Introducing our team of highly qualified and experienced physiotherapists.
John Annear, Senior Sports Physiotherapist
Qualifications: Dip. App.Sc Radiography 1983. Ba App Sc. Physiotherapy Curtin University 1990, Grad Dip Sports Physiotherapy Curtin University 1994. Experience 24 years.
Achievements: John has played AFL football for 10 years and was Vice Captain of the inaugural West Coast Eagles side. He has worked with the West Coast Eagles as a physiotherapist and conditioning coach. He has also worked with the WAIS cycling team, State athletics, State football teams and many local sporting clubs. John was the late Luciano Pavarotti’s personal physiotherapist for two years during his world farewell concert. John has also completed eight Ironman triathlons including 2 world championships at the Hawaiian Ironman in 2009, 2010. He competed in the 2014 New York Marathon.
John offers his patients a passion for assisting people with a strong exercise approach to prevent and overcome injuries so they can achieve their sporting and life goals. His interest in particular are shoulder and knee injuries, along with video analysis for running and swimming related injuries. He is currently involved in research of the Hybrid ACL (hamstring and Lars ligament) reconstruction.
Tameka Lopresti, Physiotherapist
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy).
Achievements: Tameka is experienced in sports injury management, post-surgical rehabilitation and exercise therapy. Having 20 years of experience in dance training and recent involvement as team physio for local sporting clubs, Tameka understands the importance of correct rehabilitation in the return to sport process.
Tameka offers experience in treating acute sporting injury, back and neck care as well as a range of musculoskeletal problems. She feels that individualised and personal treatment plans are the key to a successful recovery, taking into consideration the patient’s lifestyle and goals. Tameka’s commitment to professional development has kept her up to date with the leading evidence-based practice and she is continually looking at ways of improving her skill set.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) 2012, Advanced Dry Needling Practitioner, Sports Physiotherapy Australia Level 1
Achievements: Mirella has over five years experience in private practice and has worked with a variety of sporting clubs for over eight years. Mirella has been selected as Physiotherapist for the WA State Mens, Womens and Youth Soccer squads, which has included travelling interstate with these teams on several occasions. Mirella is also currently involved in providing physiotherapy coverage for the Perth Glory Football Club, ranging from Juniors to Womens and Seniors level footballers. Mirella also has extensive experience with Workers Compensation claims and has undertaken training in Dry Needling and Pilates for Rehabilitation through Polestar Pilates Australia.
Mirella offers her clients experience in treating both acute and chronic pain conditions, with a particular interest in postural related pain and post surgical or post trauma pain. Mirella has a keen interest in the prevention, management and rehabilitation of sporting related injuries. She uses a combination of manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription and rehabilitation to assist clients in achieving their goals and maximising their potential.
Lara Diepeveen, Senior Physiotherapist (Continence & Women’s Health)
Qualifications: Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence & Women's Health), Graduate Certificate (Continence & Women's Health), Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy), Diploma of Pilates.
Lara graduated from Curtin University in 2011. She worked in private practice as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and has completed her Diploma in Pilates. Realising her interest in Women’s Health and Continence she went back to university and in 2016 received her Masters of Clinical Physiotherapy (specialising in Continence and Women’s Health). Lara is joined the team at Mercy Physiotherapy in 2015 and is currently publishing research in mastitis. In her spare time Lara likes exercising, practising pilates and walking her fur baby. She also loves coffee!
Melissa Fethers, Physiotherapist
Qualifications Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
Mel has worked at Mercy physiotherapy for 20 years. She has also been teaching in the Notre Dame Physiotherapy course for eight years.
Mel offers patients many years of experience in antenatal and postnatal care, both in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Mel aims to maximise pateints wellbeing during this exciting time in their lives. She is currenly working part time in the Family Birthing Unit (FBU) in the main hospital. Mel also runs our weekend 'Preparation for Childbirth Classes' and takes some of our antenatal aqua and postnatal aqua classes. Mel is a busy mother to three young boys.