Meet the UprightCare Team

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Larry Cohen: Principal Physiotherapist

Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis . He is certified in the Schroth Method and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a PhD in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics. Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf – so be careful next time you go to the beach!

Qualifications:

  • B.Sc (Physiotherapy)
  • M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology)
  • Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue University (PAS) and SEAS.
  • Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the BSPTS principled Schroth Method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic.
  • Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.

Shana-Lee Abkin: Physiotherapist 

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Shana-Lee worked in various hospitals in ICU, Orthopedics, Neuro Rehab, Pediatrics, Ortho Rehab, Hydrotherapy, and outpatients. Shana-Lee, like Larry, has a background in elite gymnastics and sports aerobics and is internationally certified in the BSPTS principled Schroth method of scoliosis treatment as well as advanced training in women’s health related issues.

Shana-Lee is one of Australia’s most highly qualified physiotherapists to address pregnancy-related pelvic, back and postural pain, Mastitis, dysfunction, and Scoliosis.
Fun fact: Shana-lee is a qualified coach in women’s artistic gymnastics .In her spare time, Shana-Lee loves spending time with her husband and her three sons. When she is not running after her boys, she enjoys running and swimming and hopes to start training for another marathon soon.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at the University of Sydney
  • Schroth Certified (Conservative Management of Scoliosis) in Wisconsin USA by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physiotherapy School
  • Women’s Health Certifications for treating Incontinence, Prolapse, Pelvic Pain, and Pre and Postnatal women’s health related issues
  • Dry Needling Level 1 Certificate
  • Sarah Key’s Level 1 Certificate
  • Senior First Aid
  • Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Judge

Jesse Lenn: Physiotherapist

Jesse graduated with a Bachelor Applied Science (Exercise & Sport science) from the University of Sydney, where he developed a strong interest and knowledge base in exercise therapy. Following this, Jesse completed a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Technology Sydney.

He comes with the experience of having worked at St. George Hospital, gaining skills in various areas, including ICU, Orthopaedics, Neurology, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal. Jesse specialises in soft and deep tissue massage, exercise prescription, taping, advice and education, and goal setting.

Jesse’s interest is in the lower limbs, however, is not limited to this group. His skills and knowledge are enhanced by his own passion as a soccer player, having previously played in the NSW Premier League and travelled to Israel for the Maccabiah games in 2017.

Fun fact: Jesse has a great talent for whistling and is more than happy for song requests!

Qualifications:

  • B. App.Sc (Ex. & Sp.Sc)
  • M. (Physiotherapy)
  • Level 1 Sports Trainer
  • Occupational First Aid (incl. Advanced First aid/Resuscitation)

Niki Hauer: Remedial Massage Therapist, Exercise and Rehab, Yoga + Aerial Yoga Teacher

Niki is a qualified hatha yoga teacher. She is a part of the Australian Natural Therapists Association and her qualifications include training in Remedial, Sports and Swedish Massage Therapy. She works in conjunction with our physios to deliver holistic care for our patients, especially those in chronic pain.

MASSAGE: Remedial massage can help to manage and relieve injuries, release muscle tension, increase blood flow and increase relaxation. Click here to learn more about Niki’s remedial, sports and Swedish massages.

YOGA: Niki’s style is relaxed and fun and focuses on flexibility, core strength, balance and relaxation through movement. Niki’s classes also feature breath-work exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness techniques.  UprightCare is one of the only physiotherapy clinics using aerial yoga as an adjunct to treatment. Niki works with our physiotherapists to help patients with injuries as well as function and mobility issues. Click here to learn more about our yoga classes

Fun fact: Niki loves surfing and doing the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Remedial, Sports and Swedish Massage Therapy
  • Hatha Yoga Teacher + Children’s Yoga Teacher
  • Yoga for Trauma + Pain Management Training
  • AntiGravity Aerial Yoga Teacher
  • Member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  • First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Certificates

Aimie Peek: Physiotherapist – Currently on Maternity Leave

Aimie qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of West of England in 2006, where she specialised early in musculsokeletal physiotherapy.  She completed her Masters in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2013 from the University of Birmingham, gaining admission to the highly accredited Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

She has worked for the last 6 years as an advanced practice physiotherapist in the UK with a specialist interest in the neck, headaches the upper limb and spine.  She worked alongside internationally renowned spinal surgeons, and developed a new model of healthcare where physiotherapists work in an extended role providing steroid injections and prescribing medications in general practice – watch this space Australia!

Prior to moving to Australia in September 2017 Aimie also lectured on the Masters program at the University of Birmingham on the cervical spine, whiplash, sacroiliac joint, and headaches.  She has published papers in the field of back pain, shoulder pain and nerve injuries and was awarded scholarships from the University of Sydney and the Centre of Research Excellence to complete her Ph.D. investigating neurochemicals in headache, back pain, and whiplash.

Fun fact: Aimie has a completely irrational fear of fish, however, has managed to use self-hypnosis to overcome this to complete her diving training up to advanced open water, and complete two shark dives in Fiji.

Qualifications:

  • MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy -University of Birmingham
  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy – University of the South West of England
  • Acupuncture- AACP- 2015
  • Injection therapy- 2013 (UK only)
  • Non- medical prescribers- 2017 (UK only)
  • Diploma in Massage- 2004

Key Support

Carol Power and Larissa Cohen: Key Support

Carol and Larissa are the backbones of UprightCare and help to support our team and our wonderful patients.

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