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
Naveena Seethapathy – Physiotherapist
For Naveena, physiotherapy has been a career where she has found her calling to help those injured or in pain all over the world. Naveena’s hands on approach to acute care enables expert assessment and treatment to commence straight away and then her strong multidisciplinary focus for holistic care engages patients and other team members to achieve their health goals. Naveena brings to the table a Master’s degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia, experience practicing in Australia, America and India and a friendly smile to all consultations. When not providing her high quality care Naveena enjoys family time with her two boys and getting to know her new community in Pascoe Vale.
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.
Wendell Vagg - Physiotherapist
Wendell is a passionate and dedicated physio with extensive experience in many different settings. This includes public, private, aged care, occupational and sports physio both here in Melbourne and abroad. Wendell strives to achieve the best results for his clients not only in the short term but also by creating lifelong health habits. He believes education, commitment and evidence-based treatment are the key ingredients for successful outcomes. He also believes that each journey should be tailored to the individual.
Rachael Leary – Podiatrist
Rachael is an enthusiastic and friendly podiatrist who completed her studies at La Trobe University where she completed the double. Her degrees are a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice. Rachael enjoys all aspects of podiatry and has a particular interest in excelling with primary podiatry care, the high-risk foot, biomechanics, ingrown toenails and diabetes education. Rachael’s down to earth and easy-going personality allows her to build a strong rapport with her clients which is something she feels is an extremely important aspect allowing the best possible treatment plan to follow. Outside of work, Rachael also enjoys going to F45 and loves watching her favourite team Essendon win on the weekend. Rachael is also a big supporter of local football and loves supporting Aberfeldie.
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.
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.
Tim Mulholland – Podiatrist
Learning, helping and teaching others about feet and lower limb injuries has been a passion for Tim for over 10 years. He has experience working with chronic disease, the high risk foot, falls prevention and sports injuries. When not practicing clinically at PridePlus Podiatry Tim teaches podiatry at La Trobe University and is also a keen runner and avid Geelong Cats fan.