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87 Hotham Street, Balaclava, VIC 3183 View Location

Our History

The Balaclava-St Kilda Physiotherapy Centre opened in 1978 at Beller House in Carlisle St. Balaclava to cater for patients from the surrounding suburbs of Balaclava, St. Kilda, Elwood, Elsternwick, Caulfield, Brighton, Prahran, Malvern, Windsor, Armadale and beyond. Over the next seven years the practice steadily grew to employ three full time physiotherapists.

In 1984 the Balaclava-St Kilda Physiotherapy Centre required larger premises, so it moved to a beautiful Victorian house at 87 Hotham St. Balaclava.

87 Hotham Street

Over the last 30 years many patients have benefited from the treatment provided by the physiotherapists at this practice. In 1990 Clive Lipinski joined the practice.
During the next he would commit valuable time in working with many sporting teams and organisations; including the Melbourne Football Club, teams in the Victorian Amateur Football association and drivers of the Australian Grand Prix.

Over the last 30 years many patients have benefited from the treatment provided by the physiotherapists at this practice.

In 1996 Amir Perzuck joined the practice and in 2003 became a partner in the practice. The Physiotherapists continued to work with their respective sporting organizations, whilst Amir joined in focusing on community sport becoming the head physiotherapist at AJAX FC. He later become the President. He was selected as the Chief Physiotherapist of the Australian Maccabiah Team which competes in Israel at the Maccabiah games the 4th largest sporting event in the world’s calendar.

Although the partners of the practice were busy with their respective sporting teams, each member recognized the importance of continuing education. Whilst gaining his Sports Physiotherapy title, Clive ventured into the Eastern Medicine field and completed a 3 year course in Acupuncture, which he has used successfully for years in conjunction with his clinical physiotherapy.

In 1999 Amir completed his Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy ensuring all physiotherapists at the time, at Balaclava-St Kilda Physiotherapy Centre had post graduate qualifications with advanced skills in physiotherapy.

With the practice continuing to grow, in January 2009 Elise Lenssen joined the Balaclava St. Kilda Physiotherapy Centre. Elise trained as a physiotherapist in New Zealand under Dr. Duncan Reid, a world renowned Musculoskeletal physiotherapist and educator. Elise has a special interest in exercise rehabilitation and uses pilates as part of her treatment regimes. Elise has a background and interest in performing arts.

Noga Scharf joined our team in 2012 having previously worked as a physiotherapist at Cabrini Rehabilitation Hospital. She has experience in pre and post-operative rehabilitation, chronic pain, spinal injuries, work site assessments, ergonomics and musculo-skeletal conditions. With the added advantage of completing a Clinical Pilates course, Noga is able devise a comprehensive individualised programme to help you achieve your goals and return to sport and exercise successfully.

Chantelle McKenzie joined the team late 2014, after starting her career on the Mornington Peninsula. She has experience in sports injury management, rehabilitation and clinical pilates, dry needling and musculo-skeletal physiotherapy.

All the Physiotherapists at this practice are committed and dedicated in striving to promote their professions and our practice by providing quality care and professional standard work to all patients who visit our practice.