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Our Staff

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

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 lower limb biomechanics and the prescription of custom foot orthotics, conditions as well as dry needling for acute and chronic pain syndromes.

Currently Jerome is available for consultation on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 6pm and Tuesday morning until 12. Jerome also takes GLA:D assessments and classes for hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Tim Hardiman: Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates

Tim Hardiman has over 25 years of knowledge & experience in sports & spinal physiotherapy. He is a titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with post-graduate qualifications from University of S.A., ran a successful practice in Darwin for many years (where he was Jerome’s boss & mentor!), and has worked in a variety of other settings – from inpatient rehabilitation, to occupational workplace physiotherapy and with junior and senior elite AFL players in Darwin.
Tim has a strong hands-on and biomechanical focus using spinal and joint mobilisation, massage & manipulation where required, dry needling & exercise therapy including Clinical Pilates. Tim also believes in lots of patient education & awareness to enable better outcomes for his patients.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his four school aged children, watching/talking football and always researching the latest evidence in musculoskeletal medicine.

Currently Tim is available for consultation Tuesday to Friday all day, as well as Saturday mornings until 1pm.

Watch Tim explain his physio background and philosophy:

Liam Gellie: Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates

Liam joined our team in November 2017 fresh from graduating as a physiotherapist from Monash University, following on from high school at St Joseph’s in Ferntree Gully and a year studying paramedics in between. Liam has a strong interest in sports injuries, Clinical Pilates for injury rehabilitation and prevention, dry needling and lower limb & foot biomechanics. His focus is on bringing up to date treatment & rehabilitation knowledge to the clinic, educating the rest of the team on current best practice. Liam’s goal is to pursue further post-graduate study in Sports Physiotherapy in the future. A keen sportsman himself, he is currently the captain of the Upper Ferntree Gully senior football team.

Liam is available for consultation Monday to Friday all day, and Saturday morning until 12noon. Liam also takes GLA:D assessments and classes for hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Jennifer Vardy – Physiotherapist, Women’s and Men’s Health Physio & Clinical Pilates

Jen graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1996 and has wide and varied experience working in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. She has interests in the management of Hip, Groin and Pelvic injuries, Women’s Health and Clinical Pilates and Exercise groups. Jen enjoys helping both Pre and Post natal Women with their health, wellness and fitness. She takes Birth Position classes with expectant mum’s and their support partners during their third trimester. She can assist with the management of DRAM (abdominal muscle separation), pelvic and lower back pain, pelvic floor weakness, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Jen is a mother of four young children who also enjoys gardening, getting outside and being creative.

Jen is available for consultation Monday 12-8pm and Wednesday 9-1pm.

Jack Qin – Exercise Physiologist, Pilates Instructor

Joining us in October 2018, Jack has an extensive history in exercise science, Clinical Pilates and guided training for people with injury and impairment. He completed a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Queensland in 2013 after an undergraduate Bachelor of Education and  Exercise Science degree. He has worked in clinics, gyms and sports clubs since graduation where he obtained valuable clinical experience treating people suffering from chronic conditions such as low back pain, Diabetes, Obesity, Sarcopenia, Angina etc. In his position as sports trainer at local soccer clubs, he also managed athletes with many sporting injuries, such as Osteitis Pubis and hamstring strains. He has formulated his own way of rehabilitation in order to return his patients to sports, work and life.

Jack is an Exercise Physiologist accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Recently he also completed a professional development course in Pilates which helps him integrate many functional exercises into a clinical environment.

Jack’s areas of expertise include:

  • Functional assessment
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Home-based exercise prescription
  • Weight loss and high intensity interval training (HIT)
  • Blood glucose and blood pressure management

Jack is also a dog lover and would love to talk about dogs when you see him. In addition, he enjoys his CrossFit training three times per week and always seeks good movies in his spare time.

Jack is available for consultation and group classes Tuesday mornings from 7am until 12noon.

Here Jack explains what the role of an Exercise Physiologist is and how he may be able to help you with your health and fitness goals:

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.

Alicia is available for consultation weekdays except Wednesday, from 9.30 – 3pm.

Jacob Williams: Myotherapist

Jacob Williams has been a Remedial Therapist since 2014 and more recently completed his Myotherapy studies. He is a keen traveller & snowboarder and has managed to combine his work with both of his passions, working as a remedial massage therapist in leading ski fields and along the east coast of NSW. His background in both remedial/sports and day spa clinics has given him exposure to a wide range of conditions and people, and lead to an interest in furthering his knowledge of exercise therapies. Jacob excels in deep tissue and muscle release techniques for pain and injury, as well as management of and prevention of chronic muscular pain.

Jacob is available for consultation Tuesday and Friday 4-8pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.

Eildon Searle: Myotherapist

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.

Eildon is available for consultation Wednesday afternoon 2-7pm.

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.

Kate currently works Tuesdays and Thursdays mostly in clients homes and places of residence in the community. Please call or email our clinic with enquiries for O.T.

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.

Freya Ormsby: Reception

Freya began working with us in 2018 and brings a wealth of experience. Freya has a background spent many years working within the Jamie Oliver company in the UK, moving from reception to PR to marketing, and further as P.A. to editorial staff at a leading newspaper,  Freya settled in the hills a few years back with her young family and has firmly entrenched in the local community in a very short time.

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. You may also see Tati working at a well known Sassafras retail shop on her days off from DRPhysio.


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.