Team

Our Team

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Ross Kinsella
Sports Physiotherapist and Founder

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Ross Kinsella – APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist & Founder

  • Masters of Sports Physiotherapy (La Trobe University)
  • Masters of Strength and Conditioning (Edith Cowan University)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) (University of Melbourne)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (La Trobe University)

Ross Kinsella is an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist, Strength and Conditioning Professional, and is the Founder here at Freedom Sports Medicine.

His considerable knowledge of Sports Physiotherapy stems from his 16 years of varied experience in the Australian Defence Force, elite sport in the TAC Cup, VFL as well as the AFL, Sports Medicine private practice work and teaching at La Trobe and James Cook Universities.

Ross’ dual qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy and Strength and Conditioning allow him to rehabilitate his patients from acute injury, all the way through to performance enhancement — an approach that simply hasn’t been done before. He is able to communicate highly complex health, performance and well-being concepts into simple strategies. Ross also draws on his own experience as an endurance athlete, where he qualified for the Hawaiian Ironman in 2013 and was able to run a 2 hour 43 minute marathon in 2014!

Outside of work Ross enjoys a variety of activities such as running, hiking, strength training, yoga, gardening, studying and spending time with his family and dogs.

Jesse Pardo
Physiotherapist

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Jesse Pardo – Physiotherapist

  • Master of Physiotherapy, Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine, The University of Melbourne

Jesse completed his physiotherapy studies in Adelaide where he graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy from Flinders University. He also has a Biomedicine degree from the University of Melbourne, completing his major research project on the physiology of endurance running. He has also completed an additional course on Dry Needling.

Jesse enjoys treating a range of sporting injuries. He is currently the team physiotherapist for the Melbourne Ice in the Australian Ice Hockey League. He is also a nationally endorsed provider of Netball Australia’s KNEE program for injury prevention and enhanced performance.  He has also has experience as a trainer for both men’s and women’s Australian rules football teams. 

Jesse particularly enjoys working with children and adolescents and has previously had the opportunity to be involved with intensive one-on-one and group physiotherapy services in school settings and work intensively with children with mild to severe physical disabilities, which he found exceptionally rewarding.

When not working, Jesse enjoys travelling, recently coming back from a trip through Central America. Jesse loves playing and watching all sports. He is a passionate ice hockey fan, following the Colorado Avalanche in NHL. He also enjoys being a below-average endurance runner, recently finishing 2096th in the Great Ocean Road half marathon!

James Jansz
Physiotherapist

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James Jansz – Physiotherapist

  • Bachelor of Applied Science / Master of Physiotherapy Practice, La Trobe University
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach Accreditation. (Currently completing level 2.)
  • Rehabilitation Coordinator for St Kilda Football Club
  • National Australian Physiotherapy Association Board of Directors Prize winner

James completed his Master of Physiotherapy Practice degree at La Trobe University, having presented his final project titled ‘Loading Fundamental Movement Patterns – A Framework to Increase Strength and Improve Patient Outcomes’. Having also completed his Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 1 Accreditation, and currently completing his Level 2 Accreditation, James has developed a passion for the role of strength and conditioning throughout all stages of rehabilitation and return to performance. James is committed to empowering people to reach their potential by using exercise to build robustness beyond rehabilitation.

 

James has a passion for youth athletic development, injury prevention and sports injury rehabilitation. He is currently the Rehabilitation Coordinator for St Kilda Football Club’s Next Generation Academy, having previously gained experience as a sports trainer for elite sports teams.

 

James is also heavily involved with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Sports and Exercise Medicine Students Australia (SEMSA), where his commitment to bridging the gap between university and practice allowed him to achieve the National APA Board of Directors Prize last year. His dedication towards continuous personal and professional growth stems from his desire to achieve optimal outcomes with all clients and athletes.

 

Outside of work, James has a passion for all sports and likes to keep fit by going to the gym.

Rachel Ewart
Physiotherapist

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Rachel Ewart – Physiotherapist

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
  • Level 1 – 4 Clinical Pilates (Dance Medicine Australia)

Rachel’s considerable knowledge of physiotherapy stems from 19 years of experience. Rachel enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, particularly spinal injuries. With her background in classical ballet and dance, she has a particular interest in treating performing artists and musicians.

Rachel believes in educating and empowering patients so that they are able to assist in their own recovery and prevention of future injuries.

She enjoys creating individualised Clinical Pilates/Clinical Exercise programs to assist with injury rehabilitation and also performance enhancement. Rachel is also trained in the use of Real-Time Ultrasound Assessment of deep abdominals and pelvic floor which is part of each Clinical Pilates/Exercise assessment.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, eating out, attending theatre/musical performances and furthering her knowledge of gut health and nutrition.

Natalie Laurie
Podiatrist

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Natalie Laurie – Sports Podiatrist

  • Masters of Podiatry (La Trobe University)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (La Trobe University)
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine – Anatomy and Physiology (Melbourne University)
  • Football Captain in EFL Premier League
  • Athletics Coach

Natalie began her studies with a focus on Anatomy and Physiology, before turning  specifically towards Podiatry. Through her study, she has developed a passion for biomechanics, exploring pathways that lead to injury, and making rehabilitation as enjoyable as possible to get people back to their activity goals. 

As a Junior athlete, Natalie has competed at a National and International level for Race-Walking. As a Senior athlete she has competed at these levels for Race-Walking, Heptathlon, and the 400 metre Hurdles. She is also heavily involved in the Donvale Football Club, where she captained the Senior Women’s team in the Premier Division of EFL in the 2019 season.  Natalie is also currently a coach at her local Little Athletics Club (Nunawading) in her spare time. 

Outside of work, Natalie enjoys training for her various sports, and playing at the park or beach with her family and friends. 

Jess Mcpherson
Physiotherapist

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Jess McPherson – Physiotherapist

  • Doctor of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Deakin University

Jess has a Doctor of Physiotherapy from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. Stemming from a love for learning and contribution, Jess has been a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), where she selected students from across Victoria to work together to inspire the learning of future physiotherapists. 

 

Jess has a passion for sharing knowledge to help patients of all ages and abilities reach their full potential. She shares her patient’s excitement when they reach their goals, whether it’s walking up stairs pain free, or running a marathon. Jess developed a strong interest in sporting and musculoskeletal injuries when she was fortunate to spend three weeks in California assisting with the rehabilitation of elite college athletes. She also has experience as a Sports Trainer with both women’s and men’s Australian rules football teams.

 

Outside of work, Jess can be found running the Mullum creek trail, keeping active in the gym, and volunteering with St. John Ambulance. She also enjoys travelling, recently hiking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. Jess’s background in the aquatics and recreation industry helped shape her passion for living a healthy lifestyle and wholeheartedly believes exercise is the best medicine.

 

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