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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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Steve Joseph

Orthotist

Steve graduated in 2013 with a Masters of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics from La Trobe University.

Steve has spent some time working in a private clinic located in Brisbane before moving back to Melbourne. He has undertaken multiple locum positions throughout Melbourne as an Orthotist.

Steve has significant experience in fitting customised off-the-shelf orthoses and the treatment of wide range of lower limb conditions. Steve is currently working at Orthotics Plus 4 days per week.

Steve has also obtained a certificate 3 & 4 in Personal Training with a strong focus on rehabilitation. He runs his own business, part time, out of a gym in Kilsyth, Melbourne.

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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.