Al’s Team

A huge thanks to the amazing team Al has around them….

Surgeons & Doctors

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    Paulo Selber

    How I know Big AlOrthopedic Surgeon

    BioPaulo is an orthopaedic surgeon from Brazil who previously worked at AACD – Sao Paulo – Brazil where he was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and was involved in planning, starting and coordinating the Gait Lab from 1996 until 2000.
He moved to Australia in 2001 to take a Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedic Trauma.
His main interess is on the treatment of children with neuromuscluar diseases such as CP, myelomeningocele, muscle distrophy. He is part of the gait lab team in the reporting process and in the treatment of those children


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    Professor H.Kerr Graham

    How I know Big AlOrthopedic Surgeon

    BioKerr Graham is The University of Melbourne Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory, and a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Professor Graham’s clinical and research interests are principally in the area of cerebral palsy, clinical gait analysis, clinical trials of spasticity management, and gait improvement surgery for children with cerebral palsy.
In 1993 and 1995 his research team was awarded the Richmond prize from the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in recognition of pioneering work in the use of Botulinum toxin A for the management of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. Since then, several commercial preparations of Botulinum toxin A have been licensed and approved for use in children with cerebral palsy in many countries around the world. In 2001 he was awarded the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship, the highest research award from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In 2002 he received the prize for the Best Basic Science paper at the Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).
Professor Graham runs an active clinical and research program through the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He has supervised 6 MDs and 7 PhDs to completion leading to an extensive publication of original papers, review articles, and book chapters. Between 2005 and 2009, Professor Graham was the Chief Investigator of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Clinical Centre of Research Excellence in Gait Rehabilitation (NH&MRC CCRE), which led to the publication of 11 book chapters and 160 papers.
Professor Graham has developed a number of patents including enhancement of longitudinal muscle growth in the hereditary spastic mouse and in the development of novel software in clinical gait analysis, the Movement Analysis Profile (MAP) and Gait Profile Score (GPS). He has served as Visiting Professor in the United States, Canada, South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United Kingdom. He is currently a board member of the Neurotoxin Institute and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. He serves as Associate Editor for Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (DMCN) and is an editorial board member for several journals including DMCN and the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.


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    Dr Tammy Goldberg

    How I know Big AlGeneral Practitioner

    BioQualifications MBBS (Sydney University) , Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners,
Diploma of Child Psychiatry Tammy has been working in General Practice for 22 years. Prior to this, she was on the Child Health team in a Community Clinic, working with children and their families for five years. She enjoys developing close and trusting professional relationships with her patients and takes a keen interest in the whole spectrum of family medicine, specifically women’s health and childhood behavioural problems. Experience • General practice • Paediatric development and behaviours • Women’s health Specialist Services • Women’s Health • Childhood behavioural problems • Antenatal shared care • Menopause • Contraception, sexually transmitted infections • Counselling • Travel medicine Professional Memberships • FRACGP (Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners)


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    Janice Grothe

    How I know Big AlOrthopedic Surgeon

    BioComing Soon…


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    David Phillips

    How I know Big AlOrthotist

    BioDavid Phillips graduated from Lincoln School of Health Sciences with his Diploma of Applied Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1991. This course was upgraded to a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1994. David completed the additional Latrobe University training and graduated with a Bachelor of Prosthetics & Orthotics in 1994. 

David began his professional career as an Orthotist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 1991. He worked primarily in the Paediatric Orthotic field until 2001, and has continued within this area of expertise at Orthotic Innovations (Orthokids).

He has authored several book chapters on the Orthotic Management of Spina Bifida. 

David was invited as Australia’s Orthotic Representative to an International Medical Conference for Cerebral Palsy at Oxford University in 2008.



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    Professor Padraic Grattan-Smith

    How I know Big AlPaediatric Neurologist

    BioAssociate of Southern Neurology

Graduated UNSW 1976 – MRCP (1981) – FRACP (I986) -Clinical Associate Professor University of Sydney.

Staff Specialist 1989-2009: Westmead Hospital, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital. 

Honorary VMO in Movement Disorders Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Interests
Paediatric movement disorders, general paediatric neurology.

Memberships
Australia and New Zealand Association Neurologists, Australian and New Zealand Child Neurology Association, Movement Disorders Society (Australasia), Royal Australian College Physicians, American Academy Neurology, Movement Disorders Society, International Child Neurology Association, Australian Medical Association.

Personal Trainers

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    Matt Ballin

    How I know Big AlPersonal Trainer

    BioBallin made his NRL debut in round 2 of the 2007 season when Manly played the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval. He played in the 2008 NRL Grand Final victory over the Melbourne Storm where he was the games first try scorer.[1] Ballin attended Kingaroy State High School where his father is Principal. A good student, Ballin was well liked by his peers. Ballin’s solid form for Manly continued in 2009-10 despite the Sea Eagles failing to recapture their 2008 form. Before the 2011 NRL season Manly were not rated among the premiership favourites but stunned experts by finishing the minor round in 2nd place before going on to repeat their 2008 win by defeating the New Zealand Warriors in the 2011 NRL Grand Final giving Ballin his second NRL premiership as a player. Coming off contract at the end of season 2012, rumours were rampant that Ballin would be a casualty of Manly’s post-premiership(s) salary cap pressures, with the Canberra Raiders the front runners to secure his signature.[2] However after the departure of test backrower Tony Williams to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Manly were able to re-sign Ballin on a new 3 year deal keeping him at the club until the end of the 2015 season, effectively ensuring he is a one-club player. Ballin played every game for Manly in 2012 and finished the season as the league’s leading tackler. He was rewarded for his tireless season with the Roy Bull Best and Fairest award.

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    Robbie Griffiths

    How I know Big AlPersonal Trainer

    BioClub Manager at Fitness First Carlingford Personal Trainer for 9 years to variety of clientele Previously managed the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo for 5 years where I first met Alex in 2008 The 14 year old Alex I met was extremely immobile and had little understanding of movement or exercise. Up to his operation in August 2012 I could not be more proud of the young man he had transformed into; confident, positive and strong enough to take the field amongst men to play rugby league. I am so excited to be a part of this new chapter in the story of Big Al and looking forward to working with such a highly experienced and uplifting team of professionals.

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    Joe Purcell

    How I know Big AlPersonal Trainer

    BioBorn and raised in NZ Love my sport especially Rugby Union. No.1 Fan of the All Blacks Played Rugby Union for many years and realised that I wasn’t going to make the All Blacks, So I took up Freestyle Wrestling and loved the individual sport, continued to pursue wrestling and competed State level, National level, Oceania and then competed at the 1996 Olympic Games which was my ultimate achievement, an experience that made me who I am today. As an athlete I had my share of injuries and was fortunate to have a great support team that had great knowledge in mending me back to health. Having sustained so many injuries I do understand clients when they describe their physical problems to me, and I am able to prescribe a solution. Studied in NZ at the NZ Institute of Sport Master Trainer in Personal Training Diploma in Sport Management Diploma in Business I am honoured to be apart of Al’s group and look forward to working with other great professionals to help Alex achieve his goals.

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    Donny Singe

    How I know Big AlPersonal Trainer

    BioIn 1999 Coach Des Hasler asked Donny to work with the Manly Sea Eagles’ lower grades. In October 2003, Des was promoted to Head Coach and brought Donny back from a contract with Japan Rugby Union to install him as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. An NRL Grand Final appearance in 2007 was a clear indication of the club’s rise to physical conditioning dominance. The following year cemented that, with a very dominant NRL Premiership win in 2008, followed up by a World Club Cup Challenge Win in 2009. 2011 delivered the Sea Eagles’ second NRL Premiership. Donny is one of the most successful S&C coaches in Australia and NZ. He is also a current member of the NZ Rugby League Coaching Staff, as well as having worked with The NZ Maori team of 2008. Donny currently presents and speaks for international sporting companies, including the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, commercial business/corporate and government law enforcement agencies for both general duty officers and the nation’s elite units. You can contact Donny regarding speaking engagements at http://www.coyotekeynotes.com.au/ or http://www.cadencehealth.com.au . Over the years, Donny has been professionally involved in coaching a number of elite athletes, including Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri-Ann Pottharst, Junior Wimbledon Champion Todd Reid and Peter Palai, Olympic Bobsled competitor. Currently heading up the strength and conditioning department of the Manly Sea Eagles, Donny works with an exceptional team of professionals as well as drawing from experts in the private sector, all of who continually support and update his sporting knowledge. Having developed innovative and unique methods, Donny is able to motivate individuals and teams of elite athletes. He has a superior ability to understand and plan the logistical elements of coaching large groups. Donny trains his people to identify and complete crucial tasks, focus and perform isolated assignments, regardless of environment or external mental stimuli. Donny lives life on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney with his wife and two boys.

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    Tom Dilba

    How I know Big AlOther

    BioB.A Human Movement (Kinesiology Major) Dip Sports Therapies Worked as Electrotherapy specialist last 10 years facilitating pretty much all elite sport Writing of programs for recovery and rehab for specific athletes with specific goals to return to their sport. Solid connection between my work with teams and grand final victories! So definitely strong complementary modality!! Ok in terms of my availability I need to fit in with Al’s session with physios, Donny, Joe, Matt and whoever. On looking at yesterday most important will be physio first I need to see what they are working on and look at balance issues first, then strengthening the weakest link, or softening tone possibly as well Recovery can be any time!! As with blood flow massage etc So my goals would be to 1) Liaise with physios and perhaps that can be done next tues arvo 2) Look at Al’s training programs and complement that with Compex for either overload and balance protocols or recovery 3) Maybe have 1 morning session a week with Al at Gym there in Harris st How about a Monday morning say 930 ish???? I always find it very hard to put a price on my expertise – guess because I have tried to educate teams in use, or military etc – and want them to buy as well!! I generally go to clubs say with Donny and charge a recovery rate of $150/hr when bringing units in – I don’t expect this much as fee by way. I don’t really like talking payment wise, but thought would put it out there and you can weigh up what works with you. We can discuss on what you think is fair in time, but again my goal for you guys is to maximise use of the unit for Al I am really confident can make a big difference and complement other modalities for sure. Thanks and great to meet you yesterday, and Max and of course Al

Physiotherapists

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    Penny Green

    How I know Big AlPhysiotherapist

    BioPenny Green is a physiotherapist who has worked in paediatrics for over 13 years. Penny trained in paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and completed a Masters degree in Physiotherapy (Paediatrics) in 2002. She has had a long association with the hospital and in particular with the department of orthopaedics. In 2012, Penny established Physiotherapy Junior which is a private paediatric physiotherapy practice operating in the South-eastern metropolitan suburbs of Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula. Penny also works as a consultant physiotherapist to Cabrini hospital, and is the academic coordinator for the specialist certificate in paediatric orthopaedics for the University of Melbourne.

Other Therapists

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    Sharon Calabro

    How I know Big AlPool & Hydro Therapy

    BioQualifications: Fitness Leader III & IV Personal Trainer Older Adult Trainer Aqua Aerobics instructor Exercise Specialist Freestyle Fitness [Swiss Ball-Step/ABT-Boxing Instructor] 1st Aid – CPR Certified EXPERIENCE: Fitness Instructor/Aerobics Instructor/Exercise Specialist since 1991 Aqua instructor since 1994 Personal Trainer since 1998 4yrs as an Aqua Aerobics lecturer and examiner SPECIALITY AREAS of INTEREST: Aquaerobics group and PT/special care Swiss Ball core strengthening workouts H & F Personal Interests: Running Singing Dancing Playing Guitar Tennis

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    Per Mouritsen

    How I know Big AlOther

    BioHi my name is Per Mouritsen. I was born and raised in the countryside of Denmark, where I studied to become a teacher of Maths, History, Political/Social Science and Physical Education. I’ve been living in Australia/Sydney now for about 2 years. During that time I’ve come to know Al trough my work as a chess coach for the Sydney Academy of Chess. I love the outdoors, seeking challenging adventures and travelling. Here in Sydney you’re most likely to come across me on my bicycle or at a school running the local chess club. c”,)

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    Maddison Fox

    How I know Big AlDietitian

    BioMaddison is passionate about healthy food and its interaction with the health of body, mind, heart and spirit. Maddison has worked in a variety of arenas, including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, aged care and primary health clinics, both in Sydney and rural NSW. Maddison has been working at Sanctuary since its opening almost 3 years ago where she provides personalised nutritional advice and fun and practical group workshops that teach others how to create healthy food and the risk of disease and chronic conditions. Maddison’s solutions are based on the latest nutritional science and expertise but, also based in the real world, with an emphasis on enjoyment, taste and making food easy to prepare. Qualifications Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) 
Accredited Nutritionist Accredited Sports Dietitian (in Progress – to be completed May 2013)
Exercise Physiologist 
Honours Degree in Dietetics (1st class) 
Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) 
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science) 
Anthropometrist/Skin Fold Assessment (ISAK)

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    Ester S Kim

    How I know Big AlMassage & Acupuncture

    BioAs a chinese medicine practitioner i perform a combination of acupuncture, remedial massage as well as prescribe Chinese herbal medicine. Other therapies used in conjunction to acupuncture include cupping, guasha, bleeding techniques, moxibustion as well as Japanese moxibustion techniques. Acupuncture is the art of balancing the body’s energy, qi to prevent disease forming in the body. I graduated from UTS with a bachelor of health science in traditional Chinese medicine in which I opted to go overseas and complete an internship at the china-Japan friendship hospital in Beijing. I am currently in the final stages of completing my certificate IV in allied health assistance (physio aid).

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    Anna Jones

    How I know Big AlSpeech Therapy

    BioAnna graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000 and has worked clinically across a variety of hospital and community settings within Australia and the United Kingdom. Over the past 12 years Anna has specialised in treating adults with acquired brain impairment including traumatic brain injury, progressive neurological disorders, and stroke. During this time she has also worked as a consultant for a specialist augmentative & alternative communication (AAC) service. Anna’s other qualification is a Master of Public Health and she currently works in public health research at The University of Sydney.

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