1978 Ross Smith commenced the Balaclava-St Kilda Physiotherapy Centre at Beller
House in Carlisle St. Balaclava to cater for patients from the surrounding suburbs
of Balaclava, St. Kilda, Elwood, Elsternwick, Caulfield, Brighton, Prahran, Malvern,
Windsor, Armadale and beyond. Over the next seven years the practice steadily
grew to employ three full time physiotherapists.
footballer Richard Osborne receiving a knee examination from Ross (1990)
In 1984 the Balaclava-St Kilda Physiotherapy Centre required larger premises and
more parking for its patients, so it moved to a beautiful Victorian house at 87
Hotham St. Balaclava. The house has now been fully renovated into a practical
state of the art modern physiotherapy practice.
the last 30 years many patients have benefited from the treatment provided by
the physiotherapists at this practice. As the original director, Ross saw the
clinic continue to grow, when in 1990 Clive Lipinski joined him to form a partnership.
During the next few years both would commit valuable time in working with many
sporting teams and organisations; the Australian Olympic Team, AFL Football Clubs
the Australian Women's Hockey Team, the Victorian Amateur Football Team and drivers
of the Australian Grand Prix.
treating Cathy Freeman
1996 Amir Perzuck joined the practice and in 2003 became a partner in the practice.
Ross and Clive continued to work with their respective sporting organizations,
whilst Amir joined in focusing on community sport becoming the head physiotherapist
at AJAX FC. He later become the President. He was selected as the Chief Physiotherapist
of the Australian Maccabiah Team which competes in Israel at the Maccabiah games
the 4th largest sporting event in the world's calendar.
Although the three partners of the practice were busy with their respective sporting
teams, each member recognized the importance of continuing education, with Ross
completing post graduate study to gain both Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy
titles. Whilst gaining his Sports Physiotherapy title, Clive ventured into the
Eastern Medicine field and completed a 3 year course in Acupuncture, which he
has used successfully for years in conjunction with his clinical physiotherapy.
1999 Amir completed his Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy ensuring
all physiotherapists at the Balaclava-St Kilda Physiotherapy Centre had post graduate
qualifications with advanced skills in physiotherapy.
the practice continuing to grow, in January 2009 Elise Lenssen joined the Balaclava St. Kilda Physiotherapy Centre. Elise trained as a physiotherapist in New Zealand under Dr. Duncan Reid, a world renowned Musculoskeletal physiotherapist and educator. Elise has a special interest in exercise rehabilitation and uses pilates as part of her treamtment regimes.
Elise has a background and interest in performing arts.
working on Darren Sutton (AJAX FC)
the increasing demand for Clinical Pilates, Amanda Lee joined the
team in 2010. Amanda completed her physiotherapy degree at La Trobe
University, during which she worked for the Old Scotch football
team. She developed an interest in exercise rehabilitation, and
so trained and gained valuable experience in this area for a year
under a private practice specializing in Clinical Pilates. She went
on to supplement her expertise through training with Stotts Pilates.
In 2011, Amanda completed qualifications to administer dryneedling
as treatment. She plans to complete training in pelvic floor assessment
in June 2012.
the Physiotherapists at this practice are committed and dedicated
in striving to promote their professions and our practice by providing
quality care and professional standard work to all patients who
visit our practice.