At PridePlus Health, we know your health is important to you. It’s important to us, too. And we understand your healthcare is better when we work together. We’re your dedicated team of Allied Health professionals who listen first, before we assess, diagnose, treat and educate.
We have years of trusted experience in a variety of clinical settings and we combine this experience, with our knowledge and the latest technology to get you where you want to be.
Come and talk to us about your health goals; we’ll listen and work with you as your health and fitness crew to achieve your goals.
The Pillars We Value Are:
The Pride Plus Team
Sophia Hugo - Client Experience Officer
Sophia is passionate about experiences. This passion flows from a genuine interest in people. Building a career around client relationships whilst studying Law; Sophia has developed insights into personal behaviours and what makes a positive impact in our daily lives. As our client experience officer Sophia enjoys connecting the personal with the clinical, ensuring every client is able to take pride in their health. When not engaging with our community in clinic Sophia enjoys running, reading, and chasing her two dogs around.
Naveena Seethapathy – Physiotherapist
Naveena is a passionate physiotherapist in Pascoe Vale where her 15 years of clinical experience shapes every physio consultation. Naveena’s dedication to keeping your body active and pain-free is backed with knowledge too as she is an APA titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Not stopping there she’s also an accredited Early Intervention Physiotherapist with Worksafe and the TAC. When not treating in clinic Naveena fits in competitive badminton and is busy raising two boisterous boys in Pascoe Vale. Injuries on the sporting field, at work and pre and post-surgery, are all clinical strengths of Naveena.
Mike Fitzsimon – Exercise Physiologist
Mike excels at prescribing outstanding and unique evidence based exercise that improves performance, sustains well-being and rehabilitates injury. He empowers clients to make better decisions, enabling them to reach their full potential. Mike also enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, exercising regularly, listening to music and travelling.
Gus McSweyn – Podiatrist
Gus enjoys enabling every person to be able to achieve their individual goals and pursuits whether that be able to move pain free or to complete a marathon. A real interest lies within uncovering the root cause of problems and applying evidence based solutions. He also has a passion for being active and enjoying what life has to offer engaging in Cricket, AFL when not consulting here at PridePlus Podiatry he’s busy planning his next trip. Gus can also often be overheard talking about the glory of his hometown King Island.
Jasmine Pepperell – Podiatrist
Jasmine is an enthusiastic graduate with a passion for holistic care. She enjoys all aspects of podiatry with a particular interest in lower limb biomechanics and sports related injuries. Jasmine has been involved in sport across many different disciplines and believes that this combined experience has allowed her to gain an insight into the relationship between biomechanics, activity and foot function. Jasmine has a pivotal focus on the use of soft tissue therapy techniques to aid healing and prevent future injury.
Jade Tan – Podiatrist
Jade has focused her career on musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and lower leg, with a special interest in how foot mechanics influence the knee. She uses a holistic approach in her treatment in combination with a large focus on patient involvement. When Jade isn’t practising at PridePlus Podiatry, she undertakes lower limb musculoskeletal research at the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM), teaches within the podiatry school at La Trobe University, as well as completing her PhD on orthoses and knee arthritis.
Dominic Tan - Physiotherapist
Ryan Cornwall - Podiatrist
Ryan graduated from Latrobe University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Podiatry. For the past 9 years, he has worked in a variety of settings and these experiences have allowed him to gain knowledge in all aspects of podiatry. He works with diabetes educators, dietitians and GP’s to achieve the best possible outcome for patients. Ryan has extensive experience in athletic footwear, treatment with elite sporting teams and athletes, along with the recreational athlete, Ryan is able to help you achieve your fitness goal.
Jess Steinberg – Podiatrist
Jess has dreamt of a career in human body and musculoskeletal function for as long as she can remember. With her love for all things sport, Jess is a passionate and friendly podiatrist who always ensures a person-centred approach in all of her consults. When she's not treating at PridePlus Health, or designing orthotics at the lab, Jess loves supporting the St Kilda footy club, playing basketball with her mates and going to music gigs around Melbourne.
Laura Ward - Podiatrist
Laura is a friendly podiatrist who prides herself on developing good relationships with her clients. Laura enjoys every podiatry niche and has an interest in lower limb sports injuries, kids feet, and helping those with chronic conditions. A keen athlete, competing and coaching athletics, soccer and futsal; Laura brings her knowledge in these areas to every session. Understanding what it takes to win, help others succeed and overcome personal challenges gives Laura a deep understanding of the importance of injury prevention. When not consulting Laura enjoys playing soccer for a State League 1 team and is a keen equestrian rider participating in show jumping and mounted games.
Tanya Contis – Podiatrist
Tanya understands the importance of having happy feet that are forgiving of life’s strenuous activities – from navigating the uneven cobblestoned streets of Europe, to trekking with the dog through the rugged local bush tracks of Emerald and surrounds. She values a holistic approach to foot care and enjoys encompassing all areas of Podiatry in her work, such as general podiatry care, diabetic foot management and prevention, ingrown toenails, sports injuries and paediatrics. She also values the role of footwear and having the right fit, and encourages footwear assessments as part of developing a comprehensive treatment plan.
Ben Westaway – Podiatrist
Ben has dedicated his career to the treatment of foot and lower limb pain and is has a special interest in the treatment of running-related overuse injuries. He champions the use of holistic exercise prescription and teaching self-treatment techniques for management of soft tissue injuries.
Hannah Moloney - Podiatrist
Hannah completed her podiatry studies at La Trobe University, graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice. She has an interest in all aspects of podiatry and tries to incorporate a holistic approach to her care. Hannah strives to not just treat her patients presenting complaints but also tries to find the underlying cause of the problem for better long term results. Hannah was raised on a farm in South West Victoria and loves to get back home when she can. She also enjoys all sports and has a special interest in tennis, running and yoga.
Tim Mulholland – Podiatrist
Just like falling in love and cycling around Melbourne, when Tim fell for podiatry, he fell hard. Chronic overuse injuries, ankle sprains, and the physics of orthotic therapy are still as exciting and fresh as they were all those years ago. Now with nearly 15 years experience working with feet including 7 years and counting teaching podiatry at La Trobe University; Tim’s as dedicated to your foot care as ever. Education, running and laughing with old friends keep him going. Oh, and the mighty Geelong Cats. If you need a podiatrist to talk feet & footy, Tim’s your man.