Nick Meffin

APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Nick combines evidence based medicine in combination with the clinical art. He has completed a post graduate Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in New Zealand and Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe in Melbourne.

Nick uses a hands on approach in combination with exercise based medicine.  This includes shockwave therapy, dry needling, manipulation and soft tissue mobilisation. His interests lie in Knee's and Ankle especially post operative ligaments repairs.

His sporting involvement is vast including the Auckland Aces (in First class cricket). Assistance roles at Cricket NSW, Cricket Victoria and Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash through out his Sports Masters.  

He currently works with the Kilysth Cobras in the SEABL

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Beth Scott 

Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist

Beth has specialised in the area of Women’s Health after completing post graduate training in pelvic floor rehabilitation. She has experience in treating DRAM (tummy muscle separation), pelvic and lower back pain, pelvic floor weakness and pelvic organ prolapse. Beth's particular interest lies in the pre and postnatal period, where she strives to guide women in achieving their health, wellness & fitness goals. Additional clinical pilates, one on one if required.

Janine Wilson

Physiotherapist & Hydrotherapy

Janine is a senior physiotherapist at LifeCare Croydon with wide and varied experience in treating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. She has a Postgraduate Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and a special interest in Hydrotherapy. Janine has worked in both private and public health sectors treating a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions including paediatric and geriatric patients. She has a keen interest in post-surgical rehabilitation particularly knee, hip and shoulder replacements and sports injuries. 


Jade Brodie

Physiotherapist & Hand Therapist

Jade Brodie is a physiotherapist who has been working at LifeCare Croydon Sports Medicine for the past 7 years. She is particularly passionate about Clinical Pilates and manages our Pilates and exercise class program. Jade is also a hand therapist who enjoys treating injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow. In her free time, Jade loves yoga and spending time at the beach. Currently on extended leave.

Laura Parlby


Laura completed Human Movement Degree at RMIT in 2007, moved to Brisbane to study a Masters of Physiotherapy, which she completed in 2009, and has since worked at private practices in Brisbane and Melbourne. She has extended skills incorporating Clinical Pilates, Dry Needling, Sports Taping and Kinesiotaping into treatment, and has an interest in treating sports injuries for acute management and rehabilitation to prevent recurrences. Laura is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, and an Authorised Occupational Physiotherapist. Laura's love for treating injuries and rehabilitation arose from personal injuries through a 12 year career of competitive gymnastics. Laura has worked with Australian Rules football clubs, Soccer clubs including Under 16s Soccer team from Singapore.  

Rachel Ewart


Rachel joined the team at LifeCare Croydon in 2001 after completing her degree with honours in 2000. From 2004-2008 she worked both at LifeCare Croydon and DMA in Prahran, a dedicated Clinical Pilates practice. Whilst at DMA, in addition to utilising Clinical Pilates as a treatment for injuries, Rachel assisted in the teaching of Pilates courses to fitness instructors. In 2008 Rachel returned to LifeCare Croydon full-time and commenced teaching individual  Clinical Pilates in our dedicated Pilates studio. Rachel's area of interest include treatment and prevention of spinal injuries, dance injuries, performing artists and musicians, performance enhancement through core stability, Clinical Pilates and dry needling. Like all our Clinical Pilates physiotherapists she is also trained in the use of Real Time Ultrasound Assessment of deep abdominals and pelvic floor.

Sam Suke


Sam thrives on all aspects of fitness, sport and working to improve the health of everyday athletes, and all he comes in contact with.

Sam relates warmly to people of all ages, from young children to the seniors of our community.

Sam is an apprentice physio at the Western Bulldogs, and a Sports Trainer with the Footscray Bulldogs.

Sam provides physiotherapy, clinical pilates and an Over-60s ('Feeling Groovy') exercise class. 


Amy Cusworth


Amy graduated from La Trobe University in 2007. Since then she has obtained a broad range of experience in spinal physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Amy has undergone further training in the management of hip, groin and pelvic injuries and conditions.

Amy is also a member of the Spinal Management Clinics of Victoria, which has enabled her to have further education and experience with the treatment and management of acute and chronic spine related conditions.

Amy was excited by the role that pilates can play in rehabilitation and maintenance of many physical problems and undertook further study enabling her to teach clinical pilates. Amy runs individual and group clinical pilates sessions.

Amy will be on Maternity leave from Sept 19, 2018


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Andrew Wigg


Andrew is the Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Leader at LifeCare Croydon. He has been a member of the team since it's inception in 1987.  His clinical experience includes working with professional sports including AFL, SEABL, NBL, A-League, rowing and sailing.

Andrew's passion is helping amateur athletes of all ages and abilities overcome their injuries and in particular working on a comprehensive strategy for each individual to prevent future problems. Andrew has a special interest in knee, shoulder, hip and spinal injuries and specifically children and adolescents with particular treatment needs. 

Andrew is married with three children, loves playing golf, cycling and supporting his much loved Hawthorn Football Club.

Jen Vardy 


Jen joined the team at Lifecare Croydon in 2011 with extensive experience in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She is currently pursuing further qualifications in Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation.

Jen has experience in treating DRAM (tummy muscle separation), pelvic and lower back pain, pelvic floor weakness and is interested in supporting Women through both their pre and post natal periods. She offers sessions to support expectant mums and their partners with education and practice of Labour positions prior to birth.

She enjoys taking both Clinical Pilates and Feeling Groovy exercise classes for the Over 60s.

Jen has returned from Maternity leave and when not keeping up with her four children she enjoys running, bush walking, gardening and being creative.

Luke Androulakis


Since graduating at the University of Melbourne in 2011, Luke has specialized in orthopedic outpatient rehabilitation, sports and spinal conditions. Luke has a strong and well-rounded interest in sports physiotherapy at the elite and amateur level. He was the head physiotherapist for Mazenod College and supplemented this with involvement in tennis, soccer and volleyball academies. He has also gained knowledge and expertise through work with the AFL International Cup and Draft Combine.

Luke has recently returned from London where he worked in one of Europe's largest fitness facilities, the Reebok Sports Club.

Luke utilities soft tissue massage, myofascial release, dry needling, peripheral and spinal joint mobilization combined with specific exercise prescription to better the long-term for his patients. Most importantly, he believes that a foundation in evidence-based practice and patient education is the key to successful outcomes.

Luke was an elite junior tennis player and has continued his involvement in tennis as a coach. Admittedly, he finds it difficult to stop analyzing a sporting match through the critical eyes of a Physiotherapist!

Luke works at Croydon 5 days a week.

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Alana Murrihy


Prior to beginning her Physiotherapy career, Alana worked in the health, fitness and sporting industry for over 7 years, including roles as an Allied Health Assistant, Exercise Scientist and Sports Trainer. She completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with a focus on exercise rehabilitation prior to undertaking a degree in Physiotherapy at Monash University, where she graduated with Honours in 2017.

Alana has a passion for continual learning, having completed further studies in Pilates and Sports Taping. She tailors each treatment to the individual patient, and utilises a combination of soft tissue techniques and joint mobilisation, combined with specific exercise prescription, to better the outcomes for her patients.

Having competed at a national level in Track and Field Athletics, Alana uses these experiences in the sporting setting the help better understand her patients and athletes. Having dealt with many musculoskeletal injuries during this time herself, she is caring, compassionate, and understands the tole injuries and rehabilitation can have on all aspects of health and wellbeing.

Alana enjoys treating all members of the community, with a special interest in athletes of all sports and abilities. Alana’s other passions include running, surfing, travelling and taking her dog for long walks.

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Kate Cridland


I completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree with Honours at Monash University in 2015. I gained a wide range of experience through working at The Alfred hospital, working in areas of orthopaedics, trauma, rehabilitation and emergency health before moving to LifeCare Croydon. 

I have a keen interest in biomechanics, post-operative rehabilitation and long term outcomes of patients. I believe education and patient engagement in treatment is essential to achieving the best results. 

On a personal level, I love to walk my dog, exercise and go out for brunch.

Tatum Fankhauser


I completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University, and also hold qualifications as a Clinical Pilates instructor. 

 Prior to beginning my career as a physiotherapist, I worked as a sports trainer across multiple soccer and football teams ranging from the amateur, to the elite level. My role across these clubs has essentially fueled my passion to work in the private practice setting, as I have found great reward in being able to assist individuals from all walks of life returning to the activities they love. 

 I believe in viewing patients holistically and the role of functional strength training as a preventive measure and treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries.

On a personal level I am an avid surfer, and enjoy distance running, reading, travel and spending time at the beach.