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 Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Clinic 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.

We believe a real strength of our team comes from our collective and extensive backgrounds working in large obstetric and gynaecology teams within acute hospitals. This background means we stand out in our field as being able to provide a comprehensive understanding of 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

  • Masters of Physiotherapy (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)
  • 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 this area since 2008 and in 2014 she completed her Masters of Physiotherapy (Women’s Health/ Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation). She has completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and is an experienced Clinical Pilates instructor (Level 1-4 DMA Clinical Pilates). 

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. This gives her a much better understanding of patient’s ongoing recovery. She also tutors on the Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Post Graduate Certificate at Melbourne University.

Rebecca consults at MPPP on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.

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 consults at MPPP on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

Contact: karina@mppp.com.au


 
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KERRY O’SULLIVAN

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) (University of Melbourne)
  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne )
  • Titled APA Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Kerry graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2000. Early in her career she discovered a passion for providing women’s health care and has worked with energy, empathy and enthusiasm in the area of continence and women’s health for the last 14 years. She completed a post graduate certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in 2004 and in 2011 became a titled Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association. This title recognises her expert knowledge and skills in this area of practice.

Kerry has worked in the UK and Queensland and has recently relocated to Melbourne. She has extensive experience in managing men, women and children with pelvic floor disorders. She takes a client centred, holistic approach to health care and works collaboratively with clients to help achieve their goals. Kerry is excited to be combining private work at MPPP with her current role as senior women’s health physiotherapist at The Werribee Mercy Hospital. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and 3 children and enjoys keeping fit with swimming, running and cycling.  

Kerry consults at MPPP on Tuesdays.

 


 

JEMMA MCDOWELL

  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)
  • Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne) - commences 2018

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.

Book in to see Jemma on a Wednesday evening for a Pilates class or consultation.

 
 

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