatrics, injury prevention and maintenance and neurosciences.

Jessica has personally experienced how soft tissue occupational therapy treatment can benefit a person’s ability to perform their meaningful occupations. Having been a dancer and involved in fitness for many years she appreciates the importance of a fast recovery, injury prevention and ongoing rehabilitation programs. She is enthusiastic about helping people to engage in their daily lives and routines through the means of soft tissue occupational therapy.

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Kathryn Phillips

Kathryn graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Curtin University in 1999 and completed graduate studies in soft tissue injury management through James Cook University in 2013. She has experience in paediatrics, aged care, workplace and home occupational assessment and hospital-based rehabilitation.

Kathryn has also worked extensively as a senior hand therapist both locally and in the United Kingdom. She had development oversight of the hand therapy unit at university where she also lectured and gave tutorials in this subject. Kathryn is an accredited Hand Therapist as per the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

As part of her post-graduate work Kathryn’s specialised study focused on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which relates to compression of nerve/blood vessels at the neck and shoulder. Symptoms, including pain and altered sensation/blood flow to the hand and arm, are often due to postures or occupation, and are ideally identified and treated early. Kathryn has taught Australian hand therapists on this topic.

Kathryn has extensive experience treating professional musicians, sports people, and children (including her own) through to the elderly. She is passionate about delivering quality and effective management to ensure the best outcomes for scar tissue, both cosmetically and internal adhesions (eg post c-section).

Kathryn addresses the body holistically, encompassing self-administered and therapist applied neuromuscular therapy techniques, stress management and healthy lifestyle as part of her care regime. She is passionate about teaching the importance of posture, stretching and ergonomics, well before mild symptoms become more severe. Kathryn’s clients describe her as someone with a caring touch and a passionate and encouraging manner who is keen to promote the importance of individuals making a contribution to their own improved health.

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Julian Ameduri

Julian gained his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University.

He has a range of experience in a number of areas of occupational therapy such as mental health, paediatrics, aged care, orthopaedic geriatrics and disability care in which he completed many fieldwork placements over his four year degree.

Julian has represented East Perth football club in the WAFL since 2010. This has required Julian to ensure his body is functioning to the best of its ability. He has a strong belief that all athletes require the right preparation and recovery to ensure they perform to the best of their ability.

Julian understands how frustrating it can be when injuries occur and he takes the time to educate and identify the cause of an injury, as prevention of further injuries is better than a cure.

Julian is passionate about assisting others in reaching their goals whether in sports, work, leisure or general health and well-being.

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Aidan Talijancich

Aidan holds a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Curtin University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts/Education degree in Physical Education and Health from Edith Cowan University. Throughout his studies, Aidan gained valuable experience in soft tissue therapy, injury rehabilitation and prevention, mental health, paediatrics and neuroscience.

After participating in basketball at a high level for many years and experiencing his own injury setbacks, Aidan has personally experienced the benefits of soft tissue therapy in performing at an elite level.

Aidan is a Level One CrossFit coach where he has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of athletes and has also completed seminars on movement & mobility, back pain and shoulder health.

Aidan has a passion for educating clients on the holistic nature of soft tissue therapy and how it can be integrated, to not only prevent and treat injury, but also improve and optimize our function and performance in daily life.

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Karissa Marshall

Karissa obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University. While studying for her degree, Karissa also completed over 1000 hours of practical experience working in soft tissue, paediatrics, falls prevention and aged-care.

After representing Australia in Aerobics Gymnastics, Karissa became a gymnastics coach for a number of years, making her uniquely qualified to assess, treat and prevent gymnastic injuries.

Karissa is passionate about both the prevention and treatment of sports injuries and helping athletes improve their performance across all sporting disciplines.

Karissa is motivated to guide and inspire her clients to achieve their personal health and occupational goals and then work with them in a holistic and collaborative way to create a healthy lifestyle.

Karissa has a particular interest in paediatrics, disability and mental health.

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Melissa Dougall

Melissa graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Throughout her degree she was to gain valuable experience working in soft tissue, aged care, paediatrics, disability, neuroscience, mental health and ergonomics.

Through an extensive background in ballet, contemporary and flamenco dance, Melissa achieved her Certificate IV in Dance and Performance, Advanced Primer Ano (Spanish Dance Society) and was awarded at the RAD Festival – Best Artistic Interpretation. Melissa was offered multiple scholarships throughout Europe, where she decided to live and study full-time, continuing her classical, neo-classical and contemporary training at the Academie de Danse Princess Grace – Monte Carlo. As part of her tenure, she worked with companies such as L’Opera de Monte-Carlos and Ballet Nice Mediterranean, and choreographers such as Jeroen Verbruggen.

Melissa has personally experienced the benefits of soft tissue treatment through injury management and prevention, and sports enhancement. She particularly found it key in helping her reach her full potential as a dancer.

Through Melissa’s comprehensive knowledge and experience gained as a dancer at an elite level, in conjunction with her studies in occupational therapy, she hopes to make a positive impact treating and helping other athletes, dancers and sports men and women. Helping them reach their potential through injury prevention, understanding their anatomy and physiology, mental health, nutrition and general well-being.

Melissa’s passion is helping people of all ages and interests achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations.

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