About Dandenong Ranges Physio

Dandenong Ranges Physiotherapy first opened for business in August 2004, and has since grown to offer four experienced physiotherapists and three myotherapists. Our Olinda practice offers a fully equipped Clinical Pilates studio, customised Orthotic Prescription, Myotherapy, & Occupational Therapy.

Our staff

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Jerome Higgins: Physiotherapist
Jerome began Dandenong Ranges Physiotherapy in 2004 as a sole practitioner. After completing his Physiotherapy degree from the University of Melbourne in 1998, Jerome initially worked in hospital rehabilitation settings before embarking on a career in private practice in 2000. He has had experience working with elite and not-so-elite athletes across Australia, having worked with high level football and volleyball teams. Jerome has a strong interest in sports-related biomechanics, especially with regard to foot biomechanics and the prescription of custom foot orthotics, as well as dry needling for acute and chronic pain syndromes.
 Mark Mark Lute: Physiotherapist                                                                   After travelling the world Mark decided the Dandenong Ranges are where he wanted to settle. He’s a Physiotherapist originally trained in The Netherlands. After being a tutor at the university he studied at and
writing parts for their curriculum concerning biomechanics and training
therapy, he was a physiotherapist for the Dutch Airforce. There he spent
6 years specialising further in the musculoskeletal field. Through
practising evidence-based physiotherapy and having excellent knowledge
of anatomy, physiology and arthrokinematics he likes to make a
difference for his patients. Mark has a keen interest in patients with
lower limb, back, neck and shoulder problems and employs dry needling,
taping and manual techniques to help solve them. He also provides
clinical pilates programs for rehabilitation or to become healthier in a
safe and responsible way.

Ellen Keijsers: Physiotherapist
Ellen is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist from The
Netherlands who now calls the Dandenong Ranges home. Besides following post graduate training in rehabilitation and manual therapy, she is also a published researcher currently conducting research in meniscal tears of the knee.
She is passionate about determining the underlying cause of problems
rather than treating just symptoms. Using a variety of treatment
techniques like dry needling, manual therapy and exercise therapy, she
will help you to combat your injuries effectively.
Ellen enjoys camping, travelling and a variety of sports to keep fit and

Felix Kang: Physiotherapist                                                Felix has a Mastersof Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney, as well as a Bachelor
degree in Exercise and Sport Science, and Clinical Pilates and dry needling qualifications. He is an experienced private practice physiotherapist, using manual therapy, exercises and dry needling to help his patients overcome their pain and injuries and achieve their health and lifestyle goals.                                                             Being a competitive badminton player for 15 years, he understands the physical requirements of an athlete, thus injury prevention and treating sporting injuries is an area of special interest for him.                                                                                                   Felix has also participated in Australian Badminton Open 2015-2016, providing on-site treatments and aiding world-class shuttlers in their recovery programs.                               He has a keen interest in dry needling, which he uses as part of his treatment in patients suffering from classifications of sub-acute and chronic pain. Felix is committed to providing quality health care and endeavours to understand his patients and their injuries so to ensure quality health care is provided. He always strives to evaluate each patient as an individual to provide specific treatments with the objective to achieve optimal outcomes.

Alicia Alicia Christie: Myotherapist                                                                   Alicia has been with DRP since 2010 and has a cult following in the hills, not literally of course. She excels in deep tissue treatments including massage, trigger point therapy, cupping and dry needling. Alicia’s background in relaxation and spa massage also allows her to indulge clients who are after a more relaxing therapy.

Dale Gibb: Myotherapist                                                                        Dale is available to see sporting clients on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Himself a keen and talented footballer and cricketer, Dale is currently furthering his study to become a physical education specialist. His interests are the sporting athlete and general muscular or overuse injuries.


Eildon Searle: MyotherapistEildon Searle has worked in home based and private clinics as a remedial massage therapist for 18 years with and as a Myotherapist for the last 2 years. He specialises in deep tissue massage techniques, myofascial dry needling & postural assessment.     Eildon has an excellent reputation as a lecturer in remedial massage at WYN Training and VFA (Victorian Fitness Association), teaching students theory and practice, from Certificate IV to Dip in Remedial massage. He even taught one of our very well regarded myotherapists, Alicia Christie, many moons ago!                                                                     Eildon’s sports massage interest has led him to work with Emerald & Monbulk Football clubs previously, and is at present working with Hallam Football club as a trainer and therapist.                                                                                                                                         Eildon has also been a professional musician through most of his life and has interests in music, trout fishing and camping.
Kate Rae

Kate Rae: Accredited Occupational Therapist
Kate graduated in 1997 from La Trobe University in Carlton and has had vast experience in rehabilitation across a wide range of settings and client groups including major injury. After having traveled extensively, Kate returned to the hills to make a home for herself and her young family.
Kate has been working in private practice since 2003 and specialises in community-based rehabilitation for clients with acquired brain injury, in addition to aged care and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Kate provides services to DVA, TAC, VWA, EPC and private clients.


Erika Barnard: Reception
Erika joined our team in early 2011 and has since become our main administrative commander. She has a background in customer service in the hospitality industry in her native South Africa, and has brought to our practice her efficiency, exceptional customer service and management capabilities. Erika enjoys her family time & the great outdoors. 

 hannah Hannah Windram: Reception
Hannah started with us in 2012 and has a background in health practice administration. Hannah somehow manages to keep a cool head and a smile on her face on even the busiest day. You will see her most evenings out the front of our practice.
Tati Carlin: Reception
Tati is another friendly face whom we are very glad to have on our team, as of July 2013. Tati has a varied work experience, having worked in hospitality management in a major city for the previous decade.


Our Olinda practice serves the local and surrounding communities of Mount Dandenong, Sassafras, Kalorama, Ferny Creek, Tremont, Montrose, Belgrave, Tecoma and Upwey, as well as Silvan, Mount Evelyn, Wandin, Kallista, Belgrave, Emerald, Macclesfield and Lilydale.
For appointments call 9751 0400.


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