A BIT ABOUT US...

Melbourne Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy was created by Rebecca Liberatore and Karina Coffey who had a combined vision of creating a Specialist Service dedicate to Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Melbourne’s North West.

At MPPP our team are passionate about what they do. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, as a treatment modality, has high levels of evidence in favour of benefit for sufferers of pelvic floor disorders and yet, access to specialist services and the knowledge that help is available is limited, meaning many still suffer in silence. Our goal is to spread the word that pelvic floor dysfunction, whist common, is NOT normal and that help is available. No one should have to put up with such incredibly debilitating and socially isolating symptoms.

Our hand selected team has a collective and extensive background working in large acute hospitals allowing us to stand out in our field as being able to provide comprehensive care across the full spectrum of pelvic floor recovery from an acute presentation immediately post-natal or post-surgery through to a full return to function.

 
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REBECCA LIBERATORE

  • Master of Physiotherapy (majoring in Women's Health) (University of Melbourne)

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)(La Trobe)

  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • Grad Cert Sports Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • Level 1 Upper Limb Lymphoedema

  • DMA Clinical Pilates (Levels 1-4)

Rebecca is a senior Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist who works in both the private and public sector. She has been working in Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy since 2008. She has completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and is an experienced Clinical Pilates instructor (Level 1-4 DMA Clinical Pilates). She has also completed the Level 1 Upper Limb Lymphoedema Course and has been treating women with breast cancer for over 5 years.

Complementing her role at Melbourne Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Rebecca works as the Senior Clinician in charge of the Women’s Physiotherapy Department at Sunshine Hospital (previously at Mercy Hospital). In this role, she works on the Gynaecology and the Maternity wards, as well as in an outpatient setting. She also tutors on the Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Post Graduate Certificate at Melbourne University.

Rebecca consults at MPPP on Monday, Friday and Saturdays.

Contact: rebecca@mppp.com.au


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KARINA COFFEY

  • Master of Health Administration (La Trobe)

  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (La Trobe)

  • APPI Matwork Pilates Level 1

Karina graduated from La Trobe University in 2007 and has since specialised in treating Pelvic Floor and Continence disorders. She has extensive experience working within the pelvic floor and continence field in the public sector within Australia and the UK, having worked within some of the UK’s most prominent uro-gynaecological and maternity units including St Thomas’s Hospital, University College Hospital and King’s College Hospital in London.

Complementing her role at Melbourne Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Karina also works as the Senior Clinician in charge of the Women’s Physiotherapy Department at Sunshine Hospital alongside Rebecca. In this role, she works in an Advanced Practice Urogynaecology clinic as well as with maternity and gynaecological inpatients and outpatients. Karina also tutors on the Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Post Graduate Certificate at the University of Melbourne.

Karina is currently on maternity leave.  

Contact: karina@mppp.com.au

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JEMMA DUSINK

  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Deakin University)

  • APPI Matwork Pilates Level 1

Jemma graduated from the Doctorate of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2013. In conjunction with her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, Jemma has previously worked alongside pre- and postnatal woman, elite athletes and members of the greater Melbourne community in the private and public sectors. She has extensive experience in reformer and floor based Pilates. She has special interest in treatment and prevention of lower back and pelvic pain as well as guiding women on safe exercise practices before and after pregnancy.

Outside of the practice Jemma enjoys running, scuba diving and going to the beach.

Jemma consults on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Melissa French Pelvic floor physiotherapist

Melissa French

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • DMA Clinical Pilates Level 1-4

Melissa graduated from La Trobe University in 2011 and has since worked in various inpatient, outpatient and private clinical settings. After having gained experience working with women of all ages, Melissa discovered her true passion for pelvic health and subsequently completed her Post Gradate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. 

She has since been dedicated to furthering her skills and knowledge within this field, working in various pelvic health clinics, multidisciplinary gut health centres, as well as post natal and maternity wards. 

Melissa has a particular interest in gut and bowel health, athletic pelvic floor and working with women during the post-natal period. 

Melissa consults at MPPP on Wednesdays.

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Anna coney

  • Masters of Physiotherapy (University of Sydney)

  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne) (Completes 2020)

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (ACU-Melbourne)

  • APPI Matwork Pilates Level 1

Anna graduated from The University of Sydney in 2014 and has been working in the public health sector in some of Melbourne’s largest public hospitals ever since.

She quickly found her passion for Women’s Health Physiotherapy and has taken every opportunity to gain as much experience as possible, having commenced her post-grad certificate in pelvic floor physiotherapy in 2019.

Anna has particular skill and experience in the assessment and management of pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions such as pelvic girdle pain, back and neck pain. She is an experienced Pilates and exercise class instructor in pre and post-natal women.

Outside of MPPP Anna also works at the Royal Women’s Hospital managing both outpatients and inpatients on the maternity and gynaecology wards. When not at work she loves spending time with friends and family, going out for brunch and keeping fit with running, yoga and fitness classes.

Anna consults at MPPP on a Monday.

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JANE BOLAND

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice (La Trobe University)

  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne) (Completes 2020)

  • Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne)

  • APPI Matwork Pilates Levels 1-3, Equipment Pilates Levels 1-4

  • Certificate III in Fitness

Jane graduated the top of her physiotherapy class from La Trobe University in 2016.

Since then she has been working in private practice treating a broad variety of musculoskeletal conditions both in pregnancy and the postnatal period along with general sports and rehab clients.

She is an experienced Clinical Pilates instructor (APPI method) especially with pre and postnatal women and is passionate about helping women stay physically active during and after pregnancy.

Jane’s passion for women’s health physiotherapy has led her to commence post-graduate studies in pelvic floor physiotherapy.

Jane has additional extensive experience as a group exercise instructor having completed additional qualifications in fitness and has worked within local fitness centres since 2011.

Outside of work Jane enjoys spending time with her two dogs, weight training and running.

Jane consults on a Wednesday and Saturday (and runs our pre and postnatal classes on Saturdays).

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LUCY Henningham

  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne) (Completes 2020)

  • Bachelor of Science – Hons (University of Melbourne) 

  • Comprehensive Mat Pilates Teacher Training (Universal Practice)

Lucy completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2016, graduating with Distinction. Since then she has been working both within the public and private sectors at some of Melbourne’s busiest hospitals.

A strong interest in Women’s Health is what made Lucy want to pursue a career in physiotherapy and she is passionate about helping women stay active at all stages of life.

Lucy has a special interest in pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions and the role of exercise in wellbeing before, during and after pregnancy. 

Lucy’s skills in this area are further complemented by commencing her post-graduate degree in pelvic floor physio at the University of Melbourne in 2019.

Outside of work Lucy enjoys hiking, running, travel, cooking and eating delicious foods and participating in Pilates classes herself.

Lucy consults on Mondays and runs our Wednesday night group classes.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

We are always on the look out for talented women's health and pelvic floor physiotherapists and clinical pilates instructors.

If you're interested in finding out about employment opportunities with MPPP please drop us a line and your CV to admin@mppp.com.au.