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 | Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Alisa graduated from Melbourne University in 1995 and completed a Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy at Sydney University in 1999. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of physiotherapy in both public and private settings. Alisa specialises in the treatment of spinal pain, headache and lateral hip pain. She also has extensive experience in post surgical rehabilitation, hands on manual therapy techniques, dry needling, Clinical Pilates, vertigo, chronic pain, sports injuries, exercise programs and more.

Alisa is passionate about integrating current evidence with clinical experience to optimise outcomes for all clients. She gets great satisfaction in helping to make long lasting changes to their physical health. Alisa will work with you to solve your initial complaint, then direct you through your rehab back to full health.

Alisa is a strong believer in exercise as a way to maintain optimal physical health. She has devised and run exercise classes for many different populations including lawn bowlers, and conducted back rehabilitation, strength training and falls prevention for older adults.

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

Prior to joining Malvern Physiotherapy Clinic, Hayley worked as a womens and mens health focused physiotherapist. Throughout this time, she was also treating other musculoskeletal injuries as well using her Clinical Pilates training to enhance strength and function. Since graduating from Melbourne University in 2011, she has completed a post-graduate qualification in Continence and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, as well as undertaking further study in Pilates, sports injuries 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, pain in their pelvis or pelvic floor muscles. Additionally, she has many years’ experience working with pre- and post-natal women to manage the physical challenges of these special phases of a woman’s life.

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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Jacinta Moore

Senior Physiotherapist

Jacinta graduated from the University of South Australia with a Master of Physiotherapy following completion of her Bachelor of Exercise Science degree at the University of Tasmania. Since graduating, Jacinta has worked in private practices with a large emphasis on Clinical Pilates, which has complemented her APPI Pilates training. She has found a particular interest incorporating this Pilates training into the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries.

Prior to joining Malvern Physiotherapy Clinic, Jacinta has had physiotherapy experience with the Western Bulldogs AFL team and now works as a physiotherapist with the University Blues Amateur Football Club in the VAFA league. Jacinta’s passion lies within sports physiotherapy and to further her knowledge and skills in this field, she is currently completing her Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy at Latrobe University. Along with sporting injuries, Jacinta has a keen interest in the diagnosis and treatment of lower limb injuries.

Outside of the clinic, Jacinta enjoys running, spending time in the gym, eating out, socialising, and heading back home to Tassie to visit family and friends.

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Cara McNeill

Senior Physiotherapist

Since graduating from Monash University in 2008, Cara began her career working in the public health system gaining experience in both acute and rehabilitative medicine. As she further developed in her career she moved into private practice where she could combine her 10 years experience in teaching Pilates with her extensive musculoskeletal knowledge.

Cara has a strong background in dance having trained seriously as a classical ballet dancer for many years, and she has a keen interest in assessing and treating dancers and an understanding of the demands placed on the dancers body and mind.

Other areas that Cara is skilled in include acute sports injury management, dry needling, antenatal and postnatal care, postural assessment and correction, post surgical rehabilitation, and of course Pilates.

Outside of the clinic, Cara is mum to her baby girl and enjoys ballet, yoga, running and the Arts.

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Keith De Souza

Senior Physiotherapist

Keith has been practising physiotherapy since graduating from Monash University in 2011. To complement his passion and skill, Keith continued his academic learning and completed his Post-Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy, and soon to be received, his Master’s in Sports Physiotherapy from LaTrobe University.

Keith has a special interest and expertise in the treatment and rehabilitation of hamstring and lower limb tendon injuries. His investment in sports physiotherapy has also seen him train with some of Australia’s leading physiotherapists who specialise in shoulder, hip and groin pain. He is keenly focused on identifying the possible mechanisms and causes behind these types of injuries, and is driven by the challenges of achieving the goals set by his patients.

Keith’s current appointment as the High-Performance Manager of the University Blues Football Club (A Grade Amateurs VAFA) was a result of his successes in the role of Physiotherapist for the Australian Women’s Volleyroos and Victorian Vipers Hockey team (Australian Hockey League). On top of his on-field experience, Keith is a research assistant at the LaTrobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre where he is able to contribute to the academic and research aspect of the profession.

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Jo Patterson

Remedial Massage Therapist

Jo completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage with Victoria University in 2016 after swapping from studying BSc Exercise and Sports Science (Exercise Physiology). She has gone on to develop her skills further by undertaking the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy which she will complete in 2018.

Before starting work as a remedial massage therapist, Jo worked for 4 years as a personal trainer along with a year as strength and conditioning assistant at Essendon Football Club. This has provided her with an excellent insight into the strengthening requirements of the body to help it function optimally. Jo then continued at Essendon Football Club as a Sports Trainer and Remedial Massage Therapist for a further 3 years.

She is accomplished in remedial massage, treating musculoskeletal injuries, myofascial release, pregnancy massage, lymphatic drainage, dry needling, cupping, exercise rehabilitation and more.

Jo has a personal passion and interest in sports injury rehabilitation and injury prevention. She also strongly values working collaboratively with all clients to achieved their goals in alleviating musculoskeletal pain and imbalances. Jo uses a team approach with other therapists to achieve these goals and great outcomes. Her treatment technique is personalised, and holistic through her additional education towards exercises and lifestyle changes when appropriate.

Maya Lago


Maya completed her Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy with MMIT Heidelberg in 2016 after completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage with ACNT Brisbane in 2010.

She has more than 6 years experience working as a Remedial Massage Therapist (RMT) and likes to take a very holistic approach when treating her clients, drawing on a wide variety of techniques.

She feels it is important to take the time to educate her clients on the importance of exercise and self care to manage musculoskeletal pain and help correct any imbalances in the body

She is accomplished in remedial massage, treating musculoskeletal injuries, lymphatic drainage, pregnancy massage, dry needling, myofascial release, cupping, electrotherapeutic modalities including TENS, exercise rehabilitation and more.

Maya has a keen interest in helping her patients achieve a better quality of life and has fine tuned her skills in communication and problem solving. She is passionate about helping her patients be the best they can be through regular treatments, take-home stretches, and teaching patients how to actively listen to their body to understand its needs.

Lori Embelton

Practice Manager