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Kate Perlstein

Director/Senior Orthotist

Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics from La Trobe University in 2004.

After graduating, Kate was immediately offered a one year graduate position at St. Vincent’s Public Hospital. Throughout this year, Kate was exposed to complex musco-skeletal conditions (particularly Polio) and complex custom made orthotics. This included custom foot orthoses, custom ankle foot orthoses and custom made ground reaction ankle foot orthoses. St Vincent’s Hospital is one of the only Orthotic departments in Australia to use carbon fiber and fiberglass laminates almost exclusively to create their orthoses.

In 2005, Kate commenced practicing at the Alfred Hospital. During this time, she was exposed to acute trauma patients (particularly spinal fractures), some of which were life threatening. The Alfred is one of only two hospitals in Melbourne specialising in the fitting of halo-thoracic orthoses for treatment of complex cervical (neck) injuries. The orthotics department was also in charge of the outpatient fracture clinic where she gained significant experience fitting fracture casts and fracture orthoses.

In 2008, Kate started work in a private orthotic facility. The primary motivator for a move to private practice was the opportunity for greater exposure to foot and ankle conditions and interaction with Orthopaedic surgeons, Rheumatologists and other referring doctors. Kate also began to develop an understanding of how to run a successful Orthotics business.

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Lynne Tait

Senior Orthotist

Lynne qualified with a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1996 and has worked continuously since then in the private sector of Orthotics across Melbourne.

An Orthotic “All-rounder”, Lynne has provided orthotic services in public and private hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private clinics. She has extensive experience in many areas such as trauma, orthopaedics, neuromuscular, diabetes and vascular, paediatrics, fracture management, sports injuries and rehabilitation.

From her experience, Lynne places a lot of emphasis on ensuring her clients are well educated on the function of their orthosis, the correct fitting and thorough follow-up to ensure the best possible outcome.

Outside of orthotics, Lynne loves ancient history and travel, her two rescue greyhounds and Thai restaurants.

 

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Violet McCleary

Practice Manager

Violet has worked in the medical administration field for over 10 years. She brings a wealth of medical administrative knowledge teamed with a passion for customer service.

As Practice Manager, Violet is focused on high quality patient care, improving the well being of our patients and ensuring the clinic runs in an efficient and safe manner.

Working alongside Violet are our Medical Secretaries Abby & Amelia who bring many years of experience in the medical and allied health field. Our team are friendly and warm and will be able to assist with all patient bookings, queries and more.

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Amelia Kelly

Receptionist

Amelia joined our team in November 2018 and loves communicating with our patients as well visiting the delicious cafes around the Malvern area.

Currently Amelia is studying a Bachelor of Nursing and is also working on her wake boarding skills.

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Abby Durrant

Receptionist

Abby joined the practice in October 2018 after working in both medical and dental practices in Melbourne and Cairns having also previously managed pubs in Sydney.

Abby is currently studying remedial massage at RMIT and also works as a petsitter.