Our Practitioners

Mark Fotheringham

Principal Physiotherapist

Mark graduated from LaTrobe University in 2005 and has worked in private practice since this time. He has completed post-graduate certificates in many specialty areas including Clinical Pilates, dry-needling, shoulder diagnosis and treatment, and hamstring assessment and rehabilitation. His passion for physiotherapy and the biomechanical workings of the human body, mean that he is continually developing his knowledge.

Before starting the Malvern Physiotherapy Clinic, Mark worked at a sports physiotherapy clinic in Hawthorn. There he developed extensive experience with the rehabilitation of joints after surgery – particularly knee, hip, shoulder and ankle surgery with a mixture of both minor and major surgery, including joint replacements. Mark has had multiple joint surgeries himself including two knee reconstructions from football injuries, which have helped him understand the needs and difficulties of the rehabilitation process. It has been through this focus on rehab after surgery that Mark has developed some excellent relationships with many of Melbourne’s leading surgeons.

Mark’s association with local sports teams is vast and he continues to work with Old Scotch Football Club as their head physiotherapist. He has also worked with VFL representative teams, Victorian premier league soccer clubs, triathlon clubs and performed injury screening for elite school swimming squads.

Mark still tries to keep fit by running and cycling.

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Alisa McLachlan

Principal Physiotherapist | Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Alisa has 25 years experience as a physiotherapist in a wide variety of hospital and private practice settings. She holds a Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and in 2019 successfully completed the rigorous specialisation exams of the Australian College of Physiotherapists to be awarded the title of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

Her particular areas of expertise are back pain, neck pain, headache and dizziness disorders. She is also very proficient managing pain and soreness around the hip and gluteal area.

Alisa is passionate about integrating current evidence with clinical experience to optimise outcomes for all clients, and gets great satisfaction in helping make long lasting changes to physical health.

Outside of physio, Alisa likes to spend her time wrangling 3 energetic children, coaching junior basketball and trying to keep up some running.

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Peter Growse

Senior Physiotherapist | Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 2004 and later went on to complete his Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2013. Peter initially worked in the public hospital system moving into private practice in 2007. During this time he has also enjoyed working with school football, state league volleyball and VNL netball teams.

Peter has completed many post graduate courses giving him a particular expertise in the physiotherapy management of lower back and neck pain, headaches, and all sporting and tendon injuries. Peter is passionate about assisting people to overcome their injuries as well as developing strategies to prevent these injuries from reoccurring.

In the time that Peter is not helping others to keep fit he is usually chasing around his 2 kids or trying to overcome his own aches and pains brought on through running, riding or playing basketball.

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Hayley Runting

Senior Physiotherapist

Hayley graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2011 and has worked as a women’s health focused physiotherapist since as well as treating musculoskeletal injuries and using her Clinical Pilates knowledge to enhance strength and function. Hayley has gone on to complete post-graduate qualifications in Continence and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, as well as undertaking further study in Pilates, sports injuries, neck and back pain. She enjoys working with clients of all ages to achieve their life and sporting goals.

Hayley is qualified to assist with those who are experiencing issues with their bladder or bowel, incontinence, pelvic pain or pelvic floor muscle issues. Additionally, she has many years’ experience working in maternity wards and in private practice with pre- and post-natal women to manage the physical challenges of these special times.

Her interests in treating joint and muscle injuries stem from her passion in participating in sports over many years, primarily triathlon, flat water kayaking and netball. She understands the rehabilitation process – from both physiotherapy and personal perspectives – and is always looking to help clients get back to their best.

Hayley is a keen advocate of Clinical Pilates to address specific injuries and weaknesses, as well as promoting overall well-being. Hayley also runs the Pre/Post-Natal Clinical Pilates classes.

Outside of work, Hayley enjoys running, good coffee, and catching up with friends.

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Emily Cousins


Emily started her work in allied health after graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology. She followed this by completing a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Melbourne University in 2015. Eager to extend her knowledge and skills further after practicing in Melbourne for 5 years, Emily is currently completing her Masters of Sports Medicine (Physiotherapy).

Having grown up in the world of dance and competitive sport, Emily has always had a special interest in sports physiotherapy and injury rehabilitation. She enjoys working with individuals, particularly youth and female athletes to manage their injuries and optimise their performance. Along with her private practice role, Emily has extensive experience as a sports team physiotherapist, previously working for North Melbourne and Carlton in the VFLW competition. Currently she is the Head Physiotherapist at Port Melbourne Sharks (NPL). Emily also works at St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne as an acute orthopaedic Physiotherapist.

Emily has additional skills in rehabilitation and chronic disease management. Being an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, she has provided exercise therapy to patients with a wide variety of conditions including osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer. Her combined training in physio and exercise physiology places her in a great position to help people of all ages maintain their independence and optimise their health.

Outside of work Emily enjoys playing touch football and tennis. She can also be spotted sipping a skinny mocha in one of Melbourne’s parks with her new puppy!

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Mia Okada

Myotherapist & Remedial Massage Therapist

Mia started her career in health care as a registered Nurse in Japan. After moving to Australia in 2009 to study Medical English to further her nursing career, she was exposed to more natural therapy concepts and saw their great potential to heal and improve health. This shifted her focus to study as a remedial massage therapist which led her to work at Crown Casino as well as a massage spa business in Windsor. During this time she completed a certificate in pregnancy massage as well as Diploma of Clinical aromatherapy.

Mia’s interest in learning more about the body and how it works has then led her to undertake the advanced Diploma in Myotherapy at RMIT which she completed at the end of 2020.

Mia has fantastic skills in performing remedial massage, relaxation massage, dry-needling, trigger-point release, myofascial release, pregnancy massage, and cupping.

She has a calm and really warm nature and works in a holistic way to address the wishes of each individual and works with them to discover and treat the cause of the issues, not just fix the symptoms.

Mia is an advanced scuba diver and loves her time under the water.

Vladimir Margolin

Remedial Massage Therapist

Vlad has followed an interesting journey to where he is now as a remedial massage therapist. He grew up in Russia and worked as a remedial massage therapist during his time studying medicine. An opportunity took him to Israel where he continued in the medical field by studying optometry. It was in this role he worked for 14 years. He and his family have since moved to Melbourne where Vlad furthered his initial massage training by completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage with RMIT University, fine tuning his skills in sports, remedial and relaxation massage.

It is this passion for helping others, and his interest in how the body moves and works, that has brought Vladimir back to massage. Through his 20+ years of experience in health and wellbeing, Vlad has always been passionate about tapping into his patients and clients’ needs, and finding the ultimate solution for them. His unique methods of treatment revolve around tracking the cause behind any discomfort or medical issue a client may be experiencing. Vlad is always looking to further his education and has enjoyed helping and ever-growing base of grateful patients.

Prior to Vlad’s studies in medicine and health, he was trained as a classical ballet dancer at Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. This training in movement and form, has strengthened his understanding of the needs of athletic bodies along with how to alleviate aches, pains and general fatigue. Along with his time at Malvern Physio Clinic, Vlad is currently working with Melbourne United Basketball team for the 2019/2020 season.

Vlad offers a wide range of therapeutic solutions, including: remedial massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, relaxation massage, taping and cupping

Vlad is married and has 2 children. Outside his work, he continues to take ballet classes, and enjoying family time.

Lori Embelton

Practice Manager

Lori joined the MPC Team in 2017 as Practice Manager. She is responsible for the daily operations and marketing strategies for the clinic.  Outside of work Lori cares for her family, enjoys running, listening to music, family holidays and quality time with friends. 


Head Receptionist

Shannon started at Malvern Physio early in 2018 as our full time receptionist. She has been thoroughly enjoying her time at MPC, especially getting to know all the regular faces in the clinic, and the fact that baking for birthdays is officially part of her job.

Shannon studied science and nutrition at university earning a Masters in Human Nutrition. She enjoys that she is still learning everyday while working at MPC. 

Outside of work, Shannon loves to dance and has since she was 3! She has taught tap, jazz and broadway to a number of kids and young adults, which she finds very rewarding. She also enjoys time with her family and two dogs, yoga and Pilates (at Malvern Physio, of course), baking and socialising with friends. 



Bridget started at the clinic in 2018 and is a sports/fitness fanatic currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science/ Business (Sports Management). Outside of the clinic and university, she is a long jumper and sprinter, training six days a week. Additionally, she loves coaching athletics, catching up with friends and eating out. 



Maddie joined our team in 2019. She is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Psychology after completing an undergraduate degree in Health Science, majoring in nutrition and exercise science. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, music, spending time with friends and family and exploring nature.