Staying Active as a New Mum

The goal with this eBook is to give you a high level and simplistic look at the 4 things you need to know when returning to exercise after your pregnancy.

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Healthcare is a human invention and as such can be reinvented at any time. In the future, our healthcare model will be reinvented to support a proactive healing environment based on providing patient, family and staff comfort.
PH.D Leland Kaiser

Our Team at Life Ready

Leon Green
Physiotherapist

Having always had an interest in science, health and exercise, and with a love for interacting with people, Leon gravitated towards physiotherapy because it allows him to pursue all of those interests and at the same time, have a positive impact on the people that he meets.

Leon completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Ballarat and graduated in 2012, then undertook his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2015.

He grew up in South Gippsland on a dairy farm, and since he had a lot of older brothers and sisters who lived in and around Melbourne, it felt right to be closer to family and friends, making the formal move to the big city.

Getting to meet new people every day, Leon enjoys hearing his clients’ different stories, learning new things from them and helping his them through a challenging time in their life.

He has a keen interest in the multifactorial nature of pain, especially as it relates to persistent pain. “It’s a really interesting process of unpacking all the contributing factors that build into someone’s issue and providing solutions for that. A goal with my work is to provide simple solutions for complex problems.”

2018 saw Leon complete his first marathon, something that he is very proud of, having a strong passion for running and exercise. He also plays three different instruments!

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Ali El Souki
Physiotherapist

Prior to the completion of his physiotherapy degree from the University of Canberra, Ali completed a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science. His training has culminated his passion to be able to deliver further education about exercise and healthy living.

Ali strongly believes in exercise as a form of preventive medicine. He has a keen interest in pre and post op rehabilitation, sports injuries and chronic pain conditions and uses a client-centred approach, combined with personalised exercise programs, education and hands-on techniques to empower and maximise outcomes for his patients. This involves formulating an individualised recovery plan that is focused on achieving both return to activity goals and prevention of future injuries.

“I love being able to empower and enable all my patients to reach their goals and exceed their own expectations. I really enjoy the process of figuring out the main cause of my patient’s issues and making a plan together to ensure they can return to doing what they enjoy.”

Away from work, Ali has a love for sports and enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, soccer and the AFL. He also enjoys spending quality time with his two young nieces.

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Edouard Ahkong
Physiotherapist

Ed’s passion for the health and fitness industry has brought him from competitive sports to graduating from La Trobe University with a Masters of Physiotherapy degree. He has since worked in private practice and with football and soccer clubs as a physiotherapist.

Ed is passionate and an advocate of using movement and exercise in a controlled manner alongside physiotherapy techniques (joint mobilisation and manipulation, neurodynamics, massage and dry needling) to help achieve results with his clients. He can help with pain management, rehabilitation, return to work, injury prevention and optimal performance development.

He has completed additional training in myofascial dry needling and cupping, further regional musckuloskeletal and neuro-anatomical studies, a return to work coordinator course and advanced agility training.

Away from work, Ed practices what he preaches and enjoys staying fit and healthy at the gym or being outdoors. Additionally, he coaches CrossFit and competes as an athlete within the sport. He isn’t shy to take on a sporting challenge!

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Nicholas Cracknell
Physiotherapist

Nick graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 with a Masters of Physiotherapy and prior to making the move to Melbourne in 2020, he worked in a private practice setting on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Throughout his career, Nick has gained a wide knowledge of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sporting injures and has a keen interest in managing patients with neck and back pain, managing tendinopathy of the hip and shoulder and returning these patients back to the normal life activities, free of pain.

“What I enjoy most about being a physiotherapist is meeting and engaging with people. It is great to be able to assist and help people mange and overcome their injury they have unfortunately developed and help them return to normal life activities free of symptoms.”

Nick has completed additional training in dry needling, Clinical Pilates, The Grumbly Shoulder treatment and rehabilitation of tendon issues – all of which he uses to enhance his physiotherapy practice.

Away from the treatment room, Nick spends his time on the Victorian surf coast looking for the best wave or enjoying socialising with friends (which usually involves watching some form of sport!)

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Catherine Etty-Leal
Physiotherapist

At a young age, Catherine’s dreams of becoming a professional dancer were unfortunately revoked, so she decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy because it was the “next best thing in [her] book!” After completing her undergraduate physiotherapy degree at the University of Melbourne, Catherine graduated with a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and a Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University. Catherine is also a Certified APPI Pilates Matwork and Equipment Instructor.

“I love the look on people’s faces when they find that sense of self belief, usually when they’ve come back after a session or two of not believing they will ever get better, but then they have realised that they CAN do it!”

Catherine has extensive experience working across the public hospital system and in private practice and enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, though she has a keen interest in paediatric physiotherapy. She has worked with elite athletes in various sports and has completed additional clinical training in paediatrics, including conditions such as plagiocephaly, positional talipes and developmental gross motor delays and has a passion for helping young people from birth up until their teenage years. She draws on her many years of clinical experience treating this population to provide them with family-centred care so they can achieve their goals in a timely manner. Catherine also is passionate about assisting new mothers and mothers-to-be in ante and post natal musculoskeletal conditions like low back pain, DRAM assessment and rehabilitation and pelvic girdle pain.

Catherine has also upskilled in areas of occupational physiotherapy, TMJ, hip assessment and management, spinal pain, and sports and dance training.

Outside of work, Catherine loves taking Pilates and yoga classes and cooking.

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Zeba Haroon
Physiotherapist

Having always had a strong passion for helping people, health and fitness and the human body, Zeba decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy and since graduating from Monash University with Honours, her passion continues to grow!

Zeba has bounty of experience working in private practice, where she enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal and sport injuries including shoulder and knee pain, running Pilates classes and raising awareness for general health, fitness and rehabilitation.

She has a keen interest in women’s health physiotherapy and has completed additional training in treating pelvic girdle pain, DRAM rehabilitation, mastitis, rib pain and menopausal symptoms.

“To be able to be a part of and make a difference in a woman’s journey throughout her life stages is a reward that I can’t even describe. I want women to know that they are not alone in their journey and there are professionals out there that can help!”

She is also a certified APPI Pilates Equipment Instructor.

Outside of work, Zeba loves baking, hiking and bouldering and spending time with her family.

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Teri Lazarus
Pilates Instructor

Within a strong passion to move people towards a better quality of life, and believing Pilates plays a vital role in providing that service, Teri completed her STOTT Pilates Advanced Mat Work course in 2015 and is currently completing her Breathe EDU Cert IV course.

She has always loved practicing Pilates herself and now loves seeing the benefits Pilates provides to her clients – postural awareness, flexibility, strength and all round fitness!

“We live in a world where there is a lot of sitting for long hours, focusing on computers and driving, and unfortunately our postures are affected by this sedentary lifestyle. I hope that by creating postural awareness and getting people moving so that they are able to be more in-tune with their posture and body.”

Teri loves seeing the smile on her clients’ faces after they have completed a Pilates class. “That particular smile reserved for a class that leaves them feeling mentally and physically challenged, happier and stronger!”

Teri’s grounded upbringing and the love and support of her big family ensures she genuinely cares about her clients, and she enjoys seeing smiles on their faces, whether it’s through a great Pilates class or just a good chat.

When she’s not treating at our Camberwell clinic, Teri loves to perform yoga, Pilates, running, walks along the beach, drinking red wine and relaxing with her beautiful family!

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Tessa Moseley
Pilates Instructor

After commencing Pilates around 14 years ago following an injury, Tessa fell in love with how good it was for the body and mind, leading her to want to teach it and share her love of movement and helping people’s bodies’ to work as well as they are made to.

“I love helping people to move, get stronger, feel strong and to feel good.”

She completed her Pilates studies with Polestar Pilates International, graduating in May 2018 and now enjoys teaching all aspects of Pilates and aiding in a wide range of conditions.

Outside of work, Tessa enjoys getting out for a surf, yoga, more Pilates, being outdoors (especially the beach) and because she’s a bit of a film buff – watching movies.

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Alana Shaw
Pilates Instructor

Alana has been practicing Pilates since 2013 when a friend dragged her along to a mat class. She instantly fell in love and has never looked back!

As a myotherapist, Alana has always used exercise prescription to help continue her client’s recovery so it was only natural that she combines her personal love for Pilates with her professional career.

I love the idea of working with people to get them out of pain and doing what they love from the beginning of their treatment plan all the way through to returning to what ever it is that makes them happy. “I love the diverse way [Pilates] can be used to help people feeling healthier, happier and stronger, no matter their current skills.”

Alana completed her Matwork certification with Studio Pilates in 2019 and now uses her Pilates training for fitness as well as in a rehabilitation setting. Alana is also currently completing her reformer training with Polestar Pilates International.

Outside of work, Alana does calisthenics and plays touch rugby, but also loves going for long walks with her adorable dog, Dexter, drinking delicious red wine with friends or relaxing a home with a good book.

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Nick Seller
Remedial Massage Therapist

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