I was born in Japan and came to Australia in 2001. I graduated from the University of Sydney as a Physiotherapist in 2013, and have since been working in the hospital and community setting, treating medical, orthopaedic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and palliative clients with a varied range of conditions.
I have a keen interest in geriatrics, and orthopaedics. I also have a special interest in health promotion, which lead me to study Masters of International Public Health and do volunteering work in rural communities of Northern Peru. I strive to inspire and empower people to take control of their lives.
I enjoy visiting my clients and delivering the treatments at their homes. I like to involve the patients and their family and caregiver in the treatment strategies to ensure optimal continued delivery of care. I love working with the multidisciplinary team at Health Journey Partner to gain the best possible outcomes for my patients.
In my spare time, I enjoy doing yoga and Pilates, as well as travelling.
Ken completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at the University of Sydney in 2016. He has been working at various settings across Sydney such as Aged care facility, private practices and hospitals. He is currently working as a Physiotherapist in a rehabilitation setting.
Ken’s area of interests is physiotherapy in the orthopaedic and neurological populations. Through managing various caseloads, he is enthusiastic about gait training, setting short and long term goals, hydrotherapy and setting up an individualised exercise program for specific neurological conditions.
Outside of work, Ken is adept at playing the violin and piano.
Danny has 7 years experience as a Physiotherapist, specialising in workplace injury management and rehabilitation, with a focus on improving function through manual therapy, tailored exercise programs, and conditioning programs.
He has had extensive experience in improving safety in work and home environments, assessing musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, and has helped in the education, treatment and training of a variety of clients, from office workers with repetitive strain injuries to athletes wanting to maintain their peak physical fitness to postoperative clients who are looking to get back to independence!
Out of work, Danny enjoys exercising at the gym, kickboxing and Muay Thai, and enjoys good food with friends and family!
Sally completed her Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 2014. She has since worked in many different settings such as private practice, sports coverage, aged care facilities and community physiotherapy. Thus, she has worked with people with acute sports injuries, chronic pain problems, repetitive strain injuries, pre-rehabilitation and rehabilitation of orthopaedic surgeries, jaw problems, general and pre/post-natal women’s health condition.
She is also trained in pilates, Mulligan technique, dry needling and kinesio taping. She loves working in a community setting; she strives to keep the elderly independent and improve their quality of life at home.
Outside of work, she loves trying new things and doing different sports such as swimming, volleyball, pilates, cycling, etc.
Theodora is a Paediatric Physiotherapist and has extensive experience in working with children 0 – 18 years of age with a wide range of conditions including Gross Motor Delay, complex congenital conditions, orthopaedic and neurological conditions.
Theodora began her career working at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she has gained extensive paediatric experience working within a highly specialised hospital across various inpatient and outpatient areas of the hospital including Intensive Care, Rehabilitation, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Oncology and Community/Outpatient services. She also works closely with Surgeons, Specialists and other Allied Health Professionals on a daily basis.
She continues to work there, and is also the Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist at Blacktown Hospital. Theodora also has Adult and Adolescent Musculoskeletal experience, having worked in private practice and providing physiotherapy for several sporting teams including Rugby Union and soccer teams.
Her areas of specialty include casting a wide range of conditions, treatment for developmental delay and orthopaedic rehabilitation.
Outside of work, Theodora loves travelling, going to the beach, hiking and exploring different cuisines.
Katrina is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience. She has worked across various settings such as mental health, intellectual disabilities, rehabilitation, workplace assessments, compulsory third party insurance, group homes and NDIS.
Katrina enjoys the opportunities to solve problems and help people as an Occupational Therapist. What she finds most satisfying are the little things that make a significant impact on people’s lives and consequently the smile that it brings to them.
The most important things that she wants her patients to remember about her are her fun therapy sessions, that she is a great listener, her passion in prioritizing what is important for them and making a difference in their lives.
In her free time, Katrina enjoys ocean swimming, having accomplished an 8km swim from Dee Why to Manly!
Sharon is an Occupational Therapist with nearly 20 years experience in a variety of areas including aged care, rehabilitation, work health and safety, and paediatrics. She has a particular passion for neuroscience and working with individuals with neurological conditions.
Her decision to become an Occupational Therapist stems from her desire to help people. A lifelong learner, she appreciates the importance of learning and regularly attends education courses to keep herself up to date with the latest research. She enjoys seeing a range of clients and has extensive experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds including those with visual and hearing impairments.
The most important thing Sharon wants her patients to remember about her is that she is a good listener and she collaborates with them as a team towards achieving their goals in her fun and passionate manner.
In her free time, Sharon likes to challenge herself and keep fit by indulging in horse riding, cycling and fundraiser walks.
Kirstin grew up in a country area of NSW before moving to Sydney for her Occupational Therapy study. Graduating in 2004, Kirstin has had the opportunity to work in a diverse range of settings and workplaces covering acute care and neurological rehabilitation (predominantly seeing patients following spinal cord injuries, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries), paediatrics and some orthopaedics, as well as dabbling in other areas where there has been the need such as hand therapy and burns. More than half of her career has been spent working in Nepal in both the hospital and community settings as an Occupational Therapist, training local workers and supporting the development of Occupational Therapy services in Nepal.
Kirstin loves being part of people’s journey in life and walking alongside them, discovering what is important to them, and using her Occupational Therapy skills to help achieve their goals. She loves the practical side of OT and the challenge of problem solving to find solutions.
Outside of work Kirstin loves spending time with her family (having become a mum in mid-covid times), time in the outdoors and having people over to share a meal or chatting by a fire in winter.
Stelliphy completed her Master degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney in 2020. She has worked across various settings, including community and outpatient rehabilitation, as well as workplace assessments.
As an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist, she has a strong passion for helping people with physical needs to maintain independence and achieve their potential in the community. She is confident in conducting comprehensive assessments, design and implement person-centred treatments. These include but are not limited to falls prevention education, equipment prescription and home modifications.
With an academic background in Psychology and previous research experience with cancer patients, Stelliphy is confident in building rapport with people from various cultural backgrounds. She is ambitious in promoting psychological well-being and quality of life, along with functional improvement.
Stelliphy enjoys cycling and jogging outside of work, having accomplished half marathons in Oxford and Hong Kong.
Accidents, diseases, hereditary conditions and pain all have a story. It’s my passion to unravel its origin and use my experience, in conjunction with exercise, to help heal people and restore their function, strength, mobility and quality of life.
From beginning my journey as a personal trainer, I’ve helped people change their lives both physically and psychologically, together experiencing their struggles and successes, sharing them as my own. Working as a personal trainer, shaped and molded my desire to help people achieve the goals they thought previously impossible or out of reach. Following this I knew I needed to take the next step and become an Exercise Physiologist. Similar in many ways to a personal trainer, although with a wider spread of scope of practice, becoming an Exercise Physiologist allowed me to treat people with, metabolic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and psychological conditions.
Becoming an Exercise Physiologist has allowed me to help people of all walks of life to regain their control, independence and confidence within their own body. Our successes range from (but not limited to) weight loss, controlling diabetes, recovering from surgery (joint, open heart and keyhole surgeries), regaining full range of motion and strength to a joint and as complex and difficult as improving quality of life and daily function to a spinal cord injury patient.
My promise to you is that your weaknesses, diagnosis’, injuries, or hereditary conditions do NOT have to define you. You’re in control. My job and passion is to help you realise that.
Milena Katz is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with over 18 years of experience in clinical nutrition and dietary therapy. She consults to aged care facilities and NDIS Clients to provide nutrition care, educate staff and work with chefs to innovate menus.
Milena understands the stress that modern families have trying to navigate today’s food environment. She is particularly passionate about the nutrition status of older adults and those with disabilities, identifying the latest evidence in nutrition research and applying it to every day eating. She has an interest in women’s health, food and evolution, complementary medicine and how the microbiome influences health as well as anti-ageing.
Milena provides practical diet advice that is scientifically tailored to the individual. She is experienced with both adults and children’s health and has been involved with media as a nutrition expert.
Make an appointment with Milena for: Aged Care Nutrition, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Cooking Techniques, Heart health, Gastrointestinal Health, Weight management, Auto-immune and Inflammatory Conditions.
Sonia is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and has completed further training in Diabetes Education and Management. She is also an Accredited Optifast Health Professional!
Sonia also has experience in Adolescent Eating Disorders, Enteral Nutrition as well as in diabetes and heart disease management, and has published research in these areas.
Her particular interests and experience include weight loss, pre-diabetes, diabetes (Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus), polycystic ovary syndrome, renal disease, irritable bowel syndrome, bone health, hypertension and heart disease.
Sonia’s knowledge and expertise will make a positive difference and help our patients immensely.
Lisa Forbes has been practicing for 15 years, and focuses purely on helping adults improve their swallowing and communication skills. She provides home visits, as well as attends Residential Aged Care Facilities, and covers most areas within Sydney.
Lisa is very keen to work with the Allied Health Team for better outcomes for the participants. She studied at University of Newcastle, and commenced working with adults due to her passion to help this caseload. Her experience has been within several public and public hospitals, aged care facilities, group homes, and the community.
Lisa has also been on the Allied Health Network board within CESPHN, as well as Speech Pathology Australia’s NSW/ACT Private Practice Network Leader to help at a higher level.
Marilyn is a highly experienced Speech Pathologist who has a background of twenty-four years as a speech pathologist in both paediatric and adult sectors, and more recent experience in primary school teaching and as a drama teacher.
She has specific interests in the areas of: learning difficulties, assisting clients who have auditory processing and working memory difficulties that affect their ability to process, store and recall information; literacy difficulties, public speaking, speech clarity, fluency and building confidence in communication as well as assisting clients on the Autism Spectrum.
Marilyn works with an underlying philosophy that each client is unique, so therapy approaches need to be tailored specifically to the client, their priorities and those of their family.
Katrina is a qualified Psychologist, with over 18 years experience in the field. Her interest in Psychology developed as a teenager, where she worked with autistic children, teaching them sport at a local shelter. This led her to a BA of Physical Education and Health, where she gained international experience teaching children both locally and overseas. But her desire to help people was too strong, so she furthered her formal studies, and launched her career as a Psychologist.
Throughout her years as a psychologist, Katrina has worked extensively with children, teenagers and adults. Her experiences include working within Corrective Services as well as private practice, where she works with people from all backgrounds and situations. She is a strong advocate for continuity of care, and effective psychologist-client communication skills. Her approach is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing space for exploring and understanding the impacts of experiences such as anxiety, trauma, grief, PTSD, illness, life transitions or a search for a meaning.
Katrina’s love of people, and the challenge of relating to all personality types, drives her towards continuous learning, always keen to stay up to date with the latest information via frequent seminars and other formal and informal learning paths. Her overall goal is to see her clients leave feeling satisfied and with a smile.
As a mother of 3 young children, and an international Ice-Skating competitor, Katrina’s no stranger to the challenge’s life can present. Her home is also open for the many animals she rescues and rehomes each year, there’s never a dull moment in the Smith household.
Katrina can help you with anxiety, depression, coping skills, behavioural issues, career guidance, life coaching, relationships, stress and more.
I provide counselling and coaching using a combination of evidence-based methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and mindfulness in a person-centred and trauma-informed approach.
I have extensive experience working with clients from a variety of different age groups and backgrounds, assisting them in managing their anxiety, depression, stress, phobias and obsessive-compulsive traits.
I also work with individuals on goals such as improving their self-esteem, establishing meaningful relationships and understanding why they respond in a certain way when dealing with situations. If those responses are maladaptive, I help them create more positive responses with the goal of achieving a more fulfilling and connected life.
My hobbies include basketball specifically losing in one-on-one against my partner, martial arts and playing the piano. I also enjoy playing PUBG Mobile with my son, it’s an online game. I really miss salsa dancing and karaoke singing. I enjoy food, in all its assortment.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you work towards achieving your goals.
Sahand works with people from all walks of life who are ready to address their aches and pains caused by poor posture and injuries.
His journey to healing started in 2016 with his own chronic pain which wasn't easy. After many years of competing in martial arts, he developed chronic back and hip pain that doctors said could only be corrected surgically.
As a health nerd and having a great desire to understand and help people in pain, Sahand dove straight into becoming a Certified Massage Therapist, learned Functional Anatomy, and eventually found his way to what he is now most passionate about.
By practicing these techniques and receiving treatments himself, he was able to finally get out of pain and avoid surgery in less than 18 months. Happy. Healthy. Inspired. His mental health improved and life began to make sense again.
When he's not treating clients, Sahand enjoys cooking, hiking, spending time in nature, and reading about holistic health.
Hi, my name is Beth and I’m the Public Relations Liaison Officer for Health Journey Partner. I worked as a physiotherapist for 5 years, in rehabilitation, palliative care and in the community.
I also dabbled in theology/pastoral care and have a self appointed PhD in travelling, majoring in couch surfing. I enjoy doing crafty things like making cards for markets, and I volunteer living with teenagers from a trauma background.
I love hearing people’s stories and making connections, so I look forward to hearing more about each of your backgrounds and how you are finding working with Health Journey Partner!
Hi I’m Sam, resident growth strategist here at Health Journey Partner.
After 10 years in the digital media space where I’ve had the luxury of representing businesses such as Spotify & LinkedIn launched in Malaysia to getting caught up in a whirlwind helping an Israeli Advertising Technology startup establish its grassroots in Asia Pacific – I’ve decided to make a career change and dive head first into the world of health care.
In my spare time, I enjoy picking the brains of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Ferris and get my adrenaline pumping on the slopes of Perisher as well as the bars (pullup bars) at Bondi!
I look forward to building partnerships with organizations aligned with the mission and values of the NDIS; while driving value and excellence for our dear NDIS participants