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Our physiotherapists in Prahran

Dr. David Munro

B. Physio (Hons)
B. Sci (Hons) PhD (Monash)

Churchill Fellow

David is a highly qualified physiotherapist who also has a PhD in Exercise Physiology. This allows him to implement the latest evidence-based therapeutic techniques. With over 25 years of experience, David is the Principal Physiotherapist at Absolute Physiotherapy. During this time he helped establish the Health Care Team at The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in 2001 and has consulted to Circus Oz since 2003. In 2004 David was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to investigate the role of physiotherapy in Circus Arts.


Joanna Whitehead

B. Physio
Clinical Pilates Instructor

Joanna graduated from Otago University in NZ in 2007 and has been consulting at Absolute Physiotherapy for over ten years. She has a keen interest in working with elite and recreational athletes from a variety of sporting backgrounds, particularly dancers and circus-related injuries.

Joanna is a hands-on physiotherapist using a variety of techniques including; massage, dry needling, muscle energy and myofascial release to achieve long-lasting results. She has a special interest in pelvic and hip-related pathologies and has an extensive history in teaching Pilates, utilising these principles to develop individually tailored rehabilitation programs.  

Joanna has been associated with the National Institute of Circus Arts for the past ten years and has worked with some amazing performers and athletes; including Circus Oz, Spiegelworld Empire and Victorian Men’s Gymnastic HPC. Joanna has also worked as a para-equestrian classifier and enjoys the challenge and commitment of working within a health care team to deliver the best treatment approach possible for her patients.

Dancers, please contact Joanna for dance-specific programs.



Ashlea Otto

DPT (Dist), BSc, APAM
Clinical Pilates Instructor

Ashlea graduated with distinction from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy after completing a Bachelor of Science. Ashlea combines her hands-on, dry needling, exercise prescription and functional assessment skills to treat sporting and musculoskeletal conditions. Ashlea has experience in private practice, clinical pilates and elite sport settings. Notably, she has worked with Swimming Victoria, Triathlon Victoria, VFL football clubs and at national gymnastics competitions. Her love for and 15 years of experience in dance and performing arts has allowed her to specialise her skills to benefit the health of those in the performing arts industry. Ashlea is currently a physiotherapist for the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).


Lambert Cheung

Myotherapist/Massage Therapist

Myotherapy is a passion for Lambert who takes an active "hands-on" approach to his treatment sessions. Utilising a variety of massage techniques, Lambert is an exceptional therapist specialising in soft tissue release, deep tissue massage, sports massage and tension release.

Katherine Lockyear

Practice Manager

Katherine is the Practice Manager at Absolute Physiotherapy and can answer any of your questions regarding; appointments, billings, HICAPS and Private Health Insurance rebates. Often as your first point of contact, Katherine is always available to make your experience at Absolute Physiotherapy as easy and enjoyable as possible.




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